Interbike Dispatch: New shoes and bags from Chrome

Chrome continues to expand its line of urban-inspired cycling and casual gear with more shoes and more packs.

Chrome touts the Cordura upper of the new Truk Pro Series shoes as 25 times stronger than typical canvas shoes for a much longer lifespan. It’s still designed for cycling with a recessed two-bolt cleat mount, but the steel shank is tuned to allow flexibility in the toe area for walking but a stiff platform in the mid-foot for pedaling. Retail price is $95. It’s also available in a non-cleat version for $75.

There is also a new Storm series of waterproof shoes that include many of the same details as the Truk but with a waterproof Neoprene liner that keeps your piggies warm and dry. It will set you back $105.

The Niko camera bag gets two new friends, the Niko Pack, above, and the Niko Sling (not pictured). The pack is a two-strap backpack that can hold a full camera kit, a 15-inch laptop, and some extras, while the Sling is perfect for stashing your point and shoot on the go with its padded interior. Prices are $160 for the former and $80 for the latter.

Chrome is also proud of its made in America heritage, and continues it with the Militia series. New this year is this duffel, which has a fully waterproof interior that can even act as a cooler. It has a roll top and strap closure so despite its casual looks, it will keep your gear dry no matter what. It will set you back $200.

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