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Friday, September 9, 2011

On The Road With BRX #BRXTravelGear {review}

I shared with you last week about my shopping experience in picking out the perfect item from Briggs & Riley's BRX line. And after letting the hubster use the Excursion Messenger for work, I decided to pack it up myself and take it on the road for our Labor Day weekend camping trip.

One of the first things I noticed about this bag was the room it had in it. This is way more than just a laptop bag. And although it is a soft bag, I don't worry about the safety of things like my laptop, smartphone, or iPod. Let me show you the different areas of the bag. 

Here it is, ready for me to set up my laptop in the camper. It's a good thing I brought it too. We had a rainy day and needed to hop on the internet to search out options for entertaining our little ones.

There's a belt that comes up behind the laptop. This can be pulled snug to Velcro the laptop into place. Once that's set, there's very little room for it to move around and no need to worry about its safe keeping.

There's a lot of room left in the pocket for files, notepads, computer cords, and more. When the hubster has to travel for work, he'll have no problem filling up the bag, but I know that he'll also have no problem finding a place to put all of his paperwork.

The front, zippered pocket of the BRX Excursion Messenger is lined in a bright orange. I love the contrast of color with the gray but also find that the brightness of the pocket makes it easy to see the items stored. Inside this section is a padded smartphone holder that Velcros closed, a large, mesh, zippered pocket perfect for holding pens, pencils, erasers, paper clips, or other items like that. There is an elastic pen holder that helped me be sure I always had one at my fingertips and sleeves for business cards. Finally, the pocket is made with a gusset to create even more storage room should I need it for smaller notebooks, planners, etc.

The front flap of the bag buckles down and is adjustable. Here's the neat part, though. Generally, I've seen buckles like this hanging from the bag and that makes for easy wear and tear to make it eventually useless. On the BRX Excursion Messenger, there is one buckle that is firmly attached to the top of the bag and the adjustable half is strongly attached to the bag's bottom. Even my husband commented on how much he likes this feature and knowing that the buckle won't be breaking any time soon. 

 At the top of the bag's front flap is another, good sized pocket. What sets this one apart is its zipper. If you look at the above photo, you'll see what I mean. This zipper will keep what I want in, in and keep the elements out as I'm on the move. There was an awful lot of sand and dirt at the campground and I never saw it anywhere on or in this bag while it got moved around.

On the back of the bag is a flap that will keep it resting easy on the handle of a larger piece of luggage. When I compared this to a different laptop bag, I was really impressed by its size. There's no way it would be able to accidentally slip off or sit unsteady. 

There's a removable, adjustable strap for the Excursion Messenger with an extremely nice, but also removable, shoulder pad. I love bags that come with options and I know my husband appreciates this too. There are days when his work wardrobe would work better with a brief case than a messenger bag. He can easily choose between the two options. 

And there you have it! This is the nicest laptop bag my husband has ever owned. He's excited about the bag's room and options since he travels by air or by car for his work quite often. I felt it worked great on the campground and am amazed that something can work so well for both professional and outdoor settings.

Beyond the BRX Excursion Messenger, there are many other options for travel gear. By visiting the website, you'll see everything from toiletry bags to luggage of all sizes. Stop by your local luggage shop or shop online for yours today.

**This #BRXtravelgear project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #collectivebias. In this post I share my thoughts and opinions of the item mentioned. Others may have a different experience or opinion.



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