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I won't get into the good features of this bag
on November 16, 2014
I won't get into the good features of this bag. It has many very good features, the best of which is that it is significantly lighter than my previous bag. It seems very durable, mostly. But it has some size issues.
After realizing that my previous, equivalent model 22" Briggs&Riley (box length 22" actual standing size w/ handle 24") was just a hair too long for some airline overhead bins I decided to go with the U122CX-4. This was my 3rd B&R bag and I have always considered them excellent and reliable. Their repair policy can't be beat. The suitcases are strong and seem to last forever. The promise of a 22" height meant that it would fit everywhere, even in almost all airline luggage sizers, US and international.
Well the 22" promise is not true. It is longer, actually 23.5", so it fits in Delta's, American's and Alaska's sizers, it does not fit any of the international sizers I tried, like SwissPort, Qatar, and JAL. Those sizers seem to be built for the shorter, wider bags when needing something of the same overall volume.
B&R also do something devious with their measurements. In their headlines they call this a 21" bag, 21" x 14" x 7.7". True, that is the internal box measurement. But NOBODY sees that 21" size and thinks of the internal box. Everybody thinks that this is the height of the bag. After all, it's the total height that airlines classify as allowed or not. So for most people the 21" size is deceptive and buyers are surprised when international airlines balk at allowing the bag. This is a very bad policy and unfortunately many luggage manufacturers do the same. It is the consumers who suffer from this disconnect between airlines and bag manufacturers.
Then B&R go one step further with deceit. Their additional specs for the bag are Dimensions with Wheels & Handle: 22" x 14" x 9". That is a complete lie! The standing full length including wheels and handle is 23.5"! This discrepancy may come as an unfortunate surprise to international travelers. Perhaps the folks at B&R need to put their glasses on before measuring.
Oh, and my last issue with this bag. On my first trip one of the main zipper pulls came off in my hand.
Here are some luggage sizer measurements with corresponding pix of the bag in them:
Delta inside sizer box length and width - 23" x 14" x 12" to the top of the upper horizontal bar
Alaska inside - 24" x 17" x 10" to top
AA inside - 23.5" x 10" x 10" to top
Swissport (Zurich) inside - 22.25" x 8.625" x 16"
The bag fits wheels first in an Airbus A319 and a Boeing 787.
I would have more but my measuring tape was confiscated at the Doha security check so I don't have measurements for the Cathay sizer in Jakarta. Don't carry on a metal measuring tape.