NIKO PACK DETAILS
We made the NIKO PACK for all-day shooting. It has a fully customizable interior compartment for lenses and flashes, and multiple pockets for cable and gear storage. The quick-access, top-loading compartment. The outside of the bag features industrial-strength Velcro straps to secure a tripod or skateboard. The Niko Backpack is made with a tough, weatherproof, denier-nylon outer shell and military-grade, truck-tarpaulin liner.
- Fully weather resistant with PU coated zipper
- Front velcro straps secure large tripod or skateboard
- Side access U-Lock Holster
- Weatherproof 1000 denier nylon outer shell
- 600 D interior lining with 10mm padded foam
- Nylon 69 thread and waterproof urethane YKK zippers
- Built in China
Real feedback from Chrome customers to help you choose the perfect gear.
Good very light duty day pack for the city
I've been a long time chrome customer, and have come to love the company. It's customer service is great, and all the bags with the exception of this last bag have exceeded my expectations. If you're looking for an entry level bag, for an entry level DSLR this bag provides great bang for the buck.
Holds small DSLR with fast access
Holds Lens's with limited customizable inserts.
Divider between the top and main part of backpack is removable to provide more room
Shoulder straps still provide room for accessories
Biggest and most cumbersome issue is that the front straps meant to hold a tripod, compress the bag in such a way that you cant access to the top compartment (which is the pretty much the only space for personal stuff)
Also having the tripod compress the bag puts more pressure on a laptop if your storing one in there, which barely fits a 15"
The shoulder straps aren't as supportive as chrome bags previously have had.
No place for water. With the very limited and streamlined space this bag provides, it is not good for anything more than a few hour's of hiking.
Compartments inside the main body of the bag have very very limited space, and the extra pressure they put on the bag will eventually cause zipper failure.
In the end i expected a higher quality, more thought out bag from chrome. Not saying that the company is bad, I Just wouldn't recommend this bag to anyone doing anything other than city shooting during the day.
The only bag I will ever need!
I have had my bag for about a year now and do not think I will ever need another camera bag. This is perfect for the kind of photography I enjoy, it isn't too big to be carried on your back (obviously) or too bulky to travel with you on the Underground/Metro or on your bike. I find it easy to access and the multiple compartments for lenses, SD cards, filters, lens wipes, lens caps, batteries and whatever else you may need. I find I hardly ever open the bottom compartment fully, instead halfing opening the bag from either side and dipping in. I carry a small Manfrotto tripod with the bag by using the straps, it is always very secure. Great bag!
BEST camera bag. And looks GREAT also...!
Took this bag to Svalbard (Arctic) and than to Antarctica.
Had inside a Nikon D7100 D800E Nikon 80-400mm Nikon 17-55 and Sigma10-20.
Also had an iPad, GoPro, cables, charges and some personal items and everything fitted in!
This bag looks great, FULLY waterproof (washed it in the shower after a very wet zodiac encounter.
Only wish it had some kind of a nice looking hip belt for hikes.
Great bag, but still room for improvement
Great bag overall but still a lot of room for improvement.
A ton of room if you shoot mirrorless
room for a 15" laptop
Upper partition is roomy, and collapsible
lots of storage options for batteries, memory cards, and accessories
straps and build quality is what you expect of Chrome
Dividers included definitely leave you wanting more. All were useless in my situation.
Sleeve for Laptop is more snug even for a 15" mac book pro.
15 in MBP
Sony A7ii w/ zeiss 55m f/1.8
Sony G 70-200mm f/4
Zeiss 24-70mm f/4
off camera flash
10,000 mah usb powered battery
2 extra batteries
5 filters with cases
extra memory cards
Toughest DSLR bag around ... not to mention very comfortable!
This DSLR bag is amazing, I went through several other bags which were no where near the same level of build quality nor comfort level. I can easily pack my DSLR with a 24-70, a couple of primes, flashes, tripod to everything I need in this bag. Though adding all of these items can add some weight the way the bag is designed makes it very comfortable to carry around all day. The bag sits flush against your back and with the way the straps are designed you need not worry about shoulder fatigue. What I also love is how weather resistant this bag is, I went out in rain storms, snow storms and windy days at the beach and my gear was nice protected. All in all I am very impressed with this bag and will definitely be buying one of their backpacks too!
