Kriega R20 Backpack
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
Well designed product
i pretty much agree with the reviews I have read on this and other sites. It is comfortable to wear, the straps are well designed to be easy to put the bag on when you are wearing an armored and lined jacket and helmet, and the pack is comfortable, with a moderate amount of weight.
I also like that there are mounting points for Kriegas US series "piggyback" packs, which can also be mounted to the back of the motorbike. I haven't tried them yet, but the reviews are favorable. I'm gassing for the US30 combo.
The reason I took away one star for durability, is that the material that the bag is made from is slightly on the thin side, as others have mentioned.
Also, a little more reflective paint would be nice, just in case Kriega is reading these reviews.
February 11, 2015
Top quality, unmatched comfort
After much research I settled on the R20. If you read the reviews they all recommend the R25 or R35 because they hold more. After reading hundreds of reviews it really wasn't clear how much each held. I settled on this because I didn't want it too big as the primary role is a computer bag. However once i got it i discovered it could easily pack my Mac Pro 13" two pair of jeans, 3 underwear (boxer) plus one long john style and 4 pairs of socks plus 3 T-shirts and room for toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, aftershave and razor. Enough for a weekend trip. The weight disappeared on my back. Awesome
February 9, 2015
More technical; less practical
I have a few Kriega bags now: US20, US30, R20. They are all great bags, look great, work great (for riding), but in my humble opinion, Kriega can easily make them a little more practical for daily commuter use. For example, the R20 main compartment zipper in one directional and obstructed by a few compression straps. Sure, it keeps things nice and tight, but lets be realistic, you are going to access this bag 100 times more than you care about super compression. I also think they need more 'frequent access' pockets on all their gear. The quality is great. no complaints. The straps are nice and easy to get in and out of with a moto jacket. If you are using it as a daily backpack (not on moto), you might find that the straps will slip a bit off your shoulders unless the chest buckle is fastened - no biggie. Other than commuting or moto trips, I have used this pack on winter and summer hiking trips in the mountains, and as a carry-on for travelling. A good medium-small pack. Things can get tight if you expect to put shoes in them though.
February 3, 2015
Good motorcycle pack....but not great
This is a good pack but I was expecting better. The materials used are very light weight. It does not appear very durable or abrasion resistant. If I ever take a spill on my bike this pack is probably toast.
If this same pack was made in 1000D nylon it would be fantastic.
January 19, 2015
Utmost quality of design and function
No doubt this is the best backpack I've ever used, motorcycle-specific or otherwise. It's made to be high-performance, technical, and functional, to a degree I've never seen before.
If you're in the market for a small/mid-size moto pack, this is the one to get. Anything else is a compromise.
That said, I do wish there were more pockets for better organization. The front section is really just one big pocket, exclusive of any further sub-pockets or pen slots. Also, there is only 1 zipper for each section, so you've only got one option for closing it. I'm sure this is designed with waterproofing in mind, nonetheless it's kind of a pain.
No reason not to get this pack. It's made to the highest degree of quality and functionality. Already ordered a few more Kriega products, there's nothing better.
January 2, 2015
Great small backpack.
I bought the R20 for the sole purpose to commute to and back from work. Didn't want nothing too big that can double as a commuter backpack and to use to carry on a short riding trip. There was just barely enough room to carry what I needed which was: boots, jean, shirt, hat, extra visor, gloves, buff, tire repair kit, microfiber clothe, visor spray and small accessories. I use the bladder bag to put my change of clothes. Helps keep it from being dirtied from the boots. None the less it's a great small backpack that's well worth the price. If you plan on carrying more than this, you should get the R25.
December 27, 2014
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