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.
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