Gear: OGIO Flight Vest

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The OGIO Flight Vest combines a hydration pack and tactical vest into one incredibly useful piece of equipment. I wore it to Yosemite and back and I’ll never take another trip without it.

The Gear:
The OGIO Flight Vest is constructed of 420 Denier dobby nylon and 600 Denier poly, OGIO’s version of Cordura.

It comes with the HYDRAPACK 2 liter hydration system, held in a pocket in the back of the vest.

The Flight Pack has multiple points for size adjustment at both sides and at the front buckles.

It has a variety of pockets all over, with several multi-use pockets, a pocket for goggles and lenses, back pockets for tools, and zippered chest pockets in front.

The OGIO Flight Vest retails for $139.95.

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RideApart’s Wes Siler modeling the OGIO Flight Vest.

The Good
The OGIO Flight Pack distributes the weight of the contents you’re carrying completely evenly throughout your body. I normally feel even my Kriega Hydro 3 after a few hours, but I completely forgot I was wearing the Flight Pack.

All of those pockets are unbelievably useful. I carried ear-plugs in one, my cell phone and wallet in another, visor cleaners in another, my Mophie Powerstation in another, and a knife and flashlight in the front multi-tool slots. There was even a place to clip my keys when I got off the bike. The best part? I could reach all of it immediately. No trying to squeeze things out of my pant pocket while sitting, no fiddling with jacket pocket zippers.

We have yet to try this out yet, but I also think it will be great for sport riding days in the canyons or dual sport days, worn over our dirt armor or a jersey. I won’t need to carry as much as I do on a long trip, but it would be amazing to not have to try and dig my wallet out of my leathers at the Crystal Lake Café or take my pack off to find my phone to shoot pictures of a buddy charging a water crossing.

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OGIO Flight Vest front.

The Bad
It looks very tactical. I loved every minute of wearing it…except the 15 between walking into Red Robin and walking to our table at our lunch stop on the way home from Yosemite. It takes my adventure outfit from “I’m on an awesome adventure,” to “I’m a big geek.” There really isn’t anything OGIO could do to make it better, it’s just the price you pay for wearing something so technical looking.

More importantly, it’s just too big. Even with all the straps pulled as tightly as possible, it doesn’t fit snugly. This isn’t an issue so much while on a big adventure and wearing big adventure gear, but I don’t want anything hanging loosely off my body while sport riding.

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OGIO Flight Vest back.

The Verdict
Like ear plugs, the OGIO Flight Pack is one of those additions to your gear collection you never think you want until you use one and realize you couldn’t imagine riding without it. The Flight Pack is lightweight, has pockets for everything you could possibly need, and is comfortable to wear. We’d love to see them offer a few different sizes, with further adjustability built into each, if we’re going to wear it over leather or dirt-armor but until then, it’s perfect for any adventure.

Additional Information: Flight Hydration Utility Vest

Related Links:
The Competition: Kriega Hydro-3
More Adventure Gear: AltRider Crash Bars and Skid Plate
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  • Likhi Ondov

    Is it waterproof at all?

    • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

      no, thought I prefer it that way. I don’t mind having to pack things way far away in the rain. I’m glad I didn’t have to deal with waterproof zippers on this.

  • Gerardo Astroball

    I say this in the best possible way.. take more time with the pictures (to improve quality).. they lack presentation, and make the site look rushed..

    • Rameses the 2nd

      Seriously? I come here to read personal experiences of RideApart staff; they seem to genuinely love motorcycles and eveything related to motorcycling. If I want to see professionally taken pictures of gear and motorcycles, I would go visit the vendor sites.

  • PERCOCET PAPI

    How’s the Aerostich Roadcrafter holding up? Wouldn’t mind a follow up to your original review now having had it for a while.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Good as new. My friend Nick even crashed in it off-road a while back and you just can’t see even a scuff on it. Still my go-to anytime I’m riding further than the local neighborhood.

    • Honyock Undersquare

      I’ve had my Roadcrafter for almost a year now, and I’m still finding pockets I hadn’t noticed before. This vest would be superfluous. Although in some places it’s like wearing a dayglo sign that says “I’m even dorkier than Sean”.

    • jonoabq

      I had a two piece Roadcrafter for about eight years that commuted, make a big cross country trip, countless 300/500 mile days in NM/CO/UT,plenty of 4 season commuting/errand running, and some random but rare dirt bike use. I switched to a onesie now that forward rotated sleeves and sliders are add on options There’s also less bulk in the middle due to no joining zip and overlapping material so it ends up that it’s more comfortable as well. I can say without hesitation that I like the one piece better, more custom options make it easier to get a perfect fit, and as long as you can tolerate the occasional “snowmobile in summer?” query its the way to go. Hands down, it’s the single most versatile piece of kit I’ve owned and would not hesitate to recommend.

  • Jhon Alexander

    and I thought I overdid it with all the gear I put on…but who am I kidding,,I’ll strap that on too!…could come in handy when paying tolls

  • james

    Not really seeing the point. Why not just be totally comfortable and use a seat or tank bag? Nothing feels worse than riding with a backpack on, and it can be seriously bad for your spine if you crash onto it. This is smaller and more comfortable than a backpack, but still, its there on your back when it doenst need to be. I get that having a camelback could be a good thing, but personally i would rather just pull over and have a drink and enjoy the scenery for 2 mins then keep riding. I have used camelbacks when mountain biking and hiking and find that all you do is waste water because its so easy and always there to drink.

    • Thatmanstu

      Hydration setups like this are very effective in extending your rides in comfort and safety,allowing slow and steady hydration.Packing hard and sharp objects on your body is not really a good idea,with or without this vest. A map is as hard or sharp of an object that you want on your on your body.Otherwise,let the bike haul the freight. There are some nice bar bags out there that keep things handy like phone,earplugs and wallet…and out of the way,visually and obstruction wise.And Tank bags can hold a hydration setup along with virtually anything else you want to put in them.

  • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

    Here’s a great Southbay Riders forum with a guy doing it right.

    http://www.southbayriders.com/forums/threads/90467/

    • Thomas Høj Jørgensen

      Good luck to him when he falls off on the highway and lands on his wrenches and tire irons in the back pocket of his vest. Bad place to carry tools.

      • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

        that looks much more like an off-road set up to me. granted, i still wouldn’t want to fall an it and a tail pack would probably be better, but it’s a nice illustration.

        • Thomas Høj Jørgensen

          Good point, but still, it’s gonna hurt eventually. Agreed on the tail pack.

  • Michael

    this article isnt showing up with I refresh the main gear page. I saw a post about it on FB and wanted to read it but couldnt find it. Had to search google

    • Piglet2010

      I am not seeing any of the new articles on the main page, just at the bottom of the pages in “Also on
      RideApart”.

  • 962c

    All you need now is a Glock and tactical shotgun with a bandolier and you can complete the zombie killer fantasy. I get the hydration pack but if you need to carry that much stuff on a streetbike you need to move away from Darfur or join your local SWAT team. Don’t forget the boot knife.

  • Chris Cope

    I suppose this is for the motorcycling enthusiast who just really loves WWE’s The Shield.

  • Aakash

    Kinda cool. But I’d rather ride with a backpack for the added capacity.

    If I’m on a ride requiring carrying 3L of hydration, I’d rather have the capacity to store a thermal jacket, nighttime visor, snacks, glove liners and other things. You don’t have to put anything dangerous in a backpack if you are worried about taking a spill with it on. Put the soft things on your back and the hard things in your tailbag. Simple.