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The Drop: Chrome Industries Bravo 4.0 Backpack

Authored by:
Jonathan Tayag
The Drop: Chrome Industries Bravo 4.0 Backpack

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It's a big EDC market out there, and tons of awesome gear is released all the time. We made The Drop to help you discover the latest and greatest essentials worth a spot in your EDC.

The emergence of multi-layer laminate material has been a boon to everyday carry enthusiasts searching for a lightweight bag or pack. The thin yet durable and water-resistant construction of the layers of material helps reduce the initial heft of a bag. Adding it to existing bag designs, with some tweaks, is also a winning recipe. That's what Chrome Industries has done with their Bravo 4.0 backpack. This fourth iteration of their classic urban and bike-oriented rolltop bag features the lightweight construction modern everyday carry demands, with added organizational space inside to boot.

Where the original Bravo designs from Chrome Industries featured a large main compartment, it was lacking for anyone looking for interior and exterior organizational space. With the Bravo 4.0, Chrome Industries added a padded laptop sleeve that fits up to a 17" desktop computer replacement laptop (a feat few packs attempt). There's a new zippered tech organizer compartment in the front, but the best addition is the side water bottle pocket, letting you stay hydrated on your commute, whether on two legs or wheels.

What we like: The laminate material allows this large 24-35L backpack to weigh just 2.82 pounds fully unloaded. Compare that to 5 or 6 pounds with a similarly-sized ballistic nylon bag, and you have all-day wearability with space to spare. It's even sustainable, with its layers composed of recycled nylon and polyester.

What to watch out for: Chrome Industries bills this bag as water-resistant, not waterproof. But with its rolltop design and quality materials, you should get through the urban rain without a hitch.

Final verdict: The Bravo 4.0 is ready to be your next lightweight everyday carry go-to item. With its large capacity, innovative design additions, and lightweight materials, it's hard to pass up if you're looking for an urban commute bag this season.

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Jonathan Tayag

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About the Author
Jonathan Tayag is secretly an information technology and corporate security expert who prefers to moonlight as a creative event and commercial photographer whenever possible. His varied experience and substantial travels have led him to seek, without even thinking about it at first, the best gear for the best use at the best price available. Before the concept of EDC (everyday carry) firmly took hold, Jonathan already spent untold amounts of time optimizing for the best-in-slot pieces of gear, from cameras and lenses to pocket knives, pens, and bags and packs. In November 2015, Jonathan joined EverydayCarry.com and has since written numerous articles and guides to help impart his knowledge to the community as a whole.

Jonathan's photographic works have appeared on numerous online websites, print, video, and television outlets for over a decade. Jonathan's previous clients include Blizzard Entertainment, Red Bull, ESL, Razer, and several other endemic and non-endemic esports sponsors and brands. His work also features heavily in online competitive gaming communities, especially those of the StarCraft and Fighting Game genres. You've likely seen his work if you've spent time in a stream or in-game chat over the years.

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