Kriega R20 Backpack
Packs more than you think
The R20 is nice and slim and great for commuting. What does it hold?
Option 1: commuting and coming home after work: the main compartment holds my 14" laptop (it would hold a 15"), extra shoes (although I tend to leave a pair at work), and clear shield. Still have room for shorts and t-shirt for whatever reason you'd need to bring them! The smaller compartment on the outside is bigger than the small zipper opening would lead you to believe, it basically fills the entire front of the bag and expands out 3-4 inches or so, and could hold another set of gloves (e.g. winter gloves), neck gaiter, ear plugs, wallet and keys, and any other small items you need to throw in there.
Option 2: commuting and going out after work before riding home. This assumes you ride wearing kevlar jeans or armored pants that you'll take off at the restaurant. You "can" fit the kevlar jeans in the bag with the laptop, and the armor will fit in the outside pouch. The clear shield should fit if you need to swap out your smoke shield. I doubt you'd fit your riding boots, so you'll have to wear those out.
So for commuting it fits all my needs and I'm glad I didn't get bigger. For weekend riding, it could serve as an overnight bag if you pack judiciously. For same day riding where you'll go hiking, as mentioned above it should fit your armored pants--but definitely not your jacket, you'll need to tie that down to the bike with your cheap walmart bicycle cable (I put it through the sleeves).
October 5, 2015
Comfortable enough I forget that I'm wearing it
I have zero complaints other than I wish I went a size up. 20L is less than it seems. The construction quality is topnotch; haven't owned in that long so I can't really comment on durability, but it definitely feels like it's going to last.
The straps are comfortable and the buckle across the front helps take all the weight off your shoulders. This feature is what makes the high price point worth it.
If you want to carry more than a bottle of water, light jacket, and a few other small items, then you should definitely size up. Not enough room to pack rain gear along with other stuff.
September 28, 2015
The Kriega R20 Backpack has enough room for my 2.5Liter water bladder and books/laptop for school. This Kriega R20 Backpack looks great, isn't bulk looking, its easy to get on and majority of the time i dont know the backpack is on.
September 21, 2015
Great but needs more!
This is a great LITTLE pac. its good for day rides where you are not packing much. I wish it had a better outside pocket on it. It is to small for a daily commuter.
The strap system is OFF THE HOOK! you do not feel the bag when you ride. I have been hiking with this pack and it is great for that as well. Just missing a few pockets for me.
If I had to do it over again, I would!
September 21, 2015
I use this for regular riding, as well as commuting to work/school. The backpack is a bit smaller than I thought it would be, but it works amazingly, and i can manage to fit everything I need into it. Very well built and durable. Would definitely recommend to a friend!
September 21, 2015
Great bag! Super comfortable and holds a ton.
This is a great bag. Easy on/off, even when wearing leathers. The bag holds a ton, including fitting my 15" Macbook Pro. Plenty of straps and tie down areas, too. Got caught in a good rain already, and everything stayed dry. Definitely not 100% waterproof since the bag is open above the shoulder straps to allow a camel pack tube to escape.
September 9, 2015
Fits 3 laptops
I have a 15" and 13" macbook pro that fit in this along with my 14" Dell. There is still room for my lunch and bose over-ear headphones. The pack is really easy to carry and put on even with a jacket. The only thing I dont care for, because it's different than my older northface, is it has a single zipper for entry. That may not be a big deal to many though.
September 3, 2015
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