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Gear Scout: Kriega R20 Motorcycle Pack

Motorcycle enthusiasts around the world have come to know Kriega as a trusted leader in soft luggage, accessories, and motorcycle backpacks. The Kriega R20 backpack is yet another example of their forward thinking designs. Central to the R20 is the highly contoured shoulder strap system, the QUADLOC, which distributes the weight of the pack evenly across your shoulders and chest making for a balanced feel unlike any other pack we’ve tried.

Water resistant zippers keep out the elements, and reinforced lash points accept additional storage systems like their US Drypack 5 and 10 bags. For those seeking maximum protection, the inner pocket accepts Kriega’s new back protector. Riding comfort is second to none, and the quality of construction is what you would expect of Kriega, excellent through and through. As an added bonus all Kriega gear comes with a 10 year warranty.

Kriega’s new back protector slips into the interior pocket, which can also be used to house their hydration reservoir.

Okay, so that’s the formal introduction, but how is it in the real world? In a word––brilliant. I’ve had this R20 pack for just over six months and I have put it through the ringer, to say the least. Most recently, it was used to haul sensitive electronics over the course of a thousand mile ride through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. This trip happened to coincide with a massive storm front which soaked me for days. Riding through hours of rain with a laptop and DSLR stowed in the R20, I was fearful the weather resistant claims of the pack were no match for the deluge soaking me to my core. To my surprise, the contents of the R20 stayed dry as a bone after hours of pouring rain. Kriega doesn’t claim the R20 is waterproof, but it came pretty close to demonstrating it can be in a pinch. Most importantly, during the 15 hours of riding with a fairly heavy load, it remained so comfortable, I almost didn’t know it was there. An impressive product, to be sure.

The R20 can be expanded with the addition of the waterproof US-5 drypack.


Christophe Noel is a journalist from Prescott, Arizona. Born into a family of backcountry enthusiasts, Christophe grew up backpacking the mountains and deserts of the American West. An avid cyclist and bikepacker, he also has a passion for motorcycles, travel, food and overlanding.