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Chrome drops 2011 Fall line – Gives You Stylish Footwear and new tech bags

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The folks at Chrome have bee working hard this year.  They have launched several new bags, new SPD compatible shoes, new clothing, and even opened up a new storefront in Chicago.  To continue those efforts, they have just announced their Fall ’11 lineup.  Included is the new Midway Pro, their All City shoes (not that All-City), women’s sizing for their Kursk shoe, and a line of tech bags.

The Midway Pro follows in the foot steps of the Kursk Pro.  The Midway Pro has me excited too.  After spending a few months testing out the Kursk Pro, I realized I needed a shoe that came up a bit higher on my ankle.  The Midway Pro is the answer to that problem.  Look for a full review of the Midway Pro soon.  In the meantime here are the specs.

Made from 1000 denier Cordura and sudden upper

Mid-ankle height for increased support

Full-Length nylon/glass shank to keep things stiff

Recessed cleat (two bolt system)

Forefoot rocker for easy walking when off the bike

Steel aglets and lace garage to keep your laces out of your chainring

Reflective hit at heel for night visibility

Cost $110

Head past the jump for the rest of the Fall ’11 lineup.


Chrome took their very popular Kursk shoe and gave it a pretty new look.  You can have it in pink now.  Plus, the pink, as well as the all black version, come in women’s sizing.

To round out the shoe collection, Chrome has introduced the All City shoe line.  These shoes are all about style and comfort, and less about on-the-bike performance.  Chrome labels them as the shoe for those days when you’re just too hungover to throw your leg over your bike.


The Riverton is made with a full-grain leather outer and blown rubber midsole wedge for maximum comfort.  The leather is designed to weather and distress well over time.  You will find an embossed Chrome logo on the heel side and tongue.  Black is the only color option, and $105 makes it yours.


The Southside also has a full-grain leather outer with blow rubber midsole wedge.  This mid-ankle shoe laces all the way up, rather than slipping on like the Riverton.  Colors include, black, grey, or brown, and costs $120.

Now that we have the shoes out of the way, lets talk tech.  Tech bags to be specific.  If you are the type to transport you laptop and/or camera with you wherever you go Chrome has you covered.


For the professional photographer there is the Niko.  The Niko uses a single shoulder strap with Chromes signature seatbelt buckle (with integrated bottle opener).  To keep things stable there is also a chest cross strap.  The top carry handle gives you an alternative carry mode.  The main compartment is customizable so you can get it to fit your exact set up.  Up top there is a small accessories pocket as well.  The outer shell is the usual fare made from 1000 denier weatherproof Corduar.  Black is the only color option and $95 brings it home.


If a large bag is not your thing, then check out Chrome’s laptop carrying daypack meant for commuting.  The Krakow fits up to a 17″ MacBook Pro laptop, has large external pockets covered with a Velcro flap, and an outer zippered pocket for travel documents.  The Krakow comes in black and red, or all black.  If you want this one, be prepared to hand over $130.


Rounding out the last of the new bags is the Anton.  This is Chrome’s waxed canvas messenger brief that has an integrated laptop sleeve and removable shoulder strap.  It holds up to a 17″ MacBook Pro.  A nice feature is the pass through built into the bag so that you can put the handle of your wheeled luggage through it to ease carrying all your stuff in the airport.  Color choices include all black, or a very nice olive.  Cost comes in at $130.


While not new, the Buran is back in more colors, and it’s waterproof!  This messenger bag is made of 1050 denier nylon with a P/U coating.  Inside you will find the weatherproof truck tarp liner along with a fully padded laptop sleeve and organizational pockets.  The Buran now comes in all black as well as grey and black.  Pricing is set at $155.


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12 years ago

I’d really like a Southside in an SPD compatible version. Right now we don’t have a good casual SPD shoe for those of us who can’t show up in saddles or normal SPD shoes to the kind of meetings we go to. I can get clothes from Oulier, Rapha, Sweve, and such that I can look “business like” combined with some stuff from Smartwool, Patagonia, etc.. you can figure out how to look sharp.

Until you get to shoes.

These still aren’t exactly where i’d like to be…but a leather top and the look they have going I can pass for now. Yep, Mission Workshop and DZR have made some nice shoes for casual riding down to the bar type of trips….but for work…won’t work.

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