OGIO No Drag Mach 5 Backpack
This backpack is perfect for day tripping.
Long story short. If you want a backpack that is comfortable and made well then this is the one for you. It holds enough for a day of travel (expandable size helps) fits very comfortable and straps are great. Everything is adjustable. I'm 6ft3 230lbs and it fits my frame with little adjustment. The waist strap would be better if it buckled in the middle rather than the far side. Otherwise I have no other complaints. Looks good feels good and price is good for the quality. Even though I may look like a hero in a half shell it's much better than most of the competing bags out there.
July 21, 2015
Nice bag but rarely use
Use my 20L Kreiga more often as it holds all I need most days, but this works great when I have a extra stuff to haul along with me.
July 14, 2015
the best motorcycle backpack I've tried so far!
Combines awesome with my Dainese suit and stands good over the jacket's back protector.
July 13, 2015
Excellent backpack, no drag and very comfortable.
Have been using this for about a week so far on my Honda CBR 500 RA.
SO MUCH better than the old laptop backpack I was using! It does encourage me to sit forward a bit more with better posture as well I've found. The padding is very comfortable. I'm 5"7 and I do find that it bumps the base of my neck a little and is about an inch or so too low near my hips, but otherwise really good. Had it one for about 45 minutes on one ride, was in love with how much better i felt on the bike with no wind pulling at me!
I can comfortably fit a spare visor, two water bottles and my lunch in the main part of the compartment, but adding my shoes does make it bulge a little. This was WITHOUT using the expansion zippers mind. I quite like the extra security of the chest and waist straps (although the little zippered waist pouch is NOT water proof. At all.)
July 13, 2015
Expensive but no regrets
Recently I’ve tried (and failed) to move away from riding with a backpack altogether but after looking at my options (tail/tank bags… etc) I have begrudgingly accepted that a backpack is in fact, the best option I have for my daily commute. I do have a set of really sweet and spacious Givi V35 hard bags that can be mounted on my bike, but most days I don’t carry enough items to require lugging around the two hard bags. Also, I definitely prefer the handling characteristics of my bike without them. For overnight or longer road trips, I would use them for sure, but for my daily commute I wanted another solution to carry my most essential supplies.
Back to the backpack options…
I used to carry around a tactical style 5-11 3-day MOLLE backpack which would fit all my daily supplies easily but it started getting worn and ragged from riding with it all the time. Not to mention I would have sore shoulders every day from the wind trying to rip the bag off my back at highway speeds (most of my commute). Mostly for this reason, I decided that my next backpack would be a purpose built motorcycle backpack instead of a more ‘hiking’ oriented one. After spending a couple of weeks doing research, reading reviews, and looking at different brands and styles, I decided to go with the Ogio ‘No Drag’ series and then I decided to get the top-of-the-line Mach 5 version.
It has an excellent assortment of internal pockets and trick features like the separate padded laptop/tablet pockets, shoe holders and built-in visor pocket… Basically, It fits everything I need for my daily commute with ease (keys, lunch, wallet, laptop, i-pod, various chargers/cables, extra clear helmet visor, phone, go-pro/accessories, pens, notepad, rain gear (pants and jacket), first aid kit, pliers, screwdriver, hex/allen keys, and tire pressure gauge – whew! I think that’s everything). If the standard size isn’t enough, there is an expansion zipper on the Mach 5 that allows you to cram more things in if needed.
It has an additional helmet leash to 'hands-free-carry' your helmet on the right side of your body.
Good weight distribution when fully loaded and riding. No heavy spots.
Almost NO felt wind resistance #and subsequently less shoulder pain than a typical backpack causes# at prolonged highway speeds.
No movement/shifting in crosswinds. This is a huge problem with a typical backpack. I always see other riders with their backpacks falling over to one side!
Specially designed back padding creates a cooling channel of wind right down the center of your back #even when carrying a full camelback water bladder#.
The Mach 5 comes with an extra waist strap with a small pouch for items like wallet, keys, or other small items you may need quick access to.
Last but not least… Cool looking design.
The external surfaces of the bag are so delicate that any nick or scratch is immediately visible and depending on your OCD level, this might drive you crazy. You’ll have to get used to not throwing your backpack around or laying it on its back.
The main compartment opens up from the underside of the bag, which requires you to lay it down on its back each time you go into it, see the above comment for why this is frustrating. #I open it by sitting it upright on my work chair so that the back rests against the cushion of the chair#
When in the fully tucked riding position the back of your helmet makes contact with the top of the bag.
If you have to ride to work on a daily basis and are looking for a backpack you should definitely consider this option. It’s not cheap, but it’s surely one of the more comfortable options for riders and may be worth the money to you depending on how much actual time you spend riding at highway speeds. That said, there are three different trim versions. Taking all that into consideration, any version of this bag would be better for highway riding than your typical soft-bags or hiking backpacks simply due to the hard-shell design that reduces wind resistance, and fatigue over time… For me the bottom line is this... If I'm going to spend 2-3 hours per day going 70 mph on my motorcycle I want to make sure I do it comfortably with as few distractions as possible so I can stay 100% focused on the road. Wait! I think I just justified the purchase of this bag as “safety equipment”
July 8, 2015
Everthing you need for the everyday rider!
I purchased this backpack about 3 months ago because I needed something to carry my stuff to and from work. I work in a corporate company so I have to wear a suit everyday but I ride my bike everyday to and from work. So I leave my suit at work but bring a new shirt and a pair of shoes in my back everyday. The buckle mesh pouch inside the back is great to keep small items in place without shifting around and the shoe compartments are the best. I also carry a clear visor with me for night rides and that compartment is great to have. Everts time I go out with people comment on how cool the bag is. I love it!!
July 6, 2015
Great bag for most riding, just not for the aggressive
I got the Mach 5 to replace my regular backpack since it was better suited to motorcycling.
The bag is great! Excellent fit and finish, tons of organizational pouches and pockets galore.
The laptop sleeve can most definitely fit something way bigger than my 12" Macbook. I use most of of the pockets as I carry my phone, garage remote, tire gauge, house/car keys, bottled water, cap, and some towels. I also utilize the face shield sleeve with a clear spare just in case.
I removed the waist strap because its something I don't need and I prefer it without. I use the small pouch/case on the strap of the lower left shoulder.
I feel the size is right and the bag is comfortable on the bike. The only gripe I have is I ride a sport bike in the canyons often which puts be in a crouching riding position. It's a take-away since the back of my helmet rubs on the top of the bag when riding aggressively and causes some restriction when turning my head for the corners.
The bag is perfect for trips that does not involve serious tucked in and knee down riding. I love the bag for when I'm carrying stuff to a friend's place or for a long bike service so that I have my laptop and essentials to work on while I wait. Plenty of room and great quality like all the Ogio bags I have. I only wish the top was cutout a bit deeper to interface my helmet better when attacking corners.
June 16, 2015
It looks like its intended to look like.
If your getting it for the looks and style this is your bag, Frankly I
recommend something bigger specially if you don't want saddles on your bike.
-second issue the straps flutter in the air at high speeds and they become annoying,
-what I did like, has a small strap to hang your helmet on for when walking around,.
-and the actual bag is pretty aerodynamic aside from the straps.
July 13, 2015