Kriega UScombo40 Drypack System
Great bags, Love the modular design
Been riding with the 40 combo set for about two weeks now. I am currently working my way through graduate school and commute most days on my motorcycle. I'm often out all day and the Kriega 40 system has more than enough space for me to carry my laptop, books, a set of gym clothes and shoes as well as a change of clothes.
For reference for size, the US 10 bag is large enough to stow my gym stuff (a pair of shoes, shorts a shirt, small towel, sandals and a small toiletries bag)
The US 20 easily stores my laptop, a few textbooks as well as a full set of clothes (jeans, shirt, sweater and blazer) with some room to spare.
Being able to easily detach the bags and use them like a duffle bag is extremely handy. Also, I love the modular design which makes me want to eventually build up a collection of Kriega bags to tailor to my needs for daily use to weekend trips.
I haven't had them out in the rain yet, but I would be fairly confident in their waterproofing. They use the same design as kayaking dry bags, a roll down opening instead of 'waterproof' zippers, which are pretty much waterproof up to full submersion, and I believe I should have bigger concerns should I find my Kriega bags in such a situation. I also can't report on long term durability, but they appear to be very well built and quite sturdy.
The installation was fairly painless, had to do a little bit of clever work with some needle nose pliers to get the mounting straps through some tight spaces under my seat. I could see the process being much easier or more difficult depending on the accessibility of the subframe of your motorcycle.
- Modular design allows for customizing your set up for what you need. Easy and quick to change around.
- Excellent waterproof design (roll down openings, no use of 'waterproof' zippers)
- Once the mounting straps are installed, removal and securing the bags is quick and easy. Shoulder strap makes them convenient for carrying about.
- Like most good motorcycle gear, a little pricier than I would like them to be but definitely worth the investment.
Definitely a great set of bags for mounting on the rear seat. The modular design is great and I will probably be getting additional larger bags for week long trips. The 40 system is a great starting point, and in combination with saddle bags, they definitely provide enough storage for weekend trips. Would definitely recommend them!
Note: Just previewed the review... says I still ride a rebel. Not the case, been on the Kawasaki Versys for a while now...
March 24, 2014
super high quality product, easy to use, and very adaptable.
I've been around bags a lot. In fact, I've spent the last 10yrs focused on bicycles, and in that vein, a lot of touring, including self supported solo off road touring, and in that method, the preferred approach is in frame bags, as compared to panniers. Typically frame bags are a custom deal. when it comes to custom bags, of course you go thru a progression, and learn exactly what you want, how to pack, and what the entire platform is capable of. i.e. i rode from Banff to Butte in 7 days, all in the dirt, along the divide.
so when it came time to fit a set of bags to my newly acquired '96 Ducati 900SS SP, of course I had a good idea how to pack, and I was only hopeful to find something of decent quality, and versatility. I ordered a Kriega US Combo 40, figuring that 40L was going to be way more than enough space for a 4 day jaunt from NorCal to SoCal. When the bags arrived I was VERY IMPRESSED. Kriega is top notch. I'm so happy with these bags.
Setting up the straps was super easy, but yes, i am a stickler for details, so i made sure things were attached in their optimum positions, and that the whole system was easy to take off an on, including stowing away the frame straps when I'm here at home and using the bike for mostly commuting duties where I typically do not need a bag of any sort.
my trip consisted of a jaunt down HWY1 thru big sur, some freeway on 101, a run along Mulholland, classic LA traffic, some rain as i was returning home, which had me hunkered down in Cambria for a day or two.
when it comes to packing and using compression bags, typically you throw everything into the bag, cinch it down, and get on your way. this means, when you are in camp, or in this case, in a hotel, you typically strew all your stuff out along a tarp, and work from there. somewhat like a yard sale.
however, with the Kriega bags, I was happy to simply move things like my hygiene bag (clear zip lock type) to one of the outer accessory zip pockets, which allowed easy access.
things like electronics, phone charger cable, usb adaptor, etc... I simply used one of the accessory pockets on a 10L bag for "electronics"
over all I'd say Kriega has hit it out of the park with this product.
and... it looks good on the bike.
February 17, 2014
easy install, functional, sturdy
great for my pursue when i ride to work, easy off and on
December 12, 2013
Easy to install and bombproof
It only took 20 minutes to install the straps. Bags fit my Ducati sport 1000 extremely well and the modular system adapts to wide variety of uses (from longer trips to daily commute).
September 23, 2013
I was looking for a seat bag and the revzilla team pointed me in this direction. They secure great to my bike and they are waterproof. These are the most dynamic and configurable bags I ever used.
October 14, 2013
It fits great my Triumph Bonneville T100
I was looking for a tail bag for my Triumph Bonneville T100. Once you have removed the seat, it's very easy to fix everything and make it nice and clean.
Once the bag is off, you don't need to remove the hooks from the bike, it's very easy to hide them under the seat.
Perfect for week-end trips.
September 18, 2013
I wanted this to make my commute painless, but it ended up being too much trouble for that use case.
This is IDEAL for long trips, and to pack lots of [soft] items - the packing mechanics dictate that there must be some compression in the contents to best secure to the bike - specifically i put a laptop, and glass meal container inside - and mounting/unmounting was time consuming on each end of the commute.
That being said, for any overnight trip - this is a must, large volume, waterproof, built in compression, multi mount configurations, with up to 50L (?) of storage space if maxed out [20 as the base, 10 on top, 10 on each side].
Its made of great durable materials - and the bike sub-frame attachment system is ingenious - took 10 minutes to figure out and fully attach to my ninja 650 under the pillion seat.
With the tank adapter the 20 or the 10 can be moved to the tank, and the 10 is meant to attach to the ruck sacks also.
September 11, 2013
I had heavily reviewed many different bags before deciding on the Kriega UScombo 30, and it has lived up to all that I've read about it. As soon as you open the package, the quality is apparent. It takes a couple minutes to figure out the straps, but once the attaching loops are mounted on your bike it's a piece of cake. The white liner is really cool for being able to see what's inside the bag.
I recently took a little 1800 mile trip and rode in about 200 miles of wet weather and there was not a hint of moisture inside the bags.
I'm a Kriega believer!!!
September 9, 2013