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Briggs & Riley Buyer's Guide

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Briggs & Riley has been a major player in the premium luggage industry since 1993, with a reputation for manufacturing high-quality luggage that meets real-world needs. Among numerous innovations and engineering feats, Briggs & Riley introduced the Outsider® handle design that provides travelers with even more space within their cases. Every piece within the Briggs & Riley collection is manufactured in the USA and is made to meet the needs of even the most demanding travelers, with innovation and thoughtful design harnessed to make any journey easier and more efficient. Read on to discover the wealth of original features within the numerous collections in our Briggs & Riley buyers guide and find the ideal case, bag or accessories for your next trip.

Briggs & Riley Baseline Luggage Review

Baseline Collection

Advantages

  • Lightweight frames offer the strongest protection of all the collections
  • Hanging garment bag sleeve featured within most bags
  • Two- and four-wheel options available for most models
  • Two-wheel Baseline luggage includes expansion system

Disadvantages

  • Heavier than other collections due to enhanced durability and extra features

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Price Range: $379 - $599



Designed for the frequent traveler who requires rugged and long-lasting luggage, the Briggs & Riley Baseline collection is among our most popular. Balancing durable materials, rock-solid manufacturing, and aesthetic appeal is not always an easy task, but the best Briggs & Riley Baseline manages it with ease and panache. Packing a wealth of organizational features into this collection, including the patented CX expansion system, Briggs & Riley has created a range of options for travelers of any kind.

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Briggs & Riley BRX Luggage Review

BRX

Advantages

  • Compact and maneuverable for life off the beaten track
  • Waterproof pocketing and laundry compartment for the outdoor adventurer
  • Lockable zipper pulls for increased security
  • Extremely lightweight and very durable

Disadvantages

  • Not among Briggs & Riley’s largest cases
  • Paired down design doesn’t offer as many organizational features as other collections

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Price Range: $145 - $360



The Briggs & Riley BRX collection brings modern packing features to the outdoor adventurer in true style. Whether blazing trails in the wilderness or mapping the city through urban exploration, the Briggs & Riley BRX collection has got you covered. Dropping the cumbersome internal garment bags and other unnecessary features, the pared-down BRX puts functionality at the fore with waterproof pocketing and extra security.

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Briggs & Riley Kinzie Street Luggage Review

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Advantages

  • Sophisticated urban design and stylish materials
  • Tech-ready with the most innovative security features and device protection
  • Double spinner wheels for durability and maneuverability

Disadvantages

  • Luxury materials not as hardwearing as other Briggs & Riley designs
  • Smaller cases designed for shorter trips, no real options for longer trips

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Price Range: $198 - $249



The Briggs and Riley Kinzie Street collection is the epitome of sophisticated style and unassuming design. Combining high-performance materials with a variety of innovative streetwise tech such as RFID blocking, traveling with bags and cases from Briggs and Riley Kinzie Street is the best way to protect your belongings in today’s tech-savvy world. However, this does not impact the sheer aesthetic appeal of these bags and cases, with leather touch points and high-quality hardware adding to the luxurious nature of this line.

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Briggs & Riley Sympatico Luggage Review

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Advantages

  • Hard case spinners and soft companion pieces combine perfectly
  • Double swivel wheels turn 360 degrees for effortless maneuverability
  • Integrated Suiter keeps garments secure and minimizes wrinkling
  • Expandable cases allow for extra space

Disadvantages

  • Not as many tech features as the Kinzie Street range
  • Expandable cases may be too large for certain airlines

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Price Range: $595 - $995



The Briggs & Riley Sympatico collection is ideal for frequent flyers and business travelers. The attractive polycarbonate cases complement a range of soft companion pieces to ensure you have every base covered and your belongings are protected at all times. Additionally, TSA approved locks offer increased security while a range of internal and external packing innovations help you stay organized.

