Chrome’s Barrage backpack weighs in at 1,410g and has a heavyweight 1,050-denier, nylon waterproof outer. Its 22-litre capacity can expand to 33 litres, due to its roll-top design, and it measures 54cm tall, 30cm wide and 14cm deep.
The main compartment is waterproof lined with a simple laptop pocket. The main compartment is roll-topped and strapped down with a broad, two-inch web strap.
On the outside there are twin, open-mouthed pockets set on each flank at the base of the bag, big enough for a water bottle or a mid-sized lock.
The cargo-webbing strap system looks great and is heavyweight, plus it’ll expand to carry big items. The straps are hard wearing and the adjustable chest strap is held in place with a mini, quick-release buckle.
On your back
The mesh-backed strapping system on the Chrome offers plenty of support across the shoulders and sits high up your back. The body-shaped strap system with metal-fast compression adjusters means it does away with a waist strap, too.
On the bike it feels very secure while still giving you plenty of freedom to move. Its build is tough and it’s also backed with a lifetime guarantee.
The QR buckle plus no waist strap makes it easy to sling on and off quickly, but accessing the main compartment means unclipping and unrolling the top.
The Barrage will last for years (I’ve got a Chrome roll top that’s more than a decade old) but you have to be smart when packing it for your commute.