Gear: Kriega R3 Waistpack Review

Don’t have any pockets and need a place to store you phone, wallet, and keys? The Kriega R3 Waistpack has you covered.

The Gear:
The Kriega R3 Waistpack is a 3-liter waistpack (read: fanny pack you wear on your back). It’s constructed from 1000D Dupont Cordura, Hypalon for abrasion resistance, and 420D ripstop nylon.

It contains three compartments: the 3-liter main waterproof body, a pocket in the front of the body with a waterproof zipper, and a coated-mesh zip pocket in the cover.

The R3 connects via the same quick release buckle that the backpack harnesses connect with, made from a special plastic designed not to crack or expand under duress or varied temperatures.

Size adjustment comes from a single CNC alloy buckle.

Front straps allow for the addition of the Kriega Kube Pocket, sold separately.

The Kriega R3 Waistpack retails for $89.

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The Kriega R3 Waispack opened up.

The Good:
The Kriega R3 Waistpack is perfect if you’re looking to carry as little as possible, but still need a place for your phone, wallet, and keys. We’ve used the R3 for both canyon riding while wearing leathers and trail riding on dual sports to make up for a lack of pockets.

The main compartment uses a roll-top design that is guaranteed to keep your items dry. The front pouch uses a waterproof zipper and, when covered by top flap of the waistpack, will keep the items in it dry in most situations.

The fitment system is fantastic. When fitted correctly, it’s unnoticeable.

Construction, as with all Kriega products, is flawless. The R3 also receives Kriega’s 10-year warranty, though we doubt you’ll ever need to use it.

The Bad:
The roll-top design used to secure the main pocket, while ensuring the pack is completely waterproof, is kind of a hassle to access. We found ourselves often grabbing the Hydro-3 hydration pack when riding in dry conditions simply because it was easier to access.

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The Kriega R3 Waistpack front view.

The Verdict:
The Kriega R3 Waistpack is a fantastic product, aimed at those of you who wear riding gear without pockets and need a place to keep a few small belongings. The construction and fit are fantastic, making this pack ready for even the most intense of adventures. We’d love to see Kriega come out with a non-waterproof version to make the pockets easier and faster to access. Until then, it’s our go-to accessory for a day of dual sport riding, especially when it involves water crossings.

Additional Information: Kriega R3 Waistpack

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