There aren’t a lot of reviews for this Chrome backpack, so I decided to give it some praise it deserves. It’s a great backpack in terms of durability and function, but lacks inner compartments for organization.
Nothing in this rolltop backpack feels cheap. The straps are smooth and feel solid in a “tech” way. Even the little ring in the sternum buckle feels unbreakable. Every buckle in this Chrome backpack is well built and well thought of.
The front has MOLLE webbing where you could attach additional items like your skateboard, your Hydroflask bottle, bike light, and more. The webbing seems to be some kind of hard nylon/plastic hybrid. Putting stuff on the webbing doesn’t seem to put any strain on the bag. Amazing!
The exterior of this Chrome backpack feels like a combination of cloth and sandpaper. It’s somewhat coarse and tough. So tough that if you put something sharp, you probably wouldn’t notice it poking through the bag!
The bag’s handles are too long for me. I don’t really use the bag as a tote, and I’d rather carry it with one hand if I’m in a rush. Despite that, I like that the handles are super sturdy and could carry the bag with no problem. Some kind of padding would be nice though!
The exterior of this Chrome backpack is very solid. I feel like that alone is enough for preventing water from getting inside the bag. I’ve walked in the rain with the bag on my back, and all the water just slipped off the exterior. Great! I have yet to see water be absorbed through the exterior.
The interior lining of the bag is one of the most solid I’ve seen. It feels very thick and solid. I’ve felt the entire interior of the back and it doesn’t seem like there are any spots uncovered by this ridiculous lining. This lining is way thicker than any “water-resistant” bag I’ve had.
tl;dw - Everything inside the Excursion Rolltop = dry, back padding and shoulder padding absorbed a bit of water. I didn’t have to squeeze any part of the bag to fully dry. The exterior of the bag just needed a little bit of wiping to dry and remove water stains.
The exterior MOLLE webbing offers ridiculous modularity to this backpack. If you’re clever enough, you can use these to offset the lack of pockets/compartments.
I feel like I could stick carabiners all around this backpack.
The sternum buckle is very accessible and it actually distributes the weight evenly. The shoulder strap buckles use a latch mechanism to secure your preferred length. I think this latch mechanism is among the smoothest I’ve ever used, as I never have to strain myself just o adjust the shoulder straps.
The shoulder straps are very comfortable and breathable. It would have been better if it had a MOLLE webbing or two on each strap.
The backpack could also be worn as a tote because of the long five-bar haul handles. Not a fan of tote mode. This could be better by making the handles adjustable and with some padding.
There is a 15 inch laptop compartment inside the Excursion Rolltop. It’s heavily padded and feels very secure. I think this could be made better by adding a flap to cover the laptop.
There are smaller compartments inside for two pens and a phone. If you have a phablet (iPhone 6s Plus, etc), it’s NOT going to fit. I was able to fit in my old 4.7 inch phone inside and it’s quiet snug. Not quite sure if an iPhone 6s with a case would fit inside. Chrome could have made this compartment a bit bigger for phablet users like me.
If you need more space, you could connect the rolltop’s buckles together and add 1/3 more space. This is clever design and I wonder why there is nothing on the Chrome website that talks about this! Warning: this makes your bag’s interior less waterproof.
The back padding is breathable and comfortable. This padding also acts as an extra padding for the laptop compartment, which is nice.
The bottom of the backpack lacks any kind of padding. Chrome should have thought of this and added some sort of padding. A turn off for a backpack I plan on using for the great outdoors. I guess I could just add some foam to line the bottom of the bag.
Beside the laptop compartment and the smaller compartments I mentioned above, the Chrome Excursion Rolltop 37 doesn’t have anything else inside. It’s literally just a dark void inside. Expected, but I just didn’t expect it to be that empty.
Of course, you can use packing cubes like Eagle Creek Pack-It to organize your things inside the bag. You should be using these packing cubes in your bags anyways!
The Chrome Excursion Rolltop 37 is a great, durable, functional backpack. I think it’s priced appropriately considering durability, size, comfort, and waterproofing. It could be made better, but these downsides have easy workarounds.
Got the Chrome Excursion Rolltop? Let me know what you think~!