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BRAVO 2.0 Backpack

22 reviews 0 5 4.3
Our most versatile pack, featuring a waterproof main compartment, padded laptop compartment and external cross straps for hauling gear.

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    • Dimensions: 21"H x 13.5"W x 6"D 25L
    • Welded-waterproof main compartment
    • Dedicated laptop compartment fits up to a 15" MacBook Pro


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Great bag with some caveats

Review by Sir Barton

I've had the bag as my daily carry for a few months now and I like it. The other reviewers have pointed out some of the issues. I would love to have this bag without the roll top and velcro. I would also like it to have the laptop compartment waterproofed. The laptop compartment is perfect for me though as it has a dedicated spot for laptop and tablet and I carry both.

The materials are great, but it's not flexible and I have to dig so deep to get to things in the main compartment. It's a little awkward to get to what I need. Maybe this is messenger style legacy that I'm just not used to for an every day carry bag, but it's starting to annoy me.

Overall, the materials and construction are top notch. The build quality is incredible. Just know it has it's quirks that may or may not be good for your every day routine.


Almost the perfect backpack

Review by Drew

Tough as nails. No question about that. Used Bravo 1.0 for a year now. Every day. Rain, shine, snow. I serioulsy cart around a LOT of stuff - tents, sleeping bags and pads, large rolled drawings. Carried other bikes by strapping the frame to this bag - it's a serious workhorse. Wipped out a few times, and it just takes it like a champ. Compression straps on the 2.0 look very odd and useless - not sure what's up with that.

The bag is not waterproof. Rode in moderate and heavy rains - main compartment is damp, and pad of paper in the laptop compartment had water stains on the top corners. If you look at the front image - you can see how the front flap barely covers the top corner of the front compartment. This was the source of water in my case. Upon looking at the fine print on the website just now - it does say waterproof main compartment. Why not the laptop area????

Love how it extends down for expansion - I'm an architect and can ride with a roll of 24" x 36" drawing. However, when expanded you need to lengthen the straps so it sits lower on your back - otherwise it interferes with your helmet. When it rides lower it's more unstable - a hip strap would help quite a bit. Hip strap would also be great for walking. Perhaps it can hide away when not in use.

Inner expansion lining is secured into the bag with velco - this does not work. Every time I pull something in or out it gets caught on the velcro. As such I avoid putting my merino wool hoody in this bag for fear of the velcro pilling the fabric.

Finally - velcro on a bag built for life? Please abandon ALL velcro and use the amazing custom chrome buckles. It's a very durable, very sexy backpack, and if they can add a hip strap, get rid of velcro and actually make it more waterproff - it could be the backpack to end all backpacks.


Will last a lifetime if you need to carry a lot of stuff

Review by steve-o

I've been bike + ferry commuting for a year with this bag. I don't pack a lot; laptop, some work related keys, fobs, pens, cords, papers. Maybe a lunch, maybe a change of clothes. I recently switched back to a much smaller and lighter pack ($40 rei flash) + laptop sleeve. I should have done it sooner. This is thing is way too heavy and awkward for the small amount I carry. Might work for someone packing for a weekend trip.

Extremely durable. Still looks new after a year of daily use.
Main compartment can hold a lot.
Exterior packing straps can hold even more.

Extremely heavy. The bag weighs 5x what I carry in it. You don't really notice this in the store. But after switching back a lighter bag, weight is a huge factor in daily comfort.
Stiff and awkward. It doesn't really bend or curve to your body. Kind of like a cardboard box strapped to your back.
Laptop sleeve isn't waterproof, but main compartment is. Huh.
Head turning Velcro noise. The velcro is thick and durable but everybody in the office knows when you are coming and going.


Poorly designed

Review by JeremiahMiller

I was looking for a weatherproof bag to carry my work laptop and change of clothes so that I could ride my bike to work (I live in the southeast and it rains a lot here). This bag seemed like a perfect fit, but I was wrong. The build quality of the bag is great, however there a few design issues that make this bag less than ideal.

1) The main compartment of the bag is waterproof, but the area where you put your computer, phone and other electronic devices is not. This makes no sense to me.
2) The bag does not flex and expand on the sides at all, and you cannot cinch the sides down. So the only way to go for more room is up (towards your head).
3) When you are wearing a helmet (which you should if you are riding) and the top of the bag cannot be rolled down all the way, it will constantly be hitting you in the back of the head and prevent you from lifting your head up.
4) The straps on the back of the bag are way too complicated to be of any use. They do not stretch and it is not a simple buckle system that you would expect. I’m not really sure what the points of these straps are other than to look cool.
5) The pocket on the side doesn’t stretch and is too small so a u-lock or water bottle won’t fit. Why only one side pocket is available is odd, but why they made it so small and without any flex is even more odd.

