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on October 2, 2008
The material is sturdy and the color was truly how it looked on Amazon; however, Samsonite needs to take a couple of lesson from Jansport on how to build an adequate wheeled backpack, especially for students who intend to use it everyday. My 2 complaints are as follows: one, the traction on the wheels needs improvement.The backpack makes alot of noise when rolled and it is not a smooth glide as I had with my trusty Jansport and two, there should be one large compartment instead of one medium and one small. I wish that Jansport still made there wheeled backpacks like they use too...oh well....
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on November 4, 2010
The quality of the wheeled backpack is good. However, the design has some deficiencies that make it harder to use then necessary. 1. The main pouch where the PC goes is slanted down so far that it is hard to get PCs out of the back pack at the airport unless the bag is nearly empty. 2. The cloth handle at the top of the bag (for hand carry) is too far forward making it difficult to use the handle to connect it to luggage so you can pull it behind the luggage (the weight isn't distributed well enough that the bag will flip/roll frequently). 3. One of the front pockets only has one zipper. This makes it take longer to zip close as you have to zip it close clear to the bottom of the bag. If I had it to do over, I would not purchase this bag.
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on April 26, 2011
Whoops! Samsonite's warehouse sent me the wrong color at first. To make matters worse, they sent me the girly purple color they had been trying to sell for cheaper than my color.

Amazon recommended that I start by calling Samsonite's customer service. I did, and of course they helpfully suggested that I call Amazon. But I stayed on and explained my situation, and they located the mistake in their own records and apologized for sending the wrong thing.

Unfortunately, this first call resulted in being promised a replacement that never got shipped, and being promised a confirmation e-mail of the return that never got sent. And after a week of waiting, I got an e-mail that was worded as if the first call to Samsonite had never happened, telling me that this is Amazon's problem to take care of.

I e-mailed them back with a detailed explanation of all the (mis)communication that had taken place so far and they apologized for putting me through the run-around, sent the correct one, and most importantly, promised to streamline their communication with Amazon.

Overall everyone was very friendly on the phone, I am happy with my product now. No more hassle to go through now.


About the bag itself:

I use the bag to carry a heavy laptop and school materials to and around campus and it's definitely up to the task.

It seems durable and well made; nothing's out of whack so far even though I've used it a lot. I got to try two of them, and there weren't any obvious manufacturing differences so quality control seems to be ok.

The backpack is indeed a little noisy over cobblestone and sidewalk cracks, but completely silent at all other times.

The handle only has one length setting and I'm not so sure about that. I was surprised it's not longer; I'm very short and it seems just the right height for me.

When you're picking up the backpack for a curb or stairway, you have to bend down and pick it up by the strap; you cannot safely pick it up by the metal handle. I can tell it's not strong enough for that. The handle's clearly designed to only take force in one direction; putting any diagonal force on it tends to tweak it out of where it's attached. Secondly, it's designed for an amount of force equal to pulling the backpack while it's on the ground, not pulling the whole weight of the full backpack into the air. If you're buying this for a kid, of course they're going to yank it by handle anyway, so it won't last as long.

I found the straps to be adequate even though they're not as padded as you'd get out of a regular backpack.

For going up several flights of stairs you may want to switch to the straps, but this is hindered a bit by how the zippers for uncovering the straps get caught. Since I was able to try out two of these backpacks, I can say that both of them had this problem with that zipper. I learned that the problem is not the zipper itself; it's actually getting caught in a triangular flap where the straps mount. This is sort of a design flaw. To get around it, you have to pull the zipper an inch up and then down again until it gets past that point and lets the straps come fully out.


About the "rolling backpack experience" in general:

I was actually slightly underwhelmed with the savings in physical effort required by a rolling backpack vs. a normal one. It's not effortless; you do have to hold your arm and shoulder in an unnatural position and apply a bit of constant force (on anything but a downhill), which could lead to the same type of shoulder strain / repetitive stress soreness of regular backpacks, which I was trying to get away from. Just less of it, maybe.

