The 8 Best Briggs & Riley Luggage Items to Buy in 2018

Check out our favorite picks for all your packing needs

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 2018.

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    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”, 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. Additionally, you can stash essential items in the easy-access zippered compartment on the outside of the case. Amazon reviewers love the fact that 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...MORE upright. Available in black and blue, it is protected by the brand’s famous lifetime warranty.

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    If you’re looking for a smaller case best suited to business trips and long weekends, the Briggs & Riley Baseline Expandable Upright is a worthy alternative. Measuring 25” x 18” x 10.5”, it boasts a sleek, classic design and impressive durability. It’s made from water repellent ballistic nylon, with a lightweight hybrid fiberglass frame and a soft twill lining. The zippers are self-repairing and the extendable pull handle is made from aircraft grade aluminium.

    The handle also has four height settings and attaches to the outside of the bag, so that the interior remains flat for wrinkle-free packing. The brand’s patented CX™ Expansion-Compression technology allows the case to expand by up to 25 percent. It then compresses back down to its original size, keeping your clothes in place during transit. Keep small items in the zippered exterior compartment and your suits in the garment bag built into the case’s lid. Choose yours in classic black or stylish olive.

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    This brand’s exceptional quality comes at a price, and as such, “budget” is a relative term. One of the most affordable options, however, is the Briggs & Riley Transcend Medium Expandable Spinner. Made of long-lasting, lightweight 100 percent nylon, the bag measures 19” x 12” x 26” and may be expanded by up to 2.5 inches. On the outside, you’ll find a small document pocket and a larger zippered compartment for storing files, paperwork or even a light jacket.

    On the inside, the lid of the bag features two zippered compartments and a handy built-in garment bag (perfect for keeping your suits immaculate in transit). The zippers are self-repairing for extra longevity, while sturdy grab handles on the top, side and bottom of the bag complement the extendable pull handle. The bag has four spinner wheels for flawless mobility. Choose black or an easily identifiable crimson.

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    Hardshell fans need look no further than the Briggs & Riley Sympatico Medium Spinner Suitcase. Crafted from three layers of 100 percent polycarbonate, the exterior of the case is flexible and resilient. With its lustrous high-gloss finish, it also makes a bold fashion statement. The self-repairing zipper includes an integrated TSA-approved lock; while the exterior-mounted pull handle combines with four dual spinner wheels to make airport navigation easy.

    Inside, the suitcase boasts a soft polyester lining and adjustable garment compression straps that keep your clothes secure and unwrinkled. In the underside of the lid, you’ll find a large zippered mesh compartment and a cleverly concealed garment holder. The case measures a spacious 27” x 18.5” x 11.5” and can be connected to other Briggs & Riley bags by the included Smartlink strap. Colors include black, burgundy and blue.

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    With dimensions of 22” x 14” x 9”, 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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    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” 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” in size, the bag also features padded shoulder straps, a neoprene handle and a slip-through strap for attachment to other bags.

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    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” 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. 

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    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” 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. 

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