Born from a humble locker bag thirty-plus years ago, today you’ll find OGIO as a leader of the latest and greatest in luggage innovations.
From backpacks to golf bags and beyond, if you’re looking for the perfect piece of luggage, chances are OGIO has it.
When I first came across their ALPHA Convoy collection, each piece really caught my eye. Factor in the plethora of pockets, intelligent design and unique styling and I just had to give their gear a try.
Below, you’ll find my review of their ALPHA Convoy 522S travel bag and 525 backpack alongside my impressions of each piece.
But before I dive in the details, I’d first like to mention their rather unique MOD set up, otherwise known as Modular Organizational Design. It’s compatible with the entire ALPHA collection and features a customized hard case and soft pouch storage options.
OGIO Alpha Convoy 522S Travel Bag
Limited lifetime warranty
Available in black, charcoal, glow orange and woodland camo
600D Cordura Eco polyester fabric body construction made from discarded and recycled plastic
Durable 1200D Cordura Eco fabric back construction
YKK zippers and buckles with lockable main compartment
Four-wheel 360-degree Hinomoto casters for ultra-smooth and quiet ride
Divided packing space with two zippered mesh panels
Large front compartment with dual access
Dedicated 15-inch laptop compartment
Quick access laptop compartment when stowed in over-head compartment
2 Internal OGIO MOD webbing rows for enhanced customization
Single-piece molded back panel
Double large-volume lung-style pockets on front with buckled compression straps
High visibility reflective webbing and zipper pulls
Molded protection skids on back
Side and top comfort-grip pull handles
3-stage retractable handle
22” L x 14” W x 9” H dimensions
7.2 Lbs. weight
33 Liter capacity
Compatible with Alpha Convoy Mod Hard Case and Soft Pouch
OGIO Alpha Convoy 525 Backpack
Available in black and olive color options
Durable Cordura Eco fabric construction (600D body, 1200D bottom)
Dedicated 15-inch laptop compartment
Dedicated tablet sleeve with waterproof zipper
Highly visible body, trim, webbing and zipper reflectivity
4 OGIO MOD webbing rows for customization
Compatible with both hard case and soft pouch accessories
Adjustable shoulder straps
YKK zippers and buckles
Two large volume water bottle pockets
Secure back panel pocket with cord port
Generously sized top stash pocket
Zippered front valuable pocket
Zippered small internal accessory pockets
Comfortable, padded top handle
Compression straps on bottom and sides of pack
9” L x 13” W x 20” H dimensions
2.4 Lbs. weight
25 liter capacity
Black OGIO Alpha Convoy 522S Travel Bag Review
Regardless if you travel for business, pleasure or perhaps both, the OGIO ALPHA Convoy 522s Travel Bag is ready to keep up. With 4, 360-degree Hinomoto casters, this travel carry-on bag glides across the ground with buttery smooth action.
Each features an exceptionally durable and environmentally-friendly 1200D Cordura Eco fabric construction on the rear and 600D Cordura Eco fabric on the body. And if you’re wondering what the Eco after Cordura means, it comes the fact that the polyester fabric is made from discarded and recycled plastic.
When it comes to interior space, this travel bag will hold everything you need for extended trips while still maintaining a brilliantly compact profile. A look inside reveals a dedicated 15-inch laptop compartment, large dual-access front compartments, and divided packing spaces with double zippered mesh panels.
On the exterior, you’ll also find additional storage with the dual lung-style pockets. Should you wish to customize your travel bag a bit further, you can opt to use OGIO’s unique MOD set up. You’ll find two webbing rows on the internal compartments which allow for either the hard case or soft pouch storage additions.
At just 7.2lbs, the 522s is surprisingly lightweight, yet, still comes with all the bells and whistles every traveler on the go wants. You’ll find molded protection skids on the back, a 3-stage retractable handle, side and top comfort-grip pull handles, and high visibility reflective webbing and zipper pulls. Speaking of zipper pulls, OGIO has decided to include some really nice YKK ones which feature the option for a lock on the main compartment.
Olive OGIO Alpha Convoy 525 Backpack Review
With a 600D body and 1200D bottom Cordura Eco fabric construction, the OGIO ALPHA Convoy 525 Backpack is built to last.
Of course alongside the durable details like the included YKK zippers and buckles, you’ll also find plenty of fortification for your all your precious cargo. A quick glance at the top of this backpack will reveal a protective 15” laptop compartment and tablet sleeve, plus a waterproof zipper to match.
In addition to the compartments above, you’ll also find numerous small zippered accessory pockets, a front valuables pocket, two large volume water bottle pockets, and a generously sized main compartment that can comfortably accommodate a puffy down jacket. There are also 4 OGIO MOD webbing rows for getting that perfect level of customization and storage space just right.
Other features that really impressed me with the OGIO Alpha Convoy 525 backpack include things like the included key clip, luggage-pass through, back panel with cord port, adjustable shoulder straps with load lifters, padded carry handle strap, and super reflective body, trim, webbing, and zippers.
From school to vacations, or roaming around the city via bicycle, the 525 backpack with its 25-liter capacity, offers the perfect size and level of functionality for just about any activity.