23 Customer Reviews
By: Dan M
Do Not Buy This Backpack
I recently purchased a Renegade RSS 17 Laptop Backpack to replace a worn out backpack which I have had for the past three years. The primary use is work as I travel fairly extensively; I typically carry a full backpack with laptop, iPad, headphones, folder, books, cables, etc.
I did a lot of investigation online, reading reviews and comments, and thought that I had picked a suitable replacement backpack. This is my feedback (in no particular order):
1. The straps are too short – I am 6’3” and around 200lbs, the straps need to be almost completely loose to fit me (note: that I am of fairly lean build with average width shoulders)
2. The straps come loose – when walking normally the straps come completely loose over time, this is somewhat annoying as they then need to be constantly tightened
3. Bag does not stand upright – the bag needs to be placed beside a wall when off of my back otherwise it falls over completely
4. Internal pockets – the internal pockets in the lower and upper front pouches are too tight and too small. It is hard to fit anything useful in them
5. Back pain – I’m not sure what is the cause here but this backpack has caused me to strain my back during my last trip. Having had the previous bag for a number of years there is a definite difference
6. Not fit under seat when flat – the bag would not fit under the airline seats (Delta economy, economy comfort and first class seats) when laid flat. The design makes the bag too deep even with the pockets not stuffed full
7. Red stain – my laptop is light grey and when placed in the RSS pocket it came out stained red (note: the backpack was not wet)
8. Phone pocket – the strap mounted quick access phone pocket is too small for an iPhone with a protective case (note: simple bumper type case)
9. Water bottle holder – the pocket does not securely hold a water bottle, when used a bottle hangs out at an awkward angle and gets caught up
10. Laptop charger pocket – this is too small for most power cables/ transformers; it would likely work with a Mac charger however my small form power charger is a tight squeeze
11. Pen holders do not work – the pen holders are so far down the front pocket that the pens they become damaged
12. No key clip in front pocket as advertised – the tag on the bag shows a key clip however this is not present on the final product.
I am just deeply disappointed in the product considering the cost vs. another backpack brand ($150 [before discount] vs. $99.99).
Note: This is the first time that I have felt the need to write to give feedback about a product.
Best backpack I've owned!
I've only be using the pack for a while but find myself continuously appreciating all the compartments and the quality of this backpack. I understand some people didn't read the " select thin 17" laptops" part but my 15" rMBP fits with room to spare both in depth and width. I love the pocket on the shoulder strap for my phone too because when it's not in use it's invisible and doesn't bother me.
By: Emma T
Personally I like the quality of this backpack and it is a great size for school and traveling. I actually purchased my Ogio bag at Winers at a more affordable price ($60). I was very happy with the amount of pockets and compartments this bag had. Many people dislike this bag because of the laptop pocket being too small, however I find it a great fit for my 16" laptop. I also must say that the crush proof vault is very nice. In my opinion it's a great product.
By: Willie O
Really disappointed after such high hopes
Advertised as a 17inch laptop bag, however that is NOT the case. Whats truly terrible though is the dimensions on the laptop pocket say 15.5" x 10.5" WHAT THE #$%^. I wish i would have noticed that instead of the 17 they not only put in the model name but the tags on it that advertise 17 as well. great material, really light, awesome bag, really wanted this one and now im really mad that it doesn't fit. Browsed the OGIO website and there sizing is not very accurate. WATCH OUT
Renegade RSS 17
First, I have to say this to all of those students who bought this backpack: Who in the hell carries a 17" Laptop along w/ all of their heavy books to school? Maybe, ya'll should look into 15" laptops and/or mini-notebooks. Tablets come to mind.
IMHO, Ogio only makes 3 great backpacks; other than the one for us bikers, that are great for college students. And they are the Tribune 17, Bandit 17, and RSS 17. I like these bags because they have waterbottle holders, media pockets, laptop/tablet sleeves and most of all a pocket for my sunglasses. But my only complaint is that the RSS 17 is way TOO EXPENSIVE! I mean who in the hell has the $$ to shell out for that kind of backpack? I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars due to its high price tag.
By: Brent M.
Advertised to fit 17" laptop and I have a very slip MSI GS70 laptop that fits with room to spare in all other bags. This bag, can't zip around the corners of the laptop. Looks to be $125 wasted as I can't carry my laptop. Not happy. What sucks is, other than that, the bag is amazing and the quality is top notch. Super light, great construction, great materials, pocket layout is fantastic. Just can't use it!
Bummed Out Customer here OGIO.
