Lo & Sons O.G. & O.M.G
The Tech Bird team has been all atwitter ever since spotting the Lo & Sons bags. We immediately sought to get our hands on one and put it through its paces. We travelled with both the O.G. and O.M.G. and took them on several trips to properly test out these bags.
One of the first things that struck us about these bags was their unique look. Being the heavy travellers that we are, we've tried more than a few carry-on bags and it's a perpetual challenge to find one that's not black and uninspired. The shape of the bags is reminiscent of a vintage bowling tote and the colours are appealing (we had an olive green and royal blue bag) giving it high marks with the team. We received several compliments while travelling with these bags, more than we had ever received with any other bag of its kind, and we think that this says something about its distinctive look.
The bag has two carrying options, one a long cross body strap and the other handles which you can carry over the shoulder or hold in hand. Due to the weight of our bags we typically preferred using it cross body style although occasionally would also carry it on the shoulder.
Inside you'll be able to fit a laptop as well as your dSLR if you're so inclined and are rocking the O.G. We found the O.M.G. to be a bit of a tight fit when it came to a laptop plus a dSLR and found it worked best when the camera was only accompanied by a tablet. Both bags worked best with laptops that were no larger than 13" although we were able to fit a 15" MacBook Pro Retina in the O.G. easily as long as the bag was not very full. Both bags are optimal when not stuffed to capacity; the more that you fill them the more challenging it becomes to get inside the front pocket or remove a laptop from the laptop compartment due to the curved top. Since the zippers are metal, caution should also be exercised when reaching into the front pocket if the bag is very full as one of our team members received a small cut when doing this. The metal zipper is also something to be aware of if you're removing your tech sans sleeve as it can scratch it if you're not careful. Even with those caveats we still prefer the metal zipper over plastic ones and think that the look and use far outweigh these concerns.
The interior has a laptop compartment, a smaller compartment suitable for a tablet, an interior zippered pocket as well as two open pockets. The open pockets are perfect for carrying adapters that you will need in flight and love using them to keep the bag organised. With most of the contents of the bag inside of compartments or pockets it makes finding things much easier even in cramped airplane seats. The exterior zippered compartment on the front of the bag has space for cards and pens as well as an interior zippered pocket. We did not use this compartment often as we found it challenging to access. We do wish that it had zippers on the side as well as the top or had an accordion style opening to make accessing it easier. On the side of the bag there is a zipper compartment for shoes, or how we at The Tech Bird use it, plane slippers and socks. This compartment makes it incredibly easy to slip into socks while at security if you arrived at the airport without wearing them. It also makes it wonderfully simple to reach for in flight; no digging through the bag on cold red-eye flights to keep your feet warm! For us, it's the little touches like that which make the bag special and clearly designed with these small details and use cases in mind.
After several flights we have few complaints. The complaints we do have are primarily due to our packing the bag to capacity and then some. However, we would be remiss not to mention the issues we did have that were due to the construction of the bag. With our O.M.G. we had a zipper break and the sewing of an interior compartment come undone and with our O.G. we had the same issue happen with the interior compartment. When we brought these issues to the attention of the fine folks at Lo & Sons, they sent out to rectify the situation quickly with repair and replacements. We have been assured that this level of service extends to all customers and not just those who are prone to write about it.
Fun design in great colours
Smartly designed compartments make it perfect as a carry-on
Multiple carrying options
Fits a laptop and camera
Difficult to access exterior front compartment
Removing a laptop can be challenging depending on the fullness of the bag
If you're in the market for a smartly designed carry-on bag that is sure to garner compliments as well as be highly functional, check out these bags. The O.M.G. is perfect for travelling with an Air or tablet plus a few essentials while the O.G. is great for overnight trips. They are both solid choices and it really depends on how much you want to carry. We think that Lo & Sons have done a great job with these bags and we look forward to giving their Claremont, a bag built for a dSLR, a try.
The Tech Bird makes every effort to test and review products fairly and transparently. The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this particular product review was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer or an agent working on their behalf. This specific product was purchased/provided by reviewer/manufacturer for testing and review purposes.