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Kriega R25 Backpack

The Kriega R25 motorcycle backpack has a quick release QUADLOC harness, which is Kriega's own tried, tested and highly recommended system, unique to the rucksack industry. An innovative & extremely efficient load-carrying system designed for motorcycle riders. Unlike conventional harness systems the load is carried on the hips & chest, transferring the majority of the load away from the shoulders and thereby preventing the neck strain experienced with regular rucksacks. Ergonomically designed with no arm restriction for long distance comfort on a motorcycle.

Features:

  • Main compartment  - YKK oversize zip
  • Side access pocket with 4-point load compression
  • Internal magazine sleeve, which can accommodate a 14" laptop
  • Internal key-clip
  • SUPERSPACE: 5mm airspace fabric
  • Oversize YKK coil zips
  • Upgraded harness to enable a wider range of rider to get the ‘perfect Kriega fit’
  • Fully hydration compatible - reservoir relocated from outer pocket to main compartment
  • Optional Kriega 3 Liter Hydrapak + Tube avaliable (sold separately)
  • Hydration tube routes out and over the shoulder through a covered duct located top, center of the main compartment
  • Reflective web loops on sides of pack to facilitate easier fastening of US-10 expansion pack
  • Schoeller DYNATECH with integrated 3M Scotchlite reflectivity
  • 1000D Dupont Cordura base & harness
  • 420D nylon ripstop - lightweight yet extremely strong
  • CNC 6061-T6 alloy buckles
  • Expanding outer pocket
  • 10 year guarantee
  • 25-liter capacity
  • 520mm(H) x 300mm(W) x 160(D) mm
4.8 / 5
Bang For The Buck
4.2 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
4.8 / 5
Fit & Finish
5 / 5
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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
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Awesome backpack at a heavy price.
I don't own a car, so I ride every day and a quality backpack is essential. I've been on the fence over this and the R30 for almost a year now. I finally decided on the R25 and while it is an awesome backpack, it is not perfect.

The Good:
This is by far the most comfortable backpack I've worn, for motorcycling or otherwise. The quadlock system is absolutely amazing and I can't imagine wearing a backpack without it now. There is absolutely no stress on my back or shoulders. It's also very easy to adjust and snap in and out of.

This thing looks durable, and I can imagine it will take a lot of abuse. Every piece is well made and heavy duty. The different materials used are top notch.

I appreciate that they didn't fill this thing with pockets, it's much easier to pack. There is one small zipper pocket on the inside of the main compartment that is see-through and is perfect for smaller items.

The Bad:
I'm beginning to think this pack is definitely over priced. Yes there are a few premium materials here and there, but overall this thing looks pretty basic. I'd expect a little bit better finish for something at this price point.

It is definitely not water proof (although it doesn't claim to be) but come on, at nearly $200 it SHOULD be waterproof. It's hardly even water resistant as claimed in the video. Not long ago I was caught in a light rain for maybe 10 miles and the inside of the bottom of my R25 was soaking wet. My other $30 backpack is completely water proof at a fraction of the cost of this thing. I find it funny that a British company (where it rains constantly) won't make every backpack they produce waterproof. Now I really wish I could afford the R30, but I feel like I'd only be paying for waterproofing and a little more space.

Long story short, this really is an amazing backpack which is sooo close to perfect, but if you're looking for waterproof, or even water resistant, look elsewhere. Start saving your pennies because the R30 will break the bank.
July 3, 2014
Ride:
2009 Triumph Speed Triple
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
The perfect back pack...
I had concerns with the size of the R 25, but it's perfect. Leaving for work in the mornings I ride with cold weather clothes, then afternoons I have to strip down. You can pack this thing and it carries the load great. I read that you can barely feel it on your back, and it's true. It's very comfortable, aero, and stays in place. You can easily pack a weekend trip in it, but its not bulky with light loads. Some say that it needs more pockets, etc. If you need pockets buy a man purse. If you need to carry a load buy the Kriega R 25.
November 19, 2013
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Great Backpack
I always do a search before I buy a product so these types of reviews help me out in my decisions. For what its worth Im giving my 2 cents worth.

