BLCKCHRM™ Citizen Messenger Bag

16 reviews 0 5 4.9
Original and Iconic taken to the next level. We built the BLCKCHRM Citizen with a Hypalon exterior and military-grade liner. Guaranteed for life.


We’ve been making the Citizen since 1995. Our iconic seatbelt buckle gets fully loaded bags off without having to lift them over your head. We designed the Citizen to be bombproof so we make every BLCKCHRM™ Citizen twice. Constructed with black on black digi camo military-grade truck tarpaulin liner. The outer shell of the BLCKCHRM™ Citizen is then made from Hypalon. Each bag is finished with a full-grain leather panel with de-bossed Winged-Lion, herringbone webbing, and rubberized buckles. The BLCKCHRM™ Citizen builds on our commitment to making functional goods that last a lifetime.


• EVA foam-padded shoulder strap with cross-chest load stabilizer for increased rideability


• Iconic quick-release seatbelt buckle with BLCKCHRM™ rubber coating and integrated bottle opener
• Daisy-chain mounting loops for attaching carabineer or bike lights
• Industrial-strength Velcro, accessory-mounting shoulder strap
• Reflective straps for night visibility
• Internal fasteners for securing Chrome laptop and tactical sleeves (sold separately)
• Accommodates up to a 17" laptop
• Soft nylon weave pocket liner
• Full-grain leather panel with debossed Winged-Lion logo
• Herringbone webbing
• Rubber-coated hardware



• Weatherproof BLCKCHRM™ Hypalon outer shell

• BLCKCHRM™ digi camo 18 ounce military-grade truck tarpaulin liner
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Customer Reviews 16 item(s)

Tough as nails
So far I've had this bag for almost three years and the shell still looks new. The only parts that show its use are the buckle with chipped paint and the leather, but I honestly love the way the leather has turned into a dark brown. Though I've fallen on this bag a little more than a dozen times then again the only thing that shows it is the leather which has been burnt in the bottom corner sadly thanks to friction. The only thing that disappointed me about this bag was when i put my wet swimming clothes in the bucket and I found out it wasn't welded. Overall a really tough bag with a really nice black stealth look.
Review by Josh / (Posted on 1/17/2016)
It Lives Up To The Reputation Of CHROME
This bag is everything CHROME says it is .... Absolutely no question about that. For day to day use in the city with the harshest of conditions, or when you're out on the town enjoying what little leisure time you can get, the BLCKCHRM citizen will protect your gear in style.
Review by 'CameraMan' Neil Jordan / (Posted on 10/8/2015)
Love this bag and use it every day.
Tough, elegant and Functional.
Review by Lotfire / (Posted on 9/13/2015)
Great usage and good looks in tons of situations
Great Bag, not only for biking. Use it as a city bag when on biz trips. Can fit a bunch of stuff in, including laptop (in my own sleeve) water bottle, papers, magazines etc. Love and recommend it.
Review by Felix / (Posted on 9/4/2015)
All Black Everything
Chrome gear is known for being damn near indestructible and this bag is no exception. The Citizen bag is one of the go to bags for the messenger bag crowd for good reason. It fits excellent, is secure when riding, and has enough room for daily essentials along with a couple of nice stash spots for your flask and any other goodies you might be carrying. The BLCKCHRM colorway is just sick. Minimalist and industrial for the all black everything aesthetic. Dope bag from a dope company. Keep doing what you do!!
Review by Karleone / (Posted on 7/27/2015)
dope bag ;)
The black seat belt buckle paint starts to chips off after a while and will rust if out in the rain, outside scratches easily but other than expected wear and tear it's a great bag!
Review by angel / (Posted on 6/20/2015)
Metal Gear Solid
I've got a Citizen for every occasion and this one is reserved for when I need a bulletproof, sexy and stealthy solution - special ops version of an iconic classic, functionally as BADASS as it looks.
Review by wrongjohn / (Posted on 5/27/2015)
This bag is tough as nails. I absolutely adore mine. I do wish the BLCKCHRM had some larger messenger options, but this definitely gets the job done. Don't hesitate to get one, if you're currently on the ropes!
Review by shpshft / (Posted on 4/16/2015)
It's a citizen, but with a different material.
I just picked this bag up as I needed a smaller weekend bag than my Berlin. Getting used to the smaller size.

The material and rubberized hardware feel pretty cool to the touch and it will be interesting to see how the bag ages.

I will update the review after I see how the material holds up.
Review by Dan / (Posted on 4/3/2015)
Perfect bag.
Absolutely love this bag. I've had it for a few months now. It lives on my shoulder. Comfortable. Designed perfectly. Took me just a few days to really get it organized and to "get to know each other." Everything is exactly where I would expect it to be and just feels right. I just moved to Chicago from Northern California and have seen Chrome everywhere. I figured if it was so popular it had to be good. I was wrong. This bag is perfect. I commute on the "L" daily and my BLCKCHRM feels like it is a part of me, even when I have it loaded with my computer, lunch, pullover jacket, keys, etc. It is finally starting to get a few scuffs so it doesn't look like I just joined the Chrome family today...
Review by Chicago Red Line/Blue Line Commuter / (Posted on 2/10/2015)
good look and material . bad utility and function
the outward appearance looks pretty nice. because of the the material it use is kinda different from other chrome messenger bag . its pretty hard to just use one hand to tighten and loosen. especially when I put my stuff in and when it get heavy. its pretty hard to loosen the strap.
Review by sam / (Posted on 2/5/2015)
the coolest bag ever
The most coolest stealth chrome bag i ever got
Review by iridefixed / (Posted on 12/12/2014)
Great bag. I've only had it for a couple weeks, but it's very comfortable and seems very well built. It can pack a lot and still keep tight. I like the BLCKCHRM because it's stealth and subtle. The only issue I have with this particular bag is that when it is really cold it tends to condense water in the outer flap due to the material it is made out of. It's a bit strange! Other than that, it's great!
Review by Fuser / (Posted on 12/11/2014)
Love this bag.
I've been carrying an Oakley Kitchensink for the last 4 years or so. Wanted to go with a blackout look and was greatly disappointed of the cheapness of the newer ones so started checking out Chrome. All I can say is WOW! Form the moment I received it in the mail I picked it up, it screamed quality. And I mean extreme quality. Everything on it is intuitive and exactly where I would have put it and built exactly how I would have built it. I should have checked these bags out years ago....
Review by MJTegeder / (Posted on 11/23/2014)
absolutely worth the money
This bag is amazing. The broad shoulder strap carries the load well and the bag rides comfortably, even with the weight of a few books in there. The hypalon exterior is doing great so far. Buy with confidance.
Review by C / (Posted on 11/15/2014)
Making a perfect bag more perfect
By far the best bag Chrome makes - I have 3 other Citizens and commute daily - the quality, toughness and aesthetics of the BLCKCHRM exceeds all of their other bags. Drawbacks? It's all black and has no reflective material so it's hard to see at night... but I always have lights on my bags anyway so no problem. Buy!
Review by Snuffy / (Posted on 9/13/2014)