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Chrome Metropolis Bags

4.83/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $160.00

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Chromes buckle messenger bags are built inThe USA withThe most rugged assembly of industrial materials and hardware available. Guaranteed for Life. Weatherproof 1,000 denier Cordura outer shell 18 oz. weatherproofTruckTarp liner sealed with military spec. seam binding Independently suspended weatherproofTruckTarp liner with military spec binding eliminates any seams exposedToThe outside elements Seat-belt buckle releaseThat doubles as a bottle openerFive bar seat belt webbing Nylon 69Thread EVA

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Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jgalleg4 a Weekend Warrior from Albuquerque, NM, USA

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2009

Strengths:    Superb product. Holds a ridiculous amount of stuff. I have managed to fit two 12-packs of beer plus other groceries into this thing. My back will give out before this thing reaches capacity.

Waterproof. While it does not rain much here in Albuquerque, the tarp liner of this bag comes in VERY handy on those occasions that it does.

Looks bad ass. With it's slung-over-the-shoulder vertical design and seatbelt-style strap, it is probably the coolest looking bag of its type.

Stash pocket.

Weaknesses:    It lacks any sort of internal compartments. If you're carrying a laptop in this thing, it is absolutely essential that you get a laptop sleeve as it WILL get banged around in this bag.

Bottom Line:   
Excellent bag. Comes highly recommended provided that you have a good sleeve for your laptop.

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Favorite Trail:   City Streets?

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Used-Craigslist ad

Similar Products Used:   REI messenger bag (meh)
North Face Backpack (meh)

Bike Setup:   Peugeout fixie road bike conversion.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by stubs179 a Cross Country Rider from Reno, Nevada, USA

Date Reviewed: December 2, 2008

Strengths:    Comfortable, lasts forever, handmade in the USA, quality, works great as a carry-on bag when flying(even when the girl next to you spills orange juice all over it) nothing inside gets wet.

Weaknesses:    On me, if it is "all most" empty it tends to want to slide off my right side of my back. When it is full or empty it stays put.

Bottom Line:   
This bag has been every where with me and still looks new. Mine is Blue w/white. I have mainly used it when on a road bike and the bag sits on my back taking most of the presure off of my shoulder. When using it while walking it puts all of the weight on your right shoulder, and if there is a lot of weight in the bag, your shoulder will start to get sore fast. What ever will fit in the plastic hand basket at the grosery store will fit in the Chrome bag, no paper or plastic needed!

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Favorite Trail:   All trails near Tahoe

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Interbike

Similar Products Used:   many regular backpacks

Bike Setup:   Kona Coiler Primo
Specialized Langster Boston (fixed gear road bike)
Trek 5900 (road)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Weekend Warrior from Lincoln,Ne

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2008

Strengths:    High quality U.S. made product that will last for years.

Weaknesses:    Really heavy loads can make my left arm start to go numb after a while.

Bottom Line:   
This is a quality bag. Can I say quality enough!!!!??? Yes the bag is expensive, but it does what it is meant to do and it does it on a professional level. And the bag looks good doing it. I actually tore a hole in this bag during a wreck and had it repaired locally instead of paying the money to have it shipped back to Chrome. The bag is very tough. I would have never tore a hole in the bag if I would not have been carrying a ceramic coffee mug that shattered when I hit the ground letting a sharp piece of the mug tear through the outer bag material. I consider it my fault.

The only problem I have had with this bag is that when carrying heavy loads my left shoulder will get tired quickly and my left arm will start to go a little numb if I don't change positions on the bike regularly. Let me quantify how much weight I am talking about here. I would estimate about 40-50lbs. I am a college student and I carried all my books home with me on my bike for one full sememester of my BSN program. The bag held all the stuff fine, but my shoulder got tired quick.

Lastly, Monkey Wrench Cycles is the place to buy these bags in and around Lincoln. Nate and Eric are great peeps and they will help you make a proper selection of chrome bag if you are in the market for such a product.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   Monkey Wrench Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Various back packs of lesser value and quality.

Bike Setup:   Surly Cross Check and a SS 29er.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Steve from Los Angeles, CA

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2008

Strengths:    High quality construction. Voluminous main compartment. Relatively comfortable on the bike - does not swing around much and places most of the weight on hips.

Weaknesses:    Not that comfortable when carrying objects with sharp corners (i.e. laptops, boxes, books) - the guys at Chrome told me a lot of people place a sheet of plastic flexible enough to conform to your back, but stiff enough to prevent corners of boxes from jabbing you. Haven't tried that yet though. Could use more reflective piping or have loops to place lights. When the straps are tightened, there is a lot of excess strap that flops around. When filled to near capacity, the metal seatbelt buckle sometimes digs into your chest/shoulder. No compression straps.

Bottom Line:   
This is a review of the Chrome Kremlin (the largest of the messenger-type bags).

