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Chrome Reviews

Barrage Posted: 4/22/14
Reviewer: Cam from United States
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

This is a great bag. I took it on a cruise and it packs a ton of stuff. I don't often leave reviews, but I figured I would on this one. While I love the backpack, I do think it needs a few modifications. First, it could use some organization. I love the messenger style with less organization, but I'd love just a small inside pocket to slide my wallet in and maybe my phone or something else. I think the water bottle pockets on the sides need to be a bit bigger. I'm struggling to get a nalgene sized bottle in there when the backpack is packed out. Finally, sometimes I just want to carry the pack by the handle instead of the shoulder straps, but this handle will dig into your hand when the pack is even slightly loaded. If they had put more padding on the handle or even a rubber grip like a Patagonia pack, that would've been brilliant. That being said, I love the cargo net! It is the most useful feature I've seen on a pack. This pack can absorb a lot of stuff and the only downside is that it's so deep that you may have to remove a lot of your stuff to get to other stuff. I use this pack more on vacations than day to day because it allows me to take a lot, but I don't have to access it all often. Unlike other reviewers, I kept this pack.

Truk Posted: 4/15/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes are great. They cost more that the DVS and Vans ones I have but they are far better for biking, and the cordura seems thick and stronger than canvas. The insole is really comfortable and the stiffness of the sole is solid for pushing the pedals. I commute to work, 5-10 miles depending on the route and they immediately felt better on my rides. Walking in them isn't bad at all, they don't feel overly stiff when I walk through the city on lunch. These are worth the extra money.

Chekhov Posted: 4/13/14
Reviewer: from Denver, CO
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love this utility bag from Chrome! I used to carry expensive purses (Prada, Tods, etc) and now I just sling this pup over my shoulder and go! It is virtually waterproof and I love the the's like being part of a secret society.

Truk Pro
Truk Pro Posted: 4/4/14
Reviewer: John Kennedy from United States
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

The left shoe was incorrectly threaded and the piece of metal holding my clips on both feet could shift within the sole even after installation making unclipping inconsistent and difficult.

Chekhov Posted: 4/1/14
Reviewer: from san diego
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Overall this is a great little bag. It holds more than I was expecting. If you are familiar with the smaller version of the "catapult" timbuk2 bag, this fits slightly more.

Storm 415 Workboot
Storm 415 Workboot Posted: 3/28/14
Reviewer: Kelly from Portland
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I had my eyes on these for a while, I own multiple Chrome products and love them (backpack and shorts). Anyway, I bought these for commuting and to have a waterproof boot to kick around in. In short, I love it. Had them about 4 weeks and been riding in multiple rain storms, they kept my feet dry and look good too. I find them real comfy. Only knock is I would love to know what kind of care needs to be done to keep the waterproofing. No info is provided.

Storm Kursk
Storm Kursk Posted: 3/28/14
Reviewer: Brian from Seattle, WA
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

There might be a universe in which these shoes can be described as "waterproof." In that universe, there is probably no such place as Seattle. Here, in this universe, in Seattle, these shoes are best described as "water absorbent." They are the equivalent of wearing sponges for shoes. Beyond that, they are uncomfortable to wear and not particularly fun to walk in. They are, plainly said, awful. I hate them with all my being, which is, in a way, a good thing, because I am left with no hate for anything else, and hate is bad.

Buran Posted: 3/27/14
Reviewer: Ryland from Fayetteville, Arkansas
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love this messenger bag, especially as a student and a guy who rides his bike around town. The first day I got it, I rode my bike with this bag on in the pouring rain and when I stopped to check on my laptop, it was completely dry. This messenger bag is also surprisingly comfortable on my back, especially when I am riding my bike.

Welded Rucksack
Welded Rucksack Posted: 3/9/14
Reviewer: John Fiegener from boston
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

This is a good bag. Two items I think that make it not great bag are. 1. the pockets need to have a zipper, velcro or a button. I store my mouse and power supply and they fall out when the top flap is closed. They should have velcro, a zipper or a snap. The two metal hooks are cool but you can't tighten them down. I use this bag for my Mac book and a notebook, and it's great for that, the laptop sleeve is great but I try to tighten the hooks to keep stuff from falling out of the pockets and you just can't. Add a zipper to the pockets.

Mini Buran
Mini Buran Posted: 3/6/14
Reviewer: from Northeast
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is a fine bag! It's without a doubt build to last. The shoulder strap is rugged but comfortable, the top handle is convenient when releasing the buckle. This bag is ideal for commuting light. I hesitated buying it due to its high price but after returning two other bags I'm very glad to own it.

Lieutenant Roll Top Messenger
Lieutenant Roll Top Messenger Posted: 2/24/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Good bag, expensive but made in the USA, waterproof, fairly comfortable, and incredibly durable. Holds enough to do a 4-7 day trip. Probably not the best bag to be a messenger with but it's not advertised that way on their site. It is intended to be a weekend trip/beach bag deal. Don't really understand the negative reviews. Also I have never had a problem dealing with chrome customer service wherever I purchased the products. And I have returned shoes before because I had issues with the soles busting. Good product, and made in the US.

Mini Buran
Mini Buran Posted: 2/11/14
Reviewer: from Los Angeles, CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is a carry-on bag for my short trips. It comfortably holds my laptop and other work related materials and isn't too overwhelming on my smaller frame. The crossbody strap is great for distributing weight and the buckle makes for easy off/on through security lines and planes. Really excited to travel with this bag.

