Kriega R20 Backpack
Great Bag For Long Commutes
I ride 1.5 hours to work everyday and I'll take my bike when the weather is nice. I've taken this bag on several days and it feels great. I can fit my small laptop, shoes, visor, and layered clothing in it, but it is tight. The material seems to be pretty sturdy so far. My only gripe (small) is that the cinch buckle goes on top of the outside pocket zipper, so if I need to get something out, I have to unbuckle it. It would also help to have 2 zippers instead of one for the main capartment to make it easier to zip up. All and all it is a great product to help with fatigue on long rides and Revzilla is FAST. Will definietly do business with them again.
March 20, 2015
Well made, with design quirks
Great bag. Well made, sturdy and durable. Zips are difficult to access when compression straps are engaged, which is the primary way of interfacing with a bag besides wearing it. This should be re-thought by Kreiga. Loose strap ends don't always stay put when secured in loops or clips. Not very comfortable to carry on one shoulder, but rides very well. Could use more reflective design elements (NOT logos or brand names) like piping or block panels. The lack of a giant name plastered on the bag is a plus. Good looking bag and holds a decent amount for an overnight trip. Rode through a downpour and everything inside stayed dry.
March 9, 2015
Lives up to reputation
Although a tad expensive it's a really good backpack, especially for it's focus: for wearing while riding.
The padded back is slightly curved, which is good since it'll match your back when riding (unless you're sportin' ape hangers).
The main straps kink in just right for when they are clipped together to keep them from interfering with arm movement and keep the pack really secure. (Also really good for when you're running through an airport trying to get to your connecting flight!) There are painted dots to use to make sure the straps are equal length - great idea since you know how annoying it is after 20 minutes when you realize one side of of your bag is loser than the other.
The body material looks kinda delicate but is actually tough stuff and adds almost no weight. It's a very thin nylon of some kind but not some cheap plastic you have to worry about tearing.
The zippers are also a kind I've never seen; they look to be made to prevent water slipping past into the pack. Unlike a conventional zipper where you can feel the teeth as you run your finger along it when it's zipped shut, on the Kriega you can hardly even feel the seam. Hard to explain so just zoom in on the pic and you'll get the idea.
Also in line with the "for riding" purpose there's no side/ back pockets or other things bulging way out to catch the wind. There *is* a side zipper on the outer flap to a small space (surprisingly deep) that when used, extends mostly into the bag and not out to keep it more aerodynamic. The compression straps work as expected to prevent things shifting / flapping around while riding. Inside it's just a main compartment with a small inner pouch on the inside of the flap and a larger pocket (starts from bottom up to < half height of inner compartment) on the part nearest your back. The bigger pouch has a compression strap so I use it for my laptop and cinch it so it doesn't move around. I'm sure that's what it was made for.
The R20 is the size I expected and wanted - not overly large but big enough for what I normally would carry on any day. It can easily fit my laptop, a fleece jacket and some smaller things. If you're going on a weekend thing, I'd say maybe get one size bigger - unless you only need a toothbrush, change of underwear and a t-shirt plus a sweatshirt.
It's also pretty stylish - but not stupidly so. Basically looks like the purpose-built backpack it is.
So while it is expensive, you get what you pay for. The R20 was obviously designed with a lot of thought for it's primary purpose: to wear while riding and not have it interfere with you at speed. Construction is top notch and it looks like it'll last a long time.
February 12, 2015
Well designed product
i pretty much agree with the reviews I have read on this and other sites. It is comfortable to wear, the straps are well designed to be easy to put the bag on when you are wearing an armored and lined jacket and helmet, and the pack is comfortable, with a moderate amount of weight.
I also like that there are mounting points for Kriegas US series "piggyback" packs, which can also be mounted to the back of the motorbike. I haven't tried them yet, but the reviews are favorable. I'm gassing for the US30 combo.
The reason I took away one star for durability, is that the material that the bag is made from is slightly on the thin side, as others have mentioned.
Also, a little more reflective paint would be nice, just in case Kriega is reading these reviews.
February 11, 2015
Top quality, unmatched comfort
After much research I settled on the R20. If you read the reviews they all recommend the R25 or R35 because they hold more. After reading hundreds of reviews it really wasn't clear how much each held. I settled on this because I didn't want it too big as the primary role is a computer bag. However once i got it i discovered it could easily pack my Mac Pro 13" two pair of jeans, 3 underwear (boxer) plus one long john style and 4 pairs of socks plus 3 T-shirts and room for toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, aftershave and razor. Enough for a weekend trip. The weight disappeared on my back. Awesome
February 9, 2015
More technical; less practical
I have a few Kriega bags now: US20, US30, R20. They are all great bags, look great, work great (for riding), but in my humble opinion, Kriega can easily make them a little more practical for daily commuter use. For example, the R20 main compartment zipper in one directional and obstructed by a few compression straps. Sure, it keeps things nice and tight, but lets be realistic, you are going to access this bag 100 times more than you care about super compression. I also think they need more 'frequent access' pockets on all their gear. The quality is great. no complaints. The straps are nice and easy to get in and out of with a moto jacket. If you are using it as a daily backpack (not on moto), you might find that the straps will slip a bit off your shoulders unless the chest buckle is fastened - no biggie. Other than commuting or moto trips, I have used this pack on winter and summer hiking trips in the mountains, and as a carry-on for travelling. A good medium-small pack. Things can get tight if you expect to put shoes in them though.
February 3, 2015
Good motorcycle pack....but not great
This is a good pack but I was expecting better. The materials used are very light weight. It does not appear very durable or abrasion resistant. If I ever take a spill on my bike this pack is probably toast.
If this same pack was made in 1000D nylon it would be fantastic.
January 19, 2015
Utmost quality of design and function
No doubt this is the best backpack I've ever used, motorcycle-specific or otherwise. It's made to be high-performance, technical, and functional, to a degree I've never seen before.
If you're in the market for a small/mid-size moto pack, this is the one to get. Anything else is a compromise.
That said, I do wish there were more pockets for better organization. The front section is really just one big pocket, exclusive of any further sub-pockets or pen slots. Also, there is only 1 zipper for each section, so you've only got one option for closing it. I'm sure this is designed with waterproofing in mind, nonetheless it's kind of a pain.
No reason not to get this pack. It's made to the highest degree of quality and functionality. Already ordered a few more Kriega products, there's nothing better.
January 2, 2015