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Briggs & Riley Transcend Vs. Victorinox Werks Traveler 5.0

Briggs & Riley Transcend Vs. Victorinox Werks Traveler 5.0

Leading our midrange luggage collections, Briggs & Riley Transcend and Victorinox Werks Traveler 5.0 pack every feature a frequent traveler will need in a lightweight and durable frame. Read on for the advantages of each line so that you’re ready to make the right luggage choice for your upcoming trips.


The Transcend VX 2017 collection uses a lightweight fabric with a diamond-woven pattern. In comparison, the Werks Traveler 5.0 goes with a more thickly woven ballistic nylon that hides a hard shell bottom, and boasts exterior corner guards, making it extra durable. Both lines come in three color choices, with Werks available in earth-tones and the Transcend offering more striking red and green colors.


Airlines will always tell you to watch your carry-on’s weight, but with these collections you won’t have much to worry about. Both of these collections are lightweight for soft-sided luggage, but the Werks Traveler 5.0 wins this round by starting at 6 lbs, a little less than the lightest Transcend.


Both collections start with carry-on sizes that are acceptable on most U.S. flights. Check with your airline to learn whether you can carry-on with the widebody carry-on variants. Both collections feature a small expansion system to give you a bit more packing space when needed.


These bags adopt adopt different approaches to how travelers will pack on the inside, though. The best internal feature of the Transcend is a garment bag and hanger bracket, which help you make sure your clothing is still neat upon arrival. Each Werks Traveler suitcase includes a floating panel that can be used to fold and divide clothing from heavier items like shoes on the bottom, but unlike the Transcend, you’ll be packing everything into a single spacious compartment. The Briggs & Riley Transcend has a few more external pockets on the outside, and will also features exterior handlebars so you are already starting with a flat packing space. While it may seem like apples and oranges, these setups have pros and cons. Think carefully about which packing style works best for you, as packing makes a huge difference in user experience.

Now that we've matched them up, it's up to you to see who comes out the winner in your eyes. While having different advantages we're confident either of these two carry-ons are sure to please on your upcoming travels!