OGIO Bandit II Backpack
Everything I wanted from a backpack
This is not an overly technical rider's pack, let's just be clear about that now. It doesn't have fancy jacket straps, or a helmet holder, or any of that nonsense. What it is is a sensible, fairly large backpack that holds a lot of stuff and looks equally good on and off a bike.
Understanding that, I am highly impressed with this pack so far. It has a ludicrous number of pockets in and around it, some of which are unexpectedly nice. The sunglasses pouch is ideal, as is the little flip-out pocket for bottles/drinks. The red interior is a nice touch, and so are the little icons placed inside pretty much every pocket to give you an idea of what you could use it for. Nothing about this backpack is overly obtrusive or flashy.
The chest strap is slightly on the flimsy side, but it does the job well. And the whole pack is just long enough to sit on the rear seat if you're on a cruiser, like I am. It's not a problem for me, but it might be a dealbreaker for someone out there.
This thing is definitely large enough to handle whatever you need. The first thing I did was throw my laptop in it, along with basically anything else I could find that I might want to take on a trip (except for clothes, I didn't want to unpack those just for a test). Bluetooth headphones, snacks, sketchbook, cold-weather layers, etc—everything fit with room to spare. Definitely glad I got this.
February 15, 2016
Needed a new backpack for work
As a fire fighter, going to work for 24 hours requires a little different level of packing for your shift. I needed a backpack that could carry some spare clothes, toiletries, my lunch, breakfast, and still wear well. This pack meets all those needs. It also has a pocket for a laptop or tablet. It does have a lot of pockets for various things. Some good. Some ridiculous. Durability is hard to review cause I did just get it. But it seems sturdy.
August 10, 2015
Great Quality. Great Price.
I am a Realtor who is constantly meeting clients on the go so an organized backpack that could hold on my supplies was very important. I also wanted to make sure I could use this for long weekend travel as well. This is a great backpack especially for the price. It holds my 15" laptop nicely, its 9 1/4" x 14 1/4" inches for reference. I also carry at least one legal sized folder, my ipad mini, mouse, electrical cords, etc. Its very light even when fully loaded. It can fit my riding boots that are calf high as well if I need to change them. I was looking at the Ogio Squadron 15, but I think this one does just as well and for less money.
2010 Triumph Street Triple 675R
May 22, 2015
This backpack is not durable at all, and is totally impractical for a student
I was really disappointed with this bag. My brother had one of the older versions, so I was really excited but really let down.
First off, I've had the backpack for less than a semester and it's already falling apart. Considering I stopped riding a month in, and that it generally doesn't go through any stress, that the straps are separating from the bag is pretty unacceptable. It's not like I overload it or anything, (not like I could even if I wanted to). Which brings me to my next point...
They were so busy cramming 500000000 pockets and pouches into this bag that I think they forgot that people usually use backpacks for school... Which means books. I can barely fit 2 textbooks in here along with my laptop before it starts bulging fatter than my dad's stomach. And he can down a 30 rack faster than my bike hits green lights. How about less padded pockets, and more storage space?
Those are my main complaints. Remove some of these useless pockets and how about some quality control. If you're looking for a good riding backpack, keep looking...
November 24, 2014
A lot of pockets
This is a very clever designed backpack. It has a lot of room for your laptop and everyday stuff like sunglasses, iPad, big EarPods, keys, papers, etc. I'm very pleased with this one.
July 21, 2014
Great for anything
Bought this backpack because it was a great price. It has tons of great pockets. My favorite are the two side pockets that are designed to be accessible while wearing the backpack. It makes grabbing a water bottle, wallet, cell phone, etc. very easy. It has a very nice pocket designed just for a laptop. I love this backpack. I gave the durability a 4 only because I know the quality of some of the more expensive packs and it isn't quite there but to get a better pack you will need to spend double whay you would pay for this one.
July 13, 2014
Great looking functional bag
this is a very good looking bag, and has plenty of pockets for keeping all your gadgets organized. Zippers appear sturdy and work well. soft inner liner for laptop, phone and iPad areas.
Doesn't really have a flat bottom so it won't stand up by itself - but who cares I guess...
December 16, 2013
awesome backpack with many-many pockets
I got this backpack on a gloomy, rainy evening and the last thing I felt doing is unpacking my old, torn and worn backpack and load my stuff into this one.
After a little reasoning with myself I got to it and after 2-3 minutes I just couldnt stop saying wow and wow again.
Lots and lots of small pockets to organize your stuff, separate section for your laptop, phone, sunglasses, papers, pen, tools, keys and the list goes on. Every time I wanted to make a compromise of putting something together with another item I found that there is an additional pocket available and designed just for that.
"Red is for protection" concept works very well, if you are concerned of breaking something just make sure you put it in a red pocket.
Zips are strong and easy to open and close.
I got the "celebrity white" and yes it does attract the grime a bit but according to all my friends it does increase your visibility big time with reflective stripes and signs.
highly recommended backpack that can even serve for a weekend getaway but an absolute must for commuting.
August 29, 2013