Best Lightweight Carry-On Luggage
Briggs & Riley Baseline-Softside CX Expandable Carry-On Upright Luggage, Black, 22-Inch
Best Lightweight Carry-On Luggage is unique.Kick-ass bag. I fly 300k international a year with this and a Tumi Alpha in rotation. I bought this one when the Tumi was in the shop and I needed something in the meantime. It has since relegated the Tumi to second place.
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.Promised Review by Scryer