Bag Review: Ogio X-Train

Ogio X-Train 4

I love the hardshell pocket on the top of the bag.

The second bag that I used during my search for the perfect work/workout bag was the Ogio X-Train.  (You can see my review of the first bag, the Adidas Energy Backpack here.) I found the Ogio bag online and it was openly advertised as a great bag for someone who
bicycles to work. Although in many of its favorable reviews there were many references to the bag being great for much more than that.  As with any online purchase I was not able to see this bag before I actually bought it so I had no idea how well this bag would fit my needs before it arrived at my door.

From the time I first opened this bag I was very impressed with what I saw.  This bag is specifically built as a bag for clothes but in many of the reviews people mentioned that they were able to successfully put their computer in it with plenty of space for their clothes.  Not only is there a great pocket space for clothes that is plenty big for my workout outfit for the day.  In addition to the standard clothes pocket there is also a great space in a wet/dry pocket that can either be used to put your shoes (the pocket fits my 10.5 size shoes) or I used it to put my clothes after I used them to help better keep my sweaty or wet clothes away from my computer and other papers.

Ogio X-Train 3

No specific compartment for my computer.

Two more features of this backpack help it stand out.  On the top of the backpack there is hardshell pocket that really adds a lot of value.  In this hardshell there is plenty of room to fit your glasses, your watch, your phone carrier and your headphones.  The pocket not only keeps the items safe, it also allows you to keep them separated from the other items that could cause damage during the time you are carrying the bag.  The second feature is an extra strap attached to the right shoulder strap that Ogio advertises as a strap for you bike helmet (since they advertise the bag as a great bag for bicycle commuters). For me, this gives me the ability to carry my lunch box that I often carry to work. I frees up my hands and allows me more comfort during my public transit commute.

Here is the wet/dry compartment for shoes or wet clothes

Here is the wet/dry compartment for shoes or wet clothes

PROS:

  1. The hardshell pocket is great and can be used for so many different things.  It allows for safety and for comfort when carrying electronics and fragile items
  2. The wet/dry compartment allows you to keep your wet or sweaty items separate or allows you to keep your shoes in their own pocket
  3. The additional bike helmet strap allows my hands to free up while wearing the bag
  4. The bag has a great profile on your back and is the bag that bulges out the least from my back

ogio X-Train 2CONS:

  1. No pocket made for your computer.
  2. When you put a computer in the bag the clothes pocket shrinks greatly
  3. The close profile does not allow there to be much room in terms of space in the bag
  4. Few other pockets to hold the extra items that I must carry including my computer charger, pads of paper, folders and even  pens and pencils.

OVERALL: This bag is a perfect bag for a workout but it lacks in what is does for you going to work.  The lack of a specific spot for my computer and the other items that I must bring to work.  This is the best bag, that I tried, to bring to the gym or to a race.  That being said, it is not a good bag for me to bring to work.  If I was just going to work (especially if I was a bicycling commuter) or if I was just going to work this bag would be my pick, but its combination of the two is not the best.  Unfortunately this bag lacks in some key areas and although it has some wonderful and unique features its deficits are too big to overlook.

Bag Review: Adidas Energy Backpack

I recently realized that I needed a new bag to take to work.  Recently I have been having to carry a duffle bag back and forth every week with multiple workout outfits.  I would then have to take them home as they were used, usually in a plastic grocery bag.  This was not the most convenient, or the easiest way to bring my clothes back and forth. Adidas 3Knowing that, I began a search for one bag that I could bring to work that could carry my computer, my workout clothes.  Also important was the bag having the ability to keep them separate since so often my workout clothes smell after use and I often times have to take the bus or the metro to work and cannot just leave them in my car after wearing them. The first bag that I bought for this process was a red Adidas Energy Backpack. I did not find this bag at any sports apparel store but instead I found it at one of my favorite shops to find workout clothes…MARSHALLS!!!  It was a great find and I was so excited to find a bag that could possibly work for my needs. I tested this bag out the next week before I went to Illinois.  I found that although this bag is close to fitting all my needs there are some needs that I wish it had that would make it more useful for me. PROS:Adidas 2

  1. The straps and the build of the backpack made it easy to carry even when it is fully loaded
  2. There is a zipper pocket close to your back that can easily fit a pad of paper or folders
  3. There is a pocket specifically built for your computer
  4. There are side pockets for my phone charger and mouse

Red Adidas 1CONS:

  1. The computer pocket is in the same compartment that the clothes are kept
  2. There is not much room for other office supplies besides my computer
  3. All but the computer pockets are just generic pockets, not necessarily built to hold anything specific
  4. The pocket for the clothes shrinks a lot when the computer is in the computer pocket

OVERALL: I am impressed with this bag and as the cheapest bag that I tried it is a bargain for what it can do.  Although this bag’s size is impressive and it looks as if it can hold plenty of stuff but the way the pockets are set up, when you fill one it actually takes away space from the others, rather than having its own dedicated space. This bag is serviceable but I think that there are definitely better bags available.