Chrome’s Welded Postbag bag is no joke. It’s made with a hardcore weatherproof 600 denier TPU coated shell and RF welded seams, the same tech found Coast Guard boats. It can be worn over the shoulder, carried, or strapped onto a bike rack or basket. It’s a great bag for those who need to get around on a bike and want to keep their tech dry.
The design approach for the Postbag is utilitarian meets minimalist adventurer. It’s form is simple but effective, with basically a long tote and handle. The top portion folds over and a strap secures it into the custom gunmetal slide hook. The beauty of this minimalist approach is that the lack of compartments means freedom to customize your transport items as needed, because you are not restricted to the designers ideas of what you should carry. Two front pockets add a nice aesthetic to the overall look of the bag.
The inside laptop pocket is one of my favorite features about this bag. Plenty of bags offer cushioning and even sleeves for laptops but do little to secure the sleeve in place, resulting in some serious jostling. The Welded Postbag is tremendous in that it secures the laptop sleeve with a huge and long piece of velcro. It is not going anywhere. Even taking the whole sleeve out is a bit of a struggle. It is very secure too. Fortunately the quick access slot means you can just slide the laptop out when needed without too much hassle. The sleeve is extremely padded with what seems to be a thick foam on the inside and a durable material on the outside, much like the rest of the bag. Exterior pockets allow for pens, cords, and phone to be slipped in. It fits a laptop up to 15″ big.
The Welded Postbag is however rather large and I did feel a tad swallowed up by its size, since it was about as big as my torso. The carrying strap is a rugged ballistic nylon that does not sit well against the skin – it must be worn on top of clothing. Overall, this may be a better buy for the man in your life due to its size, but they are sure to love it.
Chrome is known for making incredibly durable materials and catering particularly to bike messengers. This bag has plenty of applications beyond that as well. With a lifetime guarantee on the sturdiness of this bag, one can feel free to let it take a beating and keep on going. Overall, we are tremendously impressed with the outstanding quality and workmanship found with the Welded Postbag, and for an extremely fair price of $80, it offers great value.
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The Good: Extremely secure, made with high quality built-to-last materials, waterproof
The Bad: Straps are uncomfortable when worn directly on skin, very large in size