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

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.
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By Matthew Miller, Contributor on
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OGIO Gambit 17

As a daily train commuter and mobile device enthusiast, I have to carry a bag with my gear on a daily basis. I've been commuting with the OGIO Gambit 17 for the last couple of weeks and think those who have a lot to carry will appreciate the design and functionality of this backpack.

I have an older wheeled OGIO travel bag I have been using for several years and it still looks as new as the day I got it. The OGIO Gambit 17 backpack is primary black with red highlights and lined pockets. I like the circuit print inside a couple of the pockets that give it a geeky look. There are several pockets and compartments on the bag, along with very comfortable straps.

The Gambit 17 weighs in at 3.2 lbs, which feels pretty light for how many compartments and pockets there are in the backpack. Starting from the back that rests against your back you will find a zippered pocket on the left shoulder strap and chest strap to hold the backpack securely on your back. The back has padding and a comfortable material pattern.

The first large compartment is lined in red satin material with a pocket that has a velcro strap to keep your laptop securely in the pocket inside the compartment. There is plenty of padding in this compartment to keep your laptop, up to 15 inches in size, safe and secure.

The next pocket is one found at the top that is considered crush proof. OGIO calls this a Tech Vault and it is a great compartment for keeping your glasses and other expensive gear safe. Forward and under this Tech Vault, you can see the rigid compartment in this other compartment, is a large area with two dividers that can be used to store a bunch of other gear.

Continuing to move forward we find a small zippered compartment that I found useful for storing my wallet. Below this is the fleece lined tablet pocket with a forward zippered pocket for yet even more gear. Moving forward again we find the last pocket on the Gambit 17. This smaller compartment has various dividers and storage areas. All of the large compartments have dual zippers with pieces of fabric to make it easy to manipulate.

You will find four zippered compartments along the sides, which I found great for storing various smartphones. There is a water bottle holder on one side and another with an elastic strap. There are two vertical handles on the top, one that has thick neoprene padding to make it comfortable to carry around.

The Gambit 17 is 19.5 x 15 x 10.5 inches and 3.2 pounds. There is a capacity of 2050 cubic inches reported for the bag so you can really carry quite a bit at once. I personally found the bag to be too much for my daily needs. However, I have tried many bags over the years and the $100 price for such a high quality bag that carries so much is a good value.

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Back of the Gambit 17

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Zippered pocket on the shoulder strap

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Tech Vault crush proof pocket

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Upper small pocket

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Large middle compartment with view of Tech Vault

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Note the circuit pattern inside the compartments

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Label for lined tablet pocket

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Forward most pocket with various compartments

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Hybrid unibody back panel design for comfort

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OGIO Gambit 17 fully loaded

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