Gear Pick: Kriega R25

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Gear Pick: Kriega R25

The R25 is the most versatile backpack in Kriega’s range, large enough to fit a week’s trip worth of stuff, but small enough to wear without noticing. The innovative attachment method moves weight off your shoulders, massively boosting on-bike comfort and facilitating total freedom of movement.

Price: $180

Kriega R25
Kriega R25

Why we like it: There’s no more comfortable way to wear a backpack on a bike than with a Kriega. They’re also incredibly high quality, come with a 10-year warranty and are built to take abuse. I’ve used mine virtually every day for six years and it’s still as good as new. A CE2 back protector insert can be added without occupying appreciable volume.

Less expensive competitor: The $130 Alpinestars Charger backpack has the same volume, but lacks Kriega’s comfort or quality.

You should also check out: The $100 Icon Squad 3 mimics Kriega’s attachment method, can also carry a back protector and is available in hi-viz colors.

  • Aaron

    I love this bag. I use it everyday, on and off my bike. Fits loads, very comfortable. I recommend getting the cube and the US10 as extra storage.

    • engageit

      This plus a US 10 just to ensure waterproofness for a tiny amount of your gear?!? Why wouldn’t you just get an R30? I don’t understand the point of the R25. I really wanted one, because it’s slightly better looking than the R30, but the lack of waterproofing just makes the R30 the clear winner.

      • Aaron

        I personally don’t carry that much gear. I am going to strap the US10 to the bike for light trips and put it on the 25 for when I need more or don’t want to leave it on my bike. If you can go for the 30 right off the bat, you def should.

  • Michael Howard

    Most versatile ‒ except if it rains. The R25 is a great moto-backpack but I don’t understand why, with its lack of waterproofness, you consider it better than the R30, which is a drypack design. As a daily year-round rider, lack of waterproofness automatically disqualifies any gear from my consideration. Most of the reasons you like the R25 also apply to the R30.

    • Aaron

      I agree, it should be waterproof. At least very water resistant. I got the US10 just so I can guarantee the cannot get wets don’t get wet.

    • Alpha_Geek_Mk2

      It depends on where you live. In SoCal the number of rainy days is so low that the $50 price difference between the R30 and R25 isn’t justified. And if you live in a rainy area, you can get a Squad 3 and a dry bag for less than the R25 (or the R25 and a dry bag for less than the R30).

      • Michael Howard

        Depending on what water-sensitive items you’re carrying, that $50 difference may very well be justified. And I don’t like playing guessing games trying to determine which days I might need to utilize a separate dry bag ‒ I prefer to be waterproof all the time every time.

        • Alpha_Geek_Mk2

          Fair enough, everyone has different needs. Personally I have a dry bag that I use for camping that works well for keeping my electronic gear safe, and I keep it in my bike bag when I’m not camping.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      I’ve used my non-waterproof R35 every day for six years and nothing in it has ever gotten wet. But yeah, when I’m riding in the rain, I put my laptop in a drybag inside the backpack.

  • Bernhard

    Got this backpack for christmas, cant wait for spring. In the meantime, it works great for snowboarding as well!

  • Piglet2010

    Sorry, but this is by far the best motorcycle bag I have found (but I might get the Parcel Bag too).

    http://www.aerostich.com/bags/shoulder-bags-backpacks-and-hip-packs/messenger-bags/aerostich-courier-bag.html

  • Smittyman

    I’ve had this backpack over a year now commuting to work. This backpack keeps the weight off your shoulders and literally hugs you. The bag holds my lunch and work clothes and I sometimes forget its on. Kind of pricey but a good investment for a committed biker.