Allow me to gush for a moment if you will. You see I have a love affair, and it’s one that I’m completely transparent about. It’s a love affair for great bags. Backpacks, laptop bags, briefcases, you name it, I’m a sucker for a great looking bag. And when it comes to bags there’s few that make them any better than Chrome Industries. I bought my first Chrome bag in 2007 and have drooled over many since, hoping one day to get another. Well friends, that day has come. Chrome Industries is out with two new bags for the end of summer–Bravo and Victor. Both are impressive additions to an awesome line up of bags that blow the doors off of your average backpack. I’ve had the opportunity to tote around the Bravo laptop bag from Chrome for the last week and it’s quickly become my go-to bag for commuting back and forth to work. Learn more about the Bravo laptop bag from Chrome below.
What’s Chic? This bag can do it all. A great commuter bag for every day that holds just the right amount of stuff along with your laptop, plus expands to double its size to hold more gear for longer excursions.
What’s Weak? Not much. Chrome bags are known for their quality. The Bravo is no exception.
You never forget a Chrome bag when you see it. Known for its iconic seat belt buckle and functional design Chrome bags stand out from the rest. I remember seeing my first Chrome bag in San Francisco and I knew that I needed to have one immediately. I’m not the only one with that reaction. But Chrome bags are not about the looks at all–they’re about functional durability and mobility. That’s what Chrome is all about. They’re focused on bags that work. That’s it.
When I got my first Chrome bag in 2007 I bought it direct from the Chrome store in San Francisco. When you walk into the industrial storefront you can see for yourself the craftsmanship and attention to detail that go into making these bags. They use material that is virtually indestructible, and when you hold a Chrome bag you can tell that everything about it is solid. The stitching the metal clasps, the buckle, the bag liner, all of it, is heavy duty. The Chrome guys don’t mess around when it comes to the materials and design. It’s probably why their bags are guaranteed for life.
The Bravo Laptop Bag
The Bravo laptop bag is a great addition to the Chrome lineup. The first Chrome bag that I bought (and still own and love) is a messenger bag. It’s great for throwing a bunch of stuff in it and going. It works as a weekender, overnighter, trip to the gym or even to the office; but it doesn’t have any pockets and things can knock around — especially laptops and iPads. The Bravo is built for the laptop and the commute. But, it’s versatile. It can expand to hold up to twice as much stuff for longer trips.
In my Bravo I have a pretty typical haul with me:
- 15” MacBook Pro
- A book or magazine
- Hoodie sweatshirt
- Charger and power supply for the MBP
- Pens, business cards, etc.
It holds all of that comfortably and securely. The backpack design of the Bravo makes it easy to throw on and carry the 4 blocks from my parking spot to my desk. The padded shoulder straps and part of the bag against my back make it super comfortable and easy to carry. The laptop is held snug in place by the laptop sleeve at the front of the bag, and the large storage space behind it makes it easy to stuff whatever I need in it and go. The front straps are great for holding additional gear. You can easily secure everything from a raincoat, to a skateboard to a bike wheel if you need.
The bag also expands both height and depth-wise, so you can put both bulky items or irregular, taller size items in the pack without a problem. Want to stuff a pair of shorts, flip flops and t-shirt in there for a day at the beach? Done. Have to carry some architectural blueprints to the office on your fixie? Done. The Bravo does it all.
The Bravo Specs
- Waterproof compact urban daypack expands to double the capacity
- Dedicated laptop compartment to fit up to a MacBook Pro 15″ computer
- Utility cross lashing straps to secure large haul items
- Waterproof external zippered front compartment
- Industrial strength Velcro accessory shoulder mounting strap
- Reinforced back panel for added support when fully loaded
- Ergonomic shoulder strap design with EVA foam back panel for improved fit and breathability
- Sternum strap for load distribution
- Industrial metal cam lock under arm compression buckles
- Weatherproof 1000 denier Cordura outer shell
- Waterproof 1800 denier military grade truck tarpaulin liner with bar welded seams
- Weatherproof urethane coated YKK zippers
Dimensions: 13.75” wide, 20.25” high, 5.5” deep
Volume: 20-40 L
The Bravo laptop bag by Chrome Industries is the most versatile, durable and (frankly) coolest looking laptop bag I’ve yet to see. If you’re in the market for a bag that gets your gear to work and back safely and also gives you some extra room when you need it I highly recommend checking out the Bravo. It’s a great addition their lineup and I’m glad that I’ve added it to my Chrome collection too. I know one thing for sure–it won’t be the last Chrome bag I own, but I’m sure I’ll have it forever.
Thanks to Chrome for providing the Bravo to review. All opinions are 100% my own. I’ve loved Chrome since 2007, when I bought my first one.