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post #46 of 81
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Okay, I have now narrowed down my choice to the Briggs and Riley 21" carry-on expandable + SpeedThru laptop sleeve and the BR 20" carry-on computer upright.

The advantage with the former is that I can pack more stuff in it and can even expand it for 3" of extra packing space. The laptop goes in a separate sleeve that comes with the BR SpeedThru feature meaning it meets the checkpoint friendly guidelines. However, the latter has a detachable computer sleeve, which essentially means I carry one less piece of luggage with me. Other than that, both carry-ons offer fantastic features like lifetime warranty and wrinkle-free packing. Both are made from the lightweight, but extremely durable CORDURA® brand fabric. The computer upright costs $48 more, but I will be spending an additional $53 on the computer sleeve if I buy the 21" carry-on. I am really confused. What do you guys think I should go for?
post #47 of 81
I just traveled internationally using a new B&R 22" rollerboard ( http://www.briggs-riley.com/category...rment-Bag_U475 ) and could not have been more thrilled with the ease of travel and surprising amount of stuff I could fit in there. Highly recommended.

I also recently purchased a Red Oxx Air Boss which looks pretty awesome for long weekends, although I haven't the opportunity to use it yet.
post #48 of 81
I would go with Filson of course. Either the 290 or 242 would work great for carry on bags.

One of my foreseeable problems is going to be how to carry on my electronics. Not only do I carry a laptop but I tend to drag along an ipod, cell phone and two DSLRs with lenses/accesories. I certainly hope they do not change the carry on rule and only allow you to take one bag on board especially on international flights.
post #49 of 81
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Originally Posted by mike.lawrence View Post
Okay, I have now narrowed down my choice to the Briggs and Riley 21" carry-on expandable + SpeedThru laptop sleeve and the BR 20" carry-on computer upright.

One caveat -- the correct bag depends on where you are flying.

If you are going to or connecting through the UK, the have an annoying restrictive policy regarding carry-on size. In sum, the allowable carry-on has to be about two inches smaller than anywhere else. You will be forced to check a 22" carry-on, even though that was perfectly acceptable carry-on for the flight to London. Worse, if you try to sneak it through and they catch you, which they almost always do, you will have to leave the line you have stood in for half an hour, return to the airline counter to check your bag and then start the line all over again.

The 22" Tumi you identified earlier won't work. The only Tumi that will is below. It has been especially designed to meet UK carry-on regs. Victorinox used to make a similar bag but they discontinued it, though they may have come up with a replacement.

http://intl.tumi.com/alpha/continental-20inch-carry-on/
post #50 of 81
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Originally Posted by jasonmarshalljazz View Post
this one is on its way to me right now.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...T#ht_500wt_941

i am sure i made the right decision.

Jason,

Nice bag @ a real nice price. Is the bottom leather? Does in come in any other colors?

This has a leather (suede) bottom, but it's $64
post #51 of 81
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Originally Posted by mr monty View Post
Jason,

Nice bag @ a real nice price. Is the bottom leather? Does in come in any other colors?

LOL! They only come in one color but they do come in different sizes. I have several of these loaded with tools in the pick up. The bottom is not leather, it's naugahyde.
post #52 of 81
I have the same Tumi 22" roll-aboard mentioned in post #20, and I have had a mixed experience. The quality of construction and style is very high, but it falls forward when I don't hold the handle, even without anything in the front pocket. If I do put even a modest load in front, it will not stand up at all without being held firm. Quite annoying and inconvenient when navigating airports, hotels, etc. I will steer clear of this brand/model in the future. Greg
post #53 of 81
I will give my standard plug for the Red Oxx Air Boss.
post #54 of 81
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Originally Posted by greg johnson View Post
I have the same Tumi 22" roll-aboard mentioned in post #20, and I have had a mixed experience. The quality of construction and style is very high, but it falls forward when I don't hold the handle, even without anything in the front pocket. If I do put even a modest load in front, it will not stand up at all without being held firm. Quite annoying and inconvenient when navigating airports, hotels, etc. I will steer clear of this brand/model in the future. Greg
I have a Tumi 22" expandable that I no longer use for flights. It not only falls over as mentioned, but it doesn't fit easily into overhead bins.
post #55 of 81
Thread Starter 
I have also read through various threads that suggest many airlines tend to have issues with larger carry-ons, so even I am leaning towards Briggs and Riley's 20" Verb Fuse computer upright. I think I would rather play it safe and pack a few less things in a smaller bag than be turned back from the boarding gate to check in a carry-on that doesn't fit the airline regulations. And the good thing with the Verb Fuse is that even if they ask me to check it in, I can always take out the detachable computer sleeve and carry it on board along with me.
post #56 of 81
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Originally Posted by mike.lawrence View Post
I have also read through various threads that suggest many airlines tend to have issues with larger carry-ons, so even I am leaning towards Briggs and Riley's 20" Verb Fuse computer upright. I think I would rather play it safe and pack a few less things in a smaller bag than be turned back from the boarding gate to check in a carry-on that doesn't fit the airline regulations. And the good thing with the Verb Fuse is that even if they ask me to check it in, I can always take out the detachable computer sleeve and carry it on board along with me.
I bought an 18" for this reason. The size is perfect for under the seat or overhead, and thus alleviates a lot of hassle when overhead space is limited. Due to its size I use it for short stays, but I've been able to pack two suits in it.
post #57 of 81
I swear by the Tumi 20" international carry-on: http://www.tumi.com/alpha/internatio...able-carry-on/

