Finding a quality backpack can be tough even when you aren’t riding a motorcycle. It has to be a good fit. In my case it has to be adaptable given I ride to work, the gym, and to freelance meetings. My needs vary on each occasion, but I don’t necessarily want to change my backpack for each excursion. After trying multiple packs, I found the Ogio Mach 3 backpack to be the best match for my needs. It’s truly one of the most versatile, and effective bags I’ve used since I started riding.
The features of the Ogio Mach 3 are simply impressive. The inside is effectively compartmentalized for your everyday needs. There’s a pocket for a laptop, a water bottle attachment, shoe holders, pen holders, and two zipper slots for your cash or small valuable items. On the outside there are adjustable straps that fit comfortably around the waist and chest. The additional sling clip for your helmet is also incredibly convenient when you want to quickly run inside a store, and don’t have time to lock your helmet to your bike.
Next, I’ve got to talk about the riding experience. The Ogio Mach 3 features topnotch aerodynamics. There’s absolutely no drag when traveling at higher speeds, and I have on quite a few occasions tested this. The Mach’s assembly makes it feel like the backpack is a part of your body. The internal compartments prevent items inside the bag from shifting or tumbling around. The Mach also has cushions that are placed on the inside of the bag. Which means even if you’re carrying a lot of gear, you won’t have to deal with anything poking you in the back.
So, just how adaptable is this bag? I’ll take you through a typical week for me. I hit the gym about five to six times a week. I can comfortably fit a pair of twelve ounce boxing gloves, two shin guards, a mouth piece, a towel, Muay Thai shorts, a shirt, a pair of flip flops, and a water bottle. Monday thru Saturday I work, so my setup changes again. A typical backpack day includes: laptop, hard drive, lunch in a Tupperware container, files/folders, and a water bottle.
What about shopping you ask? Great question. I’m able to fit groceries in this bag. I’m talking a week’s worth of food. However, I have to give myself added credit for this as I’m well versed in packing.
It may sound like I work for Ogio at this point, but the truth is I don’t have any complaints. Sure, I could’ve gone bigger and bought the Ogio Mach 5; more room for food and all. However, this bag truly does make life easier for the everyday motorcycle rider. It’s clear the manufacturers have taken the time to build a superior bag, and I give credit where credit is due. Plus let’s be honest, the bag looks cool as hell.