Kriega R25 Backpack
So far, so good!
I used my new bag twice. Very easy to put on. A little tricky to adjust when on your back. Very comfy. It's a simple bag with very little internal compartments and that's what I like about it! Overall I'm glad I bought it! Thanks Revzilla for the video review. It was "dead on". Thanks for the white Revzilla window sticker. Looks good on the white car, tinted windows.
May 20, 2013
Great Quality / Needs more Compartments
This backpack is pretty amazing, it's very comfortable due to it's unique strap system that takes a lot of the weight off your shoulders and distributes it to your chest. The quality of the bag is clearly very good, hopefully I never go down and find out just how strong it is.
My only complaint for the bag is there aren't really a lot of separate compartments. Inside the bag there is one zippered compartment and the main bag space, with a small Velcro flap on the back face of the bag (I'd assume for folders/laptops). There is also one external compartment but other than that, that's all you have, so you have to pack the majority of your things in the main compartment.
The 4 straps on the outside of the pack are pretty cool, allowing you to adjust the volume of the pack so you don't have a lot of loose material hanging off your back when the bag is fairly empty.
I also think this bag is a little too expensive for what it actually is. It really should have been priced in the 125 dollar range.
May 20, 2013
Best riding backpack ever!!
I'd been holding off on purchasing a new moto specific backpack after my last moto backpack, the Fly Illuminator backpack, failed to live up to my expectations. And I'm glad I did wait since the R25 finally went on sale for once! After reading praise upon praise, I tend to agree that this is the best moto backpack I've ever owned.
I gave it the highest marks on everything except for "bang for the buck" as this bag is rather expensive for what it is, even when it is on sale.
Even though it lacks all of the different organizing pockets found in other bags, it is by far the most comfortable. The weight really does not rest on your shoulders which tends to make me forget it's there. And the clips are easy to clasp together and unclip with gloves on. The only time I'm reminded it's there is when the weather gets warm and my back starts to cook, but this seems to be a trait of all backpacks, even the ones with "venting".
Overall the quality is stellar, function is what it should be and there is a reason everyone gives this bag such high marks.
Would definitely buy it again.
May 16, 2013
Best motorcycle back pack on the market
This is a great pack for everyday commuting. I'm 5'6" @ 160lbs riding a 2006 Ninja 650R. I've used it for a couple hundred miles now going to work, the gym and even a short weekend trip. Getting it properly adjusted isn't intuitive, but once adjusted it's "set it and forget it" so no big deal.The first few rides my shoulders were sore, but after proper fitting the pack, it is great! The fit and finish is very nice. No loose threads, double and triple stitching everywhere, beefy zippers, sturdy buckles and strong fabrics are used all over on this pack. It would be nice to see the aluminum buckles in different anodized colors as an option. Dislikes: would like more reflective detailing, main zipper should be a two-way zipper, more internal organizing. Overall this is an awesome pack and I would recommend it to anyone.
May 11, 2013
Lets be honest, this is an expensive backpack.
I've rated it 5 stars for one reason, it's high-quality. But lets be honest, this is an expensive backpack. That's not to say it isn't worth the money, but it isn't for the bargain shopper. It's for the person looking for the best quality motorcycle gear. Everything from the seams to the zippers to the material is top-notch.
The lack of zippered pouches is actually nice- there are less places for stuff to get lost and when packing multiple things, one giant pouch is preferred.
Overall, I would buy Kriega again because I appreciate and enjoy well-made products.
May 11, 2013
OKAY FIT, GREAT FINISH
I like the size of this pack, and it has been great for taking my gym clothes and lunch with me to work. The harness system does a good job of dispersing weight if the straps are properly adjusted. However, the straps can be difficult to adjust. The only other complaint I have is that the pack creates more drag than I would have expected. I would recommend the bag though.
May 7, 2013
6 Months in - impressions
Picked this backpack over many others for its sheer size and ease of use. No unnecessary compartments that you don't have the gadgets for anyway, just a big backpack to put stuff in. Groceries, clothes, food and water: anything goes!
I've driven it in pouring rain and my things came out completely dry. I still put a laptop in its own plastic bag for added water-proofness, but I'm getting the impression that isn't even a necessity, either.
When riding with a passenger I handed it over to a friend of mine who is a bit more on the "7 foot tall and 450 pounds" side of the scale, and he could easily fit the backpack to his posture.
It doesn't carry a (large sized) helmet, though. Just won't fit through the opening. The bag itself should be able to contain it, but alas: I can't get it in. Maybe with some WD40...
May 6, 2013
Excellant well designed backpack
This is exactly the backpack i've been searching for! The design takes the weight and pressure off your shoulders and places the load on the chest harness which makes it very non-fatiguing during those long rides. There's plenty of room as well to stuff alot of clothes or whatever you need to take along. Can't recommend this backpack enough!
May 4, 2013