Kriega R30 Backpack
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Kriega R30 Backpack

Ideal for keeping your laptop or other valuables safe from water ingress, 100% waterproof main body with 6-point pack compression and features 2 x zipped outer pockets (water-resistant).

Innovative QUADLOC harness: Once set - just click in and out. Harness is angled away from the underarms for total freedom of movement and no shoulder pull.


  • 1000D Dupont Cordura on base and harness
  • 420D nylon rip-stop: lightweight, yet extremely strong
  • SUPERSPACE: 5mm airspace fabric
  • 100% waterproof main body
  • Internal taped-seamed liner
  • YKK water-resistant zips
  • Schoeller DYNATECH with integrated 3M Scotchlite reflectivity
  • Unique QUADLOC harness
  • CNC 6061-T6 alloy buckles 
  • 10-year guarantee
  • 30-liter capacity
  • 490mm H x 300mm W x 210mm D (19.3" H x 11.8" W x 8.3" D)

4.7 / 5
Bang For The Buck
4.1 / 5
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Ease Of Install
4.8 / 5
Fit & Finish
4.2 / 5
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4.7 / 5.0
73 Reviews
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5 / 5
Passed the Fettuccine Alfredo test!
The very first time I used the Kriega R30 was for a trip to Trader Joe's to do some grocery shopping. I'd been using a Ogio No-Drag pack but found that while it was comfortable, it's shape and hard shell wasn't the most practical when it came to loading boxy shaped items.

I had trouble deciding between the Kriega R25 and the R30. I opted for the waterproof feature of the R30 over the ease of access of the R25.

I was able to buy three or four days worth of groceries at TJ's and still not quite fill the R30 to it's maximum capacity. On the ride home I barely remembered that I was even wearing a pack. No sharp box corners poking me in the ribs or any feeling of being tugged back by the weight or air drag of the Kriega.

Very nice.

When I arrived home and started to unpack and put things away. I realized that the removable waterproof liner bag inside the R30 was even more valuable than I had originally thought. It seems that the package of Cajun Style, Blackened Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo I grabbed from the refrigerated food section had broken open and dumped it's delicious contents all over the inside of my brand-new $240 Kriega bag.

I scooped out most of the mess, put a few drops of dish detergent in, ran a quart of warm water in the liner from the faucet, rolled the top up and shook it like martini for a minute. After a rinse with fresh water I turned the bag inside out and in an hour it was dry and spotlessly clean. You can imagine what a mess I would have had in a pack WITHOUT a dry liner.

The Kreiga R30 is the best backpack I've ever used!
July 30, 2014
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
5 / 5
I don't think there's a better backpack.
I bought this even though I have 4 other backpacks.

It's worth it.

I use it mainly to pack my work clothes before heading to the gym. I pack a pair of Doc's, jeans, undies & socks, towel, belt, shirt, and thermals if it's cold. Everything fits in fine. In the front pockets, I have a thing a body wash, deodorant, spray, shaving cream, a razor (merkur double sided safety!), a jump rope, and some headphones. Everything fits in fine.

The straps are a little tricky to figure out, but once you do....hhhrrrrnnnggg. They feel so good. I've worn this sack on trips of over 4 hours and didn't feel any sort of discomfort.

I'd buy another if I had another back.
December 29, 2014
2015 Ducati Diavel
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
4 / 5
Great product
I have been using this backpack for about 3 weeks now and love how I forge that it is even on my back when wearing it. I ride full time and use it every single day. I am able to fit a full change of clothes, water bottle, and food with a little bit of room to spare. I have ridden in the rain and can confirm that it is completely waterproof in even the heaviest of downpours. I will definitely recommend this product!
February 11, 2013
2009 Kawasaki Ninja 650R
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
5 / 5
Large, Water proof and VERY COMFORTABLE!
I just got back from my hour commute in the POURING rain here in the bay area. EVERYTHING in the bag is still dry. I wear cold weather gear coming to work, and pack it all in the bag for the ride home at the end of the day. I can fit cold weather over pants, leather jacket liner, extra glove, lunch Tupperware, 40oz metal water bottle, road side flat tire patch kit and a small 12v tire pump with room to spare. With all this in the bag, holding it in my hand is heavy, but once its on my back and I'm ridding home, I can honestly say i can barely notice it on my back. I would for sure buy this bag again!!
November 2, 2015
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
5 / 5
If you're going to buy an expensive backpack you might as well do it right by getting this one.
My motorcycle is my sole mode of transportation and this backpack is what makes it possible. When I'm just commuting I keep my essentials packed with the backpack cinched down. If I need to do some grocery shopping I'm able to load up a hand basket and fit everything into the bag no problem. If I'm out traveling I'm able to pack a full weekend's worth of clothing and supplies. The quadlock might seem like a bit much, but you'll be thankful for it if you ever find yourself with frozen fingers. The padding makes the backpack very comfortable to wear no matter what bulky items you have packed.

