Colorado inspired, the OG Sack is an around-town bag that’s awesome for the active lifestyle. OG’s convertible messenger bag, tote, or backpack facilitates errands, trips to the gym or yoga studio, and weekends spent at music festivals. Bike commuters love it too. This summer we had the opportunity to put an OG Sack through its paces. Here’s our review.
A quick summary of the OG Sack:
- Extremely versatile, can be used as a backpack, tote, or messenger bag.
- Removable, washable liners including optional cooler and laptop liners.
- Straps to carry a yoga mat.
- Extremely durable outer fabric made from 1,000 Denier Cordura.
- Gender neutral styles (looks good on ladies and gents. And, a look at the numbers reveals that OG Sack backpacks are purchased equally, 50 percent, from both males and females).
- Some shoulder support is sacrificed in order to offer simple, streamlined straps.
- The pack “looks complicated” and is more functional than fashionable, which could be a con for some folks especially in more trend-oriented or urban locations. (Good news is: the design crew just released a more refined, sophisticated leather version).
The full review:
Here at Garage Grown Gear, we first introduced the grassroots Denver business in May 2014 (if you missed the profile, take a look: “Environmentally friendly backpacks from OG Sack”). After testing the bags, we now know that the design lives up to its claims. These packs work well for grocery shopping, but also much, much more.
The bags are designed to stand sturdily and inert, so that users can fit more items inside, roughly the equivalent of three plastic grocery bags. Co-founder Doug Davis gave me the low-down before I tested the bag myself.
“We wanted to make a bag that could fit whatever you need it for in the given day and that fits every lifestyle,” he said.
I have an ultra thick yoga mat (made by Mondo-Mehndi). Until now, I haven’t been able to find a pack that can accommodate it. I was super excited to learn that the OG Sack has two buckles on the front, which are (just barely) large enough hug my mat!
A second bomb feature about this pack is the inner shoe pockets. I can fit a wide variety of everyday shoes—trail running, Tevas, flip flops, and sneakers—into the pockets. This is beneficial since I never need to worry about the grime or dirt getting on the other items in my pack. And, as far as getting the interior pockets dirty, the liner is washable! So, a little shoe-dirt is no big deal.
Moreover, I decided to test out the pack at a 4-day bluegrass festival and discovered that a single shoe pocket is big enough to fit a full 2.5-liter water bladder!
And even better, the pack is so deep and wide that I could fit all of my necessary nighttime music festival apparel; a pair of Frye boots, a fleece, synthetic long sleeve shirt, beanie, and a light down jacket. This was in addition to the full water bladder but with room to spare.
My fourth favorite feature is the deep side pocket with a large snap-in-place flap, where I like to stow my phone and keys. The pocket is roomy and the flap provides elongated coverage, so I never have to worry about items falling out. The outside of the pack is a water resistant, made from durable 1,000 Denier Cordura fabric, so the exterior pocket’s contents won’t get wet in an unexpected drizzle.
Granted, if I were biking through a rain storm, I would choose to put electronics inside the pack. (Just in case.) The company sprouted from a desire to create an environmentally friendly backpack.
The concept of a single multi-use bag is meant to inspire a more minimal approach to consumption. OG Sack also partners up with Plantabillion.org, so for every bag liner or hat that is purchased a tree is planted in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil.
“We genuinely want to create a product that fills a lot of a person’s needs so that they don’t have to buy multiple bags,” Davis said. “In a nutshell, we wanted to create a bag that we believe in, that fits the active lifestyle, but also gives back to the community as much as possible.”
What’s your favorite around town backpack?
***OG Sack provided us a complimentary bag for this review, but as always our opinions are purely our own.***