What We Like
Includes TSA lock
What We Don't Like
Limited color choices
When it comes to suitcases, the Italian luggage company Bric’s knows how to create beautiful luggage that’s functional, stylish, and can withstand heavy travel. The brand is known for its Tuscan leather products but also offers some really great hardside luggage, including the Bric’s Riccione Spinner, which is available in carry-on (21 inches), medium (27 inches), and large (30 inches) sizes. We were excited to try out the polycarbonate suitcase to see if the fashionable bag is as durable as it is stylish. We opted for the 27-inch model and put it to the test to see if it could withstand the abuse of heavy travel. Read on for all the details.
Design: Modern and durable with tons of room
The Riccione Spinner arrived inside a dust bag, which was surprising considering we generally only see dust bags on high-end purses and wallets. It was also unusual considering that the Riccione Spinner is made of rugged polycarbonate, so it isn’t likely to get damaged or dirty while in storage. Still, it’s a really nice touch that we appreciated. It reiterates how much pride this company, which started out as a family-run business, takes in its products.
We noticed right away that the Bric’s Riccione Spinner is a very nice suitcase. The quality of the luggage was evident from the moment we removed it from the dust bag, in part because of how little this bag weighs (less than 8 pounds). Our model is large—27 inches—but it didn’t feel that way, and it was easily lifted and tossed around from floor to couch and back again. It weighed much less than we’d expected from a bag that large.
Every single touch added to the Riccione was done so with care, from the zipper pulls on down.
The weight wasn’t the only thing that convinced us of the quality, either. Every single touch added to the Riccione was done so with care, from the zipper pulls on down. In fact, a friend who was over couldn’t help but comment on how nice the bag was as we examined it from top to bottom.
It’s also quite durable. There’s detailed texture on the exterior on top of the deep ridges that make up the design, meaning it’s nearly impossible to scratch the surface of the suitcase. That’s a really nice addition, considering that this bag will have to be checked and tossed around by baggage handlers at the airport. Even nicer, though, is that while the Riccione is technically a hardside suitcase, it’s made to have some give to the polycarbonate siding, so it can be dropped or tossed without causing dents. It feels like a cross between a soft and a hardside bag, and it’s a nice compromise between the two.
The entire bag is fantastic, really. We’ve had issues with packing some other large bags because of the lack of compartments or straps, but that is not an issue with the Riccione. There are two main compartments in the suitcase that are separated by a pocketed zipped divider, and we easily fit a week’s worth of clothing and toiletries in it. We could probably fit enough for two adults in it if we packed it to the gills, and it could hold clothing for multiple younger children.
It’s not just large, though. This suitcase makes it easy to keep everything organized after packing thanks to the large luggage straps in the main compartment, which can be adjusted based on the amount of clothing in the bag.
We spilled a small amount of water inside the bag to test it, and it pooled up without absorbing into the fabric.
Another nice feature is the water-resistant lining inside the bag. We’ve had plenty of shampoo or toiletry accidents while traveling that have stained the interior of other bags, but this bag makes that a non-issue. We spilled a small amount of water inside the bag to test it, and it pooled up without absorbing into the fabric. After we wiped it up we noticed a small wet spot where the water had been sitting on the liner, but it felt dry to the touch.
We were impressed with almost every inch of this bag. We kept looking for features that we wanted in other bags, and the Riccione checked every box. It even has a pocket in the divider that separates the two sides of the main compartment for hygiene items, which means if there is a spill, it’s contained and easy to clean up.
Portability: Easy to lift, toss, and roll across all surfaces
The Riccione Spinner is easy to lift and toss around because it’s lightweight, but it’s also very easy to pull or push because of the 360-degree rotating wheels. We spent a lot of time on different surfaces trying to cause the wheels to lock, but nothing worked. The wheel construction of this bag is fantastic. We tried rolling it on cement, hardwood floors, and through the grimy snow in our driveway, and it was easy to maneuver thanks to the wheels.
The main telescopic handle on the Riccione Spinner was also quite simple to use and can be adjusted with one hand. We were able to pull the handle up to the middle setting and the highest setting without any issues, which is really nice when you’re trying to juggle bags through the airport or a hotel.
Color Options: Limited to three
The Riccione is available in three colors: blue, black, and matte gray. The blue and black are shiny, not matte, which could make scuffing or scratches more noticeable. The color availability is obviously limited, but the three colors it does come in are neutral enough that they should appeal to a wide group.
Extra Features: A TSA-approved lock
We really like the inclusion of a TSA lock. Our general thought on built-in suitcase locks is that they get in the way, but this one was easy to work with and well made, with a number combination and slide lock that fits the uniquely shaped zippers into it for extra security. We’d consider using the lock on this bag without fear of it getting stuck or malfunctioning, which isn’t the case with other bags we’ve used.
The workmanship of this Bric’s bag warrants the higher price tag, and if it’s snagged on sale, this suitcase is a pretty good deal.
Price: Expensive but worth it
This suitcase isn’t cheap. It has a list price of $425, but can be found for less than $300 on sale. It may be out of the price range for budget travelers, but we do think the workmanship warrants the higher price tag, and if it’s snagged on sale, this bag is a pretty good deal.
Bric's Riccione Spinner vs. Briggs & Riley Sympatico CX Spinner
There’s tons of competition in the hardside suitcase category, including the Sympatico CX Spinner from Briggs & Riley. Like the Riccione, the Briggs & Riley spinner is a lightweight, polycarbonate, top-of-the-line suitcase with spinning wheels that rotate 360 degrees. It also comes in carry-on sizes as well as a medium and large.
There are a couple of differences between the two bags, though. The first is that the Briggs & Riley 27-inch suitcase has a ton of different pockets and dividers and an expansion-compression system that claims to increase packing capacity by 17 percent. Those are nice features to have, but we aren’t sure if they warrant the $649 list price tag that comes with the bag. Still, they’re both very nice bags, and either would be a good splurge for people who travel on a regular basis.
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- Product Name Riccione Spinner
- Product Brand Bric’s
- SKU BRE18031.001
- Price $435.00
- Weight 7.8 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 27 x 19 x 11 in.
- Color Black, blue, matte gray
- Material Polycarbonate exterior; 100% polyester interior
- Warranty 5 year