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Old 04-21-2007, 01:52 AM   #1
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anyone got any thoughts on these? last time i took a backpack, it killed my back even doing all the right things with the straps etc., and lots of the times i thought, if i had a handle i would wheel this thing!

i think this time i'd like to mainly use the handle, and just have the backpack option there in case (ie. cinque terre hills etc).

anyone had any experiences? thanks muchly
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Old 04-21-2007, 09:11 AM   #2
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They're handy, but the shaft for the handle mechanism and the reinforced bottom for the wheels take up a bit of space that would ordinarily be used for... your stuff!

If you're not the type who loads the livin' heck out of their backpack and don't mind the additional bulk of the roller gear, then they're worthwhile. I have a couple of friends who swear by them. I'm not a big fan myself (I'm all for storage capacity & lightness) but if you're concerned about your back and can sacrifice a little space, I guess they're great.

(That said, I'm totally lusting after the Adidas Y-3 rolling travel backpack, but only because I'm a whore for designer stuff like Yohji Yamamoto)
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i took a rolling backpack to europe and the straps broke in the second city we were in and i had to buy a new backpack. no matter how much you think you won't use it as a backpack, make sure that if you do, it does actually work well as a backpack, it has to be comfortable, can you carry it a long way.. choose very carefully.
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Wheels + cobblestones =
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I've never taken a wheeled backpack on any sort of serious trip, but I've carried one for a while before and it seems to me that it would be super uncomfortable for any length of time... It was way heavier than my normal pack, plus the hard part at the bottom seemed to hit RIGHT on my tail bone no matter how I adjusted the straps, drove me NUTS!
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Wheels + cobblestones =

Just a cobblestones/arithmetic aside...

flipflops + light rain + cobblestones = !!!
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Also: dansko clogs + cobblestones =
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sneaker and cobblestones and rain even is awful...i had quite the skinned up bloody knee in portugal....and it had to be during the lockout time at the hostel so i walked around with a bleeding knee...eww
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I've only seen a few people with rolley backpacks around school. NOrmally they are interesting people, and only females...
They seem pretty inconvienient in my opinion.
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I find that you can't carry them for any real length of time (just uncomfortable)

so if your intending on wheeling 98% of the time there fine, but if your going off-road in places, i wouldn't reccomend them
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OH! I forgot to mention... Unless you are short, the handle will never be long enough.. I'm 5'10 and in order to pull any sort of rolling suitcase or backpack I need to kind of do the Quasimodo hunchshuffledrag... Not attractive. At all. AND it puts your back all out of line...
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I had a rolley backpack once, it really sucked! I packed it till it was overflowing (im a girl, and i didnt know) and just walking through the dubai airport (which happens to be huge!!!) my arm went totally numb. I couldnt feel my fingers, it was as if my nerves were broken. It was awful!!!

But, thats just me.....
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wheeled packs drive me nutts. you almost can't carry the damn things they are so uncomfortable!
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