I am 5'7" 210 pounds with wide shoulders and 44.5" chest. I was worried about the pack fitting to tight. Fully loaded (I will explain below) with my heaviest XL Carhartt fleece lined hooded jacket with two shirts the pack fits with some room. I don't have a riding jacket so Im using the Carhartt as a reference. It might get a little tight if I layered up with a sweatshirt but still think its doable.

Now what can I hold in this pack. I ride my bike for fun not for commuting. When riding around town I wanted a pack that holds water, wallet, phone, keys, extra t-shirt, small towel, sunglasses, a pair of Vans shoes, baseball hat, riding gloves and my G 23 with spare mag. It does this well with room to spare. Now this is what I can pack and fit if needed. 2 pair of Levis, 3 t-shirts, 2 pair of heavy cargo shorts, 3 socks, 3 underwear, baseball hat, sunglasses on the key clip, phone, deodorant stick, toothbrush, 2 liter (not completely full) water bladder, and my G 23. This is packed full with only room to stuff small items. I was on the fence between the R-25 and R-30. Took the chance on the R-25 and happy I did. I think the R-30 would have been to big for around town and I would over pack it on longer runs. Only thing is it would be nice if Kriega offered a waterproof bag for the R-25 like the R-30.

All in all this pack does what I need it to do and still has loading options. It seems built very well and I like its profile. It fits me good even with a heavy jacket. Be prepared as this pack is very simple in design and not much in pocket accessories. I like the simpleness, its a plus to me. Very happy with the R-25. Hope this helps with, what can it hold questions and how does it fit bigger wide type people.

1998 Honda CBR1100xx Super Blackbird
September 27, 2015
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
quality commuter-sized backpack
Pros
Quality materials, robust construction, thoughtful design. Harness system is easy to use and adjustable.

Cons
There really are no flaws. If I had to niggle, I would prefer a dual zipper on the main compartment. At least it's heavy duty. Also would prefer some genuine retro-reflectivity rather than just a shiny patch.

Comments -
At its price point, you're paying for more than just a back pack. Hopefully it will still be working well 10 years from now.

Design -
The R25 harness system is unique and interesting, but is it really any better than the standard backpack fare with shoulder straps, waist belt, and maybe a chest strap? Oddly enough, I found its big brother R35 to be extraordinarily stable, too bad I couldn't live with the zipper harness fastener. The R25 has a couple of easy to use clasps as part of their Quadloc system, better than anything else that clicks together.

There is one exterior zipper compartment that is the perfect size for a couple of small, nylon "envelopes" that make up my "man purse". They're semi-permanent fixtures in the pack while everything else goes in and out of the main compartment on a daily basis. Nice, wide opening makes that easy. Compression straps keep things from getting wiggly.

Fit and comfort -
Have been wearing this pack for a week of daily commuting and not sure if the fit is dialed in yet. I'm very used to pack belts around my waist and am unsure about having the support point moved up to my solar plexus. It's not uncomfortable, but maybe not any better either.

Accessories -
US5 and Kube Pocket.

The US5 attaches neatly to the rear of the R25 and offers modest additional storage. Unfortunately, mounting it covers the only rear-facing shiny patch. At least the Kriega logo is still available, and you paid for it. The logo and shiny patch should swap positions. I don't see myself keeping the US5 mounted on the pack as it's mostly unnecessary bulk. Hope to find a good use for it because it's nifty.

The Kube Pocket may have some value if you have absolutely no pockets on your jacket. Otherwise it's not a good value and is a bit of an abberation hanging off the pack. It's not a hard case so not recommended for glasses even if they do fit inside. It's not sized right for a wallet or most smartphones, so honestly, I can't figure a use for it.

I realize my review is not as glowing as many. Perhaps it should be as a justification for the price, or maybe the price makes me more critical. Bottom line - good pack, I think it's a keeper.
January 14, 2013
Ride:
2012 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
amazing difference from a non-motorcycle backpack
Revzilla review basically tells you all you need to know about this backpack as far as functionality and how it's best used. It is essentially a "packing" back-pack - open space, no dividers.

The exceptions are a small front-zip pocket for things like keys, wallet, etc... it's also open space. And the small divider sleeve for a laptop (with the warning that it is not designed with PROTECTIVE design for the laptop).

