I was first introduced to one bag travel nearly 25 years ago watching Rick Steves. Ever since then, I’ve owned numerous bags offered by Rick Steves including my first one, the Original Back Door Bag. (I still have it and will do a posting on it in the near future.)
For the first time, I’ve purchased one of his rolling bags, the Rick Steves Rolling Backpack.
Weighing in at only 5 lbs, 9 oz, and measuring a true 20″ x 14″ x 7″, this bag is a contender in the very lightweight wheeled bag category.
On the outside front are three pockets, one of which goes down the entire length of the bag, and one just small enough to hold a 3-1-1 bag and boarding pass.
The rear of the bag has two adjustable backpack straps that tuck into their own pouch. The back of the bag is also lined with mesh to help keep your back cool while carrying it.
There are padded handles on the top and side and the other side has a mesh water bottle pocket.
The inside has two compression straps and the lid has a zippered mesh pocket.
Every Rick Steves bag comes with a document pouch that can be attached to the “o” ring at the bottom of the bag and two mesh drawstring bags.
I’ll cut to the chase. This bag surprised me. I really like it. Instead of using cheap material to keep the weight down, this bag was designed well. The sides have no frame but the fabric is strong enough to hold things in place. It doesn’t feel flimsy.
The main compartment zippers are lockable but the other compartments aren’t. The zipper pulls themselves do not have holes but you could put a small lock through the holes where the zipper pull attaches to the zippers themselves.
The backpack straps are fairly comfortable and are fine for a short distance. I wouldn’t want to carry this for hours on my back. There is neither a sternum strap nor a waist strap.
This bag is small enough to meet even the most stringest carry-on rules worldwide yet still offers just under 2000 cu in of packing space.
The first bag I received made a terrible rattling sound around the release button of the telescoping handle. I wrote RS customer service to see if this was normal. I received a return email stating it wasn’t normal and they were sending me out a new bag. I didn’t even ask for one. A big thumbs up to Rick Steves customer service.
If you’re looking for a lightweight rolling backpack or even just a lightweight rolling bag, keep this bag in mind.
The Rick Steves Rolling Backpack retails for $160….however from now until April 5, it’s on sale for $128. That’s 20% off.