Also, whenever you get to any sort of curb or stairway (which turn out to be much more common than you would notice with a regular backpack), you usually have to bend down to pick the full weight of the backpack up (if you try to skip this step in a hurry, you risk the wheels skipping off the ground, spinning the backpack around until you fix it). Bending down and picking it up by your arm strains the back moreso than if you just carried a regular backpack up the same stairs, where the weight would be properly placed over your center of gravity.

The real benefit of the rolling packpacks, then, comes not from reduced strain but from the added amount of stuff you can carry around. Although it's still a strain rolling one of these around all day, you don't really feel much difference if it's full of heavy stuff or nearly empty; that weight is pressing down on the ground, not you! Practically speaking, this means that I can comfortably carry around my laptop, textbooks, notebook, water bottle, and a jacket all the way to and across campus, whereas with a normal backpack I could only comfortably carry the notebook without getting sore shoulders afterwards.

In conclusion, the benefit of this backpack comes not necessarily from savings in effort, but from the increased utility of being able to carry around however much you want. If you find yourself having to forego bringing certain things with you because you have a back back and are worried about having to lug it around, then this backpack is for you.

I should mention that you might stand out more with a rolling backpack at school if you're the only one with one. If you don't want that sort of attention, think about that too. Also, there are things such as "tripping people" that you suddenly have to think about, when you wouldn't with a normal backpack.
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on January 9, 2010
I bought this bag as a Christmas present for my father who is going back to college in his fifties. He can't carry books and his laptop on his back all day and wanted a rolling backpack, but his laptop is slightly larger than the average 15.4", so it was harder to find one that was guaranteed to be big enough. In addition, he wanted special pockets for his reading classes and calculator. This bag has plenty of pockets and fits up to 17" laptops, I believe. It is a very large bag, tall, and probably not for small people who may carry it just as often as they roll it. There is a backing that holds the straps when rolling it, but we haven't figured out how to secure it out of the way when using the straps. My father is about 6' tall, and the height of the arm is fine for him to use comfortably. My dad hasn't started class for the semester, so I don't know how much he likes it for everyday use, but this bag certainly fit all of the standards for which I bought it.
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on March 17, 2013
Utterly disappointing design. Bought it primarily for overnight business trips. Two main problems:
1. If I open the main compartment completely, everything the front flap falls open and everything ends up on the floor.
2. Laptop is so deep in the main compartment that it is so difficult to get it out at airport scanners especially when the bag is fully packed.
So disappointed and frustrated that I am rather using my old laptop bag which is falling apart. Wish I could give it back to Amazon even if you don't want to refund me. Unfortunately I live in South Africa and it's not that easy to return something to you.
Don't buy this bag if you want to travel with it!!!
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on June 24, 2008
I have had the bag on several car trips and one plane trip and it has done well. Lots of room and the pull cart feature is great. Long enough handle that I don't kick it while walking. Hiden back packs straps are good too.
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on November 29, 2008
This would be a great product if a very gentle adult were to use this. My 11 year old seemed to be able to destroy it within 2 weeks. One of the plastic bound areas by a wheel popped out the two rivits and the zipper couldn't hold up to the crazy number of books that students (even in Elem. school) must tote around to classes. He is on his second one, that I had to purchase because the repair policy puts the nearest repair center at over 25 miles away AND the return policy is non-existent. I emailed to ask what I could do and only received a form letter response telling me to go the web site (which is where I found the prior information). I DID get a message on my phone about 5 days after REVIEWING their product on Amazon. I chose not to answer or call back. I am a 'too little, too late' type of person. If the seccond Samsonite Med. Wheeled Backpack holds up, that's great. It has so far (about one month) but I am not impressed with the customer services that they offer. Personally, I would've given only 1 star if the 2nd backpack hadn't held up so long. Maybe it is just bad luck on my behalf or even my 11 year old but the customer service was horrible, regardless of how the damage occurred. I really just wanted a repair place near my home to have it fixed myself. I am NOT driving 25 miles just to have someone tell me that my son damaged it. I was happy driving 3 and paying for the repair myself!!!
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on September 12, 2009
If you have a large laptop and do a lot of traveling, this is a terrific solution. The wheels move smoothly, there's plenty of room for a change of clothes and all the gadgets with which I usually travel, and the handle is sturdy and telescopes to a comfortable height. Unlike my old wheeled backpack, there's a protective cover that keeps the wheels from coming into contact with my clothing when I'm using this in backpack mode. I wish they'd included handles on the inner laptop sleeve, but that's a minor inconvenience.
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on May 27, 2015
I wanted this backpack in place of a regular backpack because it had just started to get heavy when humping through airports. I specifically wanted something that was approximately the same size as my regular backpack and would fit in the under-seat storage, allowing room for my feet. While some smaller rolling bags will fit under the seats, there is no extra room and you end up with your feet jammed back against your seat with no room for movement. This gets very old over a 3 - 4 hour flight. This bag is almost exactly the same size as the regular backpack I had been using for years. The only difference is that the wheelbase is rigid, so it can’t be folded or smashed sideways, and the retractable handle makes it rigid in height. When extended, the retractable handle is plenty long enough for rolling behind me with normal walking (I am 5’ 10” tall.)