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Briggs & Riley Transcend Luggage Review

Transcend

Advantages

  • Many of the same features as found in the Baseline collection but much lighter
  • Hanging garment bag sleeve found on most bags in this collection
  • Two- and four-wheel options available for most models
  • Mesh front pocket for quick access items

Disadvantages

  • Zippered expansion system does not compress like Baseline collection
  • Shorter life expectancy that the Baseline collection since it is designed to be lighter

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Price Range: $318 - $449



Targeting regular travelers who are always on the move, the Briggs & Riley Transcend collection champions lightweight luggage and compact design. Manufactured from an attractive yet hardwearing ballistic nylon twill, the Transcend range comes in significantly lighter than the Baseline collection. Naturally, this means some compromise when it comes to durability, however, the best Briggs & Riley Transcend cases will still stand-up to plenty of abuse. Learn more about the intelligent packing solutions within the Transcend range by browsing the collection.

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Briggs & Riley Verb Luggage Review

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Advantages

  • Intelligent design with CORDCONTROL™ and CORDPASS™ for your electronic devices
  • RFID blocking pockets to protect sensitive data
  • Interlocking handles for stacking multiple bags

Disadvantages

  • Smaller bags and cases designed for shorter business trips
  • No polycarbonate protection for larger devices

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Price Range: $318 - $449



The Briggs & Riley Verb luggage collection allows business travelers and tech-savvy entrepreneurs to stay connected while on the move with a range of briefs, rolling cases, and backpacks. Simple aesthetics give way to innovative features that provide protection and connectivity options for your devices and gadgets. This collection has everything travelers need to stay online and productive wherever they are heading.

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Briggs & Riley @work Luggage Review

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Advantages

  • The ultimate in professional bags and cases for business travelers
  • Multiple pockets and compartments for business essentials
  • HIDEAWAY™ ID tag secures personal information

Disadvantages

  • Paired down design and business-like aesthetic not to all tastes
  • Smaller bags and cases only suitable for shorter trips

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Price Range: $318 - $449



The Briggs & Riley @work luggage collection is aimed squarely at the business user and so generally does not appeal to other travelers. However, within this range of rolling briefs and backpacks you will find that every little detail is covered, and business users will never be left wanting when it comes to storage and organizational features. For the ultimate in professionalism, the Briggs & Riley @work luggage is the best solution.

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Briggs & Riley Laptop Backpacks

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Among the most popular items from this celebrated manufacturer of cases are Briggs & Riley’s laptop backpacks. A number of the company’s collections offer practical backpack options which can either be used to complement larger check-in items, or simply used alone on a day-to-day basis. Ideal for business users, or anyone who requires intelligent organizational features for laptops, electronic devices and other essentials, Briggs & Riley backpacks combine form and function to ensure you carry an air of professionalism while still keeping everything to hand. Browse the collection here and discover the wealth of practical features and convenient packing options that Briggs & Riley’s backpacks have to offer.


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Price range: $145 - 279




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Briggs & Riley Garment Bags

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Briggs & Riley garment bags help travelers keep delicate clothing protected from the rest of your belongings and ensure that they remain wrinkle free on any journey. Featuring slim, lightweight designs that combine perfectly with other pieces of luggage, each of these bags offers multiple garment straps, buckles, and pockets that allow easy access to your clothing and other items while still providing ample protection. Browse the collection of Briggs & Riley garment bags and discover the ideal way to protect your clothing wherever you are traveling.


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Price range: $185 - 649






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Briggs & Riley Toiletry Bags

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Briggs & Riley toiletry bags are a great way to organize your daily essentials while on the move. Featuring waterproof interiors to prevent leaks plus a variety of pockets and compartments to separate various toiletries, the Briggs & Riley travel kits and toiletry bags ensure that you have everything required for your personal grooming and hygiene easily to hand. Additionally, the durable and hardwearing construction of these bags mean they will not let you down however often you travel. Browse the collection here.


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Price range: $50 - 75




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Briggs & Riley Size Guide

To help you choose the ideal piece of luggage for your needs, take a look at our Briggs & Riley size guide and determine which case or bag from each collection is best suited to the way you regularly travel and the amount of capacity you require.