Also they have an amazing warranty on their bags as well.
great bag, but could be refined.
i've used this for a couple international trips and i liked it a lot. there may be some room for improvement - make it in the USA.
great piece to travel with. i love the layout and the look.
i carry a fuji x100s, nikon d610, 85mm, 50mm, 28mm, speedlite, couple filters, charger, extra cam battery, extra speedlite batteries, mini color card, couple lens filters, wireless triggers, 1tb g-drive, 2 sd cards, lens cloth, rocket blower, tether cable, uniqlo down vest, snack, and a 15" macbook.
everything fits fairly comfortably. it's definitely maxed out with all my gear in it. it seems like a bit more outer padding would be nice, but it gets by as it is. it gets so heavy that a waist belt may be nice, but this is really going to depend on what you load into it.
i'm not sure why the top compartment unzips into the bottom, but sometimes my things migrate without me knowing.
i'd definitely buy this again, but i hope it's US made one day.
LOVE MY BAG!
BEST BAG EVER!
Used it in Africa, Svalbard and Antarctica, so it's been through a lot.
Doesn't look that big but I had 2 DSLR (Nikon D7100 and D800e), 3 lenses (80-400, 17-55, 10-20), iPad, iPhone, GoPro, chargers and other stuff for traveling.
FULLY waterproof! Had it when it rained, snowed and splashed with sea water. Not a drop inside. Just took it to the shower (empty, empty....) and rinsed it off.
And it's beautiful, not like the other camera bags.
The Perfect Bag
After trying 3 others, I finally found the perfect bag.
I was looking for a bag that could carry my laptop, camera gear, and other random items. The problems I encountered were that bags were either for camera or laptop. When I found one that suited both needs, they were either too big, flimsy or poorly designed, hideous, or had no compartment for those other random items.
The NIKO Pack solved this for me.
I was able to comfortably and neatly fit everything I needed and then some. Furthermore, Chrome's build quality and design are a huge plus.
I recently took this bag on it's first street shoot and I was very happy with how comfortable and easy it was to carry. Also, It was awesome not having to worry about fitting a rain jacket over the bag as it starts raining.
The only one thing I'd list as a con is that I could've used at least 1 more partition. I wonder if they'll sell me some extras. They should definitely sell them as an accessory.
Great bag overall though. I'd highly recommend this to any photographer.
Here's what's usually in my bag...
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM + hood
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM + hood
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM + hood
Canon Speedlite 430EX II
Canon Battery (extra)
Canon Battery charger
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15"
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple Power Adapter
Manfrotto Pixi Mini Tripod
Mophie Powerstation XL
Other miscellaneous items (Notebook, cables, protein bars, etc.).
A Decent Bag For Light Duty Only
The Niko was my first Chrome bag. I like it. It's decent but don't be fooled by the last photo. There's no way you're going to put that much gear in this bag and have it be functional and easy to carry.
This is a light duty bag. If you have a DSLR you're going to comfortably fit on camera with lens, one extra lens and external flash or scrap the flash for a third lens.
The bag is well built but the way its designed there's no way you're going to use it like a Think Tank Hard Drive but you will have a better looking bag with the Niko.
I use Micro 43 for my system and with it I can also fit another body in the Niko but keep in mind the small size of M43.
The minimal dividers included should be a hint that this is a light duty bag. Well made, nice looking and functional but it's not a bag to haul loads of gear around on assignment.
I also own the Niko Messenger which I use more. It would be perfect for my needs but Chrome made the big mistake of not having an iPad, Macbook Air slot.
More than both, I just use my Chrome messenger bag for casual use.
Two good bags short of excellence.
Chrome provieds nothing more than the best
What a bag! This is my first camera bag I've purchased and I'm quite pleased. Even though this bag seems like a carry-all pack for every last bit of equipment... it's not. This is a chrome bag, designed for use by the nomad in the city. this is definitely a good all day pack to carry all the camera gear you need for on the go shoots and trips.
Cons: The laptop sleeve is not as big as some may like (my 15" mac book barely fits without camera gear) and the shoulder straps seem a little small (I'm a big guy: 6'2" 240lbs). The lining on the zippers makes them a little hard to open but they will loosen up after a few uses. But it still fits and is super comfortable to wear around.
Pros: 2 Velcro straps on the back of the bag are really nice for tripods or anything else you'd wanna strap to the back. The internal organizer space is phenomenal, lots of see through zippered pockets, elastic net and accordion style pockets. The padded section for the camera is pretty versatile... 3 main sections for lenses and the body and a "gutter" on each side if you wanted to store both attached and sideways. everything else is pretty straight forward and what you would expect from chrome.
This bag is for you if you need something for day trips where you want to have some options as far as camera equipment and also just be able to handle the demands of wherever you go. Definitely a bag to grab no matter what!
I have what's being called the Niko Messenger now, and have had for a year or so. It's still a great bag (I reviewed it as well). I got this because the Niko Messanger is quite small, so if you need a camera day bag it's good, but if you need anything more than that, you're going to find yourself too cramped.
