Best dual sport backpack

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  1. Bicycle Phil

    Bicycle Phil Been here awhile

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    Who makes the best backpack for dual sport riders?

    My entry level basic requirements for a great pack are:
    1) Comfortable when loaded down with, lets say 15-25# of water, spares, food, etc.
    2) Robust build. Pack must withstand above average abuse incurred during typical high mileage dual sport riding.
    3) 3 liter hydration system
    4) Pack fits well with pressure suit.
    5) And ideally waterproof.

    In the last few years my chosen marque, Camelbak, seems to have declined in the category of robust build. Zippers have failed and the material seems flimsier. Fact or fiction, I am wanting a tougher backpack.

    A brief search on the internet yields the following three products as possible successors to my old Camelbak:

    Kriega R15 motorcycle backpack
    capacity 15 liters

    Klim Krew Pak
    capacity not listed

    Wolfman Escape Pak
    capacity 14 liters

    Please share your comments, critiques, and real world experience with the above.
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  2. zeroblah

    zeroblah Snot nosed kid

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  3. aussie_king_mick

    aussie_king_mick Been here awhile

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    I recommend that you have a look at these GEIGERRIG brand back packs in various sizesÂ… I am going to purchase one of their larger versionsÂ…apparently they are excellent products:<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  4. rockydog

    rockydog just a guy

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    been using the Kreiga 15 for a year or so, really like it for a couple of reasons: once adjusted, the harness system makes the pac virtually disappear, whatever weight you are carrying is effortless, no shifting around. Accepts a host of water systems, Ipad, etc. It's waterproof, small outside pocket is too. I bought the larger pack and exchanged it cause it was way to much for me. The company, like Wolfman, works with you to give you what you want. Bought a cheap hi vis vest, cut a section out and attached it on the back..Is it the best pack? that's kinda relative, if I didn't have this I'd just use something else.
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  5. Droptarotter

    Droptarotter Long timer

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    Another vote for the Kriega 15. You can also increase capacity by 5 or 10L by strapping on the Kriega 5 or 10 Drypacks. I bought the R15 to replace my old Camelback Mule.

    The best thing about the Kriega is once you put it on, you wonder where it went!

    Cheers
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  6. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    anoother vote for Kriega . . . .my R15 functions perfactly after 4 years of nearly daily use . . . . waterproof, and, as others have said, seems to disappear once it's cinched down . . . .

    Initially spendier than a camelback, but, at a price/per use standpoint, much cheaper
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  7. Speed King

    Speed King Long timer

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    Kriega.
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  8. burmbuster

    burmbuster Long timer

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    I just ordered a Camelback Transformer. 102 oz bladder and detachable packs give me the versatility that I want. It's a little pricey but well worth it.
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    I've had a Kelty 3500MAP since 2002 when my unit issued them out. It was with me for all of 2003 in the Middle East and is still in good shape. No blown out zippers or torn seams. Has a compartment for a hydration bladder as well as a very robust shoulder strap system. It fit over body armor and a flak jacket so it should fit over riding gear fine.

    http://www.kelty.com/p-264-map-3500.aspx
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  10. TheVikingRider

    TheVikingRider mudonmymind

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    This might not have the capacity you want but when loaded, its as much weight as I would want on my body. It distributes the weight very well, lots of pockets. One of my favorite pieces of gear.

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  11. bigborefan

    bigborefan Making new friends

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    Kriega R15 with a US5 is my goto setup for off-road/single-track/dual sport. I like the Kriega Stash as well. It's my "man purse" when riding.

    I keep spare goggles and gloves in the US5, it is waterproof. The pack is not huge by any means, but it works for me on AMA Dual Sport rides. I carry a first aid kit, hand towel, rubber gloves, misc wipes, CO2 Carts, spare tube, power bars, drink powder, maps, etc.

    I like the Hydrapak bladders that Kriega uses much better than Camelbacks bladders. Like the other guys said, put the R15 on and forget it.

    For longer rides on my 950SE I have an OGIO, which is fine. But if I was buying again I would get a Kriega 25 for those rides.
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  12. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    I've been using the KLIM Nac-Pac for quite awhile.

    Not waterproof but I never put anything in my backpack that needs to be.

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  13. Bicycle Phil

    Bicycle Phil Been here awhile

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    These vests look cool!
    I've not tried one out....yet.

    Does the vest have a pocket for a hydration bladder?

    Besides weight distribution and lots of pockets why is the vest better(for you) than a backpack?

    Any comments on sizing?
    I'm 5'9", average size gut

    Capacity of any pack or bag can be a slippery slope....more room usually means more stuff.......
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  14. Bicycle Phil

    Bicycle Phil Been here awhile

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    My local dealer(Scuderia West) sells Kriega so will drop by today and have a look.
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  15. modeselector

    modeselector Common as muck

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    The KLIM is a good value. Very nice tool storage that detaches, the water bladder is of good quality.
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  16. TheVikingRider

    TheVikingRider mudonmymind

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    It comes with a 2 liter bladder and the pocket seems big enough for a 3 liter. As far as the size, its one size fits all so there is a lot of adjustment. I think it would fit anywhere from a medium to xxl.

    I like the fact that all the weight isnt on your back. You can evenly distribute the weight front and back, and with a standard back pack you have to take it off to get to your stuff.

    With the ogio you got easy access to the stuff in the front pockets (camera, goggles, tools ect).
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  17. JustRon

    JustRon ex-broadwayron

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    I use an Ortlieb COR13... it's very waterproof, but getting a 3L hydration pack in there would be tough. I use a 2L GEIGERRIG, and it's a pretty tight fit in the part that's sectioned for hydration.
    I'm mentioning it because it's tough, and well-made, and if waterproofness (is that a word?) is high on your list, you should consider it.
    (I own some Osprey packs [not waterproof] and I've been happy with their quality- I would never hesitate to buy Osprey.)

    http://www.ortliebusa.com/prod-148.htm
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  18. Fred Garvin

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    Plus 100 for the Ogio. Throw away those back packs and tool rolls that don't displace all that weight and then cause back pain. It comes with a 70z bladder that can be changed out for one of your choice. Enough storage capacity that you might be looking for stuff to carry that you usually would not think of. Excellent dispersal of weight that dissapears after you have it on for a while. Fits well with my Alpine stars pressure suit or my fox chest protector. Adjustable enough to fit over my KTM water proof jacket with said protection undeneath. It will provide some protection in the event of a dirt knap. I can attest to that. It is not H2O proof, but line or wrap your contents in plastic and all is well. One of those " i should have gotten in the first place".
    Hope this helps.
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    Yep, I like my manta 30. not made in the US but made in Vietnam as mentioned above.
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