Background: I'm 6'2" and weight about 190-195 lbs. This is my first messenger-type bag. I recently made the decision to try and minimize the use of my car. I've been commuting to school (4-5 miles each way), grocery shopping, and running errands by bike. I found that my various backpacks felt uncomfortable and ungainly while riding, and that most of my bags simply weren't big enough to fit most of my groceries.

I bought this bag with the hope that the bag would be relatively comfortable, be durable and weather-resistant, and have enough volume to significantly reduce my dependency on my car (I like my car BTW, but it's just getting too expensive to run (Subie LGT MT wagon)). Because this was my first single strap messenger-type bag, I really wasn't sure what I was getting into.

What I found was that the bag is surprisingly very comfortable on the bike as long as I don't have hard flat surfaced objects or objects with sharp corners in the bag. When I do, I generally try to pad the bag with clothes, but because the bag lacks compression straps, this doesn't always work as things get shifted around. When I get less lazy, I will definitely have to try the plastic sheet method.

The bag definitely has a high cargo carrying capacity, and as long as the items you're carrying are soft, it isn't too bad. I haven't had the bag long enough to test durability. And living in LA - well I haven't had an opportunity to test its weather-proofness. But the materials and quality seem top notch. One thing I had hoped for regarding the style of bag was that it would reduce the dreaded sweaty back - nope I'm still sweating.

Overall, I'm pretty impressed with the bag. It's relatively comfortable on the bike, it doesn't shift around too much, it places most of the weight on your hips, and the materials and build quality seem very good. I don't think the bag was necessarily designed for commuters, so I guess I shouldn't be too disappointed with the minimal reflective material (I wish that whole contrasty panel was reflecive) and lack of places to put little blinky lights.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Chrome in SF

Similar Products Used:   Various backpacks.

Bike Setup:   Mountain: Turner RFX
Road/Commute: Scott CR-1

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alex Metzger a Cross Country Rider from Harvard, MA, USA

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2006

Strengths:    This is probably the most durable, waterproof, excellent bag I've ever owned. It's really great for me, it's comfortable walking or biking, it survives the torrential downpours of New England, and on top of all that it looks awesome. And the size is perfect for what I carry, books and sometimes clothes. It's not only the perfect huge-load bag, it's also a fantastic man-purse.

Weaknesses:    The only real weakness I can find in the bag is that it's kinda hard to keep my computer in (Apple Powerbook 15") because it's contoured to my back. It also made every other bag look paltry in comparison.

Bottom Line:   
Pretty much the best bag money can buy. And yes, it does cost more than the other bags. And it is harder to buy. But the advantage is, you'll never buy another bag again. It's comfortable, can hold a whole bunch, looks fantastic, is durable, and is made in America. I really really enjoy this bag, and I think you will too.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   EMS in Harvard Square in Boston

Similar Products Used:   Some huge Burton monster, Kelty Redwing Daypack, a Timbuk2.

Bike Setup:   2004 Stock Kona Dawg Matic.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Belgian_bob a Weekend Warrior from Loughborough, UK

Date Reviewed: August 1, 2006

Strengths:    Indestructable build quality and materials are what set this bag apart from the rest.
You can get a choice of colours and strap options if you buy direct from Chrome (handy if you wear your bag over your right shoulder, see below)
It's waterproof, it has sensible sized pockets (big enough for a few tubes and your tools, aluminium Sigg bottles or even wine bottles), and an organiser on the front panel and all are easily reached when the bag is full, refelctive strips in the rear and cross-chest straps, and an extra pair of buckles on the bag itself to tidy the straps away when not in use or to hold a rolled up jacket. It has a big velcro bar on the main strap pad for attaching a phone or radio holster, which also doubles up to hold the stabiliser strap when not in use, and there's no chance of loosing the pad as it's stitched to the bag. The hidden stash pocket is a nice touch, as well.
But these are not the main selling points of the bag, as I've said before. The fact is that this bag will last for years and keep all your kit, or other people's if your a messenger, safe and dry. Think of this as an investment.

Weaknesses:    You're kidding?
Ok, just a niggle then: although you can choose to use the stabilising strap as either a waist strap (there's a snap-lok buckle for it on the opposite corner of the bag) or as a chest strap, I'm not totally convinced of it's value. For one, you'd most likely use this when the bag was at it's fullest, yet the strap isn't long enough to use as a waist strap with the bag full to bursting (and I'm not the world's biggest guy. I'm 5"9' and 12 stone.) Neither is the position of the snap-lok buckle for the stabilising strap on the bottom end of the shoulder pad particularly useful. I'd prefer to see it attached somehow to the lower strap, so that the stabiliser was more across the chest and less under one arm. But, like I say, it's a minor point.

