I ordered this cute rolling backpack on the 25th of September, we received it around the 30th. Today is the 12th of October, and the backpack is falling apart! I bought this cute but tough looking bag for my 6th grader. Yes, it is heavy , when packed full of books- that's why I bought a ROLLING BAG! However, this one is a really bad design! To make it sturdier, they put a hard plastic or metal plate under the handle, which unfortunately is cutting into the material every time she picks up the bag by the handle, and it is already breaking on the top. I don't know if ALL the CalPacks have this design fault , or only this one , but I would definitely not recommend this one! However, if you just gonna use it to roll around and NO PICKING IT UP BY THE HANDLE, no problem; the back is padded, the wheels are tough, the pulling handle is great, it has several pockets---- would be a fantastic bag, if the material was stronger and the top plate was big enough for the WHOLE top. Don't say I didn't warn you!
I purchased this rolling backpack for my 8 year old son and within 2 months the bottom corners were torn. Within 3 months the inside linings tore off completely. The only positive is that the handle remained intact. Would not recommend for an active child.
- Did the product fit true to size? Yes
- How is the quality of the product? not good
- Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? yes
Okay backpack if it stays out of the sun. My little boy has now used this backpack for the entire kindergarten school year with a month left to go. Here in SoCal the children park their backpacks outside the classrooms. The sun has faded this backpack so badly it doesn't even look orange anymore. Also, the sun has done such a number on it that it is desintegrating. It is literally falling apart. Other than that, the wheels, handle zippers etc. are all good. The material is just not sun/fade proof.
I bought this backpack for my elementary age kids. The backpack colors are nice (I bought the red, orange, and blue). Within a month of use the back pack already ripped on the part close to the handle. The inside packet also ripped from the top part. I am guessing that the backpack ripped because it can not handle the weight of the contents when ever you lift them insted of using the rollers. The bottom part of the back pack also separated from the base. It was only 3 months since my kids have used the back pack and I now have to replace them. I have bought other CalPak backpacks before and they lasted for one school year. I thought that this one will last too because they are more expensive than the previous ones I bought. I was very very disappointed.
I waited to review this item because there's no way to really know until it is truly used. My child loves the way it looks and especially not having to shoulder all the weight. Nice, bright colors, lots of compartments. Except the side fabric is already ripping as well as the netting on the side pocket and it is only mid-October. I have to mention that my son doesn't give his things a lot of wear... and has never trashed a backpack. I will try to patch it for it to stop the side rip to continue but we may have get something else (or another one) by mid-year.
I really like the backpack, it rolls easily, has lots of storage space in the pockets, nice handle action. But I have a lot of books and binders that I have to put in it, and it seems to be pulling apart slightly at one of the seams. I noticed it the first week of use, and it doesn't appear to to have gotten worse, so we'll see. I love that it has the mesh holders on the side for my water bottle. I really hope it holds up as I like it a lot. I actually bought it because someone else in one of my classes had the same one.
I bought this rolling backpack because the telescoping handle on another rolling backpack broke after the first week of use by my 10yr old son. I didn't see complaints about the handle breaking off on this one. I did see concerns of the nylon material ripping too easily on this backpack and that's already happened to the one I ordered (about 1 month of use so far). About a 10" rip alongside one of the zippers on the interior of the backpack. At least the handle seems to be holding up... If it will last the rest of the year without falling apart, I'll be satisfied given the price.
The backpack is wonderful with plenty of compartments for school stuff. Unfortunately, the retractable handle broke from the backpack making it no longer usable as a roller bag. The bag was used for two months with normal elementary school wear and tear before the handle dislodged. I am working with the CalPak folks to have the backpack replaced. Check the warranty before purchasing!
I purchased two bags and it was like putting my money down the drain. Bad bad quality.My two kids use it for Elementary School and after one month they are ripped inside and holes at the bottom. Don't buy it. Looks good, has nice handle but can't handle 4 books.
I needed a rolling back pack for my daughter. All the local retail chains had cheap ones. I found this bag on overstock and ordered it for her for Christmas. It's a very nice bag for the price. I think it will hold up to wear and tear nicely. My daughter loved it.
Not much room. Hard to get binder and books out because the top part of bag is stiff. The handle broke/keeps sticking a couple months after I started using it. I bought the warranty and thats a joke. I have to spend my own money to send it back even though I bought a warranty? Save your money on this purchase or spend a bit more for something else. I was using this for school only.
I'm a professional who regularly uses the transit system, and wanted a rolling backpack to carry laptop, small lunch, and work files from home-transit-office-transit-home. This one has performed admirably over the last 5 months, and doesn't look too bad, either. My only issue has been that a small rock can occasionally lodge in one of the wheels and make it drag rather than roll. Thus 4 stars instead of 5. A larger wheel opening would fix this. I've probably rolled the bag over approximately 40 cumulative miles by now, with no signs deterioration.
Telescope handle broken with 4 months and warranty of Calpak is a joke. We need to ship the product with return shipment and pay *****as service charge. With this money I would buy another back. I would never buy any traveler's choice product.