Chrome Industries BLCKCHRM 22X Barrage Cargo backpack review

We have been hauling everything from groceries to Yuccas to put the Chrome Industries Barrage Cargo through its paces, so how has it stood up to a year of wear and tear?

Chrome Industries BLCKCHRM 22X Barrage Cargo backpack
(Image: © Graham Cottingham)

Cyclingnews Verdict

It’s pricey but the Barrage Cargo has unbeatable durability and a payload capacity that can be loaded far beyond what the numbers would suggest, just make sure you pack it right

Pros

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    Super tough construction

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    Fully waterproof

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    Can hold a surprising amount of stuff

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    Zipped quick access pocket

Cons

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    Heavy

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    Lumpy if not packed right

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    Back can get hot if riding hard

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    Pricey

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Chrome Industries know a thing or two about making ultra-tough, ultra-durable bags. For the past 25 years, Chrome has been producing messenger bags and backpacks that are designed to handle the extreme demands of bicycle couriers who rely on their equipment day in day out. Chrome Industries has since been able to expand as a wider urban brand but at its core are still the backpacks and messenger bags. 

The Barrage bag range has recently been expanded and now caters to everyone from professional messengers with the Barrage Pro’s monstrous 85L capacity down to those looking for a stylish pannier and to take the weight off the back. The Barrage Cargo is a rugged 18L backpack that’s the perfect size for all-weather commuting and day-to-day about town hauling. We have had the premium BLCKCHRM 22X Barrage Cargo backpack in for test to see how holds up and after a year of use, we think it could be one of the best cycling backpacks available.

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