Bottom Line:   
I have commuted for a year, lugged kit to and from muddy, rainy Welsh rides and on holiday up and down the country, and even travelled across Canada with this bag, and it still dosn't even begin to look used. If baggage handlers can't kill it, neither can you.
Buy one, put all your other tired, frayed, sad-looking commuter and messenger bags in it (they will fit, no matter how many you have) and take them to the charity shop in it! That's justice.

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Favorite Trail:   ClimachX

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   bikesmart

Similar Products Used:   Tumbuk2 (ok)
Crumpler (nice website, good bags)
Various Eastpak things...

Bike Setup:   Spesh hardtail frame, XM319s on XT, custom Marzocchi MXPro, 2.1 Cinders, hope C2 brakes... the list goes on.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jeepdc a Cross Country Rider from Arlington, VA USA

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2006

Strengths:    This bad is very well made and is worth the high price tag. You can fit A LOT of stuff inside and it is completely waterproof. There are a lot of colors to choose from so select the combination of colors you like. Very comfortable shoulder strap and easy to adjust.

Weaknesses:    I'm a small guy (5'4") and the bag does not tighten completely against my back, however, the bag is still comfortable. Few pockets and no key ring.

Bottom Line:   
This is a good bag. Don't let the high price tag steer you away - BUY THIS BAG! I commute to work and this bag can hold everything I need. I most likely could have gotten by with the Citizen, the next smallest size bag that Chrome makes.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   130

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Bianchi SL3 Reporto Course

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike S. a Cross Country Rider from Charleston, WV 25301

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2006

Strengths:    Reviewing the Kremlin, and not the Metropolis. Absolutely amazing bag -- comfortable riding, comfortable walking (which is amazing for something that could hold a body, basically indestructable (and guaranteed if it's not), and awesome looking.

Weaknesses:    Cost, though I guess it's worth it.

Bottom Line:   
This is the messenger bag you want -- skip all of the rest of them. Bag is tough as nails and will keep all your goods dry.

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Favorite Trail:   roads

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $140.00

Purchased At:   Chrome website

Similar Products Used:   Timbuk2 Messenger

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Big Sur rigged up to slam into things with parts that it's okay to steal; Giant TCR road bike set up to go fast

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Eric a Cross Country Rider from Anchorage AK USA

Date Reviewed: December 15, 2004

Strengths:    Totally bomber
Good looks

Weaknesses:    Heavy

Bottom Line:   
This is a serious bag for getting around town with your stuff. The strap system is very functional and comftorable. The pockets are great! My only gripe is that the main strap is just barely long enough for my 6'2" torso. I wish the padded part was a bit longer. Also for basic non-bike travel the buckle tends to be right at the contact point for your shoulder. So all in all not perfect, but probably the best out there.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $110.00

Similar Products Used:   Patagonia

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Downhiller from MA

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2004

Strengths:    Where to begin? Super strong. Totally waterproof. Sweet buckle. Comfortable and proven for years by bike messengers. Tons of colors. It's pretty much perfect.

Weaknesses:    Price. They're pricy. I guess it's worth it because the bag is guaranteed to last you a lifetime and they are made in the USA.

Bottom Line:   
Look no further. The metro is a big, tough bag that is perfect for clothes and books.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $119.00

Purchased At:   www.fullcycles.com

Similar Products Used:   Timbuk2 (also a good bag)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dave a Cross Country Rider from Maine

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2003

Strengths:    COMFORTABLE!!! Besides all the cool features like waterproof, hidden pockets, etc., this is the most comfortable bag I have ever worn. Oh, and my 2 year old loves the buckle.

Weaknesses:    None, cept maybe the price.

Bottom Line:   
It's the best messenger bag, bar none.

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Favorite Trail:   Any one beside the one to work

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Direct from Chrome

Similar Products Used:   Timbuk2 twice. glad I made the switch. Although the T2 now makes a great bag to carry diapers & lunches to daycare.

Bike Setup:   Marin F/S w/Marzocchi. love it.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kelbad a Cross Country Rider from colorado springs

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2003

Strengths:    Quality fit and finish. Bomber construction. After a high speed crash on the way to work, the bag received only light scuff on the bottom after I slid to a stop on the pack (my skin and jersey did not fare so well). Keeps stuff dry.

Weaknesses:    Cost more than the chain store Timbuk 2 stuff. (Unless you work at a bike shop).

Bottom Line:   
I heard about these bags from word of mouth through another shop employee. Although the initial outlay of cash is high, you will feel comforted after you get caught in your first heavy rain. All of bags contents stay DRY! No wet paperwork. An excellent design at flaps edge provides the overlap required to keep out the moisture. This bag carries an outragious amount of gear. They make one that is even bigger (You could probably use it as a bivy sack!) I also use the Metropolis as a carry on bag when traveling. No worrying about rain when you are running to the rental car counter (Been there!)

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   from chrome

Similar Products Used:   timbuk 2 (doesn't keep out the rain) and varius book bags/climbing packs.

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