Kriega USA Luggage Q&A

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by amanlikemike, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. byways

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  2. KaceCoyote

    KaceCoyote Pass the queer more beer

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    I got a kriega R-30 last year, and have worn it just about everyday since. Not a stitch out of place, not a thread loose, still waterproof as a motherfucker. I'm sort of a pack/bag nerd, and I have to say its been the most effective, practical bag I've owned thusfar. I'm a huge fan of your gear, and -will- buy- more stuff from you guys in the future.


    That said, I wish you guys made a sling bag,or a messenger bag or at least a side loading bag of some fashion. The one complaint I do have, is that its somewhat difficult to doff the bag, load and resling it in a hurry like if I'm snagging chow or whatever.A way to access an intermediate storage area, like behind the waterproof membrane in aswift matter would be appreciated.
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  4. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    Looking GOOD, my friend! Looking good. :clap
  5. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    bc_seattle's really thorough review of the Overlander 60.

    So informative and well put-together that I felt compelled to lift it from the 'Gear' area of the 'Equipment' section (http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=831089), where it was originally posted. :type

    Great job, b_c! :clap
  6. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    There is now, mate! See above. :D
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    modeselector Common as muck

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    Good review bc_seattle - thanks for sharing your insight.:clap
  8. Mav

    Mav Something witty...

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    Love this bag set up :clap

    Would be great if there was a plate that fitted to BMW GSA pannier rails :thumb
  9. mcskeeto

    mcskeeto Adventurer

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    I'm trying to decide between the R20 and R15 backpacks. I'm going to use it for off road riding and want it to hold a basic tool kit and maybe a spare warm jacket. I like the hydration component to this pack. Any suggestions which one would be better? Can you fit a fleece jacket in the R15 as well as the hydration bladder?
  10. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    Hi mcskeeto,

    I always tend to recommend traveling as light as possible - especially off road. Depending on what you consider a basic tool kit (maybe something along the lines of what would fit in our Tool Roll, shown below), I'd say you'd have no problem whatsoever fitting the gear you describe into the R15, even with a full 3-liter hydration reservoir (which still leaves 12 liters of storage space free - plenty of room for base layers and other essentials).

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    And - if for some reason - you do find you need more space at some point, you could always expand the R15 by a further 5 liters by strapping on a US-5.

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    Hope that helps, but do let me know if you need any more detail.


    Cheers,



    Michael
  11. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    Not sure if you chaps have picked up on this little chunk of awesomeness yet:

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    Our mate and Kriega rider, Jason Adam (better known as stagehand around these here parts) on the run to the flag at the Australasian Safari.

    Jason finished a superb 25th astride his '93 BMW R65. Quite an achievement considering that the second oldest bike in the race was made in 2008 (and that one happened to belong to another Kriega rider, Craig Bounds, who ranked 13th overall). And the entire field was made up of lightweight Enduro machines.

    Makes me tired just watching it!

    Mind you, there was some wet sand too...

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  12. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    P.S. Anyone know how to make images display smaller? :becca
  13. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    Hi Kace,

    Thanks for the feedback - glad to hear that the R30 is doing its job.

    With regard to the messenger bag thing, the lads at Kriega focus on backpacks because they believe they are the best means of carrying a reasonable amount of gear on your person on a bike. Messenger bags have a habit of slewing around and affecting comfort and riding efficiency. That said, our other packs with zippers are easier to load but the slightly less convenient roll-top opening and single main compartment on the R30 is the trade-off for guaranteed 100% waterproofing, because that Drypack is the only way to ensure this.

    The R30 has many uses, but it is ultimately designed to deal with loooong journeys through whatever the weather can throw at you, where it is more important that your gear stays dry and you remain comfortable, than reducing the time it takes for frequent loading and unloading. However, the outer compartments on the R30 are pretty easy to access in a hurry.


    Cheers,



    Michael
  14. Stagehand

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    Thanks for the kind words, Mike. I really liked the gear- it works really well. From the R15 to the small packs, and the stash on my right shoulder... the water bladder was invaluable.

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    (photocredit to Safari media guys)

    It carried 3L of water, an extra 21" tube, spare goggles and gloves, a wide brimmed hat, and CO2/tire spoons/extra tools, as well as the extra scroll, the emergency tracking radio, and several power bars.

    I had one off that tore out the right hand shoulder strap at the bottom, but three zip ties later and I'm back in business for the remaining 1500K's :D


    I have a little feeling I'm carrying it a little low on the back, I think I need to tighten up the upper shoulder adjustment straps. Would that make sense?

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  15. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    Hi mate,

    Glad to have played our small part in your epic experience! It musta been a good old off to dislodge the lower strap though! :huh Ping me an email and we'll get that sorted out for you.

    And - yeah, it does look like you could do with moving the upper harness adjusters to somewhere between the 1 and 2-dot markers, so that the weight sits firmly on your chest and lower back. Having it a little too loose might have contributed to the damage incurred when your bike took its little nap out in Oz. :wink: Glad you're OK though.


    Keep 'er lit!



    Michael
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    Brothers and Sisters!

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    But - if you're one of the many folks who doesn't want a certain Mr. Zuckerberg knowing everything about you - do not fear! Simply post in this thread (no need to supply an email address or any of that) and I'll add you to the draw.

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    Good luck!



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  17. byways

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    Add me, Michael! Kriega's the best ...

    Below: More merciless treatment of my R3 waistpack, this time in the mountains of the Great Basin in Nevada.

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  18. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    That's you added, Tony! :clap

    Cheers,


    Michael
  19. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    I'm diggin my K15 and US10 . . . . more Kreiga stuff would be simply aces!
  20. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    Great to hear, bomber.

    You're in!


    Thanks,



    Michael