The Kriega R8 stands out as the largest and most popular dual sport waist pack. Kriega has targeted this waist roll at the off road/enduro end of the market; including a tool roll as an extra. The concept is for this belt kit to support a day’s ride with just enough space and pouch options for the minimum equipment needed.
Two major pouches sit on the main nylon belt. One is static, fixed in place by the sewn belt and is the larger of the two – size wise this is the 5 litre pouch and the larger of the two on the belt. The 3 litre pouch is on the left hand side and can move a limited amount back and forth on the belt. Both pouches have a folding closure to a snap buckle. Both also have a main zip closure with secondary storage pockets inside.
The belt itself fastens with a large positive snap buckle and is adjustable with the classic Kriega steel ring tighteners. You know the ones; they look they belong on the shoulder straps of a parachute rig, an integral part of the design appeal that Kriega generates.
Once the R8 is fully packed the load sits on the hips when standing and the weight is transferred through the coccyx when sitting on the bike. This is important as too heavy a load in the kit for too long will transfer a lot of pressure through the body.
It’s a useful bit of kit. There’s a place for everything and it keeps your kit dry, secure and handy round your waist. The temptation is to overfill it if anything! if you like carrying all your key items, gadgets and wallet on your body then it’s a great way of securing them all, irrespective of what clothing you’re wearing or what you’re riding.
Very useful, and handy in a variety of situations. It’s the size that’s deceptive, if you stuff 15 litres with heavy and bulky items then that’s going to have an effect on your lower back during a long ride. The more off road work you do will change the balance as when standing up the weight is much more manageable – coming on the top of the hips rather than the spine. Sports riders, short distance or smaller length trips will be well supported by the R8. If you’re serious about long distance riding or on a multi day trip then there is a strong possibility that you’ll find it too heavy.
Sizewise this is the middle of the range model of rucksack from British kit manufacturer Kriega. Their designs are consistently good and the R25 is aimed at the minimalist market – possibly more sport bike oriented – to carry the basics with you.
It’s got one main compartment with an internal pocket, a zipped exterior pocket and that’s it.
The load carrying system is well thought out and uses a twin lock on the chest to support the weight of the bag through the rider’s shoulders. There are also attachment points on the outside to connect Kriega US 5 and 10 pouches. The compression straps work well and can also be used to secure the R25 to a bike’s frame.
As expected the build quality from Kriega is excellent. The individual parts and materials are more likely to give way than the stitching or construction points.
Overall I would place this rucksack at the daily commute side of bike luggage. It’s still too big to wear on a long distance or multiday ride. but a very good bit of kit all round.
High-Tech Bags: Motorcycle Luggage Buyers Guide | Rider Magazine. Very thorough run down on the luggage options for your bike. As kit technology improves our options the choices we have to make become more complex. So, amongst all this don’t forget the basics, weight up front is good; it balances the suspension and improves handling. Ted Simon knew this and had a great pair of cowhide tank panniers made in Nairobi – way back in the seventies on his first trip.
This rucksack lived up to the strong recommendations it was getting. Ride Magazine, MCN and Bike Magazine all gave it gleaming reviews.
It’s in the little touches that the R35 really excels. The grippy pads on the inside of the chest and waist straps to stop it shifting at speed make a surprising difference to comfort and wearability on the road. The two zipped pockets at the front are, frankly, a genius idea. These pockets alone have saved me a cumulative time totalling hours whilst filling up. No need to take the pack off or scrabble inside an outer jacket; cards and cash are right there. I got so slick that all I had to take off was my right glove in order to hold the pump and punch in the pin. The side pockets (vertical zips on the back) are solid and waterproof and the space inside is just right. On the downside, for there must be balance in a really good review, under heavy load the shoulders still take a strain and the mesh pocket at the top is too small for most everyday kit (wallets, phones etc) combined.