Ogio Metro rucksack  £59.99

6/10

Nice commuter bag but no good if you normally ride a drop barred bike

Contact  www.madison.co.uk

by rob_simmonds   June 21, 2009  

Ogio Metro backpack

Ogio don't sell specifically this as a bike bag – it's promoted for mixed use – and to be honest it shows. Although it's well made it doesn't have those little touches which make a bag ideal for use on two wheels. On upright machines and short hops it's fine, but if your ride is longer or your position lower then you're better off looking elsewhere. On the plus side, it will swallow masses of kit.

The first thing that struck me when I saw this bag was the huge number of zips. If you are the kind of person who likes everything in its right place then this bag has a pocket for you. I prefer the storage system known as the 'pile of stuff' and I was worried that if I made full use of this bags organisational capabilities there was a distinct chance that I'd never find anything ever again.

You don't get any accessible side pockets, so if you want to grab your keys or some change or a snack bar then you'll have to haul the whole thing off your shoulders while you try to remember which pocket you put them in. There's no light loop or anywhere that you could sensibly bodge one on. Nor do you get any reflectives. For a bag that's going to be mainly used by commuters, that's not so great.

The biggest flaw, for me at least, is the way that the neoprene carry handle is placed way too far down between the shoulder straps. On a drop barred bike, like my not-very-aggressive commuting hack, this pressed into the back of my neck and pushed my head forward. The only way to alleviate it was to loosen the straps to the point where the bag felt sloppy. The sternum straps were no help as they were too short to fasten around my 42" chest without squeezing me. I also had problems with the chunky straps cutting into my armpits. However, on an upright holiday hire bike it was fine as the bag sits much better.

Ogio don't make any claim for this bag being waterproof, which is honest of them because it failed my cheap and cheerful foul weather test (ie being put near the garden sprinkler while I watered my veg) in spectacular style. After ten minutes it had let water in just about everywhere, including the "weatherproof" audio pocket. Water was also starting to pool in the main compartment. You might be ok in a light shower, but anything more is going to leave you with some soggy contents. The large laptop pocket fared rather better, protected as it is by the rest of the bag and your back.

If I only commuted on foot, or on a very upright bike then this would be a fine bag. It has good capacity, 36 litres to be precise, and everything fits nicely. As a bag for cyclists these good points are tempered by some fairly major faults.

Verdict

Nice commuter bag but no good if you normally ride a drop barred bike. Waterproofing isn't great either.

road.cc test report

Make and model: Ogio Metro rucksack

Size tested: n/a

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Ogio promote this bag with its tech friendly internal organisation.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

36 litres of storage capacity with a myriad of sub-pockets and a very nice side access laptop pocket. Two "weatherproof" pockets for your electronic gear and an internal organiser for leads and tools. Please note the "" around the word "weatherproof" though...

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Sturdy, robust and very nicely put together. Should last ages.

Rate the product for performance:
 
6/10

The carry handle makes it a poor choice if you ride drops or with an aggressive flat bar position. It's also got the water repelling properties of a lace doily.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

More likely to rot than it is to break.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
7/10

A little on the plump side, but this is a big bag with lots of extra pockets and detailing.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
5/10

Off the bike it was fine. Comfort on the bike depends on what type of bike you're riding.

Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

It's very well made, as you'd expect for the price, but as a bike specific bag there are better options out there. The Edinburgh Revolution Stow Expert is far better on the bike and also has a built in waterproof cover, albeit without the Metro's laptop pocket and plethora of organisational options.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

If the purpose is to be a bike-friendly commuter bag then it's not brilliant. As a bog-standard backpack it's fine.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Nice construction, lots of space and it's all very tidy.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

That carry handle and the poor waterproofing. There's no light loop or anywhere to bodge a light on. Oh and none of the pockets are accessible on the fly.

Did you enjoy using the product? On the bike, no.

Would you consider buying the product? As a bike bag, no.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? No

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

This is very clearly not a bag that was designed primarily to be used on a bike. It's a pity, because as a general all-purpose backpack it's pretty good.

Overall rating: 6/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 5\' 8  Weight: er....86kg

I usually ride: GT Rave - singlespeed conversion  My best bike is: Guess SC1 scandium

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed,

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