Kriega R30 Backpack
Built to last
Excellent travel pack. This is my fourth Kriega purchase and like all the others I am very impressed with the construction and fit of this pack. Very easy to get on and off while wearing full riding gear and once it's on you forget it is there.
August 11, 2014
A little pricey but great quaility and exactly had advertised. Tons of room in the waterproof section.
August 4, 2014
Passed the Fettuccine Alfredo test!
The very first time I used the Kriega R30 was for a trip to Trader Joe's to do some grocery shopping. I'd been using a Ogio No-Drag pack but found that while it was comfortable, it's shape and hard shell wasn't the most practical when it came to loading boxy shaped items.
I had trouble deciding between the Kriega R25 and the R30. I opted for the waterproof feature of the R30 over the ease of access of the R25.
I was able to buy three or four days worth of groceries at TJ's and still not quite fill the R30 to it's maximum capacity. On the ride home I barely remembered that I was even wearing a pack. No sharp box corners poking me in the ribs or any feeling of being tugged back by the weight or air drag of the Kriega.
When I arrived home and started to unpack and put things away. I realized that the removable waterproof liner bag inside the R30 was even more valuable than I had originally thought. It seems that the package of Cajun Style, Blackened Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo I grabbed from the refrigerated food section had broken open and dumped it's delicious contents all over the inside of my brand-new $240 Kriega bag.
I scooped out most of the mess, put a few drops of dish detergent in, ran a quart of warm water in the liner from the faucet, rolled the top up and shook it like martini for a minute. After a rinse with fresh water I turned the bag inside out and in an hour it was dry and spotlessly clean. You can imagine what a mess I would have had in a pack WITHOUT a dry liner.
The Kreiga R30 is the best backpack I've ever used!
July 30, 2014
I broke it in on a 500mile trip to see my parents. Nice bag, like the double buckles in front, very comfortable. Got some compliments from some people. I really like the 2 outer pockets nice place for stuff you need more often. Down side: expensive. Not sure if I should have gotten a cheaper bag and just carry a plastic bag to water proof when necessary...
July 21, 2014
Pretty much the best
You will forget you're wearing this backpack. Even with 50+ lbs, it is totally comfortable. Often I take the backpack off and suddenly realize, when I have it in one hand, how much weight I've been carrying around without noticing. It is pricy, especially after I added the optional Hydrapak reservoir, but it's worth it, especially if you need a waterproof bag. This is about the best backpack you could ever buy if you are a commuter; It can fit a load of stuff and the straps pull it down small when you're not carrying much. My only complaint was that I wish at least one set of side straps had buckles so I could hang a helmet or other stuff, but I solved that with a cheap carabiner. There aren't any small pockets for organizing stuff, which some may not like, but works fine for me because I tend to organize things into smaller containers before fitting them into the bag Tetris-style.
July 7, 2014
Initial tests look promising
I haven't had a chance to use this on a trip yet but once I got it stuffed it full of random stuff and took it out on a ride. The weight is definitely off the shoulders and works as advertised and it's well built to suit motorcycle riders.
June 23, 2014
The harness system is fantastic. With full load, the weight is balanced and there is no strain on your lower back.
I was initially worried about ease of access to the main compartment since you can only get in from the top through the roll up system. Its certainly not as convenient as a zipper but ot turned out not to be a problem at all. I do not feel inconvenienced when accessing the bag. The 2 large water resistant zipper pouches on the front are excellent. I keep a folded rain suit in one, and I was able to fit a 40 ounce water bottle and a 12 ounce coffe thermos in the other one.
Overall very high quality material that will last a long time.
June 10, 2014
Great Pack, Worth the Price
With the summer almost upon us, I was in the market for a backpack that would allow me to pack everything I need for a long weekend and would keep everything dry in the unpredictable New England weather. The Kriega R30 delivers. The R30 exudes quality in every aspect of its design, the look and feel of the pack is reassuring and inspires confidence in the equipment i am strapping to my back.
Putting the R30 on for the first time, it took a couple of tries to get the tightening and loosening of the pack down, but once I had it figured out, it was quick and simple. It really is as easy as they make it look in the product review video on the website. With a reasonable load in the pack, i put it on and snugged it up. I was a little surprised with the feel of the weight on my back. I will attribute that to the awkward distribution of weight, but I could definitely feel the load on my back. After climbing on to my motorcycle, though, it was as if the weight disappeared. i was able to ride comfortably and it felt as if I was not even wearing anything on my back. You can certainly wear the R30 before and after your ride, but on the bike is where it shines.
I am yet to experience a heavy rain while out on the road, but I am confident that the dry-bag design and material composition of the main compartment will keep the contents dry through conditions worse than I would want to ride in. If I find that my weekends require more stuff than I can fit into the R30, the ability to attach an additional waterproof pocket is a huge plus.
Don't get me wrong, this is not bargain or an inexpensive backpack by any means, but when the overall package is considered, you are definitely getting what you pay for: A premium price for a premium package.
May 19, 2014