Kriega R20 Backpack
This baby is the bomb. I have been struggling riding around with a jansport backpack for about a year now because I am super frugal. I upgraded to this backpack around Christmas time and may I say, what an amazing product. It is super lightweight, provides a really strong support without putting too much pressure on my neck, and it fits more than you'd think. I can fit my laptop, notebook and a textbook in one trip. My only complaint is that the clip that crosses your chest to provide support is made of plastic that feels a bit cheep and I'm a little concerned that it might break easily, but I'll see what happens. Otherwise, the bag is great. The most beneficial attribute the backpack has is the back padding. This has provided a little more protection for me while riding. Now I don't worry about getting a jacket without the padding already installed. The backpack has a surprising amount of back protection.
February 2, 2016
Perfect for commuting
I got this backpack to replace my messenger-style laptop bag for commuting on my new bike. It works out perfectly. The only thing I'll say is that while I suppose I should have figured it out, the description doesn't specify that the backpack has a hard curved shape so it rests against your body comfortably. This is great for riding, however makes it more difficult to fit something at large and rigid as a laptop inside (fitting something rectangular into a curved compartment).
I've also used it during my weekend rides to carry my extra layers/gloves/water bottle/etc. For this it more than excels.
January 2, 2016
Fantastic Back Pack
Excellent versatility, strong materials, comfortable fit. This thing does not have a ton of gee-wiz pockets that are almost useless. This is designed for the smart packer, who with some creativity can pack a whole lot of stuff in the back pack. The quadralock system is heaven on the shoulders since it plants all the weight on your chest. Strong zippers, strong materials, with optional camel back.
You can't go wrong with this backpack.
December 14, 2015
Overkill, undersized, overpriced.
I was looking for a tough, water-resistant backpack, and this seemed like the way to go as a motorcyclist who uses his backpack for quick grocery runs, etc. This backpack, while, extremely well-made, just doesn't have enough room to justify the price. It only fits maybe a change of clothes, and that's about it. It's base isn't flat enough to sit upright without falling over, and the curvature of the back, which makes it more comfortable on the body... takes a lot of storage capacity from the main compartment. In short: ALL QUALITY AND FIT... NO PRACTICALITY. For over $100, I expected more than a durable water-"resistant" bag that fits two loaves of bread, or some pants and a shirt comfortably. Overkill, under-sized.
December 1, 2015
Comfort for the long haul
This pack really changed my views on how a riding pack should fit and function.
My previous pack was one of the molded options and while it was great on the freeway, it was cumbersome off the bike.
This Kriega pack rocks it in both worlds...no drama on the freeway, no shifting weight in the corners and tons of compliments off the bike. Other riders know this pack and often tell me they wish they bought it over their current AAA name-brand pack.
My Macbook Pro 15 fits in the pack easily but the pre-curve makes it a little awkward. I bought a padded waterproof laptop case to make me feel a little more comfortable. Everything about this pack screams quality and moto-oriented design.
Check out Kriega's website if you're having trouble living everything up.
You wont be disappointed, I wasn't!
November 11, 2015
Great bag for the ride !!!
I have been looking for a bag truly designed for riders. Lets be honest the Racing brands with tech, leathers and helmets should not be focusing on bags.... Kriega proves they have the riders comfort and protection in mind. Not just slapping on a cool Logo everyone loves.....
November 9, 2015
These truly are some of the best designed motorcycling backpacks around. The suspension system is what makes it. The pack goes on with one click and you quickly forget it is there. I can recommend this product without reservation.
November 4, 2015
Had this backpack for several months now and really am glad I went with it. I was torn between this and the American Cargo Trooper (hi-viz version).
I ended up choosing the Kriega because of the excellent reviews and the harness system. I am female and felt the Kriega harness would be more accommodating for a shorter/smaller frame. I was right, this pack stays in place perfectly! I adjusted it to half way between the single dot and double dot indicators and that works out awesome for my size.
I mostly use it for commuting so it fits a pair of flipflops (or smaller sneakers), jeans, sweatshirt, cosmetic bag, headphones (larger style like Beats), external hard-drive (WD Passport style), my re-usable Starbucks cup (are you laughing at me yet?), and some other misc smaller items (cables, Surface Pro, snacks).
Sometimes I wish I got the R25 just for the extra space but I've currently never run out on the R20...I just don't like packing things too tight. The Kriega is so well made though it never feels like I'm stressing it out when I zip it all up. I love how easy it is just tighten down too when I don't have it full of items.
My only complaint is that it's totally black with only small amounts of reflective material. I ended up modifying it some to make me feel more confident in my visibility. Pictures added.
Very happy with purchase and will continue to by Kriega items due to their high quality.
November 2, 2015