I got a really good one from Ross. It's actually a rolling briefcase, with room for my laptop and about 3 large books and my binder. It's wonderful. I suggest checking out Ross if you have one in your area or maybe any place like it. Maybe even TJ Maxx. That way you can get good quality, name brand, but much cheaper!
J world makes a great rolling backpack. It has a nice rubber base which is good when it rains. The straps have an area to tuck them into when rolling so they do not drag. You do have an option to carry it on your back with the straps, although I have not opted for this seeing how much the books weigh. It seems very durable, I like it alot and pleased with it so far.
WOW thank you for posting this thread.... So all my ordered books are coming in for my first sem. that starts in Jan. And there are TEN books!!! And some are huge...its like 80 lbs of books it feels like...seriously. So I was considering getting a rolling backpack but didn't know if anyone else did that...I am wondering what my future classmates plan to do with all these books...and if they will have rolling backpacks.
Most of the students in my class have rolling back packs. I bought mine from ebags.com. The brand is High Sierra. My laptop goes to class with me, and they have a way to type in the model of laptop and let you know which backpacks it will fit in. I did pay about $80 for it, but it carries a lot of books, and has been used for over a year on a daily basis and is showing no signs of wear.
I have one of the High Sierra's similar to this. Love it!! Room for all my stuff and then some. Mine has a pocket on the top for I-pod but I put my glasses in there. Mine has the main compartment, (which will also accomodate up to a 17" laptop) another main compartment, a smaller compartment. I think I got mine on clearance for $55 or so at bags.com
Most of the students in my class have rolling back packs. I bought mine from ebags.com. The brand is High Sierra. My laptop goes to class with me, and they have a way to type in the model of laptop and let you know which backpacks it will fit in.
I bought mine at eBags.com too. Every now and then they have a free shipping deal if you buy $75 or more or they will do other specials.
I bought a large Jansport bag and it is ok. I got the larger of the three they carried at the time and it was about $120. I was back and forth between that one and a Samsonite I saw. I needed (or thought I did anyway) a bag that had the backpack straps too because our elevator is out all the time at school. I used 'em maybe 3 times all year.
I did quit lugging so many books to class last semester because I found that I never cracked the books open. I just carried my laptop and cords and printouts I needed for that day and a few other little things.
My friend went to Mori Luggage in the mall and found a great rolling bag on clearance for about $40. If I had seen that one when I was looking I would have bought it! That thing has a pocket for everything and is a really great bag. Overall, I was very pleased with my Jansport bag. The wheels are sturdy and so is the handle and it was easy to lug around when I did use it.