Chrome Industries produced their first Chrome bag over two decades ago, this sparked the commitment of making durable and useful bags that work both on and off the bike.
The lack of money in their first creation meant they didn’t have the ability to make a buckle that could hold the weight of a loaded messenger bag, so rather ingeniously they salvaged seatbelt buckles out of junkyard cars creating the iconic look. These bags have been designed for easy living in the hustle and bustle of a city, for people who choose bikes and public transport over cars, whether you are working, playing or commuting. The MXD Link Sling Bag comes in Black Ballistic or Olive Ballistic, it measures up at 8.25″H x 16″W X 2″D, weighs 1.3lb and offers up 4.3l of storage space. There is a dedicated padded laptop sleeve, 9″H X 15″L X 2″W, that fits a 13″ Macbook Pro or any other laptop up to 13”. This tough bag is built with a high-quality 840d nylon, strong enough to withstand the rough and tumble of riding along with you, getting plonked on the floor and squeezed through crowds.
At the front of the bag there are three quick access pockets best suited for keeping items you might need to grab in a hurry, the right has a soft lining, handy for storing glasses, sunglasses or delicate tech without the risk for scratches. The left features a mesh inner pocket and key attachment point, and the middle pocket has some sleeves for storing pens as well as other items. The laptop sleeve is accessed via the zip closure and just in front of that is another pocket which is handy for notebooks and a tablet, there is also an organiser compartment for storing cables and chargers. That adjustable seat belt strap can be used to wear the bag across the body front and back or around the waist. This tough bag isn’t the most stylist of options and it could do with some reflective, it is comfortable to wear and helps you organise all your gear effectively, although that seat belt strap looks cool it can be uncomfortable if the edge sits against the neck. If you regularly make short commutes on the bike with your work gear, the MXD Link Sling bag is good value for money, keeping all your belongings in place as you travel to and from work. RRP £110
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