24 September, 2015
The new Pro Barrage Cargo Messenger Backpack holds many of the same characteristics as the original Barrage bag, just with a bigger foot print! The Pro Barrage is meant for bike messengers, but I use my for everyday on the bike, traveling and for backcountry hiking. The bags design allows you to expand or compress the size of the bag depending on what your carrying, and the food storage tray keeps the bag in a nice shape when you need to keep things a bit more organized. With its bomb proof design, the Pro Barrage has many features that make it easy to use and comfortable while on your back even with the bag loaded up.
The Pro Barrage is much like every other bag from Chrome with its weatherproof 1000 denier cordura, welded waterproof truck tarpaulin liner, industrial metal buckles, sternum strap and made in the USA. Other features that make the Pro Barrage a great bag is the split yoke on the shoulder straps, which is customizable to improve comfort and load distribution.
The Pro Barrage Functions great, but I think Chrome could make a few improvements on the bag. The should transfer over some of the design characteristics from the normal barrage into the pro version. Some of the things that the normal Barrage has that the Pro should have is the mini seat belt sternum strap, rubberized base under the cargo net and a interior divider to separate your things a bit nicer. Whether it is the interior divider or the zippered separated storage at the top of the roll top, this feature would be nice to have on such a big bag. Another feature that I think the Pro Barrage should have is one zippered size pocket. Right now the Pro Barrage has two open pockets on the side of the bag. They are nice to have, but with the lack of space for smaller items to go, the zippered side pocket would be a nice feature to have for personal belongings. Lastly the side strap on Pro Barrage, which allows the bag to expand or condense, should be lowered to go over the side storage pockets. If the bag isn't fully expanded the side pockets get to flimsy, open wider and doesn't make for a tight secure storage system. The cons of this bag are very small details and just personal touches I would like on the bag.
Weather your planning a weekend trip, going to the farmers market or doing a back country hike the Pro Barrage has several different functions which makes the investment worth while. While being a bigger bag you tend to think of the load on your shoulders. Chrome did a excellent job of keeping the bag light and with it fully packed the Yoke system keeps the bag feeling light on your shoulders. While this bag was intended for messengers, it can do much more than that and appeal to any one who loves the outdoors.