Kriega US-30 Drypack
held fast and well constructed
used immediately for a trip down the east coast. Worked as expected. Easy to install.
September 16, 2014
Very impressive, even considering the (seemingly) high price.
I convinced myself a little while back that I wanted a good pack for my Triumph Speed Four, and I wanted it to be dry. At the time I was tentatively planning a longer road trip and I knew I'd need a drypack.
Well, I never did go on that trip, but it was about a week after I got this pack that I rode through a storm with:
- a computer in the main pocket
- a tablet computer in the water resistant pocket, and
- my wallet in my jeans pocket.
Both the computer and the tablet were bone dry. I included the wallet because the rain ruined it. It was raining hard enough that the glue and stitching in my wallet fell apart, but my gear was safe and dry.
Construction is solid, it cleans easily, the waterproofing is astounding, and I stopped worrying about the price the moment I pulled my (dry) electronics out of that storm.
My only complaint is the rolling top (needed to achieve waterproofing) makes frequent opening and closing a hassle. Pack once, close the thing once, and go riding.
The universal mounting system worked wonderfully. It's very quick to attach to the bike, and very secure.
September 1, 2014
Great for a lot of stuff.
Since we're experiencing a drought, this review won't be about the water-proofing elements of this bag. However, with it's construction, I feel confident with it keeping my stuff dry.
This is a great bag to put a bunch of stuff, and in fact was made to be packed full. The strap downs work best when the bag is full while being "strapped down". The "fullness" of the bag actually helps keep it strapped in place.
I was able to fit a bath towel, pair of jeans, waterproof overpants, a hoodie, a Freezeout Cold Gear jacket, 4 t-shirts, a 13" laptop, a Wacom tablet, a few cables, a pair of Asics sneakers, and three spray bottles - Plexxus, chain cleaner, and chain lube. Also a small toiletry bag and a pair of Astars summer gloves.
This thing will hold nicely on a 2013 Triumph Street Triple - follow the cutting instructions and you'll be all good!
Get this bag. I don't think the 20 is big enough to be practical in cases where you need more than a day's worth.
Whatever you decide, ride safe!
August 25, 2014
Great for trips, camping, etc.
Absolutely love my Kriega US 30. I've used it several times for one or two day camping trips. I strap my tent and bedroll on top of it using Rok straps. It's been through a couple heavy duty rainstorms and kept everything inside dry as a bone. Definitely recommend.
August 22, 2014
The great-gear hauler!
I just went on my first overnight camping trip and took the Kriega 30. I'm very pleased with the amount that this is able to hold as well as the multiple attachment points to strap other gear to.
I was able to carry the following in this bag (I pack like a backpacker): sleeping pad, bivy sack, light down jacket, thermal pants/top, bear spray, flip flops, and 3 small stuff sacks , each equivalent in size to a hot dog (with bun). Wow! I attached a 15L drybag to the top of this for a few extras.
I'd definitely look into buying more Kriega luggage in the future whenever my gear carrying needs grows. For now, this is great!
August 10, 2014
Kriega from here on out (plus some notes on capacity and what I could fit)
I've had this bag for a few months now, and while I haven't gotten to take it on a long trip, it has gotten almost daily use, and has stood up to everything quite well so far. My bike gets commuting duties 99% of the time, and I rarely go anywhere without needing to take the bag with me. Living in Florida, heavy downpours are almost daily in the summertime, and I would trust this bag to keep my most expensive electronics safe and sound on my way through zero visibility rain. Durability is just an assumption at this point, really, but I have full faith in this lasting me many years to come.
The one thing I was looking for when I was deciding on what pack to buy was a list of what could fit in the bag, but no real luck. So, I just loaded it up with 2 pairs of jeans and 16 rolled up t-shirts, and that only reached to the end of the mesh that comes into contact with the bike, so there could easily have been a few more inches to be utilized without compromising the waterproof factor. Trying to make the top opening as round as possible came out to about 10.5 inches in diameter.
Ease of install is really on a bike-to-bike basis, but Kriega has videos showing how to mount the loops for different underseat arrangements. I ended up having to pull back the fairings a little bit to fit the loops around the subframe, which took about an hour, but that's a one time thing. Once those are in place, mounting the bag takes just a minute to attach the straps and pull them tight.
I emailed Kriega to find out if this was compatible with their tank-mount attachment, and while it is they don't recommend it because the size of the bag could interfere with controls or block the view of the instruments (though for some of the bigger adventure bikes this could be a non-issue). Also, they responded the same day I sent the email, so while I haven't had to contact customer support, that is a good sign should the need ever arise.
TL;DR: Great bag, waterproof, fits a lot, easy on/off, Kriega support seems good
August 7, 2014
Buy it...with your monies
Top-notch quality. So much better than riding with a backpack.
Well done, Kriega!
August 4, 2014
I bit large
I've owned the 20L bag for some time and as a whole, the Kriega bags are awesome. I wanted to be able to bring more stuff with me so I got the 30L and it fits everything, it really does.
It's a bit too big in some aspects though. I have to turn it sideways on the tail of the bike (GSXR750) because the rear seat has a small footprint and it's just more secure that way although I'd rather go front to back.
I took a 1700 mile trip last week for 5 days going at speeds that shouldn't be repeated and it was only on the last day on the way home after 7 hours of mostly well past the speed limit that I started noticing it listing to one side. I didn't want to stop so just pushed it over a few times but I guess I could have stopped and recinched it.
What I noticed though is that I would have preferred to have a 10L on top of my 20L and separated some key things to make it easier to get to the things I wanted (sunglasses, face shields, soft cloth for cleaning both, water, snacks, etc) than having to undo everything. Also on those days when we ventured out and came back I would have liked to have the 10L bag available for just the few things I would have wanted to take with me and leave the bulk of other things behind.
I like the 30L but I'll need to get a 10L to back up the 20 I have but at that point, I'm not sure how much I'll use the 30 anymore.
August 4, 2014