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OGIO's Commuter Backpack


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We've looked at OGIO's backpacks before, the waterproof Throttle and the extreme conditions All Elements. The Apollo is a much lighter pack, better suited to lugging papers, computers and other electronic gear than clothes and other outdoor gear. If you find yourself buying a new backpack once a year or more, the quality on this $79.99 pack is worth a look.

I took one on a recent overseas trip, leaving behind my usual leather computer bag. The OGIO proved to be a great success. The zippers all work really well, so unloading a laptop at airport security was incredibly easy. The front zip pocket proved to be the best place to stash identification, boarding passes and your wallet when putting everything through the X-ray machines.

There's a sturdy padded pocket on top for your phone and a separate iPad/tablet slot inside. The Apollo weighs 1.8 lbs. and has a 1300 cubic inch capacity If you run out of space with this pack on a commute, you're probably lugging around too much stuff.


The unit I tested comes in (electric) blue with a grey interior. They're also available in khaki/red, black/acid (neon green) and white/navy. Something a littlebit more understated might be nice if you're trying to look like an adult, but this is an excellent backpack for the price.


  • Dedicated padded laptop compartment
  • Fits most 15" laptops
  • EVA molded Tech Vault gadget protection pocket
  • Spacious main compartment with two stretch accessory pockets
  • Front Compartment with Deluxe organizer panel
  • Side Spandura water bottle pocket
  • Side compression straps
  • Front TPU coated webbing straps
  • EVA Foam ergonic shoulder straps with sternum strap
  • Large YKK zippers with custom molded zipper pullers
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