Hey gang, Valkor here. CrewView isn't just an area to drop opinions; it's also a place where we place reviews that can't fit in the main areas, yet still hold much significance to the site and what it stands for. So this next piece is from a company that's a first timer here in the Val-cave, Chrome Industries, and they have a backpack – nay a series of bags, that own the night. THEY ARE THE NIGHT! We're taking a look at Night Series backpack: Bravo Night.
The Bravo Night Backpack is the type of pack built for storage, yet versatile enough you can make daily use of it; plus it looks great by day, yet safe for night time use as well, with emphasis on looking great. It's completely black, save for the back panel with a nice horizontal, almost rectangular shape. The Bravo Night, from the outside, is made from military grade Cordura fabric as well as a thick inner lining, protects your bag from the harshest conditions inside and out. The Bravo features a roll top opening that also expands the storage capacity of the bag. And inside is one huge storage area, capable of holding just about whatever you're able to fit inside (that can reasonably fit within its confines of course). At the back of the pack you have a cross strap system, allowing you to completely secure the contents within. From there we pop the back flap, opening first to a small pouch, moving on to small compartment with another small pouch and holders for pens, pencils, and stylus. After that we have the integrated laptop compartment, which can hold laptops of up to 13" as well as any tablet. Finally we move on to the front of the backpack, where at the top we have a hand hold strap, two adjustable shoulder harnesses, and a foam back panel with built in grooves allowing air to flow between your back and the bag, which not only adds comfort but also reduces sweating when you're dealing with a rough or rush day.
The Bravo Night's biggest selling point isn't just the weatherproof shell or the laptop compartment; the company places huge emphasis on the fact that the bag is stylish by day… but made for the night. It features a reflective panel, emblazoned with the Chrome name and logo as well as two reflective strips on the front straps. And you don't have to trust the hi-res press images to see how it shines as the pic below shows how well the reflection panel performs.
I had the chance to take the Bravo on a few small journeys; unfortunately it was on days where there wasn't any wet weather, thus never getting the chance to see how waterproof this bad boy can be. But given its build, I think it's fully capable of handling the harshest of weather conditions. The Night series also includes Mini Metro, Citizen, and Yalta. Darkness is spreadin!!!!
First up, the Bravo Night backpack looks amazing; the all black motif plus the design with the cross straps looks tough and even at its fullest, maintains a sleek and professional shape. By itself the bag has some weight to it, but nothing that will make things uncomfortable. And given the storage capabilities, the Bravo is great to have along for many journeys; bikers, hikers, and backpackers will appreciate it the most because of the ruggedness and versatility the bag offers. Plus the reflective panel makes the bag useful for night time use as well. I'm not certain about the range, but it does have a nice reflection on it. In the end The Bravo not only looks great, but it's also quite durable and comfortable, making this the perfect travel companion – day or night.
What keeps the Bravo Night out of TechView (or TechGear), even though it has a laptop compartment - it's limited to the size of said laptop it can hold. The bag can only carry small netbooks, tablets, or small laptops and that's perfect for anyone that has one, but anything bigger and your outta luck. I tried to fit my 15" Dell, but given how the bag decreases in size towards the bottom, the laptop wasn't gonna fit. So let's say if I were going on a small event, then the Bravo would work perfect, but for a heavy duty event say CES or E3, then I would need something with a bit more manageable real estate to hold my laptop (that's 15"), DSLR camera, thump drives, documents, etc; I wouldn't want to cram everything in that main compartment.
If you're looking for that perfect gift to give to someone who's all about travelling – whether it's for business or for pleasure, then I recommend picking up Chrome's Bravo Backpack; it has a fierce design that capable of handling most, if not all your storage needs. So out of TOV 5 stars, I give the Bravo Night a 4.5 and it's been Valkor tested, TOV approved.