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Shoulder Bag vs. Backpack

Inogen prides itself on mobility and portability. Whatever your journey entails, Inogen portable oxygen concentrators can go along for the ride due to their unassuming profile. They’re small, light, and easy to carry – but what is the best way to carry one? Recently, we posed that question to the Inogen community on Facebook in the form of a poll.

User Poll: How do you prefer to carry your portable oxygen concentrator around?

a.) Shoulder Carry Bag

b.) Backpack

c.) Other bag

d.) No bag

It sparked an interesting discussion among users. Shoulder bag ended up winning out amongst respondents by a very narrow margin.


User Comments:

“I prefer the backpack”

 “I would prefer a backpack”

G2 Backpack

G2 Backpack










G3 Backpack

g3 Backpack









The backpack is a great way to carry your portable oxygen concentrator in a way where it feels like it almost isn’t there. It takes longer to put on and take off than the shoulder bag does, however, and is less accessible if you want to change the flow settings on the fly. 

Shoulder Bag

 User Comments: 

“I have both. I prefer the shoulder carry”

“Shoulder bag. But for a trip I used a backpack which was easier going through the airports and on planes” 

“I use the standard shoulder bag”

The G2 Shoulder Bag

G2 Carry Bag









The G3 Shoulder Bag










The shoulder bag is a great way to transport a portable oxygen concentrator around, with the ability to pick it up and set it down quickly and easily. Having it strapped over one shoulder or across the body makes for easy accessibility if you need to change the settings of the concentrator on the fly.

Other Options

Some users also like to use pushcarts in which the concentrator sits. The “no bag” option is probably sufficient for those that aren’t using their concentrator much on the go.

The best method of transporting the Inogen One is the method that feels most comfortable to you. Backpack, shoulder bag, or other methods are there to help you along the journey.

Did you miss our user poll? What is your preferred method of transporting your portable oxygen concentrator? Let us know in the comment section below!


32 thoughts on “Shoulder Bag vs. Backpack”

  1. Inogen Inogen says:

    Hi Antonia,

    Often times Insurance or Medicare will cover the cost of these units. Call or email us at 800-281-6997 or info@inogen.net and we can review your specific situation.

    The Inogen Team

  2. Avatar Trudy G Walton says:

    Do you cARRY a backpack for the G4?

    1. Web Admin Web Admin says:

      We only carry the Inogen One G4 bag at this time. This lightweight, sleek bag provides a protective cover with a belt loop to help you carry your Inogen One G4 with ease.

      1. Avatar Cheri Fluck says:

        Please let me know when back pack is available too

        1. Inogen Inogen says:

          Hi Cheri, We will let you know once the G4 backpack is available. Please make sure you are subscribed to our emails and newsletters. To subscribe, please fill out our form for a free information kit.

  3. Avatar Cindy Jackson says:

    My husband has Mesothelioma. Does Blue Cross Blue Sheild of Wyoming usually paid for the concentrater and the backpack?

    1. Inogen Inogen says:

      Hi Cindy, To find out about your husband's eligibility, please call an Oxygen Specialist at 1 (800) 678-5572. An Oxygen Specialist will be able to go over all of your options.

  4. Avatar Barbara says:

    Do you plan to carry a backpack for the G4?

    1. Inogen Inogen says:

      Hi Barbara, What a great suggestion! Thank you for the feedback. I will bring your idea to our product development team to investigate further.

  5. Avatar James says:

    Need a backpack for G4 to use hiking and golfing.

    1. Inogen Inogen says:

      Hi James, Thank you for suggestion. We will bring the idea to our product development team so that they can look into this further.

  6. Avatar Bev Turgeon says:

    I recently purchased the G4. I definitely would like to see a back pack holder so I can enjoy actives such as bowling, shuffleboard etc. Hopefully you are working on this. The sooner I could get one, the more active I could be.

  7. Avatar John Carmichael says:

    I really need a backpack for my G4 for the work I do w. The shoulder bag causes the unit to swing wildly and get in my way.

    Since you do not have a G4 backpack, can I use a G2 or G3 packpack instead?

    1. Inogen Inogen says:

      Hi John, The good news is development is underway on an Inogen One G4 backpack and we should have something within a few months. Unfortunately right now, neither the G2 or the G3 backpack is able to provide the venting capabilities that the G4 requires. But, the loop on the back of the G4 carry bag is designed to slip over a belt and can be carried that way.

