Choosing your Chrome Backpack - An Urban Dilemma
So, you've heard about their rough, tough urban credentials and you fancy a slice of the action but, just exactly which Chrome backpack do you need? It's a tough question, and one not helped by the fact that broadly speaking, Chrome's backpack offerings are all so damned capable. There are differences though, and specialisms that you'd do well to exploit, so, with a run through and a low down on what's in the range, we're here to take you by the hand and lead you through the dizzying world of 1000D Cordura, Rolltop closures and truck tarp liners.
And, yes, we promise that will all make sense by the end of this blog, so, bear with us.
The City Slicker
Cycling around town casually doesn't need you to tow around a lot of stuff, but your Chrome bag needs to be a tough fella to deal with the diversity of dashing around in the rain to dawdling along in the sun. To this end, you'll probably want to consider the Chrome Rostov, a sleek water resistant backpack with a small padded compartment to squeeze a 13" notebook or tablet into. With space for the assorted everyday essentials, you can happily slip around town without worrying about what you can and can't take with you.
If zips aren't your thing though, the Pawn is perhaps the Chrome backpack for you. Boasting a massive 35 litres of storage, the Pawn makes use of a rolltop closure - simply squash, roll the bag and clip it down to ensure a completely waterproof compartment for your laptop. With standout detailing and a neat retro look, this backpack is sure to get heads turning as you pedal through the city.
Another option for the big day out in town is the Chrome Kliment Backpack. With 32 litres of storage, it's a big fella, but cinched down by virtue of it's external straps, it needn't be all that. Adaptable then, it includes space for documents and a laptop, and boasting water resistance, this is a good looking office raider. Made with a Military Grade Truck-Tarpaulin liner (the material you wish your umbrella were made of), you can be sure that your essentials are safe and dry for when you need them at the other side.
The Urban Adventurer
If you've got a load to lug, then the Barrage Cargo Backpack is simply what it's all about. It's a bit of a star product for Chrome Industries, and perhaps takes home the trophy for most popular Chrome Backpack - an a trophy it will handily and easily swallow.
Taking it's name from the clever net weave or Cordura straps that cover the backpack externally and provide insane expandable capacity. Coupled with a pretty cavernous internal waterproof pocket offering 22-24 litres of storage, this bag is certainly one for the long, rough, tough 'I don't know where I'm going to end up" sort of day.
If you're looking to be able to carry a decent amount in a more formal style, check out the Chrome Bravo 2.0 Backpack. Offering internal waterproofing and an internal laptop compartment to fit up to a 13" device, a barmy 32L capacity sees everything you need taken along for the ride. With additional capacity added by virtue of the external cross clips, the Bravo 2.0 slips stylishly into the office, but also looks pretty good in the bar around the corner...
The Laptop Commuter
Now, hopping between cafés meetings, the office, and home, your Chrome backpack of choice will be one that can accommodate your laptop whilst your tapping out a rhythm on the pedals. Happily, just such a bag exists, and it's called, imaginatively, the Soyuz Laptop Bag. With two heavy duty straps, an EVA foam padded back panel and full weatherproofing and internal waterproofing, the Soyuz will fit anything up to 17" whilst still swallowing 26 litres of your things. Although not exclusive in its ability to carry laptops, the Soyuz is certainly the most specialised for the task, and, if that's your key motive, then you surely can't go wrong.
The Light Weight Loader
Running a quick errand? A pop to the shops or a small tablet all you need? Well, the Orlov is a good shout. Slightly smaller than the Pawn Rolltop Backpack, the Orlov has plenty enough space for that outing into town, and will keep your goods safely stowed until such time as you need them. With external mounting for a D-Lock, swinging your leg over and off couldn't be any easier, and with ergonomic shoulder straps, an EVA foam padded back and a sternum stability strap for extra support, you can guarantee that this will rucksack will make for a comfortable ride around town. Perfect.
So, as you can see, you're fairly spoilt for choice. Fortunately though, with utterly bombproof design and lifetime guarantees, it's not really possible to make a bad decision when it comes to Chrome Backpacks. Reliable, strong, robust, there really aren't enough superlative adjectives to describe this staple urban cycling brand and their wares, so, why not check them out for yourself?