If you’re looking for a high-quality hard-sided carry on, look no further than the Briggs and Riley Torq. Briggs and Riley is a very good luggage brand that tends to be priced a little higher than the average bag in the carry on category. Anyone shopping for a carryon bag with a budget of $300 – $500 should definitely take a look at either Briggs and Riley, or Tumi luggage.
We’ve happily chosen Briggs & Riley as one of our best luggage brands
22″ x 14″ x 9″ (49.5 x 39.4 x 22.9 cm)
Dimensions w/ Wheels and Handle:
22″ x 14″ x 9″ (54.6 x 39.4 x 22.9 cm)
Outside Expanded Depth: 9″ (22.9 cm)
Capacity: 2238.5 cubic inches (36.7 liters)
Colors: Ruby, Cobalt, Graphite.
Weight: 7.8 lbs. (3.5 kg)
Fabric: 3-layer, 100% virgin Makrolon® polycarbonate material is high-strength, lightweight, and provides elasticity and resiliency
Zippers: YKK® RC zippers for smooth, self-repairing zipper action; ergonomic, lockable double zipper pulls with a gunmetal finish.
First impressions right off the bat are the great color options and overall appearance of the suitcase. The bag looks, and is, very sturdy. Fancy names aside – this model is available in blue, red, or grey, each with black accents. Overall, Amazon users collectively rate this bag at 4.5/5 stars, which is where our rating came from.
The size of this particular bag does run slightly smaller than the average carry on bag, but that just means it’s much more likely that you can take it on more flights both inside the US and internationally. As always though, make sure to double check with our carry on luggage size chart to be certain that your bag will fit in the overhead compartment on the airline that you plan on traveling with.
What can fit in the Briggs & Riley Torq?
With some precise packing skills, one user was able to fit the following into this suitcase:
- (2) Business suits
- (1) Pair of men’s size 12 dress shoes
- (3) Dress shirts
- (3) Ties
- (3) Changes of underwear
- (3) Pairs of socks
- (1) Pair of sandals
- (1) T shirt
- (1) Pair of gym shorts
- Standard toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant etc.)
- iPad tablet and & charging cable
All-in-all you can really fit a good amount of belongings in this case.
Briggs & Riley Torq Positives
Built-in TSA Approved Locks
Along with the outside compartment having its own lock, the suitcase itself also has a TSA approved lock. Each bag comes preset with the lock combination of 0-0-0 so Briggs and Riley provides printable PDF instructions on how to reset your lock here.
Aircraft-Grade Aluminum Telescoping Handle Structure
The handle of the bag is well built and has 3 different heights extension levels. The handle extends to 34”, 37”, and 40”.
Briggs and Riley suitcases all come with the best possible warranty: Lifetime. For many luggage shoppers who are looking for a carry on of this quality and price range, it’s between buying a Briggs and Riley or a Rimowa. If you are on the fence between these two brands, let’s make the decision easy for you.
Briggs and Riley come with a lifetime performance warranty while Rimowa suitcases only come with a 5-year warranty. This really is the best warranty that you can ask for – even wear and tear is covered, making it totally worth it to spend a little more money on this amazing carryon.
Briggs & Riley Torq Negatives
Although this really is a great suitcase, there are a few downsides that some owners have reported. Your experiences could vary though. As seen in the video displaying the outside of the carry on, there are mixed reactions about the quality of the outside storage compartment.
Some Briggs & Riley Torq reviewers claim that it is very useful and a breath of fresh air in a hard-sided luggage piece, however other users have noted that this is their only reported downside of the whole bag. One particular user who was not a fan of the compartment stated that “the only thing I would trust to put in the outside compartment would be papers”.
Those who are a fan have no problem putting small electronics and other small items inside the outer compartment. Those who are not a fan of the outside compartment note that it’s a bit flimsy. You can be the judge – but if you side with those who don’t like that compartment, there are still a few inside storage areas for smaller items that you can take full advantage of.
The reported benefits far outweigh the reported downsides of the suitcase, in the end, making this one of our top-rated hardside carry-on luggage pieces.
In the end, this is one of the best carry ons that we have ever reviewed, and it even comes with the best warranty in the business. Briggs and Riley Torq owners are collectively extremely happy with the purchase that they made because of all the small things that make this such a great, well-reviewed bag. This definitely gets the Luggage List seal of approval, just pick the color you want and get the best price.