Cramming everything you need for a vacation or business trip into a carry-on friendly suitcase is the best way to avoid checked baggage fees. It's a refined skill that bag maker Briggs & Riley has just made a little easier with its Baseline luggage featuring a clever compression mechanism to ensure your bag always fits in an overhead bin.

Instead of using a vacuum system which is hard to re-compress when you're away from home, the Baseline series employs a rather ingenius ratcheting mechanism on either side of the suitcase's interior. When filling it with clothing you expand the case giving you about 33 percent more capacity, and when you've closed the lid and zipped it shut you can then compress it back down to carry-on approved dimensions. It maximizes how much clothing you can travel with, and should also serve to hold everything firmly in place in your bag. It's just too bad the cheapest and smallest model comes in at $400—but you're at least ensured your investment won't get roughed up by luggage handlers.


[Briggs & Riley]