The things I can help with are with the same questions i had even after watching the video. Exactly what size is a 25litre.. vs a 32 or 35 litre,? is the 15 litre enough? So here is my "in english" sizing chart for you..

25 litre is your "standard" school backpack size. Like any book bag you'd use for school. Therefore the 15litre is more like a small backpack that you might see as a purse replacement type. 35+ are going to be the bigger backpacks that you might see from a hiker/camper that is carrying a weekend's worth of stuff on his back.

The other thing that you can't imagine or understand from the video is how much a difference the "distributed weight" design of this pack offers. So let me describe that here.

While you are riding... although you can tell there is a backpack on you (due to the straps, etc.), you feel ZERO WEIGHT while riding.. as if you are carrying nothing!!! It's AMAZING!!! And that's with a laptop and a change of clothes etc all packed into my pack - including id badge, wallet, etc. No matter how much i've packed into this bag - I still have never felt any weight or anything on me while actually riding. It's amazing!

My big dilemma when i bought this back was - should i get a backpack or a tail bag? For a long time I was going to get a tail bag because i liked riding without a pack due to the weight. But now I am REAL GLAD i got the backpack now that i know i won't feel any weight anyway! Because the backpack is a bit more versatile - i can use it when i'm not riding perfectly fine), and it has a specific sleeve to hold a laptop (although not protectively).

So this is really the best of both worlds between the tail bag (which doesn't have a laptop holder) vs the backpack.

Hope this helps.
July 4, 2012
Ride:
2007 Kawasaki EX650 Ninja 650R
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Worth every penny
What I carry in my pack daily:

In main area:
--15 inch laptop
--Ipad
--Notebook
--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
--laptop charger
--Ipad charger
--headphones
--I still have plenty of room to spare

This pack is the perfect size for me and distributes the weight amazingly.
February 24, 2014
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Best backpack I have owned
The pack is incredible. The weight disappears and is super comfortable. I have had the backack for 10 days and have used it constantly. No longer using my tank bag.

Also, I have used the backpack off the bike as well. Took it on a 4 hour day hike. The harness system is designed for riding but is great for walking/ hiking.

Top quality construction. Looks and feels amazing.

I purchased the Kube pocket as well. Key for me as I need quick access to my keys for entering my parking lot. No longer need to stop, take off my gloves and reach into my pockets. I can unzip, remove my keys and get them back in with my gloves on.

I would highly recommend this pack on or off the bike.
August 27, 2012
Ride:
2013 Honda CB1100
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Best At What It Does
The R25 is just about the best motorcycle backpack you can find. The styling and construction are second to none. Keep in mind that it is definitely a motorcycle backpack and is meant to be used on a motorcycle. When off the bike you still need to keep the harness locked or it tends to slide right off of your shoulders. Regardless, it feels very comfortable and provides great weight distribution. You never feel fatigued while riding. It might not be the best pack for shorter riders as the shoulder straps don't reduce very far. I'm about 6' 1", so it fits me perfectly. Also, I would lilke to see more interior pockets. You get a compartment for your laptop, a main compartment, and a small zip compartment inside. That's it, but it is spacious. The clips on the harness are made of thin plastic, so I do worry just how long they'll last. However, every other review I've ever read says that they've had theirs for years, so it's probably just my paranoia getting the best of me. I plan to use it on a trip to Indianapolis this summer for the MotoGP races. I can't wait to really put it through it's paces, but so far it's performed very well.
May 14, 2012
Ride:
2011 Ducati Monster 796
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
1,593 Miles ridden with, and still goin'!
I planned to take a road trip on my bike from Everett, WA all the way down San Diego, CA just last week. The trip lasted 6 days of riding through morning fog, rain, high winds up northern Cali, blistering desert heat through the 101, and lets not forget the thousands of bugs that decided to collide with me on the way back down south. Nary a scratch or a loose thread, no fade or frays, and no leaks. My fully stuffed R25 kept all my gear dry.

