Can anyone advise on their experience of wheeled backpacks? They sound like a good idea, especially in airports etc. We will be away for approx 10 weeks, don't intend to trek and expect only to use the straps for short distances when terrain is unsuitable for the wheels. I have used standard backpacks before and found it really tough on my back and neck and my kids constantly spat the dummy having to walk anywhere with them on. I am finding it challenging to source objective opinions on this subject.
Any advice gratefully accepted
#1 marianwarren has been a member since 12/3/2006. Posts: 270
my wife usally travels w. a. wheelpack, she bought it in thailand for a 1000 baht or something-years ago. that means: they are useful, handy and they seem to last for ever. i´m thinking about buying one for myself as well.
#2 wolfman has been a member since 31/5/2006. Posts: 80
my wife definitely intends to get a wheeled backpack for our next trip. our situation exactly fit what you described above, and it would have really helped her on this trip to have the wheels option for airports and other places where she could have used the wheels. she figures that the extra weight of the wheels will be worth the convenience. hope that helps. cheers.
p.s. spat the dummy?
Thank you both for your input. "Serious" backpackers wouldn't entertain the idea of one of these (I've read some Thorntree forums) but the body is getting older and I intend to nuture it ... not kill it off before its time (gravity is bad enough).
'spat the dummy' is a aussie colloquialism for a tantrum like "having a hissy fit'. I can't think of an USA equivalent at the moment.
#4 marianwarren has been a member since 12/3/2006. Posts: 270
I need to clarify my clarification. A dummy is a baby's pacifier.
#5 marianwarren has been a member since 12/3/2006. Posts: 270
I have just such a device as described. It was made by 'Eagle Creek', just fits the hand baggage dimensions, and is extremely tough. Bit expensive, but I've had mine for about 10 years, and it's been dragged all over the place. As well as wheels and straps, it also has handles. All in all, a great bit of kit.
#6 andysmith has been a member since 1/8/2006. Posts: 1
Don't forget to buy a < www.PAC-SAFE.com > which reduce / eliminate slash attacks on your bags.
Be aware that some of the rough bus lines often have baggage losses through: (1) Bags stolen by passengers getting off at internediate stops; (2) Characters hiding in under-the-compartment baggage holds on buses and between stops the character works over every bag with a knife.
Using the Pac-Safe and locking it to some object in the hold will stop this stuff. If you use a roof-rack of a bus - lock the bag to the roof rack and then rope it down to stop it flying around.
#7 DakLak has been a member since 28/8/2006. Posts: 57