While luggage comes in an almost infinite variety of different shapes and sizes, your choices inevitably begin with one fundamental question: backpack or rolling suitcase? The latter is a breeze to transport when the terrain is smooth and their zip-open structure makes them easier to pack and repack. Backpacks, on the other hand, are preferable when you need to be mobile, giving you free use of both hands and allowing you to move easily through crowds, run up stairs, or navigate uneven surfaces.

The MEC Rolling Continent Travel Pack offers a solution to this luggage dilemma, converting into a rolling suitcase or backpack. Wheels and a telescopic handle allow you to use it like a rolling suitcase. With wide zippered access and internal compression straps, it also offers the easy packability of a suitcase. When the situation calls for a backpack, zip away the rear panel to reveal a padded harness with adjustable shoulder straps and hip belt.

The polyurethane-coated nylon twill material is water resistant, and the main body is lightly padded to protect your belongings, regardless of whether you’re using the bag as a suitcase or a backpack.

$230, mec.ca