Solid, handcrafted workmanship
Limited use due to the small size
Only one color option
When it comes to luggage, the Italian company Bric’s knows how to create fashion-forward pieces that are as functional as they are stylish. We love the look of the Life travel bag line from this Lake Como-based company, so we decided to take the Bric’s Life 21-Inch Carry-On Spinner for a test drive to see how well this overnight bag would perform on the road. Could the faux-suede bag possibly be as fashionable as it looked in photos? Would we be able to pack more than a night’s worth of clothing in it? And what would happen if we dragged the bag’s rotating wheels over snowy ground? Read on to find out.
Design: Soft-sided suitcase is sophisticated
The Life Spinner arrived inside a dust bag to keep it looking pristine, which was the first of many surprises. We’ve purchased handbags with dust covers before, but we had never had a suitcase arrive in one, so it was a special—and unexpected—addition.
We were also surprised to see how sophisticated this bag looks in person. The photos do not do it justice. The fabric color is a deep black on both the exterior and interior, and there is a fine pattern embossed on the soft-sided, premium coated canvas fabric to make it look exactly like high-end suede.
The Life Spinner arrived inside a dust bag to keep it looking pristine, which was the first of many surprises.
We were impressed with almost every inch of this bag. Unlike most soft-sided bags, the Life Spinner doesn’t collapse when it’s empty because it’s reinforced with lightweight foam to help keep the shape—and it works. Our bag held its shape whether it was stuffed to the gills or barely packed, which is a really nice feature because it means the bag won’t warp and change shape.
The Tuscan leather trim on the handles and zipper pulls is another really nice touch. Bric’s is known for its fine leather products, and while the exterior of the Life Spinner is mostly made of sueded PVC for durability, it was nice to see the leather still incorporated into the design of this bag.
The Life Spinner has pockets and storage spaces both on the exterior and interior, which isn’t always the case with smaller bags. The interior of the bag has one deep well to pack your clothes and accessories, but there is a pocket on the inside of the lid that can be used for items that should be kept separate. We were able to fit a few toiletries and a flat iron in the pocket without an issue, but it would be tough to fit much more in there, especially in the exterior pocket that abuts it.
The exterior pocket is one of the features that made us love this bag. It’s padded to ensure that electronics can be safely stored in it during travels, which was a huge plus for us, considering that we usually have to carry both a padded laptop bag and a carry-on. This spinner makes it simple to carry everything in the same bag without fear that our laptop will get damaged.
While the exterior is mostly made of sueded PVC for durability, it was nice to see the leather still incorporated into the design.
Another nice feature of the Life Spinner is that it only weighs about 6 pounds, so it was easy for us to toss into the back of our car without struggling, even when it was full. There is a downside to that, though. Part of the reason this bag doesn’t weigh much is that it’s so small. The Life Spinner is only about 21 inches high, 15 inches wide, and 9 inches deep, so it won’t work on longer trips. We were able to pack about two day’s worth of clothes in it without an issue, but anything more than that would have been a problem. If we’d been heading out on a longer jaunt, we would have had to use another bag.
Portability: Easy to lift, pull, or push
As noted, the Life Spinner is easy to lift and toss around because it’s lightweight, but it’s also very easy to pull or push. We were able to spin, push, and pull the suitcase in every direction, even on cement and hardwood floors. We were also able to pull it through the grimy snow in the driveway without issue because the precision Japanese wheel design makes it easy to roll across any surface.
We didn’t have to worry about the dirty snow damaging the exterior fabric of the bag either because the sueded PVC material is water-resistant and the melted snow rolled right off of it without an issue. Any residue that would have been noticeable on a lighter colored bag was masked by the deep black fabric.
As with the wheels, the main telescopic handle on the Life Spinner was a breeze to use. It can be adjusted to two different heights, and it was simple to extend and collapse the handle using only one hand. Between the rotating wheels and the handle system, this bag is quite portable.
Color Options: Black is the only option
We only had one real issue with the Bric’s Life Spinner, and that was the lack of color options. This bag only comes in one color: black. A dark neutral color works best with our taste, but the limited palette could be an issue for people who prefer bright colors or patterns. Granted, the black suede fabric doesn’t show stains or wear and tear as easily, but it would be nice to have more color options.
(Some of this collection’s other bags are also offered in olive, but the 21-inch carry-on is only offered in black on Bric’s website at the time of publishing.)
The black sueded fabric doesn’t show stains or wear and tear as easily, but it would be nice to have more color options.
Price: Paying a pretty penny for quality
This suitcase isn’t cheap—none of the Bric’s bags are. The 21-inch spinner has an MSRP of $660, but can be found for around $350 on sale. Even on sale, this may be well out of the average traveler’s price range for an overnight bag. The workmanship does warrant the higher price tag, but we’d consider this bag a splurge for people who like sophisticated Italian luggage.
Bric's Life 21-Inch Carry-On Spinner vs. Tumi Voyageur Tres Léger International Carry-On
There are only a couple of bags that rival the Life Spinner, including the Tumi Voyageur Tres Léger International Carry-On. Like the Life Spinner, the Voyageur is a lightweight, top-of-the-line, 21-inch carry-on with spinning wheels that rotate 360 degrees. It retails for around $600, which is comparable to what the Life Spinner costs when it isn’t on sale, but there are a few differences.
The first is that the Tumi bag has more pockets than the Bric’s bag, including a dividing pocket that allows for the main compartment to be divided into two separate storage spaces. That’s a really nice feature—especially on a bag that small—and it also has a similar padded exterior pocket for electronics like the Bric’s bag. We prefer the look of the Bric’s bag better than the plain nylon exterior of the Tumi, but it would be a good alternative for people who’d like more compartments.
Interested in checking out more options? Take a peek at our roundup of the best Bric’s luggage items.
- Product Name Life 21-Inch Carry-On Spinner
- Product Brand Bric’s
- SKU BLF15250.902
- Price $59.99
- Weight 6.2 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 21.3 x 15.7 x 8.7 in.
- Color Black
- Material Flocked PVC exterior; 100% polyester interior
- Warranty 5 years