I switched from a Samsonite roller briefcase to backpack a few years ago while working in NYC. Rolling a bag around the subways and city streets was simply not tenable anymore – I needed something more portable. Picking the right backpack was key though. Ultimately, I landed on the Ogio Metro Backpack. Here is my product review of the Ogio Metro Backpack.
Product Review: Ogio Metro Backpack
I had some experience w/ Ogio backpacks from my personal use and so it was a natural choice to start my search (I’d taken one through Jordan and Israel and it took a beating and kept going).
So after a ton of research, I ultimately landed on the OGIO Metro Backpack, Black. I had seen many other business travelers using these bags and they seemed to get good reviews. I talked with several people who highlighted the durability of backpack and of course perused several product reviews of the Ogio Metro Backpack.
This has ultimately been a pretty good backpack (and I am now on my second one actually – the first lasted about 4 years). It features, multiple pockets, including a laptop pocket (two actually – one on the inside and a zippered one on the “outside” that sits on your back).
I can fit a surprising amount of stuff in this thing! If I don’t bring workout gear (e.g. shoes) I can do a full week in the Ogio Metro Backpack (Some of that is probably due to my Marine Corps packing skills though :-)). And it easily fits in the overhead compartment or under my seat (which I try to avoid!).
Speaking of the Marine Corps, one of the things that sold me on the Ogio Backpack was the sway strap in the front. While hiking for miles with an incredibly heavy backpack in the Marine Corps you learned the benefit of the sway strap in the front in terms of a stabilizer and load reducer. However, the Ogio strap didn’t last very long and ultimately broke pretty quickly. That’s really the only negative thing I have to say about this backpack. All things considered, I highly recommend it!
You can purchase the >Ogio Metro Backpack here.
PS…speaking of business travel gear, check out my review of the TravelPro Crew 11 21″ Softside Spinner Suitcase.