I got this because I like Chrome's build and materials, and was wanting a bigger bag. I received it today, filled it with stuff, hauled it around for a bit, and feel like I know what I like and don't like.
1. Construction. Weatherproofing looks like typical Chrome quality.
2. Comfort. Like other Chrome backpacks, it sits well.
3. Upper compartment. It's a good nice size. The slot for a laptop is accessed through there, and that seems pretty accessible. i'm not limited to three things in here, I can fit a bunch of stuff.
4. Tripod straps. Or maybe skateboard straps, for hipsters. Make for good handles on the back, too.
5. Interior pockets in back flap. Nice layout, good utility for storing cables and SD cards and filters and such. I've got cables for all my electronics in most of them.
1. The big one is the missed opportunity with the backflap design. So it has the fold-back back of the pack, to get to the entire compartment. There are two side-flaps to the zip back, which can work as side-opening quick access flaps, to get to anything stored at the side in the bag. There are two clip straps for extra security.
But there are only two zipper pulls on the zipper. There should be four, so that you can have two zipper pulls on each side, to easily use each side's flap for quick access. As it is, you can get ready access to one side, but to use the other, you need to unclip both straps, and slide one zipper pull all the way across and open the other side: at this point, you've pretty much fully opened the back of the pack. Seems like a waste.
It could have had fast access to each side with four zipper pulls, but doesn't. Pick the side you want fast access to, and be happy with that.
2. Interior dividers still aren't awesome. I replaced the ones in the smaller Niko with ones from an old Tamrac pack, which helped a ton. These still have limited arrangability: the three-pane dividers have a velcro panel on one side, in the middle section, limiting how you can attach other diver panels to them.
They did improve the interior with cloth on most surfaces, and giving the dividers a bottom velcro edge, allowing them to be placed more specifically and strongly, which is nice.
I would also like it if they offered some extra custom dividers: I'd buy them. I'd like three-pane dividers where the middle pane is as wide as the bag, so I could set up a few fully horizontal regions inside. I don't see a way to not arrange the bag mostly vertically. So some further customizability here would be good, with some optional divider panels.
Bought this as soon as it came out. It is a huge upgrade to the original Niko Bag. This bag is incredibly compact and yet has plenty of room for all of your camera/lens. I love that I still have plenty of room after storing the camera body (Canon 60D and 3 Lens). This is a MUST for any photographer/enthusiast.
"For shooting on the go"
As the description states, it was built to shoot on the go.
This is the second backpack camera specific camera I've ever bought, I sold the first one due to its bulk vs. capacity ratio long time ago.
I've been shooting on the go with other improvised bags, as the Nike Sportswear NSW Cascade Messenger bag, also Waterproof.
I wanted a backpack, messenger bags and sling packs are comfortable while carrying low weight so, after a cousin, a Chrome user saw this new camera bag came out, I get a message. I check it out, and ended up buying it.
Fear: an MBP 15 inch laptop might not fit after all gear is in, as another reviewer stated there was barely any space.
I have no idea what the velcro on the shoulder straps does, can another reviewer enlighten me?
Like: backpack, waterproof, laptop compartment (doesn't fit my 17 MBP and I knew this- future possibility of going with a 15) - the top flap compartment is genius, very easy to throw things in there, the net brilliant.
Dislike: shoulder straps are not precisely comfortable, more cushion would have been appreciated, very thin, best ever shoulder pads :military ALICE shoulder pads.
Did not make use of the Chrome Quick release buckle!!!! What happened! Could have used two of them for the security straps! or even to release the shoulder pads with possible removable ones! (would help for customization or colors and so forth like a better cushion pad)
Dividers are not very convenient, took me quite some time to make a good setup inside the bag, and managed to leave out one of the single dividers as I didn't know what to do with it.
And now, to the gear and fit, for everyone else to get an idea what this baby can do:
Main compartment: Canon 1D-X with 70-200 2.8 IS II fitted on camera (hood reversed), 16-35 II (i don't carry the hood) 50mm 1.4 hood reversed, 580 EXII, Giottos rocket blower, 1.4 iii extender.
Top flap: filters, and anything that I want to throw in.
Will an MBP 15 inch laptop fit with all this? I am afraid to find the answer.
Having said all this, Bag is neat, immediately get asked to show the bag. (Yes, its a great black bag, Batman would have this in his cave)
Use for what it was made for, going light, on the go, if you have more gear than what I listed above, don't think about it. Get a bigger bag, i'm pushing the limits.
If you have smaller bodied cameras, what a brilliant on the go bag!
Chrome bags can be a conversation starter :)