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Intro: Chrome Barrage Cargo Backpack

5 Chrome Barrage Cargo Backpack

MSRP $160

Features
• Adjustable external 5-point cargo net system for storing / transporting helmet, wet race gear, or shoes
• Waterproof rolltop closure accommodates a range of load sizes
• Dual compartments separate wet/dry cargo
• Industrial strength Velcro accessory shoulder mounting straps
• Easy access side U-Lock/Waterbottle pockets
• Interior sleeve pocket fits 15” Macbook Pro (laptop sleeve recommended)

Specs
Dimensions: 11.5” wide, 20” high, 5.5” deep
Volume: 22-34 L
Weight: 3.3 lb

The Barrage Rolltop combines a Welded-Waterproof floating bucket with an abrasion resistant CORDURA® Brand grade outer shell to make the toughest waterproof rolltop possible. It features a low-profile design and side compression straps for load stabilization and increased visibility, an external cargo net to haul gear on the outside, and a Welded-Waterproof bucket liner that can keep personal items bone dry in any weather. The Barrage adapts to accommodate a range of cargo. The main compartment expands from 22L to 34L and features an expandable cargo net with compression straps for securing various cargo shapes and sizes. - Chrome Industries

Interbike ’12: KEEN Harvest III Bag Series

1 KEEN Harvest III Series Bags

Keep up to date with the Bike Shop Girl coverage of the 2012 Interbike Trade Show with coverage, previews, exclusives and interviews.

This Fall, KEEN launches the Harvest III Series -  a one-of-a-kind collection, made in the USA from pre-consumer automobile airbags.

KEEN Harvest III Series Bags

KEEN Harvest III Backpack

Harvest III Series is available in three bags and two wallet styles, including: Harvest III Backpack $120.00

Side impact bags have been collected, over-dyed for rich saturated color and upcycled into splendid totes, bags and wallets. Each item in the collection is hand-numbered underscoring both its uniqueness and hand craftsmanship.

The Story Behind the Making of Harvest III Bags

The step-by-step process of harvesting and transforming airbags into Harvest III bags requires both creativity and craftsmanship.

1. Left over, excess and obsolete airbags are shipped from an airbag manufacturer to a recycler in Salt Lake City.

KEEN Harvest III Series Bags
2. The side-impact air bags are sorted at this facility and shipped to a factory in Chico, CA. The white bags are put aside to make the white colorways. The remaining bags are dyed and laundered at a dye house.

3. Then, the richly colored airbags are sorted and cut into the bag pattern pieces either by hand using a rotary knife or by die-cut machine.

4. All the pieces to make one specific style are gathered together and given to crafters to complete the product.

5. Once completed, each bag is then hand-numbered and signed by the one of the crafters who built it.

Chrome Mini-Messenger : Preview

6 Chrome Mini-Messenger Bag

Over the past few weeks I’ve been able to have some great conversations with the marketing gal over at Chrome about their womens clothing line and their different models of bags.   The clothing line details will be another day but let’s talk about the bag I selected for review.

Chrome Mini- Messenger Bag

There’s no hiding it, I’m a bag whore.  Over the next few weeks we’ll be reviewing a great amount of bags for you guys and you’ll see what I mean about being a bag whore.  As my daily needs for a cycling bag have changed, I decided to scale down on the size of bag I would normally pick.  I wanted something to hold the needs of my daily work, including laptop, book and needed cords.  When commuting, I need the basics of shoes and clothing, sometimes a lock.

This directed me to the Mini-Messenger Bag from Chrome.

Initial Preview of the Chrome Mini-Messenger Bag

The limited edition colors are awesome.   The size is perfect for my 17″ laptop and all my needs.  I haven’t begun to use it on a daily basis but I think it seems to have enough spunk yet, hopefully, be able to pull off a semi-professional look to roll into work.

Check out Chrome online and we’ll be back with a full review in a few weeks!