Carry all your gear comfortably with the OGIO Gambit 17 backpack (Gallery)

Carry all your gear comfortably with the OGIO Gambit 17 backpack (Gallery)

Summary: OGIO makes high quality bags and one of their newest backpacks is the Gambit 17. The Gambit 17 has compartments for all of your gear so nothing has to get left behind.

TOPICS: Mobility, iPad, Tablets

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  • Upper small pocket

  • Large middle compartment with view of Tech Vault

  • Note the circuit pattern inside the compartments

Topics: Mobility, iPad, Tablets

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  • Is it waterproof/water resistant?

    Matthew, I, like you, am a daily train (and/or bicycle) commuter who carries a number of gadgets in my pack. I am constantly looking for the best option to keep my expensive electronics protected and easily transportable on my modes of transit, and am often let down by purchases. If I am to stuff all my expensive electronics into these seemingly purpose-built pockets, will they be somewhat protected from the sometimes-daily thunderstorms I experience here in the Northeast?
    • Yes, Water Resistant!

      @ Tom Rohrer,

      As a owner of a older OGIO bag, all their bags are at least water resistant. If they are waterproof, it will be listed on the product details page on their website.

      The Gambit 17's product page on OGIO states it's made with 420 D Polyester Oxford. This usually is PVC coated and is water resistant (and sometimes waterproof). Ref:

      My much older OGIO Friction is also made with 420 D Poly Oxford and I know it is water resistant and can keep my bag's contents dry even after walking a mile in heavy rains. (I've done this several times.)

      @ Matthew,

      Is there a better / more in-depth shot(s) of the laptop padded sleeve? Do you know if OGIO added padding to the bottom of the sleeve on the Gambit 17? (I ask since my Friction doesn't have any padding on the bottom of the slip-in sleeve, only the sides.)
  • Got mines as well!


    I just wanted to say I finally got my Gambit 17 as well. Marked improvement over my old Friction. Instead of two pockets designed for electronics, I've got a slew including the semi-hardened "tech vault". Ordered through Amazon, unfortunately, bag was compressed before packing making the tech vault somewhat "smashed". Hope to get it fluffed back out after some use. Kinda wish it was felt/micro lined alloy instead to give it a real "vault" feeling, instead of hardened plastic (what it feels like).

    I did notice the laptop pocket had a strapped sleeve area for a smaller notebook. At first I thought this was the laptop pocket only to realize my 15" ASUS was not going to fit in there. I thought this because the Friction I have has a similar designed sleeve in the largest compartment and it holds up to 17" laptop. I can safely say, the laptop pocket should be able to hold most 15" and 17" laptops unless you have one of those super large (or extra wide) extended batteries. That might add too much width making the laptop unable to fit in that laptop compartment.


    You'll be happy to know that I find construction basically the same as my old Friction. 420D poly outer with a inner water resistant lining. I'm not sure the outer poly lining is fine enough to repel water. I do remember looking at my Friction after the lining fell apart and seeing the somewhat porous outer poly shell wasn't nearly as fine as I expected (more like one of those summer sport jerseys that's made to be cool and you can sorta see through).