Motorcycle luggage manufacturer Kriega has just introduced a pair of new backpacks with radical styling, and they’re aimed at the dual sport market.

Kriega builds saddlebags and tailbags, and for years, the R-series backpacks. The R-series backpacks come from 15-litre capacity to 35-litre capacity, and will hold up well for general-purpose motorcycling. Kriega decided there was a market for a trimmed-down, offroad-oriented series of backpacks, though, and that’s where we get the Trail series.

The Trail 9 backpack has a four-litre main pocket (guaranteed waterproof, with rolltop closure) and a separate five-litre pocket that’s intended to hold a hydration bladder. Kriega also sells two-litre, three-litre and 3.75-litre hydration bladders for this pocket.

Like other Kriega backpacks, this uses a strap system that transfers the pack’s weight from the rider’s shoulders to their chest and body. This particular pack uses the Quadlock-Lite harness and there’s also a removable waist strap. The pack itself is made from 420D Cordura Lite Plus and Hypalon. Like you’d expect, there’s an air-mesh back panel to keep the rider cool. There’s an external Hypalon net for added storage, with elastic cord to keep everything in place. Kriega says this allows you to store soggy, wet gear easily. It might be useful for hauling your rainsuit, too.

Kriega Trail 18 backpacks. Photo: Kriega

The Trail 18 is pretty much the same arrangement, except the main pack body has 11-litre capacity, and there’s a 7-litre zip access compartment.

Both packs come with a 10-year warranty; the Trail 9 is priced at $175 in the US, and the Trail 18 is $225. Both bags are available in all-black, black/yellow or black/orange. For more details, check out Kriega’s website. If you want to see Kriega’s new backpack in action, check out the Trail 18 in Pol Tarres’ video here.

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