According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, approximately 3,400 children were treated in emergency rooms last year for injuries related to backpacks. Many orthopedic surgeons will tell parents to limit backpack weight to 20% of their body weight to prevent injuries. Many parents are considering the new rolling backpacks.
But with so many options on the market, it can be tough to sort through all the choices to find the one that is right for your child. Here are the top five rolling backpacks that my panel of fathers recommend for parents to consider as they choose a rolling backpack for their children's back to school needs.
This rolling backpack from Olympia features full lining, in-line skate wheels, adjustable center strap, self-repairing excel zippers, three section retractable handle system, comfortable padded back with padded wheel covers, and front mesh pocket with bungee cord. Our top rated children's rolling backpack for school, this one is sure to please your student and help them save their backs from the strain of books and school supplies.
This High Sierra product offers a large front-load main compartment, zippered front pocket with organizer, recessed retractable handle system, and 2x2 inline skate-style wheels with corner protectors. Special features include a mesh water bottle pocket on one side and accessory pocket with flap on the other (just right for the child's cell phone), a comfortable padded back with fold down wheel cover and well padded backpack straps.
This rolling book bag from LL Bean features a strong frame with sturdy wheels for a smooth ride, a retractable handle and tuck-away straps that let you carry lighter loads with ease. It is made from rugged pack fabric with a ballistic nylon bottom. There are two main compartments and two mesh water bottle pockets. Front pockets with an organizer panel keep supplies accessible. This is among LLBean's best rolling backpacks, and will last for many years of heavy student use.
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This rolling backpack is just right for those situations when you do not want to carry your bag but are happy to pull one along behind. It is made from heavy-duty polyester and features a pull handle, in-line skate wheels, a large main compartment, a padded back, padded straps, and an interior organizer. And it looks pretty cool and delivers excellent value for the price.
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Jansport has created a very durable and attractive rolling backpack. I like this one because it has shoulder straps that can hide when the bag is being wheeled around, it has large pockets along with a small zippered exterior pocket for small items and the wheels are very durable. It is a really great choice for a child's rolling backpack for school and is stylish enough that the kids won't mind pulling it behind them to the bus or walking to and from school.