Kriega R35 Backpack
It looked small, until i put stuff in it.
So far this bag is awesome. I thought it was a bit small when i took it out the box, but once i started adding stuff, like my Xena disc brake lock, my 13 pound kryptonite lock, gloves, sweater and keys. I realized i had more room for more stuff. When all my stuff isn't in my bag, i can even fit my helmet inside while i walk around.
The great part about this the R35 is that there is no weight on my shoulders just my chest and backside.
The R35 is a very impressive bag
April 8, 2013
Need a really big backpack?
If you do, this is your bag.
Fit and load-bearing support
This harness system fits amazingly well and would probably still be comfortable if the bag was full of rocks. It feels like it's clamped onto your torso, really different than typical hangy, saggy backpacks.
Zippered front connector is not a good idea.
The fact that the zipper is backwards for US males (left hand pull instead of right hand pull) compounds this inconvenience.
The real problem with the zipper is that it's very hard to do when wearing a heavy jacket. With a helmet on, you can't see what you're doing. Gloves - forget about it.
A pack this big needs compartmentalization options. I realize the design is one big compartment, stuff it at will. If that's what you need, then this design is perfect, otherwise, not so much.
The front of this bag covers your chest like Kevlar vest. You might consider this extra protection a bonus. If you ride in hot weather and need frontal ventilation, you're done for.
I returned it and got a Kriega R25, more civilized, smaller but still big enough for my daily commuter needs.
January 12, 2013
Now I understand why this bag commands that price!
I was a little skeptical at first since I was already dealing with size changes in Ogio line of NoDrag bags. I liked the aerodynamics of it, but the interior space and weight distribution proved too challenging for longer rides or shopping. Let me clarify: The Ogio NoDrag moto bags are not a competitor to this particular product; this is for a different use and size.
After viewing Anthony's detailed description and demonstration, I figured it was worth a try. It's hard to beat the RevZilla no hassle return policy after all.
This was money well spent. I don't consider myself overly technical when it comes to motorcycle riding gear, but I DO understand what feels comfortable and manageable when riding. First of all, I have to admit the QUADLOC harness system appeared a little gimmicky and looked like its own project just to get it right. Since I went into it with an open mind of 'surprise me', I was not disappointed. The harness system is definitely different from anything else you may have worn and may take a little getting used to. Once you understand your 'fit', it becomes so simple to use. After trying it around the house for a while then riding, I didn't really notice the pack was on me. There is no tiring of the shoulder or neck area. It may initially feel as though your bag is too low until you start riding and realize the location is ideal and just works!
Your arms have full range of motion and you really can slide your arms through while wearing your riding gear. The video makes it look as though you can only get that level of comfort if you are wearing a t-shirt, but he was telling the truth- the space and comfort are there. Strange buckle system for me, but I'll try anything different if it might work.
The two front zippers built into the QUADLOC harness make access to items such as a wallet, ID card, or keys very rider friendly. My only suggestion would be to include a strong, clear velcro ID holder on the front left flap of the harness. This makes it more efficient to show your license or other ID if needed to access a facility or making transactions that require presentation.
The interior. 35 liters. That's big. But the bag doesn't look sloppy or cumbersome at all. I found it hard to believe it could hold so much until I had to stop a moto gear store for a oil changing kit with funnel. I easily fit that in there along with a complete change of clothing to include a thick hoodie and showering gear.
The front mesh pocket with shock-cord keeps your newly expanded Kriega 35 compacted and secured. The top mesh pocket is handy for smaller items you may need to access quickly. Just understand this bag is not the waterproof version so if that is a deal breaker for you, Kriega has a bag to cover that, too! Since there is a nice slot for a laptop, etc., I recommend always keeping a plastic bag in there just in case you need it. You might not ever need it but good to have anyway.
This bag is a little larger than what you may be accustomed to, but the strong, durable features on top of a great warranty are what get the job done. Don't forget to claim your additional items from the promotion that ends soon! I am glad I took the chance on purchasing this bag. I don't know why I never heard of it until Anthony reviewed it. Now I wonder how I ever did without it. This is THE bag to travel with. It gets a few stares and comments referring to looking like a starship trooper, but you won't mind! Enjoy the new year!
December 28, 2012
Roomy, super comfortable riding pack with great features.
I have several pieces of Kriega's collection already and am a big believer in their product. I purchased this pack a few weeks ago and am still putting it through it's paces.
Things I like:
It's a solid stylish pack, and I am generally happy with the build.
The shoulder harness and chest pad/pockets are beefy but super comfortable, especially riding down the freeway and being able to shoulder check with ease. I've had the 35L pack stuffed full but barely notice it when I'm riding.
The internal compartment is large enough to fit my monster Dell laptop.
The zippers are water tight and the pockets all seem well thought out.
Things I don't like:
The bag is advertised as having 3M Scotchlite reflectivity built in, which is a big reason I purchased this model. However, observers tell me the silver on the pack is barely noticeable and that I am still nearly blacked out from behind. Kriega could have gotten a lot more aggressive with reflective piping on the seams and reflective webbing/straps. In my mind, this is a critical design omission for such a specialized riding pack.
November 12, 2012
LOTS of storage and very comfortable!
This pack is worth every penny of the asking price due to how comfortable it is. In the past, while wearing other packs at highway speed, I was blown around rather violently. I ride a Buell which has no wind screen so you can imagine the wind forces placed on me while riding. The unusual way that the backpack "hugs" your lower torso instead of hang from your shoulders makes for a very comfortable and secure platform for rider storage. Also, the way the straps are designed makes for easy on and off even with a winter jacket.
October 29, 2012