Kriega R30 Backpack
Spendy yes, but probably the best motorcycle specific pack.
If you ask me, no backpack can be truly designed for a serious motorcycle rider unless it's waterproof. Now that being said, I am amazed that there are so few waterproof options out there!
Fortunately, even though there aren't many options, this bag is so well made and designed, there doesn't have to be much other choice. The main compartment is 30L of open space that lets you do with what you will. The waterproof inner liner is white (intentional I'm sure) which allows you to see inside easier.
The harness system works well and it was tested it on a long dual sport ride over some rough terrain with a lighter load. Heavier loads I don't expect to be an issue. The weight is spread across the chest nicely as designed.
Another huge bonus which is not mentioned in the Revzilla description - at least as of now - is that the current bag is hydration bladder compatible.
I highly recommend. No other pack has the same set of features. Large 30L capacity, hydration bladder compatible and fully waterproof.
The only thing holding it back is the price. It isn't cheap, but then the best stuff rarely is.
March 24, 2014
FANTASTIC MOTORCYCLE BAG!
Fit, finish and function were beyond all my expectations! I was looking for a bag to carry a change of close, a pair of shoes, my lunch bag, and typically some other items that I need to bring with me to work, and this bag more than met all my needs! The two front pockets are perfect for phones, wallets, and similar items. I was using a Chrome messenger bag before I got the Kriega, and although it is a great bag this bag is superior in every way! Fits securely, very comfortable, and although it is a bit on the pricey side it is worth every penny. I am confident that this bag will hold up for many years to come as the quality and workmanship is excellent.
I recommend this bag to anyone who rides and needs to bring various items with them for whatever reason!
March 24, 2014
Bomb proof backpack
As a year round commuter with no bags on the bike, waterproof storage for electronics is critical. I usually carry a 15" laptop with plenty of room left over for an extra layer, shell, etc.
Pack is very high quality, waterproof, comfortable to wear.
Not everyone will like the dry bag closure or the price, but this is indispensable in the rain and snow.
March 10, 2014
Nice but a bit pricey
I'm using this to go snowmobiling in northern Maine as my nytro doesn't have any space for cargo. I wanted a durable waterproof bag that I can cram a lot of things into. The pull rings work very well to tighten the bag to you to fit snug and the straps give more than ample room to fit your arm through even with a heavy or bulky coat on. The weight carries incredible well on ur torso not shoulders. It does not tire you at all. It has one very large compartment so if your looking for lots of pockets it's not for you but if you don't care about that it's perfect to fit a lot of everything into it. I even put a spare belt in my bag with clothes ect. I would consider this for dirtbiking or enduro riding as well.
January 20, 2014
This pack Rocks, its a get'er done gear , keeping everything dry !
This pack, is comfortable, and will keep your things dry and safe( I carry a I Pad and ride every day to work) It has two pockets for small stuff. And the big compartment will hold alot for your trips. I carry it with me every day to work for my important stuff . I think the only thing , I would change is put a tuff rubber bottom on it .
December 2, 2013
Best backpack ever
I waited a year after wanting this bag to buy it. Shouldve got it the day I saw it since it is amazing!! A tad expensive, but it will last for ever. Worth every cent
November 27, 2013
Very technical pack... almost perfect for my needs
This backpack is extremely high quality. I've owned and ridden with packs ranging from custom made messenger bags to tacti-cool bags like Camelbak and Spec Ops Brand. This performs far better on the bike than anything I've used. Quality -wise it is made as nicely or nicer than any equivalently priced bag. It's clearly made by riders since they get the little touches right... e.g. cinch straps have keepers built in, the retroreflective type is extremely high quality and in the right spot, etc.
I debated for a good long while about this bag versus the R25 and am glad I went for this. I am a search and rescue helicopter pilot and will often commute to work with this bag, and leave it hanging in the back of the helo. Sometimes when we are doing a rescue over the water it can get wet in the back, so having a dry bag is pretty nice. The plastic part is removable too, if you want to clean the interior easily. Nice touch. I also love the roll top style. It's nice to be able to just stuff and go... no thinking about how to organize gear. If you really need something fast, the outside pockets are pretty big. On the bike performance is superlative. No shoulder strain, no bag sway. Enough room to fit clothes for a few days plus lots of gadgets. One hint- I picked up a Maxpedition organizer and use it in the outside pocket. It's great for organizing the little stuff... keys, mini flashlight, earplugs, gum, etc.
Some negatives- the dot system on the shoulder straps is really easy to use, but it seems like they cheaped out by not using the same aluminum ring cinch system as they did on the waist. This is not the right pack for smaller riders (specifically smaller riders who aren't wearing a bulky jacket). I'm 5-11/155 lbs and find it JUST snug enough on the tightest dot. Also this isn't a great pack for wearing off the bike. If you don't fasten up the chest straps and hip straps it's going to be sagging and strain your shoulders. Wearing over one shoulder is not particularly comfortable. Just something to be aware of.
All in all I would definitely buy the pack again. It's very expensive for a backpack, but the quality justifies the price. I wish they would have included a shoulder cinch system like the R25 so it could be adjusted on the fly, but it's pretty good as is. It's pretty hard to find this pack in US stores, so I took a chance on this and am glad I did.
November 25, 2013
Versatile, durable, practical, great ergonomics
I have admit I thought this backpack was a little gimmicky and didn't have my expectations set too high. However, I can now say that after one season with this pack it is has exceeded my expectations and then some. On my ride to work, I can pack my gym clothes, lunch bag, suit/shirt in a trifold garment sleeve, and dress shoes with no problem. For those days when I'm riding over to Wisconsin to pick up a six pack of Spotted Cow, the back can be cinched up to accommodate to smaller load. As for the quad lock system (this is the part I thought was going to be gimmicky), I have to say it is a very well thought out and makes wearing a backpack on a bike a non issue. No weird pinch points or fatigue in my shoulders or back. I actually wore the pack empty and went to the grocery store once. On my way there, I was on the highway doing about 70 mph and panicked for a second because I couldn't feel the pack on me and thought I left it at home!
The bag is expensive but the build quality is on par with other high end packs that I've owned for hiking and they cost as much and sometimes more.
November 18, 2013