Cardiel Fortnight

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Cardiel Fortnight
Water-resistant travel backpack with zip-around opening and compression flap. Good for a week on the road with or without the bike. Made in USA. Guaranteed for life.


The Fortnight is a versatile travel pack with enough capacity to go for a week (two if you're John Cardiel). It provides the volume and internal organization of a wheelie and the mobility of a backpack. The Fortnight is low profile for enhanced visibility when riding. It has external pockets for travel documents and a compression flap for hauling a sleeping roll or jacket. It's part of the Cardiel Travel Series, a three-bag travel system designed in collaboration with skateboard legend and track bike savant, John Cardiel. Made for John’s simple, resourceful, creative, and self-sufficient travel style, the three-bag system can be used in tandem or on its own — answering to every need from a two-hour ride to a two-week trip.


• Ergonomic shoulder-strap design with EVA foam back panel for improved fit and breathability
• Sternum strap for load distribution
• Industrial-metal cam lock, underarm-compression buckles


• Low-profile design improves visibility for increased rideability
• Large zip-around opening for easy access to cargo
• Compression flap with commercial-grade straps accommodates a range of loads
• Zippered external flap pocket for travel documents
• Large external pocket fits the Cardiel Shank (sold separately)
• Reinforced, internal mesh-pockets with Velcro closures and integrated key loop
• Industrial-strength Velcro, accessory shoulder-mounting straps
• Exclusive Cardiel Patch


• Weatherproof, 1050-denier CORDURA® Brand outer shell
• 1680 Ballistics bottom panels for enhanced durability
• Weatherproof, military-grade, 18-oz. truck-tarpaulin liner
• Nylon 69 thread and waterproof, urethane YKK zippers
• Made in USA

Customer Reviews 16 item(s)

Took me quite some time to find a great bag fit for my needs. I looked at plenty of bags, from mission works to banjo brothers, to timbuk2, name it I've researched it all.
Awesome bag, tough as nails, and enough volume to stuff it like you mean it.
Review by p / (Posted on 8/22/2014)
Best Quality Backpack I Have Ever Purchased
It is always a good thing when your customers do the marketing for your company. The reason I say this is that I have become an advocate for any chrome bags too anyone in need of a bag after my first Chrome bag. I have been thoroughly pleased with the quality of bags/backpacks that I have purchased through Chrome Industries for 3 years now and the Cardiel Fortnight is perfect for my needs in every aspect. When I spent time in the military for 8 years I had used many different types of bags and or rucksacks over the course of those years including one war. I previously believed that the military bags supplied to me were far superior to any bag that was on the market until I met the Cardiel Fortnight. The Fortnight feels like it is made of the same materials that my military bags were made of although the workmanship, seams, sewing and straps seem to be far better quality. I also own the Yalta which I had purchased first and still have. The Yalta survived an accidental fire in the back of my pickup truck without having a hole burned through it, only melting. It is a great bag as well but it is too large for what I typically would use it for on a daily basis but I am sold on how durable and rugged both of these bags are now.. The Cardiel is the perfect size and weight for my needs. I have used this bag extensively over the period of a year (daily). I open the zippers multiple times daily and typically carry around a laptop a few large text books and an iPad in the front compartment. I recently had to return the bag because the zipper would get stuck and eventually separated slightly from the material but I was mailed a new bag immediately by Chrome and the people working for Chrome were extremely easy to work with. The zipper held up far longer than any bag that I have purchased before. The lifetime warranty is what sold me on their bags in the first place, and I now know that Chrome fully stands by their product and i could not be more pleased with their service. The zipper issue was minimal and the rest of the bag has held up extremely well, having no rips, tears or fraying after heavy use. I would not be able to say the same thing about the numerous other backpacks I have purchased over the years such as the Nike Sb's, JanSports, or North Face Bags. So all in all this is the best bag workmanship that I have ever seen including those made by the US Military. Furthermore, I really like the liner inside that keeps items cool such as what lines the Yalta, the other bag that I own. I will put my cooled energy drink in the liner and it will stay cool for half the day sometimes.
Review by Randolf / (Posted on 11/19/2013)
Solid Travel Bag with Tons of Room
I was doubtful to go back to Chrome after using lots of M.Workshop for the last few years. After lots of research I picked this bag for a 2 different 4 day trips and was able to carry tons of clothes shoes laptop wires food booze jacket all I needed and it performed like a champ. Rugged and comfy and looks great. This is now my go to travel bag for all my trips where I need to walk everywhere with stuff on my back. 5 Stars!
Review by Sam A / (Posted on 10/21/2013)
Close to perfect - rounding up the stars
Retired my five-year-old Pawn after this beauty came in the mail. How very nice to be able to look over my shoulder and not have the roll in my face! How awesome to be able to open the bag and intelligently pack all of my gear, instead of using my old bag-boy skills to attempt to pack the Pawn (which barely held an overnight's load of stuff, let alone two weeks) True, I can't use the Fortnight as a beer cooler, and I'd probably not feel hugely comfortable throwing it over the side of a boat and swimming with it to shore. But come on. I'm old. I can count the number of times I've had to do either those two things on one hand. I don't need a bag to do some model-shoot type nonsense - I just need a solid bag to cart my crap around.
And this is solid. A superior design - truck liner, waterproof zippers - compare this to a similarly sized Goruck. Besides being twice as expensive, the Goruck only has Cordura to protect your goodies. Cordura is a fine fabric, but it is not weatherproof. I'd barely call it weather resistant. I've been caught in two heavy downpours with the Cardiel, and both times everything inside was as dry as if it had been in the main compartment of my Pawn - that is to say, dry.
This bag sits better on my back than any backpack I've used before. I guess YMWV, depending on your body type. I'm a short dude with wide shoulders, if that helps you in making up your mind.