It's the only carry-on I've had (of 10+) that worked well in Europe and Asia. where airlines and airports security tends to more restrictive than in the US.
post #58 of 81
http://www.resails.com/the-original-...&p=50&w=21&r=Y That's what I use. Absolutely indestructible. Then again, if you aren't into sailing it might seem stupid...
post #59 of 81
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Originally Posted by AlanC View Post
I will give my standard plug for the Red Oxx Air Boss.
Just wanted to say this suggestion right here led me down a deeper path... spent some time at FlyerTalk, ended up finding about the Briggs and Riley 235x, which is a well regarded/professional looking bag + this closeout deal http://www.ebags.com/briggs_riley/ba...&lastterm=235x A shootout including this bag: http://www.1bag1world.com/blog/2009/...-shootout.html My mom snagged one for my upcoming bday, I'm all set The Air Boss above is also a very well regarded bag it seems, being designed by Doug Dyment from OneBag.com, who is an enthusiast not linked to Red Oxx. Generally speaking, it seems that wheeled carryons carry the penalty of double the weight and significantly less capacity, as well as instances where many 22" and even 21" bags can fail a carryon test, due to the fact that manufacturers tend to fib about dimensions by not accounting for external structure of the bag. With a lightly structured, non-wheeled bag, even when packed well you usually can cram it easily into the test bin even if its dimensions surpass the allowed.
post #60 of 81
I have been traveling for business for the last 30 years. The two top bags 30 years ago are still the top bags today - Hartmann and Tummi. Back then, if one liked black luggage, one bought Tummi and if you like the Hartmann olive/khaki, or tweed or belting leather, you went with Hartmann. I like Hartmann and still use the Hartmann overnight carry on I bought 30 years ago. The stuff does last. Flight crews size you up by your luggage and your dress, and decent dress and a decent bag will get a slightly oversized and overstuffed bag on the plane while the tourist in front of you has to check theirs. Some things change in the last 30 years but, other than rollers, luggage hasn' changed much. Ownership and quality have changed over the years. For the worse, Hartmann was sold by Brown-Foreman to some private equity guys, and the innovation has slowed and the quality slipped. This has allowed Briggs & Rilley to enter with a well made knock off at a much lower price. Briggs and Riley has 2 flaws. First it is heavier than Hartmann or Tummi, but the weight difference has shrunk in the last 2 years. Second, Briggs and Riley makes a big deal about having the frame on the exterior of the bag for flatter packing. This makes packing easier and with less wrinkles, but it takes away valuable space for a carry on. So, for carryon's Briggs and Riley is a non-starter for the serioius travelor. All new "check in" luggage I buy, is Briggs and Riley, however, as the weight difference isn't much, the feature difference is nill and the price difference is huge. For carry on, the next big question is do you need to pack suits or blazers. If so, the conventional roll a box wrinkles clothes more than the tri-fold type. I use the Hartmann trifold roll aboard. Note, that it is too wide to roll down the aisle of a plane. Before rushing out to buy one, however, the most recent model I saw in a luggage store replaced outside zipper on the pockets with snaps. This is unacceptable for me. So, if you like black luggage or are indifferent to color, the choice is easy - Tummi for carryon. If I were to start over buying luggage today, Tummi is what I would buy for carryon and I would get everything else in black to match from Briggs & Riley. If you can't live with black luggage, then Hartmann for carryon.
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