Ogio 9900 Review


Ogio 9900 Review

Traveling for cyclists, especially racers, is a fact of life. Flying with a bike, regular clothes and then riding gear can be a massive pain in the ass. This goes double for downhillers traveling with heavy bikes, extra wheels, full face helmets and a wide variety of tires.

Getting your every day clothes and all of your riding gear into restrictive airline checked bag size and weight restrictions can be borderline impossible. What if you had a bag that was big enough to haul all of your gear, including your $400 carbon full face helmet, safely and easily?

Enter Ogio and the 9900. This bag was designed for, and with the feedback of, professional motocross racers. If you think life as a downhiller sucks, try an even heavier moto helmet, huge boots, a roost guards and multiple changes of heavy factory kit.

The bag itself weighs 15lbs empty and is 36″ x 16″ x 19″. You can pack your gear, your dog and possibly your neighbor into it. It comes in a few ridiculous colors, making it easy to spot on the baggage belt. Of course, this is null and void if you travel in a circus like the World Cup where everyone is using the same bag.

The build on Ogio gear is incredible. The bag they sent me has now flown around 200 000 airmiles over 2 seasons, besides some damage to the rubber Pullman handle and outer piping being caused by rough handling, it is still good to go. No zipper blowouts, no torn seams and no damaged wheels. No other bag I have had has survived an entire World Cup travel season and come out in one piece. This is one hell of a bag. It has seen 10 trips to europe, in all manner of aircraft. It’s been to Africa, Australia and all over North America and has been lost by the airlines 12 times.

With that covered, let’s get to the specifics of the bag itself. The 9900 features a massive 9900 cubic inches of storage. That’s more than enough to obliterate any airline weight restriction, so pack carefully. The bag itself is so big that when full, I am routinely asked to drop it off at oversized as it won’t easily slide down the belts. I have never yet been charged oversized fees for it as I am careful to get it in under weight. 50lbs is a challenge if you fill it, 70 pounds is about right.

The main compartment features a large U shaped opening. The lid as a padded goggle pocket. The second main comparetment is a huge zippered pocket on the end of the bag that is well padded for a moto sized full face helmet. I have check it with a carbon TLD D2 in it numerous times, and it always comes out in one piece, no worse for wear. I am careful to remove the visor however, as I don’t feel like having it cracked en route if something heavy is placed on the bag.

The other end of the bag features a huge, vented, Moto Boot pocket that easily fits 3 pairs of shoes, some dirty laundry and the like.

The 9900 also features a huge changing mat that is hidden away just above the SLED system. This is a welcome addition for those who drive to races and need to routinely get changed in parking lots. There is also a decent sized tool pocket above the mud flap. The SLED system itself is a burly plastic tray under the entire bag that keeps the bag in shape, houses the wheels and also the hideaway Pullman handle to help you cart the bag around airports.

This bag gets a 5/5. No other bag I have ever had has been as capable, as easy to maneouver and as bomb proof. I will be an Ogio supporter for a long time after using this bag. Nothing makes life more miserable than a lousy piece of luggage that doesn’t zip, is hard to move or simply can’t easily fit your gear. I have to carry on my camera gear, so being able to check everything else, including my helmet, is a huge deal.

For more info, see Ogio.

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