Kriega R20 Backpack
Well designed pack for daily use
I bought this pack for daily commuting to work. I really like all the design elements. It was very well thought out for the needs of riders. You barely notice it's there when riding.
I have a concern that the rubber molding over the zipper will deteriorate quickly as it gets caught by the zipper regularly.
I would like 1-2 more small pockets to organize smaller things. The pack has a main compartment with 1 laptop/water bladder sleeve and 1 small clear window pocket which is flat and doesn't have much room. The front external compartment is medium sized and has no organization pockets. Basically you just dump everything into these two big pockets and it's a bit annoying when you're trying to find something and the pack is full.
Overall, great pack and exactly what I was looking for for a motorcycle specific, comfortable, technical pack.
October 14, 2014
Awesome look! High quality.......perfect for motorcyclists.
If you're anything like me, you have accumulated backpacks over the years and have one for just about any occasion. But the way I see it, a tactical backpack is made for tactical uses, a hiking backpack is made for hiking (etc.), but I've never owned a motorcycling backpack. The R20 fills that void perfectly. It's an awesome looking backpack, for starters. You can tell it's made of high quality material. In addition to looks, the fit is an extraordinary feature of this backpack. The curved straps make it easy to put this pack on over your riding jacket and it won't cut your circulation off when riding in a forward leaning position (for the sport bikers out there). The front clasp/strap configuration centers the pack weight and is extremely secure. You won't even know you have a pack on. The formed shoulder area minimizes any strain so you won't even feel it after a few hours of riding. Finally, the compression straps are solid and hold strong so you can really cinch the bag down to almost nothing.
So criticism: This is not a waterproof bag.......just water resistant. After riding about 40 minutes in a complete downpour, the contents of the bag were still dry, so that was good......but any longer and you'd have a damp inside, for sure. The main compartment only has a single zipper, so loading can be a bit awkward and isn't the best when having to grab things/put things away quickly with the clasps. Though the straps are high quality, the bag's material doesn't seem to be made the same way, but only time will tell how strong the bag really is. I think this bag should come with the Kube Pocket for content handling while on the bike (when stopped, of course). The Kube is great for ID, phone, toll money, etc. I bought it separately and like how compatible it is with the R20. But again, it's an extra cost. Finally, it's ridiculous not to include a hydration bladder with a $139 (non-waterproof) riding backpack. DO NOT pay the absurd $49 for the Kriega hydration bladder (sorry, Revzilla, I know the bladder pricing is not on you!). You can get one of better utility and quality from Amazon for a third of the price. Here's the one I have and it fits perfectly in the R20:
Buy this bag. I love it and it has served multiple purposes. The piece of mind of knowing that if the bike and I separate in an unfortunate incident (and I'm conscious) that I'll have the essentials I need on me instead of in a pannier or tail bag.
October 11, 2014
Great Backpack for my daily commutes
I purchased this Kriega R20 for the sole purpose as my commuter pack. Based on the features and reviews, I am giving this product a try and it has not disappointed. The initial adjusting takes the most effort however, once done, it is a world of difference compared to "traditional"packs. The pack is somewhat minimalist as has the main compartment ( with a pocket for h2o bladder), a small zippered pocket and and zippered pocket on the exterior. The main compartment allows me to pack/organize how I prefer and is not cluttered with organizer pockets. The pack itself is fairly light and one adjusted, the weight is distributed so your arms, shoulders, and back are not solely carrying the load.
My weekly commutes are about 150 miles per week and I have owned this item for four weeks with any issues. It is durable and easy to use. Since it hasn't rained significantly where I live, I cannot comment on its waterproof/resistance qualities.
September 29, 2014
Great backpack for touring, travel, or just going to the store.
I purchased the Kriega R20 after many hours of deliberating on various other backpacks, and you know, I think the decision was a good one. Absolutely zero issues with the construction and materials after copious amounts of use.
I am a light packer so the size was of no issue. In fact I found that I had ample room for extra things if I were so inclined to pick up something on my travels. Very comfortable to wear for long journeys given that you adjust the straps to fit you right proper.
I even use this as a grocery getter. It fits everything I need for the week, unless I do something like purchase a pie, which is really no issue with the bag itself but with my own priorities. Did I need a pie anyway? Probably not, but can I forgo some essentials and get the pie(s) anyway? Yes. Yes I can.
There was even a time I fit 12 masonry bricks in the bag (not recommended) and rode home with no issue other than that there were about 90lbs of bricks in my bag. Point is, the bag held up and is still holding up and doing an admirable job.
However, keep in mind that the bag isn't waterproof. If that is a concern for you get the more expensive bags that Kreiga produce.
September 22, 2014
Moto / Cycling / Walking / etc / etc
Originally intended to ease my back pain while riding the motorbike (which it did well), I now use this backpack for everything. It's also great for bicycling.
The only thing they could have done to make it better is add a reversible zipper on the main compartment.
September 8, 2014
Great product, great service, would buy another for sure.
September 1, 2014
Great Versatile Backpack
I bought this with the Kube Pocket and the 3 Liter Hydropak. Honestly I don't think you should ever get this pack without those add ons. With those it becomes a useful backpack on or off the bike. Sure it's a little pricey, but you get what you pay for and you are paying for the best backpack for everyday use. I take this with me to school whether I take my bike or not. It holds my days books or it can hold the Kube 4 laptop case with one or two smaller books. I fill up the Hydrapak with Ice and water and take it with me so I always have a drink. I took it to my local fair for the day and in the hot weather, it was a life saver. It is comfortable enough to wear all the time. I've done all of this without even having it on the bike. It doesn't suffer at all on the bike though. It is great to have the Kube Pocket to store my phone and wallet and the Hydrapak is great when you are thirsty on the road. It fits great and my back hurts a little when having it full of heavy stuff but that is most likely because those specific back muscles for holding the pack up aren't as developed as they could be. It still fits great and is comfortable. My only complaint is I don't really know what size to put the straps of the shoulder (one dot, two dots or three dots) I have it part way between 2 and 3 dots but I'm not sure if the adjustment is totally right, but it fits. Overall I would definitely buy this again and I will certainly be buying more Kriega gear in the future.
August 21, 2014
Best commuter backpack!!!
I tried a lot of packs before I put spent the money on this one (because I'm cheap). I've been using it almost every weekday for 3 months. I learned if you are going to use a backpack every day on a motorcycle you should just go ahead and spend the money. The weight of the bag is across your chest instead of your shoulders, you will understand why this is important after the first big bump or hole. It is very comfortable, fits what I carry to work every day (laptop, seat cover, jacket liner, lunchbox) with plenty of room, and sits high enough on my back to not sit on the pillion. I've been caught in light rain a few times and it hasn't leaked. It is an excellent commuter or weekend pack and I highly recommend it.
August 19, 2014