Carry-On for Travel

To the current consultants - any recommendations for carry-on luggage?

I'm thinking of getting a Briggs & Riley for the typical Mon-Thu travel cases. This bag looks like a good pick, especially given the sale. But will the size be fine, it's a 22"? Or are there better alternatives?

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Aug 1, 2014

Gotta get a Tumi Alpha Continental carry-on. Things are built to last. I've probably lugged mine on 100+ flights across North Merica, Europe and Asia over the last four years without so much as a scratch or loose screw.

Aug 1, 2014

B&R is the shit - I have one and it's been fantastic. Full of little details for the business traveler. Been on the road for 1.5 years straight, every week and it's never failed me.

For my laptop bag, I have a Tumi cause I thought it looked a bit nicer than the B&R. Both are solid brands though.

Aug 1, 2014

Which model of the B&R do you have pr4mence?

Aug 1, 2014

B&R over tumi for carry-ons. The lifetime warranty is hard to beat, and the Domestic carry-On Expandable Upright (U122CX) fits most sizers. Highly recommended.

I haven't found briefcases better than Tumi's--the Tumi zippers and pockets are in a league on their own. You can get the "older" versions on sale now because they came up with (uglier-looking) Alpha 2's very recently.

Aug 1, 2014
pnb2002:

B&R over tumi for carry-ons. The lifetime warranty is hard to beat, and the Domestic carry-On Expandable Upright (U122CX) fits most sizers. Highly recommended.

I haven't found briefcases better than Tumi's--the Tumi zippers and pockets are in a league on their own. You can get the "older" versions on sale now because they came up with (uglier-looking) Alpha 2's very recently.

Any particular reason you went for the Baseline over the Transcend? I know it's geared more towards business travel and has the expandable feature but you can easily add ~$200 to the final price.

Also, any need for a consultant in a North American office to opt for an international sized carry-on? I see you went with the domestic.

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Aug 1, 2014

I'm not a consultant but I think I'm going to pick one of those up. Thanks for sharing, +1

Aug 2, 2014

I have the Travelpro Platinum Magna 21" carry-on. Got it on sale for half the price of a Tumi or B&R, and it has a lifetime warranty along with great construction and magnetically aligned wheels.

Aug 2, 2014

Another vote for the BR U122CX

Aug 2, 2014
brj:

Another vote for the BR U122CX

Same here. +1 for the U122CX.

Aug 1, 2014
kingfalcon:
brj:

Another vote for the BR U122CX

Same here. +1 for the U122CX.

Do you think the $169 extra is really worth the few added features of the U122CX over the Transcend TU222X?

Aug 2, 2014

Rimowa for function and quality
Ghurka for overpriced quality and style

Aug 1, 2014

I never understood some people's obsession with Rimowa (especially Europeans). You lose the front pockets and space (because Rimowas are four wheelers). Not to mention that four wheelers are terrible on carpeted floors, which many hotels are.

I think hard-top four wheelers makes perfect sense for larger, checked luggage, but I see very little benefit for carry ons.

Aug 1, 2014
pnb2002:

I never understood some people's obsession with Rimowa (especially Europeans). You lose the front pockets and space (because Rimowas are four wheelers). Not to mention that four wheelers are terrible on carpeted floors, which many hotels are.

I think hard-top four wheelers makes perfect sense for larger, checked luggage, but I see very little benefit for carry ons.

+100 to all your points

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Aug 4, 2014

I use a Victorinox NXT 22 inch. It was a dead heat between that one and the Briggs and Riley - I very briefly looked at Tumi but don't understand why the price premium was even remotely justified. If I had to do it all over, I would still either get the Swiss or the B&R, but maybe the 21 inch vs the 22. Some planes (older 737s, most of the MD80's) don't fit my bag wheels or handles first so I have to be the dickhead that puts the bag in sideways. The 21 would help that but not solve completely.

Aug 6, 2014

Fully agree with karl_pinkington. Since Tumi (quietly) changed their warranty terms a couple of years back, it doesn't seem the plausible choice other than for prestige/ conformity reasons. Not saying that they might be loser in terms of enforcement of their own terms - but who wants to rely on that when choices at lower price points are abound.

Agree, that the NXT 22" has to go sideways on some aircrafts, but never had "official" problems anywhere in the world due to bigger size.

@"pnb2002": one can get Rimowas as 2 wheelers and also with front pockets (questionable design though). Their warranty and service is top notch, especially if one lives close to Cologne where they have their service center.

Aug 7, 2014

I would suggest the Samsonite polycarbonate spinners. So far I am happy with my luggage choice.

Aug 9, 2014

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Aug 10, 2014

exactly what i was thinking

Aug 11, 2014

Guys, if you don't want to be immediately recognizable as a junior consultant/middle manager/traveling salesperson, get something without wheels.

Classic styles can be found here, for example:
http://www.swaineadeneybrigg.com/store/swaine-aden...

Of course, expensive and less convenient, but come on, show some style.

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Aug 2, 2014

When you're traveling every week, function > form. You must love ironing.

Junior consultant, eh? Every partner I know totes a 15 year old black Tumi rollaboard. Shoot, a significant %age have done away with the briefcase entirely in favor of this:

http://www.tumi.com/product/index.jsp?productId=35...

When you fly everyday to check on all of the work you've sold, the evidence suggests that it's the right equipment.

Aug 11, 2014

Hahaha... Last time I ironed my own shirts = 15+ years ago. Oh yes, I know 1-2 fellow partners too that carry these unbelievably ugly backpacks and somehow believe it's ok. Too each their own, but to me it's a question of self-respect to not let practicality dictate you have to look like a total chump.

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Aug 2, 2014

I've heard from many consultants that wheels are super important. Wheel quality is one of the most crucial aspects of a suitcase. Weak ones will break, and floppy ones will cause strain on your body from constantly pushing the suitcase in different directions to correct for it straying off-course. I just bought a suitcase with magnetically aligned wheels and the thing is super smooth with minimal strain.

Aug 18, 2014
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