Ogio Throttle Backpack
Ogio bags to us are synonymous with those futuristic, carbon-woven motorcycle backpacks that look like they’ve been designed in a wind tunnel. It’s also quite likely because the American company specialises in one thing: luggage, for motorcyclists, various sports and clever travel stuff.
This Ogio Throttle backpack combines all three of those facets: it’s a bag for bikers, it’s a bag for hikers and it’s a bag for commuters. And it’s great, with clever storage solutions, flexibility, comfort and good water resistance.
The main compartment is a simple, large space to stuff plenty of gear, clothes or groceries, and it comes with a few handy internal pockets. The flexibility part comes in the form of a draw-string fastener at the top of the main compartment and a rugged storm flap that clips over it to keep the elements out, much like a hiking bag. This flap itself is secured via adjustable-length clips and features a fleece-lined pocket to store quick-reach electronics such as phones and music players.
There’s a good amount of external storage spots, including a pair of side-stash pockets for a drink bottle and a decent-size camera (but not an SLR) as well as a handy front pocket for a bunch of small items. This pocket gets a little restrictive when the main compartment is fully loaded, but it’s perfect to store pens, pads and voice recorders for us scribes.
The bag’s piece de resistance for me is the clever laptop section between your back and the main compartment. Opening the upside-down capital ‘L’ zip reveals plenty of protective padding from knocks and specific padded sleeves for a 15-inch laptop and an iPad without them touching.
This section doubles as a document and magazine holder, ensuring your latest edition of Motorcycle Trader stays fresh and crisp – clearly it’s original design purpose. Perfect.
It mightn’t be until your next camping adventure or self-healing class that you discover the bag’s nifty base straps to carry a sleeping mat, or yoga pad if you channel your chakra.
The shoulder straps are comfortable and sturdy and there’s an adjustable sternum strap to clip them together for more support. The straps also feature clever, yet simple hook-and-loop fasteners to roll up and secure the excess that would otherwise flap and slap in the breeze.
There’s no chunky waist strap to further distribute the weight like Kriega bags have, but I’ve yet to hear complaint from my rocks ’n’ boulders.
The bag itself could do with more reflectivity, too.
The Ogio Throttle is a clever and sturdy piece of kit and great value at $114.95. If you’re looking for something completely waterproof, however, like you would on a big winter trip, then the bomb-proof Ogio All Elements is your answer at $199.95.
Available in blue (as tested here), orange, green and stealth (black).
Our rating: 4.5/5 stars
AVAILABILITY: Check with stockist