Kriega R35 Backpack
Great in weather and comfortable over long distance
Bought this ahead of a long weekend trip late in the season up to New England (800 miles round trip). Very comfortable throughout, definitely didn't appreciate before the benefits of a purpose designed/built motorcycle backpack. Finish is rugged and simple to adjust on the go. Not to mentioned all my gear stayed dry through 3+ hours riding through the rain. Very impressed!
October 20, 2014
Huge backpack, might be too big
Excellent backpack from kriega. the chest zipper is a little annoying to line up but quality is excellent. The backpack is huge. I found more than enough room for a 5 day trip including a rain suit. The backpack is so big that you might find yourself putting more stuff than you can carry. The backpack is perfect for a 3-5 hour trip. anything more than that your back will be asking for a break. held pretty well against the rain but water did find it self inside the bag after a couple of hours in the rain, but overall held up nicely. If you are planning on a 6-8 hours a day would not recommend unless you go super light with maybe 50% of the capacity of the backpack. I wish I would have bought the R25 just because I have a tendency of over preparing and over packing
October 13, 2014
Kriega R35 Rucksack
First off I want to say that ever since I was introduced to Kriega gear I have purchased all of my riding bags from this company. They are great and will continue to purchase from them.
That being said...the R35 Rucksack, the price is up there but overall it is a great pack for those that are looking for a nice pack to store 35 liters of gear. I use to ride with Camelbak back pack that stored your entire house and in comparison to the R35, the Camelbak BFM 51 had the capacity to store 51 liters but it was not made for riding and it became quite a bit uncomfortable because it wasn't designed for long rides. The Kriega pack is smaller in comparison but it does the trick and I do enjoy how all of the weight is distributed on the chest rather then having it sit on your shoulders or resting on your lower back. So for that I have to say good job. Here are my pros and cons.
Pros: Comfortable, easy to adjust, good storage.
Cons: Front zipper boxy reflective part...it is odd to carry on one shoulder, not flexible in any manner, a bit expensive.
Recommendations: Find a better use for the front side pockets, rethink the front straps. A quadrilock system that you find on the R25 and R30 would've been a much better addition. Finally, if this pack were to carry a hydration system, the laptop sleeve would be rendered useless, make a stand alone pouch to separate the two.
Overall, great pack, just a bit spoiled by the camelbak BFM 51 and how it has stand alone pouches i.e., hydration, laptop, and document sleeves. The R35 is very comfortable for around town or long commutes (I ride 126miles daily). I would highly recommend this pack.
August 24, 2014
Amazing for commuting!
I use the bag to commute to school and since there is no lockers I carry my gear with me. I am able to fit riding boots (Elsinore 1000), books, gloves in bag, strap jacket(leather) to the outside, and carry helmet. There is a lot of room in the bag and with it packed full of anything the curve in the back doesn't go away. The harness fits snug across the chest and is extremely comfortable. On top of that it looks amazing. Only downfall was the price. Overall would buy again if something happen to my Kriega.
May 9, 2014
Pricey, but if you have the money it's worth it!
I looked at different back packs for months and always liked the Kriega line up but always a lil nervous about the price. This past march I took some of my savings and bought the R35. I commute to college which is like a 40 minute drive each way. Even with all my books, it still is comfortable to wear and does not cause fatigue like my other packs. There is only one lil hitch, the side straps can only be adjusted so far, and I have a skinny waist, so If I'm not wearing my jacket, it's not as tight as I would like it to be. But other than that I love it! It's bullet proof, amazingly comfortable and engineered for the person who wants a riding backpack.
May 5, 2014
Expensive, but a great traveling backpack
You can fit so much stuff in here! You could probably fit enough clothes, etc. in here for a week long trip. I ended up using it for a long trip and it has been alright so far.
As far as comfort, the way the bag is set up is perfect so that all the weight is where it should be. You can wear it all day and not be sore.
As far as looks, it is a very rugged looking backpack. The front chest compartments look a little strange when you are not wearing a bike jacket, but that is my only complaint. I like the chest pockets for utility.
March 24, 2014
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