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Kadet Nylon
Kadet Nylon Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Wanted to love but found the seatbelt too heavy for such a small pack. Plus the constant metal against metal sound was annoying. Looks cool though. Probably better for a larger frame.

Niko
Niko Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

A little smaller space wise inside than I had anticipated. Even though I studied the photos of the interior on the Chrome Industries website, apparently I didn't study them close enough. It is very difficult to fit my Nikon DSLR into the bag with the standard 50mm lens on it. The camera body shown in the interior photos must not have a lens on it at all. Additionally, cramming my 70-250mm zoom lens into the bag along with the camera body with the 50mm attached is like a really frustrating game of Tetris. Why you'd want a bag designed for quick access like this one to only accomodate a body without the standard lens already on it is beyond me. Sure, swing it around, unbuckle it, unzip it and then instead of grabbing your camera, popping off the lens cap, and shooting, you've then got to take the camera body lens attachment cap off, pull out your 50mm lens, pop both caps off of that, attach it to your camera body, and THEN shoot. I'm going to keep the bag because it's comfortable and weatherproof, and I'm going to try to figure out a way to make this work... and also because I took the tags off already. I may end up using the straps on the side to attach an external padded case for my zoom lens instead of using it for my carbon fiber travel tripod like I wanted to.

Truk
Truk Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Cute but I found another which fit better.

Storm 415 Workboot
Storm 415 Workboot Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

AFTER ONE MONTH THEY ARE COMING UNGLUED.

Rostov
Rostov Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

I bought this bag to replace a Topo Designs Daypack, which was too slim to allow tupperwares to sit flat on the bottom. The Rostov has a big enough footprint to allow me to stack multiple tupperwares without any tipping over, which is the main reason I bought it. Admittedly, that's a pretty fringe use case, but on the off chance anyone else is looking for a laptop backpack that's good for transporting food containers, this is it. Unfortunately, the Rostov is let down by what I can only call a deranged design decision—the laptop sleeve billows outward like three inches. I've owned a lot of bags, and until this one I had always assumed laptop sleeves were a solved problem. Sew in a padded foam slot. Give it a velcro flap (or don't). This is the first laptop sleeve I've seen that appears to have been designed to transport a 17" gaming laptop and a full-size keyboard, mouse, and portable hard drive. If that's what you need to haul around in your laptop sleeve, then look no further. If it isn't and you have a normal 13-15" laptop, prepare for frustration. While walking with the bag on, my laptop slaps against my back 2 times per second. Adjusting the shoulder straps gives the laptop back-slaps more or less impact, but has no effect on their frequency. The only way to stop the slapping is to modify the laptop sleeve yourself. I ordered a bunch of heavy-duty binder clips and used 6 of them to pinch aside the excess material. The clips fall off almost every day. It sucks, and if daily laptop transportation is what you're after, this bag sucks too. If you don't ever need to use the laptop sleeve for a laptop (the sleeve could probably hold a towel for a weekend trip), then this is a four-star bag—it's comfortable, understated, and durable. I'd give it five stars if they fixed the laptop sleeve, used better zippers, and gave it better weatherproofing.

Kursk Pro 2.0
Kursk Pro 2.0 Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Love my two much older pair of these shoes, but this pair fell apart in a couple years of rotating equally through all 3 pair.

Dima 2.0
Dima 2.0 Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great shoes. Clean design and really well made. Make sure you order a size smaller than what you normally wear. Chrome recommends going a full size down for proper fit, and that is good advice. I got a size down from what I wear in Nike and they are perfect.

Kadet Welterweight
Kadet Welterweight Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

For what it is it's great. For what I wanted it's kind of a disappointment. If you want a minimal bag to carry a few things this is pretty great. The welterweight size really does feel much lighter compared to the regular. For me a few things would have made it so much better. The first is the size. I wish it was slightly bigger. If I could have my glasses case, water bottle, and lunch all fit I could use this daily. But they don't all fit so I only use it on days I go out for lunch since it can just fit my water bottle and glasses case and a few other small nick nacks. Next are the compression scraps. Why aren't the bottom ones longer? If they were I could have strapped my water bottle to the bottom which would have sort of solved my dilemma. Finally I would have preferred some sort of zippered compartment on the back instead of, or maybe next to, the U lock slot. This way I can put my phone and/or wallet there and feel a little more secure than the front/main compartment. I'm always afraid someone can just open it when I can't see and take it out.

Kursk Pro 2.0
Kursk Pro 2.0 Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I had another (different) pair of Chrome’s recessed cleats bike shoes for two and a half years, with frequent use, and I loved them. They have a lot of cosmetic damage now and the bottoms are worn down a bit, exposing the cleat more than usual, but they have otherwise held up great. The soles on these new pair feel a little stiffer than my old pair, which is good, but it may also just be that my old pair are, you know, old. The longer laces also allow for a better fit to my foot by adjusting the tightness as I please. Both of these mean better transfer of power to the bike, which is great. I’ve already ridden to work in these shoes and back (about 4.5 miles each way), and they feel good. I do keep an extra pair of slip-on Vans at my desk at work, because I wouldn’t want to wear such a stiff shoe as this all day just walking around the office and whatever, but they’re still really great for running errands and for the walk from my bike to my desk. I have a feeling I’ll love this pair to death too.

