Perfect Motorcycle Backpack for Gym Gear + Some.
Looking for a quality Motorcycle backpack that will fit all your Gym Gear + Some? Then the Kriega R35 is your bag! I could not be happier with my purchase and would recommend this bag to anyone looking for a quality backpack, with a good amount of room to pack your items.
After a lot of online searching and reading many reviews, I ended up deciding on and purchasing the Kriega R35 Backpack from Revzilla. (And i research a LOT before i purchase!! I want to be sure that i am putting my money towards quality products before buying online).
At the time i purchased, (May 2016), the Kriega R35 did seem a little more on the expensive side compared to some of the other bags i was looking at and considering. However the Kriega customer reviews were superb so i pulled the trigger. And i am happy to say I'm so glad that i did! I couldn't be any more happy with the bag. It is definitely worth every penny. Like another reviewer said, "Do It! You wont regret it!". I too can now personally attest to this statement. Do It!
I was unsure about the size at first, but i ended up going with the larger model Kriega R35 - And boy am I glad i did.
I ride a Yamaha Raider and don't have saddle bags. The main reason for purchasing a backpack for my bike is that i gym / run almost every day during work lunch hours, so i needed something to accommodate my gear. My main requirements for my new backpack?
(1) Enough room to carry all my gym gear + some.
(2) Be comfortable (And Safe), to ride with.
(3) Durable and Quality Manufacturing.
The Kriega R35 has over delivered on all of the above, especially its comfort and capacity. It is absolutely perfect for my needs and it meets all my expectations of what i was looking for and wanting in a Motorcycle Backpack.
The zip in and out harness works really well once you have it set. The weight distributes nicely across your chest and hips and it is easy to ride with.
I read some reviews and people were questioning lack of Pockets on the bag. For me personally the R35 has plenty of pockets for my needs.
I LOVE the Chest panel that includes 2 x zip pockets for easy access to must have items. These pockets admittedly are not overly large in size, but my LG G3 Smarthphone fits snug in one pocket, (and i mean snug - don't think anything bigger would fit) - And my wallet fits the other chest panel pocket. (Wallet has a few credit cards and dollar bills. Be warned, a bulky wallet with wads of cash wont fit well, if at all). But it is so great to have such easy access to money at the Gas Station. Also i enjoy the fact that my wallet has my magnetic security badge in it, so once at work, its off the bike, and with the R35 still securely fastened to my back, all i need to do is lean down at the security door at work and it will open. The magnetic card reader easily reads the magnetic badge located inside my wallet that i keep in the front zipper pocket on the Kriega R35 chest panel. No need to rummage around trying to find the wallet in your pack, you know where it is every time. Convenience at its best.
Items I pack in my bag on a daily basis:
Towel for showering
Nalgene 32 Oz Water Bottle
Degree 3.8 OZ deodorant x 2
Garmin Pouch with Watch + Headphones
My man bag, which I throw all my work items into - Reading Glasses, Vitamins, Gum etc
Lunch = Banana, Cereal Bar + Lean Protein Shake 14 fl OZ
I even manage to take my coffee each morning with me in my Kriega R35! This was a pleasant surprise and I achieve this by pouring my coffee into a Starbucks Stainless Steel 24 fl oz cup, I then slide the stainless cup down into the front mesh pocket on the Kriega, making sure i tighten the shock cord compression for a snug upright fit! Coffee is still hot when i get to work! (9 Mile Commute). No spills whatsoever.
Finally, when needed, my 15" Laptop can squeeze in as well.
As you can see, that is a lot of items for a daily work commute. Probably more than what the average rider is looking for. But the bag holds up nicely and it makes taking my belongings to work a breeze. I am also really happy with the way in which the bag distributes all that weight. It makes for a comfortable ride and the backpack does not feel "Heavy" at all. No sore muscles either which is nice.
So, if your looking for a motorcycle backpack that you can carry your gym gear in whilst having extra room for other items, then this is your bag! You truly wont be disappointed.
If you don't have the requirement to carry so many items, you would probably be better of with a smaller sized Kriega.
All in all, i'm a very happy customer, and i would definitely buy the Kriega Brand again. Thanks Kriega for an awesome product and thanks Revzilla for speedy shipping. No complaints at all.
Other thoughts: I am 6'2" Tall, 195lbs, 36W 34L Jeans and wear a Large size dress shirt. I also wear my XL Speed and Strength MC Jacket that has Kevlar back protector and shoulder / elbow reinforcement. So i bulk out a bit. The Kriega 35 fits me perfectly over this jacket and there is probably some room for adjusting the bag to make it bigger. However, I used to weigh 240lbs and i am not sure how the bag would have fitted me then. If at all. If your larger in size, you may want to research how the bag would fit your body size and what its capabilities are. I don't know that info.
Finally, i cant comment on how waterproof the Kriega 35 is. Other peoples reviews say it is fine, but i am yet to ride with it in the rain so cant give an honest review on this subject.