Subject: Re: rolling luggage vs. backpack
I've used a rolling backpack for the past two summers. What I like about it is that it's size is much smaller than most of the hiking backpacks I've seen most students like myself lugging around all over Europe. Plus, it's shape is that of a suitcase, so you can pack things neater, without having to wrinkle up everything to cram into a real backpack. I would imagine that things would get wadded up into massive wrinkles, but I don't know that from personal experience.

Another advantage to the rolling backpack that I really enjoy is it's capacity to do just that -- roll. If you're going to be walking long distances through airports, subways, streets, what have you, you can take the strain off your shoulders, back, and stomach and wheel right along your way. When you need to take the stairs or cover short distances, or even get on and off trains, cabs, boats (you get the picture), quickly, then it converts easily into a backpack.

I just find that I love my rolling backpack because it is more versatile than a conventional backpack. And, because I think the volume is slightly smaller in mine, it means that I can't overpack so much.

Mandy Huffman Easley, SC