Kriega US-30 Drypack
We went on road trip to niagara falls this past week, great weather and excellent ride on scenic roadways. These bags were everything that was written about them and more. excellent craftmanship, durable with plenty of storage space and pockets. two of us have the 10 L, 20 L and 30 L bags, after some time getting the mounting straps on, the bags easily hooked on and were perfect. One of the bikes is a gsxr1000 and bags mounted well, my bike is a harley vrod muscle, easily mounted on rear seat and platform, no problems at all with the bags staying in place. One point, i wish the bags had a carrying handle for bringing them into hotel. i look forward to more road trips and using these bags for what they are intended for.... good riding and travaling.
July 27, 2015
Great on the bike, not so great off the bike
First off, I realize the US-30 is designed to be primarily used as a tail bag on the motorcycle, and as a backpack second. In that regard, it's been great. The buckles are high quality and the entire bag is sturdy. The mounting system is very convenient and the loops that stick out past the seat are very discreet when you're not using the tailbag.
Mounting the bag can take a bit of time, especially if you take the buckles off the loops every time (I do just so people don't walk off with them), and getting everything strapped down takes a few minutes, but once on the bike the bag is very sturdy and doesn't move. The grippy material on the back of the bag is also great and prevents any sliding, and the tabs on the straps to keep the excess strap material from flying around is a nice touch, although if the bag isn't loaded up very much, you end up with a lot of excess length on the straps past the buckle and they tend to flap around while riding. It's nothing that would end up in your wheel or chain, so it's not really a problem, but it does look silly while you're on the highway and the straps are flying everywhere.
Off the bike, the bag isn't as convenient. The access to the main compartment is easy enough to use, but the shoulder strap feels a bit thin and cheap compared to the rest of the bag. I would have preferred two straps to wear the pack as a backpack instead of just one that makes the bag function as a messenger bag instead. Furthermore, while the main compartment is huge, I would have liked to see a few more storage pockets/compartments on the outside of the bag. There is only one extra zipper on the outside of the bag to store things in (not counting the one behind the bag where I store extra straps in). As it is now, things tend to get jumbled up in the massive main compartment or don't fit in the smaller outside one.
Overall, I'd say even with the minor inconveniences, this pack is definitely recommended, even for everyday commuting. It can easily accommodate a few days worth of clothing if you pack lightly, and has the extra loops to strap on a couple extra Kriega bags. While it takes longer than simply putting on a backpack and riding, it is far more comfortable and probably safer in the event of a crash.
July 27, 2015
Exactly what I was looking for
I bought this product based upon the reviews and the video and so for I have to say I am quite pleased with the purchase. First, my Monster 821 has loops built in under the seat to make it very easy to attach the main pack (30L) to the seat. It wasn't difficult to figure out how to attach the smaller packs (10L) to the larger one but it just took a little longer to match all the right straps with the buckles. Now that I figured out how to set it all up, it will be easier to do on my trip and I know I can simply unstrap the main bag from the seat and take the whole assembly with me to the hotel room.
The product looks good, durable, and the fit and finish look good as well.
June 30, 2015
Good bag on and off the bike, excellent quality and build.
June 26, 2015
Used it on a three night trip and I was able to pack all my gear and had room to spare. I was torn between this and the US-20 and I am glad I went with the US-30. I was concerned it would look "too big" on my bike (Triumph Bonneville) and it did not. Once the mounting straps are on, getting the bag on and off the bike is a cinch. The material and finishing of the bag seems very sturdy and durable. I have no doubt it is completely waterproof. There is one external pocket with zipper for quick access without having to take the bag off the bike. My only suggestion for improvement is that it would be nice to have more external pockets. Can't wait to use it on more trips!
June 21, 2015
Once you figure out to install it, great product
The installation instructions are...borderline useless. I mean...you'll figure it out, and they're in english, it's just that they were clearly written by someone who was way too involved with the design of the product. Lots of assumptions made concerning the user's knowledge of the product. Anyway, once you get it on, the bag is top notch. Rugged, waterproof, HUGE, and once you strap it on you can forget about it- it's not going anywhere.
I struggled to decide between the US30 and the US20. I'm glad I went with the US30. I fear my laptop would not have fit with everything else I bring along my commute. I would definitely buy the US30 again.
June 1, 2015
Great weekend bag
I managed to get this mounted on the back of my NC700X without much difficulty - the straps tuck under the passenger seat when not in use, allowing me to hook the bag up in only a few minutes. It's not a rock solid mount - if you have a bike with a shorter tail and no rear rack, the straps go under the passenger seat, which probably isn't as wide as the bag. This means the straps tend to want to pull the bag forward - toward the rider. It works, but it's not completely rock solid. If I had a rear back on my NC700X that would give enough room that it wouldn't be an issue.
Anyway, mounting challenges aside, the bag is very nice. It's large - I test packed for a weekend - a pair of tennis shoes, two pairs of jeans, a couple shirts, a sweatshirt, etc. - it all fit. As long as you don't go crazy in packing this should be all you need for one person for a weekend trip!
May 25, 2015
Solid bag option
I purchased the Kriega US-30 Drypack to extend my storage/carrying capacity on my 2014 Yamaha Star Bolt R-Spec. After watching reviews on Revzilla I had planned on getting the US-20, but when I went to order they were out-of-stock, so I bought the 30 - and I'm glad I did. It's the perfect size for holding my jacket, sandals, etc. It would fit my laptop too, but I keep that in my backpack still as I haven't determined the amount of shock the items receive on the fender.
I bought the Yamaha branded rear-rack and installed the bag to that. The caveat to this setup is that the bag sits lengthwise along the fender, and if it's too full will make sitting against it will a full backpack nearly impossible, as they occupy some of the same space.
For longer rides, this bag is great. For shorter rides, or frequently accessing the items inside the bag, it can be a bit tedious opening and fastening the restraints over and over. This thing is definitely waterproof, so I have no worries about that. The construction is top-notch, and I expect to use this bag without issues for many years.
Overall I'm very pleased with the US-30
May 11, 2015