Friday, September 2, 2011

Briggs & Riley BRX Adventure Gear #BRXtravelgear

August was going to see a bit of traveling for myself and the boys. Thankfully I was given the opportunity to purchase Travel Gear from the Briggs & Riley BRX Adventure Travel Gear line. Thankfully, their gear fits into our busy “throw it all in and go” lifestyle.

Being that I’m in rural Minnesota, I knew my search to find a store that carried this line would have me driving down to the cities. So, I started off my search at the Briggs & Riley website to research the products that I personally liked and thought would fit into our lifestyle.Duffel Bag toiletry bag

My BFF called me the week before the boys and I were supposed to head to Chicago and asked me if I wanted to head to the cities! Called the luggage store and sure enough they had the bag I had researched. They didn’t have the color toiletry bag I was hoping for, but it was one I needed!

When LP and I got to the luggage store, she headed to the pet store while I went in to check out the BRX Line. Unfortunately, the only photo I was able to take was outside the store. The owner said I wasn’t allowed to take photos inside the store. Such a bummer!Luggage ProsI went into the Luggage Pros shop and they had the BRX Line like the bags above and only had the one 26” Exchange Duffle Bag in Ocean. The color was gorgeous. I liked the Amber and Slate, but the Ocean stood out to me.

So, after finding the Duffle Bag (on sale, too) I had to choose which Toiletry Kit color I wanted. I went with the Slate because it was closer to the Ocean color. I guess this color makes me think of Outdoor Luggage more than the others.

I brought home my new BRX Luggage and got ready to head to Chicago with my boys. It was somewhat amusing when I first starting taking the Duffle Bag apart because there were zippers and handles galore. I wasn’t exactly sure how they all connected.

At first I couldn’t find the backpack handles. After some searching I found them in a hidden zippered compartment on the bottom of the bag.

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As I was packing the boys into the travel gear, I realized there was a zipper that expanded the bag as well! That was nice since it gave me more room to get all of their clothes packed and not need and extra bag. There’s also a long zippered pocket on the inside back of the bag. We didn’t need it for this trip.

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The Duffle Bag has zippered pockets everywhere. It’s also so well made. I mean, this pack is SOLID! I also love how lightweight it is. I was concerned that after I stuffed it full of clothes for both boys it’d weigh a ton like the other bags we have. No problem!collage

When I put the Duffle Bag on as a Pack, I thought it might be pretty heavy. I mean, there’s clothes for 2 boys for 5 days in that bag! The straps are padded VERY nicely and sat easily on my back. Adjusting the straps to fit was easy and clasping it above my chest helped it to sit where I could carry it through an airport if needed.

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I know it looks big and bulky, but honestly, it wasn’t heavy or uncomfortable at all. The padding on the shoulder straps and on the underside made it comfortable. Feel like Briggs & Riley really thought of everything!

Then it was time to fill the Toiletry Bag. This is the one I purchased in Slate. It was a fun little bag that reminds me of a roly poly: adorableness all rolled up in a little package.

First you unroll the Toiletry Bag, then unzip the main part that splits it in half. I hung it up so I could fill it with everything we’d need on our trip. What I didn’t realize before we left was I needed to purchase travel size bottles. We’ve always used full size bottles so turns out I need to make some other purchases!

I liked that the strap was long enough that I could hang the Toiletry Bag from the handle on the door of the shower and if need be, there was enough space to hang on the shower pole if needed.IMG_8410 IMG_8412

I like that there are two separate compartments. When we all go together, I can separate my stuff with the boys. I can put all their stuff in the spot that’s see thru that way they can see where their items are.

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The Toiletry Bag is really well put together and when the zippered parts are open I’m not concerned that they’re going to spill out because of the sides holding the openings up high enough. Thank goodness. With my boys just leaving things undone it could become a big mess!IMG_8411

This was super easy to tote around and for the boys to get access to. It was also nice that we didn’t have to dig through an entire bag to find what we needed.

I have to admit, I’ve never used a Toiletry Bag and it was SO nice to have a real nice piece of Briggs & Riley Luggage! I’ve never owned quality travel gear. Now we’re ready to hit the road in style!

Now that we’re done with them, they’ll be packed into my extra room closet with our other extra backpacks and winter wear. We’ll be heading to Chicago again for Christmas…maybe…so we’ll be using both pieces for that trip, too!

*This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions expressed are my own and never influenced by the company!

4 comments:

Jewels For Hope said...

Oh wow those look like they fit everything! That is great! And it is also nice to know that it felt lightweight while on- not bulky and weighed down. Looks like a great bag! :)

Tiffany C. said...

I've had shop owners tell me the same thing "No photos inside the store please." Ugh. Oh well. Great post.

Crunchy Frugalista said...

Those look like great bags! My family loves to camp and hike. We could fit all we would need for a day hike! Thanks for sharing!

Wendy said...

Great looking bags! I really like that toiletry bag.

Wendy
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