Briggs & Riley sent me one of their bags to try out on my recent trip to Asia. Given that I’m always in search of the perfect carry-on, I was happy to try it out. Specifically, they sent me the 20″ Carry-On Expandable Wide-Body Upright Baseline bag, which retails for $369. That sounded to me like it was a bit on the high side, but quality comes at a price.
First, let’s discuss some of the positives. The bag is small from the outside, yet incredibly spacious from the inside even without “expanding” it. When my bag was full of clothes it weighed around 40 pounds, yet it looked like a bag you could sneak onto even the strictest airline when it comes to carry-on regulations. With the expansion the bag is huge. Second of all, the handle goes quite high. It seems basic, but it amazes me how many bags have handles that don’t even make it to my waist. Next, the interior compartments are thoughtfully designed and laid out. There are all kinds of compartments for toiletries and there’s even a mini-garment bag type thing.
What I wasn’t impressed by were many of the materials. For example, the wheels made that “clinky” noise, something I wouldn’t expect from a bag that’s this price. Furthermore, even from a one week trip my bag already shows some “wear,” from stains on the outside to the handle being a bit loose. Maybe this has to do with the fact that this was my first non-black bag in a very long time (or maybe not).
So to me the bag seems to be a bit overpriced. If someone gave me this bag without telling me the price, I would have guessed it retailed for $200. Something that’s worth noting, however, is Briggs & Riley’s warranty. I don’t have any firsthand experience with it, but if it is in fact as good as it sounds, then it’s worth quite a bit. I don’t know any other company with that type of a warranty, not even Tumi.
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!
Lastly, here are some pictures of the bag: