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help please wheeled backpack

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1. Posted by smorg (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

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Hi having researched this a lot I know exactly what i want but can't seem to find it!

I'm looking for a backpack (70Lish) with wheels.. nothing too fancy or technical which opens around the side, not at the top. I've seen a few on the net but all available in america and I wanna try it out before i get it, so im looking for a pretty popular brand.

All I can seem to find around here is wheeled duffels and i definetly want a backpack that converts as dont know my exact plans (working visa in Oz for 1 year)

Anyone know any good shops in the Yorkshire area?
I have seen Mercury Hunter's Series Camouflage Back 2
but I can't find anything about its size or wether it available in the UK..
please has anyone got a wheeled backpack and where from?

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

If you can't find exactly what you want, you might also consider buying a backpack without wheels that you like, and purchasing a separate wheeled luggage carrier like this. This would give you the option of any backpack, and still meet your wheelie needs.

Also, this might be a better option than a wheeled backpack, as most people I have seen with them say they are not as comfortable as regular backpacks.

Greg

3. Posted by igetlost (Full Member 89 posts) 10y

i would agree with greg as some of the wheeled bags have a rigid frame
and can be irratating to make as small as possible

4. Posted by kenmc (Full Member 80 posts) 10y

Why the wheely requirement?
just something else to break IMO.

5. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 10y

While the wheels can come in handy when a person is tired/packing a big load there's a price to be paid.
There's a twisting action that come with dragging the thing around and after while it takes a toll on a person-again especially a tired one.
Also I found that wheeled bags command a premium price while being no better made than any other product.
For instance the one I bought on sale for $C100 was marked down from $C200-originally priced @ $C300.
At first I thought I had a real deal but after a week or so I realised $C100 is all it's worth.

"just something else to break"
Yes well that's something else to think about.

6. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 10y

My backpack that does have the wheels on it also has the pull-out handle on the top, which means it has bars going down the back. NOT very comfy at all when running through an airport or just carrying it around in general, which is why I stopped using it.

7. Posted by kenmc (Full Member 80 posts) 10y

For what it's worth I'd avoid a wheely backpack like the plague.
The only time you'd be able to use it would be somewhere smooth with no steps/kerbs really. If you had to stick it on your back it'd be heavy and awkward.If your pack needs wheels it's too heavy - lose some of your stuff. I have a wheely duffel bag, which I use for point to point, when there's a car at each end - basically if I've to take a load of stuff which is heavy, eg on a snowboarding trip or so on. Even at that it's awkward to tow it in busy situations - usually stick it on a trolly in the airport.

I'd much rather carry something comfortable and wish it had wheels for the smooth bits, than have to carry something with wheels over the rough bits, and wish it was comfortable!

8. Posted by Europe2006 (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

Hello!

I will be going to Europe with a wheeled backpack! I figure that the only time I will be carrying my backpack around is from the airport to my place of accomodation. I don't plan on going on long hikes with my backpack so why worry about having a bad back from carrying the backpack when I can just drag the thing behind me?