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.