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Briggs & Riley
21" Expandable Upright Carry-On

Luggage Review


ABOVE: By pressing two buttons and lifting up on the rim, you'll gain an extra 2 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 that!"

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.

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