Some people, kids and adults, can't take the weight on their back of carrying books, computers, and all the other day-to-day items they need for school or jobs. That's when a wheeled backpack can come in handy. Just be sure your child's school allows it, and it fits in your child's locker.
The L.L.Bean Rolling Deluxe (*Est. $100) stands out as the best rolling backpack thanks to its 1,935-cubic-inch capacity, reflective detailing and reputation for durability. It has room for a college student's book, laptop, iPad and more. The biggest downside is an occasional complaint about the zippers, which L.L. Bean's customer service handles well. The Rolling Deluxe doesn't have a laptop sleeve, but it does have a compression strap to help keep the load from bouncing around.
The L.L.Bean Rolling Original (*Est. $80) is popular too, but parents say that at 1,625 cubic inches, it's not big enough to fit their children's school supplies. The 2,175-cubic-inch JanSport Driver 8 (*Est. $100) comes with a built-in laptop sleeve, but reviewers say the computer still tends to flop around and there's no skid guard on the bottom of the pack, which can result in holes in the fabric.
The JanSport Wheeled SuperBreak (*Est. $75) measures 2,000 cubic inches -- plenty of room for everything -- but with just two main compartments to the Rolling Deluxe's three, it's not as well-organized. Some say the handle feels stiff. The Wheeled SuperBreak is also durable, but it doesn't seem to have the lifespan of the L.L.Bean Rolling Deluxe.