Products Review

Published in the April 2013 Issue April 2013 Powersport News

Is there anyone in the world of motorsports who hasn’t heard of OGIO? The Utah-based company is well known for its huge line of bags. OGIO has everything from big gear bags down to compact backpacks. And that doesn’t even include all the other lines of bags the company offers.

There’s a reason OGIO is so well-known and popular. Their bags are really well-made and are very durable.

We currently have the RIG 9800 bag. It’s actually our second one of that kind. Our first is a 9800 with Polaris branding (we received it as a gift) and have been using it for a handful of years now. And it’s still in great shape despite all the miles it has on it. We’ve used that bag for many a snowmobile and dirt toys trip.

Our newer RIG 9800 is very similar (in size, number of pockets/compartments) to the other one we have, except the new one is lighter (14.2 lbs.).

It too is starting to see a lot of miles as we head off to media intros, rides and various vacations here and there.

What impresses us the most about the RIG 9800 is how sturdy it is and how well it holds up in lots of different conditions. When we drive to an event or ride, we handle our OGIO bags fairly carefully. But when we fly to events, they definitely gets abused. A lot. On occasion we’ve watched the baggage handlers toss our OGIO (and other people’s bags, too) around.

Despite that, the bag isn’t really showing any wear. The material used in the construction of the bag is very durable and it helps that OGIO uses iFOM (integrated foam) construction throughout the bag for added gear protection. OGIO’s way of describing its other protective features is: “SLED (Structural Load Equalizing Deck) System for increased durability and handling in the harshest of conditions.”

We’re guessing maybe the airline baggage handlers were OGIO’s bag testers.

We also like how the bag’s main compartment opens wide for easy access and the handy dividers inside allow you to separate your gear the way you like to. Additionally, the heavy-duty zipper never binds and is easy to open and close. That may not seem like a big deal, but with a couple of our other big gear bags using the zipper is a challenge at times.

Other features of the RIG 9800 are heavy-duty oversized wheels and a telescoping pull handle--both a must when you carry as much gear as we do.

Downsides to the RIG 9800? None, really. We’re very pleased with the bag.

We also have a couple of OGIO backpacks—both new—that we really like. We like the backpacks for many of the same reasons as we do the RIG 9800: excellent zippers that work and don’t bind, heavy-duty construction and one other thing we didn’t mention about the bigger bag; stylish looks. Usually we don’t pay too much attention to the looks of our bags—we’re more into function than style—but on more than one occasion we’ve had comments from others about how nice the bag looks.

The RIG 9800 retails for $249.99.

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