The R35 was the first motorcycle backpack ever designed by Kriega owners, Mike and Dom. Despite having performed flawlessly for well over a decade, new advances in materials and manufacturing presented the opportunity to make the ‘best big motorcycle backpack in the world’ even better..
Going by the hoary old truism of, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it’, Dom and Mike recognized that a radical redesign would have achieved little. However, by building on the enduring success of the R35, they were able to eek out some significant increases in performance, comfort, functionality and durability.
Kriega’s patented QUADLOC harness design removes the vast majority of the load from the shoulders (where most strain is felt when wearing a backpack on a motorcycle) and balances it between the chest pad and cushioned lower back area. When combined with high quality non-slip material and SUPERSPACE mesh for increased airflow, it is this system, which makes Kriega backpacks the most comfortable motorcycle backpack on the market.
Unlike the other motorcycle backpacks in the range, however, it uses a heavy duty YKK zipper – rather than clips – as the main fastener in order to retain the two, convenient ‘Napoleon’ chest pockets, hidden behind the outer Velcro cover, thereby removing the need for the Kube Pocket accessory, which works so well with other Kriega backpacks.
Further upgrades include full hydration compatibility, with the addition of an optional 3-liter, Military Spec. Hydrapak motorcycle hydration system, as well as a beefed up Hypalon top carry handle.
For greater abrasion resistance and improves water resistance, Hypalon has also replaced the silver nylon main panel, used on the previous version of the R35. Excellent night-time visibility is maintained thanks to a large 3M Scotchlite strip and reflective shock cord.
The backpack now also has heavy-duty rubberized mesh in place of fabric and four reflective silver web loops for easy attachment of Kriega US-5 or US-10 Drypacks, which can add 5 or 10 liters of waterproof additional capacity as an option. The pack can also accommodate a Forcefield back protector insert to add CE Level 2 (highest available) protection to your motorcycle backpack.
The R35 is ideal for touring, commuting or weekend trips and just as well suited to riders of sportbikes, sport tourers, cruisers, adventure tourers, Dual Sport or ATVs.