By Kevin Mackinnon
Ogio XTrain $90
Our commuting reviewer has nothing but great things to say about Ogio’s XTrain back pack, which is part of the company’s endurance collection that you are sure to see lots of in transitions and at training sessions this season.
The bag is light, durable, really well thought out and very comfortable, making it a great option to get your training and racing gear around. There’s a decent sized main compartment with convertible organization dividers so you can divvy up space for clothes and work stuff. The handy shoe pocket is perfect for some runners for a lunch time excursion or work shoes. The armoured pocket keeps sunglasses or other delicate items safe, while you can easily get a phone or an mp3 player into the accessory pocket. There’s a pocket on the side that works great for a yoga mat or similar if you’re riding to your next session, too. Once you get there you can clip your helmet to the outside of the bag. While there isn’t a ton of room for a large laptop, there is an iPad sleeve that will keep your tablet safe.
Once you’ve got the XTrain loaded up you’ll be amazed at how comfortable it is to ride or walk around with. The ergonomic shoulder straps are very adjustable and seem to have just the right amount of padding and fit is dialed in even more thanks to the adjustable sternum strap. The breathable back panel uses airflow technology to enhance the comfort level – our review called it the most comfortable back pack she’s ridden with.
For athletes looking for a backpack that offers some great storage options for a commute to work or a practice, the XTrain is definitely worth a look. Right now Ogio is knocking things out of the ball park with their endurance line and the XTrain is a perfect example of their innovative thinking and design.