Chrome Industries Urban Ex Pannier 2.0 review

Stylish, robust pannier for modest loads, with a not-so-modest price tag

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Chrome Industries Urban Ex Pannier 2.0 is a classy looking bit of baggage, perfect for city and town commuters. It's seriously well made and shouldn't worry its lifetime warranty. Internally padded pockets and 100% waterproofing offer superior protection for contents, though you may feel a bit short changed where capacity is concerned. Off the bike, functionality is excellent, which may go some way to justifying the very hefty price tag.

Reasons to buy
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    Robust

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    Stylish

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    100% Waterproof

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    Lifetime warranty

Reasons to avoid
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    Pricey

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    Limited capacity

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Chrome has a reputation for functional, durable, stylish kit. Much of it is designed with urban riding in mind. While the Urban Ex 2.0 certainly ticks all these boxes, it falls a little short in terms of capacity. Having had my hands on it for over a month, I’d say it’s a buy-once, buy to last piece of kit.  

Chrome Industries Urban Ex Pannier 2.0: construction

Chrome has used a proprietary welding technology (combing RF welding with a mechanical interlock) to create the 100% waterproof, roll-top Urban Ex Pannier 2.0. The lower portion features a rubbery material. Its surface seems more resistant to water and mud splatters than the rest of the pannier.

Wide, robust daisy chain loops have been added for attaching D-locks to, or other bits of compatible kit. The loops are reflective. There’s no further reflective detailing on the sides of the pannier, arguably a negative for urban riding.

A three-point Klick-Fix set-up attaches the pannier to any 6-12mm diameter rack- there are adapters for the smaller diameters. I’ve had no problems getting it on a range of racks. Adjusting’s not a tool-free job; you’ll need a Phillips screwdriver if you want to move the hooks to any of the four positions. The horizontal lower arm slides off the rail to switch direction- again a Phillips screwdriver is needed to tighten it off once you’ve got it in the right place.

Inside there are several padded sleeves. The largest will take a 13in laptop, (two) smaller ones are ideal for valuables, there are even two for pens/pencils, plus a key-ring loop.