Briggs & Riley Transcend Line for the Classic & Chic Among You


Ready for a l’il fun? Briggs & Riley is all about fun, since they tout fabulous and fun colors across their product lines, but tend to stay in what I’d call the “Sophisticated Chic” category. This is not the luggage brand for you if you’re after bright pink and yellow or want your luggage to match your Caribbean towel. Their colors are deep, rich, classy and stylish as is their design and frankly, any woman who wants to look chic while she’s on the road should have a Briggs & Riley bag or two in her closet.

We reviewed a few of their bags back in early August, so be sure to take a look. We’re such fans, we decided to put a couple more bags from their Transcend line to the test. Meet the International Carry-on Wide-Body Spinner from their Transcend line. The Transcend Wide-body International Carry-On is an ideal choice for both switching between domestic and international travel. The shorter and wider configuration offers the maximum packing capacity and easily fits feet-first in the overhead compartment which is a feature we really love.

The bag is a convenient 21 inches tall, 15 inches wide, 9 inches in depth and weighs in at around 7.9 pounds.  They use YKK RC zippers for smooth, self-repairing zipper action and the material made of 100% nylon, a durable two-tone twill fabric that is designed to resist wear and tear, moisture, dirt and abrasion. It is currently priced at $379.00 and comes in the fun, rich red above and black. We love the outside pocket which expands wide enough to be able to handle the types of things I often pack on the top, such as magazines and shoes.
Other great things about this bag that is a notch above others in its class. While the Samsonite we’ve been testing out continues to shine (the handle and wheels are incredibly durable and we love our Samsonite gear), Briggs & Riley’s solid handle system feels like it can handle any turn or speed, even when you’re sprinting down a terminal trying to catch a flight. It is made of aircraft-grade aluminum with strong v-groove tubes that guarantee less jamming and as avid travelers know, handle jams on cheaper less reliable bags is not only no fun, but can literally ruin your trip. It’s worth spending the extra money for a solid durable handle as well as the most advanced wheels you can get.
That brings us to the second favorite thing on our Briggs & Riley list: their integrated double spinner wheels for lower center of gravity and most importantly, its seamless and effortless 360 degree navigation. It floats next to me rather than me having to DRAG it along behind me, which is never fun when you have other bags in tow, are in a hurry or are tired, which is usually the case when you’re on the road.
On the durability front, they also include reinforced corner guards to help protect your bag from additional impacts as well as their HideAway ID tag, which may seem like a small thing, but it conceals personal information which we think is a really smart feature and one that many people do care about.

This lightweight number in a durable 100% nylon two-tone fabric is a great bag for international travel since it has so many pockets that you can stay that much more organized. Its dimensions are 13 x 19 x 7.5 inches and its priced at only $129.00. And again, we love Briggs & Riley’s vibrant color selection — BRAVO!!

The other color we love from Briggs & Riley is their medium rich blue, which is not your standard blue that you find with so many other luggage offerings.

Like I said, classic design but elegantly done, all wrapped up into a brand that spells FUN! And of course, while you’re out there having a boat load of fun on your travels, you want to look stylin’ too right? We think Briggs & Riley is a unique find! Be sure to check out their latest offerings and specials on their site.:

Photo credits: courtesy of Briggs & Riley.

Renee Blodgett
Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network and has contributors from every continent in the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, and a lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.

She is also the CEO and founder of Magic Sauce Media, a new media services consultancy focused on viral marketing, social media, branding, events and PR. For over 20 years, she has helped companies from 12 countries get traction in the market. Known for her global and organic approach to product and corporate launches, Renee practices what she pitches and as an active user of social media, she helps clients navigate digital waters from around the world. Renee has been blogging for over 16 years and regularly writes on her personal blog Down the Avenue, Huffington Post, BlogHer, We Blog the World and other sites. She was ranked #12 Social Media Influencer by Forbes Magazine and is listed as a new media influencer and game changer on various sites and books on the new media revolution. In 2013, she was listed as the 6th most influential woman in social media by Forbes Magazine on a Top 20 List.

Her passion for art, storytelling and photography led to the launch of Magic Sauce Photography, which is a visual extension of her writing, the result of which has led to producing six photo books: Galapagos Islands, London, South Africa, Rome, Urbanization and Ecuador.

Renee is also the co-founder of Traveling Geeks, an initiative that brings entrepreneurs, thought leaders, bloggers, creators, curators and influencers to other countries to share and learn from peers, governments, corporations, and the general public in order to educate, share, evaluate, and promote innovative technologies.
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