Kriega R20 Backpack
Comfortable, versatile, and tough.
While I had no compunction about purchasing an expensive addition to any of my bikes, or really the expensive bikes themselves, I've maintained an unreasonable aversion to spending $$$ on a motorcycle oriented backpack. I was drastically misguided in that. The Kriega R20 is by far the most comfortable and most versatile backpack/hydration-pack that I have ever owned. I had also assumed that pinched nerves from backpack straps were just an expected part of a long ride; I would usually have an arm go nearly numb after a couple hours and it was simply 'part of the experience'. This has completely ended since the Kriega. Moreover, the harness/strap system used on the Kriega is shockingly comfortable and distributes various weights in the pack along the mid and lower back as opposed to hanging from the shoulders. I have packed it out fully with maybe 50lbs of gear inside, I have gone with just a full hydration pack only, and everything in between. In all cases it is still comfortable, weight is distributed well, and it never becomes an obstacle to riding. This pack has supplanted a legion of packs that I would use depending on circumstance; now all circumstances are Kriega ones. Durability is also tip-top. This was thoroughly tested on a recent dual-sport ride that saw myself and the pack in mid-fall nearly as much as in the saddle. Rocks, sand, bits of bike, and whatever else that the Kriega found its way in between that and myself did not dislodge a single fiber or snap a bit of plastic. This pack is rugged. It's also easy to clean via rinsing with a garden hose, as I also learned after the epic levels of dust from that same ride. It's found its way on my back nearly every day no matter how my commute or fun ride is accomplished (slicks/knobbies, engine/pedals).
December 11, 2014
GREAT LOOKING, GREAT FUNCTIONALITY
Ive tried the Ogio, Cortech, and Ive owned the Icon Squad backpacks... this one has the best latching/harness system. It looks great (imo). At first, I was very apprehensive about the compression straps due to increased complexity, but Ive now come around. If you have the bag not fully packed or some oddball shaped item, say a half gallon of milk, the straps when cinched down prevent any flopping around, great feature. One note, Anthony's review is wrong about 1 small issue: he says anything on the bag that is not black , and he points to the tie straps on the back of the pack, are reflective. They are %100 not. Only the "K" logo and a small "R20" logo on the bottom are. Not a big deal for sure, just FYI.
December 3, 2014
Great in every weather but a bit small
I've had this backpack for almost 2 years, I live in TX meaning that it's sunny, raining and windy in the same day
on the heat it breaths very very well, on the rain it keeps my things (mostly books) dry, not waterproof but very water resistant, and on the wind you can always make it fit like a glove on your back
I usually use it for school, it fits my laptop, 2-4 small books and my kriega hydration pack
it's a little bit small but good for just commuting or for students that don't carry many things or a laptop every day
if that's the case the R25 would be your best bet (which is what is next on my shopping cart)
November 28, 2014
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