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Since 1993, New York-based brand Briggs & Riley has been creating quality luggage designed with the real-life traveler in mind. Their products focus on efficiency and durability, and feature a series of patented firsts (ranging from the exterior-mounted Outsider handle to unique expansion-compression technology). Above all, the brand is famous for its unconditional lifetime warranty, which even covers damage inflicted by the airline. And below we list Briggs & Riley’s most popular luggage items for 2019.
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Briggs & Riley BRX Explore Large Expandable Spinner Suitcase
Made from durable nylon, the Briggs & Riley BRX Explore Large Expandable Spinner Suitcase exemplifies the brand’s commitment to quality. The outer material is resistant to tears, abrasions, dirt and moisture; while the sturdy interior design includes wet and dry zippered compartments built into the lid. The case measures a roomy 19.5 x 11.5 x 29 inches, making it perfect for longer trips. It is expandable by up to two inches and features compression straps that help to keep the case streamlined even when packed to the brim.
The brand’s signature exterior-mounted Outsider pull handle increases the bag’s packing space even further. You can also stash essential items in the easy-access zippered compartment on the outside of the case. Despite its large size, a set of four double spinner wheels makes the bag exceptionally easy to maneuver. The wheels are also recessed, keeping the bag’s center of gravity low and making it extra stable even when upright. Available in black and blue, it is protected by the brand’s famous lifetime warranty.
Runner-Up, Overall: Briggs & Riley Baseline Large Expandable Upright
For a well-designed suitcase with a large capacity, the Baseline Large Expandable Upright is an easy choice that’s built to last (and is backed by the Briggs & Riley warranty). The bag is made from super-durable ballistic nylon and has an exterior handle to maximize space inside. A garment folder is built right into the bag, as are compression pouches to prevent wrinkles. This stylish suitcase comes in black or olive, weighs less than 11 pounds and measures 11 x 20 x 28 inches – big enough for a week’s worth of clothing. If you overfill the suitcase, it's signature compression system allows you to shrink it back to its original size without forfeiting space.
Best Budget: Briggs & Riley Simpatico Large Spinner
If you’d like to try Briggs and Riley, but don’t want to pay top dollar for some of the newest suitcases, then consider investing in the Sympatico Collection’s 30-inch spinner. It's ideal for longer trips and costs a fraction of the price of many other Briggs & Riley models. The hard-side luggage measures 12 x 20 x 30 inches and is made from high-strength polycarbonate that’s durable yet lightweight (12 pounds). It features smooth spinner wheels, a built-in TSA-friendly combination lock for security, plus garment holders and compression panels to keep clothing flat. It also features Briggs & Riley’s signature exterior retractable handle, which doesn’t take up space on the interior of the bag and allows for a flat packing surface.
Best Checked: Briggs & Riley Transcend Medium Expandable Spinner
A favorite among long-time Briggs & Riley customers, the Transcend Medium Expandable Spinner is a solid choice for a medium-sized checked bag. Available in merlot, rainforest green and gray, this soft-sided bag measures 12 x 19 x 26 inches, weighs 10.8 pounds and has plenty of added features that set it apart. The nylon exterior resists dirt, moisture and the wear and tear of travel. It has a hideaway ID tag that tucks nicely into the side so personal information isn’t on display. And on the inside, there’s a garment holder for two dresses or suits, plus the signature expansion method adds an extra two inches of packing space when you need it.
Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best checked luggage bags.
Best Carry-On: Briggs & Riley Baseline Domestic Carry-On Expandable Spinner
With dimensions of 22 x 14 x 9 inches, the Briggs & Riley Baseline Domestic Carry-On Expandable Spinner complies with the size restrictions of most airlines (both in the US and worldwide). Special expansion-compression technology means that despite the case’s small size, you don’t have to compromise on packing space. It expands by up to 25 percent, then compresses back to its original size when closed.
