Chrome Bags from San Franciso always brings one of the most impressive booths to Interbike. This year they even squeezed in a spray-painted box truck with a DJ blasting tunes from the roof, some picnic tables to chill on, and two employees sewing custom messenger bags and coozies made from salvaged Army surplus duffel bags.
Chrome’s lineup of messenger bags, backpacks and apparel is quickly swelling, and Spring 2012 will see the introduction of a new series created by skateboard legend turned bike fanatic John Cardiel. The three pieces are designed for the type of relentless travel and abuse of Cardiel’s lifestyle.
The three pieces are designed to work seperately or together as a unit, hauling everything you need for your trip, from two hours to two weeks.
The Fortnight, below left, is a 40 liter backpack that opens wide to swallow any sort of gear you might need to carry. The Corudra shell is built to last and should keep out all but the worst weather. MSRP is $180. The ORP (Operation Readiness Pack) is an ultra-light roll-top waterproof daypack that keeps your most important stuff dry. It packs super-small too so you can carry it with you wherever you go. MSRP is $110.
Finally, the Shank, pictured below, is a minimalist hip pouch with an integrated belt and U-lock holster. Inside there’s a divider to keep your stuff from sinking to the bottom and a key loop. The Cordura outer is lined with military grade 18 oz. truck tarp to keep the elements out. MSRP is $60.
Another new addition to the Chrome line is the Citadel, an even larger version of the Krakow and Soyuz. Think of it as the 72-hour travel version of the 24- and 48-hour versions respectively. It’s pictured here ar the far left.
Chrome is also expanding their shoe line with the Lower Southside, left, and the womens’ Dolores, right.
There are more updates to colors and patterns on existing products too. Check out ChromeBags.com for more details as they become available.
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