OGIO Rivet Messenger Shoulder Bag
I have an affinity for bags of all shapes, sizes, and functions. For daily commute bags, I prefer a messenger-style bag that I can throw over my shoulder. My favorite bag at the moment happens to be an older OGIO bag called the Hip Hop. Looking through the 2012 lineup of OGIO bags, one of the bags that really stood out to me was the Rivet messenger bag.
- designed to carry gadgets
- removable shoulder strap
- unique, canvas fabric
- insulated drink pocket
- comfortable to carry
- grab handle for easy carrying
- can be placed on rolling luggage
- needs a couple of small zippered pockets
The Rivet uses a coated canvas material and seat belt straps to give the Rivet a unique look. It reminds me of a bag I wish I’d purchased, but never did. I saw the Oakley SI Computer Bag on the cable show, Dexter, and have wanted it ever since. The Oakley SI Computer bag is much larger and more of a tactical, military-style laptop bag, than the Rivet. The OGIO Rivet is a bit more practical, and probably a better fit for my style.
The Rivet’s design is unlike many bags I’ve seen, including OGIO’s own bags. The unique coated canvas material looks really nice. Also, the straps on the Rivet are a seat belt-like material. It gives it a stylish, yet durable appearance.
The shoulder strap is padded nicely with foam and is removable. OGIO’s other shoulder bags have the shoulder straps permanently stitched on. The Rivet and Emissary, I believe, are the only two bags that have the removable straps.
The Rivet also has a reinforced grab handle that makes it easy to move around when getting in and out of cars, trains, or buses.
The OGIO Rivet is 19.5-inches wide, 14-inches high, and 5.75-inches deep, with an overall capacity of 1350 cubic inches. The dedicated laptop pocket in the rear of the Rivet can fit up to 17-inch laptops. The pocket is lined in a nice, red-colored fleece. There’s also a slot where you can slide the handle of a rolling luggage through, to make carrying the Rivet a little easier in an airport or hotel lobby.
The flap of the Rivet has a small zippered pocket on the outside and a huge interior pocket that spans the entire flap.
The front of the Rivet has four fleece-lined main pockets. The tablet pocket is suitable for tablets of all sizes. I had no problem storing a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet or an Amazon Kindle in the pocket.
The three smaller pockets are nice for items like, portable hard drives, smartphones, business cards, etc, but the middle pocket is unique. The middle pocket is a crush proof “tech vault” pocket, that is made specifically for fragile electronics. An iPhone 4S easily fit inside the tech vault, as did an HTC Droid Incredible 2.
What you don’t see in the Rivet are pen slots. The Rivet is smartly-designed for the modern gadget freak (like me), so I see why the old-school pen slots were omitted. Still, I would’ve liked a couple of small, zippered pockets. Even with all my tech gear, I usually like to carry other things like, mints, bandages, lip balm, flash lights, and keys. A couple of smaller zippered pockets would’ve helped keep those items a little more organized.
The main Rivet compartment has a divider and a large zippered stash pocket. The main compartment is a decent size for storing things like, charging cables, files, books, and food.
Speaking of food, my favorite pocket on the Rivet might just be the insulated side pocket. The left side pocket is completely insulated so you can keep your drinks cool (or hot). The other side pocket is the same size and looks like it can store most laptop chargers or compact digital cameras.
The OGIO Rivet is a larger, messenger-style work bag that has a unique, but professional look. The bag is comfortable to hold by hand or thrown over your shoulder. It has lots of storage space, but could use a couple of smaller, zippered pockets, to help keep smaller items better organized. The main laptop compartment can hold up to most 17-inch laptops and the tablet pocket easily holds tablets with screens, 10-inches and up. I also love the insulated pocket for beverages! The OGIO Rivet is really nice bag with good functionality and even better looks. It’s my favorite commuter bag right now and I highly recommend it.
Available from Amazon.com.
* Review sample provided by OGIO