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#1 User is offline   ZookPilot26 

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 05:56 PM

I used to commute with a regular-ass (that's the technical term) backpack. It was an old LL Bean with all of the usual features. It was starting to get a bit old, and thus my search for a new backpack began. I spent A LOT of time looking, as I use my backpack on a daily basis on the bike while commuting. Long story short, I ended up settling on the Kriega R20... a backpack made specifically for motorcyclists.

Things I like about it:
No loose ends! Any loose straps or ends all have a way to tuck or 'hide' themselves away. No more flapping straps all over the place while you're cruising down the freeway.

Quadloc harness is the coolest thing about this backpack. You can't even tell that you are wearing it! Fits very securely to your back, and the ergos on it make it very comfortable!

Very sturdy. The thing is built solid... no worries about zipper breaking, threading coming undone... quality product for sure!

Expandability: I got the 10 liter pack that can attach to the backpack itself. Basically, you can add or take away from the carrying capacity as needed... very simply I might add (see photos below)

Water resistant/proof: they can't claim it to be water PROOF because of the way the zippers are sewn on, but everything in my pack stayed dry after a torrential downpour.

Hydration compatible: not something I would really use, but cool nonetheless!

Cons:
Very expensive, (Euro s dominating the dollar) and must ship from overseas. There are US importers, but prob. easier/less expensive to go direct
Can be somewhat difficult to get off depending on armor placement of your jacket
The R20 is slightly small, but they have bigger sizes available, plus the add-on packs

Overall, I absolutely love this as a riding backpack. I would HIGHLY suggest to anybody that really needs a good pack and uses it a lot. Night and day difference from your standard school backpack. Let me know if you have any questions :shifty

Photos from Kriega's site:

With 10 liter add-on attached

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and without...

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Quad-loc harness

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Some links:
http://www.kriega.co...opframeset.html
http://www.kriega.co...odframeset.html
http://www.kriega.co...mcart/list.php?
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Posted 16 April 2008 - 06:04 PM

If we didn't have to deal with teh american peso I would be interested in one. My old back pack that I use on a daily basis is falling apart.
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Posted 20 April 2008 - 03:29 PM

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i use this one on a daily basis. its actually a tank pack, but its def comfortable.

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