I’ve been a Briggs & Riley guy for a number of years. They make great suitcases and offer what I consider to be the best guarantee on the market. They cover essentially anything that happens to your suitcase. As long as you can bring it back in pieces, they’ll fix it or replace it for free. My Briggs & Riley bags have held up to the test of time and hundreds of thousands of miles worth of travel. However, some people criticize the bags I travel with because they’re not as contemporary and cool looking as other great bags on the market.
That’s why I was pretty excited to see Briggs come up with the TORQ line of suitcases. They look ultra-cool, and though I haven’t bought one yet I did have the opportunity to give one away on my blog.
One of my readers, Ryan, was the lucky winner. He was nice enough to write up a review on the new TORQ he received after using it on a few trips. Here’s Ryan’s comments:
First, a big thank you to Ed and Briggs & Riley for the suitcase. It has been a lovely addition to my travel routine.
After 3 trips with the bag, my thoughts are overwhelmingly positive. It is the smoothest rolling thing I’ve seen. My 22 month old son was able to push it around the airport fully loaded with very little effort. On a closely related note, the recessed wheels make it very stable so I wasn’t worried about it falling on him. The grab handles are well placed and comfortable, and the main handle has enough stops that it should work for travellers of any height.
The bag opens with an 80/20 split between the bottom and top, which is a great design for the average traveller. The 80% side holds all your clothes on one side, while the 20% side has just enough room for a pair of shoes, toiletries and accessories. This makes it an easy bag to live out of on the road; no constant digging to find what you are looking for.
There is one TSA lock on the top of the bag, which limits access to both the inside of the suitcase and the front compartment. The combined lock looks very sleek and adds to the luxury feeling of the bag.
The only item of any debate in my household is the front compartment. My wife travelled with the bag and found it to be quite useful for holding her iPad and travel documents. However, I always travel with a laptop bag so I have no need for another place to hold those things; I would prefer to have more space available inside the main compartment instead.
In closing, it’s a great bag and a huge improvement over the well-travelled Heys xcase it replaced. That’s clearly not a fair comparison (they have markedly different prices, $479 vs $99), but using both did demonstrate the difference between mid-end and high-end bags to us. Would we buy one? My wife gives an enthusiastic, “Yes!”, in fact she’s pretty much adopted this one as hers. Personally, I’m on the fence. Briggs & Riley have convinced me to buy more high-end luggage, but I’d prefer a carry-on without the front compartment so I’ll have to look at my options. However, the two bigger, checked bag, versions of the TORQ don’t have the front compartments and I will certainly buy one of them next time I need a larger bag.
Thanks, Ryan! He also sent along a couple of pics of his son Ben giving it a test drive.