The R25 also stayed secured on my back the whole time. Adjusting the straps to fit was easy enough--just remember that the shoulder strap keepers are elastic, therefore you can pull the plastic buckle through to get the 'small' adjustment dot. That took me a minute to figure out.

Out of the box, I found the finish of the product to be top notch. I have a little bit of OCD when it comes to loose or frayed threads, and I meticulously scour ANY item I purchase (clothes, backpacks, shoes, whatever) for these culprits and either cut them or cauterize them with a lighter. The R25 surprised me by only having a handful small imperfections.
October 20, 2014
Ride:
2013 Ducati Monster 696
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Why did you choose this?
RevZilla Store
It's the best bag I've ever seen. 100% worth the money!!
Joseph D on Sep 7, 2016
Positive reviews
Dale B on Aug 15, 2016
It's the best bag I've ever seen. 100% worth the money!!
Joseph D on Sep 7, 2016
I like the way in which it fits and closures on vest.
T P on Sep 2, 2016
Positive reviews
Dale B on Aug 15, 2016
Recommendation from a friend
Jesse T on Aug 14, 2016
High quality and versatility.
Nikolaus W on Aug 3, 2016
Wanted a dedicated motorcycle backpack that would stay on firmly and not flap around. Kriega is expensive - but I've loved this backpack. The internal pocket intended for armor fits my laptop perfectly.
Jonathan M on Jul 15, 2016
Great backpack that keeps close to your body,arms free, and keeps your bike clean by not having to add saddlebags.

Best part is you can put the pack on over your jacket without getting the straps stuck on the arms.
JAY W on Jul 6, 2016
WHY NOT?!?!
Scott K on Jun 27, 2016
Great reputation on gear that lasts and recommended by a friend I trust.
Darci B on Jun 26, 2016
Uncomfortable packs that don't hold alot of things will not be tolerated while riding.
Frank C on Jun 25, 2016
Fits my needs. Very good quality.
Derae C on Jun 22, 2016
Needed to carry stuff on my sport bike (R1) - the backpack is great.
Brad L on Jun 17, 2016
after using this bag for the last 2 years I can say it's one of the best bags I've owned for riding.
Christopher B on Jun 9, 2016
Best backpack I've ever had. Great harness fittings.
Bruce B on May 31, 2016
Holds laptop and work stuff plus gym clothes and shoes.
A S on May 24, 2016
Wanted a day bag/commutator style bag. Picked this over the R30 for size & style.
Phillip M on May 24, 2016
Videos sold me
steve m on May 24, 2016
A good backpack that is also comfortable is hard to find (especially when female). This fit both requirements!
Elizabeth J on May 23, 2016
holds my laptop and boots when comuting to work
pagan2287 on May 19, 2016
I did a lot of research. Checked reviews of this and competing products and it seems to be the clear choice for comfort, functionality, and quality. I really like the way they designed it to not have any straps dangling or flapping in the wind like I saw with a lot of other products.
Ed B on May 1, 2016
Needed a good backpack while I ride
Rita B on Apr 27, 2016
I needed a bag to carry groceries. I have a tail bag, but it's not enough if I wanted to cook more than one meal. I originally looked for a tank bag, but they can get more complicated to take off. This backpack, based on the ample amount of reviews, looks pretty solid.
Jason T on Apr 26, 2016
Great reviews, seems like it is a quality product, and it would suit my needs.
Leon G on Apr 17, 2016
Quad Lock system kept the pack in place while i am moving around on the bike. I felt safer using this product than while using other riding packs or standard back packs.
A C on Apr 11, 2016
I have been planning to purchase this pack for over 3 years!!! I finally pulled the trigger so I procrastinated a little!!!
Ty C on Apr 3, 2016
Commuter bag for work or weekend trips
MotoGeek on Mar 29, 2016
great bag! love it!
Gerhard K on Mar 27, 2016
the research checks out.
Jason J on Mar 25, 2016
Seemed well recommended for dual sport riders.
Douglas G on Mar 22, 2016
Bag is great to carry items in, recently preferred to mount a different bag to the tail as it was easy to manage as opposed to having a backpack. All about preference. However, it's a great bag and can fit a laptop, lunch bag, additional rain gear just in case, water bottle, and room for more.
Roberto H on Mar 21, 2016
Best backpack on the market hands down, get it fitted right, you will forget its there.
Andrew G on Feb 17, 2016
I chose the Kriega R25 because of all the positive reviews. It may be a little expensive for some people but if it lasts for 20 years like my previous backpack (Mountainsmith World Cup, which still works but has an outdated strap system), I feel it's worth the investment.
T R on Feb 8, 2016
I returned this because it was to small for what I needed to carry around on a daily bases.
Jamie O on Feb 7, 2016
its something I can use for riding and every day use.
Norman Y on Jan 24, 2016
Because of a) great rating from users, b) my current needs
Chandra E on Dec 14, 2015
Wanted something more comfortable than the messenger bag I was previously using to carry my daily commute essentials.
Trevor W on Dec 14, 2015
It's been the highest rated and recommended pack for motorcycles and I wanted something I know I would use and be excited to use for years.
Nicholas G on Nov 10, 2015
quality reputation, reflective panel on back, design
windyrun on Oct 16, 2015
Currently I use a regular school type laptop backpack. It's old and falling apart. Since I ride a bike, I needed a backpack made and designed for motorcycle riding.
Viper1911 on Sep 17, 2015
Size, Quality and Features. I wanted a good fitting backpack that fits well when riding a bike and has the space to carry needed items. A day to day bag.
John B on Sep 1, 2015
Need a good easy on/off pack for commuting
JoeRocket44 on Aug 15, 2015
Because of the great reviews and ergonomics.
RAMIRO C on Aug 13, 2015
The backpack is made for motorcycle riders. As I do not have a car this is the way that carry my shopping. After years of regular backpacks it is time to step-up to a Kriega. No more sore muscles or a stiff neck.
jonathan a on Aug 4, 2015
Commuting to work.
Henry M on Jul 22, 2015
Wanted a bag which could expand as needed and give me space to get a few things at store (my bike has zero storage) and didn't want cost/size of side cases, top cases, ...

