A couple of months ago, Briggs & Riley sent me an Explore 22″ Upright bag to try out (in the interest of full disclosure, for free), which retails for $290. This came at a good time, since, as I blogged about, the handle on my Tumi carry-on broke just a couple of weeks ago. So I’ve taken it on a spin for a few trips, and I’ve gotta say, I really like it.
First of all, the bag is extremely light, among the lightest I’ve used. And while the bag looks a bit “rugged” to me, it’s incredibly functional. It has several small pouches, including two on the front side of the bag. And on the inside of the bag there are also two zipped off areas, one perfect for folded shirts, and one for toiletries.
The bag also has “clips” that close the bag beyond the zipper. Again, looks a bit “rugged,” but I felt ever-so-slightly safer about gate checking my bag, since it’s one more step for someone to take something out of my bag.
The bag’s quality is great as well. The handlebar seemed long lasting, and the bag rolled well.
Obviously there’s a high price tag on the bag, at $290. But Briggs & Riley does have about as close to a “no questions” asked warranty as you’ll find. As you may remember, I wasn’t a huge fan of the last bag they sent me, though several readers commented that they love Briggs & Riley because they actually follow through on their warranty. So you’re essentially buying a “bag for life.”
Anyway, I’ll actually be using this bag as one of my two primary travel bags from hereon out. So if you see me around the airport, expect to spot this bag!
Lastly, here are a few pictures: