Briggs & Riley Baseline-Softside CX Expandable Carry-On Upright Luggage, Black, 22-Inch
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- Expandable Luggage: This wheeled bag expands 2.5 inches for up to 25% more packing space. Cinch-down mesh garment panels keep contents from shifting and minimize wrinkling, Outsider handle provides greater interior capacity. Free TSA lock included
- Durable Construction: Made with ballistic nylon outer fabric that resists wear, moisture, dirt and abrasion. A lockable double zipper pull keeps contents secure and SpeedThru pocket allows quick access to travel items at security checkpoints
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Top-rated carry-on that rolls on 2 high-quality quiet rolling rubber wheels for effortless handling. Made with durable ballistic nylon. The CX expansion allows up to 25% more capacity then compresses back down to original size for overhead storage.
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First, though, let me emphasize something: Perhaps the biggest reason to own a B&R bag is the company’s lifetime warranty. And what makes that warranty so valuable is that it covers any damage that happens to the bag INCLUDING normal wear and tear (i.e. you use it so much that its wheels finally fall off) and damage caused by airlines or other luggage handlers. You don’t see many warranties like that.
Having said that, let me get into some of the pros and cons of this suitcase:
1) It is very lightweight-- even lighter than its previous version, which I also own (I bought this newer one for my wife, and frankly I'm a bit jealous!). But despite its weight the bag still feels quite sturdy.
2) It has a suiter, which is something you rarely find in wheeled carry-on-size bags.
3) It expands easily to a nice “in-between” size for when you need just a little more carrying room but don’t have enough to fill a full-sized suitcase
4) It has handles on three of its sides, which makes it much easier to get it in and out of car trunks, overhead spaces, etc.
5) Instead of having a luggage tag that fastens to a handle where it can easily get torn off, the tag on this bag retracts into a small opening in the back of the suitcase. It’s nice not to worry about your tag becoming disconnected or ripped from your bag.
5) There a “bonus pouch” on the back of the bag between the handle tracks in what would otherwise be wasted space.
6) The bag rolls extremely easily and its wheels are very solid. Even after multiple trips rolling the bag over bumpy streets and sidewalks the wheels have maintained perfect alignment with no wobble whatsoever.
1) Unlike the previous version of this carry-on, the suiter in this bag is NOT removable. You can unzip and remove the suiter’s lower portion if you don’t need the suiter, but that’s it. This bag’s predecessor had a suiter that could be completely removed, which has several advantages: First, it is easier to put garments inside the suiter when you can take it out of the suitcase and lay it flat. Second, when you reach your destination you can remove the suiter and hang it up with your suit (or dress) inside it (the previous version had a hanger built into the suiter). I’m guessing B&R made this modification because this design requires less material and therefore makes the bag lighter, but I still liked the old removable suiter better.
2) The suiter is not quite wide enough for most men’s suit jackets, which means you have to do some creative folding of the sleeves so the jacket’s shoulders don’t get too creased. Admittedly this isn’t really a “fault” of the bag because the suiter can only be as wide as the bag is tall. But it's still annoying, and I reserve the right to whine about it. :)
3) The expansion mechanism (see my photo) is easy to use, but it doesn’t allow the suitcase to lock into any specific expanded positions. You have to grip the interior levers to expand the bag, but if you then apply gentle pressure from outside the bag it will contract again. In other words, how expanded the bag stays depends on how full it is, not on where you “set” it. I suppose this is a nice feature in that the bag only stays as expanded as it needs to for how full it is, but I liked being able to lock my bag fully expanded if there was something inside it that I didn’t want to get too crushed.
4) While the retractable design of the luggage tag does help prevent it from being torn from your bag, I do worry about how hidden the tag is (it is located on the back of the bag between the handle tracks). If the bag became lost, someone trying to contact its owner might not see the tag if they didn’t look thoroughly.
Despite these quibbles I am very pleased with this suitcase, as I am with the other three B&R bags I have purchased. If/when I need to add to my luggage armamentarium down the road I will almost surely buy another B&R bag.
I tried this International bag in the United, Delta, American, and Alaska bag sizer boxes at Portland International Airport (PDX) in September 2016. As you can see in the photos, it fits fine in all of them. In the American and Alaska one, there's a line at the top that the bag covers by maybe an inch, if you're paying attention. Given occasional international trips where 21" is the max, I decided I can live with that. Alaska's bag sizer was the snuggest, but it fit.
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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.
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For those familiar, it's essentially a Tumi with a proper warranty......Briggs and Riley have a true unconditional lifetime warranty so this is well worth the high initial purchase price.
I have uploaded some better product pictures from the B&R website.
Considerably heavier than most modern suitcases - so weigh it if travelling by air!
Loads of space available and very well compartmented. No space wasted for the towing handle.
Comes with one padlock but you will need a second.
Best of all a lifetime guarantee even against airline damage.
(Bizarrely the first order never arrived and the price had dropped quit a lot when re-ordered).