Review: OGIO 9.0 Endurance Bag

Gear Pro Reviews

OGIO is an innovative designer of bags with unique styling that is infused with intelligent designs. Their bags cover the gamut of activities, including sports, work, school, travel and leisure, making for products that can carry items specific to those life styles. Their recently introduced Endurance Collection includes the top of the line and full featured 9.0 and 8.0 models, and the 7.0, 5.0, 4.0, 3.0, 2.0, 1.0, covering the entire pricing gamut from $160 to $40. Refer to their website at http://ogio.com/endurance-1 for exact specifics.

9.0 Endurance Bag
The 9.0 is constructed with high-tensile strength rip-stop nylon, for durability and light weight, and has a tough abrasion resistance base for additional longevity. The bag has a large main compartment, two long shallow front and rear pockets, two side shoe/helmet compartments, and a bottom wet/dry compartment with a 360° airflow ventilation gusset. One of the helmet/shoe compartment covers has an armored crush resistant molded EVA pocket for goggles or sunglasses. The outer top flap of the main compartment converts to a backpack system, which includes adjustable shoulder and sternum straps with a ventilated and padded back panel. The 9.0 comes in two colors, Acid and Black (tested), and retails for $160.

Impressions
The OGIO Endurance 9.0 is an excellent gear bag, with an incredible plethora of compartments, pocket and sleeves for the utmost in organizational purposes. Besides catering to my compulsive neat freak nature, this bag makes sure you never leave home without all your equipment. When you pack the bag, if you place everything in their allotted locations, you’ll hopefully won’t get out in the field and realize you forget a key piece of gear, which can always put a damper your riding adventure, and especially in regard to comfort and safety.

I used the back pocket for smaller armor, the front for nutrition and electronics and sundry items, the left side for shoes, the right side for a helmet, and the hard case for sunglasses. In the main compartment I placed my hydration pack and apparel, and anything else that seemed appropriate. Although the main compartment had a lot of volume, very large or tall hydration packs might not fit (not many match that criteria), and would need to be carried separately. The benefit of the 9.0 size is that fits on your vehicle seat without much encumbrance.

Once I was ready to carry it to the truck, the handy integrated backpack setup was quite comfortable, carried the weight well, and it was easy to maneuver through household doors. Out in the field it was simple to extract all the gear and get ready for a ride, and the cavernous main compartment gave you some staging area during preparation.

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • Pete Kutheis says:

    I wished they still made the original Fox Gear bag which looks to have much more capacity. My fox is starting to wear out and this initially sounded good until I read the main compartment is big but may not be roomy enough for a large hydration pack. The main compartment of my Fox gear back can hold TONs of stuff. ONE outside pocket can hold a pair of cycling shoes and easily more.

    • Horatio Perez says:

      Dude, get over it. All you just did was waste our time whining about a bag you or us can no longer get.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Very few packs will have this issue, only my monstrous Ergon BC2 and the tall framed Ergon BX2 had issues, and with the latter I just let the top poke out from the main compartment. I have plenty of larger gear bags, but they also become more cumbersome to use, and they don’t fit nicely on the front seat next to me. It’s always a compromise.

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