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Ogio Renegade Backpack – some real tough love for your precious gadgets [Review]


I like gadgets… and chances are you like them too. The Ogio Renegade Backpack lets you haul around all of your technological marvels without missing a beat. This should not be confused with Who’s Got the Beat although it is comforting to know you still have the beat if you are trying to perform ‘Who’s Got the Beat’ in the first place . Confused? Me too. Let’s continue…

The Ogio Renegade is a cornucopia of comfort, good looks, and practicality. The Renegade has several layers of pockets/pouches for your electronics – and with all of this ample room for your tablets and bits you may have to find something new to worry about, like how to Clean Your Ferret’s Ears.

Check out my video review below.

Notes on the Renegade:

– The RSS system helps to cradle your laptop by creating a sleeve that not only locks your computer in place, but also provides significant padding in the case of drops. Ogio calls this the reactive support system (RSS) and it really does work.

– Multiple pockets for all of your favorite gadgets – a special pocket for your tablet, side pockets that are ideal for chargers. I am able to carry – my laptop, tablet, V-Moda headphones, a paperback novel, a Bluetooth speaker (EcoXBT), two sets of earbuds, a power strip, two external battery packs, three DVDs, and various chargers… and I still had extra room.

– On a plane it fits very well underneath the seat in front of you. Even when the Renegade is completely full it stores nicely under the seat (even in a dreaded Canada Air Regional Jet CRJ).

– Very comfortable on your back. The back is well padded and does not feel hard on your spine (I always wanted to say that!)


– The fabric is very tough and is not likely to snag or rip.

– Strong zippers – nothing ruins a strong piece of luggage or a backpack quicker than a bad zipper.

– I really like the hard case holder at the top of the pack – perfect for holding sunglasses.

– Adjustable chest strap slides up and down for comfortable positioning.

– Offers a very cool look compared to the few other gadget packs that are on the market.

Areas for Potential Improvement:

– Call me a bit of a geek, but I do like having a least one reflective strip on the backpack…. and yes, that is me looking for things to critique.

– I would like for it to have more internal pouches (sort of the pocket inside of the pockets) for holding batteries, pens, medicine, and other sundry items.


The Ogio Renegade is an outstanding option for anyone looking for a way to tote around their gadgets. It is both practical and rugged and ideally designed for both students and business travelers. Highly recommended.

$150 available at various online retailers

4 1/2 Star

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