Kriega R35 Backpack
I am a commuting student that wanted a bag that could stand the wind. I used a previous backpack that lasted about a week before tearing in certain locations. This bag is essentially a void. When opening it seemed disheartening, but once you opened it up and started throwing stuff in a grin came to my face. The bag is huge, I can fit my riding jacket (with insulation layer), gloves, a few text books, wallet, keys, and some other minimal things into this bag. Not to mention its back portion where you can place items under the cargo-net like portion.
The way the bag feels when its on you is great. When carrying a light load its barely noticeable and feels really secure. The chest pockets are awesome for small items like your phone. The adjustable straps allow the bag to conform to your body and feel comfortable at whatever speed you're traveling.
I have not ridden with this in the rain yet, but from looking at the construction of the bag I think it will fair well. Also, one thing I do not like is the reflective aspects. It was claimed to be a pretty reflective bag, but by testing the bag did not seem very reflective.
January 31, 2014
Great pack but a little pricey
This was my first real riding pack and I'm satisfied. Don't expect an organizer, as the video says it's just a large open pack but it's great for carrying groceries or extra clothes. Have used it everyday for 3 months now and no rips or damage and all the buckles and zippers work fine. Only 2 minor complaints: It's a bit pricey for what is essentially just a large bag and it was NOT made with + sized people in mind. I'm 6'2 and 290lbs and with a heavy winter coat i have all the adjustment straps maxed out and it still fits quite tight around the kidneys and chest. Also if you ride in the super sport position the top of the pack may rub your helmet for some of the more aggressive bikes. Otherwise the pack is very comfortable and stable at speed and i can easily fit enough clothes and gear for a weekend trip to the mountains. Would recommend.
December 29, 2013
Just got mine.
Short and simple. I wasn't impressed when I pulled it out the box, looked like it was too small. I was wrong. I got to 2 pair of size 11 shoes in there, used a space bag to shrink one pair of pants and 4 long sleve shirts, stuffed 4 vneck t-shirts, one pair of cargo shirts, two pair of workout shorts and shirts. Plus socks. And I still have room to carry my 10inch tablet. Okay I am impressed. Still not sure if its worth $200, but its built for motorcycle riding so it and if its comfortable as advertised, then it will be. Just go it so I cant rate its durability, but I got a 7hour ride on my CBR coming up. We will see.
November 16, 2013
Great bag, sizing can be an issue
The bag itself is great. No bad stitches, everything lines up, and feels great. The issue is with fit. I have wide shoulders, like WIDE. My suit jacket size is a 54US. I can barely get this zipped in the front, with a Tshirt. I contacted BritKitts and asked them about the sizing of other packs in Kreiga's line and they said the R30 and others have a slightly different strap system, so they have a few more inches of adjustment.
So, keep that in mind as you shop.
September 11, 2013
I carry heavy stuff
I am a full time student, I work full time, and I manage to go the gym. I carry my laptop, binder, notebook, gym shoes and clothes and my lunch. Sometimes it weights 20 pounds and it feels like I have nothing on my back. The reflectors get dirty after use but the quality is good. The harness is excellent. I sometimes can't put my arms thru it because I have leather but I figured out if I swing my backpack it will be easier.
September 9, 2013
Best backpack available!
I bought this backpack with the intention of taking a few relatively longer rides. I make quite a few weekend trips each year out to the beach (approximately 200 miles) and to Toronto (approximately 500 miles). I needed a pack that would be able to carry my personal hygiene items, clothing for a few days, and footwear. After receiving this pack from Revzilla (less than 24 hours after ordering!) I quickly packed it with what I would take for a weekend trip and went for about a 2 hour ride just to test out the comfort before committing to and embarking on a long trip. This has to be the most comfortable pack available! As most people likely are, I was hesitant to spend over $200 on a pack, but this was well worth every penny. I was able to pack all hygiene items, sneakers, sandals, 4 t-shirts, 3 shorts, socks, undergarments and ride quite comfortably. Note: I'm only 5'8" @ 155lbs, meaning most riders would likely notice the pack even less than I did. The adjustments on each shoulder and each side were easy to adjust and made the pack very comfortable. Not quite as easily as the video once fully packed, but still relatively easy given the amount of weight in the pack.
September 5, 2013
Just what I needed
The pack is great. I think the video explained the pros quite well. A few things to watch out for:
-Big front flap reduces air flow to your chest
-European zipper means zipping is easier with you left hand rather than right hand. Zipper is hard to get closed with gloves on.
-Suspension system doesn't really help on very heavy loads since the load is not on your waste.
August 5, 2013
My first motorcycle backpack
I bought this due to its size since I plan to commute a lot and would need to carry my work clothes with me. It's big enough to hold everything I need, though it gets a little full each time. Sometimes I wish I could fit just a little more into it, but then I suppose it would just mean that I would have to get saddle bags for the motorcycle instead.
The backpack sticks to me snugly, and I don't need to adjust it each time I put it on. When riding, I barely feel it at all.
Another reason why I got this is for the pockets on your chest. However, the zipper is too small for me to work with while I have my gloves on. I need to tap my ID to get into the parking lot, but since it's on an incline and I can't lean over to touch my chest to the id scanner, I usually have to stop halfway down the block to take my id out. I suppose I could tie a string to the zipper, but it would feel tacky to me.
The pockets in the zipper is also a slight downside. I always wear my perforated jacket, but when I have my backpack on, my chest behind the pocket feels wet. The rest of my chest feels cool and dry. Perhaps if they made it slightly perforated to allow some air flow, it would feel more comfortable.
The only thing I wish it had would be a built-in helmet holder. You can always bring the bag that your helmet came in and put the straps over the backpack before putting it on, but it's a hassle. I just carry my helmet in my hand.
August 2, 2013