  • Domestic/Economy - Cabin IATA:20L/34L
  • Domestic/First Class - Cabin non-IATA: 45L
  • Intercontinental/Economy - Check in: 64L/82L/85L
  • Intercontinental/First Class - Check in: 82L/85L/89L/98L/100L


  • Cabin IATA Cabin non-IATA Check in Small Check in Large
    Baseline CX International Carry-On Wide-Body Spinner Wheeled Wardrobe Domestic Carry-On Expandable Upright CX Extra Large Expandable Spinner
    BRX Explore International Wide-Body Spinner Explore Expandable Domestic Upright Explore Medium Expandable Upright Explore Large Expandable Spinner
    Kinzie Street Cabin Bag Front-Lid Continental Carry-On Medium Trip Expandable 4 Wheeled Packing Case Extended Trip 31" Expandable 4 Wheel Packing Case
    Sympatico Cabin Bag Simple Duffel
    Transcend Rolling Cabin Bag Wide Carry-On
    Verb Pilot Carry-On Propel Rolling Case
    @work Medium Expandable Rolling Brief Large Expandable Rolling Brief

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    Tumi Materials

    Briggs & Riley Materials

    Another important consideration when purchasing a new piece of luggage is the materials used in the manufacture. Usually, your traveling habits and the amount of protection you require will help you decide between Briggs & Riley’s hardsided vs. softsided luggage. For increased protection when checking spinner cases, Briggs & Riley hardsided luggage is made from 100% virgin polycarbonate. This offers travelers a durable and robust outer casing that will help protect your belongings from unsympathetic luggage handlers.

    Alternatively, Briggs & Riley softsided luggage still offers fantastic protection while allowing a little more flexibility when packing. Materials such as Briggs and Riley’s proprietary Tartex™ fabric ensures an attractive aesthetic while still providing the ultimate in durability. Other materials such as ballistic nylon, nylon twill, polyester, and water-resistant tarpaulin help to keep cases and bags lightweight while still protecting your belongings during most types of journey.

    If you need to know how to clean Briggs & Riley luggage, you should consult the directions for your specific case. However, as a general rule, polycarbonates can be cleaned with a soft cloth and a mild soap, fabric cases should be cleaned with a mild detergent and warm water, and a high-quality leather conditioner should be used on any leather on your luggage.

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    Briggs & Riley vs. Tumi

    Even with only a short history of high-quality luggage manufacture, Briggs & Riley can still be considered one of the premium brands within the industry. However, with competition from the likes of Tumi and other brands, many travelers ask how the cases and bags in each collection compare. Here at Kaehler, we are confident that the Briggs & Riley vs. Tumi argument is easily solved—and in fact, the only real factor to consider is personal preference. However, if you wish to balance Briggs & Riley vs. Tumi luggage then compare the Tumi Luggage Buyers Guide with the Briggs & Riley review to see which bags and cases are best suited to your travels.

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    Briggs & Riley After Care

    Once you have purchased your chosen Briggs & Riley case or bag, you should ensure you follow the correct maintenance and care procedures to ensure longevity. If you need new parts or require repairs for your Briggs & Riley luggage, then Kaehler is happy to assist, and the Briggs & Riley Simple as that® warranty makes it easier than ever to keep your luggage at its best. Firstly, please consult our warranty guide and repair guide for more information. After this, please contact your closest store to arrange a repair.

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    Is Briggs & Riley Luggage Worth the Price?

    As a premium luggage manufacturer, Briggs & and Riley prices its bags and cases to reflect the brand’s use of superior materials and high-quality manufacturing. Value for money is assured thanks to the longevity and durability of all cases and bags within the various collections. Additionally, the innovative designs and intelligent organizational features are usually a step ahead of inferior brands, giving the user real-world solutions to the many problems encountered while traveling. However, if you are looking for a bargain, then Kaehler if pleased to offer our customers the chance to purchase a Briggs & Riley case or bag at a discount through our sales page.

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