The California Pak Cato rolling backpack is a backpack built to last. The rubber bottom rolling backpack has a variety of features and pockets, including a retractable single pole, high performance inline skate wheels, and protected steel twisted zipper pulls. The rubber bottom gives the backpack a toughness and water resistance that other rolling backpacks pretend to have, and it comes with a top and bottom carry handle too. If anything, this is the backpack that says one thing: "I am ready for today".
PROS: To say my daughter was "rough" on backpacks would be an understatement! She is in 5th grade and has used 3 backpacks this year (In less than 100 days)! Learning from those "lesser" backpacks, this CALPAK has been a dream come true! This backpack had to fill many requirements, and does so with ease! We needed it to be LARGE; she often times just stuffs EVERYTHING into the backpack so space was a premium! Next, the handle had to be able to withstand getting yanked, twisted, slammed, hit, drummed on, and used as a coat rack; it's single pole handle is made of aluminum and slides up and down with ease-lessing those bangging/slamming moments. The wheels run smooth, over pavement and sidewalks as well as packed dirt paths (we walk to school). The Bottom of the outside of the bag is FULLY covered in plastic (MY FAVORITE FEATURE), so when she plows through puddles, the bottom of the bag stays dry! We are very happy with the design of this backpack!
CONS: I wish it came in better colors. We ordered it in red but that was backlogged a few months, so we went with the blue. At least the pack isn't a distraction!