Chrome’s latest bag is 100% waterproof, versatile, made in the USA, and built to last. Called the Barrage Cargo, the backpack gets its name logically from the cargo net compression system attached to the outside of the bag. Adjustable in size through compression bucks on the side of the bag, the cargo net can be used to strap down just about anything like helmets, shoes, wet gear, etc. With the versatile storage on the outside, the Barrage Cargo keeps things dry on the inside with a 100% welded seam waterproof bucket liner on the inside for complete protection from the elements.

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The bag uses a roll top design that allows for the internal storage to expand from 22-34L while maintaining the water proof compartment. To construct the waterproof bucket liner, Chrome used 600 denier truck tarpaulin with fully welded seams inside a 1000 denier CORDURA brand grade nylon shell. Outside the bag you will find pockets for easy side access of U Locks or waterbottles, with an internal sleeve for up to a 15″ MacBook Pro.

Chrome’s president Steve McCallion said this about the bag, “The Barrage was built from the ground up, based on over 18 years experience making messenger bags for professional messengers around the world. Everything we’ve learned making messenger bags is in the Barrage. It’s built twice to survive the abuse of the city. It features our Welded-Waterproof technology to keep contents dry. It seamlessly adapts to different load sizes and to life on and off the bike. It’s made in America. And, it’s guaranteed for life. We believe it will be our next franchise bag.”


In order to mount the bag to your back, Chrome fitted the Barrage with ergo shoulder straps with an EVA foam back panel to keep things comfortable. A sternum strap with a mini seatbelt buckle is included, but no waistbelt is used. Shoulder straps feature an industrial metal cam lock buckle to keep things tight.

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The 11.5” wide, 20” high, and 5.5” deep Barrage will be offered in 4 colors – Graphite/Alpine, Graphite/black, Graphite/Crimson, and Ranger/Black for $160 retail and is guaranteed for life.


  1. For this to be a truly great commuting pack, it really needs hip pockets for badges, phones, etc. And I would love to see a better back vent system, like some of the Osprey packs.

  2. I don’t see any sort of waste strap. In my experience a chest strap is not enough to hold a heavy pack in place while on a road bike.

What do you think?