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Bags made from waxy canvas ?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by Steven, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
  2. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Psh, nobody uses that waxy canvas anymore. Didn't you know? The hot thing these days is rubber bags from recycled bicycle tires and tubes!


    Totally Tubular Design

    Seriously though, I think I know what kind of material you're talking about and have seen it in many bags... but can't name any brands off-hand.
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  3. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    I'm assuming you want a camera oriented bag? A friend of mine just got a Kelly Moore bag that's waxed canvas and leather:

    Thirst Relief Bag I Wax Canvas w/Brown Trim

    If a non-camera specific bag is ok, there's tons of other options I know of offhand, like the LL Bean Waxed Cotton Continental Field Bag

    Waxed Cotton Continental Field Bag: Backpacks | Free Shipping at L.L.Bean


    Or you could look at one of the traditional waxed canvas pack companies like Duluth Pack or Frost River:

    Shoulderbags :: Reliable Softgoods from Duluth, Minnesota
  4. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    Thank you. Those LL bean bags look pretty nice. I'll look into that.
  5. JimmyK

    JimmyK Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 11, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    James Knodell
    I hate the waxed canvas bags! They seem to exude a greasy substance that guarantees you'll transfer greasy fingerprints to anything you handle after touching the bag (not to mention, the petroleum odor). I much prefer the canvas fabric used in bags like the Think Tank Retrospective line, especially after they've been broken in by several years of use. Floppy and comfortable, with no greasy residue.
  6. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    That heavily depends on the type of treatment and the manufacturer's process. Traditional oilskin or oilcloth is treated differently than waxed cotton and can have a greasy feel like you describe. Though the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, waxed cotton/canvas is a different treatment than oilskin, and doesn't typically result in that oily feel.

    I have the LL Bean Waxed Cotton Continental Rucksack which is the backpack version of the bag above, and there's no waxy or oily feel whatsoever. It actually is extremely soft and comfortable fabric.
  7. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    +1 on the ThinkTank Retrospective. Good heavy canvas, great strap, well designed.
  8. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    As a Seattle guy I have to recommend our local icon, Filson:

    Their stuff is not cheap, but it's a great value since it's built to last and they stand behind it. Their motto is "Might as well have the best."

    Another forum member (grantb) has adapted this bag to function as a camera bag by adding an insert.
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  9. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    I love Filson gear, though I don't have much of it! Another of the classic canvas wool and leather outfitters :smile:

    One thing I will add just as a note, their stuff is oil finished not waxed, so it does have some degree of the oily finish an earlier poster mentioned. I haven't found it to be a big deal but the Filson Packer hat I had did have a very strong petroleum scent to it and did leave a little residue on the hands at least at first. If that sort of stuff bothers you you'll want to stick to waxed canvas instead of oil treated.
  10. mister_roboto

    mister_roboto Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 14, 2011
    Seattle, WA, USA
    I love waxed canvas!

    I went with an new start up American company Ona Bags.

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    I'm a big fan of camera bags that don't look like camera bags. Mainly my attraction to it, was that I can use it as an everyday bag, space for carrying non-camera stuff easily. And because of that great µ4/3 size, I carry my camera + 3-4 lenses around with me everywhere I go.
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