Briggs and Riley International Carry-On Expandable Wide-Body Upright and Large Clamshell Backpack – Luggage Review

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Upon arrival at various destinations, my clothes were no more or less wrinkled than they have been in the past, which means they were in good and fully wearable condition and our editorial director reported similar results.

My previous bag was 22” high and this bag is 1” shorter but I’ve found that the height difference does make it easier to get it into overhead bins. From what I can tell, the engineers at Briggs and Riley also designed the bag’s wheels and feet with overhead bins in mind as the bag fit effortlessly in a variety of different bins and airliners.

USING THE BRIGGS AND RILEY CLAMSHELL BACKPACK

Having had a “Checkpoint Friendly” bag since they were first introduced, I was a bit hesitant to switch to the Briggs backpack but I soon discovered it too was checkpoint friendly.

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Over the course of several trips I discovered many useful features including an iPad pocket and an RFID blocking pocket that won’t permit reading data from your passport.

It’s cavernous in terms of capacity and I soon came to appreciate the zippered gusseted side pocket designed especially to hold a water bottle. It only weighs 3.6 pounds (1.6 kilograms) which makes it very comfortable to carry, although most of the time it’s hooked on to the roll aboard.

The laptop compartment, which folds open for those rare instances where I am leaving the United States on a carrier that does not offer TSA PreCheck, has excellent padding to protect its contents.

In short, everything fits and fits well, and the pocket design is excellent in terms of places to put phones, wallets, identification, and other items that may briefly need to be stored, such as when going through a security checkpoint.

BOTTOM LINE

My first three months with the two Briggs and Riley items has convinced me of how useful and versatile these two bags are. Given the number of pockets and features, I’m still on a learning curve but a very happy camper when it comes to packing.

International Carry-On $499 at amazon.com

Backpack $299 at amazon.com

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

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