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- 100% nlyon
- Fabric lining
- Zipper closure
- Zipper closure
- 22" high
- Simple as that® lifetime warranty even covers airline damage.
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Baseline Domestic Carry-On Expandable Upright
Exclusively by Briggs & Riley
The top pick of frequent travelers. This rolling carry-on features CX technology, expanding the bag by up to 25% when more packing space is needed, then compressing back down to original size for overhead storage.
Ballistic nylon outer fabric resists wear, moisture, dirt and abrasion.
- V-groove handle tubes are stronger and guarantee less jamming.
- SpeedThru pocket for quick storage of items at security checkpoints.
- Mesh lid zip pocket for organizing smaller accessories like socks or ties.
- Perfect for a 2-5 day trip.
CX Expansion- Compression
Increases packing capacity, then compresses back to original size for easy overhead storage.
Neatly holds 1-2 suits and prevents wrinkling.
Large Flat Interior
Outsider handle for wrinkle-free flat packing provides greater interior capacity and increased packing space.
Keep contents from shifting in transit and minimize wrinkling.
The Baseline Collection
Where versatility meets world-class endurance. Baseline offers distinctive pieces that work together seamlessly, allowing modern travelers to build original solutions to fit their lifestyle.
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 9 x 22 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Origin: China
- ASIN: B008M6ZD10
- Item model number: U122CX-4
- Date first available at Amazon.com: July 24, 2012
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
- International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
It is easy to pack. The suiter is roomy and does a good job preventing wrinkles; most trips I just pull my shirts out and I am ready to go, no ironing needed. The ratchet system is a space saver; I have mananged two suits plus weekend gear in it with no problems. The Tumi is slightly larger inside but the B&R's flat interior box and superior ratchet system mean it holds significantly more. Since it has an umbrella pouch I now have an umbrella 100% of the time which has saved me a drenching or two. It is pretty much bulletproof, and I am tough on bags as I assume a $500 bag should have no problem being dragged down full flights of stairs bouncing on the back wheels. Handle seemed a tad loose when I got it but turns out that is by design; I have had no problems so far throwing my 20lb computer bag on top and towing away. I've used Travelpro and (way back when) Samsonite, and taken a look at the Costco stuff, but this is a superior grade of construction to all of those. If you are a very frequent flyer who cannot tolerate malfunctions on the road, this bag is well worth the extra money. All it takes is one handle falling off a $150 bag in a thunderstorm in Potland at midnight to convince you the more expensive bag is worth the money.
I see some comments below indicating a size issue but I have flown about 400k so far with this bag and had zero problems with gate check across at least seven airlines, including all three alliances. Has fit every standard overhead bin I've tried.
I write this review not to praise their quality but to address the lack of standards between airlines and luggage manufacturers and the resulting angst on the part of someone selecting luggage.
There is a lot of ambiguity in the reviews. It fits. It doesn't fit. The airline dictates the outside measurements of the bag and the bag manufacturer specifies the inside. Lots of conflicting information.
I bought this bag and kept the box to hedge my bet. I would take the bag on its first trip and if it did not fit in the overhead or in the United sizer it would be promptly returned.
The purpose of this review is to let everyone know that it does fit. It fits into the overhead and it fits into the sizer so well that it looks to be designed around the sizer. I mean it fits perfect when not expanded.
On a general note, I've always liked B & R quality but been a bit less fond of their design. I'm dubious regarding the outside handle approach. After all, for those who carry on, space is EVERYTHING. With internal handle bags, I've always found ways to fill those voids with undies, socks, rolled up shirts etc. Every time I put this bag into into the overhead, I look at that empty space beneath the luggage and lament about the extra pair of pants I might have been able to bring if loose items were in the voids.
For that reason alone, I can't give B & R five stars.