Product review: Ogio RIG 9800 wheeled gear bag

I tested this Ogio RIG 9800 wheeled gear bag (RRP £189.99) over five years, covering 250,000 miles.

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Here's how I got on...

What's good?

This has been my long-suffering, trusty travelling companion on hundreds of motorcycle launches, tests and races around the world. The poor thing spends most of its time in icy aircraft holds, luggage carousel warzones and the back of vans, while I have all the fun, but it’s never let me down.

Big wheels and a telescopic handle make it easy to pull along and with a 123-litre capacity it holds everything I need; boots, gloves, body armour, clothes, cables, bottles of Brut and riding kit, from leathers to textiles and everything in between.

I even pop my crash helmet in there and thanks to the bag’s sturdy, padded construction, it’s never been damaged in transit. Its zippable flip-open top makes it easy to live out of when you’re on the road, without having to unpack. Ogio offer a three-year guarantee that covers everything except for general wear, tear and baggage-handling brutality.

What's not good?

After what can only be described as an unprovoked attack from another bag between Barcelona and Gatwick, one of the side panels has ripped, but it hasn’t affected the integrity of the bag and is easily repairable. Weighing a hefty 6.4kg empty, it’s easy to clatter into your free 20-23kg-luggage limit when you fly though.

Contact: www.ogio.co.uk

Quality:★★★★

Value:★★★★