Inside, the lid offers a zippered compartment and a concealed garment bag. On the exterior, you’ll find easy-access pockets between the bars of the handle and on the front of the bag. Made from durable ballistic nylon, the case makes those long inter-terminal walks easier with an extendable handle and four double spinner wheels. Color-wise, you have a choice of olive or black.
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Best Backpack: Briggs & Riley Verb Accelerate Backpack
Made from 100 percent nylon, the black Briggs & Riley Verb Accelerate Backpack is perfect for traveling professionals. Its padded compartment for laptops measuring up to 17 inches can be connected directly to an outside power source. It also has a fleece-lined slip pocket for an iPad or tablet; and an organizer section with dedicated spaces for business cards, pens and keys.
On the exterior, a zippered side compartment conceals a mesh water bottle holder, while a bottom pocket has space for a power cord. Best of all, your passport and credit cards are kept safe from identity theft in a hidden RFID-blocking pocket. Measuring 18.5 x 14 x 7.5 inches in size, the bag also features padded shoulder straps, a neoprene handle and a slip-through strap for attachment to other bags.
Best Duffel: Briggs & Riley Baseline Upright Duffel Bag
Available in black or olive, the Briggs & Riley Baseline Upright Duffel Bag is made from 100 percent ballistic nylon. It features two separate sections - a traditional duffel compartment and a flat-packing section in the bottom of the bag. The former is accessed via a U-shaped zipper and fitted with garment-securing panels and a mesh pocket. The latter is perfect for shoes or delicate garments. It can be entered via a U-shaped zipper at the base of the duffel section or via a clam-shell zipper that splits the 16.5 x 14 x 27-inch bag in two. In transit, use the top carry handles or the pull handle paired with twin rolling wheels.
Still can't decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best duffel bags for travel can help you find what you're looking for.
Best for Durability: Briggs & Riley TORQ Large Spinner
The Briggs & Riley TORQ Large Spinner is built to last from three-layer 100 percent virgin Makrolon polycarbonate. It’s extra strong, extra lightweight and cleverly molded into a fashionable futuristic design with ergonomic grab points. The accessories are equally hardy - from the aircraft-grade aluminium handle, to the spinner wheels mounted on an especially wide, tilt-resistant base. The case measures 30.5 x 20 x 12 inches and has a cavernous interior with a built-in garment bag. The zipper is protected from theft by an integrated TSA lock, while suitcase colors range from ruby to cobalt or graphite.
Products We Tested
How We Tested
Our reviewers tested this piece of Briggs & Riley luggage by using it daily on their own vacations. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using this suitcase, from its size and weight to its durability and maneuverability. We've outlined the key points here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.
What to Look for in a Piece of Briggs & Riley Luggage
Weight Although Briggs & Riley suitcases make every ounce count, be careful with how much an empty bag weighs. The more lightweight the luggage, the more allowance you’ll have for clothing to take with you (or bring home).
Hardshell vs. softshell Many travelers love softshell bags for their flexibility. Hard-sided bags, on the other hand, are better at protecting delicate items. Consult your typical packing list to figure out what works best for you.
Carry-it-yourself vs. roller This choice depends on both personal preference and expected use. Carry-it-yourself bags stay close to your side in crowded public spaces or airports, and they won’t get thrown off by cobblestone streets. With roller suitcases, you don’t have to deal with schlepping a heavy bag, but when spaces are tight and busy, they’re a little harder to maneuver.
Test Results: Briggs & Riley BRX Explore Large Expandable Spinner Suitcase (Best Overall)
What We Like
What We Don't Like
A little pricey
“This is hands down the best suitcase I've ever used,” raved one of our testers. One reviewer also thought it was both durable and maneuverable: “The wheels glided easily across tile, carpet, streets, and sidewalks,” she explained,” and the material of the suitcase is parachute-like — sturdy and weatherproof.” The only negative our testers pointed out was its price tag, but they maintained it was still worth the investment.