Kriega R25 Backpack
Great Pack, just short on "commuter" oriented pockets
Love the Pack. Fits great and stays put.
I had the Ogio Less Drag prior to this pack, which had more commuter oriented pockets, which I miss in this pack, but I have found work arounds.
This fitting design is excellent. Zippers are big and strong. Last pack's zippers blew out. Compression straps keep the pack small until you need it to be larger.
November 10, 2014
awesome bag, like no other
Only had the bag a few weeks, but it is part of my riding gear almost all the time. The name Kriega speaks for itself in terms of fit and finish, but I can confirm that no other backpack feels as comfortable, both when riding and when walking. The straps are infinitely adjustable, so it's easy to find the perfect fit, but regardless it is nearly weightless when I ride, even when I pack it with my 15" Powerbook and a change of clothes. When I ride the wife out for a dinner, she comfortably fits her things in the bag and straps it over her shoulders just as easily.
I've already purchased the Kriega Kube as an add-on, and its perfect to fit the garage clicker and some cash. I'm already eyeing up a waterproof bag, knowing that I won't be disappointed with the Kriega name.
November 3, 2014
It's comfortable and secure. I like how it distributes the weight across your chest
October 27, 2014
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
When you pick up this bag you can feel the quality. It feels like it could survive a nuclear blast. It's also very comfortable. I carry books in mine for college and the weight is distributed on my chest and lower back off my shoulders. It feels great! I also suggest getting the kube pocket, it's a great accessory. $189 is a steep price for a bag but I promise you it's worth it!
October 17, 2014
Love this Bag!!
I'm a daily commuter on my bike (32miles each way) and was wearing my old Targus laptop bag for over 6 months. At the time I felt like it was adequate, but that was until I broke down and bought the Kreiga R25. This bag feels like it's not even there and that's fully loaded. The aerodynamics are great and the zippered compartments are perfect. My only note is that the R25 is not as big as you would think. Honestly don't get me wrong I thought it was going to be too big. Instead the R25 is perfect for a daily commuter like myself. Highly recommend this purchase for anyone who is serious about biking and needs a backpack.
October 13, 2014
I didn't want to put bags on my newest bike, so I needed to get a backpack. It needed to be comfortable, big enough to carry my lunch or enough for a day trip. This bag was pricey, but totally worth it. No stress on my back, even when I hunch over. It's just feels...right.
October 6, 2014
Most comfortable backpack I've ever ridden with in 15 years of riding.
About the only thing that I can say that's not 100% positive about this backpack is that it really only has 2 main pockets. Has it been an issue? Absolutely not. As a matter of fact, I'm not in the riders' backpack designing business so maybe there's something here that Im not aware of because otherwise, Kriega NAILED it with this bag. Once properly setup, this thing STAYS in place and even with a full load, (enough clothes for 2 days, a 1" 3 ring binder, a pair of shoes and my hygiene kit), I completely forgot it was there less than 5 miles into a 150mi round trip at speeds of 75+ mph. As an un-intended bonus, I'm sure, I was able to route the chest straps through my passenger grab handles and secure the bag making it a 25L tail bag that stayed right in place for the same trip two days later. Kudos Kriega. As long as this thing holds up like you claim it will, you have a customer for life.
October 1, 2014