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Old 12-26-2012, 11:43 PM   #1
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Best dual sport backpack

Who makes the best backpack for dual sport riders?

My entry level basic requirements for a great pack are:
1) Comfortable when loaded down with, lets say 15-25# of water, spares, food, etc.
2) Robust build. Pack must withstand above average abuse incurred during typical high mileage dual sport riding.
3) 3 liter hydration system
4) Pack fits well with pressure suit.
5) And ideally waterproof.

In the last few years my chosen marque, Camelbak, seems to have declined in the category of robust build. Zippers have failed and the material seems flimsier. Fact or fiction, I am wanting a tougher backpack.

A brief search on the internet yields the following three products as possible successors to my old Camelbak:

Kriega R15 motorcycle backpack
capacity 15 liters

Klim Krew Pak
capacity not listed

Wolfman Escape Pak
capacity 14 liters

Please share your comments, critiques, and real world experience with the above.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:05 AM   #2
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http://www.ospreypacks.com/en/produc...ulics/manta_25
They also make a manta 30. The 25 is perfect for me as I do single track. Also made in Cortez colorado
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:01 AM   #3
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I recommend that you have a look at these GEIGERRIG brand back packs in various sizes… I am going to purchase one of their larger versions…apparently they are excellent products:
http://www.geigerrig.com/hydration-packs/rig-700-ballistic.html
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:20 AM   #4
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been using the Kreiga 15 for a year or so, really like it for a couple of reasons: once adjusted, the harness system makes the pac virtually disappear, whatever weight you are carrying is effortless, no shifting around. Accepts a host of water systems, Ipad, etc. It's waterproof, small outside pocket is too. I bought the larger pack and exchanged it cause it was way to much for me. The company, like Wolfman, works with you to give you what you want. Bought a cheap hi vis vest, cut a section out and attached it on the back..Is it the best pack? that's kinda relative, if I didn't have this I'd just use something else.
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:26 AM   #5
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Another vote for the Kriega 15. You can also increase capacity by 5 or 10L by strapping on the Kriega 5 or 10 Drypacks. I bought the R15 to replace my old Camelback Mule.

The best thing about the Kriega is once you put it on, you wonder where it went!

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Old 12-27-2012, 06:33 AM   #6
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anoother vote for Kriega . . . .my R15 functions perfactly after 4 years of nearly daily use . . . . waterproof, and, as others have said, seems to disappear once it's cinched down . . . .

Initially spendier than a camelback, but, at a price/per use standpoint, much cheaper
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:09 AM   #7
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:20 AM   #8
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I just ordered a Camelback Transformer. 102 oz bladder and detachable packs give me the versatility that I want. It's a little pricey but well worth it.
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:49 AM   #9
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I've had a Kelty 3500MAP since 2002 when my unit issued them out. It was with me for all of 2003 in the Middle East and is still in good shape. No blown out zippers or torn seams. Has a compartment for a hydration bladder as well as a very robust shoulder strap system. It fit over body armor and a flak jacket so it should fit over riding gear fine.

http://www.kelty.com/p-264-map-3500.aspx
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:57 AM   #10
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This might not have the capacity you want but when loaded, its as much weight as I would want on my body. It distributes the weight very well, lots of pockets. One of my favorite pieces of gear.

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Old 12-27-2012, 08:24 AM   #11
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Kriega R15 with a US5 is my goto setup for off-road/single-track/dual sport. I like the Kriega Stash as well. It's my "man purse" when riding.

I keep spare goggles and gloves in the US5, it is waterproof. The pack is not huge by any means, but it works for me on AMA Dual Sport rides. I carry a first aid kit, hand towel, rubber gloves, misc wipes, CO2 Carts, spare tube, power bars, drink powder, maps, etc.

I like the Hydrapak bladders that Kriega uses much better than Camelbacks bladders. Like the other guys said, put the R15 on and forget it.

For longer rides on my 950SE I have an OGIO, which is fine. But if I was buying again I would get a Kriega 25 for those rides.
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:38 AM   #12
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KLIM nac pac

I've been using the KLIM Nac-Pac for quite awhile.

Not waterproof but I never put anything in my backpack that needs to be.

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Old 12-27-2012, 08:42 AM   #13
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This might not have the capacity you want but when loaded, its as much weight as I would want on my body. It distributes the weight very well, lots of pockets. One of my favorite pieces of gear.

These vests look cool!
I've not tried one out....yet.

Does the vest have a pocket for a hydration bladder?

Besides weight distribution and lots of pockets why is the vest better(for you) than a backpack?

Any comments on sizing?
I'm 5'9", average size gut

Capacity of any pack or bag can be a slippery slope....more room usually means more stuff.......
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:55 AM   #14
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My local dealer(Scuderia West) sells Kriega so will drop by today and have a look.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:29 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Bicycle Phil View Post
Who makes the best backpack for dual sport riders?

Kriega R15 motorcycle backpack
capacity 15 liters

Klim Krew Pak
capacity not listed

Wolfman Escape Pak
capacity 14 liters

Please share your comments, critiques, and real world experience with the above.
The KLIM is a good value. Very nice tool storage that detaches, the water bladder is of good quality.
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