Reviews directed me to this over the R20.
Martin K on Jul 17, 2015
for long travel. Been using it for two years now and very very happy with this bag.
Marc A on Jul 14, 2015
need a real riding bag, and the video review really help.
Chwan Cheng S on Jul 6, 2015
Needed a backpack for the commute, something more comfortable than a regular bookbag, user reviews and video overview made the decision to drop the cash a little easier. Glad I bought! This size is perfect for wet weather gear, my work clothes, some useful bits like sunglasses, small tools, and my wallet/phone/etc, and a lunch. Glad I went 25. 20 would be too small to carry lunch with me, 15 would be too small for work clothes, and the 30 and 35 would just be too baggy.
Benjamin L on Jul 3, 2015
One bag to rule them all.
Sebastien R on Jul 2, 2015
Seems to be the most comfortable motorcycle backpack I can find. Should be great during my commute.
Jdiggles on Jun 6, 2015
I like the way in which it fits and closures on vest.
T P on Sep 2, 2016
Recommendation from a friend
Jesse T on Aug 14, 2016
Has anyone paired a US20 with the R25? Too big or bulky? Great fit?
A shopper on May 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I am sorry I have not. This pack is really built well and has plenty of room awesome back pack you can't go wrong
Will this hold a 15 in laptop?
A shopper on Nov 4, 2012
BEST ANSWER: The internal pocket along the back of the backpack is roughly 12 inches high and 10.5 inches wide. A 15 inch laptop should fit inside depending on how wide it is. It will definitely fit inside the main compartment of the R25 which is roughly 20.5 inches high, 11.8 inches wide, and 6.3 inches deep.
How would this pack fit for a big guy? I am 5'10, 300 lbs. I wear a men's 52 regular suit coat, so needless to say, my Fox Creek Leather jacket is very large. I am wondering if this would still fit over that or would it be too snug? Any larger riders out there with experience?
A shopper on Aug 20, 2013
BEST ANSWER: I ordered this for my wife and she is fairly petite. It fits over her jacket no problem, however the fit over her jacket is snug and she wears a medium size jacket. The straps on this can be adjusted but I am not sure how far out. It is a great pack she loves it and says its very comfortable when riding she doesn't even know it is there. I would see if you can find the strap length before purchasing and find out how long the straps are.
How well does this pack fit on a smaller frame? I am 5'7" and 38" chest. Will the pack adjust small enough to keep the pressure off my shoulders?
A shopper on Oct 18, 2012
BEST ANSWER: just to answer my own question, I bought the pack and it fits me fine. it is slightly loose when i dont have on any gear and am just wearing it around the house. When I have my leather jacket on, the pack fits perfect. I love this pack!
Will the compression buckles on this pack match up to the US series straps? I want to strap it on top of my US-30 for the longer road trips.
A shopper on Apr 24, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I don't own the US series, but it appears they use the same ITC Nexus buckles on all their products, so I think it would fit. I don't know if it would be an ideal solution though.
I'm a woman, 5'6" and 133 lbs. Do you think this backpack work for me?
Tonya P on Aug 15, 2013
BEST ANSWER: YES! It is very comfortable. I too am 5'6 (a bit heavier) and it lays very nicely without pulling on my shoulders. I load it up, including with a camelback water bladder and do not even feel any pressure. I have used it last week on a 2100 mile trip, and also use it to commute to work and I love love love it. It also fits a laptop if I need to carry it. Let me know if you need more info.
I have narrowed down my backpack shopping to two. The R20 and the R25. I am going to be using it for daily commuting to work. 50 miles each day. Carrying a rain suit, lunch, thermos, possibly a liner or liners from my Cortech riding jacket. Along with a few small items gloves, etc. I could possibly attach a US10 pack if needed. I think both of these allow that, But Prefer not to. Which of these would you reccommend for my use? Thanks Mark T from VT
Mark T on Jun 13, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Hello Mark,

