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Briggs & Riley BRX Exchange Duffle Receives National Geographic Gear of the Year 2010 Award

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HAUPPAUGE, NY – Briggs & Riley Travelware‘s BRX Exchange 26 Duffle has received National Geographic Adventure’s top honor of ‘Gear of the Year 2010.’ This dynamic duffle bag from Briggs & Riley’s new BRX collection converts into a backpack using a quick-convert backpack suspension system. A back panel easily zips away to reveal a padded backpack harness with sternum straps.

Steve Casimiro, contributing editor of National Geographic Adventure and founder of Adventure Journal writes, ‘For a simple product, the duffle can be remarkably sophisticated, and it’s the details that make the difference. High-end luggage maker Briggs & Riley brings the finishing of its most blue-blooded models to a new line of more rugged pieces: The BRX Exchange 26 duffle has a huge U-shaped opening to make packing or unpacking effortless, there are hidden backpack straps, and an expansion sleeve adds three inches of depth to the 4,000-cubic-inch carryall. Best of all, it weighs just three pounds, less than half the weight of smaller wheeled units.’

Briggs & Riley’s BRX Collection made its highly anticipated debut in select retail stores May 2010. Specifically engineered for adventure travel, BRX high-performance luggage sports a 10-20% weight reduction compared to top selling similar bags. BRX is constructed with multiple fabrics to reinforce areas most vulnerable to abrasion and stress while reducing weight in non-critical areas. The Exchange 26 Duffle also features a proprietary docking system which allows the duffle bag (and all other non-wheeled BRX bags) to securely fasten to larger wheeled pieces for sturdy, convenient transport as one unit.

All Briggs & Riley products, including the BRX collection, are backed by the industry-leading ‘Simple as that’ lifetime performance guarantee, a guarantee that even covers damage caused by airlines or an elephant on safari.

The Briggs & Riley BRX Exchange 26 Duffle is available in three colors: amber, slate and ocean, retailing for $160.

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