Chrome unveils a new version of the iconic Niko camera backpack and an all-new shoulder strap
Chrome Industries has updated its iconic Niko camera backpack for street photographers and videographers. It’s also releasing a brand new sling aimed at photographers on the go.
The brand, known for its tough, weatherproof and city-focused bags, will sell the Niko 3.0 Backpack (£240) and the new Niko 3.0 Camera Sling (£130) from next week.
The star product is undoubtedly the Niko 3.0 backpack. Like many large camera backpacks, this sturdy 25-litre backpack offers plenty of accessibility options, with doors at the top, back and sides to access stored cameras and lenses in the main compartment. It weighs 2 kg empty.
New for 2022 is a larger laptop sleeve designed to fit an Apple Macbook up to 16 inches, as well as a secondary pocket for storing a tablet. The main compartment contains dividers attached by Velcro and can therefore be customized for any equipment.
For hikes in all conditions, the Niko 3.0 backpack has adjustable padded shoulder straps, a sternum strap with buckle and a padded hip belt. On either side are cargo straps for carrying tripods or other gear.
It’s made entirely from a bluesign approved 1050 denier nylon shell with a waterproof base for laying it down in wet conditions – a new addition on this upgraded version – and a sturdy tricot lining inside.
The modified design is the result of feedback from street, action and adventure photography professionals, says Chrome Industries.
A brand new product for Chrome is the Niko 3.0 Camera Sling, a nine-liter bag aimed at urban photographers shooting on the go. Made from the same hard-wearing materials as the Niko 3.0 backpack and weighing 970g, it has a quick-release strap and buckle.
Although sold as a shoulder strap, the wide adjustable two-point shoulder strap of the Niko 3.0 Camera Sling can be quickly tightened and loosened. It can also be worn around the waist.
There is a zippered opening on the top for quick access to a camera or lens. The main compartment is padded with plenty of room for a full frame DSLR with a 70-200mm lens, but can be customized into compartments for lenses and flashes. It has multiple pockets for cables and accessories, with drop-down pockets for memory cards or movies.
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