Top 5 Kriega Motorcycle Backpacks

With the ever increasing gadgets and necessities that riders have to deal with while on tours of their nearest workplace, the shortage of space seems never ending. Even with a tank bag and side bags, you always need that extra space. Not to mention the drag those tank and side bags induce when all you care about is acceleration and top speed.

To get out this sticky situation, you opt for the back pack. It is small, nice and compact. It does not stick out like an ugly thorn in your aerodynamics, and it has enough capacity to carry a lot of your stuff on top of your unmentionables for the long haul.

Now, for the big question. Which backpack to choose? The entire market, retail as well as online is filled with too many brands and variations. And then you have different makes, sizes and models. But even then you have the tedious task of actually sifting through models.

“Dear lord…”

Fear not, weary rider! Here, we feature Kriega backpacks and a drypack which are making lot of noise and we are there to help you make your choice. Here we go…

Kriega R15 Backpack

When you hear R15, you think the Yamaha R1’s baby sister. That’s fine, but this is Kriega R15, not Yamaha R15.

With a 15 liter capacity, simple and functional design, it will get your job done. Simple and dimple.

Moreover, it has been made with a strong Nylon weave to last you awhile before you need to think about the R20 or other higher end backpacks. So what are the features of this little wonder? Take a look:

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Description

Features

  1. The backpack is sleek and stylish with just the right amount of features for the judicious lot.
  2. Dimensions – 430mm Height x 250mm Width x 150mm Depth (16.9″ x 9.8″ x 5.9″).
  3. 15 liters of storage giving you plenty of storage space.
  4. Easy install system – Two straps around the shoulder, with a harness for each and a removable waist harness for extra stability.
  5. The fit is very comfortable and does not tug on your back muscles or hurt your shoulder plates.
  6. Dual nylon – the upper body is a strong, 420D nylon and a ballistic nylon for the base for strength.
  7. Contains a hydration pack slot, side access pocket, document pouch, outer storage pocket and additional mount points on the vertical straps on the outside.
  8. The backpack is water resistant, but not waterproof because of the main zip liner which can allow some water to seep through.
  9. Shoulder straps can be adjusted easily from the top (near the neck) on either side. They also have Schoeller DYNATECH with integrated 3M Scotchlite for an additional reflectivity.
  10. Meshed inner liner and paddings to keep your back ventilated and sweat free.

Pros

  1. Affordable.
  2. Lightweight and strong.
  3. Easy to use.
  4. Excellent build quality.
  5. Profile conforms to the spine (back) shape.
  6. Strap-ins are snug; no flapping.
  7. Nice for Enduro runs.
  8. 10 year guarantee.

Cons

  1. Not waterproof
  2. Cannot carry some larger laptops or tablets because of the curved fit.

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Kriega R20 Backpack

A bigger model than the R15, this one has 20 liters of storage space (volume).

You can think of it as the same backpack in a higher capacity with an additional 5 liters. It has the same 420 D Nylon body with a ballistic Nylon bottom and the exact same strap system at the shoulders and the waist, among other things.

What is different however, is the latching system at the outside. There are four mount points, just like the R15. But in the R20, you get to attach a US10 or US20 backpack as an additional storage space on top of the R20. As far as the features are concerned, here they are!

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Description

Features

  1. Similar sleek and stylish setting of the R15 backpack from Kriega with additional 5 liters storage capacity.
  2. Dimensions – 470mm Height x 280mm Width x 150mm Depth (18.5″ x 11″ x 5.9″).
  3. 20 liters of storage space, including the hydra pack slot.
  4. Two straps around the shoulder make it easy to wear and a removable waist harness for extra stability.
  5. Fit is comfortable because the outline similar to R15’s.
  6. Dual nylon – the upper body is a strong, 420D nylon and a ballistic nylon for the base.
  7. Contains a hydration pack slot, side access pocket, document pouch, outer storage pocket.
  8. The backpack is water resistant, but not water proof.
  9. Shoulder straps can be adjusted easily from the top on either side. Fitted with Schoeller DYNATECH with integrated 3M Scotchlite for added reflectivity.
  10. The inner body lining and paddings are perforated to keep the back ventilated and free from sweat.

Pros

  1. Affordable.
  2. Lightweight and durable.
  3. Easy to wear.
  4. Fine build quality.
  5. Profile conforms to the spine (back) shape.
  6. Straps are snug to prevent flapping.
  7. Nice for extended Enduro runs.
  8. Mount points for attaching add on storage packs!
  9. 10 year guarantee.

Cons

  1. Not waterproof.
  2. Cannot carry some electronic items because of the curved fit.

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Kriega R25 Backpack

Kriega, known for their prowess in producing luggage items, has not stopped their line up of nice looking rider backpacks at the R20. Introducing the R25. Yep, you guessed it – 5 liter increment in storage capacity. The R25 was already a hit among riders, but Kriega has made some improvements in the new version, in the form of a changed quad lock system which fits at an angle and comes together at the sternum. This reduces some of the stress on the shoulders, neck and the back and is easier to fit it on a riding jacket.

There is a laptop sleeve as well as an expanding external pocket and side pockets for extra space.

Here are the features!

