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Old 07-03-07, 10:50 PM   #1
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Chrome Shoulder Pack or Backpack

Should I go Chrome Shoulder Messenger Pack or a high quality backpack?! This is for carrying my stuff around the city from place to place, getting occasional groceries.
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Old 07-03-07, 11:08 PM   #2
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I've been using a Messenger Pack from REI and I had to stop using it as it keeps sliding around to the front and not staying behind me. There is a little strap to go under your right arm, but it connects too low on the bag handle and does little to keep the bag from sliding around to the front. I had to result to straping it to the bike rack.
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I've never used messenger bags, but never understood their popularity for the very reason PeterW mentioned. They appear as if they'd slide around and never stay in the correct place. I'm all about backpacks.
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Old 07-04-07, 03:01 AM   #4
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I've never used messenger bags, but never understood their popularity for the very reason PeterW mentioned. They appear as if they'd slide around and never stay in the correct place. I'm all about backpacks.
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I never did get the messenger bags as well. If I'm taking the bus/tube then a messenger bag is handy I can se that but they can't hold volumes liek a backpack can often. Also for long durations a messenger bag I've found to dig the shoulder and give pain on the shoulder. SUre you can change the position of the bag but when I ride I find the strap and the bag shifting it's weigh not really good when you're riding on the road for me to adjust the bag every 2 or so mins.

Backpacks are more stable on the back. Yes it gets a little warmer on the back and thus some people don't like the sweaty back but there are bags that have been built to combat the sweaty bag. Deuter is the only company that I know of (I'm sure there are some more but I don't know) with the open mesh suspended back which vents air and keeps your back from sweating up as much. I've found the AC28 to be a good all round bag for groceries as well. It's size and straps around make it easy to cinch everything in and hold all the contents in the bag. It has a 60/40 seperation in the main compartment and you can unzip the bottom to get 100% of the bag use. Useful when say you're packing your stuff and you want the heavy stuff higher on the back to get better balance and the 40% split for say your delicate items like strawberries for example. It's 28L is a good all round size.

Now a small shoulder bag is ok if you have some light weight items for quick access while riding that won' effect weight shift or balance in combination to the backpack. Personally I use a Thermite Versipak which was reviewed at a siteI'll mention below. It's a good side back that works with any other bag you carry. I just use it as a compliment bag for quick access of some items while riding and leg strap it. It is very versatile and can be carried many other ways like the shoulder/fannypak/legdrop.

This also looking not bad tho I've not used it. I likehow it can hold a 50oz bladder and the bag strap design allows for quick moving to the side and if on the back looks like it'll stablize out. You can check out some reviews at Patrolling in the season 1 episodes. Some people are put off by the military look but just watch it for the gear only. There is the review for the Thermite VersiPak and FatBoy VersiPak in there. The guy get's no sponsorship and it's indy media but I like his configuration views with a mil/civie look into things. He's ex-mil. and likes rugged stuff which we all like cause it lasts longer.

Edit: Found the video. Episode 7 tho you can download the videos for free for reference on thier site for free. WARNING there is some swearing in the episodes. I found th episodes kinda funny and I like the shock cut editing.
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Deuter cycling specific backpack.
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Messenger bag all the way. A properly designed messenger bag (which the Chrome is) will stay positioned on your bag no matter what. They are very comfortable, and have easy access to things, unlike a backpack.
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I have a Chrome Metropolis, and it's a very well designed bag. The strap is wide and comfortable, the bag is huge and easy to adjust. It's waterproof and durable. It stays in place just fine. That being said, I'd still rather put groceries and stuff in my panniers.
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I'll put a vote in for the Chrome bag. I've been using a Chrome Metropolis for about 3 years - fantastic bag, and I'd never go back to a backpack. Never had any issues with it sliding around, and even with a heavy load in it, it's not a problem on my shoulder. Most of the weight sits on your spine, which is far more comfortable than a backpack pulling your shoulders back. It's fully waterproof too. One thing I've grown to really like is that you can easily spin it around to the front to get stuff out (keys, wallet etc), then just spin it back around on to your back. The stabilizer strap on the Chrome bag connects in a way that does stop the bag sliding, but I've found I only need to use it with really big loads; when it's just my commuting stuff in the bag, it stays in place perfectly without it.

For really heavy loads, I still use panniers (Ortlieb or Arkel).

If you do go backpack, a few of my friends swear by the Deuter ones.
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Chrome bag rocks. I've had mine for 1.5 years now with no complaints.
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how about a chrome backpack? i was commuting with a chrome ivan for about a year and it was pretty great. i had to carry a change of clothes and a laptop every day so it kept everything safe, dry, and evenly distributed.

now that i don't have a laptop anymore i've switched back to my med-sized timbuk2. it's annoying that it won't stay put even with it cinched down, but whatever, it's just clothes; not like it's enough weight to move me around.
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