Kriega R30 Backpack
Worth the money
This backpack was recommended to me by a student of mine that also rides. He has this exact model and sold me on it pretty thoroughly before I even went to the video reviews on here. The video reviews here only reinforced my desire to own it and now that I have ridden with it for a few weeks I am confident I made a good choice.
I put my girlfriend on the back of my Gixxer and she wore the pack fully loaded on the 1.5 hr ride to Santa Cruz and she said she barely felt the weight as we rode. My old backpack was starting to fall apart but this one seems to be made of such durable material I expect it will last significantly longer. I am looking forward to buying a few of the accessories now and will very soon.
April 20, 2015
Great pack for motorcyclists
Having owned several packs over the past 35 years ,I can honestly say that the the swing out shoulder straps and dual chest closure make this an excellent pack to wear over a morcycle jacket.It is comfortable at speed and an easy top load. No weight bearing zippers and is waterproof as well as fairly aerodynamic at speed. It has become not only my commuting pack but also my grocery pack as well as my daypack. Well worth the its price as a versatile accessory.
April 16, 2015
Kriega R39 - Love it!
The bag is really comfortable, the straps are easy to adjust, and it hasn't leaked at all in the rain yet.
March 30, 2015
A little heavy
This bag is really well made. Cant find any faults.
The quadlock harness is a little tough to figure out. At first, with heavy loads, I was getting some lower back pain. After I figured out how to adjust the top straps, it seems to have helped somewhat.
The size of the bag is okay. it is not so big. When empty, you can cinch it down real close and it's like you're not even wearing a bag at all.
Overall, it is a good bag, but the overhead of the bag's weight might be a tough compromise for some. On the bike, the bag is perfect, but off the bike, not so sure.
January 4, 2015
If you're going to buy an expensive backpack you might as well do it right by getting this one.
My motorcycle is my sole mode of transportation and this backpack is what makes it possible. When I'm just commuting I keep my essentials packed with the backpack cinched down. If I need to do some grocery shopping I'm able to load up a hand basket and fit everything into the bag no problem. If I'm out traveling I'm able to pack a full weekend's worth of clothing and supplies. The quadlock might seem like a bit much, but you'll be thankful for it if you ever find yourself with frozen fingers. The padding makes the backpack very comfortable to wear no matter what bulky items you have packed.
The main pack is waterproof in heavy rain, but the two outer pockets soak through instantly in a light drizzle. The bottom bag has a strap that needs to be unclipped in order to be unzipped. This bag is meant for a more sporty riding posture, so if you're sitting up straight you're missing out on some of the bag's functionality. If you're super skinny and not wearing armor, the shoulder straps might be a bit too loose for you even when cinched all the way down. When packed to max capacity with heavy items you're definitely going to feel some shoulder fatigue after a while.
In closing, if you just need a cheap backpack to carry a few things, get a cheap backpack. If you want a durable, waterproof bag you'll be using for all your travels, this is the bag you want. It can be cinched down to the size of a smaller bag or expanded to carry everything you could possibly need, rendering all smaller bags a waste of money.
January 3, 2015
I don't think there's a better backpack.
I bought this even though I have 4 other backpacks.
It's worth it.
I use it mainly to pack my work clothes before heading to the gym. I pack a pair of Doc's, jeans, undies & socks, towel, belt, shirt, and thermals if it's cold. Everything fits in fine. In the front pockets, I have a thing a body wash, deodorant, spray, shaving cream, a razor (merkur double sided safety!), a jump rope, and some headphones. Everything fits in fine.
The straps are a little tricky to figure out, but once you do....hhhrrrrnnnggg. They feel so good. I've worn this sack on trips of over 4 hours and didn't feel any sort of discomfort.
I'd buy another if I had another back.
December 29, 2014
This is the perfect backpack. I've ridden with it in the rain without anything getting wet inside, stuffed a 10lb bag of ice and 24 cans of beer into it without damaging the backpack, and even use it when I'm on my bicycle because it just fits so well while having a ton of space.
Worth every penny.
December 8, 2014
Kriega R30 Backpack
I ride year round in Oregon / Washington USA. Rain / Snow / Cold / Sleet / Frost / Etc... I am 5-6 @ 190 lbs. BMW S1000RR.
The bag; main compartment is water proof (tested in Oregon heavy down pour)
The harness and straps are great and can be adjusted to fit anyone, easy to do, very comfortable, you'll forget you have the pack on. Easy to use with both sport and winter gloves.
The main compartment of course has the water proof liner. Behind the liner is a slot for a back protector or hydration pouch or both. There is a slot for the hydration pack tube to exit over the right shoulder, then you can route the hydration tube anywhere you need it. Depending on our wardrobe and packing skills you could easily pack a weeks worth of clothes.
The two secondary compartments water resistant (rode with it in heavy down pour and contents were clammy but dry-ish) fits tools / bulbs / tire repair kit / personal items.
Other info; the compression straps are amazing after you pack it. Very reflective from all sides / angles.
November 9, 2014