Chrome Niko Pack Camera Bag Review

chrome niko camera bag

We already know Chrome Industries makes some of the best messenger bags, backpacks, outerwear and utility gear for the urban cyclist, but what about their other offerings? Well, the folks at Chrome have expanded their line to include not only messenger bags, but also a variety of purpose built bags including laptop bags, utility bags and even camera bags.

I’ve had my Ranchero Backpack for over 5 ½ years now, putting it through the ringer day in and day out. My other bags from Chrome have held up just as well. So when given the opportunity to try out the Niko Camera Pack, I had some extremely high expectations.

The Niko Pack is the largest of Chrome’s camera bags. If you’re not looking to carry a bunch of gear, the Niko Messenger and Niko Sling are both great options too. However, I tend to carry a lot of gear so the Pack has been working out wonderfully…(much much more below)

Interested already and want to pick one up? Here you go: Chrome Niko Pack Camera Backpack

chrome niko camera bag

From the exterior, you’ll find a bag with sleek style that disguises its camera carrying duties very well. What I’m saying is this bag isn’t your typical photojournalists pack, often chockfull of useless pockets and gimmicky features. The design is simple and allows you to access your equipment with ease and is even equipped to carry a tripod. At a retail price of $180, this bag is competitively priced and is quite the value in terms of features, quality and construction. Like all Chrome goods, this bag is meant to excel in all conditions: wet, dry, warm and cold. And being a company known for making bombproof bags for the working messenger, it’s safe to say the Niko’s durability will give other popular bag makers a real run for their money.

chrome niko camera bag

There are two main modules to this bag, accessible by two zippers with rubberized seams. The main body opens up to a pre-configured unit with plenty of space for a couple long lenses, primes and your body. It also packs in numerous small pockets for housing memory cards, batteries and etcetera. You can easily reconfigure the interior padding to allow for whatever your preferred arrangement may be. I started off using this bag to hold my DSLR, but found I’m not usually carrying enough gear to warrant such a big bag. Now it’s being used to house my Canon Gl2, fisheye, lights, batteries and other goodies needed for late night skate missions. However, this will be my go-to travel bag for events and has already accompanied me on a few trips including my recent visit to the city for the Red Hook Crit.

chrome niko camera bag

chrome niko camera bag

chrome niko camera bag

chrome niko camera bag

The second module up top is great for items you’ll need to access quickly, and even unzips to allow access to the main body of the bag. I’ll often put my flash or light in this pocket along with whatever else I need to be carrying. This zippered pocket also gives access to the 15” laptop sleeve running along the back of this bag – a very useful feature for any travelling photographer.
While the exterior of this bag lacks any smaller pockets, I see this as actually being advantageous to the pack. There’s nothing worse than a bag with too many pockets. The simplified design of the Niko Pack gets you in the habit of stashing things in the same spot, making for quicker access and peace of mind to boot.

chrome niko camera bag

chrome niko camera bag

chrome niko camera bag

I’ll admit it though; the bag did take some getting used to. The zippers for the main compartment aren’t exactly easy to get used to, but rest assured you’ll grow to love the design. After using the bag for over a month and a half, I’ve found the zippers break in really well and I’m navigating this bag with ease. I’ve gotten countless compliments on it so far as well, not only from my piers but also from other filmers / photogs. Oh yeah, the bag is also covered by a lifetime guarantee which further reinforces my confidence in the goods from Chrome. If you’re in the market for a great camera bag to house a bunch of gear, the Chrome Niko Pack is calling your name. I by no means consider myself a professional photographer or skate filmer, but this bag has made both activities that much more pleasurable. If you have any questions about the bag, definitely leave me a comment or shoot me an email – I’d love to discuss it some more!

-B

  • Patrick

    I regularly carry 2 boards and a tripod, there’s no way to put a board and a mid-sized tripod on the outside of that thing is there?

    • You could probably make it work; I’m assuming you’re talking about skateboards right? Strap the board down first then use the slack to secure the tripod – I think that’d work pretty well.

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