The one (maybe two) downside - the zippers. Chrome, what were you folks thinking with using those dinky little cords with the zipper? They're about half the width of gutted paracord, and both pulled out of the zipper the first time I used them (don't care about the stiffness of the zipper - that lets me know everything inside is safe and cozy). I snipped all of stock pulls off and replaced with some blood-red, non-gutted paracord. Now we're snazzy, and those pulls aren't coming out of the zippers. Also, a strip of cordura on the outer flap for a blinkie would've been appreciated, but I can see reasons why you'd want to keep the outside nice and simple. In any case, any tailor would be able to add a strip for you for a couple bucks.

The Cardiel is the reason why I've stuck with Chrome over the years - you folks finally gave me my perfect bag. Even with the additional cost of maybe $0.14 to replace those ridiculous pulls, this bag is a real value. Better made than 95% of the junk out there, and at a better price to boot. I'd say buy this, but in a neighborhood filled with Citizens, Pawns, Ivans, etc. I'd rather be the only one with a Cardiel.
Review by Danny / (Posted on 8/27/2013)
Fortnight Review
What else can you say about a big burly waterproof backpack that fits under your seat on an airplane, doesn’t block your view when you’re jamming on the bike, and looks completely badass? Well, I guess you could mention it was designed in collaboration with John Cardiel, so that the man (the myth, the legend) can live out of it for two weeks with no problem! You could also drop some mention of how comfortable it is, how big it can pack out without seeming or looking overwhelming, and how much utility was imagined when the compression strap exterior flap was designed. The super comfy back panel and adjustable shoulder straps are of the highest caliber, making the pack easy to carry on two legs as well as on the bike. This is my travel bag- space for every essential without sacrificing style, comfort or ridability.
Review by G W / (Posted on 4/26/2013)
1 fortnight = 14 days
Don't let the price tag defer you. This bag is worth every penny. I've been looking for a solid bag for a while now and couldn't find exactly what I was looking for until I found the fortnight. This bag is simple, straight forward and rock solid. I ride my Harley to go skate all the time and was looking for something that could carry everything I need and hold up to some serious abuse. This bag has room for everything and then some. I had a bose portable sound dock in there and still had plenty of room to fit everything else and it feels like there is nothing in it when you are wearing it. It's so comfortable that you can carry whatever you need and it doesn't way you down at all. Even when the bag is full it holds it's low profile design and doesn't look like you are wearing a piece of luggage on your back. The metal cam locks make adjusting the shoulder straps so easy and it keeps it locked at your adjustment. It stays put snug on you back when riding and doesn't even need a belt or anything. This bag definitely lives up to it's and Cardiel's name.
Review by SL / (Posted on 4/26/2013)
Tough, holds a lot, no pocket for water bottle
I bought this pack for a trip to Spain. It met my needs for holding a lot of stuff, good storage compartments for little things, my iPad, and bulkier stuff in the main compartment. Itnlooks pretty good and was fairly comfy. The MAJOR complaint I have with this bag is the lack of a water bottle pocket on the outside of the bag. Most ALL other backpacks have this. I had to keep a water bottle in a ziplock bag inside of the pack. This was a hassle for city and mountain hiking and resulted in me being less hydrated. I guess if you were on a bike you could keep your bottle on the bike, but I am not always in my bike with my pack. Note to Chrome, could you guys sew one onto the side of my bag?
Review by Dan Sheehan / (Posted on 4/26/2013)
Bad Flap
So I've been traveling with this bag for nearly a month now and it he's held up real well. There are two things that I didn't like though. First is the way it carries when there isn't much in it. It sits weird on my back. And second is the pocket underneath the flap. When I fill that pocket up the sides flange out beyond its Velcro flap and the larger flap leaving it exposed to rain. Meanwhile I was carrying my books in there, luckily I noticed this before it was too late. Also one other thing is where the large flap meets the zipper, when the flap has been pulled tight it kinks the zipper making it hard to open and close.