Pros: Very protective, Extremely durable, Plenty of pockets, stylish, heavy duty zippers, laptop pocket is absolutely amazing,
Cons: Heavy, a little smaller than expected but it stretches out, for some reason the straps are SO short, I'm 13 and the straps are perfect/tiny bit small, maybe just my bag but still strange
Review: I have been using this back since August 2013, it has been everywhere with me, school, New York City, CA, Vermont, my motocross races with my camera stuff, so i am giving this bag a very fair review. So it is very durable, haven't even had a loose thread in the 8 months i have been using it so that is fantastic. I am an avid photographer/videographer so i use this bag to carry most of my gear when i go on Vacations along with my 13 inch Macbook which brings me to the laptop compartment. it is great, very tight but you want it to be, the "suspension" thing seems to be working well. although i don't think setting down my backpack would break my laptop it is still nice to know that i can drop it and everything will be okay. it has many pockets and most of them are labeled for what they are designed to carry but if it fits in the pocket you can put anything you want in it. The zippers feel very sturdy and durable, they use a few different size sippers throughout the bag and they all feel very sturdy. The back has a very nice look to it despite the horrid photo on the olio website that makes it look very round, it looks much better in person in my opinion. The bag is very heavy, which if you are carrying the bag around all day much like i do it can be a strain on the back, however it does have very thickly padded straps and the flat back of the backpack is very comfortable so the weight is subdued by the design. The straps on my bag are very short, i have them fully extended and they are barely able to reach a comfortable spot, i honestly don't know if its just my bag because if you are above 6 feet there is no way your gonna be able to wear this bag the way i do, and I'm 5'10. the bag was a little smaller than i expected it to be, however it did stretch out and i use it like i would any other bag. so over all it is a very close to perfect bag, ogio if you could make the straps quite a bit longer and lower the weight of the bag it will be unbeatable. but as it is right now it is an amazing bag and if you use a backpack a lot and have the money to spend this bag will make your life easier.
I really picked this bag up because it just looks awesome. It holds my
Samsung Ativ 9 Lite (13.3") nicely. Overall the bag is an eye catcher and does stand out, which I like...Great Bag Ogio...
By: Thomas O.
Good bag, misleading name & size
Seriously, why title and describe a bag as being suitable for 17 inch laptops, when this is too small? This applies to your vendors descriptions, who say it is suitable for "most 17 inch laptops"
It is complex enough choosing the right bag We don't need your descriptions to be misleading.
It is NOT BIG ENOUGH for my 17 inch laptop. Obviously, this is a major issue lots of your customers face (if you're reading the comments at all?)
I bought one such bag online, after a few hours of research. Including delivery, this cost me $180 USD. To return it or a refund wold have cost me an extra $40 USD in non refundable postage, plus time to ship. So I did what everyone else did and cut the suspension which makes it so, with a bit of force applied, I can close one of the zips.
THIS IS REALLY STUPID. You have mislabelled this bag and what it is fit for. My guess is you made a mistake in the design phase and decided to ship it anyway. Please explain this to all of us in detail.
OTHER CUSTOMERS BEWARE - THIS IS NOT A 17 inch BAG.
My husband is an airline pilot. He loves it! It's perfect for him to travel . I'm going to order a second one.
Not for All
I have looked at many reviews of this backpack and for the most part they all seem very positive. That being said I am discontented by some of the issues that have gone unmentioned. I do not see where people think there is a lot of room in this pack. If you need to put more than a 2in binder and typical thick collage text, you can not put any more into the main compartment. The side compartments barely hold a Mac charger and the accompanying extension cord. All this aside I do like the pack, it fits my needs though snug. I should also mention that i switch between this pack and a Kelty Redwing 44 so some of my bias to size might be coming from this.
Needs mod to fit a true 17" laptop
I had to cut the two seams at the bottom of the suspension pocket in order to fit my 17" into the laptop pocket and be able to zip it up. Even then, it doesn't zip all the way. You only needed a half to one more inch, and it would have been GOLDEN. Other than that, this bag is stellar. I can fit all my school stuff in it and not have any major issues. I really like the construction of it too. Great bag and I would recommend to someone who doesn't have a 17" laptop.
By: Tyler K.