The main pack is waterproof in heavy rain, but the two outer pockets soak through instantly in a light drizzle. The bottom bag has a strap that needs to be unclipped in order to be unzipped. This bag is meant for a more sporty riding posture, so if you're sitting up straight you're missing out on some of the bag's functionality. If you're super skinny and not wearing armor, the shoulder straps might be a bit too loose for you even when cinched all the way down. When packed to max capacity with heavy items you're definitely going to feel some shoulder fatigue after a while.

In closing, if you just need a cheap backpack to carry a few things, get a cheap backpack. If you want a durable, waterproof bag you'll be using for all your travels, this is the bag you want. It can be cinched down to the size of a smaller bag or expanded to carry everything you could possibly need, rendering all smaller bags a waste of money.
January 3, 2015
1986 Honda CMX250C Rebel
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Rucksack 30
Kriega's R30 is a great daily commuter backpack thanks to the waterproof body. The two exterior pockets are not waterproof, though their zippers are. I've had electronics in those pockets during light rains and had absolutely no issues with leakage, but I certainly wouldn't trust the pockets in a downpour.

The exterior pockets are definitely a nice addition compared to the R20 and R25, but unlike its smaller siblings the R30 is lacking the side-loading pocket. Kriega's design choice to use one primary storage compartment in its backpacks is generally nice though the lack of built-in organizational options and the inability to easily access pack contents (particularly in the larger packs) is baffling.

Kriega's packs sit comfortably when properly fitted and the weight distribution makes it feel like there's nothing there when the bag is properly packed. In terms of adjustability, however, the R30 lacks two points of adjustability in the harness that are available in the R25.

Overall it's a good pack, though I believe the price is high for the value.
December 21, 2012
2005 Suzuki SV650
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
I just recently purchased the Kriega R30 riding backpack and wanted to do a review on it. First off, the quadlock system used by Kriega on their backpacks are amazingly comfortable. I loaded up the backpack as full as I could the first day that I got it and had very little pressure on my shoulders or back. I plan to use the pack as a commuting/ travel pack as it is waterproof. So far, it has not rained for me to try out the waterproof aspect of the bag yet. It does hold quite a bit of stuff . It even has straps on the outside of the pack to synch down the pack if not full. I have only had the pack for a few days and am loving it so far. There is a 10 year warranty as well that I am sure I wont have to use. YKK zippers for the front storage areas and a roll with buckles for the main compartment. Seems extremely durable. Hope this helps anyone who is looking into the Kriega line of packs. Bought online from Revzilla by the way, totally recommend them.
January 6, 2013
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
4 / 5
This pack Rocks, its a get'er done gear , keeping everything dry !
This pack, is comfortable, and will keep your things dry and safe( I carry a I Pad and ride every day to work) It has two pockets for small stuff. And the big compartment will hold alot for your trips. I carry it with me every day to work for my important stuff . I think the only thing , I would change is put a tuff rubber bottom on it .
December 2, 2013
2012 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Ease Of Install
5 / 5
5 / 5
Perfect backpack
This is the perfect backpack. I've ridden with it in the rain without anything getting wet inside, stuffed a 10lb bag of ice and 24 cans of beer into it without damaging the backpack, and even use it when I'm on my bicycle because it just fits so well while having a ton of space.

Worth every penny.
December 8, 2014
2014 BMW S1000R
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Doubles as rapid beer transport
The inside liner is the waterproof part, which means you can easily fit a bag of ice and a ton of beer. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

