Kriega USA Luggage Q&A

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  1. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    Hi Balkan,

    The R25 does not have the primary adjustment in the upper harness that some of our other backpacks do, and can therefore sit a little too low to in combination with a waistpack.

    If you want to use a waistpack as well as a backpack, I'd recommend the R20. This was designed to be used in this way and therefore is physically shorter and can be adjusted to sit higher on your back.

    If you feel you really need 25 liters storage, you could always strap a US-5 onto the R20 to achieve that.

    Hope that helps, but do let me know if you'd like any more detail.


    Cheers,


    Michael
  2. Balkan Boy

    Balkan Boy Long timer

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    Cheers Michael.


    I, actually, have got an R25 for years and it's a great pack.
    I want a waist pack for single day enduro rides, and some way to carry water bladder on my back.
  3. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    A few options for you in that case, mate!

    1. You could get an R3 and wear it 'back-to-front' (i.e. with the buckle at the back and the compartment facing forward) with the R25 (which can be fitted with one of our Hydrapak hydration systems, although the integration isn't as tidy as it is with our smaller packs).
    2. Grab an R15 or R20 and throw a Hydrapak in it.
    3. Opt for the R15 with a Hydrapak and also either the R3 or R8 waistpack.

    All just depends on how much gear you need to haul and how much you want to spend. Personally, I reckon the R15 / Hydrapak combo should do it.


    Cheers,



    Michael
  4. traveltoad

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    Just threw my Overlander30 on the Super Enduro (more pics soon... :evil). From the shelf onto the bike, straps in place and tightened, ready to load... under 2 min. And no, I was not going at race pace, they are just that easy.:clap:freaky:D
  5. VFR

    VFR Been here awhile

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    I just ordered a Kriega Hydro-3 to replace my Camelbak hydration pack. The new style reservoir on the Camelbak is better than the old one but I think the Kriega will be better yet. Easier to fill, clean(which is a pain on the CB) and the extra liter will come in handy this summer.

    I may order a US-5 to go along with it later.
  6. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    Nice! :D



    ... And nice! :D

    Thanks for chiming in, VFR. I'm sure you'll be very pleased indeed with your upgrade. All the points you made are correct. And just wait until you try it on!

    Welcome to the fold!


    Cheers,



    Michael
  7. Steveo.

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    I'm looking for a way to carry water, tools and a few odds and end on the dirt bike. Which would you suggest as my best option?

    I need to carry 2 liters of water, snacks and some tools all the time on my KTM 250XC while out riding single track. I'll also be doing some hare scrambles and XC racing as well. May want to carry a windbreaker some days too. Other days I'm riding the same bike with my girls on their CRF50 and CRF70's and will carry all I had before, plus some extra stuff for first aid, clothing and snacks for 3. They carry their own water.

    Since I can't see the Kriega stuff in person and it's tough to judge capacity from photos, I'd like to hear some opinoins.

    Will the Hydra-3 fit a few tools, pump and can of slime or would I need the US5 strapped to it?

    How about getting the R15 with bladder to fit all of it? Too big for racing? I have an R25 but it's too pretty (and big) to wear in the mud.:D

    Maybe hard mount a US5 to the bike for the stuff that I would always carry and then add a 5 to the Hydra pack when I've got my girls out with me?

    All opinions/options are appreciated. Thanks. ....Steve
  8. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    Hi Steve,

    I think you pretty much hit the nail on the head there. My suggestion would be the Hydro-3 for racing and general hydration. It has 1-liter of storage space, in addition to the 3 liters of fluid capacity in the reservoir, so there's space to stash energy bars, compact tools / tubes or those odds and ends.

    You could then go for one or two US-5s (each one has a 5-liter capacity). If you only wanted one, I could supply you with an extra set of straps free of charge, so you can bolt one set to your bike and have the others free for attaching the pack to your Hydro-3.

    Or - as you say - you could have one on the bike with heavier stuff, e.g. tools (might be worth picking up a tool roll to ensure they don't rub through the bag over time), tubes etc, in it and the other ready to attach to the Hydro-3. So you could out the rain jacket, medical kit and other stuff in there. This would probably be the mots flexible solution.

    Plenty of folks race with the R15, which has four-point compression so it snugs down fully when not completely loaded, but every ounce counts in competition, so I'd probably stick with the Hydro (and a US-5 on the bike if you need it) for that.

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


    Cheers,



    Michael
  9. GB

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    Updated your thread title as per your request :thumb
  10. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    Nice one, GB! :beer
  11. Steveo.

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    Thanks a lot for the reply and advice. I'll dig through the thread and net for a few photos of the Hydra and check out how the US5 would fit on my bike. I've got the US10 and 20 but wouldn't mind picking up a couple 5's for the dirtbike and to add to my street collection as well. Cheers. ....Steve
  12. amanlikemike

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    My pleasure, Steve!

    Hopefully these pics will save you a bit of digging:

    Hydro-3 being raced at Romaniacs (with a US-5 attached to it and in combination with an R8 waistpack):

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    The pack in all its glory:

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    The military-spec reservoir:

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    US-5 attached (mesh base out - you can also attach it the other way 'round) to the Hydro-3:

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    US-5 on a rear fender (look closely! :lol3)

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    And the twin pack option of two US-5s bolted onto the side panels:

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    You can also run the US-5 across the bike with the addition of a set of Rack Loops and Cam Straps:

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    Oh.. and with the Rack Loops you could also run your existing US packs without any additional hardware if you wanted e.g. (shown here in conjunction with the Overlander 30):

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    Cheers,



    Michael
  13. Steveo.

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    Again, thanks! I think I'm leaning towards the Hydra and 2 of the US5's. One on the bike and one on the pack. Should work out well.
  14. Steveo.

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    Do all the US5's come with the eyelets like the picture below, or is that a special version or strap that was added? Thanks! ....Steve

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  15. amanlikemike

    amanlikemike Recoverin speedfreak

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    That's the standard pack right there. They all come complete with the reinforced straps with eyelets.


    Cheers,


    Michael
  16. VFR

    VFR Been here awhile

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    Great.... Now you post all those pics of the Hydro-3. I had to dig for them...:lol3

    I'll check when mine gets here, but I think I'll be ordering the US-5 as a supplement; probably with some additional straps. Good place to stash a jacket liner or sweatshirt & extra gloves if they will fit in there.
  17. LukasM

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    I just got a Hydro 3 pack with a US5 bag to use in the Tuareg Rally in 2 weeks and am totally smitten by the functionality and quality of the bag. No way will this ever leak and it looks absolutely bomb proof while not being intrusive at all.

    Different league compared to the Camebags I was using before. :clap
  18. HaChayalBoded

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    I'm guessing you want to use a thin liner or thin sweatshirt or summer gloves in the US-5, a winter liner or winter gloves might be a but much for it.
  19. Balkan Boy

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    I have one more question.

    Will Geiggerig 2l bladder fit inside Hydro 3?
    Bladder is about 20cmX30cmm and pretty puffy with water and air in it.
  20. VFR

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    I pretty much figured that when I looked at the dimensions. For now I use a bungee net over the tail/dry bag on the back. If it rains, anything in there is gonna get wet.