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Gear: Roll-aboard backpack is a little bit of heaven on wheels

November 17, 2012|By Judi Dash
  • This roll-aboard backpack has wheels and plenty of room yet weighs only 6 1/2 pounds.
This roll-aboard backpack has wheels and plenty of room yet weighs only… (Eagle Creek )

The newest innovation at Eagle Creek, the luggage giant, is the versatile Flip Switch Wheeled Backpack 22, great when you’re on a roll or hoisting the bag up and down steps.

The roomy carry-on-size bag’s backpack straps and hip belt can be folded into an external zippered pocket when not needed. Or, to free up that pocket and lighten the load, the straps can be detached and stowed elsewhere.

The front-panel suspension system helps with weight distribution. Considering this bag has solid wheels, sturdy rubber bumper guards, a telescoping pull handle, a slew of external and internal pockets, the 6 ½-pound weight seems something of a miracle.

Eagle Creek Flip-Switch Wheeled Backpack 22 (EC-20394) in black, slate blue or ocher costs $275. Info: Eagle Creek, (888) 824-9460.

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