Kriega R20 Backpack
I purchased this backpack because I wanted a pack with better weight distribution while riding to work, and I wanted something water resistant if I was caught in the rain. I use this backpack to carry a laptop, chargers, sometimes a tablet, and misc items. It met and/or exceeded almost all of my expectations.
Weight Distribution and Sizing
The weight is distributed so evenly that I started using the bag for travel too. The straps are designed to go over motorcycle jackets with body armor, which I had adjusted the size for accordingly. Adjusting was a bit of a hassle but it's a 1-time thing. I'm 5'4" and a little under 110 with a small frame, so the pack is sized a little big for me without a jacket on, even at the smallest settings. Without a jacket, the straps won't always stay on my shoulders unless I buckle them together because it is designed for a broader build (again, targeted for motorcycle jacket compatibility, and probably for guys). I don't mind buckling it though because this is part of what makes the pack seem so weightless. If you are a big-chested woman, the buckle might not work well for you.
Off a motorcycle, the pack still works great. It is not one of those over-compartmentalized packs that have a pocket for every pen and pencil. If you tend to over-pack, you would end up doing a lot of rummaging while traveling. If you pack light, it won't be a problem. There's one big compartment with a sleeve and a small zippered pocket (think pens, chapstick, small random stuff), and one outside small sideways compartment (think granola bars, passport, hand sanitizer, etc).
This confused me when I was shopping for this bag. There is a sleeve in the main compartment that can be used as laptop sleeve. It is not padded, protective, or laptop-specific. On my 15" laptop, the sleeve goes up the computer about halfway, just holding it in place and maybe preventing a few scratches. The backpack has a rigid structure which keeps me from getting nervous when I toss it on the ground, but this is not designed to protect your laptop. Sounds like this sleeve could also be used for a water bladder, or for anything else flat and skinny.
Quality, Durability, and Design
I haven't had the pack long enough to tell you how it holds up long term, but I can attest to the attention to detail and overall quality of the bag. This is the first Kriega product I've owned, and I'd certainly be open to buying another one of their products. A few things I would change if I designed/manufactured this pack:
- stuff the hand handle so it is padded, easier to hold
- allow the side pocket zipper to go higher up into the garage (Klim does a great job with garages - check theirs out), and don't place the end of it directly under a buckle
- more reflective tape
- find a way to minimize the number of and length of the straps.
- have the main compartment zipper only go all the way down one side of the pack to prevent stuff falling out the side when I'm just reaching in the top to grab something, or solve this by adding a second zipper to the track (which I realize would create water resistance challenges)
Overall, highly recommended!
May 18, 2015
Don't wait to buy this pack
Last year, I had purchased a set of Kriega bags and was really impressed and I then waffled on the pack. Don't. Buy it. Not only does their Quad-Lok system really work, the bag itself is everything you need and nothing you don't for a motorcycle backpack.
I'll also say that this is so much better than a standard backpack.
I find the 20L size about perfect for commuting; toss in your notebook computer, a waterbottle, shoes, a layer and few other bits and there is still plenty of room. The compression straps are minimal and in the right place.
I also bought this pack to adventure on my Multistrada and so I can have easily accessible water. Thus far, it's been great! Much better than a standard hydration bladder pack.
As it's mentioned; this is not a waterproof pack, which is a slight bummer. I'd be willing to pay more for a very similar pack that has some water resistance to it.
May 7, 2015
This bag is perfect! You do not even know you are wearing it. It is perfectly balanced on your back and shoulders. Very light weight. Durable zippers. I added on a Kriega Kube Pocket to the front strap to keep my cell phone handy. Best motorcycle back pack I have ever owned!!!
April 27, 2015
Love this bag!
It's not quite riding season temperature-wise, but I recently used it for a business trip. I was able to pack one pair of dress shoes, a dress shirt & pants, a pair of pajamas, my 15" laptop + associated cables/chargers, a make-up pouch, a hygiene pouch, wallet, cell phones, backup charger and a bag of pecan turtles. I love this bag & can't wait to try it out of my bike next month. I bought the R25 for my fiancé, which has even more storing capacity then my R20 mentioned above.
April 6, 2015
My go-to Bag
This is my go-to daily riding back pack. And holds everything I need for the day. I work in a restaurant so I need to take my uniform with me on my back. I fit a sweatshirt, work shirt, sandles, 32oz waterbottle and my hat with some room to spare. If you have ever used a backpack im sure you know how big 20 liters is. Two things annoy me about this bag though. 1. there is only one zipper for the main compartment so it needs to be fully unzipped to be accessed. 2. The little front pocket is pretty small and I can barely fit my hand in to access my wallet and stuff. But other than those two things this bag is great. Right out of the box it feels heavy duty and well made, and the strap system is very comfortable, takes the pressure off your back and makes you forget you are even wearing a backpack. Also it looks awesome. But if you need organization in your back pack do not by this, there is no organization in the compartments aside from a laptop sleeve thing.
April 6, 2015
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