The R25 is probably the better choice as it gives you the room you want, when you need. 9/10 I am only carrying a laptop and accessories and after I have cinched down the straps, there is no bulkiness to the bag. Other times I have, like you, added winter gloves, liners, overnight stay clothing, etc. and have always been glad that I have the R25 vs. the R20. In short, the R25 is a more versatile choice without appearing or behaving bulky.

On a side note - the water resistance is okay. In heavy downpours the fabric will get damp inside and in rare instances, leak a bit. Also, the laptop pocket is just a fabric sleeve with no other protection towards the bottom.

All the best with your choice.
Does the R25 come with the helmet carrying strap? If so, can anyone post a good pic. I'm planning on buying an R20 (R25 has more space than I need) and I'm looking for a way to carry my helmet. Preferably dangling off to the side.
A shopper on Aug 17, 2013
BEST ANSWER: As far as I know it does not have a helmet strap, however the way it's constructed I don't think it would be too difficult to mount it on one of the side buckles or attach a carrying bag to it. I normally just carry mine in my hand, but I'm a little paranoid. I dropped $650 on my Arai helmet. In terms of the buy, it's hands down the best motorcycle back I've ever owned. I've made several trips through the airport with 4 days clothes inside.. Literally just, backpack, helmet coming on the bike.
If using this backpack for a motorcycle road trip, roughly how many days storage would you have? Two, three days or just overnight?
A shopper on Aug 29, 2013
BEST ANSWER: How many days you could store really depends on "How and what you pack." The storage area of the back pack itself can expand out to about 10-12 inches by releasing the two horizontal straps out all the way.

I easily packed 2-3 days worth. In fact, I've used my Kriega US-10 for a 3 day trip (bare necessities only). I found a Youtube video for helpful tips on packing and when utilizing ziplock bags I was able to pack the R25 with much more.

I suggest light/non-bulky shoes i.e. something along the lines of a pair of Nike Free's.

This really is a great backpack. Not only is it light and made with superior materials, the reflective aspects add to your safety during night time riding.
Will this bag fit a 17 inch laptop and a pair of shoes?
A S on Nov 17, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Both should fit with room to spare.
Note: Since the bag is water resistant and not waterproof I would but a XS Mountainsmith rain cover, especially since you're going to have a laptop in there.
Might also want to get the best laptop case that will fit since if you go down you won't be the only one risking injury. AGATT for your laptop too. :-)
Hope that helps.
Jim