Built to last.
These days a lot of emphasis is put on 'retro styling.' It could be a nostalgia thing, or it might be that we associate the 'good ol' days' with quality. Whatever the perception, sometimes the retro design actually just worked better. Take the Chrome Ivan Messenger Bag, for example. The rolltop rucksack design is simple, but that's what makes it so good. not only does the rolltop provide water-tight closure, but it allows the Ivan to expand or contract to accommodate varying load sizes.
The most striking thing about the Ivan is its cool retro look. That's not just a style thing, however. The rolltop is both waterproof and expandable. Inside, the Ivan has two waterproof compartments that allow you to keep wet clothes away from your dry clothes, laptop, papers, and everything else. The zippered laptop compartment accommodates monitors up to 17 inches. The Ivan's back pockets allow easy access to essentials and help with organization, and the metal buckles are tough enough to last for years of hard living. External daisy chain loops make hanging your lock or bike lights quick and easy.
Speaking of tough, the Ivan is made with materials that would make a military man proud. The weatherproof, 1000-denier Cordura outer layer is backed by an 1800 denier military truck-grade tarpaulin liner with bar welded seams. The shoulder straps are industrial strength as well, so you can expect this thing to be around for a long time.
The Ivan comes with a comfortable back panel and shoulder strap design that allows you to carry heavy loads for long distances without soreness. The EVA foam back panel keeps the load away from your back and allows your skin to breathe and move moisture away. The adjustable shoulder straps let you carry the Ivan exactly where you want, depending on the size and weight of your load. Chrome also included an adjustable sternum strap for added security and support.
The Crome Ivan Messenger Bag is 21in wide, 23in high, and 7in deep. It's available in Grey, Olive, and Black.
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I won this bag in an ally cat and was so stoked about it. The two front pockets hold everything from a few bananas to your U-lock and small daily necessities. The main compartments is slim, it should be said. If you want to put more than a change of clothes, a pair of shoes, or just a computer, it is going to be a bit tight. The only thing I don't like about this pack is the fit. I'm a tiny shouldered, small torso female, which means the straps don't fit well over my shoulders since I have to cinch the bag down so tight for it to fit. That is the only downside, everything else about it is great.