Several months ago I purchased the Briggs & Riley 22 inch Expandable Carry-On Series 200Briggs & Riley which when expanded is one of the largest by volume carry-on bags on the market. I have used it on two 2-week long business trips and feel it is the best carry-on available. The curved corners make it look smaller than the “Business” equivalent Briggs & Riley 21 inch Expandable Carry-On or the Tumi Alpha International Expandable Carry-On. This is important when boarding as you don’t want the flight attendants at the gate to target your bag for gate check. The expansion is 3 inches, creating 38% more room in the bag, while providing a small profile when the extra space isn’t required.
It is also approximately $250 cheaper than an equivalent Tumi. Briggs & Riley also offer a real lifetime warranty. Even if the airline damages your product, Briggs & Riley will repair it for free. From their website:
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!
Until recently I couldn’t get more than 5 days of clothing into my carry-on luggage non expandable Briggs & Riley Carry-On. I have had it for 6 years and it still like new. I purchased it because, at the time I never traveled more than a week and didn’t need to bring suits. I also tried to use the warranty on my Tumi computer bag only to find that seams tearing out isn’t covered by their warranty. Now the Tumi Warranty is only 5 years and doesn’t cover much.
I am in a job that requires extensive US and international travel. Since starting in March I have been to 13 countries, 44 cities and traveled about 115K flight miles. Checking your luggage adds at least an hour to your travel time per flight and often closer to 2 hours. You have to drop the bag when you get to the airport and then wait to pick it up at the destination. The airlines still haven’t improved on bag delivery which I experienced recently traveling with someone who checks his luggage.
During long trips I would prefer not to have the time and expense of doing laundry. I normally travel to several cities during a two-week long trip. This adds to the inconvenience of checking luggage. You have the extra time at the airport on each leg of travel, plus if you need to change a flight due to delays you can’t. If your flight is cancelled and you have to spend the night somewhere you have to wait for your checked luggage which takes forever, particularly since this always seems to happen late at night.
The first trip I took the bag on was an around the world business trip. I was able to get a pair of dress shoes, 10 dress shirts, 2 suits, 2 pair of casual business paints, a pair of blue jeans, 5 casual shirts, a sports jacket, and everything else you need for a two week trip in the Briggs & Riley 22 inch Expandable Carry-On. The second trip was 1.5 weeks which was vacation on the first part and business for 5 days. I didn’t even have to use the expandable feature of the bag for this trip.
The Briggs & Riley 22 inch Expandable Carry-On is the best bag on the market for both leisure and business travel. It is significantly less expansive than a Tumi and I believe the only luggage on the market to offer a lifetime warranty that includes airline damage!