Chrome pike backpack is part of chrome industries modal collection and with this review, we would be taking a closer look at all this pack has to offer. If you probably landed on this page in search of more information on this bag then I can assure you that you have landed on the right page because I intend to reveal everything to you that I have been able to find out about this bag.
Chrome industries are experts in designing bags for the road and chrome launched a series in creating a collection of bags for just about anyone’s requirements. The pike backpack is among this collection and with this post we intend to write a detailed review of all the features of this bag.
We would write about its design, compartments, pockets, back panel and material used in the designing of the back panel. We would reveal to you if at all the bag is comfortable and so much more. I also intend to reveal some drawbacks or negatives that we found out about this bag.
My plan is that at the end of this post you would have enough information to be able to make a detailed decision on if this bag is right for you or not.
If you prefer to watch a video review on this bag rather than read text, no worries because we have been able to find a video that perfectly explains the features of this bag.
An Overview of Chrome Pike Backpack
Before we go into detail of the bag we should have a rundown of some of its features. This is a 22L capacity backpack that was made with a polyester 600D twill melange fabric. The main compartment is accessed using the top opening or a duffel style opening.
There is a flap front pocket at the front of the bag and two elastic water bottle pockets and also two velcro pockets at the side of the bag. There is an attachment strap at the bottom of the bag and also straps with clips at the side of the back which holds the front flap pocket of the backpack.
The bag is able to house a 15″ laptop and the back panel was made using a high quality molded eva back panel. This is a pretty solid pack and the material used indicates that it should be highly resistant to abrasion.
Chrome pike backpack is a 22L pack designed with Polyester 600D twill melange fabric which was made with a 70D nylon liner. Its design and layout makes it have a modern look meant for the modern man with a high taste for a utilitarian backpack.
It was designed using a YKK zipper which is highly waterproof. Though the zipper of the pack is waterproof, the pack itself was designed with a water-repellant material.
Pockets and Organization
There are several pockets both in and outside the bag that can be used to organize several of your items. There are two water bottle pockets for holding water bottles and similarly sized items and also two velcro pockets that can also hold water bottles and small sized items.
At the front of the pack, there is a flap pocket that can also be used to store several items such as your phones, wallets and other small sized items.
There are several organization panels inside the main compartment of the backpack that can also be used to store several items. There is a sleeve padded pocket for items like your tabs or ipads with another pocket for your phones and also a pen slot for holding your pens.
Water bottle and Velcro Flap Opening Side Pockets
At both side of the bag, you would find two elastic water bottle pockets as well as two velcro secured flap opening side pockets. The elastic water bottle pockets are used to hold water bottle and can also be used for a small-sized umbrella. Its elastic nature gives it the ability to be able to contain a water bottle that is slightly larger than the actual size of the pockets.
Also, the velcro secured flap opening pockets at the side of the bag can also be used to hold a water bottle. Although the initial pocket would be more preferred because it does not have a flap covering the pocket. The flap opening pocket is more secure than the initial pocket and in this case, is more preferred because of its covering.
Also, the velcro can put you on instant alert due to its noise if a pickpocket should try gaining access into the pocket of the pack.
For water bottles that come with a hook or lu, there is a clip at the side of the bag that can be used to secure the water bottle while it’s inside the water bottle pocket at the side of the bag.
Dedicated Padded Laptop Compartment
Chrome’s pike backpack comes with a separate compartment dedicated to the safety of your laptop. The laptop compartment is able to contain up to a 15″ laptop.
To keep your laptop safe and secure, the compartment is well padded and is about an inch to two inches above the bottom of the back pack. Though this can safeguard your laptop by reducing the impact on the laptop if the pack should fall vertically to the ground but I don’t think this is enough.
What I would have loved to see is for the bottom of the laptop compartment to be several inches more above the bottom of the backpack. With this, a laptop can be completely safe if for any reason the pack should fall vertically to the ground. I hope chrome works on this when they produce more of chrome pike backpacks in the future.
Straps for Proper Fit and Comfort
There are several straps with clips at different parts of the pack that serve different useful purposes. At the side of the bag, there a strap with a clip just above the water bottle pockets at both side of the pack. These straps can be creatively used for several reasons depending on the user of the bag but the main purpose of the strap is for holding down the front flap pocket from revealing the duffel style opening of the backpack.
It also serves a purpose of compressing the bag to make it more compact and also, for water bottles with a hook or lu, the strap clip can be used to secure the water bottles by passing the strap through the hook or lu and clipping it. Pretty cool!!
