OGIO Duffle Tail Bag
Updated (almost) 1-year review.
I received this bag as an early Christmas present in 2012, and have been using it daily on my CBR250R as a commuter bag. I am still impressed so far, as it does everything I need it to. The rain hood has functioned well in keeping my tools and work clothes dry during light to medium rain. I still have not had a chance to see the bag's performance during a heavy rain ride, but it has had to endure sitting outside with the rain hood on during a decent storm once, and everything was still dry inside. I ended up putting a D-ring under my rear seat and attaching all 4 straps to it, so that I can simply unbuckle the bag as needed and reattach it quickly. This works extremely well. The buckles and straps have all held up well so far, and I unbuckle the bag to take it inside every time I ride to work. There are no signs of tearing on any of the straps or stitching yet.
The only possible durability issues you should be aware of are extremely minor, and do not affect the performance of the bag. I have noticed that, over a year of normal commuter exposure to the elements, certain parts of the bag's finish have faded from the black to a sort of purplish tint. Again, this is strictly cosmetic, the bag performs the same but just looks a little "weathered". (I've also noticed my Ogio mini-tank bag is doing the same thing, not a product flaw, just wear and tear). If you're diligent with keeping it indoors when you're not riding, this probably won't be a problem. Also, the rubber zipper tabs tend to slip off sometimes, but they slide right back on. Some superglue would probably eliminate that.
Overall I'm still very impressed with the bag, it's an awesome value and will hold up as long as you need it.
November 12, 2013
Well thought out and very functional. A good value for the price.
Havent ever had a tail bag before. Purchased this one right before a trip to the Blue Ridge. The bag works very well for me. A lot of flexibility in mounting the bag which was good because I relocated it on the bike before the trip was over since I came back from the trip with less gear than what I started the trip with as I shipped some camping equipment home that I was no longer going to use before the end of the trip. The bag has easy access to the main compartment, 2 convenient side pockets and is expandable. I did use the expandability feature before the trip was over. The built in self stowing rain cover is a very clever idea and was tested in some significant rainfall. Everything stayed dry. I cant speak for the durability of the bag since I have only had it about a month and have only used it on one trip but my impression is that it is well built and should hold up just fine.
October 21, 2013
Just to confirm what the other reviewers have written that this bag is all that and more.
Other tail bags may be as good or better (not likely for my bike or use) and not having tested, or for that matter owned any other tail bag, reviews like this are limited in scope.
That said, this bag is everything that I hoped it would be. The attachment of the straps to my bike (Superhawk) was very easy and fast. As other reviews stated, this might not be true for all makes and models. I was lucky as there is well located attachment points. Detaching the bag from the mounting straps is quick and easy. Also the shape of the tail faring works very well with the bag and the neoprene coating on the underside is perfect for eliminating movement.
There is a sturdy carry handle for transport off the bike. Another reviewer had mention that a backpack feature would be nice. I agree, it wouldn't take much to add a set shoulder straps as an extra feature or better yet, an optional add on. The price/feature/quality ratio is about as good as I could expect. Adding features would raise the price. With a little creativity I think that a shoulder harness could be fashioned to work with the existing strap mounting points. Something to think about.
Usable space and overall dimensions are spot on. Not too big, not too small. I'm able to get an Arai Profile, size small, in the main compartment with the expansion feature utilized. Capacity should be good for a light weekend or commuting essentials. The side pockets and top flat pockets work well for organizing and stashing small and medium size items. The only feature I would like to see improved is the size of the side pockets. A little larger would make them more useful. I also have the matching saddle bags so when the need arises for more space, I'll be covered. Which brings up the built-in rain cover. What a great Idea. No misplacing or worse, having it blow off while riding.
Durability remains a question mark, but based on the quality of fabric, zippers, and other hardware I think that the bag will give years of service.
If, like me you've been having a hard time deciding on which bag to purchase, opt for this one, you will not be disappointed.
September 29, 2013
Great Little Bag.
Great little bag. Fits on my GSXR. But doesn't fit my laptop.
September 23, 2013
Perfect bag for my motor bike.
I get my lunch box, sunglasses, keys, bottles of water and everything I need for my commute to work. It's a little big for my tail rack and overlaps onto my Bonneville seat. Still works like a charm. Bag also has a rain hoodie that zips out of the back. Have not gotten it wet yet. Bag also unclips real easy so you can bring it with you. Great product.
September 21, 2013
Good product for a different bike.
On the positive side, this bag seems to be well made and has adequate capacity for small items like a camera, cell phone, etc. On the negative side, the design of the mounting straps doesn't fit well with my Suzuki V-Strom. I can't really find any good places to attach them. Each strap has a loop sewn into one end which doesn't attach to anything on my bike. I'm not sure how they were intended to be used. The bag is only sewn to the base pad at each end, though, and this leaves the sides open. I ended up buying a couple of
2-inch wide velcro straps and looped them through the base pad and under my seat. Not a really good arrangement, though, as it makes removing the bag and/or seat difficult.
September 17, 2013
well worth it.
this tail bag is worth it. tried another brand that cost more and returned it for this one. plenty of room for a day trip. easily fits clothes for the day and the equivalent of a few books along with it. the expanding feature is a plus too, as are the two side pockets for incidentals.
September 17, 2013
Nice tail bag!
This tail bag fits well on the back of my Ducati Multistrada, and looks really cool too. It barely fits my laptop (lenovo thinkpad for those playing along at home) if I put it in at an angle and unzip the expansion zipper. Even with the laptop, I can still fit some gym shoes, gym clothes, and several other items. It is exactly what I hoped it would be.
The pad that it sits on has some amazing grip. I accidentally forgot to connect the straps once, and only realized this after a 20 minute journey at 85mph. But the bag was still there! Don't try this at home, but I am grateful that Ogio used quality material here, or I would be looking for a new laptop.
I wish that the bag was a tad bit longer so my laptop would fit more easily. In addition, I wish it converted into a backpack somehow. Other than that, I am very pleased with this bag, and consider it a great value for the price.
September 17, 2013