Kriega R25 Backpack
Great construction, functionality
Considered both R20 and R25 but glad I bought the R25. Does not feel very large on my back but has room for my computer plus groceries. Construction is solid. Quadlock is easy to use and takes weight off of shoulders.
July 26, 2015
As am outdoor backpacker, I am kindof a "pack snob." The Kriega R25 does not disappoint. Very durable, great styling and ergonomics.
July 20, 2015
Awesome build quality. will last for a lifetime
The first thing that I noticed when I got the bag was its construction. Its made similar to a military backpack, with big tough zippers and very durable material. One thing the description doesn't mention is that the main pocket only has one zipper, which I looove. I always know where the zipper is going to be and its just a lot handier. The main pocket is massive compared to what I was expecting.. It doesn't look that big, but the way they made it allows for a lot of packing space. I can pretty much pack my closet in that thing! Haha The little pocket on the front is also really handy and surprisingly large as well! It's great for phones, wallet, sunglasses, even some tightly packed gym clothes if you really wanted. The quadloc system is nice, especially when it's loaded up, because it really takes the weight off your shoulders. I'm not totally sure though if I have it set up right. Feels comfy at least. I wish the backpack would've been a bit cheaper.. Id say that 140 would've been fair, but regardless im still very happy with it and I plan on carrying all my school stuff (books, pencil pouch etc.) when the time comes.
July 20, 2015
A bit bulky but..
I love this backpack. I took it on a ride that was 3 hours long, and on the way back I got lost (oops!) and the trip ended up being 5 hours total. So an 8 hour trip in two days, and this back never hurt my back or shoulders, nor felt uncomfortable. I had it loaded down. It had a full camelback in it, with a gaming laptop and a weekend's worth of clothes, toiletries, and an extra pair of shoes to walk in that weren't my motorcycle boots.
It's a bit bulky for an everyday back, but it's a fantastic motorcycle back. My shoulders cramp up, and hurt for days on long car rides when the seat belts put pressure on them for hours, and this bag didn't cause any discomfort.
10/10 would buy again!
July 19, 2015
that's what I was looking for
I like this back bag its meet my need but it will be nicer if they increased number of compartments
June 29, 2015
Incredible! Just buy it already!
It does seem expensive for just a backpack, but it's not an ordinary backpack, and after owning it for a few months and using it almost every day as a commuter I have nothing but good to say about it! Well worth the money, and you really do get what you paid for.
When I first got it I was initially disappointed. It's incredibly basic, as there's one main compartment, a small utility compartment within, and a small exterior compartment. You can fit a bunch of stuff in there, but small parts will be swimming around and can easily get lost in the depths. I was hoping to put some small tools and stuff in it and I didn't want them just sitting in the bottom of the bag.
After giving it some thought I picked up a bunch of Pelican Micro dry-boxes. The backpack isn't fully waterproof (though it does a great job in the rain), so I wanted some dry boxes for my phone and such, but they turned out to be great organizers!
In total and calling the backpack comfortably full, here is a complete list of the stuff I had in it at one given time.
2x Pelican 1040 cases and 1x Pelican 1010 case (don't really need to specify whats in these), a pair of sunglasses, a balaclava, glove liners, a pair of soft-shell knee-pads, a jacket liner, a work shirt, a 1L bottle of soda, and an average sized sack lunch of a deli sammich, a bag of chips, and a brownie. Basically a perfect commuter loadout, now that's it's cooled off the jacket liner is being replaced with some wet weather gear and as a result I have even more room! Even better, when it's nearly empty and all cinched down it's not so big that it blows around and catches the wind.
The 25 seems like the perfect size for a commuter/day trip bag. Not so big it can't handle just a few small items, and still big enough to handle most of your needs without the augmentation of on-bike luggage.
The 15 I'd guess would be better for just packing a few things for a short ride, 20 for a compact commuter, 30 more for a day tripper bag for an extra pair of clothes included, and the 35 for a full on vacation.
Comfort is unmatched. The harness system really is amazing! When properly set up most of the weight rests on your hips and as a result rests on the motorcycle since you'll be sitting, and the chest system taking the pressure off your shoulders and putting it onto your chest means you don't loose any mobility in low speed maneuvers. It also means the pack stays put solid in high winds, combined with the cinch down straps this backpack is barely noticeable even at highway speeds in excess of 70MPH.
The design of the back is great, too. Doesn't block the exhaust vents on my jacket and the mesh kind of pads flow air decently well. You don't get the sweaty back that other backpacks will give you.
After using a Kriega I won't ever go back to a traditional backpack for the motorcycle. This one is just too comfortable!
It's a little odd when not on the bike, especially with the chest harness not clicked in, but that's to be expected with a piece of equipment specifically engineered to be ergonomic when riding.
Materials are excellent. I haven't exactly used the bag for a long period of time, but I have used it nearly every day for the last few months loading it up with everything from clothes and lunches to merchandise and bike parts. It doesn't show ANY sign of wear and barely shows signs of use! It seems to just brush clean when it gets dirty, and the material is tough. I've snagged it on stuff in the garage on the way out without so much as a scratch.
No fraying on straps, no loose strands on the stitching, it's superb! The only thing I can confidently compare it to is my CamelBak Mule, which I had for close to 7 years and seriously abused as a mountainbiker. It's been fallen on top of, thrown, snagged, dragged through rocks and brush, rolled over, basically everything short of malicious destruction. It looks the use, it's dirty and stained with a myriad of substances (blood? horse manure? mud? sweat? yes to all...), it's scratched up, and much of the elastic is worn out, but all the buckles are intact, there are no tears, and there still is no fraying or loose seams.
My Kriega reminds me 100% of my CamelBak, and I'll be happy to own it for years and years to come.
The only thing I think could be improved is an addition of some retro-reflective material on the sides. I went ahead and replaced all the zipper pulls and the side adjustment pulls with retro-reflective parachute cord and it did the trick. Even so, your jacket should have plenty of attention getters on the side so it's not really necessary.
10/10, 100/100, will buy again, completely recommended, well worth the cost. If you are on the fence on getting a Kriega, it better just be about what size to get!
June 22, 2015
Perfect pack and a steep price
I bought this bag to replace a generic day pack that I had been using. I recently purchased a larger riding jacket and didn't consider how the added bulk would make it darn near impossible to put a normal pack on so I decided to find a cycling specific one.
I did some research and came across Kriega and their quadlock system. I agonized over the r20 or r25 and ultimately settled on the bigger pack. I'm glad I did too. With the side tightening straps the larger pack can really get quite small if you need it whereas the smaller pack can't expand. I also wanted the full quadlock.
First impressions of the pack is that it is extremely well made. The fit and finish is perfect and it is really a well engineered pack. The harness system is ingenious and works as advertised. It's a little difficult to set up but once done is quick in and out and is super snug and comfortable. The fine details really make the pack stand out as well. I particularly liked the heavy duty rubberized carrying handle at the top and the large panel of reflective material on the back.
The one downside obviously is the price. On it's face it's not worth the money unless you consider the patented harness and 10 year warranty. You're paying for their research and guarantee. Something I am happy to do. I am in love with this pack and if you're searching for the be all end all everyday motorcycle pack, this one is for you.
June 15, 2015
a good bag with very good ergonomic
First time I put on the backpack I was surprised how well it redistribute the weight such that you don't feel any tension on your shoulder. Having no straps dangling makes me feel a lot safer. The clever split shoulder strap design makes it easy to get it on and off with my motorcycle jacket on. Would recommend to anyone that rides.
June 15, 2015