OGIO Renegade RSS Notebook Backpack Review

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User Comfort
OGIO Renegade RSS backThe OGIO Renegade has a stiff back panel with upper and lower back padding, which I found not only keeps things comfortable, but also enables airflow, and actually kept my back reasonably dry during both bike rides and at the tradeshow. That hasn’t been the case with other backpacks which always manage to leave a nice sweat stain regardless of the external or room temperature.

The straps also have a small amount of padding, and are spaced well enough that weight distributes evenly, even when the bag is fully loaded. The sternum strap is a nice touch, and even nicer because it can be adjusted on the y axis for the best possible fit.

Usability Issues
The OGIO Renegade is big – it’s designed to handle 17-inch notebooks, after all. And that means it can be a bit unwieldy. For example, I like being about to slide my backpack over one shoulder and be able to reach back to access the side pockets, usually for a water bottle. That’s not possible with the Renegade RSS due to its size. It’s inconvenient that every time I want a swig of water, I have to take the bag off and set it down, especially when I’m hustling to and from meetings or connecting flights and battling crowds along the way.

The design and weight can also affect the sternum and shoulder straps, which often slide up, and loosen in the case of the shoulder straps, when the pack is even moderately full. Also, I have to restate that I can’t find any use for the expandable shoulder pouch as it’s too small for even small smartphones.

Granted, it’s a big bag designed for big laptops, and OGIO has plenty of others built for small computers and tablets.

OGIO Renegade RSS specs:

  • Padded laptop compartment with suspension system, built for most 17-inch laptops
  • Materials: 840 D Junior Ballistic Poly, 600D Poly
  • “Crush proof Tech Vault” for glasses storage
  • Yoke style padded straps with adjustable sternum strap
  • Screen-friendly felt interior in some pockets, dedicated tablet/eReader pocket
  • Black exterior, red and black interior
  • Dimensions: 19.5- x 14- x 8-inches (LHD)
  • Weight: 3.6 pounds (empty)
  • Capacity: 1900 Cu.In/31.1L
  • MSRP: $160 on OGIO’s website

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The OGIO Renegades RSS’s utility and comfort are enough to almost make me rethink my stance on expensive bags. It’s just like driving a nice car. Sure, a jalopy will get you there just as well, but a nice car provides a more comfortable and enjoyable driving experience. It helps that the OGIO Renegade RSS is well constructed, so users will get many miles out of it before things break down. And it helps that it’s a good looking bag that I wouldn’t mind bringing to a professional setting.

Those looking for a gym bag or all-purpose gear backpack, the Renegade RSS might not be a good fit. But I really can’t see how OGIO could improve it as a large laptop bag without overly nitpicking.

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