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Briggs & Riley Transcend Domestic Carry-On Spinner (22 Inches)

Briggs & Riley Transcend Domestic Carry On

RECOMMENDED IF
  • You know that a good collection of pockets is a game changer for a suitcase

  • You want a nearly perfect balance of style and functionality

  • You can both afford and appreciate exceptional build quality
NOT RECOMMENDED IF
  • Your a casual traveller and that suiter comes in as an unnecessary cost

  • You're a big believer in four spinner wheels instead of two, even on a suitcase this small.

Welcome to the review of the Briggs & Riley Transcend Domestic Carry-On

Quick Take

The Briggs & Riley Transcend was specially designed for carry-on travel within the United States - although there's nothing stopping it from being used everywhere else. This bag really overdelivers on the value proposition by giving you a suiter, a hideaway carryall, a wet pocket and expansion all in one sturdy package.





Carry All Mesh

Chances are, if you're looking at the Transcend Carry On, you'll first notice the mesh carry-all at the front of the bag.

mesh carry-all of the Briggs & Riley Transcend Domestic Carry On

Ever had those moments when you're carrying something and you just have to free your hands right now? That's the time when having the carry-all to hold your magazine, jacket or basecall cap will be very convenient. That said, it won't be a good idea to put your cup of hot coffee into the carry-all. But what the hell do I know right? Calling the airport janitor!

The mesh doesn't have to be in place all the time. You can unclip it and store it in this small pocket in front of the suitcase.


mesh carry-all storage pocket of the Briggs & Riley Transcend Domestic 
                Carry On


Exterior Pockets

You also get a more conventional Speedthru pocket for quick access.


quick access pocket of the Briggs & Riley Transcend Domestic Carry On

This pocket is as shallow as the blue rectangle I've drawn around it.

Next is the big front pocket.


big front pocket of the Briggs & Riley Transcend Domestic Carry On

Not only is it deep but it's gusseted, so some reasonably bulky things can fit in here.

Aside from the carry-all mesh pocket, the other unique pocket in the Transcend Carry-On is the umbrella pocket at the rear of the suitcase.


umbrella pocket of the Briggs & Riley Transcend Domestic Carry On

The pocket has a waterproof lining to handle wet umbrellas.


Mobility and Protection

The telescoping handle of the Transcend Carry-On is called an Outsider handle because the entire mechanism is located outside of the bag.


telescoping handle of the Briggs & Riley Transcend Domestic Carry On

The good thing about this is that it gets out of the way of the packing space so you have a flat packing area. The bad thing is that the telescoping handle is exposed and can get damaged when bumped.

And with that, it's a good time to talk about how this suitcase protects itself. Let's focus first on a wheel.


wheel of the Briggs & Riley Transcend Domestic Carry On

You get two wheels on the transcend and, as you can see here, those wheels are surrounded by protective molding.

This molding is matched at the upper part of the bag by corner protectors.


corner protectors of the Briggs & Riley Transcend Domestic Carry On

Now that you've seen the outside let's check the interior of the bag.


Suitcase Interior

You get this nice, big, flat packing space.


interior of the Briggs & Riley Transcend Domestic Carry On

Not enough space? No problem. Just use this zipper to expand your bag.


expansion feature of the Briggs & Riley Transcend Domestic Carry On

Just like Briggs & Riley's Baseline bags, the Transcend line has these wonderfully broad netting to hold down your clothes. Contrast that with the double straps or cross straps in other suitcases.


tie-down mesh of the Briggs & Riley Transcend Domestic Carry On


Second Compartment

Now let's look at the bag lid. It is so full of features that it can be considered a compartment in itself - a second compartment.

First, you have a zippered mesh pocket.


interior mesh pocket of the Briggs & Riley Transcend Domestic Carry On

Then we have a zippered wet pocket.


interior wet pocket of the Briggs & Riley Transcend Domestic Carry On

Best of all you can unzip and expand this section . . .


suiter section of the Briggs & Riley Transcend Domestic Carry On

and underneath is a suiter




Briggs & Riley Transcend Domestic Carry-On




Comparing The Briggs & Riley Transcend Carry-On


The Briggs & Riley Transcend Domestic Carry-On vs. the Briggs & Riley Baseline Luggage Baseline International Carry-On

VS

The wide-body Baseline Carry-On, also from Briggs & Riley, is meant to be an international carry-on while the Transcend is a U.S. or domestic carry-on. They share a lot of features but they also have some key differences (aside from the carry-on dimension difference). You might want to check out the Baseline's innovative expansions feature, for example, which not only allows you to expand the suitcase but also recompress it back to carry-on dimensions.

The Transcend tops the Baseline with the flexibility of it's pockets. The Baseline doesn't have the Transcend's carry-all or wet pocket, features that you might be keen on having.


The Briggs & Riley Transcend Domestic Carry-On vs. the Hartmann Intensity Belting Transit Carry On Expandable Upright

VS

If you like the Briggs & Riley Transcend's luxury feel and want to kick it up a notch visually, then the very good looking Hartmann Intensity Belting Carry-On bears some consideration. The Hartmann is functional while emphasizing the tactile and visual appeal of having a high-end carry- on.

The Briggs & Riley is equally high-end but does so with less flourish and more functionality. These two bags are true peers; no matter which you choose, it is very unlikely that you'll regret your purchase.


The Briggs & Riley Transcend Domestic Carry-On vs. the Ambassador Luggage 20'' Carry On Suitcase

VS

The Ambassador marks a departure from softsided luggage into the realm of the hardcase. A hard shell suitcase is worth your consideration if you'll be transporting fragile items. You might also like the Ambassador's split compartment and zipperless nature.

Besides the Ambassador's sleek looks is the Briggs & Riley's more conventional. less metallic, appeal. Plus let's not forget the convenient functionality of outside pockets. And if you're packing a suit, well, that suiter is a must-have.



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