Kriega R30 Backpack
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
Roomy bag that stays put while riding!!
Bought the bag for the weather resistant aspect and have been happy with it since day one. The only downfall I could find was having to much space and overloading it with weight. That being said, I have done multiple 200+ mile rides and not had any discomfort. If your looking to buy a pack this is the one hands down, fit, form, and function, this one has it all!!
April 22, 2014
Theres no surprises here. It's quite large and awesome. For long distance nice and comfy and holds everything I need.
April 20, 2014
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