“Light, tough and comofrtable. The Kriega R20 backpack is a brilliant little rucksack for enduro and adventure riding.”
The Kriega R20 Backpack is a lightweight rucksack and well suited for enduro or adventure riding, but can be used as an everyday bag. Unlike the R30 and R35 backpacks, the 20 litre R20 isn’t waterproof.
It’s sleeker than it’s R25 big brother with a single click chest fastener and slimmer design. And it’s far more useable than the ultra-light and small R15, which is better thought of as a hydration backpack with extra space.
The R20 is a decent size with one main large compartment and an additional zipped front pouch for quick access. There’s a sleeve inside the main compartment for a hydration pack and openings to run the water pipe. The inner sleeve can also be used to take a Kriega back protector insert.
The bag comes with a single chest fastener (easy to undo with one hand) and that takes the weight of the shoulders.
The only niggle I have with the Kriega R20 is that it’s not waterproof. It’d be absolutely perfect if it was. To get a waterproof backpack from Kriega you need to move up to the R30 which is a considerably bigger rucksack and has a roll top closure.
For me, the answer is using my own inner dry bag to stuff my gear in on rides where I reckon it’ll get rained on (or submerged), but it is a faff. For £130 I feel as though it should come with a waterproof compartment. Because it#s not waterproof, I deducted one point of the ‘Value for Money’ section. I only deducted a single point because it’s still an incredibly well-made and premium product.
There is the option of attaching a US-5 to the front, which is 100% waterproof. But, one of the R20’s best selling points is how light and easy it is to use. I don’t want the hassle of attaching more bags. So, I mainly only use this bag on hot weather rides.
Kriega R20 Backpack Review: 19/20
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