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BRIGGS & RILEY's Outsider® handle system---with the handle cleverly constructed outside the bag...for more packing room inside...is just one of the great features of their BRX Adventure travel luggage collection.
OTHERS--- the amazingly light weight of each hauler, materials like high performance tough fabrics used just so= 420D ripstop and packcloth nylon--- that resist abrasion...technical grade hardware, and cushy handles that are sturdy.
New for Spring 2012 is the brick red LAVA color...
|LAVA- BRX COLLECTION|
|multiple grab handles with moisture wicking mesh lining|
The seven piece BRX Collection-that also comes in this pretty OCEAN blue---is made for versatility---as in this new convertible duffel (26 inch $160) that easily converts into a roomy backpack ---via padded backstraps that tuck away...
|roll down pack panel...backstraps emerge|
|Tapered zip expansion too|
|Straps zipped in for a clean back|
PLUS: external buckler system on the BRX pieces allows for very quick connection---for checking in just one bag...smart.
|Going solo-Commuter upright-20 inch $140|
THULE: is gaining cred as a luggage company over the bike racks these days...
The Spring 2012 pieces greatly expand this handsome series of luggage, and what's called MacBook® Solutions...sold in APPLE stores and online---specifically designed for 13, 15, and 17 inch MacBook Pros, MacBook Air-11 and 13 inchers, and of course the iPad.
Our top pick is this Thule Crossover™ Sling Pack (below-for 15" MackBook Pro®) and Backpack-for a 17" MacBook Pro padded compartment and an iPad sleeve-with aluminum hardware and water resistant fabrics...
|Bold red-Thule Crossover™ Sling Pack for 15" MacBook Pro®, lightweight, asymmetrical side pockets-easy access|
|heat molded SafeZone™crushproof compartment, fleece lined too|
|Crossover™ Backpack for 17" MacBook Pro® + iPad®|
|Padded laptop sleeve|
|lots of interior zipped pockets|
|ATTACH´E-FITS 13 OR 15 INCH MACBOOK OR MACBOOK PRO PLUS AN IPAD/top handles, removable shoulder |
strap, clamshell design
|Semi-rigid construction, protective par excellence-inside|
|Thule Sleeve -semi-rigid high density construction for 13-15 inch MacBook®s|
Urban sleek---Thule Sleeve for MacBookR Air®
|stitch free-heat welded seams and additional fold at at the entry point-nylex lined interior, semi-rigid EVA foam construction|
|Rolling Duffles with oversized wheels, SafeZone™ compartment, inside compression straps, aluminum hardware, telescoping handles, Duffels- handsome water resistant fabric-big enough all our gear and stuff we end up buying too.|
|Lightweight and durable---features molded polypropylene back to absorb impact of rugged travel|