Kriega R25 Backpack
Comfortable fit w/heavy or light loads.
Once adjusted & fitted, this pack feels very comfortable. I've used the pack to run errands, for groceries, packed clothes for various riding conditions, and have forgotten how heavy my load was until I took it off and just carried it by hand. The strap system is fantastic in the way it feels and supports, not cumbersome or restrictive at all. I rate this pack highly, no regrets!
July 19, 2014
Awesome backpack at a heavy price.
I don't own a car, so I ride every day and a quality backpack is essential. I've been on the fence over this and the R30 for almost a year now. I finally decided on the R25 and while it is an awesome backpack, it is not perfect.
This is by far the most comfortable backpack I've worn, for motorcycling or otherwise. The quadlock system is absolutely amazing and I can't imagine wearing a backpack without it now. There is absolutely no stress on my back or shoulders. It's also very easy to adjust and snap in and out of.
This thing looks durable, and I can imagine it will take a lot of abuse. Every piece is well made and heavy duty. The different materials used are top notch.
I appreciate that they didn't fill this thing with pockets, it's much easier to pack. There is one small zipper pocket on the inside of the main compartment that is see-through and is perfect for smaller items.
I'm beginning to think this pack is definitely over priced. Yes there are a few premium materials here and there, but overall this thing looks pretty basic. I'd expect a little bit better finish for something at this price point.
It is definitely not water proof (although it doesn't claim to be) but come on, at nearly $200 it SHOULD be waterproof. It's hardly even water resistant as claimed in the video. Not long ago I was caught in a light rain for maybe 10 miles and the inside of the bottom of my R25 was soaking wet. My other $30 backpack is completely water proof at a fraction of the cost of this thing. I find it funny that a British company (where it rains constantly) won't make every backpack they produce waterproof. Now I really wish I could afford the R30, but I feel like I'd only be paying for waterproofing and a little more space.
Long story short, this really is an amazing backpack which is sooo close to perfect, but if you're looking for waterproof, or even water resistant, look elsewhere. Start saving your pennies because the R30 will break the bank.
July 3, 2014
Excellent backpack if somewhat expensive
When considering a backpack, I read all the reviews for the R25, but was still hesitant because of the price. Well, I decided to pull the trigger anyway, and it was an excellent purchase.
This is not your Colombia backpack from high school. The R25 is really durable, and the quad-lock system keeps the pack from weighing your shoulders down. It displaces weight perfectly for a heavily loaded pack.
I took the R25 to COTA for the 2014 MotoGP race, and the pack preformed flawlessly. Camera, snacks, swag... everything fit great. I did not get burdened by the weight of it all, and I only saw one other person with a Kriega pack at the track.
June 30, 2014
Kriega, need I say more
I'm very happy with this bag. I was very surprised at how much stuff you can put in it. From empty to packed full the bag rides really nice on your back with no flapping in the breeze. It seems to be very well made. Everything works just as it is should with feel and confidence.
June 23, 2014
Well designed, sturdy pack
Compared with 'ordinary' back packs, this one is well thought out with the motorcyclist in mind. It feels very secure when you ride and even when packed with a lot of stuff it doesn't feel unbalanced. It is a bit expensive but I expect it will last for years and as mentioned, it's well designed so you have to expect to pay for that expertise somewhere! Adjusting it is a little bit confusing - for instance the white dots on the straps, I'm not at all sure where they're 'supposed' to be except that they should line up (assuming you've got an evenly proportioned body!). The online videos were of some use but they didn't specifically address every point, eg the white dots. Overall it's a great bag with plenty of room and a couple of small pockets - one on the inside and one on the outside, plus a laptop sleeve. I'd highly recommend it.
June 17, 2014
I was a little leery about spending this much on a rucksack, however, you know the old saying "You get what you pay for". Never has this been more accurate. This backpack has a wonderful fit and finish, and it's functionality is beyond what I anticipated. You will not be disappointed. The harness is what makes this so darn comfortable... removing the load from your shoulders, and putting it on your core. I will definitely be looking for other items from Kriega, as I think they make a wonderful product worth every penny.
June 9, 2014
This product is durable and inside is spacious.
Kriega backpack is well made, with a strong outer shell and distributes the weight throughout upper body and not only on the shoulders. It is a great backpack! I love it.
June 2, 2014
This pack is great for biking because redistributes the weight off the shoulders and in to the chest getting rid of back pain over long rides. After about 6 months there are some frayed bits here and there but I would say that is normal wear of any textile. The locking system is quite durable and extremely easy to use even with your helmet and gloves on its very natural to use. This backpack has large loops easy enough to get in to while wearing any of my jackets, compared to my Jansport which makes me look like a dancing buffoon suffering a cardiac arrest.
It has enough room, pockets, and adjustability to keep me happy and earn a recommendation.
May 29, 2014