Hondo
Hondo Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The Hondo has been a solid bag. I needed a basic weatherproof backpack, and Chrome has far exceeded my expectations. It's comfortable, accommodates everything I need to pack on a daily basis, and withstands the rigors of the city. Great price point for the quality, too.

Storm 415 Workboot
Storm 415 Workboot Posted:
Reviewer: from L.A.
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I liked the style but it was too narrow. I’m a size 12 with a wider foot and it didn’t work on my foot. Nice style, though.

Storm 415 Workboot
Storm 415 Workboot Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Received this shoe but the center flap was just black without the red patch logo. Very disappointed. A few reviews said to order half to full size down. Mine was true to size so I should have ordered my husband’s regular size 11 instead of 10.5. Returning

Kursk Pro 2.0
Kursk Pro 2.0 Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I"m looking for commuter style bike shoes, but unfortunately this style does not fit my feet. I tried three sizes (one larger and one smaller than my usual bike shoes.) The main problem is the shoes are too tight around the toe box and, at the same time, the heels slip. The smaller size does not slip very much but it's TOO tight around my forefoot. It's going back. If Chrome offers wide options that may be great!

415 Workboot
415 Workboot Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

It would be nice if it came in size 8.5-9.5 in men.

Kursk
Kursk Posted:
Reviewer: from New York, NY
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

i've had these shoes for over three years now. they have entered the pantheon of my favorite pairs of shoes ever -- and probably only five or so pairs of footwear from my entire life occupy that position. and i have lived for many decades. here's the deal: i bought these strictly for cycling because i was getting sore feet from the regular sneakers i was wearing. the soles on these were wonderfully stiff and protected my feet while cycling -- no more soreness. but yes, they were murder to wear just for walking. but then one day something magical happened: my old sneakers had become too ratty to wear, so i put these on. lo and behold, they had been broken in by all the cycling and were now super-comfortable. they look pretty cool too (all black with red soles). so now i see they're on sale and i contemplated buying a second pair -- even though the ones i have are still holding up, nothing lasts forever. alas, they don't have my size -- which by they way, is 10.5 for these and everything else. i'll check back again in a year or so, if i'm still alive.

Kadet Welterweight
Kadet Welterweight Posted:
Reviewer: from Seattle, WA
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Perfect lightweight pack for long, urban trip. A great "man purse". On a recent trip to Europe, I needed a light pack just to carry tickets, packable rain jacket, and the like. This thing worked great! No pain, no odd rubbing. Typically forgot it was even there. I am glad I took the isolation strap because after the initial wear, I needed it to better isolate it on my back. Out of the box, the strap was a bit uncomfortable and so I *almost* didn't bring it along. Glad I did! The strap was broken in and comfortable with one use.

Truk
Truk Posted:
Reviewer: from florida
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I purchased these because they were on sale at a Chrome store in Colorado. I needed a new city-biking shoe and these seemed to fit well with that! This summer I rode my bicycle from Florida to California using only these shoes! Roughly 3,000 miles peddled with them and they held up through storms and wind and unforgiving sun. After a bout a month the little red chrome rubber piece fell off but it was no big deal. They were extremely comfortable on my 80 mile ride days! The sun did bleach them a bit and now they are an off-black color but I like that they are worn in. Truly a great shoe for biking!

Kursk Pro 2.0
Kursk Pro 2.0 Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

It's a very nice shoe that's well made. Originally was wearing the dzr size 40 and now moved to chrome because I like the quality better. I'm a regular size 9 but got an 8.5. I ordered both 8.5 and a 9. The 9 felt and looked too long. However the 8.5 felt like the right length but was cramped on top of my foot. So I pulled out the insoles and now the shoe fits perfectly! People are right the heel is loose. Generally I have narrow feet especially in the heels but it's not a huge concern for me. The shoe is very snug and secure when I'm riding around Cambridge and Boston.

Rostov
Rostov Posted:
Reviewer: from chicago
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I love this Backpack. It's my second favorite right next to the Chrome messenger bag I own. I use it daily and it carries my laptop, chargers, lunch and a change of clothes. Pro: -Holds a lot. All the essentials. -Can accommodate a 15" laptop -So comfortable! It's padded in all the right places I can wear this thing for hours. Con: -Not 100% waterproof. I have been riding/walking in the rain and had moisture come through the top portion near the Zipper and handle. Light rain is just fine. -could use a few more pockets. But the size and comfort of this bag far outweighs that.

Kursk
Kursk Posted:
Reviewer: from US
Overall: Rated: 2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

I found these extremely rigid and uncomfortable. I'm sure they're durable, but the comfort trade-off wasn't worth it for me. Also, I wasn't crazy about the prominent red label. Some people don't mind conspicuous branding, but it's not my thing. It was more prominent than I expected based on the photos here.

Urban Ex Rolltop 18L
Urban Ex Rolltop 18L Posted:
Reviewer:
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

Appears well made and looks like it would hold up to a fair amount of use. Also pretty stylish. But when it comes down to it a bag needs to look good and last, but most of all be functional. Aside from a roomy main compartment this bag does not offer much in the way of organization inside; neither does it offer any useful outside pockets. If you are Ok with tossing your stuff inside and then having to dig them out (literally, since you have to shove your whole arm in there to reach the bottom) then you might not mind this bag. I wanted to like it for the style; had to pass on it because of the lack of functionality.

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