OGIO All Elements Backpack
The outside pocket zipper malfunctions. The waist strap is hard to connect.
June 15, 2015
Keeps your stuff dry
I needed something that would absolutely keep my laptop dry and have room for a hoodie, jeans, and miscellaneous other stuff. Normally a Patagonia backpack is my choice, but not in the rain.
There are better waterproof backpacks available on RevZilla but you'll pay up to twice as much. The Ogio is a simple roll-top design--if you use Ortlieb panniers on your bicycle, the concept is the same. There is one easily accessible outer pocket that looks watertight but I haven't tested it. And not that unlike a lot of backpacks, items in that outer pocket subtract from your total cargo space--in other words, it's not an "outside" pocket, it's outside access to an inside space.
I like a lot of pockets in my regular backpack but that's not how this one works. There are two zipped areas where you can stow small stuff. They are most easily accessible when you empty the pack and pull out the liner from the inside.
That's a great feature--the high-vis liner can be zipped out and washed.
There is a padded back that is designed to let airflow between you and the pack. Can't speak for that as I'm not wearing this in the heat. The structure of the pack, held in place by the chest and waist straps, is very solid. Although my Patagonia pack is my choice when it is not raining. The Ogio is actually better suited to being used on a moto.
The waist strap is easily removable: each end anchors to the pack via hook and loop. But here is my only real criticism: the strap is not easily stowed without removing it. So if you don't have the waist strap secured, it hangs down a bit. I found myself going down the highway and realized I hadn't connected the waist strap--so that meant this big loop was hanging behind me. Fearing that it might get caught on something, I pulled over and connected it. The other criticism about the waist strap is that it connects close to one side (one strap is long, one is short). That's fine when you don't have a helmet on, but when you do, it's hard to connect--at least it's hard to see it while you're connecting it.
December 21, 2014
I struggled to find a bag that would fill the needs I had in mind for it. But I have to say it does exactly what I need it for. I commute regularly to and from school and the internal organizer is perfect for my 15" MacBook Pro and all my books and binders. And with the waterproof nature I know my electronics will stay dry. The way the straps tie up was also a huge requirement for me because I was tired of getting beat to death by straps at speed. Also the way the weight is distributed when on and both sternum and waste straps connected is perfect and it hardly feels like you are wearing anything. Lastly the room inside is huge. Enough for shoes, weekend or more worth of clothes and still more if you need it. Highly recommend!
July 23, 2014
Simple, solid bag
I bought this bag looking for three things: waterproof, laptop-friendly, enough capacity. The bag meets these needs and then some. There are three buckles (four with the removable belt) The straps coming out of these buckles roll up and velcro away and secure; a small attention to detail that's really appreciated, especially while at speed. The material is a heavy duty, waterproofed fabric. The roll top design is fantastic, effectively increasing its storage space; I walked around with my jacket in my bag. Inside has storage compartments, but the lining is removable, making those compartments removable. Complaints? I would have liked some cool, ultramodern waterproof material, but the bag that does have that costs twice as much. There's only one exterior compartment. There's not much in the way of hooks or brackets for makeshift lugging. But these complaints are very minor.
June 2, 2014