- Easy-access, top loading main compartment with lockable zipper pulls to protect contents
- Spacious main compartment holds bulky or odd-shaped items
- Padded laptop compartment protects up to a 15.6” laptop
- SpeedThru™ pocket for quick storage of items at security checkpoints
- Strategic use of lightweight, durable 420D nylon, 600D polyester and water-resistant tarpaulin
- Outer fabrics resist wear, moisture, dirt and abrasion
- Durable webbing top handle provides a comfortable grip
- Adjustable padded sternum straps keeps backpack from sliding off shoulders
- Aerated mesh back padding allows air to circulate against body, keeping back cool
- Thickly padded back panel provides comfort and lumbar support
- YKK® RC zipper hardware for smooth, self-repairing zipper action
- Ergonomic, lockable zipper pulls
- Vertical front pocket with gray heather fabric offers quick, convenient access to small items
- Organizer on front panel with deep zippered pocket, two elastic slip pockets, and pen loops
- Zippered side water bottle pocket and zippered side gusseted pocket for quick storage of items
- Quick connect daisy chain loops for easy attachment of small accessories
- HideAway™ ID tag conceals personal information
- Slip-through back strap allows bag to slide over any Briggs & Riley Outsider® handle for fast, convenient travel
|Zipper||YKK® RC zipper hardware for smooth, self-repairing zipper action; ergonomic, lockable double zipper pulls|
|Fabric||Strategic use of lightweight, durable 420D nylon, 600D polyester and water-resistant tarpaulin Outer fabrics resist wear, moisture, dirt and abrasion|
|Capacity||1391.5 cu. in. / 22.8 liters|
|Case Dimensions||18 x 13.5 x 7 in. / 45.5 x 34.5 x 18 cm|
|Laptop Size||Up to 15.6"|
After years of carrying a "briefcase" I switched over to a backpack four years ago, mostly so I could "pair" it with my B&R carry-on bag when in transit. I chose a well-known but much cheaper brand and did find it better than a briefcase. But, this year I bought this Briggs & Riley Excursion Backpack, mostly made as an "image" upgrade. I needed to look a bit more professional, and the backpack I was carrying was just too "youthful" and casual. I benefited in several ways other than just cosmetic, by upgrading to Briggs & Riley.
First of all, the backpack has more structure. It's more rigidly made so it doesn't need to be packed full in order to stand upright when unattended. It doesn't flop over when unpacked which minimizes the risk of smaller items falling out when packing and unpacking. That's a huge plus when traveling. I can't afford to lose anything while traveling.
The bag is well designed with plenty of compartments, large, medium and small, to accommodate a wide variety of items. I love the side pockets. The gusseted one holds my chargers, battery packs, cables and adapters. The other holds my Cliff bars and snacks. The medium-sized front pocket is great for headphone, notepads, pens and styluses, with dividers to keep everything organized.
The larger inside pocket can hold everything from an extra pair of shoes, a toiletry bag, and/or a large travel pillow (rolled) but it also had a padded compartment for my iPad and/or MacBook Air (or similar laptop).
It's easy to load and unload with the large zippered opening. I love the large flap as it allows easy access but also makes it difficult for someone to unzip without my knowing it, when walking through a crowd.
The straps and webbing is complicated but once adjusted, it has worn very comfortably. I am very pleased, although I have been tempted to remove a few of the smaller support straps to keep them from dangling and tangling up in the airport security conveyor.
All of the materials and hardware are of exceptional qualify and typical of Briggs & Riley products. I started carrying B&R over 20 years ago and wouldn't even consider a competitor's products. Previously, I only carried Tumi, but after having to deal with their non-existent warranty and repair process, I chose B&R and am a convert for life!!
The Excursion Backpack is made for road-warriors who travel a lot and carry essentials that they need to access quickly and easily, while on the go. It's a very professional and classy looking backpack. I frequently receive compliments and inquiries about the backpack from senior executives who appreciate the quality and reliability offered by Briggs & Riley.
There are larger and more expensive B&R backpacks but this model serves me very well. FYI: my domestic travel carry-on bad is a Briggs & Riley Baseline Commuter Expandable Upright, and it's the PERFECT carry-on bag for one to three day domestic travel. These bags look great together. I highly recommend them both.
By Traveler Jonrolle, on 9/2/2015
This pack was all I needed to hop a plane, a train, a car and back on a cross-country trip. When hiking in the Olympics this summer it turned the heads of several Seattle-ites: "Ooooh, where did you get that pack????" they exclaimed. It's smart looking and smartly designed. Lightweight, yet strong, it is now my favorite pack for the weekend or a minimalist week-long journey.
By Fifi , on 4/20/2015