Kriega R20 Backpack
Love it. Super comfortable. Wish is had more pockets
Super comfortable backpack that definitely doesn't distract you while riding. It's well made and I think will last a long time.
I do wish it had like, one more organizational pocket. I know it's supposed to be for camping or adventuring or whatever, but as a daily office commuter I could really use a few organizational pockets.
The back of it is also contoured to fit the curve of your back--which is great. Except I usually put my laptop in the little pouch that a hydration pack should go in and then the flat laptop doesn't really sit well against the curved back wall. Again, I know it's designed for soft loads, but it's not great for laptop transport.
It also doesn't hold as much as I was imagining.
But those are really all pretty minor nitpicks, the bag is great.
August 27, 2015
After years of using a North Face and Victorinox backpack I finally decided to buy the R20. You barely notice the weight while riding and I can fit my rain gear and lunch with room to spare.
August 24, 2015
This is a great backpack for riding love the chest straps
This brand is the best love the product. The material feels good and when in use the pack feels great with no type of discomfort. ..feels like you don't even have a pack in your back ....
August 10, 2015
Perfect Riding Daypack
I have been carrying a daypack/backpack almost every day for the last 8 years for my commute. I had always used a "tactical" style backpack which worked fine. I moved and my commute was almost 1 hour each way and by the end of it I could feel where my backpack was pulling and straining. I finally decided to get a pack made for riding and I'm extremely glad I did. The way the straps are integrated, curve, and buckle together allow for complete freedom of movement and ensure you are always in a comfortable riding position. The air channel works well and keeps the air flowing between myself and the back which helps on 90+ degree days. The pack itself is very light. It's small enough to stay out of the way but still large enough to carry all my gym gear and work supplies and compresses when not full. I'm glad I stuck with the R20 as I think the R25 would have been more than I need. I honestly do not realize I'm riding with a pack until I get off the bike.
My singular complaint would be the lack of double zippers on the main pack which requires you to unbuckle one of the sides and completely open the pack just to access a small part of it. I realize that is to aid in water resistance so it's a small gripe.
Once again, quality gear from Kriega and well worth the money.
August 10, 2015
This product is great
Very satisfied with the product. Everything is very functional and perfect size for commuting and overnight trip. The only con that it has for me is that the plastic pieces of the clips and adjusters are scratching my tank when I try to grab something from the bag when I don't feel like getting off the bike. But other then that, its perfect.
August 4, 2015
Great versatile backpack of on and off road!
I was stuck between buying the R20 and R25 and happy I got the smaller R20. I am easily able to fit a weekends worth of clothes and if I need more room can expand it with Kriega accessories. The straps don't flap in the wind, the quality is great, strong YKK zippers, and the shoulder straps keep the pack snug to my body with less stress on my back and shoulders. Highly recommend!
August 3, 2015
not the average backpack
When talking Kriega it's minimal, exceptional materials, design and features. Not the cheap kind of bag. At first this R20 seemed not exactly the size I thought. But as I started using it I learned how greatly thought this bag is. I can fill it up with my stuff and it distributes weight equally so my shoulders don't stress. I hate riding with anything extra, not even a backpack, but this bag made it totally doable for me. I can say I enjoy wearing this bag when I ride. Not like having a regular backpack. This is truly a motorcycle backpack. I believe in spending money ONCE, that's why I went this road. Cheers!!
July 29, 2015
Fantastic Commuter Bag
Being American, these moon-units of “20 Liters” were hard to gauge from the lazy convenience of the internet. But it sounded large enough, so I picked it up anyway. Day-to-day, this is fine, as its large enough to accommodate my rain gear and a secondary pair of work shoes, but you’d be hard pressed to cram anything else of any size larger than a wallet or phone in there past that. If you carry anything larger than this in volume, I would opt for the R25 or at the very least one of the accessory bags that can attach to the outside of the bag.
As for the bag itself, what I can’t complain about at all is fit, finish, or comfort. It’s extremely durable for a soft-shell bag. Has multiple compression straps (which all have their own tie-down clips so they aren’t flailing in the wind), and the bag itself is “water resistant” if not waterproof. In reality I’ve had to ride in many a surprise Florida downpour, and never had anything seep into the bag’s interior. Being a backpack, it does restrict airflow over your back, and it does try to alleviate this with two large breathable pads along the spine. But these act more as cushion than anything, and after 30 minutes of traffic in the heat I still develop the ol’ sweatback where it rests on me. But this will be a problem with all backpacks, so I accept it for what it is, and not as a fault of the R20 itself.
The major selling point of all Kriega backpacks is the fastening mechanism. For those who don’t know, unlike traditional backpacks that simply hang over your shoulders, Kriegas use a large plastic fastener that connects at the sternum. This focuses the load strain across your chest, not your shoulders, which can take the weight much easier similar to how hiking backpacks fasten above your hips. Even those come with chest straps as well. The result works exactly as advertised, and I went from a backpack that only got more uncomfortable with speed to the Kriega which is more comfortable, stable, and secure than anything I had tried before. The connector itself is comically large to allow you to easily fumble for it with riding gloves on, and it’s a simple one-click on, one-click off process to put on or take off the bag.
Needless to say I’ve been very happy with it, even if there have been a few occasions where I wish I had sprung for the R25. But wishing you had more of a great thing is one of the best endorsements, right?
July 10, 2015