Kriega R30 Backpack
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
Great waterproof backpack - not too big
I've been riding with this rucksack for a few months now and I am very happy with my choice. I've only been caught in the rain a couple of times but it has kept my things nice and dry.
The strap/harness system is excellent. I ride a Triumph Bonneville with a very upright riding position and the weight of the pack is entirely on my hips and chest. It's very comfortable and doesn't restrict arm, shoulder or neck movement at all. At this point I feel a little naked riding without it!
I couldn't find anywhere to see the packs in person before buying and I debated long and hard between the R30 and Kriega's smaller packs. My main concern was that I didn't want something so enormous that I wouldn't want to use it daily, and the pictures make the R30 look very big. I'm glad I went with the R30; I'm six feet tall and it fits me very well and doesn't feel big or obtrusive. I think if I'd ordered a R20 or R25 I would have ended up returning them for the R30.
The only downside as a commuter is that there's no dedicated slot for a laptop. But a cheap top-opening laptop sleeve works well to keep my laptop from banging into my lunch and whatever else I'm carrying.
November 16, 2013
I used this pack to travel to Delmarva Bike Week. I had it loaded down pretty well and was worried about the weight. Wound up riding the 150 mile trip straight on with no stops and found I wasn't fatigued from the weight of the R30. The unique chest harness placed the weight in the perfect spot while not bothering my shoulders in the slightest.
Space wise, if you pack it right, expect to get 3-4 days of clothes (possibly more) and a small toiletry bag in there. You can load this down!
I highly recommend the R30!
September 22, 2013
Always wanted one - now I know why
I went back and forth on what size to get. What settled that question was I decided to get the most waterproof model with roll-top closure. I think they make one size larger but this seems about as large a pack (and as much stuff) as one would want on your back; need more space - get a top box or duffell. R30 is well made, clearly well thought-out by people who are motorcyclists. Harness is amazing - you may forget you have it on. Interior of main compartment is white so is easy to see inside. Whichever capacity suits you, a Kriega is a must-have.
September 3, 2013