Finding the best wheeled adventure luggage can provide the extra little helping hand, to make your outdoor adventure a smoother and more enjoyable one.
While trekking through the wilderness or adventuring into the vast unknowns, the last thing you want to be worrying about it a sore back from lugging around a heavy backpack.
Modern technology to the rescue again, the ultra convenient wheeled luggage will save you from the pain and discomfort of a heavy backpack hanging from your shoulders.
If wheeled luggage is new to you, and looking for one is seeming daunting, take a look at 5 of the best quality wheeled backpacks on the market below.
1. Osprey Transporter Wheeled Duffel 90L
The 90-litre wheeled duffel travel hauler from Osprey is an essential for seasoned travellers. 800D TPU-coated nylon fabric provides both weather resistance and durability to last for many trips, with overlapping rain flaps for wet weather protection.
Oversized wheels give it a sturdy and smooth roll-over all terrains both inside and outdoors, in any weather conditions.
The Transporter’s HighRoad Chassis' tubular aluminium frame and high clearance design ensure durability and structure in a lightweight product.
The interior of the suitcase is extremely generous and has two smaller internal zippered mesh pockets to separate items of luggage.
A large U-shape strong #10 zip opening gives easy access to the whole of the interior. And dual internal compression straps keep contents secure and in place, ensuring they don’t get creased whilst in transit.
There is a large external zipped compartment for easy access to smaller items which you want easy and quick access to whilst in transit.
There are five padded external grab handles on the top and sides of the duffel for ease of handling and maneuvering.
Six additional lashing points enable quick securing to cargo racks or pack animals. A mesh ID panel on one end ensures you won’t lose your luggage.
2.Caribee Global Explorer 125L
Caribee’s 125-litre wheeled Global Explorer suitcase is a fabulous accessory for any traveller. Large and versatile it offers many features to suit seasoned and new adventurers.
Convenient compartments within the bag enable you to store your gear in an orderly and easily accessible way, with zip dividers and three-level split access, i.e three completely separate compartments within the bag accessed by three-sided lightweight zippered panels.
Heavy-duty QR compression straps inside keep contents secure and crease-free whilst in transit.
A large zip pocket on the outside is a great place to stow items that you want quick and easy access to. Lockable heavy-duty zips protect theft of your contents.
There are padded handles on the outside for easy lifting at any angle from airport terminal baggage pickup points to cargo racks and more. Four QR buckles secure the bag whilst in transit.
The bag's premium push-button aluminium trolley system (extendable handle) and oversized wheels make manoeuvring a breeze over any surface.
All the hardware on the bag is extremely strong and durable top take the knocks and bumps of travelling in planes, buses and generally being carted around.
Slide rails on the base protect the bag from damage whilst on the move.
The bag itself only weighs 5kg empty so you can pack a lot of contents into this piece of luggage.
3. Osprey Sojourn 80L
This 80-litre wheeled travel bag from Osprey doubles up as a backpack as well and is ideal as both a hiking/backtracking trip or a regular travel bag. And it’s large enough for a decent length vacation.
The Sojourn uses AntiGravity inspired technology which uses a trampoline style suspended mesh back system for optimal comfort and ventilation (when used as a backpack). The chest strap has an emergency whistle attached.
The harness and hip belt are torso-adjustable and can be removed with a zip when the bag is used as a regular wheeled travel bag.
Inside the bag are dual mesh pockets for easy access to smaller items as well as an internal mesh side pocket. The main interior compartment has a zip closure and compression strap system for secure management of the contents.All zippers are lockable for security against theft.
Padded carry handles on the top and sides allow for easy handling at airport carousels and when managing the bag into car-boots and onto roof-racks etc. There are daisy rings on the front for flexible attachment options.
The wheels are the unique Osprey oversized HighRoad injection molded durable type which handle all terrains with a smooth rolling motion. A double-bar retractable ErgoGrip handle makes maneuvering the bag easy.
4. Explore Planet Earth Madrid Roller 110L
From Explore Planet Earth comes this 110-litre Madrid Roller travel/duffel bag for travellers who want plenty of room and like a comfortable item of luggage.
The bag has many attractive features including a moulded Foot and Kick plate which also acts as a stand and an extra handle. Durability is at the heart of the design of this duffel, as well as versatility.
The material used is a tough 1000 denier Polytech which is both extremely tough but also waterproof. All the buckles are Duraflex. Zippers are lockable #10 YKK type. And stress areas are double stitched for strength. The trolley system is a recessed telescopic U-shape handle.
In terms of packing configuration, there is a large top compartment with zippered closure (lockable). The other internal compartment on the bottom of the bag has fold-down straps for securing contents in one place whilst in transit.
The front and drop-bottom compartments are divided by a zippered panel which can be removed to create one large compartment if desired. On the exterior of the duffel is a large pocket, again zippered and lockable, for easy accessed smaller items such as books, wallets, laptops, passports etc.
The duffel stands upright by virtue of the moulded foot and that also acts as a handle for easy maneuverability and lifting. There are two inline skate-style wheels and a kickplate.
5. AmazonBasics Ripstop Wheeled Duffel
At an extremely competitive price point is the Amazon-branded Ripstop wheeled duffel travel bag.
(This is, in fact, a Samsonite product sold under the Amazon brand name). An estimate of its capacity is 25kg or more. The dimensions are 28” x 32” x 37”.
With multiple zippered compartments both within and on the exterior of the bag this is a versatile bag which allows for neat, organised and secure packing of all items, providing easy access to all smaller luggage you may need whilst in transit such as books, passports, toiletries etc.
A central zip means that you can open up the entire bag to gain access to everything at the same time. Fold-down straps inside keep contents neat and secure.
A removable shoulder strap allows the bag to be carried over the shoulder or across the body. The strap can be easily removed and stored in one of the external pockets when not in use.
And then it has a telescopic handle with sturdy and free-running in-line polyurethane wheels with ball bearings for smooth rolling over all terrains.
Handles on the top and sides make lifting from an airport carousel or on and off cargo racks etc manageable.
The material used in manufacture is a rugged polyester top with the sides and base being made from 1680D ripstop and 210D lining throughout.
The reinforced ripstop is woven from extra strength fibres for exceptional tear strength. It resists tearing and ripping for optimal durability against damage.
Last Updated: December 3, 2021 by Rhys