What can you say about a backpack? Well, as it turns out, a whole lot. While most of the packs we test are specialised packs for riding, either motos or mountain bikes, the packs that get the most use are standard backpacks – not that there is anything standard about an Ogio bag, mind you.
While a lot of people think we spend our days riding dirt bikes, the truth is, most of the week is spent in an office producing New Zealand’s best-selling dirt bike magazine. So, just like any person who starts and ends their weekdays commuting to an office, a good bag is essential. Given that we do head out to the track and trails, to ride or to shoot, a briefcase or messenger bag just doesn’t cut it – especially since I sometimes ride my bicycle to and from work, which is a round-trip of 32km.
The comfort of the Bandit is second to none, thanks to the shoulder straps that have more padding than your average pack, which fit over your shoulders and curve out and around your torso, helping keep it in place – even if you’re one of those people who just swings the pack from one shoulder.
The back is padded (known as Ogio’s Hybrid Unibody Backpanel), which not only helps with comfort, but also protecting what’s inside the bag. See, the Bandit features a large pocket that is lined to fit a full-size laptop or tablet, too. But that’s to be expected, as the Bandit has a pocket for everything, from your sunglasses, wallet, keys and even a drink bottle (that also includes a harness to stop it slipping out).
The Bandit is also my go-to bag for international trips, having just made two trips to California in the last six months. Being used as my carry-on, it holds practically everything I need for the long-haul flight – as well as some extra supplies, such as clothing, just in case my luggage goes missing.