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Stories / Products / Jul 1, 2021

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT CHROME BAG


Chrome Barrage Collection

Chrome has been around for over 25 years developing rad durable bags of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Many bags have come and gone (R.I.P), while others are here to stay (yay!). All of our bags are designed with purpose, functionality, and durability in mind - and with that we have over 10 different types of bags to choose from.

So many bags, so many options. Where to begin?

Let's pretend one of our gear fitters is helping you out. They ask you what you're looking for. You say a bag - they say you've come to the right place - you both laugh and so begins your journey.

What style of bag are you looking for?

Messenger Bag - It's what we're most known for. You know, the bag with the seatbelt buckle that you can also use as a bottle opener. Our Chrome messenger bags are built twice with a weatherproof tarp liner and nylon shell on the outside - and a floating tarp bucket liner on the inside. The floating bucket liner acts as a wet/dry compartment to keep your things separated - so you can have clean clothes in one compartment and your wet stinky stuff in the other. The style is single shoulder carry, meaning the strap is meant to be worn over the left shoulder. The most convenient feature is the fact that you can swing the bag around without having to take it off to get inside. Quick and efficient. Depending on the size and need, these bags are meant to hold a lot of stuff - packages, books, clothes, groceries, skateboard, even your dog.

Two of our most popular and iconic bags are the Chrome Mini Metro messenger bag and the Chrome Citizen messenger bag. Check out our gear fitter video for a deep dive on the Citizen Messenger - including a rundown on the stealthy velcro tabs that can be used to attach Chrome accessories like our laptop sleeve, messenger organizer, and camera insert case.

If you prefer a messenger bag that goes over your right shoulder - especially if you're left handed, injured, or just like switching it up - check out the Chrome Buran III. It has a reversible shoulder strap for right or left carry and offers a lot of organization for your tech and gear. Watch and learn what the Buran III is all about.

If you're looking for a bag specifically for courier work / delivery jobs, then our Chrome Pro Bags are for you.

Sling Bag - One strap to rule them all. Chrome sling bags are made and worn like our messengers bags, but designed to carry the essentials without all the extra baggage. It's a single shoulder carry - worn over the shoulder - and provides quick access to your gear by easily swinging from your back to your front. These bags are considered our everyday carry - EDC for short - and make getting around super convenient and easy. A few of our slings can be worn in more ways than one - like around the waist and on the bike. Either way, everyone should own a sling bag.

Our fan favorite slings are the Chrome Kadet Sling - which has our iconic seatbelt buckle and removable stabilizer strap - and the Chrome Mini Kadet Sling - a mini and mighty version of the Kadet, but with a steel slider that also functions as a bottle opener.

Backpack - Aside from messenger bags, Chrome backpacks are our bread and butter. Backpacks are worn as two shoulder carry for equal weight distribution, so we made sure to design ours with padded ergonomic shoulder straps for extra support and comfort. Most of our shoulder straps come with an adjustable sternum strap to keep the bag from shifting around while you're on the bike or on the go. All of our backpacks also have a built-in laptop sleeve, the majority of them being padded and able to fit various sized laptops. Nearly all of our backpacks have a padded, molded back panel that helps with air flow and ventilation - your back will thank you. Have you ever worn a bag that you have sweated through? It sucks. We got your back tho.

We have a lot of backpacks to choose from, but our best selling and most popular out of the bunch is the Chrome Barrage Cargo, which is known for its built-in cargo net on the front, abrasion-resistant exterior, and welded tarp liner - making it 100% waterproof. Next up is its big brother, the Chrome Barrage Freight, which is bigger in volume + size, but functions the same as its little bro. Followed by the Chrome Hondo, a simple - yet durable backpack that has a lot to offer for the hot bargain price of $100 bucks. This ain't your average daypack.

Hip pack (aka hip bag, fanny pack, waist pack) - Call it whatever you want, but it doesn't change the fact that our Chrome hip packs are super convenient and comfortable to wear on the go - on a ride, while you skate, walking your dog, getting through a crowded bar / festival, or just living your best life - the possibilities are endless. Most hip packs are made of 1050d nylon - which is the magic material responsible for the water-resistance and durability of our Chrome bags. Consider our hip pack the extra pocket you didn't know you wanted but are glad to have.

Our favorite hip pack, which is a cool fanny pack in disguise, is the Chrome Ziptop Waistpack, made for the everyday, especially the day you wear pants with no pockets. Want something even more versatile? Check out the Chrome Doubletrack Handlebar Sling and the Helix Handlebar Bag. "A handlebar bag as a hip pack?!" you may say. Yep! These bags were made for your bike but also your body with a stowable crossbody strap hidden in the back that allows you to easily wear it cross body or around your waist. "But why take it off the bike when I can leave it on?" you may ask. Because sometimes we don't want to leave our stuff out on our bike and worry about it getting stolen. Rather be safe than sorry - and having the option to take it with you is dope.

Tote - You read that right. We make tote bags that can also be worn while riding and it's tote-ally awesome - see what we did there. What makes Chrome tote bags different from other totes is the removable cross-body stabilizer strap, meaning you can ride whatever your heart desires while wearing a Chrome tote bag and never have to worry about it sliding off your shoulder or needing to hold onto the handles all the time.

Our most popular tote option is the Chrome Civvy Tote. You’ll find internal hook and loop tabs on the inside to attach a Chrome Laptop Sleeve or Chrome Camera Insert. See for yourself with our gear fitter video on the Civvy. If you want an even more versatile tote, then check out the Chrome Lako 3-Way Tote. It's a tote. It's a backpack. It's a shoulder bag - all in one. Watch the Lako 3-Way Tote gear fitter video to see for yourself how rad this bag is.

On Bike Bag - As much as we love designing bags to go on your body, we also think your bike should handle the carry when you don't have to. Our Chrome pannier and Chrome handlebar bags are an awesome choice for riders of all backgrounds - cyclists, commuters, adventure riders, and anyone who can pedal a bike. Our handlebar bags have the option to be worn cross-body or around the waist and have a hook and loop attachment system to get the bag back on the bike easy and ready to shred. We also created a pannier bag you can easily mount - or wear. See how the Chrome Urban Ex Pannier works.

Check out our fan favorite Chrome handlebar bags - the Helix Handlebar Bag, Doubletrack Handlebar Bag and the Urban Ex Handlebar Bag 2.0. All featured in our Chrome handlebar bag gear fitter video. If you already have a handlebar bag, but need something extra for a water bottle, snacks, or extra storage - then let us introduce you to our Doubletrack feed bag. A great little buddy that you can store your camera in or eat your chips and guac with.


Now that you know our different style options, the next important question is...

What are you using the bag for?

Still got questions? Hit up our gear fitters at gearfitters@chromeindustries.com

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