Kriega R25 Backpack
Great bag that I use everyday
After much debate between this bag and R20 I decided to get the R25. I figured I'd rather have too much bag than not enough. Now I am really glad I did. This bag has plenty of room for commuting or weekends trips If you know how to pack.
This bag feels and looks bomb proof. Quality materials through out and I honestly can say it feels like it'll last for as long as you want to use it.
Really nice and clean design. Two basic pocket design with a storage pouch and laptop sleeve inside the main compartment. Great for the minimalist but not so much if you want a pocket or compartment for everything you want to stuff in here. But as far as being adjustable goes you can't beat this bag. Super intuitive system. Very easy to put on and adjust with full gear and gloves on. Nice beefy zippers that pull really easy with a flap over them instead of the rubberized zipper track. I can say I prefer this over the rubberized zippers because ease of use. They don't stick like the rubberized zippers tend too. Main compartment is super ease to load and unload. Top smaller compartment is kind of aggravating to load. Every time you open it you have to un-click the top left cinching strap. Petty complaint but it can get to be a pain if store say your phone or a water bottle in here. Something that you need to access repeatedly on a trip. Then you'll understand why this is an issue.
I can honestly say that I had my doubts about the quadlock harness system on this. I thought it would be confining and feel very claustrophobic. But all my fears were laid to rest after wearing this out on my first ride. Adjust it right and you don't even know its there. But if you tighten this bag down too tight with the side adjuster and it will make taking a deep breath a little uncomfortable. I cinched it down way tight when riding with groceries one day due to concerns over stability (which turned out to be completely unfounded) and it made for an unpleasant ride. Pulled over and adjusted the sliders, remounted my bike and couldn't even tell it was there for the rest of my ride home. The padding on the back piece and shoulder straps are amazing. Nothing more I can add to that.
I can honestly say that I use this bag everyday. Even when I am not riding. I used it the other day when I went to a theme park with my family. I carried all our stuff in here. Didn't use the quadlock and just let it hang like a normal backpack. I wore it around all day in like 80 degree weather on asphalt. I got hot but didn't sweat like a pack mule around my back like I figured I would.
I can say that I am glad I made this investment. I don't have no storage on my bike and this bag feels that gap nicely. I would've gave a higher "bang for the buck" rating but I would've like to seen at least one more storage compartment on the inside or a different design for the smaller outer pocket. Plus its nearly a $200 dollar bag. Which seemed kinda crazy at first but if this bag lasts 5 years at the rate I'm using it would make it a good deal and a steal if it lasts as long as the 10 year warranty.
April 20, 2015
I originally tried the R15 but it was too small. The R25 is the perfect size for day trips and commuting. The shoulder straps and back padding is very comfortable even when the bag is full of gear. This bag is easy to put on even when you have a riding jacket on, no interference with my helmet when riding a sport bike either. I like the clasps on this bag, they are secure and easy to use. Overall the bag is very high quality and I have no doubt that it will outlast the 10yr warranty. Worth the price for sure!
April 19, 2015
Like al Kriega products, premium pack. Preium price, but worth every penny. Great harness system as well.
April 13, 2015
This is by far the most comfortable backpack I've used, motorcycle pack or otherwise. The padding is comfortable and it keeps the weight from straining your back and shoulders. The harness system is great for riding as the pack doesn't slide around a ton. Worth the money for sure.
March 31, 2015
after searching and reading reviews of this bag and the R30 I decided to go with this one...fits perfectly and hardly noticeable. I have used it for quick grocery store runs and just my daily commute....love the space inside the bag and how it feels when riding. this bag feels like it will withstand the daily commute and then some.
March 25, 2015
Great backpack with a couple critiques
I bought this bag to commute with so I had something bigger than my US-5 tailbag when the situation called for it. I love the fact that it feels like it isn't there when wearing it. The construction is solid and feels like it would outlast its 10 year guarantee. I have had at most about 10lbs of groceries so far in it (just a quick stop on the way home) and it feels rock solid.
My only two nags about the pack would be; I wish the zippers had that water resistant covering on them like the US-5's outer pocket and (this is more of a user issue than anything) I have a 49" chest and while the pack will fit just fine without my leather jacket on, I can only snap one of the buckles while wearing it.
Other than those 2 things, great bag overall.
March 16, 2015
Awesome product. I replaced my Swiss Gear laptop backpack I bought a few years ago with this. It is GREAT. I debated on getting the R30 or R25 because of room but there is A LOT of room. Even if you don't use all of it, there are straps to make it compressed. Great product. I would recommend to anyone!
March 16, 2015
Just got back from a ride testing the Kreiga R25. Overall impression is excellent. This bag is very comfortable, rigid, and high quality all around. It is pricey but a lot of R&D $$ went into it so its well worth it.
I have personally checked many riding backpacks including Icon, Ogio, and others that were available at motorcycle stores but nothing comes close especially the locking mechanism for this bag is God sent.,
I got the R25 so I can use for weekend travel, daily use, and grocery shopping. Check out the attached photo.
I was able to fit all these items in the bag:
15" lap top, 2 large mangos, a bag with 3 heads of remain lettuce, small coffee jar, small honey jar, 1 pound of fish, 2 small bags for small items, 4 bottles of beer, a large bag of peanuts, a large container of mixed fruits, a bottle of coffee creamer. Not in the picture but was in the bag too is a light sweater.
I had all these items in the bag and still felt very comfortable on the bike because of the weight distribution design. It was very easy to put on and take it off with my gear on.
The one area that was not quite as advertised, from an ease of use, are the T6 Alloy sliders. They are not that easy to reach and operate when you have the bag on. However, they do function well once you get use to them. I still prefer them over a waist strap. That is also why I selected the R25 over the R20.
This bag design certainly makes you feel safer on the bike.
March 6, 2015