I am the type of guy who always has a backpack or duffle nearby. You can never be too prepared. In an effort to put the OGIO All Elements Pack through its paces I switched this to be my every day bag for about a month. Read on for my review.
OGIO All Elements Waterproof Backpack Review
The OGIO All Elements Pack ($106) was generally fine as an ‘every day bag’ with some drawbacks. The bag is a decent size when the liner is removed. With the liner removed the bag is basically a sack with a small zippered pocket. No water bottle net on the outside is a drag since getting into the bags main compartment isn’t just a matter of a zipper. Because it is waterproof, you have to unclip and unroll the top for each entry. It was big enough for a weekends worth of clothes and stuff if not camping.
With the padded liner in place the bag loses a fair bit of interior space but the sleeve has a slot for a laptop and other pockets. I was able to put my full size laptop and various portable devices as well as a sweater and change of clothes in it.
The back of the bag has padding designed with an air flow panel to keep your back cool and an adjustable sternum strap for better fit. After the straps are adjusted you can use the built-in strap containment system to tidy up any loose ends. I’m 6’2″ and found the straps a little bit on the short side causing it to rest higher on my back. The outside of the pack has some reflective stripes that light up nicely at night and a zippered accessory pocket with a water resistant zipper.
The OGIO All Elements Pack is a good crossover bag. It’s basically a dry sack in addition to being a solid backpack. It’s a pretty standard roll the top down and buckle it up setup. That’s why it takes a bit to get into it. I tested the dry sack performance with 23 lbs of weight and tissue paper in my local lake.
This was a pretty tough test but not unreasonable if you were using the bag on a trip such as rafting or kayaking where it could end up in the water.
The first thing I notice upon throwing the loaded bag into the murky lake is that it floats. Awesome. The small zippered pocket failed, letting water inside. I expected that. It’s basically a water resistant zipper. Probably fine for decent rain but not a downpour.
The main chamber inside the liner performed much better. I think that it would have kept my laptop dry for the several minutes if it was in the water. However, there was a fair bit of moisture between the liner and the outer shell. If the liner had been removed my clothes would have gotten a little damp.
Overall a decent choice for a waterproof/resistant bag. While I wouldn’t want to take it swimming, I do believe it will handle most real world wet situations like a champ.