That is all. Bombproof but maybe needs some adjustment with the design.
Review by Kriss / (Posted on 4/26/2013)
Oh S***
Well you know how this was designed to be military-ish or something like that. what if it had two straps on the sides like the niko camera bag so you could put a tent or a bike frame or even a bazooka hell who knows? but I think It would be helpful for a lot of people and it would finalize my decision on buying over the sherman or citizen london.
Review by Gio / (Posted on 4/26/2013)
Pretty badass, but could be better.
I have been riding and going between the gym, school, and work with this bag for about three weeks now, and I am seriously loving it. I used to use a massive messenger as my primary bag, and while I still love it for straight-up volume and accessibility, I needed something for grad school that was a little more organized. This bag is perfect. Wide, deep, clamshell opening, fast to access. I thought the minimal pockets would annoy me, but the more I used it the less I cared.
My one major problem with this bag is the same one I have for 99% of the larger-sized bags out there- Chrome, why do you make the interior black? My old bag was bright orange on the interior, and I never realized how great that was for helping to be able to dig rapidly through a bag. It's absurd how much stuff can disappear into this bag, but it sucks to be digging through it forever just to find a pen or paperback.
Beyond that, its a gem. Perfect for carryon size, no blockage of view when riding, Could be a seriously overbuilt camping bag in a pinch. I'd like to see some PALS style webbing on the side so I could strap a water bottle pouch on it, but that would be a minor issue.
Review by Ant / (Posted on 4/26/2013)
one bad thing
I commute by unicycle with this bag everyday. About ten miles round trip. This bag holds everything I need with plenty of room to spare. I'm not sure if weather proof means water proof but this bag lets in plenty of water in the rain and by the time I get to work there is a puddle in the bottom of my bag. I have to wrap whatever I'm carrying for work in plastic bags. Other than that I think this is a great bag.
Review by Aj / (Posted on 4/26/2013)
Radest Pack
I took a 4 week trip in Europe, the West Balkans to be exact. Lived outta this pack and it was the shit. Took 4 shirts, 2 shorts, pair of pants, 3 pairs of socks, 4 pairs or underwear, sleeping back, some toiletries, and my skateboard. It was so perfect, plus you don't look like one of those kooks traveling around with packs bigger than themselves... The size fits great when you're wearing it, the breathable padding on the back is the shit, worth every fuckin penny.
Review by Blake / (Posted on 4/26/2013)
This is the best backpack I have ever used.....
In my work, I usually work out of a truck. I store my lunch, emergency food and have tons of room for ipod and whatever.
This backpack is built like a brick outhouse. Hands down the best made gear of this nature I have ever had and that includes fire packs from my Forest Service days fighting fires. It's a lot of money for a back pack. Life is the best.
Review by Tom Brosman / (Posted on 4/26/2013)
Overall - Great!
I really like this pack. Overall it's a 4, with a minor edit it would go to 4.5.

A fair bit of thought has gone into the design of the Fortnight, I like it a lot.

-Quick access outer pocket is zippered and will fit a mini-U lock
Note: The zipper opens to the left which is GREAT for righty's
when you whip off the pack and set it down to grab your lock

-Main outer pocket is bellowed - allows for slight overstuffing
-Metal cam shoulderstrap buckles are easy to adjust on the bike
-Two way sternum strap allows you to center the buckle
-You can reach items at the bottome of the pack

Where I think it can use an "edit" Inside, there are two small velcro compartments. Well, I'd much rather prefer the top one to zip shut, for coin,
but when I though it over for a real (i.e. a solution that could actually be used by Chrome) here's what I think is a minor tough that would help a lot:

IF the two inner velcro pockets were dropped in favour of a large inner
zippered mesh sleeve ex: Folded shirt stays folded, AND a little zip pocket organizer is sewn onto the laptop sleeve - this pack would be made.

Overall this is a really great pack, and the biggest thing to mention is waterproofness. There aren't two-strap packs that I'm glad to bike with in
rainy weather.

Review by Barry / (Posted on 4/26/2013)
So rad.
So stoked on this bag. Not only is John Cardiel a skateboarding god but he also helps design the sickest bag I've ever owned. It's like your normal bag on mega steroids. Cordura, truck tarp liner, weatherproof zippers, holds so much more than it looks like on first glance, really couldn't ask for more. The outer flap is also awesome, holds my skateboard perfectly for day trips and holds my sleeping bag just as well for extended stays. If you're hesitant on this bag just buy it. Once you take it on a week long trip you'll be hooked. I use it for commuting to work, couch surfing for a week or two and everything in between. Seriously couldn't be happier with a backpack.
Review by Kyle / (Posted on 4/26/2013)
Great Pack but could use some more 'Chomification'
Great pack! I was able to test it out at the Chicago store. Now, for the price though, it could use some more chromification. Meaning, it could go with the more signature seatbelt buckle type of attachments and chrome/metal loop type enhancements rather than the typical plastic pieces. Do this, and I'm upgrading! Other than that, it's a solid pack that looks like most other black / olive packs out there and it doesn't stand out as much as I'd like it to. But looks is important to me.. sorry...
Review by MikeD / (Posted on 4/26/2013)

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