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Description

Features

  1. Dimensions – 520mm Height x 300mm Width x 160mm Depth (20.5″ x 11.8″ x 6.3″).
  2. 25 liters of storage space – very spacious. Enough to fit in gloves, accessories, toiletries, phones and a laptop as well. It’s actually big enough to swallow some smaller helmets in!
  3. Advanced Quad Lock system shifts the stress from the back and neck to the hips and chest.
  4. T6 alloy pull rings for adjusting the shoulder straps.
  5. Base & harness made of 1000D Dupont Cordura – very tough and durable.
  6. Contains a hydration pack slot, side access pocket, document pouch, outer storage pocket.
  7. The R25 is equipped with hydration tubes coming out the compartment and over the shoulder.
  8. It is water resistant, but not water proof.
  9. Easy adjust shoulder straps. Schoeller DYNATECH with integrated 3M Scotchlite for extra high visibility.
  10. The inner body lining and paddings are perforated to keep the back ventilated and sweat free.
  11. Additional carry-on hand grip made of rubber.

Pros

  1. Extremely lightweight.
  2. Easy to strap in.
  3. Quite roomy and spacious.
  4. Excellent finish.
  5. Adjustable straps prevent flapping.
  6. Built for longer tours.
  7. Mount points for attaching US10 expansion packs.
  8. 10 year guarantee.

Cons

Water resistant capability is questionable.

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Kriega R30 Backpack

With 5 mainstream products in the backpack arena, you’d think Kriega must have a premium bag in their line up. Well, you’re right. The Kriega R30 backpack is the unquestionable el-supremo in the R series of backpacks, and – yes! It has a 100% waterproof main body! You may think the R35 is better, because it is the next in their product catalogue and has bigger capacity than R30. But it’s not at all waterproof.

The body is lightweight and strong as you’d expect from 420 D Nylon rip-stop, ballistic Nylon over the top as well as back for reinforcement and the 1000 D Dupont Cordura base/harness combo. There are lots of buckles and straps to hold everything in place nice and tight. This backpack has been designed to keep the rough and tough in mind.

So what does this premium offering bring to the table? Let’s see!

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Description

Features

  1. Dimensions – 490mm Height x 300mm Width x 210mm Depth (19.3″ x 11.8″ x 8.3″).
  2. 30 liters of storage space – it’s like another dimension!
  3. 100% Waterproof main body, with YKK resistant zips and seamed liner on the roll top design.
  4. Advanced Quad Lock harness system and beefed up harness as well as liner thickness for enhanced comfort.
  5. Contains a hydration pack slot, side access pocket, document pouch, outer storage pocket.
  6. Non removable waist strap.
  7. Schoeller DYNATECH with integrated 3M Scotchlite for high-vis patches on your straps.
  8. 5 mm airspace fabric keeps everything ventilated on your back.
  9. Option to add US10 and US20 on the sides.

Pros

  1. Lightweight, tough and durable.
  2. Easy to wear.
  3. Very spacious.
  4. Fantastic finish.
  5. Built for longest, toughest tours.
  6. Mount points for attaching US10 expansion packs.
  7. 10 year guarantee.

Cons

  1. Two pockets on the outside are only water resistant, not waterproof.
  2. Harness is a tad less flexible in terms of adjustability, as compared with R25.
  3. Potential to break your wallet.

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Kriega US-10 Daypack

Not exactly a backpack, the US-10 is a drypack. Is it really dry? We’ll get to know shortly.

It is actually a bag-pack that is used for storage and can be fit on a motorcycle tank, rear seat or even a compatible backpack. It has a capacity of 10 liters (hence the name US-10) for storage in terms of volume.

The bag has four quick release buckles which make it easy to attach it to a suitable surface. Kriega has diligently provided mount points to their R-Series line up of backpacks to make this setup extremely modular. If you do need to use it as a tank bag, a Kriega US Tank Adaptor has to be purchased.

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Description

The drypack consists of three compartments – the inner, main pocket, a water resistant side pocket, a document pocket at the top and a webbing pocket at back.

In addition to the storage space, the US-10 also includes a coated-mesh pocket with an anti-slip mechanism at the base; useful to store your D-Locks and chains.

The main body is indeed 100% waterproof, with a taped seam liner that is used to prevent water from seeping in while riding in a torrential downpour.

Features

  1. Dimensions – 330mm Height x 220mm Width x 124mm Depth (13″ x 8.7″ x 4.9″).
  2. Can be used as a standalone bag or an add-on bag to one of the R-Series Backpacks.
  3. 10 liters of storage space.
  4. 100% Waterproof main body.
  5. 420 D Rip-stop Nylon – stops further widening of any rips.
  6. Features an abrasion resistant fabric from RHINOTEK and reinforcement from HYPALON.
  7. Fitting hooks are made of 6061-T6 fitting hooks which have been processed on a CNC machine.

Pros

  1. Very lightweight, tough and durable.
  2. Kriega quality assurance.
  3. Versatile.
  4. Extremely modular.
  5. Stylish.
  6. 10 year guarantee.

Cons

  1. Installation is a bit fiddly.
  2. No straps or handles to carry it around.
  3. Water resistant pockets not reliable.

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