by Nancy Bestor
On our Italy trip last summer, Bob took a Briggs & Riley rolling suitcase, Sarah and Emily each used Eagle Creek rolling bags, and I chose an Eagle Creek backpack. Boy was I sorry. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a very nice backpack. It is lightweight and boasts comfortable straps, a waist belt, a sternum strap and excellent padding throughout. And there certainly were times when it was quite convenient to put it on my back – like going up several flights of stairs. But in Verona, when we had to walk two miles, WITH OUR BAGS, to get from our apartment to the train station, I sure wished I had chosen a rolling suitcase. There I was, sweating profusely with my heavy pack strapped to my back, while my family leisurely rolled their bags down the street. I couldn’t help but think something was definitely wrong with this picture and that a rolling bag would have been a much better choice.
To that end, we’re big fans of Briggs & Riley’s Transcend 20” Wide Body suitcase. It’s a legal carry-on size with the added benefit of being specifically designed to fit in most every overhead bin vertically (wheels facing out). And it still offers the same packing capacity of traditional 22” carry-on suitcases.
Some customers worry that wheeled bags won’t roll over difficult terrain. But the wheels on all Briggs & Riley bags are built to handle just about any terrain up to and including cobblestones and hard-packed gravel and dirt surfaces. And Briggs’ Simple as That Warranty means Briggs will repair or replace the bag, no matter how it is damaged, no questions asked.
I’m pretty sure my days of packing my luggage on my back are over. Truth is, I was pretty sure they were over before I took a backpack to Italy last summer. The trip just confirmed it.