Briggs & Riley BRX Explore International Wide Body Spinner Review
This entry was posted on August 7, 2017.
I booked an 11 day trip to Morocco. The plan was to meet up with some friends and take on five different cities. The most ambitious part was that I planned to tackle this trip with a mere carry on bag and backpack. I ended up choosing the Briggs & Riley BRX Explore International Wide Body Spinner. The style of the bag was the perfect blend of adventure and leisure travel that I was planning my trip to Morocco. It had to be a bag that would fare well rolling across roads and through narrow train cars, but would still fit in the overhead bin with the small fare flight I had booked to get to Morocco. While the BRX was up against steep odds, it had just the right features to get me through the most challenging travel conditions I faced in Morocco. Here’s a review of where it shined.
Retail prices in Morocco are phenomenal. While I walked through plenty of local markets (Souks as locals call them), I couldn’t help but get caught up in the shopping. The garment compression panel inside the bag was phenomenal and contributes greatly to my positive review for this bag. Most carry on bags will come with packing straps, but I far preferred the garment panel. I found it did a better job of compressing all my clothing and leaving a fresh flat surface to pack my extra shopping against. When I needed to have a clay serving dish for my return journey, I was able to cinch the compression panel tight over my clothing to make it fit.
A Detour to Casablanca with No Luggage Locker
The above photo is a beautiful panoramic of me at the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. What you can’t see in this photo is my Briggs & Riley BRX Explore International Wide Body Spinner, which was sitting right next to the friend taking this photo. My group allotted ourselves only two hours in Casablanca before our next train time, and our only goal was to see the mosque. We decided to keep our bags with us so as not to waste time taking a taxi a few minutes to the luggage lockers available at an alternate train station down the street. I’ve never been so grateful to have a 4 wheeled carry on with me. The 4 wheels allowed me to make my way easily around the circumference of the mosque. Also, the smooth wheel design on the bag helped me stay relatively quiet so I didn’t break the hushed sanctity of the Mosque during the afternoon prayer time.
Climbing the City Stairs of Chefchaouen
In Chefchaouen, you are only able to take a cab so far into the city before the streets are off limits to taxis and become too narrow. Our driver let us off in an inconvenient spot right below a large set of stairs, similar to the ones pictured above. We had to climb our way into the city, and here is where the Briggs & Riley BRX Explore International Wide Body Spinner stood out once again. It features a top and side handle grip so carrying the bag by hand was a fairly easy task. I say fairly easy since I was still walking those steps in 100-degree heat. I ended up preferring how the top handle grip felt in my hand and made my way up the stairs. Once I got to the cobbled streets of this gorgeous painted blue city, I was able to switch back to my 4 wheel spinners which I much preferred.
The Final Verdict
With airlines cracking down on sizing standards and checked bag weight fees, not even international travel promises a free checked bag anymore. On my way to Morocco, I found our flight did not allow a checked bag because it was considered a small fare flight. A 35 euro fee was applied to any checked bag, which would cost about $41 with the current exchange rate. I was very pleased to make the trip carry on only. I don’t think I could have done it as easily without the help of the BRX’s internal packing, 4 wheeled mobility, and external handle system in place. The BRX ended up being an excellent choice and helping me through those unforeseen obstacles that always seem to surface during travel.