Kriega R25 Backpack
the backpack fits great and holds a lot of stuff this backpack is the best
this backpack fits like a glove it stays in place no matter what you have in it heavy load or light load I own around 50 backpacks and by far this is the best!! backpack I have avery owned,buy.it you will be very happy!!! thanks for this great backpack brian
April 14, 2014
$$$... but you get what you pay for...DO IT!
I just picked up this R25 after using numerous regular back packs over the years. Overall this thing is bada$$. Yes spendy, but appears to have the materials and workmanship to go the distance. I'd prefer more internal pocket options however not bad for a roomy minimalistic config. So once you setup this bag for your size/jacket setup you see where the real value comes in. In essence it holds your mid section and ribs with the cross buckles. All the weight in the bag becomes evenly distributed over your core. Like a good pillion rider you don't know its there. I've sport biked with this over leather and adv'd it over bulky textile with full out gym clothes/shoes, laptop, and camel pack. Nice internal velcro loop too at the top to hang your hydration, then route the hose to the outside. I cant speak for rain/weather proof-ness yet...hence the mid mark on durability
Just get it. Its one of those that'll be in the gear arsenal for quite some time. Looks the part too.
April 14, 2014
surprise, nice value
I've been reading about this backpacks for about 2 years, never really deciding on buying one as my current backpack worked fine for my commute.
After 5 years my old backpack its starting to show its wear, and being a regular backpack all the weight was sitting on my shoulders which became annoying this year as my commute changed from 5 miles to 22...
I was undecided between the 25 and the 30, after reading reviews, seeing videos etc.. I finally decided the 30 would be too large and the 25 would fit me just right.
Well I was wrong... the 25 its actually smallish.
First my work computer a 15.6, 1.5" thick laptop does not fit on the "laptop" compartment which I'm actually kind of glad it doesn't as there is no real protection for the laptop in that compartment, its feels like an afterthought just a piece of liner and Velcro there that should it... no padding or anything.
I'm now using a "sleeve" for the laptop and then just place it in the main compartment, which turns out its small when you have a laptop with a sleeve inside.
I kind of wish I would have bought the 30, but oh well.
As far as construction of the backpack its 100% solid, great quality.
The straps adjust perfectly to fit your size and boy does it make a different having the chest straps, my shoulders are no longer tired after the commute.
For now I will make this work, there is just enough room for my computer, headphones and a hoodie, but I will probably end up buying the 30 in the near future and just keep this as a tail bag for trips
April 14, 2014
Great Bag, Sometimes Not
The bag appears just as in the picture and in the review. As noted, it only has one main compartment with a little pocket for a back-protector, a laptop, or maybe a pair of shoes. It's definitely not something you could store all your gear in, but for a bag that allowes you to take a laptop and some books for school or some extra clothes and supplies for a one-night camping trip it will do the job.
The overall construction is nice and you look like a skydiver or spec ops agent while wearing it (due to the bulky straps and two fancy buckles).
It's water resistant, not water proof. If you're riding for about 30 minutes in light rain there will be a bit of moisture on whatever is inside your bag, I would not recommend any electronics for a ride in the rain longer then 10 minutes. If it's really pouring, don't bring anything you don't want to get soaked.
My one problem with the bag is that even at it's tightest setting it sits a little low on my back. If I carry over 10 pounds for an hour or so my lower back is killing me. This is likely because I'm a pretty lanky 5'11" fellow so if your like me consider how much weight you plan on carrying before buying this bag. Since I usually just take my laptop and a few books it's not a problem, but if I were carrying 10+ pounds every ride this would not be the backpack for me.
I gave the bag a 4 overall. The problem I just mentioned is more of a personal thing and I'm sure it's a bonus for heavier set people, but I did take off a star because the price tag feels a little high for a backpack. If this was more around $130 I would have given it 5 stars easily, but for something closer to $200 I would expect a little more. Nevertheless, it's a fantastic pack for riding that is much more comfortable and tight than your typical backpack.
April 10, 2014
My Go to BAG!
This bag is great for everyday riding and for longer trips. It never seem to get heavy and never has anything flapping while riding. I would recommend this to anyone who does not want actual luggage.
April 9, 2014
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