  8. Avatar Carl Stecker says:

    Please contact me once the g4 backpack is available
    I can play tennis with the g4 but the shoulder bag and belt loop system are awkward.I researched mesh backpacks but they are too large.If still in the design phase,include some high density foam cushioning to hold and protect the units during sport activities,and an across the chest front strap,thanks.

    1. Inogen Inogen says:

      Hi Carl – Thank you for the design suggestions. We will pass your suggestions along to the product team and we will contact you once the G4 backpack is available.

  9. Avatar Cecelia A Thurman says:

    I called because the strap broke on my shoulder carrier and cracked my machine. They don't seem interested in helping and it is just my tough luck. Nice customer service for an item that costs almost 3 thousand dollars.

    1. Inogen Inogen says:

      Hi Cecelia, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Yesterday I passed your message to our Customer Care Center and from our records it looks like you were assisted and that we were able to resolve this issue. If you have any additional issues, please call our Customer Care Center at 1-877-466-4364.

  10. Avatar Catherine Minicucci says:

    I have the Inogen G4 backpack and I must say, while the distribution of the weight of the unit is excellent, the backpack is clunky and too big. It seems like it's made for someone to carry a change of clothes or something. I want a smaller, lighter, shorter backpack for my G4. The current backpack is way over-engineered and clumsy.

    1. Inogen Inogen says:

      Hi Catherine, Thank you for your feedback. I will relay this information to our Product Evaluation team. You are correct, we did engineer the current Inogen One G4 Backpack to hold a light sweatshirt along with a few more items. The backpack was designed with extended trips like picnics and long walks in mind.

  11. Avatar Daniel Zebrauskas says:

    I agree with catherin. The backpack for the G4 is an excellent design with quality materials and room for an overnight trip. For everyday use I’d like to se a smaller version with some storage. Look at some of the tactical sling bags available. Perfect size but rear pocket has no ventilation. I’ve considered purchasing one of those to cut holes for ventilation, but I’m not talented enough.

  12. Avatar Vicki says:

    There needs to be a small backpack just slightly larger than hip pack for the G4. I'm only 4'10". Need a backpack for walking. Hip pack doesn't balance well for me and backpack is huge.

    1. Inogen Inogen says:

      Hi Vicki, Thank you for your comments and suggestions. I will pass it along to the product development team.
      Have a nice day!

      1. Inogen Inogen says:

        HI Vicky, Please visit our website https://www.inogen.com/products/inogen-oxygen-accessories/ and scroll to the bottom of the page for O2 Totes. O2 Totes offers smaller backpacks for the Inogen One G4 that might work well for you.

  13. Avatar Nancy Kelleher says:

    I have the G4 from when it came on the market. I use the strap cross body…put stickers ($ store kids stuff) on it. Everyone loves it. The hip bag looks good.

    1. Inogen Inogen says:

      Hi Nancy,
      Great to hear you are enjoying the Inogen One G4. The hip bag is a great accessory and at a great price right now. Take care!

  14. Avatar Anthony Small says:

    Do you have any instructions on how to install the Inogen portable oxygen concentrator into the G3 Backpack with the spare battery and charger etc.

    Thank you.

    1. Inogen Inogen says:

      Dear Anthony,
      There are support pages on our website that have instructions on how to properly use the backpacks.
      The section you should refer to is General Product and Accessories.

  15. Avatar Frank J Bush says:

    Is the inogen one backpack adjustable for a large mans waist?

    1. Inogen Inogen says:

      Hi Frank,
      Yes, it is adjustable and can be removed as well. If removed, there are shoulder straps and a chest strap to help secure the backpack onto the person.

  16. Avatar Yvonne Stoll says:

    Hi! I have the backpack & shoulder tote & I use them both. I like the backpack the best because even at 5 lbs. & using the double battery, I have difficulty carrying it without getting winded. The distributed weight on the back means I get less winded. There is no way I could pack the extra double battery in the bottom & carry it. I wish you made a backpack with just the top part & not the space for a double battery. Any chance you will develop one like that? I use the G3.

    1. Inogen Inogen says:

      Hi Yvonne,
      Thank you so much for your feedback and we are happy you are enjoying the weight distribution solution. I doubt we are going to manufacture another version of the G3 backpack. Sorry to say that, but it is the truth. I suggest you look at O2 Totes, as they might have a solution for you. You can access their site from the bottom of our oxygen accessories page. Thank you!

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