Kriega R30 Backpack Review

“The Kriega R30 backpack is an easy-to-use, tough, long-lasting and waterproof bag. It’s all-day comfy and exceptionally well-designed making it perfect for everyday use, touring or long-distance adventures. It’s a premium rucksack and they last forever.” 

Kriega R30 Back Pack Review

Snapshot

  • Price: £189.00
  • Mileage tested: 30,000
  • Time tested: 6 years
  • Testing conditions: UK and Europe 
  • Function: 5/5
  • Durability: 5/5
  • Ease of use: 5/5
  • Value for money: 4/5
  • Where to buy: sportsbikeshop.com

Features

The Kriega R30 Backpack is the second largest in Kriega’s R backpack lineup. You’ve got the R35, R30, R25, R20 and R15.

Unlike the R35, the Kriega R30 has a two buckle front closure so it feels like there’s less bulk up front on your chest. 

It holds 30 litres in the main compartment and has a roll-top open and close system with a buckle either side to fasten it down. As with Kriega’s US tail pack range, the R30 has a removable and replaceable inner waterproof liner, which also makes cleaning a doddle. 

It comes with two large outer pockets (water resistant) and six fasteners to tighten the bag up. It also uses Kreiga’s alloy ring design on the belt section for tightening the bag to your body and this clever system means there’s no excess belt strap that needs to be tucked away. 

Kriega R30 Back Pack Review

What’s good?

I used the R30 for around 6 years as my everyday riding bag and on tours to Europe. It has always been my go to rucksack for three reasons.
 
Firstly, it’s all-day comfortable. The front harness sits comfortably on my chest, keeps the bag tight on my back and reduces pull on the shoulders. It also keeps the weight evenly distributed around my torso so I can ride longer, with heavier gear and without back and shoulder ache. There’s also plenty of padding and the mesh liner allows air to flow around it and I like the fastening system with no straps flapping in the wind. 

Secondly, I trust it to be fully waterproof. I used the bag everyday for work, 100 miles each way all year round with my laptop in there. That meant riding through some serious downpours and without any worries. The inner liner is 100% waterproof and didn’t leak on me once.  
 
Thirdly, I like it’s capacity. 30 litres is more than enough for a backpack and because it’s one clean, easy access, big opening compartment it makes stuffing gear in there easy.  I also like the two large additional pockets, which are great for quick access items. 
 

What’s not?

This is a seriously expensive bag. Just shy of £200 for a rucksack is asking a lot. But of course, it’s exceptionally well-made, comes with a 10-year guarantee and works. If you’re after an exceptionally long-lasting, tough and durable bag then this is it and that’s the price. 

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Round-up

The Kriega R30 backpack is an easy-to-use, tough, long-lasting and waterproof bag. It’s all-day comfy and exceptionally well-designed making it perfect for everyday use, touring or long-distance adventures. It’s a premium rucksack and they last forever. 

Kriega R30 Backpack Review: 19/20

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