The 24-inch Briggs & Riley Transcend 200 24 upright suitcase draws praise for its light weight, smooth-rolling wheels and external frame/handle combination, which leaves the interior packing surface flat. The Transcend keeps looking good even after miles and miles of abuse and is backed by a lifetime warranty that includes damage caused by airlines. The only major flaw: Testers warn that the telescoping handle sometimes sticks.
Downward zips are puzzling. The Briggs & Riley Transcend 200 24's inner compartment is completely flat, thanks to an externally mounted frame and telescoping handle. Other notable features include a zip-around expansion, wide-profile wheels that users say roll smoothly and easily, a mesh packing panel in the top lid (that one travel editor wishes would detach for easier access), nylon panels that can secure up to three garments and a quick-stow zippered pocket on the outside. Puzzling to reviewers: The inside lid pockets open downward if you have the suitcase propped open against a wall. Testers with the Good Housekeeping Research Institute note that the telescoping handle sometimes sticks.
Hard to beat lifetime coverage. A healthy percentage of the user reviews we found cite Briggs & Riley's "Simple as that" lifetime warranty, which covers damage caused by airlines, as a major reason for buying the Briggs & Riley Transcend 200 24. No wonder Briggs & Riley feels so good about backing their product -- of 11 pieces of check-in luggage tested by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, it was the only one to earn a perfect score for durability. A lower skid guard and water-resistant bottom portion of the bag help keep it looking good. "I've had this suitcase for over two years and it still looks barely touched," writes one happy user at eBags.com.
The Briggs & Riley Transcend 200 24's main compartment zips open all the way around, expanding its depth from 11 inches to 14, for a maximum packing volume of 4,337 cubic inches. The flat, roomy main compartment makes packing easy, say reviewers; and Caroline Trefler, commenting on her experience testing this bag for Fodor's, says that its "unique" color makes it easy to snag from the baggage claim. (It comes in black, rainforest and sunset.) Overall, reviewers agree that the Transcend 24 is light and easy to wheel around. The Transcend is also available in 19-, 20-, 22- and 27-inch sizes; as a spinner; and as a wheeled duffel (Est. $319 to $429 each).
Although the travel editors of Fodor's don't typically check bags when they travel, they made an exception to travel-test luggage. The 24-inch Briggs & Riley Transcend is one of the top seven bags chosen, drawing praise for its light weight and carrying ease.
Review: Fodor's Approved: Best Checked Luggage, Nicole Campoy, Feb. 26, 2013
2. Good Housekeeping
Experts at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute test 11 pieces of luggage that are too large to carry on but still light enough to help you meet new weight limits for checked luggage. The 24-inch Briggs & Riley Transcend is the only model that received a perfect durability score, although the telescoping handle sometimes stuck.
Review: The Best Lightweight Check-in Luggage, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Not Dated
Just about seven eBags.com users review the Briggs & Riley Transcend 24, giving it a 4.6-star average rating. They uniformly praise its light weight and durable construction, although a few point out minor issues like lid zippers that open downward if the bag's situated on a luggage rack against the wall.
Review: Briggs & Riley Transcend 200 24" Exp Upright, Contributors to eBags.com, As of September 2013
A handful of customers review the Briggs & Riley 24-Inch Transcend Upright at Amazon.com, giving it an overall score of 4.8 stars. They praise its light weight and how smoothly it rolls, although one notes that the external frame bangs against his leg when he carries this bag at his side.
Review: Briggs & Riley Luggage 24 Inch Expandable Upright Bag, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2013