It goes without saying that the gang at A19 are big proponents of the backpack but there are days when we all need or prefer a smaller bag to carry our basic essentials. These are the items that you use and need excess to regularly. Understandably what these basic essentials are differ for all of us but you get the gist of it. So after almost a year of testing, evaluating and abusing our prototypes, they have finally released a new addition to their Alpha One Niner family, the CHIO Bag.
The CHIO bag is 13” across, 10” high and about 3.5 to 4” wide at the sides. That’s approximately 33 x 25 x 10 cm. It has a total of 6 zippered pockets of which 5 are external; there's 2 in front, and the other 3 are in the rear.
As mentioned they designed the CHIO to hold the basic essentials and an example is what is shown in the video below. These items we carry daily regardless of whether we're back home or traveling internationally. What we do is add or remove additional items depending on where we're going, how long we are going to be there, etc.
For domestic and international travel, it is the Chio bag that we have below the front seat on a flight. We leave everything else in our backpack in the luggage bins above. Imagine being on a 14 hour flight and the lights are out; the last thing you wanna do is rummage through your backpack in that bin. We have all our essentials in our Chio including some additional items we bring for long flights, notably an eye mask, snacks, a travel toothbrush and oddly for some, a good shoe horn.....we kid you not! I'm sure other Longhaulers would agree with us.
Finally, for those photographers among us, we would like to also mention the availability of the optional Chio camera pouch add-on. This pouch is also a stand-alone bag with its own shoulder strap. This well padded pouch has a hook bottom that helps secure it to the bottom of the Chio where you will find a corresponding inline strip of loop. In a quick instance you’ve basically converted your Chio into a small camera bag!
As always we strive on feedback so if you do decide to get a Chio for yourself, please feel free to drop us a note down the line to let us know how it goes .
Available in 500D Cordura Nylon; Black, Gray, Med Navy, Kryptek Typhon and Multicam Black
Inside zippered pocket in 210D Nylon ripstop.
Dimensions 13" (w) x 10" (H) x 3.5" (D)
Volume approximately 9 liters / 550 cu2
Weight approximately 0.7 pounds (0.33 kg)
A total of 6 (six) zippered pockets; 2 in front, 3 in rear and 1 in the main compartment.
Rear zippered pocket concealed/covert compartment lined with loops.