Briggs & Riley Baseline Softside Expandable Spinner Suitcase, 22-Inch

Last updated date: September 17, 2020

DWYM Score

9.4

Briggs & Riley Baseline Softside Expandable Spinner Suitcase, 22-Inch

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Overall Take

The innovative compression system in this bag not only lets you pack everything you need but keeps the weight evenly distributed. The zippers are made of quality material and the pockets — both interior and exterior — are well-placed. The four spinner wheels ensure a smooth journey.


In our analysis of 88 expert reviews, the Briggs & Riley Briggs & Riley Baseline Expandable Spinner Suitcase, 22-Inch placed 7th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

An elegant carry-on that rolls or spins on 4 wheels for effortless 360 degree navigation. This rolling carry-on features CX technology, expanding the bag by up to 25 percent when more packing space is needed, then compressing back down to original size for overhead storage. 2520D ballistic nylon outer fabric is abrasion resistant, water repellent, color fast and self healing. Soft, durable twill lining is light-colored to easily locate packed items. Outsider handle - no bars inside the bag provides greater interior capacity and a flat surface for packing. Clothing arrives wrinkle-free. CX expansion compression technology. HideAway ID tag conceals personal information. SpeedThru pocket for storage of items at security checkpoints. The orange lining alerts if the pocket is open. Effortlessly glide over surfaces. Wheels move forward when bag is expanded for tilt-resistance and stability.Keeps suits and formal garments wrinkle-free. Foam roll bar gently folds items, while the compression strap secures them in place. 22 Inch H x 14 Inch W x 9 Inch D (Fits most U.S. airline carry-on dims) Expands to 11.5 Inch D

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.8
5 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.8
488 user reviews

What experts liked

If you can spend about $200 more and want a buy-it-for-life suticase, we recommend the Briggs & Riley Baseline Domestic Carry-On Expandable Upright. It has superlative build quality, plenty of expandable room, and a uniquely effective compression system. Good warranties protect against anything that makes your luggage unusable. The best, like the Briggs & Riley warranty, expressly offer repair and replacement programs, which protect against airline damage regardless of whether you lodge a formal claim with the airline.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Organized travelers will appreciate the two mesh panels, which can be buckled over the top of packed clothing to keep things tidy. A large interior pocket beneath the lid has a hook and a removable suit panel with a foam bar to fold garments over. However, only the one panel can be removed, so it doesn’t function as a removable garment bag. There is also a long, small pocket running on the top of the outside of the bigger pocket.
- Trip Savvy
We've awarded chosen this suitcase as our Top Pick for Serious Space. It has a unique compression system that not only works amazingly well but also keeps your luggage from becoming absurdly front-heavy when you've overstuffed it. It's impressively durable and barely shows wear and tear, with reinforced corners, protected wheels, and clever material coloration. Has some of our favorite zippers we tested, that glide like butter. We never had to fight with them around corners or when the bag was far overstuffed.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
The double spinner wheels (four of them) are the best in the business and will glide smoothly on most floors. This will help a lot on short airport transfers where you need to move fast and efficiently. In terms of storage, the bag offers an impressive 55.6 litres of space inside. This is pretty amazing when you consider that this bag is still regulation carry on size for the US.
- Carryon Guru

What experts didn't like

However, hard-sided luggage does look great. Polycarbonate can be molded in an endless variety of colors or prints, which soft-sided luggage can’t replicate in thread.
- New York Times Wirecutter
At 9.3 pounds, it’s a bit heavier than some competitors. This carry-on will cost you big bucks.
- Trip Savvy
It's light on the pockets and organizational features. It's a very expensive option in a category of expensive choices. At full price, it's a tough ticket to swallow
- Outdoor Gear Lab
Is marketed as 22 inches high x 14 inches wide x 9 inches deep, but it measured in at 22.5 inches high x 14.5 inches wide x 9.25 inches deep. All of this is important because the dimensions on the product’s hangtag or in website description drive purchasing decisions. If a manufacturer provides only the interior dimensions, it’s not helpful if you're looking for a carry-on that complies with your airline's carry-on rules.
- Consumer Reports

An Overview On Suitcases

Even on your most uncomfortable economy flight, take heart in the fact that your luggage is probably having a worse time than you are. From the punishment of the initial packing ritual to the inevitable bumps and bruises administered by the baggage handlers, your suitcase bears it all without a complaint — if it’s made of quality stuff.

So how do you choose the right travel companion for your next trip? First things first: Consider the contents. Is this luggage going to be used for a short, solo trip or long family outings? If it’s the former, go with a compact carry-on bag. For the latter, you’re going to need an actual suitcase, the kind that will likely be checked in and stowed in a separate compartment during your flight.

Don’t fully trust the name given by the manufacturer, either. Many so-called “carry-on” bags may get rejected as such by some airlines, especially when they’re overstuffed. Check the dimensions: The standard size limit for carry-on luggage on most US airlines is 22 by 14 by 9 inches. For checked baggage, the general limit is 62 linear inches (that’s length, width and height added together). Whatever you’re choosing, make sure that it’s a bag you can move by yourself if you have to. Ideally, that includes the ability to lift it overhead at least once to stow it in an overhead compartment.

The next thing you’ll want to consider is structure. Luggage materials fall into two main categories: Hardside or softside. Hardside luggage is made of aluminum or polymers that offer lots of protection, making them the default choice for larger suitcases that will see lots of handling (and might need some extra security). Softside luggage is usually made from high-quality nylon or polyester, possibly with PVC panels or other reinforcing material to protect the inside. It’s more prone to scratches and wear, but offers a bit of flexibility when you need to stretch the capacity. This material is obviously lighter and most common for carry-on luggage.

Whatever the material, the details make a lot of difference. The first thing to check is the zippers. The most common types you’ll see on luggage are coil zippers or chain zippers. Coil zippers are typically made of nylon or plastic, and while they’re flexible and can “heal” if the zipper slips, they’re generally less durable and easier to tamper with. Chain zippers, as the name implies, are made with interlocking metal or plastic teeth. They’re more secure but a bit less flexible, and generally more expensive. Whichever the type, a good perk is a “closed-end” zipper style that can be opened from either end of the suitcase. Not only is this more convenient, but it also ensures that you can still open your luggage if one end breaks.

Just as you might with a used car, you’ll want to check the wheels. Spinner wheels are generally considered to be the best option for frequent travelers. They have a versatile mounting that allows them to rotate 360 degrees, allowing you to maneuver more easily in crowded airports. Just bear in mind that they can also roll off more easily when unattended. For that reason, those who travel in areas with a steep incline might go with a good set of fixed wheels.

Other factors to consider include the handle. In the best-case scenario, it will be retractable and built into the body of the suitcase so it’s harder to break or bend. And of course, you’ll want to consider the layout of the interior: Are there enough pockets for all your smaller items? Is there a separate compartment for dirty clothes? How much can you reasonably pack in?

For some of these questions, you’ll need to ask around, or check the reviews online. Whatever you do, don’t skimp on the details! A good traveling companion is hard to find.

The Suitcase Buying Guide

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