If you want a bag that looks unique and different then go for it, but if you want a well-designed and functional bag then I would look elsewhere.



Review by Emily at backcountry

I've had this for over a year now and use it as my briefcase, and for commuting to work. It's still looks new. Also, it has a ton of useful organizational features. I've never been happier with a product. Plus, it's Such a gorgeous bag and I am the envy of everyone in the office, and beyond. Chrome is a gem.



Review by HECTOR

The best bag, I ride everyday in rain conditions and is the best high quality bag I ever wear


The Best Bag Ever

Review by Dakota

As riding a bike everyday I needed a bag that could stand up to the elements all year round. And haul all the gear I could possibly need. The bravo 2.0 was just what I needed, throwing in the extra $20 for the Night Series was definitely worth it. Adding a little extra safety is not a big deal especially for only $20 more.



Review by Jay Duke

Everything i could wish for and more, like everything chrome, it's perfect.


Its awesome - Dont listen to the babies

Review by Riff

Shelling out $180 for my second chrome bag was a no brainer
(first bag used for 8 years)

This bag is perfect - I carry my work 15" macbookpro in there and can even fit my macbook air if going on a long trip.

In the main "roll-up" compartment, I usually put gym shoes and some workout clothes + sweatshirt if necessary.
Realistically, it's all about organizing the bag knowing that it will be on your back.

The side pocket is great for smaller liquids.

I added the phone adapter to my left strap and it works decently - I wish they made one specifically for this bag however.

Bag doesnt get too hot on my back and doesnt absorb sweat like my old bag.



Up's and down's

Review by Walter

Things I looked for were an easy-access external pocket, some form of compartmentalization (i.e. not just one big space), and a bottle sleeve on the side. The Bravo 2.0 has all of these and I have never felt like I didn't get my money's worth. Two people already have asked me if I could remove my backpack, let them wear it, and rummage through it to get a look at all of the pockets. Perhaps it is because nobody ever did the same with my Jansport in middle school, but I found this kinda sus. However both people mentioned they loved it and it just feels nice when people are jelly of your dank merch.
-Waterproof main compartment with ample space for commuting/student/office life.
-Comfortable, easily adjustable shoulder/chest straps.
-Comfortable back padding.
-The bag sits nicely and feels secure, especially with the chest strap on.
-Outside sleeve/flap area can be organized. Immediately under the flap is a zipper pocket and the sleeve area has two dividers that make three spaces: Outer, Middle, & Laptop. I put my leatherman, flashlight, and phone charger in the zipper pocket, some pens and my headphones in the organizer pockets in the outer section, and a small first aid/toiletry zip-loc bag in the middle section. The laptop sleeve is nice but I usually keep mine in the main compartment for safety.
-Durable construction. It is made in China, but it is well made in China. For the time being, my bag is holding up very well and I've had it for about 4 months. But real tough months.
-Seatbelt buckle, sup ladies ;)
-They built the bag upside down. The bag gets thinner towards the bottom. Cannot stand up.
-Chrome got that loud (velcro). Also, Bravo 3.0 should be buckles and zippers.
I'm not making this a good or bad point, just giving my experience in terms of packing it. The bag is pretty slim to start with and gets slimmer towards the bottom. I usually find myself trying to "stretch" the bottom with a larger item to make it fit more stuff as I pack it. Thankfully, you can unroll the top to make more space but you must understand that this comes at the loss of being waterproof and able to close. You can only extend it a small amount (although enough to make a difference) before you can no longer roll it and velcro it shut. I have usually just used the cross compression straps instead of extending the main compartment. They are an absolute pain in my tuckus to adjust and I literally forget how they work every time I use them, which is bad because I use them a lot. In short, the bag has a perfectly serviceable but slightly smaller than usual carrying capacity. This is offset by the fact that you can get creative with how you load up the compression straps and extended compartment, allowing you to finesse a comical amount of stuff on/into the bag.
The overall design of the bag has made me happier than the lack of space has made me sad. Great bag.


