I've currently got a medium Saddleback briefcase. While I really like it, it can be excessively heavy and I've begun to think about getting a lighter weight bag, especially for days when I'm carrying it more or for further distances. It'd need to carry a smaller laptop (a 13" Mac), charger, at least few (2ish) books or articles, notepad, pens, etc. I know my best bet would be to just carry less, but that isn't always possible and I want a bag that starts off weighing less when empty.
In doing some searching for possible options, I've come across Filson and Duluth as companies that seem worth considering. On the Filson side, I've been interested in the 256 (the original briefcase) or the 257 (briefcase computer bag). On the Duluth side, I've been thinking about their deluxe book bag, the laptop book bag, or the field satchel.
Does anybody have any experience with any of those specific bags or more general comments about the quality of work one might expect from the two companies? I've found more comments about Filson than Duluth, but they seem comparable. Are there other companies I should be considering?