I researched between 50 and 100 different bags before finding this one. I had even bought (and returned) a “small” rolling rectangular bag that ended up having much more storage space than I needed, and barely fit under the seat in front of me with no room for extending my legs. This one easily satisfied everything that I was looking for. It has plenty of small compartments for USB drives, pens, medications, Kleenex, rechargers, headphones, etc. It also has a padded laptop compartment that seems fairly spacious. I don't carry a laptop, so I don’t know what the maximum laptop size would be. The wheels are the fairly standard polyurethane, in-line skate wheels, and roll quite easily and quietly. The retractable handle seemed a little flimsy at first, but obviously holds up very nicely. Some people have complained that their children have broken the handles, and I would say that this bag is probably not meant for the kind of violence that a child would visit on any piece of equipment. For adults and college students, I think it is quite robust enough. However, I wouldn’t trust it to rest other luggage on. I always load it on top of the handles of larger pieces of luggage (it IS the smallest one.)

I was concerned (before I received it) about the material used in the backpack, but it looks to be quite strong enough for reasonable use. I have no qualms about resting my feet on it, and expect that this will last for at least several years of use. I haven't needed to put it in an overhead compartment, but I don't see it being a problem in even the smallest compartments unless possibly if it is packed to the verge of explosion. It also fits quite nicely in all under-seat storage by simply rolling it in, leaving enough room for my feet on one side or the other so that I can stretch out my legs. This also allows it to be rolled up between my legs to remove magazines or electronics during a flight.

One of the unusual features it has is a flap that zips down when the shoulder straps are to be used. This covers the wheels so that they don't mark up a jacket or shirt the way most rolling backpacks do. Another nice feature is a zip compartment for the extendable handle that also has enough room for more than one small umbrella, cattle prod, or other small implements. It has a large, zipped compartment in which the laptop holder is housed along with lots of extra space, a second smaller zipped compartment with all kinds of small, closable knick-knack compartments, an even smaller zipped compartment about 5 inches deep, and a fourth small zipped compartment about the same size for keeping boarding passes, passports, etc. There are also the two netted water bottle holders on each side. And finally, there is the zipped compartment that the extendable handle is in. Altogether, there is a great deal of storage space and organization. This was much more than any of the other rolling bags or backpacks that I had seen, and more than enough for my needs.

Some people use a rolling carry-on bag like this for a weekender piece of luggage. I don’t use it that way, but it seems to have enough space for extra socks, underwear, and toiletries in the big compartment. I think I tend to pack more heavily than most, so I use a regular roll-aboard for those things.

I can see this backpack being useful for older students at school, parents traveling with children, business travelers, and vacationers. I especially like that I can take it on vacation and it doubles as a backpack that I can use while bicycling or hiking. Given that it is made by Samsonite, I anticipate it to be manufactured well, and that it will last for many years to come. It is the only rolling backpack that satisfied all of my needs.
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on February 10, 2012
I like everything about it except the sleeves it is not detachable and my lenovo 15" laptop does not fit in it. too bad..
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