Perfect storm

Review by Steve

Had an "average" daypack, but since moving to Portland my stuff was getting wet inside. Asked around and lots of folks recommended Chrome. The store staff here in PDX were great as I checked out the options.

I chose the Bravo 2.0 Night because I liked the laptop sleeve placement and it had more pockets than the Barrage. Stuff now stays bone-dry. I wish it had a bit more depth to the main tapers toward the bottom, but not a big deal if you pack it right. The Night feature is awesome. I bike commute daily and it's comforting to know the pack is helping me stay visible.

Compression straps: I pulled the webbing out of the little plastic fastex buckles and just use the elastic keepers. That makes it much easier to adjust the straps to carry stuff. I have lashed a few good-sized boxes to the outside on my way to the post office, and the pack stays comfortable even when carrying some weight.



Review by PacoMD

I've been using Chrome bags as a daily commuter in Mexico City for almost 3 years now and I've never been disappointed in Chrome's quality and performance, and believe me, Mexico City is not an easy one to commute. Bravo 2.0 exceeded my expectations; I'm used to Citizen Messenger so it was a bit awkward at first, but now, I just can't let go of it. Sturdy, versatile, takes a lot of cargo and distributes the weight evenly across my back. Whenever it's not full, the compression straps work beautifully. Really happy with this bag.


Not for students

Review by Mal R

The bag is waterproof, and the sternum strap is easily adjustable, although the compression straps can be very annoying at times. The main problem with the bag is that it does not sit flat on the ground; The bag tapers down at the bottom, and it is very difficult to get to sit on the ground.


nice bag, but velcro straps and compression straps designed poorly

Review by alicepack

Some hit and misses with the new chrome bravo. Unlike the picture in the front pocket, the velcro is actually done horizontally, so it doesn't line up nicely with the velcro on the other side when that compartment is empty, a very much oversight.

Also the new compression strap no longer allows you to adjust on the fly, unlike the old bravo; you now have to go through a few things, tugging a few different parts of the straps past the plastic tab before you are able to get the strap to the length you want it. Should have just kept the D ring like on the first bravo. The bringing of the straps to front pouch was a weird choice as well.

Lastly they changed the velcro closure on the shoulder straps; and instead now opp-ed for a 2 loops and a d ring, which doesnt really make sense, and limit the size of front cellphone pouches you can place on it.

The waterbottle pouch is a nice new touch, but would have been better if it was big enough to fit in a d lock as well.


Love at first sight

Review by juniaaaaaa

Love at first sight with the backpack! second chrome bag that i own and they do not seem to let me down


Very nice

Review by jackfromoutback

Very sturdy bag. Fell in love with it as soon as I opened the package. The tremendous weight distribution allows me to carry the bag all day if the pack is heavy. Durable, water proof, and stylish. Can't go wrong with this bag


Are you a ninja?

Review by SpaceOctopus

Had the previous model. Handled my needs like a champ. Truly rainproof. Unfortunately had mine stolen yesterday. 10/10 would reccomend


One word: Awesome

Review by Jan Amsterdam

Firstly, I just got this, so this is just a first impression, however, that might be the best first impression I could've wished for. For one, incredible fit on my back (I'm 6'4", but it'd fit smaller people neatly too I guess), I did get into a rainshower with it, which it took without any water coming through easily. There is no lining underneath the leather though, so if that would be exposed to water continuously it will probably not do it any good. The materials are great, the hypalon feels and looks awesome, it's built like a tank and looks the part too. I love it.



Review by TKNEES

Excellent quality bag. Lots of pockets for computer, pens etc. Can also double as a cooler as the entire bag is waterproof. Great for ice and beverages


Stop thinking. Buy this pack.

Review by Jim

I don't even know where to start with this backpack. I was looking for a durable replacement for my ten-year-old Tactical Tailor assault pack, in which I had mostly been carrying my laptop for about four years. When I upgraded to a much larger laptop (an ASUS G751, with a neoprene sleeve, for reference) my Tactical Tailor pack, as tough and roomy as it is, could simply not hold the larger computer. So my saga began. Coming from a military background, the first material I thought of was Cordura. I simply googled "Cordura backpacks" and one of the first places to which I was directed was the Chrome website. Immediately the Bravo caught my eye; it's a simplistic, tough design and I almost immediately knew I wanted one. However, with the intention of keeping it for a long, long time, I did my research. About two months worth, to be exact. I went back and forth on several traditional military designs and sort of forgot about the Bravo for a long time; after test-fitting a few packs at the local military surplus stores I thought that the measurements for the Bravo made it seem like it was too narrow. Only after buying a cheap top-loading Jansport from Target, loading my laptop into it to find out that it fit perfectly, and then finding out that the Bravo was actually slightly wider than the Jansport did I come back to the Chrome website. I was fully prepared to buy the Bravo at full price, but I hesitated again, because I wanted to find out a little more about Hypalon, which is the material that they use for their BLCKCHRM series of bags. After agonizing for another week, I pulled the trigger on the BLCKCHRM Bravo 2.0, and I'm glad I did.

