Kriega R35 Backpack
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
Roomy and comfy
I used to ride with a regular backpack. The R35 is certainly a BIG improvement in many regards. I was hesitant to spent 200$+ on a backpack. Every manufacturer would claim that it releaves stress from your shoulders, and blablabla. In the R35 case, it,s true. It really works as expected. Obviously, when you pack it with 10 pounds of stuff, the adjustment buckles moves... Lets say "less effortlessly" than what the Revzilla video shows, but that said, you can manage to adjust it while on your back with a little shoulder/elbow grease, or take it off a sec for fine tuning. It is roomy. I was hesitant to buy the 35, instead of the 25, but seing the 35 for the first time just confirmed that I had made the right choice. 25 liters would not have done it for me. I carry my rainsuit all the time, the lock, a dry-bag (the R35 is NOT waterproof), and oftentimes, some clothes and stuff. So the 35 liters are required.
As for the bag quality, no doubt that it is well made, but I still need to be convinced of its durability. No issue yet, but it's still quite new. We'll see. Anyhow, great tool for me (oh yeah, I must admit that I like the look of my r1200r classic without hard cases on it, so wearing a backpack is essential to me).
Last point, I like the technical look and feel of it, and the front pockets (in the chest pad) are quite useful to store money, passport, cell phone...).
May 21, 2013
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