OGIO 8.0 Athletic Bag

Words Jon Harris
Photos Kaz Yamamura
Date Nov 12, 2014

The clocks have been turned back, in BC we’ve had the first proper hard frost of the winter and soon the slopes will be calling. It seems harder and harder at this time of year to get out on the bike. Time is precious and saving some getting out the door for a ride can help get your tires into the dirt sooner – and more often.

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The crush resistant pocket protects googles and riding glasses or anything else that you don’t want crushed, like maybe your favourite cupcake for example.

Last winter Cam posted up his thoughts on making riding a priority in Finding your Big Rocks and followed it up with Pete and Morgan piling on with 11 Ways to get on your bike more. One of the themes of those two articles points out that preparation can help you get on two wheels more efficiently when opportunity arises. Having a duffle with all your gear ready to go is part of that preparation and the OGIO 8.0 Athletic Bag may help save a few precious minutes in that transition from fireplace to loamy turns.

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The vented shoe pocket keeps your stinky riding kicks away from your fresh riding gear, meaning that you can arrive at the trail head smelling and looking fresh.

The OGIO 8.0 Athletic Bag could be called the OGIO Ready-to-ride bag. It’s designed for various sports but the product team seemed to have two wheels in mind; the bag is packed with handy features for us mountain bikers. Someone thought hard about what happens when you head out and when you return. They must have spent some time around sweaty riding shoes as the bag features a separate vented compartment for them to fester in. Then there is the vented compartment at the bottom of the bag to deposit your damp and dirty gear after the ride, keeping it from contaminating anything else.

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Packed and ready for the next ride, the OGIO 8.0 Athletic Bag has a compartment for everything that you need to ride and potentially post-ride beers too, though I haven’t tested that yet.

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The side pocket has compartments to keep things like energy bars organized, or somewhere to put your collapsible dog bowl (shown here). No matter what you use them for, the various pockets are handy to keep small items where you can access them rather than randomly thrown in the main compartment.

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The main compartment has more than enough room for riding gear, a change of clothing for post ride beers and a towel. And another view of the dedicated, armoured eyewear stash – top, pictured here closed.

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When wheeling a bike around it’s nice to have both hands free. The straps on the bag can be used in the traditional way like a duffle bag or can also double up as should straps to wear the bag on your back. A simple bungee cord keeps your helmet attached to the bag and an external bottle pocket keeps pre-ride hydration to hand.

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That bottom zipper conceals an expandable and vented compartment to put your riding gear in after your covered it in mud and soaked it with sweat. The base of the bag is a tough tarp-like material which means that any ham-fisted treatment of the bag at the trailhead or when throwing it in the back of a truck should be shrugged off.

The OGIO 8.0 Athletic Bag sells for $110 USD  and comes in three other brighter colors. There is also a slightly larger model, the 9.0, that sells for $150 USD. It definitely is not a cheap bag, but if you are riding regularly and want something to help keep your riding gear organized it may well be worth the investment, or worth adding to your list for the chubby man in the rad suit.


The OGIO 8.0 Athletic Bag seems to be smoothing Jon’s pre-ride faffing out, could it do the same for yours?

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