This material is stupidly high quality. When I was taking it out of the plastic wrap that it came in, I could immediately feel the quality of the Hypalon, which is basically the material they used to make Zodiac boats from. You know, the awesome rubber boats that US Special Forces and Navy SEALs ride around in. In the interest of total disclosure, I will say that my giant laptop DOES NOT FIT in the dedicated laptop compartment. I had no illusions about that when I bought it. However, my intention was always to use the main waterproof compartment for that anyway, so it suits my needs even though it was a snug fit right out of the box. Speaking of which, I didn't see one of the nice little features of the Bravo 2.0 mentioned anywhere on the internet: it has a false bottom. Whether or not this was intended or merely a design "flaw" I'll never know, but it's absolutely fantastic, in my opinion. The waterproof sack which makes up the entire main compartment doesn't go all the way to the bottom, so I can set the pack down on its ass and not worry that my laptop is hitting bottom, which is a nice measure of security if your just that nerdy. Some people say that the rolltop is less convenient than a regular zipper, but I've found that it's almost perfect for creating just a tiny amount of extra space at the top when I hastily stuff something in the pack as I'm walking out the door. The nice little Chrome touches are, of course, just the cherry on top, with the miniature seat belt as a sternum strap and embossed Chrome logo on the outside of the main compartment. This thing is durable, comfortable, and sometimes I catch myself just staring it in awe.

The moral of the story is this: I've bought two things this year from two different companies to which I will definitely give my business in the future. The first one was ASUS; the second was Chrome. The BLCKCHRM Bravo 2.0 is the tough, waterproof pack that Catwoman would carry around all her valuables in; I just don't look as good in skintight leather.


Some Critical Misses

Review by Justin

Of the two bags I've purchased and enjoyed through Chrome, this is the the first I've been disappointed with, and the first that was made in China. Not sure if there is a connection there, but the 2.0's quality would rank last amongst my previous two (Messenger and Barrage). It simply feels cheeper than the others.

My main two gripes besides the lack in quality is (1) the side pocket doesn't fit my standard 40oz Hydroflask and Nalgene bottle which is a total bummer since I take those with me everywhere. I was hoping the side pocket would be as wide as my Barrage but was wrong. And (2) the outside velcro flap that covers the laptop compartment doesn't line up to be velcro'd shut when it is folded all the way down. In the flaps lowest position, it overlaps and passes the velcro above the zipper so it stays open. The only way to make the velcro pieces touch is to move the flap in a higher position and line it up. But this will expose a gap to your laptop compartment. On a rainy day, the items in this compartment would definitely be compromised.

Suggestions for improvement would be to (1) make the side pocket as wide as the Barrages side pocket(s). (2) Make the laptop compartment velcro strips wider so there's more surface contact for closing, or changing it back to how the Bravo 1.0 is where the velcro straps cross like a ’T’ instead of having to be perfectly lined up horizontally. No idea why this changed in the first place.

If these changes are made in the next Bravo, I would definitely give it another shot.


Seems Great at First

Review by Eric

When I first purchased this bag it seemed great as it had many pockets and other thoughtful features. But, the more I use it, the more I realize that it is poorly designed. The biggest flaw is the main storage compartment. If a laptop is in the bag, and anything else is main compartment, the laptop pressed the objects into your back. If you are carrying flat items this is fine, but if you are carrying anything slightly irregular shaped it is miserable, even small objects. It really is a bad design. Strapping anything onto the back straps worsens the bags comfort as the straps wrap around the bag to and attach to the sides of the padded back panel. When tightened it causes the back panel to bulge out even more. I have many other issues with this bag and called Chrome customer service hoping to get my money back but they were unwilling to really listen to my complaints. It seems that Chrome's reputation as the bag of choice for messenger wanna-bes is well deserved. I am a life-long commuter and ride many thousands of miles a year, but will not buy another Chrome bag again.


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