ODA Go Pack Shoulder Bag Review – A great way to carry your EDC

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reconsidering – Look at me, taking some culture at the art museum! It just so happened that I’m rocking the perfect companion for this trip in my Oda Go package. It is a bag large enough to hold your essentials. No pockets required! for review!

What is this?

The Oda Go Pack is a shoulder / sling bag for essential EDC gear (everyday carry).

What’s in the box?

The basic kit comes with the Oda Go Pack and the Standard Strap 1. My test kit also included an upgraded lanyard strap and two optional bag dividers.

Hardware Specifications

  • 9.1″ by 5.9 by 3.7
  • 0.55 lbs
  • Total volume 2 liters
  • 600D polyester

Design and Features

The ODA Go package is built around a minimalist design that has a very clean, straight profile. This is a bag designed for minimalist style, and I think that’s a good thing.

The build is so great on this little guy. I test the bag made of 600D polyester for hardness and water resistance. The base and sides are padded to protect your cargo. Metal hardware is used throughout. Check out this close-up of the buckles on the included carry strap! nice right?

While the layout of the ODA Go Pack is a simple straight box, there are a number of nice little features in the design that enhance the overall usability. The bag closes with a magnet and a reinforced tab on the tongue allows the bag to maintain its square structure.

The metallic strap is sewn to the front of the bag that grabs those magnets and doubles as a front pocket reinforcement. This adds structure to the bag, but also gives a bit of a seal so things don’t fall out of the front pocket easily.

The interior of the ODA Go Pack is an open box that is just under 9 x 6 x 4 x in overall dimensions. There is plenty of space for a small laptop, iPad Mini, e-reader, and all kinds of small things and trinkets. You can fit a regular 16-ounce water bottle in its flat, but it’s too short to stand in that space.

The interior is lined with these small 2.5″ x 3″ pockets lining the interior. They are great for organizing pens, pocket knives, small flashlights, etc. You can see the finished pocket EDC flashlight in the photo above.

You also have two small pockets (3 x 4) on the outer sides of the bag, one under each belt attachment point.

Finally, you have a zip pocket on the back face of the bag that measures approximately 4.5 x 8.5 inches. This is your security pocket for valuables.

The Carrying Strap included in the ODA Go Pack is a simple nylon 1 construction with those great hardware I showed in the photo above. I measure the overall length at approximately 50″, and it can be adjusted to suit your needs.

complements

ODA offers some additional accessories for the Go Pack. You can buy padded dividers individually or in pairs. The spacers are finished with a smooth surface to avoid scratching the delicate electronics.

Those tabs on the dividers slip into the pocket slots of the bag as shown below…

… allowing you to create additional spaces. This is especially useful if you are a photographer. You have customizable spaces for all your stuff.

The second accessory is a rope tie. It is made of 105 cm (41 in) thick paracord sleeve. It also has those sweet metallic hardware, although the buckle style is a little different than the basic bar.

performance

My kids love to spoil my piece about “Man’s Bag”. that’s good. Cargo shorts outside, gang. You need something for the essentials when a messenger bag or backpack is overkill. The Oda Go package fits the bill very well.

Let’s talk about what fits. This is my EDC gear, the same one I had in the article featured image. I have a Leuchtturm 1917 medium size notebook (8.25 x 5.5 inches), sunglasses, car keys, a Lamy Safari fountain pen, a Higo No Kami pocket knife, an Olight Pebble EDC flashlight, and some miscellaneous pieces. I also have a small bag for the earphones. I have room for all of this plus more!

I love the compact size and lightweight nature of the ODA Go Pack. The included belt is excellent. You don’t need any extras (like a shoulder pad) for a bag this small, but the wide strap length allows for crossbody or over-the-shoulder carry.

Here I tugged and pulled across my chest to move through the crowds etc. The length is long enough to carry this by my side as well.

Here’s a shot of the rope-style belt accessory. You might like it if you like the style, but I find the plain ribbon more useful since it’s adjustable.

The simple design is usable soon. Don’t fuss with oddly shaped pockets, the boxy shape makes it easy to pack and organize. I like that the back pocket and the back pocket under the flap give you some extra pockets for organization. I don’t carry photographic equipment, but I appreciate that those little pockets give me places to store my EDCs, don’t get in my way if I don’t need them, and allow for modular organization with dividers included.

If there is one area for improvement, I would think it might be the magnetic flaps. It can break off with a rough bump. It will also be vulnerable to pickpockets, which is a trade-off for ease of access. I appreciate that the back zip pocket is included to secure valuables. It’s easy enough to swing the bag forward when you’re in crowds, but it would be nice if there was a way to grab that lid for safe maneuvers.

I’ve also noticed that the top lid is a bit narrower than the bag, which means you get small slits on the side. I’m less concerned about things coming out of this than I am about potential leaks if I get stuck in the rain. 600D polyester gives you protection from water, but don’t assume this bag will stand up to rain.

what I like

  • Good build quality
  • Ease of use
  • Simple but effective organization
  • Can be reconfigured as a small camera bag by purchasing dividers

What does it need to improve?

  • Would you like to see the main cover be more secure

last thoughts

I really like the ODA Go package as a simple and elegant EDC solution. I find myself using it a lot more than I expected when we’re out because it’s so useful. It’s a great little bag with enough room for your EDC essentials when you don’t want to carry a larger bag.

price: Basic bag, $49. Purchasing the pouch in the upgraded Core Refibra material is an additional $15. You can upgrade to a rope-style belt for $10, and spacers sell for $10 or $18 if you buy a pair.
Where do I buy?: Buy it on the ODA Go product page.
source: Sample for this product was provided by ODA.

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