When I was a kid I used to dream that my house had a secret room that I just hadn’t discovered yet. Nothing sinister, just a room that was waiting to be discovered and used for whatever purpose I saw fit. The closest I’ve ever come to that was last week when I was rooting through my Chrome Industries Night Bravo 2.0 Backpack, which I’ve had for a year, and found a pocket that I never knew existed. I’ve not been able to turn it into a music or games room, but it is an ideal place to stash my headphones and a load of usb cables.
I was nervous when I forked out $185 large for the rucksack. You shouldn’t be nervous as Chrome stuff has a lifetime guarantee, although I got burned by that with the last bag I purchased. The metal clasps, for adjusting the straps, broke almost immediately and I then found out that the guarantee didn’t extend to anywhere outside of the US. Still, they did replace the parts for free, just in a totally different colour. When the heavyweight zip broke I decided it was time to go for something new, and thats when I took the risk on the Night Bravo 2.0 and I’m glad I did.
The layout of this bag is perfect for the British weather, by that I mean it’s got enough room to bang in an entire set of work clothes, a spare set of cycling clothes, and still be left with change. It’ll keep the whole lot dry too. You have to be a bit military about how you pack it, as the main, roll top part of the bag is just one big compartment, so don’t put the thing you’re going to need most, at the bottom.
At the front, there’s a compartment for a laptop. It’s only closed via a velcro tab, but it’s safe as houses. Any pick pocket would need to give you a heavy does of fentanyl before their light fingers could reach in and take your precious mac. There’s also a handy side pocket for stashing a D-lock, helping you score even more fakenger points.
The bag looks dope, even on me and I’m only about 5.7", I just have to be careful not to overfill it, otherwise the ratio of bag to man gets out of hand. The only problem, and this is the same with most roll tops, is that when they’re full it can be quite hard to see over your shoulder when you’re riding. I’d advise you to practice twisting your back before you start thinking about changing lanes in traffic.
A year on and the bag is solid as ever. You can get them here.