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See what all the fuss is about.

You don’t need a messenger bag big enough to carry bank boxes, but you want a bag large enough to haul a six-pack, an extra jacket and your laptop. Look no further than the Chrome Citizen Messenger Bag. Constructed using tough 1000 denier Cordura outer shell and 18-ounce truck tarp liner, Chrome bags are waterproof and durable enough to survive years of use—and abuse.

  • Seat-belt style chest strap makes removing the pack to access gear easy
  • Reflective stitching keeps you visible to distracted drivers at dusk
  • Sturdy quick-release straps won’t break or release when carrying heavy loads
  • Laptop compatibility up to 17 inches
  • Note: Left shoulder bag only

  • 1000D Cordura with waterproof tarpaulin liner
  • Seat-belt style chest strap
  • Reflective stitching
  • Holds laptops up to 17 inches
  • Sits over left shoulder

Tech Specs

[exterior] 1000D Cordura, [liner] 18oz truck tarpaulin
1709 cu in
Shoulder Strap:
1 internal, 1 internal zippered, 3 divider
18 x 22 x 7 in
Claimed Weight:
2.5 lb
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:

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4 5

Just what I've been looking for.

Been wanting a chrome bag for years and now I've got one. I've had more than a few messenger bags over the years and this one is easily the best. Very well made and designed to eliminate common problems like load shift. While not perfect, the placement of the shoulder strap and the stabilizer are far better than other bags. I've found that a flat item like a clipboard or laptop along the back of the bag help to keep the bag still on my back while ridding.
The only downside and the reason I hadn't bought one before now is the price. But after unpacking mine from the box, it was very clear where my money went. Would definitely buy this again.

Avg. ride time: 9h 12m per week
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4 5

1 Strap Messenger Bags Not For Me

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Speaking about quality, this thing is great, like the rest of Chrome's stuff. Filled it with ice and used it as a cooler numerous times, let it air dry and filled it back up again. It has survived a lot of travel too being used as my carry on.
Pros: 1.Water proof 2. Can add an optional organizer 3.superb quality that is standard to all Chrome products 4. Looks cool
Cons: 1. Maybe I was doing it wrong but this seemed to slide off my back while riding, I constantly have to readjust. 2. My friends constantly feel compelled to push the button regardless if my bag has clothing, my laptop, or glass bottles of beer 3. Single strap would fatigue my shoulder, big issue if I am packing for a long day while traveling. 4. The waterproofing gives me a sweaty back. 5. Pricey(but you get what you pay for here!!!)

1 Strap Messenger Bags Not For Me

Does the 'black/black/black' have the black buckle?

Best Answer Responded on

Looks like we uploaded the same picture for black/black and black/black/black. I pulled a couple pictures off the manufacturers site...
Looks like the triple black definitely does have a black buckle!

whats the difference between the black/black and the black/black/black?

-thanks, Nik

Best Answer Responded on

The black/black/black has a slightly darker more black bottom part where the logo is. The black/black looks more grey.

5 5

Great Messenger Bag

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great for transporting stuff on a bike when you're leaning over and for style points, but if you're looking to carry it around like a backpack, get a backpack. If you need a laptop bag, get a laptop bag. Chrome makes super durable and stylish bags, but the one strap style isn't as comfortable when it gets really heavy.

Holds plenty, and the optional laptop sleeve attachment that hooks to the inside works fine. The Night color is really cool. It feels like its made of a more solid material with the reflective stuff weaved in, not to mention it's safer at night. I prefered to not unbuckle it and instead hoisted it over my head to put it on and take it off. I later realized I'm more of a backpack, briefcase, shoulderbag kinda guy.

5 5

This bag is ILLIN!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Props to CHROME on an amazing design and use of hardened materials!

These bags are raaaaad!

This is my second Chrome Messenger Bag. I had a smaller one I rarely used because of the size. This one holds it all though. I can store my 15" laptop, notebooks, textbooks, pencils, erasers, and I have room for spare bike tubes, a handheld pump, bike tools, and even spare cables for phone chargers, USB, etc. I chose to really make this bag my own and put patches all over the front, back and inside. I think they look killer. They are durable, well made, and not too big. Also, the inside pockets are lined with a waterproof material which is genius. The buckle and strap is seat belt material and it is way convenient to unbuckle the strap rather than slinging it over your head to take it off or put it on. I would recommend this to all. The size it perfect for that I do.

These bags are raaaaad!
5 5

Boyfriend's Prize Possession :)

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I purchased this bag in Black/Black as a birthday gift for my boyfriend about a month ago. He needed a messenger bag and had mentioned numerous times how badly he wanted a Chrome bag, but he didn't want to spend the money on one, so before he could buy something cheaper I splurged and surprised him with it... Let me tell you - he loves me more than ever! He takes this thing everywhere, whether walking or riding, because it is so versatile! It fits his 15" laptop and some books nicely, we take it with us when we go grocery shopping in addition to my backpack (he can even get a 6 pack in there with room to spare!), but I think what he loves most of all is the perfect little pocket for his U-lock. The one click release of the strap is awfully convenient as well, and he says that it is nice and comfy, even when full of books or groceries. Two thumbs up for sure!

Is it a medium or large?

Is it a medium or large?

Best Answer Responded on

By Chrome's standards this would be a medium sized bag.

holds it ALL

made for carrying as many textbooks as a class can throw at you

holds it ALL
Unanswered Question

how does the chrome citizen compare to the...

how does the chrome citizen compare to the chrome Buran 2

5 5

City slicker boy bag

You'll get some snarky comments and condescending stares from hip trendy fools that put brakes on their bikes, but this bag feels great and is VERY functional. The bag has hefty waterproof cordura, and the tarp liner is a lifesaver for cleaning and for not having a soggy back if stuff spills or sweats. It also creates a huge stash pocket also, handy for sneaking your "water" into concerts or what have you. Specific U lock pocket, the quick release, and color scheme are just icing on the cake.

5 5


Exactly as one would expect! The bag is waterproof and the shoulder strap is extremely comfy and worries! I throw my 15" laptop, sack lunch, power cords and a small jacket..tonz of room!

3 5

Good if you don't weigh it down

This is a great bag that I frequently used for commuting to work. My only complaints were that it did not function well as a laptop bag and was uncomfortable if you had odd shaped items inside such as boxes or anything with hard corners. The buckle is awesome for taking it off and putting it back on. I stopped using this bag however after I got a herniated disc in my lower back last spring and now I soley use a back pack instead of any type of shoulder bag.