First Look: Chrome Treadwell Travel Bags

Badass bags for the modern road warrior

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Chrome's recently launched Treadwell Travel Collection combines tough functionality with the low-key, clean aesthetics we've come to expect from the Portland-based brand. The collection includes 10 duffels, backpacks, and organizers, all made from 1680 denier ballistic nylon with black leather trim, designed for urban travel. Here are a few of our favorite products.

Surveyor Duffel Bag ($160)


The Surveyor is a bomber duffel that you won't have to worry about checking at an airport or tossing into the back of a cab. It features a 44-liter main compartment as well as two outer organization pockets and a separate space for shoes. A smart strap configuration allows the bag to be worn over the shoulder or like a backpack. 

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Hightower Transit Backpack ($180)


Travel-oriented backpacks have become ubiquitous but the Hightower nails the perfect blend of form and function. The top-loader has four interior organizational pockets, a heavily padded laptop sleeve, and a soft-lined phone pocket. We appreciate the extra handles on the side and top which make it easy to grab and carry briefcase style. 

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Kilo Dopp Kit ($25)


Dopp kits may be one of the most underappreciated travel accessories but keeping your toiletries, or charging cords and spare batteries, organized is the sign of a seasoned traveler. The Kilo is made from the same ballistic nylon as the rest of the Treadwell collection and can be hung on a tree branch or towel rack via a small webbing strap that snaps closed.

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Vega Transit Brief ($160)


The Vega mimics the Transit's design but has a slightly smaller size and more versatile carry options. It features an extra-padded laptop sleeve, a top-mounted handle like a standard brief bag, a removable cross-body shoulder strap, and hide-away backpack shoulder straps. A rear pass-thru slot lets it slip over roller bag handles making it an easy carry-on option.

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