Let me start with the short review. This is one seriously cool and well thought out backpack. Simply one of the very best backpacks you can use on a motorcycle especially a sportsbike.
So that was the short review. If you’re interested in more, read on.
The Ogio No Drag Mach 5 Backpack is a very sleek aerodynamic backpack, made for motorcycle riders. Its dimensions are Height: 20.5”, Width: 14.5” and Depth: 7”. So, it’s big but not cumbersome, an ideal size for any type of motorcycle, but specially for sports motorcycles.
The Mach 5 is aerodynamic, meaning you’ll not be pulled when riding, even in a crouched position. I tried it on my Ducati, and honest, you don’t feel any drag whatsoever. Empty, the Mach 5 bag weighs next to nothing, 3.7 lbs (that’s 1.67 kilos for people living in Europe and Asia). But we don’t use backpacks with nothing in them, so this is where the genius of the Ogio come in.
The Mach 5 has so much space in special compartments you’d think it would be heavier. There’s a special compartment for a 15” laptop, and the compartment is padded for extra protection. It’s always been a fear of mine that knocks onto the backpack will mess up my precious laptop, but have no fears with the Mach 5. There’s also an equally protected compartment for iPad or other tablets/e-readers, AND a compartment for smartphone.
But the Mach 5 has several other very nicely though out designs; there’s a special protected compartment for helmet visors (how many backpacks can you name that have that?), there’s even a compartment to put your street shoes in. Imagine the comfort of that. You ride up to your office using your motorcycle boots, and at your destination, you put on your street shoes. Very handy!
I have to say, after 6 hours on the road on the Ducati, the backpack was still comfortable. The back is padded so it feels like a soft pillow on your back, and the straps do not bite into your shoulders; they are padded and can be fully adjusted.
The Mach 5 has a handle that is 1) aerodynamic and 2) concealed. At your destination, you can easily get at the handle and carry the pack. You can use the handle to hang up the Mach 5 on a coat rack.
The Ogio is rainproof, close even to waterproof. So there’s no worries when it rains. One thing that’s always bothered me with backpacks on motorcycles is the hip belt. They often scratch my fuel tank when in crouched position. The Ogio hip belt can easily be removed, preventing scratching.
Despite being quite big myself, it wasn’t difficult to put the backpack on, and more particular, taking it off. I’ve had easier ones, but I’ve also have far more difficult ones.
Have a look at the video, you’ll be amazed:
You can’t go wrong, except maybe with the price, since it doesn’t come cheap; but quality and well designed products never do.
Click here to buy the Ogio No Drag Mach 5 Backpack (you will not regret it)