Briggs & Riley
21" Expandable Upright Carry-On
ABOVE: By pressing two buttons and lifting up
on the rim, you'll gain an extra 2½ inches or 6.35
cm of depth inside the protective frame.
by Durant Imboden
In an era when you
can buy cheap wheeled luggage at any discount store, why pay more for a quality
suitcase? That's easy: Because when your cheap bag pops open or gets flattened
on its way from London, Ontario to London, England, you don't just lose your
bag--you also risk losing what's packed inside. Even if you carry your bag onto
the plane, the security of having a suitcase that won't burst open from being
overpacked can justify the expense of a bag like the
Briggs & Riley 21"
Expandable Upright Carry-On--especially when it's backed by a lifetime
warranty that states:
"If your Briggs & Riley bag is ever broken or damaged, even
if it was caused by an airline, we will repair it free of charge. Simple as
In late 2005, I field-tested the Briggs & Riley model
U-21NX carry-on with the
"One-Touch" expansion system to see how it compared with the
TravelPro Crew5, which I'd been using
on transatlantic trips for just over a year. After nearly five years, I'm still favorably impressed by the
Briggs & Riley approach to suitcase design, and in the next several pages I'll tell you why.
Construction and packing features
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