Over the weekend, Gary Leff posed a question: What suitcase should he get? He technically asked about luggage, but, lets be honest, for those of us that travel more than a hundred thousand miles a year, a carry-on is much more than just luggage, but I digress. I offered my recommendation on Twitter, but, for somethings, 140 characters hardly does it justice.
The Carry-On with a Quarter Million Miles
Ok, I know, its not really all that much, but a quarter million miles so far and my Briggs and Riley Transcend International Carry-On Wide-Body Spinner is still rolling like it was just taken out of the box. It was so good that after a year, I bought my wife a similar one, which she doesn’t take a trip without now. What sold me on Briggs and Riley in the first case? Believe it or not, the larger wheels–they are actually a little larger than some of the cheaper spinners, which makes a big deal in stability–and the warranty. Rimowa is common in saying: “If you need a warranty, then maybe the bag isn’t so good.” My opinion? What did I have to lose, spending what is really decent money, on a bag with a warranty that even covers airline inflicted damage. Here’s how Briggs and Riley describes their Lifetime Guarantee:
At Briggs & Riley we believe our customers are family. When you’re family, you do what’s right. It’s been our philosophy since day one. And in typical family fashion, we believe in looking out for one another. That’s why we’re the only luggage company to offer a no-strings-attached lifetime guarantee on all our bags – simple as that. If your Briggs & Riley bag is ever broken or damaged, even if it was caused by an airline, we will repair it free of charge. You see, to us, the phrase “lifetime guarantee” is more than just a marketing strategy. It’s a sign of our integrity.
But there’s more. First, here’s some more about the specific suitcases.
2 Versions of the Briggs and Riley Transcend International Carry-On Wide-Body Spinner
So, my version is a few years old, as I mentioned, and unfortunately no longer available. There are slight differences between mine and my wife’s, but overall, the suitcase has remained consistent. I only mention the two different versions, because the photos below may look slightly different if you look at the Black bag (mine) and the Hunter Green bag (my wife’s).
Yes the wife’s bag is a bit smaller and slightly more square. Top handle lays flat too.
Attached ID card just tug the tab.
First off, the bag has the telescoping handle on the outside of the bag, so you have the entire real estate inside the bag. you’re not sharing or trying to pack around the telescoping handle.
Second, there’s a waterproof pocket, this is good if you happen to have a wet swim suit, or have a pair of slippers or flip-flops that you want to slide in without mingling with the rest of your luggage. It also works for toiletries.
Behind the telescoping handle, there’s a small pocket, I use it to drop the stuff from my pockets just before going through security. It’s especially helpful because it zips up fully, and you can put the bag such that the pocket is inaccessible without flipping the bag over.
I like the Spinner primarily because it balances all on its own. On some surfaces, it just kind’ve rolls without much effort. If you’re having a bad day, or happen to be tired, you can lean on it alittle, just not too much. I find the international wide-body, which measures 21″ high, 15″ wide, and 9″ in depth is generally accepted wherever I travel (although I do get a bit nervous going through London-Heathrow). It fits in every overhead compartment I’ve encountered, and is wide enough for me to be able to pack a pair of shoes parallel to the ground vs. perpendicular, which saves some room (at least for me).
I’d just finish with – when you travel a bunch, you want your carry-on to be as convenient and functional as possible. The bag is expensive. Briggs and Riley’s list price is $379. You can find it slightly less via Amazon. It provides the flexibility for international or domestic trips, although, I will note, as tends to be the case with spinner bags, it is not expandable. Overall, Its the best carry-on I’ve had, and I haven’t looked back.
What is your go-to carry-on bag?