Review: OGIO Renegade RSS Backpack

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OGIO is one of the world’s most renowned companies when it comes to quality bags and luggage. Producing everything from golf bags to backpacks to airline luggage, OGIO is sure to have something for any of your travel needs. OGIO sent me one of their latest tech-oriented offerings: the Renegade RSS. How did it fare? Hit the jump to read my thoughts.

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The Renegade RSS is a backpack with numerous pockets for almost anything you could ever think of that has to do with technology-oriented traveling. There are two main compartments, one for a laptop up to 17″, and another to put things like notebooks, magazines, etc. The Renegade RSS implements a feature called the Reactive Suspension System in its laptop pocket. In this pocket, your computer is actually suspended in the middle portion of the bag instead of resting on the bottom. This is an extremely clever feature that ensures your computer’s safety during drops.

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One of my favorite things about the Renegade RSS is the dedicated pockets for various things. For example, there’s a pocket on the top of the bag specifically designed for glasses. There’s dedicated tablet, mp3 player, and mouse pockets. Being the organized person that I am, I greatly value stuff things like this.

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The zippers on the Renegade RSS are superb. Not only are they extremely heavy-duty and durable, but they’re also really easy to open. With many bags, you have to hold the actual bag in place before you can use the zippers. Not with the Renegade RSS. Every single zipper can be used with one hand.

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If you’re going to be using a tech-oriented bag, chances are that you’re going to be wearing it a lot. Comfort is a big factor here. Thankfully, the Renegade RSS excels here as well. This is the most comfortable backpack I’ve ever worn, thanks to OGIO’s HUB (Hybrid Unibody Backpanel). The back is extremely cushioned, and I didn’t experience any back stress, even during times when the bag was full.

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The only thing I don’t like¬†about the Renegade RSS is the overall aesthetic. It certainly looks like a tech-oriented backpack, which is, by no means, a bad thing. However, my own personal preferences steer me more in the direction of vintage-inspired baggage. This is, of course, a matter of taste and not a reflection on the superb performance of the bag.

Ultimately, the Renegade RSS offers phenomenal performance and organization for people like us. If you’re into just throwing everything into one pocket, steer clear of this and just get a messenger bag. If, however, you’re into a superbly designed, functional tech-bag, check out OGIO’s Renegade RSS for $150.

MSRP: $150

Pros: Superb design and performance. Very comfortable.

Cons: None.

Five

Roger

Life enthusiast, technology aficionado. Adventure is out there. Please, if you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them at my email: roger@runaroundtech.com

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