Ogio Gambit 17 review: Is there anything this bag can’t hold?!

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  • Ogio Gambit 17

So there I was: 4:30pm on a Friday evening, staring down at a small mountain of gadgets that I needed to test over the weekend and wondering how I was going to get it all home…

We’re talking about one 13” ultrabook and HDMI cable, two magazines, two notebooks, a Fitbug Orb (in box), a BACtrack mobile Breathalyzer (in box), a MyID bracelet (in box), two mailla envelopes of gloves and thread, as well as eight different tracking systems in boxes and envelopes (a Bikn, a HipKey, a TrackDot, two FinderCodes, a BlueBee, a Bungee, a Proximo, and a Stick N’ Find).

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Fortunately, I had an Ogio Gambit on hand. Not only was I able to find a place for all of these items and my wallet, makeup bag, headphones, and beanie and gloves and sunglasses—but after I was finished stowing everything neatly away I realized there was still an additional empty compartment in the Gambit.

That’s probably the best way to illustrate the Gambit’s strengths: ridiculous carrying capacity, a plethora of pockets, and solid quality. Even with all those various devices crammed into the Gambit, it didn’t feel heavy or even bulky to wear. The last time I stress-tested an Ogio, I took the Renegade RSS 17 to Barcelona for almost two weeks; much like the Renegade, the Gambit quickly proved itself to be indispensable.

The Gambit actually strongly resembles the Renegade—although it uses 420 D Polyester Oxford material in place of the Renegades 600D Polyester Pindont, both bags feature the HUB (Hybrid Unibody Backpanel) which keeps them comfortable to carry when loaded. Likewise, both bags have extensive shoulder padding (with a bonus zippered pocket built into the left shoulder strap).

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The Hybrid Unibody Backpanel (HUB). Note the double handle system.

The Gambit measures 19.5” inches high by 15” inches wide by 10.5” inches deep, making it nearly the exact size of the Renegade; both bags weigh a hefty 3.5 pounds when empty, but the Gambit claims a carrying capacity of 2050 cubic inches to the Renegades 1800.

Those 2050 cubic inches are generously spread throughout nearly a dozen pockets and compartments. From back to front the Gambit features a dedicated (and padded) 17” laptop sleeve with an additional pocket for tablet or ultrabook, a sizeable main compartment with two more sleeves, a large front compartment with a fleece lined tablet sleeve and bonus zippered sleeve, and a smaller front compartment with three pouches, one zippered pocket, and four pen slots.

Additionally, the Gambit also boasts Ogio’s lined and crush proof Tech Vault pocket on the top (which is ideal for sunglasses or delicate items), a tiny front-facing zippered pocket with two pouches, and four more zippered pockets (two on each side) good for either water bottles (bottom pockets) or smaller odds and ends (uppers).

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The many pockets of the Gambit.

The top of the bag also features not one but two handles, one with generous padding, so it’s easy to swing the bag around and the shoulder straps also have a sternum strap to balance weight—although I never really had to use it. No matter what I did, no matter how much stuff I had to carry, the Gambit never let me down. Okay, so it couldn’t carry all the products listed in the first paragraph and my groceries but c’mon. More often than not, this sucker is carrying the contents of two bags with ease.

The only drawback I can think of here is that the Gambit is a beast. It’s huge. It’s built like a tank. And it’s making no apologies for that. If you just need to carry a tablet and a cable or two, this is going to be a spectacular amount of overkill. But if you are regularly forced to carry multiple bags, the Gambit is your new best friend.

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