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Briggs & Riley Baseline Vs. Tumi Alpha 2

Briggs & Riley Baseline Vs. Tumi Alphsa 2: Carry-Off


Briggs & Riley Baseline and Tumi Alpha 2 have two of the strongest designs in the travel industry for carry-on luggage. We decided to make matters interesting, and much like a model walk-off we’re going to take both brands’ two-wheeled carry-on bags and go head to head in a carry-off. Take a look to see just how each bag stacks up when it comes to hitting the airport runway.


The Briggs & Riley Baseline Domestic Expandable Upright is 21" in height (wheels and handle not included) compared to the Tumi Alpha 2 International Expandable which is 20” in height (wheels and handle not included). However, don't just rely on the raw numbers when it comes to measuring these two bags. Packing size is also determined by bag structure. Tumi’s carry-on gains back an extra inch in packing space because its carry-on uses an internal handlebar system built into the structure of the bag, rather than Briggs & Riley who attaches theirs to the outside of the bag. This means that ultimately these two bags have about the same packing dimensions, but you have to decide between a height that you can fly with internationally (Tumi), or a height that you can fly with domestically with no internal handlebars to pack against inside your case (Briggs & Riley).

Things to consider: Do you prefer having flat packing space, or being able to fly through strict international airlines with your bag?


A determining factor in your purchase may be price range, for our carry-off we have Tumi’s International Expandable clocking in at $595, while the Briggs & Riley totals $469.


In the end this race comes down to durability. In terms of durability, these two bags excel in two different ways. The Tumi Alpha 2 carry-on comes in their signature ballistic nylon, which has one of the densest quality weaves possible. It’s about as durable as you can get. Taking a look at the Briggs & Riley, however, you’ll find a powerhouse in terms of protective measures. It features corner guards on all four corners of their bag as well as the wheels, compared to Tumi’s two corner guards and wheels that do not come with an outer guard. In terms of durability, these bags both come fully prepared to handle the terminal, but you may want to weigh your travel strategy to see which makes most sense with your travel style.

The Takeaway

Altogether, Briggs & Riley and Tumi definitely know how to put on a show. This match-up lets us see just how much substance these two bags really have, and with that being the case, we'll leave it up to our reader to decide the winner.