The Chrome Macheto Travel Pack is a classy looking, adaptable and stuffable travel bag that won’t make you stand out in the airport check-in queue.
It has two main compartments, both with a zippable organiser cover to keep items from getting mixed up – ideal for keeping dirty kit from clean, or shoes and a multi-tool separate from clothing.
The outer compartment is expandable and, with no rigid structures and compression straps, this allows for over-packed bags to be cinched in.
Alongside the main compartments are a couple of smaller, envelope-style waterproof zipped pockets, including one big enough for a 15-inch laptop. The smaller pocket on the front of the bag can be a bit tight for easy access, and larger headphones will struggle to fit in there because it’s non-expandable.
Hidden in the back panel is a set of rucksack straps. There’s no structured back panel, so be a bit careful which items you pack there, but the straps help easy carrying across the airport terminal. There are also briefcase-style carry handles.
Overall weight is reasonable, and with the Macheto’s over-packing and then compressible nature I found that I had no issues at all fitting the Macheto in an overhead locker, or getting it past beady-eyed check-in crew despite carrying enough kit for a couple of days’ riding and relaxing.