The 10 Best Rolling Backpacks 2020

ive your back a break and grab one of these extremely handy wheeled backpacks. Ideal for students carrying laptops and heavy books, or travelers wanting to avoid checking luggage, they offer plenty of convenience and functionality. We’ve included both professional looking models as well as some that boast more whimsical designs

1. Samsonite 17896

When not in use, the handle of the Samsonite 17896 (about $84) tucks away into a zippered compartment, as do the straps, so you don’t have to worry about them getting in the way. It is made from a sturdy ripstop nylon, so it should last for years.

  • Rolls almost completely silently
  • Perfect size for weekend trips
  • Few color choices

2. Olympia Melody

The Olympia Melody (about $59) is large, affordable, durable, and offers lots of organizational pockets. It’s everything you want in a backpack, with the addition of smooth rolling wheels for when it’s fully loaded or you are tired of carrying it.

  • Fits inside most school lockers
  • Thick padding on the back
  • Made from robust polyester

3. J World NY Sunrise

The J World NY Sunrise (about $34) comes in a lot of patterns that make it stand out from the crowd. It has air mesh shoulder straps that are comfortable to wear for extended periods, and an organizer in the front pocket for things like pens, business cards, and change.

  • Doesn’t wobble when rolling
  • Material is easy to clean
  • Not the best for tall users

4. JanSport Driver 8 Core Series

If you need something capable of accommodating a lot of stuff, the JanSport Driver 8 Core Series (about $83) is a worthwhile choice. It features two large main compartments along with a number of pockets for organizing your accessories.

  • Good amount of water resistance
  • Backed by a lifetime warranty
  • Shoulder straps can be uncomfortable

5. Tilami School and Travel

The armored bottom on the Tilami School and Travel (appx. $60) prevents it from getting damaged as you roll it, and its high-strength aluminum handle won’t bend easily. It’s a little on the small side for three-ring binders, but can easily hold a laptop or a couple of textbooks.

  • Well-padded strap pockets
  • Pull-over wheel cover
  • Pricey for size and overall quality

6. High Sierra XBT

The High Sierra XBT (appx. $76) has smooth-rolling wheels and is tough enough to hold your heaviest items without tearing. For protection, it is equipped with a kick plate and corner guards to save the edges from getting dinged up over time.

  • Fits under most airline seats
  • Lots of interior padding
  • No good place for water bottle

7. Osprey Fairview 36

For those venturing farther than the office or school, the Osprey Fairview 36 (appx. $193) is just the bag to go the distance. At 36 liters, it can hold more than enough for a weekend trip, or you can pair it with a larger bag when you’ll be hitting the road for longer.

  • Good clearance for bumpy streets
  • Dual compression straps on front
  • On the expensive side

8. Skip Hop Zoo

Carrying heavy books to school can lead to long-term back problems for kids, even those still in elementary school. The Skip Hop Zoo (around $35) can help reduce the chance of this happening to your child, and he or she will love the fun animal designs it comes in.

  • Mesh bottle pocket on side
  • Cute matching zipper pulls
  • Deliberately has no shoulder straps

9. Matein Freewheel

The Matein Freewheel (appx. $52) sports a versatile design that’s well-suited to a variety of needs. It features a padded laptop pocket that accommodates any device up to 15.6 inches, and wheels that can handle all kinds of rough terrain.

  • Main compartment opens wide
  • Lockable zippers
  • Choice of two sizes

10. Kipling Alcatraz

The Kipling Alcatraz (about $182) has a top to bottom U-shaped opening that allows you to load it to capacity without struggling to get large items in. The shoulder straps can be unhooked and shoved into a zippered pocket, which protects them while you’re wheeling it along.

  • Small enough to be a carry-on
  • Intuitively placed pockets
  • Secure buckle closure