Just In – OGIO Endurance 9.0

by Brian Mullin on March 8, 2012

The Endurance Collection’s premier bag, the 9.0 Endurance Bag is loaded with all the features the ultimate athlete demands. The 9.0 includes two molded and lined compartments that provide the ultimate in protection for goggles, sunglasses, heart rate monitors and other electronic devices. Additionally, the 9.0′s wet/dry pocket provides 360-degree ventilation gussets ensure that wetsuits as well as soiled clothes stay separated from the rest of the bag. In addition, a ventilated shoe compartment big enough for two pairs and a ventilated compartment for dirty clothes maintains good airflow, even after the most rigorous performance.

The Endurance Collection includes the top of the line and full featured 9.0 and 8.0, then the 7.0, 5.0, 4.0, 3.0, 2.0, 1.0, covering the full pricing gamut from $160 to $40.

The 9.0 Endurance Bag also offers designated compartments and pockets to store a bicycle helmet, nutrition bars, hydrating liquids, and other accessories, allowing competitors to focus their attention on the task at hand rather than on their bag. The new bags also sport adjustable shoulder straps that can be worn backpack style and also includes an integrated carry-handle to promote mobility while on the move.


Impressions
The OGIO Endurance 9.0 is an excellent gear bag, with an incredible plethora of compartments, pocket and sleeves for the utmost in organizational purposes. Besides catering to my compulsive neat freak nature, this bag makes sure you never leave home without all your equipment. When you repack the bag, if you place everything in their allotted locations, you’ll hopefully never get out in the field and realize you forget a key piece of gear. I used the back pocket for armor, the front for nutrition and electronics and sundry items, the left side for shoes, the right side for a helmet, and the hard case for sunglasses. In the main compartment, I placed my hydration pack and apparel, and anything else that seemed appropriate. Once I was ready to carry it to the truck, the handy backpack setup was quite comfortable, carried the weight well, and it was easy to maneuver through household doors. Out in the field it was simple to extract all the gear and get ready for a ride. After completing the day’s adventures, I opened up the bottom pocket for my wet or damp apparel, and returned everything else to their proper locations.

I have been using it for over a month, and it has been durable and has worked extremely well, and the organizational features are outstanding. What I really like about the Endurance 9.0, is that the layout is so highly engineered, it’s all very purposeful, and can carry just about every conceivable item for a bike ride, helmet, water bottle, hydration pack, shoes, apparel, electronics and nutrition. I have used many gear bags of lessor quality, and this one exudes extreme quality, excellent materials and robust stitching.

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