Not quite for a College Student
Pros: Very sharp looking, Solid build quality, Hefty zippers, Plenty of padding, Comfortable, Plethora of pockets, THE LAPTOP POCKET
Cons: Heavy (Debatable because of build quality), Not as much space as I'd like, Cell phone pocket is useless, Side pockets are not not too spacious
What I carry on a daily basis:
Two 1 1/2" binders
A Chemistry book (11 1/2 x 8 x 4)
A Philosophy book (11 1/2 x 8 x 2)
Two smaller books (8 x 6 x 2)
HP Pavilion m6 laptop
Charger for laptop
Ipad Mini w/ Zagg keyboard
The Renegade is a very solid backpack with awesome build qualities. It is a little heavy but that is only because of the high quality build materials used in this backpack. I am a full time college student and have a lot of things with me at all times. I just recently went through my 3rd backpack this semester and decided it was time to buy something that would last. I did my research and came across this bag and it seemed like a perfect fit. I have now gotten the bag and feel as though it deserves a solid review. The bag is awesome and comes with more pockets than I know what to do with, however they are not all plausible. The cellphone pocket really is about pointless. I have a Galaxy S4 and there is not a chance that the phone will fit, I actually have a hard time putting pens into the pocket so I have easy access to them. The main pocket is a little smaller than I would like and does not fit everything that I carry. I have to put the 2 smaller books into the tablet pocket which I am not a huge fan of doing being that the mini is relatively fragile. Yes I realize that they are trying to keep the size of the bag down. The two side pockets are also very small and do not fit my laptop charger unless I put the power block on one side and the actual cord on the other. Now lets talk about the laptop pocket. This is by far the best laptop compartment I have ever seen in a backpack. The pocket has tons of protection and a rigid divider to keep everything tight. The bottom of the bag also has a nice 'suspension' like feature that I feel as though would help my laptop if I set the bag down a little to hard. The water bottle pocket is very nice and does not seem as though it will stretch out like most do. Other than the main compartment being a little to small, the side pockets being small and the cell phone pocket hardly big enough to get a pen into, this is a solid bag and would recommend to most.
wow...worth every penny
Love this thing so much I had to come and give it a review. Purchased through another retailer but man does Ogio know their stuff. As for the price shop around but either way worth the money. You can buy a cheaper $30-50 backpack that will need replacing every 6months to a year or you can get this superb quality backpack. It holds everything you can throw in it and will last. Beefy zippers. My Lenovo Ideapad Y500 (15.6) gaming laptop (def on the bulky side) barely fits but gets the job done.
By: Patrick Jackson
Big Enough for my 17.3 Dell M6600...
Big enough for my 17.3 Dell M6600 and have plenty of room for other stuff. I mean, really, plenty of room for many other things with different sized pockets. This backpack is tall, feels very comfortable and "fit" my back well. I am 6'2". I like how it is fairly modern looking and low key, doesn't scream "Look at me!"... It has two multi-purpose/water bottle mesh pockets on the size if that is important to you. It also has a nice "hidden" pocket in the rear lower back support system for your valuable stuff like passport, etc.
Great Business Bag
I love the backpack. Great quality. It has a home for everything. Works perfect for me as a business traveler.
I saw a review saying it would fit a 17" laptop, but alas mine wouldn't fit. I had a hard time finding a bag I loved this much at this price, so I didn't want to give up.
The laptop is suspended in the bag so you don't have to be super careful every time you put the bag down, so I didn't want to cut out the entire sling and lose a soft laptop home. There are two seams in the bottom of the laptop sling that create a U-shape and shrink the available height of the laptop compartment. By taking out one of those seams, I didn't lose the suspension integrity of the bag and now my 17" laptop fits great. I was nervous to cut on a new bag, but it is a minor tweak that doesn't sacrifice laptop protection or bag integrity.
Got this backpack and was really thrilled about it until I put my phone in the shoulder strap phone pocket. After I took my phone out, the phone pocket was all stretched out and looked bad. I wish they would have made the phone pocket out of a neoprene or something that won't get stretched out. I really was looking for a backpack with a phone pocket on the shoulder strap for trips so was disappointed when the stretched phone pocket made the brand new bag look terrible.
By: Phil M
Awesome but need a bigger one!
Please build a model like this that will fit a full size 17" PC laptop with 16.5" high laptop pocket and tablet storage.
By: tony b
awesome back pack but the name is misleading. it def doesnt come close to holding a 17" laptop they should call it the renegade 15.
to get my 17" laptop to fit i had to cut the suspension thingy out so the laptop could slide all the way down to the bottom of the bag after that little hack the 17" laptop fit perfectly
This backpack is incredible. There's a pocket for everything and tons of space! Highly Recommend!
By: Erik W.
Perfect gadget transporter
When I saw this cool but low profile backpack i was sold. Its perfect for my laptop en other electronic devices. Especially because I am not so carefull with my bags and my goods inside. This bag is my vault and three bags in one!