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High Sierra Powerglide Rolling Laptop Backpack

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Product Features

  • Large multi-compartment design with cushion zone padded computer sleeve holds most 17" (screen size) notebook computers (max size: 16" x 11" x 1.75")
  • Large zippered front compartment has premium organizer with media pocket, zippered pocket, multiple open pockets and removable key fob
  • Easy access zippered accessory compartment has a headphone port
  • Inline skate-style corner-mounted wheels with an integrated bridge to keep them rolling straight and balanced
  • Deluxe flush-mounted, double-tube telescoping handle
  • Contoured, adjustable vapel™ mesh padded shoulder straps store behind the zippered padded back panel
  • Zippered side pockets hold a water bottle or other gear
  • Triangle clip to attach a lock or other accessories
  • Corner guards and a kick plate protect the bag from abrasion
  • Comfortable vapel™ mesh padded grab handle
  • Reflective accents for night safety

Detailed Product Description

Ease your burden with the High Sierra Powerglide wheeled backpack, perfect for the serious student. Its large, multi-compartmented design features a roomy main zippered compartment with a cushion zone padded (17”) laptop sleeve, an organizer and media pocket, a zippered pocket, and several open pockets for quick access. It also boasts an easy-access zippered accessory compartment with headphone port and zippered side pockets for water bottles or other necessities. The expansive and versatile High Sierra Powerglide converts easily into a comfortable backpack with contoured, adjustable Vapel mesh shoulder straps and a zippered, paneled back panel. Perfect for hauling heavy loads across campus or across town!

