Briggs & Riley Excursion Backpack: A Review for the Traveler in You

Briggs & Riley Excursion Backpack front view

Looking for the right excursion backpack? Is this one from Briggs and Riley the right one for you? Read ahead and find out!

For most of us who love to go out on an excursion, it is important to find a backpack that can suit all our needs. We don’t just need one that looks really good to carry. Instead, we need one that can pack on all that we need, and yet look simple and be easy to carry

So, how do you choose the right one?  

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Truer words have never been spoken. I often find myself using these lines by St. Agustine to justify my insane love for traveling, my urge to see more and more of the world. Traveling is rejuvenating; it is bliss.

Give me a long weekend, a short break or even a regular public holiday – I’ll be off before you can even say bye. But there’s one thing that every travel enthusiast needs and is always on the lookout for: the perfect backpack. Whether you’re going on a fancy cruise trip, visiting your sister on the other side of the globe or going camping in the wilderness, a good backpack ALWAYS comes in handy.

What we need is a flexible backpack – classy enough for those luxury tours and also tough enough to weather mud and rain when you go hiking. I’ve tried out a variety of products, but I haven’t favoured any as much as I do my Briggs & Riley Excursion Backpack brx, BP240.

The Briggs & Riley Excursion Backpack brx, BP240

Briggs & Riley Excursion Backpack back view

I acquired this specimen a while ago, before I had to visit Australia for work. I wanted a nice and professional-looking backpack which I could take to work with me if need be and carry my laptop in.

At the same time, I needed it to be easy to carry around and tough – I was definitely planning to use my days off to fit in some beach-side camping and bush land hikes. B&R’s excursion backpack fit the bill perfectly.

The Specifications

Briggs & Riley Excursion Backpack open view

Briggs & Riley always deliver top-of-the-range travel gear, and this was no exception. It was rugged yet refined, well-suited for long plane journeys and lugging around at airports too.

Size: 45.5 x 34.5 x 18 cm. Weight: 1 kg. Capacity: 22.8 litres.

These dimensions are pretty much exactly what you need. The backpack was big enough to fit all the supplies I wanted to have on hand AND a 15” laptop without much crowding. It was light enough for me to carry it on my back and still be able to run across flight terminals with ease (I tend to get late).

Zipper: Zippers are a pet peeve of mine, seeing as they more often than not end up broken or stuck at the worst possible moment. The BP240 was a relief though; its YKK RC zipper is smooth and self-repairing.

The backpack has double-zipper pulls that are easily lockable, which makes it super-convenient and secure.

Material: Briggs & Riley uses the best material for its line, and the Excursion Backpack brx was made with top quality fabrics. It combined durability with resistance to outer environmental conditions with 420D nylon and 600D polyester.

The material was lightweight but strong. The waterproof tarpaulin proved its effectiveness, thank goodness – saved my laptop from a crazy Sydney torrential downpour. The outer cover withstood the tests of dirt, mud and scrapes and passed with flying colours.

Pros:

  • Excursion Backpack brx, BP240 has the benefit of having a handle and wheels. You can always push it around if you’re feeling tired, but carry it when you’re hands are full.
  • The u-shaped top opening is well-chosen, and the backpack has a good design overall. You can access your supplies inside with ease and without shuffling things around and disorganizing your packing.
  • It has a padded laptop pocket that keeps the valuable gadget separated from any liquids or hard items.
  • It comes in two colors, blue and black.
  • A few more inner partitions and pockets would’ve improved the design.
  • It would have gotten improved stability if the back of the backpack was attached to the handle at both the top and the bottom.

Cons:

  • Only fits up to 15.6″ laptop.

All in all, the Briggs & Riley Excursion Backpack has definitely made it into my list of best travel gear. It is a must-have piece for any business-person, employed professional or trekker and traveler. I recommend you get yours soon!