Yalta Posted: 2/4/14
Reviewer: Alfonso F. from El Paso, Texas
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

This bag is the ideal size for commuting on my bike or motorcycle. The material is thick and keeps the elements out. The reflective material is very bright. The only cons are that it is black and where it's made.

Truk Pro
Truk Pro Posted: 1/17/14
Reviewer: Byron from Las Vegas
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Don't think you can get these and just use them as casual walking shoes...because of the hardware built in it feels like you're wearing those goofy "step-ups" shoes. Trying not to rag on them too bad, I should have known better.

Barrage Posted: 1/17/14
Reviewer: Christopher Foxley from Eugene, OR (and Portland)
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

This bag looks great, feels great, and stays put in motion. It's a little slimmer than some packs, which is great for cycling so you don't get caught on mirrors riding in traffic. It's obviously very different from the messenger, and there are tradeoffs. You can carry more weight, add more cargo with the net on back too which is very handy, and all of the interior goods stay dry. Where it falls short though is functionality, materials, and styling. Functionality | The cargo net thing is a great idea, but should be larger to really utilize the extra carrying capacity. Loaded or unloaded, the bag is again not a messenger, and is far more cumbersome to take on and off. This is a bag I'd recommend more for long distance commuters than avid errand running cyclists or occasional cyclists making many stops. It is waterproof, however bear in mind it has one central cinch strap to close the bag. This does make it convenient to close, but it doesn't function like a typical dry bag in performing an airtight seal, and does have a retainer to help keep that bag closed. Still works, but you do have to use caution especially if really loading it up. Carrying capacity is great, but what happens when you arrive where you need to use your gear? You have to take it out of course, and the bag is long and deep, so it makes taking out a binder, six pack, what have you moderately difficult. Again, not recommended for stop and go, repeat. It doesn't hold small stuff well. It does have water carriers on the side, a bit narrow for some bottles, but what it really lacks is just an easy place to stash your phone, or a pencil case, snack, whatever. It has one zip pocket built into the bag, and one sleeve pocket inside the bag. The latter works well, but the former is created by compartmentalizing the bag. Basically creating one huge pocket, that actually wraps under the main compartment. The result is anything smaller than a large textbook inevitably falls under this fold and out of reach once you put gear in the main compartment. Materials | Chrome makes bags out of great materials and this bag is no exception. One area for improvement however is the padding. It is soft and comfy, and cushions loads well. However after four days of use, it's showing crimps and lines as I'd expect similar bags to exhibit around 8 months of solid use. This was the other half of what contributed to my return. Styling | I personally thought the tan bag was very nice looking. And you can customize these in the Chrome stores as well. However, you won't look quite so cool trying to take off your bag on your bike, or whip something out of your pack on an errand. It's a stop, put it on the ground, unpack all your stuff before being able to reach what you want kind of backpack. Does it keep everything safe and isolated? Yes. But it's like depositing your items in long term storage.. You didn't really need your calculator did you? Barrage will just hang onto it a little longer. Bottom line. If you're looking for a solid backpack that you can ride through torrents or occasional showers, this is it. If you need a commuter bag to take with you on rides and errands, or a school bag, look at the messengers.

Storm Kursk
Storm Kursk Posted: 1/12/14
Reviewer: Casey Burnett from United States
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I had the Chrome Kursk (w/o storm) before. I like the storm for commuting year round. It has been useful for puddles, snow slush, etc. Style is less appealing when the single red trim above black sole went around whole product. That looked really sharp (not that its bad now). Wear. Not so good. I think that the weather proofing under the fabric is stiff and any place that gets a little friction is fraying bad (e.g. all around the ankle -sides / back). it is worse at the back, and was wearing within 2 weeks of having them.

Storm Kursk
Storm Kursk Posted: 1/9/14
Reviewer: Daniel Glasser from Boston, MA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Good shoes for urban bike commuting. The sole grips the pedal really well, even in wet condition, and the waterproof shoes keep feet nicely dry. The front of the shoe is rather narrow, and I don't find them comfortable for all-day use, but they fit the bill for the ride.

Citizen Messenger
Citizen Messenger Posted: 1/4/14
Reviewer: Amber from Baltimore, MD
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I bought this for my boyfriend as a gift since he commutes by bicycle. After a few weeks of wear, he loves it! It is much larger than I expected and larger than he wanted. However, in hindsight it is really handy- he can fit lunch and a change of clothes in the bag. The bag doesn't slip when he rides his bike, even without the 2nd strap. The buckle took a bit of getting used to, but likes it. It easily fit a laptop, books & neck pillow for the plane trip. His only complaint was that there is only one zippered pouch, so if you are paranoid about something falling out-it is technically possible.

Kursk Posted: 1/2/14
Reviewer: John Krause from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Similar to Chucks, though the canvas material is much beefier (as is the sole). I suspect these will hold up much better than Chucks. All things considered, they're comfortable enough for what they are, and they look damn good.

Niko Pack
Niko Pack Posted: 12/25/13
Reviewer: Jay from San Francisco
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Just bought this camera back pack because I got a new Canon D70 and a bunch of accessories. The bag is def a fashion statement and the coolest looking bag I found. Very comfortable. It fits my d70, extra lens, microphone, light adapter, charger, memory cards, batteries. It also has a strap on the outside to mount a tripod/monopod.

Mini Metro Messenger
Mini Metro Messenger Posted: 12/19/13
Reviewer: from Los Angeles
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Awesome bag, heavy duty seat belt buckle is perfect for quick on and off. Quality material and finish, very satisfied with purchase.

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