I’ve been using the Chrome Falcon backpack for about 6 months now. I’ve now past it on for further testing to somebody who like me was looking to try a smaller bag for everyday use. My larger bag, a DANK large messenger bag has been great and is an amazing benchmark for a quality bag.
Being of a larger build- I often lean towards a larger bag for two reasons. First- the function side- I do a lot of work on my bike, and carry lots of stuff. Whether it be groceries or shirts to be shipped out, it does the job. Second- Small bags have a tendency to look silly on big bodies like mine. The Falcon is mid-sized, with room to carry the basics and do it comfortably.
The Falcon is 18″ wide 19″ tall and 6″ deep. There is a divider inside that separates the bag into two halves. The side pocket fits a mini u-lock well, or it could be used for a water bottle. There are 2 flat organizer pockets in front- which work well for pens and papers, though I didn’t feel it worked to well for bulkier items. There are more organizer pockets inside as well. My 15″ laptop fits in just fine, but without a padded laptop sleeve and no real padding to speak of, I use a separate sleeve for my precious cargo. The harness system is comfortable, with a sternum strap and easily adjusted shoulder straps.
The trucker tarp liner makes it feel pretty hefty, but it also makes for a durable bag. The flap closure must be adjusted correctly when being used in the rain, as water can find it’s way down the edges and into the main compartments of the bag. The Falcon isn’t very well suited to awkward or oversize packages, and I was unable to transport larger boxes with it. The 3M reflective strap for the flap is a little stiff to use, but it’s not really a big deal. All in all I was pretty pleased with the Falcon. I rode with it around Seattle, did a couple 70 mile rides with it on my back (overloaded at that) and it accompanied me to Interbike, from Boston to Seattle on a roadtrip as well as to San Francisco for SSCXWC. It’s been worked pretty hard and I feel comfortable with it on or off the bike. I’d probably give the bag 3 out of 5 stars, if I gave out stars. It’s a good bag. Nothing groundbreaking, but build well. It should last you a long time. It’s not a messenger bag and isn’t marketed as such, but more for students or people that carry around about as much as fits in a large grocery bag. If a standard bag without any bells and whistles is what you are looking for then take a look at the Falcon.
The Chrome Falcon is made in China and retails for $139.
Thanks to Chrome for sending the bag- We’ll get a follow up from the other tester when he gets some time with it. I like what Chrome has been doing the past few years, especially the stuff that is made in California. Keep up the good work!