OGIO No Drag Mach 5 Backpack
This is my second riding backpack, the other is a Kreiga R25. I love them both. This was bought as an everyday bag after my ancient Ogio day pack finally wore out, and I use it for daily commuting on and off the bike. It's durable, ergonomic, and spacious, with a smart layout of the interior compartment. I particularly like that the opening is against your back and hinged at the bottom, so it's really impossible to leave it open by accident - even if it were unzipped, wearing it would hold the flap closed.
The R25 has a slightly better and more secure fastening system, and the (removable) Ogio belt strap is more awkward, but the Ogio pack is secure enough on the bike, and has small elastic loops on all straps, which can be used to secure excess length. Kreiga's buckling system works better and is a little more comfortable, but this is fine too.
The included visor pouch is a nice feature, and holds the visor against the outer shell of the bag, minimizing the amount of space used. The bag comes with a (detachable) helmet loop and a pouch that can be attached to the straps, but I don't find myself using either. The pouch is just big enough for a wallet/phone/keys with is good, but the attachment loops let it slide around on the straps, and I find it a little uncomfortable and awkward to wear and use.
The bag's stiff shell means that it can't really be smushed down to fit in oddly-shaped places, but I have successfully jammed it under an airplane seat (in economy, no less) without a problem. It's about as large a pack as I'd want for travel/commuting, but will fit ok in most spots, like overhead racks on commuter trains.
It's a really well made bag, and while the shoulder straps are not as comfortable and ergonomic as Kreiga's, it's still very good. I prefer the Ogio's opening and interior layout to the R25. My past experience with Ogio leads me to believe it will last a long, long time.
December 4, 2014
Great option for commuting
I bought this backpack after recommendations from a few friends. It supplements my tailbag as a luggage option, and it will be used for commuting. I like how all straps and zippers are on the inside, and it has a hard protective shell. It is also nice looking..
November 30, 2014
perfect for motocycle riding
Could have a exterior compartment.
November 18, 2014
Solid, and well built backpack for motorcyclists
The backpack is very solidly built, of course it's an Ogio which is really all you need to know about the quality.
*Solid built backpack, the stitching is perfect and durable.
*Functional, it protects the sensitive laptop/ipad and can put clothes shoes and books in it.
*Expandable for those overstuffers
* well thought out design of the buckles and straps.
*Price, it's pricey but I believe this one will last years like my other Ogio bag (4 years old).
*Shoulder straps are a bit on the small side for BIG GUYS, I'm a large guy and the straps are tight, it's not too bad though. Average guys/gals shouldn't have any problem whatsoever.
Overall I wouldn't hesitate to buy this bag again.
November 3, 2014
We're talking about $170 backpack here. I think folks are being a little too polite.
*The aerodynamic design is helpful in reducing drag.
*The visor / shield pocket is really cool.
*The extra crud is comes with... straps... pocket pack... clearly there to increase the price and impact the perceived value - but a complete waste, as they erode the item's core aero feature.
*Baffling: only has a quick release on one of the two straps. When you're in skin tight leather with a helmet limiting your downward view, and gloves limiting your feel - why in the world would you only include a quick release on the right side? It makes getting in and out of the thing a frustrating waste of time. It's consistently annoying.
*The front strap is going to be too small for larger riders. I'm not a particularly large person and it's at full spread.
Someone will come along and do this right - this is not it. The stitching is single thread and poor - no way it holds up to even a modest crash. No way is it protecting your $2k laptop when you do crash. Really, this backpack is a pretender. Right now, it's the only game in town with these aero properties. Overall, especially at this price point, it's a disappointment. It's being sold as a motorcycle backpack - yet doesn't really take a rider's needs into perspective.
October 29, 2014
Good looking backpack
Good looking backpack, but it's little difficult to get my Lenovo T430 with the larger battery; with out the battery or with the small battery fits perfect. Fits a 15" mac, I doubt I can fit a 15" from other brands.
October 6, 2014
Unless you've used a low-drag backpack you'll be blown away by the difference this makes. It's amazing how much different this feels at highway speeds vs a regular backpack. It's just big enough in its expanded form for 3 days of clothes and a laptop for a business trip. Only drawback is that it is a hardshell pack, so flying with it as a carryon limits its stowability in small planes. Sort of an odd shape internally and the opening of the bag can be a little awkward at first because it's impossible to lay it flat on anything to keep it from rolling around like a flipped turtle. Sunglass pocket is a bit tight, but nicely concealed.
Excellent bag, great straps, great internals, it's expensive.
October 6, 2014
Nice design but Cheap Craftmanship
This is my first motorcycle bag and I must say it's utterly disappointing to have received this in the mail. Comparing this bag to the bags I usually carry which are Chrome, 5.11, CamelPak, and Nike, this bag is definitely not on the same echelon; it doesn't even measure up; it's not even in the same ballpark nor arena.
The Mach 5 is ranked #1 in cheap quality and poor craftsmanship. I don't know how everyone else is rating the bag so high but I'm giving it rating of "POOR". The stitching is poor craftsmanship. In places where double or quadruple stitching is needed to ensure the bag will not brake or tear, there's only single stitching. The zippers, material and plastic buckles is cheap quality, and I wouldn't trust it holding up while riding on the autobahn. When the bag is on your back and you're in the crouch position it's difficult to lift your head to see out over the visor. And placing a 15" notebook in this bag not allow you to place anything else in it.
I'm returning this bag and will continue using Chrome, 5.11, Nike or CamelPak with the hopes of them producing a hard shell bag for motorcyclist. If Ogio improves the quality of this bag I'll definitely pick it up.
Here's a tip: If you're currently using a CamelPak, 5.11, Nike, or Chrome then don't even waist your time and money.
October 1, 2014