I can fit my waterproof overboots (Nelson Riggs, purchased here), Frog Toggs two piece rain suit, and overgloves and still have a large zip pocket and 15 more liters in the main pocket for anything else you'd wanna take with you. If you had to pick a single backpack for virtually any weather and use, this is your choice. The buckle system is also extremely comfortable and all the controls are meant to be accessed with gloves on. For the everyday commuter, there really isn't any other option. I've used mine every day for a year now and it looks the same as when I first purchased it.
July 27, 2012
2001 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit
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Why did you choose this?
RevZilla Store
Needed something to carry stuff. Don't have any saddle bags.Reviews say it is a top quality bag.
John E on May 26, 2017
Friend recommendation, it works perfect, great brand and Item
Pablo Q on Mar 13, 2017
Needed something to carry stuff. Don't have any saddle bags.Reviews say it is a top quality bag.
John E on May 26, 2017
I needed a new backpack. I am familiar with the Kriega brand and their reputation, and I wanted a no-compromise, high quality bag that was waterproof, for touring.
Justin S on May 17, 2017
Friend recommendation, it works perfect, great brand and Item
Pablo Q on Mar 13, 2017
This picture does NOT do it justice, this bag is NOT as big or bulbous as the pic shows! It can be thinner or filled up depending on what you are carrying in it. It is absolutely the BEST "motorcycle" Backpack (and stylish I might add) out there period! Very high quality and rain proof to boot!
John P on Mar 5, 2017
Most comfortable chest strap system
Clinton on Feb 18, 2017
Waterproof, more storage, and I already have the tail/tank bags.
Phillip V on Jan 2, 2017
Alexander G on Dec 16, 2016
Need the waterproof ability of this bag.
Hien T on Dec 8, 2016
waterproof with the space i need . Built like a tank from the reviews i see.
Tony Q on Oct 6, 2016
I motorcycle everywhere all the time and this bag is used to carry my gym close, yoga mat, pick up groceries, and transport whatever. I absolutely love it. It could use a couple straps for and external yoga mat, and better/faster strap management, adjustable side clips, but this is the best! The R30 was the right size. My butty has a smaller unit, it doesn't look smaller, it's just more limited. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this exact product again. It's the best.
Roger S on Oct 3, 2016
Because I read that it's a comfortable backpack from your reviews and comments
Unomasmoto on Sep 22, 2016
I'm actually using this as a bug out bag. Exceptional quality.
Rowdy R on Aug 20, 2016
I commute and needed something waterproof.
David A on Aug 6, 2016
Carrying stuff is a breeze with this bag.
Peter C on Jul 17, 2016
Impressive design all across Kriega brand.
Fantastic storage space and strap system for a medium sized pack.
TehShayne on May 26, 2016
research shows this is the best motorcycle backpack and it is waterproof
Eric S on Apr 2, 2016
Water proof large pack to carry electronic items to and from work without fear of rain. Impressed by the harness
Travis S on Mar 12, 2016
Planning to use for daily commute, wanted something top of the line and waterproof. I also like that you can expand it with the the US-10 system.
Jaromir N on Jan 11, 2016
Needed waterproof way to carry items safely.
Kim S on Dec 2, 2015
For trips up the coast
nicholas s on Nov 7, 2015
nice bag
Richard R on Oct 5, 2015
I need a water proof pack, I live in the Pacific Northwest .
John M on Oct 2, 2015
Reviews from riders on line and in person.
Andrew L on Sep 20, 2015
Liked Kriega and needed a back pack/extra bag.
Thomas C on Aug 4, 2015
I wanted a bag that I could take to school, go to work, and use during travel. This was the perfect choice! Tons of room and waterproof make a great combination. Very comfortable and easy to use.
A S on Jul 23, 2015
Capacity, durability, water-proof
Andrew S on Jul 10, 2015
I needed a pack with dry storage. Also, very concerned about comfort on longer rides, and the durability of the pack. This looks like it will meet my needs.
Jason B on May 22, 2015
a backpack that can handle water on the long trips
Aaron L on May 20, 2015
Waterproof is necessary in the Northwest. Definitely tired of securing down my rain cover. Looking forward to having a dry back on my commute
Jeremy B on May 13, 2015
Reputation and website video review
Edward J on Mar 25, 2015
I wanted something I don't have to baby. I am ruff on gear, no way around it. I don't purposely abuse it, but I never baby it. This had the waterproof compartment I needed as well as space and massive modularity to go along with it. That last part is probably my favorite thing about this bag. I dunno if this was intended or not, but the top straps on the side of the bag work WONDERS for strapping boots in upside down, extremely tight and well tucked.
Zachary H on Feb 22, 2015
Excellent reviews, great size, quality product.
David F on Feb 19, 2015
Reviews from Revzilla and other sites
Aaron B on Feb 4, 2015
Needed a good waterproof commuter bag to tote work laptop and other riding gear in.
Justin S on Dec 29, 2014
Needed a WP Pack... loved their warranty and gave their product a chance... glad I did... love the pack... amazing what you can fit into it.
David D on Dec 21, 2014
Works as advertised..look no further for the best mid-size moto backpack on earth.
jonathan j on Dec 18, 2014
Needed a waterproof backpack for traveling and commuting that was geared for motorcycling.
Nic M on Dec 12, 2014
Looked like the best one...
Vinton K on Oct 13, 2014
Rock solid, waterproof design, and comfortable to wear as well. Took it on a long trip and it was perfect.
Daniel C on Sep 23, 2014
I needed a pack that was weatherproof and comfortable to wear on my bike. My other backpacks had too many loose straps, but they were hiking packs so they have an entirely different purpose. Since I ride early morning before sun rise, I like the big reflective strip on the bottom. I also like the idea of not having a buckle for the waist harness sitting low where it can scratch up the tank. I have high hopes for this pack and after reading several positive reviews, I am going for it.
Chris B on Sep 5, 2014
Waterproof bag with some small pockets in addition to the big waterproof section.
hobblyjig on Jul 21, 2014
waterproof and size! i use it snowmobiling
Erik S on Jun 28, 2014
Had this over a year over daily use. Huge when I needed to pack a full wedding weekend (including formal clothing with suit and tools for long road trips), and cinches down for daily communitn with numerous laptops, tablets, etc. It fits great, is wearing like nails, and its hard to imagine a better pack at any price. That fact is rainproof has made it no concern with equipment carrying, and riding my R1 is actually easier, on long trips with the backpack on.