Product Specifications

iLaptop Compartment Dimensions:
16" x 11" x 1.5"
iExterior Dimensions:
21" x 14" x 9"
iLinear Inches:
6 lbs, 12 oz
2350 cu. in.
WaffleWeave, 600-denier Duralite
5 year limited warranty
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92% recommended
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  • Posted: 7/8/2014
  • Reviewer: Cindy from Cheyenne, WY
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4 person(s) out of 4 found this review helpful.
"I bought this bag for my husband to be used for travel. This bag has served him very well as he has plenty of room for camera equipment, his shaving kit, pajamas, and extra clothes. He is able to carry onto the plane with no problem and so far it is very durable. We are very pleased with this bag!"
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  • Posted: 8/10/2011
  • Reviewer: Michael from Houston, TX
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202 person(s) out of 204 found this review helpful.
"When I travel with my laptop, I have a long list of requirements for my carryon. My research of several possible bags led me to this one, and it has exceeded my expectations. First and foremost, it has to function equally well as a rolling laptop carryon, as a laptop/briefcase for business, and as a backpack for "touristing". This bag does all of these quite well. My one dissatisfaction is that the top pocket sags forward and is shallow, so things sometimes fall out when it is unzipped. Most of the ads and reviews hit the main features, but I'll list some of the less common ones. 1) When rolling it, I can leave one backpack strap out so that it's easy to sling it over my shoulder when I come to a place that can't be rolled. 2) It's comfortable both slung over a shoulder or worn as a backpack. 3) The handle is long enough for a 6-footer to keep from banging his heel on it. It's a double tube handle, which is more stable, more durable, and when stowed provides a more protective structure on the pack. 4) One of the compartments is big enough for me to stow my "in-flight" bag that I pull out and keep under the seat. 5) It's easy to pull the laptop (and put it back) during security without disturbing anything else in the bag. 6) The entire bottom is VERY impact resistant. 7) It's lighter than most of the bags in this class. 8) Build quality is excellent in all regards."
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  • Posted: 4/4/2014
  • Reviewer: Wendy
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130 person(s) out of 131 found this review helpful.
"I am a college professor, and bought this bag for work. I tote a bag up to four miles a day, walking long distances from my office to classrooms, and then walking to and from campus from home. I've been using the this bag for a few weeks, and so far, I'm impressed. The materials are sturdy and high end for such a reasonably-priced bag. The zippers move with ease - I can easily zip or unzip compartments with one hand, something I could not do with my previous bags. The handle extension is long and mostly moves smoothly. Great variety of small and zippered compartments keeps my stuff much better-organized. The main compartment is huge - almost too big! - I can fit folders, books, my lunch, and even gym clothes! The latptop compartment in the middle keeps my MacBook safe and secure. The side zippered compartments easily fit water bottles, and can either be partially zipped for easy access (be sure to pull the zipper up at least half way or your water bottle may fall out), or bottles can be completely enclosed in those zippered slots. The wheels are excellent - they are quiet and roll smoothly on all surfaces. I have not used the bag as a backpack yet, although I really like the zippered storage areas for the straps, and the protective barrier that keeps dirty wheels from making contact with your back. Still, I'm not quite sure that I will ever use this as a backpack because it is pretty large! The overall large size of the bag was a bit off-putting at first, but I've noticed even bigger bags on campus, and don't really care if anyone mistakes it for a luggage bag. Despite its size, the smooth rolling mechanism makes it feel light when pulling it. It also stands up fine - does not fall over when stationary. It held up fine in wet snow last week (no leakage). My last rolling bag lasted 6 months, and my record is two semesters (barely), so we'll see how this one holds up. It's my first purchase of a High Sierra product, and so far, I'd definitely recommend!"
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  • Posted: 8/19/2010
  • Reviewer: Anonymous Customer from Cranberry Township, PA
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164 person(s) out of 166 found this review helpful.
"This was a back to school purchase for my daughter upon recovering from surgery. All in all, this pack is ideal for us. The rolling aspect of the pack is great (no more heavy books to carry)- The handle can be easily adjusted and hidden away. The wheels are unobtrusive and the bottom has a nice guard with no added bulk or protruding plastic. The bag is well made- Stitching is secure with nice detail. Several compartments make it easy to organize materials. The substantial size accommodates locker contents for a day of classes (with no pit stops) around a large school. Great purchase."
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  • Posted: 4/22/2013
  • Reviewer: Alfred from Miami, FL
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123 person(s) out of 125 found this review helpful.
"The computer compartment is large, the side pockets come in handy (especially since they zip diagonally to adjust for various sized bottles), and it is highly durable. I have abused it now for 8 months and it still looks like the day I bought it. I literally carry about 50 pounds in it and use the rolling function mostly, and it has held up to stairs, etc. The straps have proven very useful also since I ride motorcycle on occassions to the University."
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  • Posted: 8/10/2012
  • Reviewer: Carol from Houston, TX
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64 person(s) out of 65 found this review helpful.
"I really like the capacity of the High Sierra Powerglide. There are pockets, zippers and slots in the front zippered compartment. The two side pockets will fully zip while holding 16.9 oz. water bottles. It's also a good place for a small umbrella. I don't carry this as a backpack at all, but there is a cover that protects clothing from the wheels. It is well-balanced and does not tip over when full. The handle is cushioned for lifting into the car. I have been very pleased with this purchase. I believe it has a five-year warranty, and I would buy it again."
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  • Posted: 7/29/2012
  • Reviewer: Carl from Metairie, LA
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53 person(s) out of 54 found this review helpful.
"I had purchased the exact item last year for my grandson to go to school. The Powerglide lasted the entire year and hardly shown any wear and tear. Excellent for transporting his books to and from school. I purchased 2 this year one for my grandson and the other for my granddaughter. I know the backpacks will have plenty of room for their books and other supplies. The price was right also. I also went to Sports Authority and Academy and their supply did not match the quality and price. Thanks for High Sierra and E-Bags for the 20 off."
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  • Posted: 10/19/2012
  • Reviewer: Anonymous Customer from LOS ANGELES
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48 person(s) out of 49 found this review helpful.
"Perfect gear for nursing students who carry about 20lbs+ of books, laptop+cable, clothes+jacket, bottled water, food, shoes, umbrella, etc. Lots of rooms, organized pockets, well designed, best in class. Trust me--I tried couple models before I decided to purchase this one. Ebags Router was good but too small for 15" laptop, and it also not good when you place laptop in the back compartment with all the weights loading on top the laptop when rolling (returned). High Sierra Freewheel was okay too but less spaces than Powerglide (returned). If you need roomy rolling backpack, this model will not disappoint. It also fit to carry on for air travel too. However, it may look big to carry on your back when not rolling, but who care to carry on your back when you have wheel--huh?"
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  • Posted: 6/14/2012
  • Reviewer: Dorothy
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74 person(s) out of 78 found this review helpful.
"As a nursing student, I carry around a ton of huge books. So far, this backpack has held up really well and been a great backsaver."
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  • Posted: 8/10/2010
  • Reviewer: Barbara from northern CA
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41 person(s) out of 43 found this review helpful.
"It is not only easy to find at the airport, but very roomy. Because I travel in very small planes, I am restricted on size and weight of baggage. I can include most of what I need in this rolling backpack. The wheels are very smooth."
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  • Posted: 4/25/2010
  • Reviewer: Wendy from Auburn, AL
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66 person(s) out of 70 found this review helpful.
"Love this wheeled backpack! Had purchased a different one (olympia) that would not stand up by itself with books inside. This one is great. Very roomy, has a wide base (stands up by itself!) and rolls very quietly. I got the plaid one that my family says reminds them of Grandpas golfing pants but i love the plaid. Very different and stands out. Shouldn't have any problems finding it in a crowd! Very pleased and would definitely recommend to anyone."
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