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Not So High on High Sierra Chaser Wheeled Book Bag Backpack
on October 26, 2010
I bought this for my daughter in order to keep her from having her growth stunted by carrying a 3000 pound school backpack. I had high hopes for the High Sierra Backpack after reading customer reviews and reviews of other wheeled backpacks that this was the best backpack on wheels. It wasn't cheap but I thought, why skimp?
At first blush, this looked like a great backpack--well balanced and spacious. Nice materials. Chunky wheels placed just right, and the handle extends to a nice length for kids (my daughter is almost 11) and grown-ups (I'm a 6'5" grownup). It has a nice carrying handle when you tuck the extension handle away.
But almost immediately, when I checked out my daughter's new backpack and extended the handle, I became wary of the very wobbly construction. It felt like it wouldn't take much to have it snap off--like it wasn't really secured properly. And after only a week of use, that's exactly what happened. The entire handle and post came off completely. To add insult to injury, my daughter tried to put the backpack on her back when the handle broke, and one of the straps broke.
Others may have had good experiences with this bag, but as far as I am concerned, this backpack is basically garbage. If you are thinking this looks like a great buy, this is truly a case of how looks can be deceiving.