St Louis R on Jun 18, 2014
I commute with my motorbike and need THE backpack that can secure my workstation from the waters of life that may fall at any point from the sky. I also hear its comfy as heck, and anything Kriega usually has killer reviews. Now that I graduated from college and have an actual engineering position, spending some money is not a problem considering this is THE backpack to get. The fact that it displaces strain on your shoulders to your sternum is also a plus. Anybody that rides with a backpak noes
Mikolaj M on Jun 1, 2014
Waterproof, comfortable, good looking, quality construction.
Russell M on May 31, 2014
For easy extra cargo capacity. So glad I got it. Terrific product.
Sean C on May 19, 2014
Recommendations from friends and blogs. I also have another Kriega backpack and I tried on my friend's pack. This is a great piece of tech.
Lukas J on Apr 21, 2014
my r25 got stolen. I miss it and figured i should go a little bit bigger with the best bag i have ever owned!
B R on Mar 3, 2014
The size and waterproof capabilities. Kriega makes fantastic products and this comfy large pack fit the bill nicely.
Incubusmun on Jan 31, 2014
I chose this because I am a commuter and have to ride in rain or shine and prefer a waterproof bag. I also expect high quality. Lastly, saddlebags are not a good fit for my '76 BMW /6
David R on Jan 27, 2014
I needed a new backpack. I am familiar with the Kriega brand and their reputation, and I wanted a no-compromise, high quality bag that was waterproof, for touring.
Justin S on May 17, 2017
This picture does NOT do it justice, this bag is NOT as big or bulbous as the pic shows! It can be thinner or filled up depending on what you are carrying in it. It is absolutely the BEST "motorcycle" Backpack (and stylish I might add) out there period! Very high quality and rain proof to boot!
John P on Mar 5, 2017
I am very interested in this pack. I would like to know if I can integrate my camelback system into it? Is there a hole for the hose. Is there any kind of hook or hanger for the bladder?
A shopper on Oct 16, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Actually these answers are true. Customers should know that the R30 does accomodate a hydration pack with a velcro hanger and has a hole for the hose to snake out of. The pack goes between the liner and the inside of the backpack so when it is closed up anything that's inside the liner should remain dry. The Kriega website has a video showing how the hydration pack goes in.
Can you fit a motorcycle helmet into the R30?
William W on Apr 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Quick answer is no. I have a Shoei GT-Air, size-large helmet, and tried to get it into the bag - even taking out the white waterproof interior... did not fit. Perhaps a smaller helmet would fit. Good luck in your bag search.
Does this backpack have a laptop slot?
A S on Aug 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It does not. I use a laptop sleeve inside. I use this bag for commutation and I carry 15" and sometimes a 17" laptop. I have used many backpacks over the years and this has been my favorite. I like the simplicity of a single main compartment that is water proof. I use several small pack-it bags to carry other items in the main compartment and a change of clothes.
Would you take this backpack touring? (packing light)
A shopper on Jan 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely! With the compression steps I use this back for a light commute to the office (just a laptop) and 2 weeks traveling by motorcycle through the mountains.
I'm a 5'4" female rider (115lbs.). Will the R30 be too big for me? I always wear a leather jacket with armor when riding.
A shopper on Sep 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: My wife can answer this question best:
"My husband and I both purchased an R30. While he's been very happy with his, I find the R30 so uncomfortable that I can no longer use it. This is actually something I've been meaning to contact the manufacturer about, to find out if other women have the same problem. I am 5'6.5", 125lbs. The bag fits my torso just fine, and it really is a wonderful backpack (features, build quality, waterproofing, street cred, ratio of carrying capacity to overall size, etc.). For me, as a woman, the issue is comfort across my chest. I have tried adjusting the straps in every direction they are capable of, tried wearing more layers and even some padding--everything short of hard armor on my chest. To be frank, I feel like this bag was not designed with breasts in mind (and at 32B I am completely average!). It might just be me, but unfortunately I cannot use this bag at all. I hope this helps. I don't mean to dissuade female riders, but if you can find someone else who has this bag, I strongly recommend borrowing theirs for a test ride FIRST."
Can you fit a hydrapak as you can with the R20,25 and 35?
A shopper on Jul 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The R30 fits my camelbak, osprey, and several other bladder configurations i own. There is a hydration pocket on the back panel (under the waterproof dry bag) with a velco type hanger. I have used 1 litre, 2 litre and 3 litre water bladders with the R30.
I am looking to purchase a waterproof backpack that I can use for school on weekdays and for traveling on the weekends (sometimes hundreds of miles on a ZX6R). My current backpack (not a riding pack) puts excessive stress on my clavicles/shoulders when riding with it loaded. The new pack would need to function both on and off the bike as I typically walk 3ish miles a day while on campus (also why saddlebags are not really useful due to excessive bulk). I need to be able to carry a 15.4" laptop, a couple of binders, a book or two, and various writing utensils. I am leaning toward a Kriega product because of the pedigree, but are there any better options?
A shopper on Mar 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I'm not a great judge of other products as this is the only dedicated bag I've tried. That being said I used to do the same thing with commuting to school with a ton of stuff in a backpack. I carry a 13inch laptop so I'd double check yours will fit though. The r30 definitely helps distribute the weight to your hips a lot better once set up correctly. Once it's set up you get almost no weight on your shoulders which is awesome. I've ridden a few 300mile days with just this bag and been surprisingly happy and not sore afterward. Mines been incredibly waterproof where it's supposed to be (the zippered pockets are resonably water resistant but I wouldn't leave anything valuable in there).