A removable sternum strap is attached to the shoulder straps of the backpack. Apart from the very important health aspect of a sternum strap, they serve a very useful purpose of stabilizing the bag on your back by reducing its movement thereby also making the shoulder straps not to fall from your back when you are on motion.
The health benefit of including a sternum strap on chrome pike backpack is to evenly disperse the weight of the backpack when there are items in it. It helps your shoulders from getting sore by restricting the movement of the shoulder straps of the bag.
Also, as mentioned earlier on, the sternum strap is removable. So if for any reason you feel uncomfortable you can easily remove the sternum strap and continue rocking your chrome pike backpack.
There are two attachment straps or loops at the bottom of the backpack. This can be pretty useful if you intend to carry items that you probably don’t want inside your bag. All you have to do is to clip it to the attachment straps at the lower part of the bag.
To make it look less awkward, it would be best to make use of both attachment straps of the pack. You can use these attachment straps for your jacket, umbrella or even a tripod.
Double style opening
To access the main compartment of the pack, you can either make use of the top compartment or you can make use of the duffel style opening of the bag. A front pocket flap clipped by the two side strap clips covers the duffel style opening of the bag.
To easily access the main compartment of the backpack using the duffel style opening, you would have to unclip the front flap pocket and flip it to lay flat. This gives you easy access to the front compartment of the bag.
Secure Your Bag With a Completely New Look
Taking a closer look at the front of the pack you would notice that the zipper of the front pocket and that of the main compartment are exposed. This can probably lead to making the job of a pickpocket easier when trying to gain access into your bag.
A way around this due to the smart designing done by chrome is to unclip the front flap pocket taking it to the back of the pack and ones again clipping it while its at the back of the bag. By doing this you would completely cover up the zippers of the main compartment and that of the front zipper pocket thereby making it difficult for pickpockets to gain access into your bag.
Also, your pack would have a completely new new-look and style giving you a completely different way to rock your chrome pike backpack
Comfortable Back Panel and Shoulder Straps
The back panel of chrome pike backpack was made with high-quality Molded Eva back panel. The back panel was designed to have ridges which encourages for better airflow between your back and the back of the backpack keeping your back dry while making use of the bag.
There is nothing as messed up as a sweaty back while making use of a bag. Good thing chrome took this into consideration and designed a back panel that encourages better airflow.
Also, you can be rest assured that the back of your outfit would not become messed up as does the back of other packs out there due to the material used when designing the back panel of the backpack.
The shoulder straps of the bag are pretty well padded and they have reflective stripes that are great for visibility mostly at night. It makes use of shoulder yoke backpack straps for extra carry power and comfort.
Also, the top handle of the bag is well padded for easy carry in case you decide not to make use of the shoulder straps of the bag.
The Drawbacks of The Backpack
I consider this a pretty awesome bag but just like every other thing, it was not designed perfectly and therefore has some minor drawbacks that we have been able to identify.
1. Laptop compartment
As we mentioned earlier on, the bottom of the laptop compartment is not high enough from the bottom of the backpack. It is about 1 to 2 inches high and for a laptop to be safer we would have loved it to be higher than that just in case the backpack should fall vertically on the ground or floor so the impact on the laptop can be drastically reduced.
2. Flap opening velcro pockets
Using velcro pockets on the pack is a pretty decent idea to alert the user of the bag and anyone around if a pickpocket decides to try accessing the pockets of the pack but the fact is that when the user of the pack decides to access the pockets of the bag in a library or an office, the noise of the velcro might be a little too much especially if one needs to gain access to these pockets on a regular basis.
This might not be an issue to a lot of people but for some others, it might. I just think it would have been better if a zip pocket was used instead of a velcro pocket.
A Multiconfiguration Backpack Based on Your Needs
Looking to get a backpack with style? With a unique design and layout? Then Chrome Pike Backpack might just be what you have been looking for. It is a super-utilitarian pack with multiple configurations based on your needs.
It has a dedicated laptop compartment able to house up to a 15″ laptop. There are two elastic water bottle pockets and two velcro pockets at the side of the bag. The main compartment can be accessed using both a top opening style and a duffel bag opening style.
There is a quick access pocket on the front of the bag and several pockets inside the bag for the organization of your items. There are attachment straps at the bottom and straps at the side of the bag that holds the front flap pocket.
Do you wish to change the backpack to a completely different look? Then unclip the front flap and clip it at the back of the pack to give the backpack a new streamlined look while also protecting access into the main compartment of the bag.
This is a truly awesome pack which I can highly recommend to anyone looking to buy a bag designed not just for fashion but also for practicality.