Kriega R25 Backpack
Worth every penny
What I carry in my pack daily:
In main area:
--15 inch laptop
--Pens, highlighters, and a phone charger (in the small zipped compartment of the main area)
--still have a little bit of room
In secondary compartment
--I still have plenty of room to spare
This pack is the perfect size for me and distributes the weight amazingly.
February 24, 2014
Excellent backpack really well built. I can load her up and hardly feel any discomfort, even in long rides. Love how the straps go over the shoulder not on it pulling down. I have a metal plate over my clavicle from a broken bone, and normal back packs dig in and push on the plate and cause pain. With this backpack i can ride for hours and no complaint. It is definitely worth every penny.
February 24, 2014
I use this every day i can fit all my rain gear and there's still plenty of room for anything from a six pack to 3 t's and two pants.
February 18, 2014
Best Pack Yet...
I have waited almost 6 months to review the Kriega R25 but now is as good a time as any.
First of all, this bag is not cheap but yep, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. It is well-made and the weight disappears completely when you are riding. The quality of construction is amazingly good: just what you would expect from a bag that you will use, rain or shine. I ride 365 days a year, in all weather, and this bag is leaves me completely satisfied.
Second, the unique harness is super comfortable: the weight is so evenly distributed as to render the bag weightless, almost. The only down-side of the R25 is that the sternum buckles sit right over the air intakes on my jacket, effectively rendering the vents useless, or at least drastically reducing the amount of air that moves through them.
The main zipper is heavy-duty and I don't see it breaking anytime soon. I would like to see a dual-zip (opens both ways...) instead of a single-travel zipper (all the way to one side for closing the bag). I think that would make it easier to access the main compartment when all the cinch-straps/ buckles are secured, i.e. from the top of the bag if you just wanted to grab something quickly. Also, the outside compartment on the "surface", or exterior of the bag is inaccessible when the cinch-straps/ buckles are secured. You have to undo one side (2 straps) if you want to access your wallet/ insurance/ whatever.
In the grand scheme, those things matter little. This is a great backpack.
February 12, 2014
Amazing build quality, and perfect fit. The zippers are bombproof, the zipper covers fit perfectly and move in and out of position when needed. The straps are perfectly placed so as to distribute the load and I still have access to chest pockets for ID and wallet.
Based on the quality of this pack I would reccomend it to others and I'll be buying more Kriega gear in the future.
February 3, 2014
Kriega R25 is one sweet backpack!
At first glance you might think the price is a bit steep for this pack, but if you compare this bag with the serious offerings intended for hikers or mountain climbers you'll find the R25 is a bargain. It has been designed with the motorcyclist in mind and could not be more comfortable in use. The carrying capacity is much greater than you would guess and putting it on and off could not get much easier. The material and construction are of obvious high quality.
My last three backpacks were cheap, about $20 each. Daily commuting killed each one in less than a year. If this backpack lasts for the 10 years its warranted for I'll consider myself way ahead of the game.
One downside to consider: Once you put the R25 on your back its really difficult to not become a "Gear Snob"! Don't be that guy!
January 25, 2014
Best fitting Riding Backpack Ever!
I am always impressed on the amount of weight I can carry an not hardly feel it. It feels like a warm hug from your mother, nice and snug and not going anywhere.
The adjustment system on this bag is also quite innovative and very easy to figure out.
January 13, 2014
great bag, very convenient
I couldn't decide between R20 and R25. I ordered both the backpacks. I have decided to keep the R25. I also ordered the small Kube pocket. It works with both the bags but works better with the R25.
The usual stuff that I carry in the bag are either - laptop + shoes + random stuff (sweater, or some light grocery items). Both R20 and R25 were able to accommodate these combinations. R20, obviously, got a lot fuller than the R25. I couldn't fit the full length riding shoes in R20 but low-ankle riding shoes fit in. R25 could fit my Shoei helmet. Although I don't usually carry the helmet in the backpack, it was a benefit that I considered.
R20 has one clip across the chest and a belt across the stomach. R25 just has 2 clips. Therefore, R25 was much faster to put on and off. This was a plus for me.
Both the bags have 2 zippers - one main pocket and one outer pocket. Someone wrote that in R25, you have to undo the 2 top buckles to get to the outer pocket. That is not true. You can open the zipper of the outer pocket without opening the buckles. You can also get away with opening the main zipper without opening the buckles if the bag is not very full. Even when the bag is full, you only need to undo the top buckle to open the main zipper. I found it very convenient.
In the main compartment, R25 has an advantage. It has a waterproof pouch. That was a plus for me.
As per the quadlock design, many people have written about it. I can't add anything more. It works. It takes weight away from your shoulders.
The bag is pricey but with a 10 year warranty, you would really not need another bag unless you want more space.
Finally - Revzilla was great with the shipping. It arrived in 1-2 days.
December 27, 2013