It is a little goofy wearing it just walking around casually unless you fasten at least one of the chest clips. I think it's a big enough increase in comfort while riding to deal with walking around. Again not terrible if you clip the lower buckle.
R30 vs R25

How much more trouble is the R30 to live with every day instead of the R25?

Especially if the R30 isn't going to fully loaded every day and will only take a Macbook Pro 15-inch with a few extras like glasses, wallet and maybe a warm pullover.

My perception is that the R30 is much bulkier although the dimensions listed don't seem to suggest much difference, but more so it seems like a lot more drama to stuff in and out of it.

Not too fussed about the waterproofing as I believe the R25 will cater for our not so heavy winters down in South Africa.
Shaun B on Mar 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: One of the things I like best about the R30 is that it cinches down when not full and really feels like a much smaller pack. The harness is so good you wont even feel the weight when only partially packed and when you cinch down those 2 silver straps on each side to greatly reduce the bulk.

The only issue is when cinched down is that sometimes you need to loop the silver straps over themselves to keep the ends from flying around. It has clips to hold the straps but when tightened down they there is too much slack for the clips to hold.

I would *highly* recommend the R30.
I need a backpack that can store two 2L Water bootles, and two pairs of shoes, along with a shaker and some gym clothes. Should i buy this one or the R35?
A shopper on Mar 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If you pack it well i believe it will work, then you have the variables; shape of bottles, bulk of shoes, etc. I know I could do it so you should be able also. Be aware this is a very sturdy bag therefore it is not light but you ca fit a lot of stuff in there and it will last forever. Good luck
Does the r30 have a designated laptop pocket/sleeve?
A shopper on Aug 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It does not. I have the R35 as well and it has a sleeve that a back protector can go into that could be used for a laptop, but it is not a padded sleeve like you would typically see.