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Best carry-on luggage: Briggs & Riley Torq Carry-on Spinner

If you travel like me, chances are you try to avoid checking-in luggage so as to save the extra dollars that most airlines charge for stowed luggage these days. The added bonus to traveling light is that once you reach your destination you don't waste any time idling around the baggage turnstile, waiting impatiently for your bag to appear and then trying to identify it among from dozens of look-a-likes rotating around the luggage carousel, the majority in boring black.

Briggs & Riley Torq Carry-on Spinner
Courtesy of Briggs & Riley

As a frequent traveler I try to confine myself to a carry-on that is light-weight, durable, and yet easy to roll through the airport as well as through the small airplane aisles. In the past, it seemed fashion always took a back seat to form and function. Now, with the arrival of the Briggs & Riley Torq Carry-on Spinner, it is possible to have high-tech durability with polycarbonate technology, light-weight construction, and the portability of 4-wheel rolling with sophisticated style and functional practicality. This is the newest addition to a line of classy yet rugged roll-ons that is ergonomically perfected for rolling, pushing, pulling, and lifting into an overhead.

I recently field-tested the Torq on a 2-night getaway to Fort Worth, Texas. As I boarded the aircraft and rolled my suitcase down the narrow aisle of the plane, I couldn’t help but notice how many seated passengers gave a once-over to my stylish spinner. In fact, many took a second look. The design is high-tech and modern, and the sophisticated ruby red color is an eye-catcher, definitely setting it apart from the mass of non-descript, black carry-ons. (Cobalt and graphite are also available.) Plus, side carry handles and molded grab points made it easy for me to stow it in the overhead bin.

The stand-out feature for me was the outside “technology” pouch where I could store plugs, cables, tablets, and magazines as well as my current airline tickets and paperwork. (It can also store a 15.6” laptop). This gave me easy access to travel essentials with a lockable front and main compartment that is TSA compliant. I also give kudos to the recessed double spinner wheels and the lower center of gravity. This makes for easy navigation, permitting it to turn in circles if that is what is needed.

While the exterior polycarbonate material adds strength and durability in protecting contents inside, it also provides a molded compression panel to allow for maximum packing. This compression keeps clothing flat while minimizing wrinkles and preventing contents from shifting. The mesh pocket inside the bag helps keep items organized and yet separated.

With a lifetime guarantee that covers the repair of all functional aspects of the bag, the 23” Torq sells for $479. It just might be the only bag you will ever need to carry-on for those short trips.

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