Kriega, our favorite British gear brand, has just —finally—released a new universal Saddlebag that you won’t be embarrassed to strap to your bike.
The new saddlebag line consists of two basic products—a 14- and an 18-liter saddlebag—which can be purchased individually (SOLO-14 or SOLO-18) or as a set, as a DUO-28 or DUO-36.
Buying a set of two bags saves about $100 over buying two single bags, individually. Otherwise the product is just about identical. Both the SOLO and DUO packages come with all the mounting straps required, and each package comes with a single shoulders strap for off-bike use.
As the manufacturer of some of our best-selling motorcycle-specific dry-packs with a well-earned reputation for bombproof, well-thought-out motorcycle bags and backpacks, we’re endorsing these new Kriega bags before we receive our first shipment. Unlike almost any other product currently available on the market, these bags deliver a clean, purposeful design, without the over-done logos or underwhelming aesthetic found in many competitors’ options.
The bags are completely waterproof thanks to Kriega’s proven roll-top design, which relies on an internal, seam-sealed waterproof liner. Thankfully, that liner is white, so it’s easy to sort through; and it’s also removable, for easy cleaning.
The exterior shell of the bags is made from super-tough abrasion-resistant 1000D Cordura and Hypalon, a kind of synthetic-rubber polyethylene that’s impervious to chemicals, temperature and UV. Why does this matter? While making bags out of something like waxed cotton makes for a great-looking, nominally waterproof product, the material is inherently going to be prone to sun fading and chemical degradation from exposure to roadside elements. As is Kriega’s trademark, no expense was spared with these bags’ hardware spec—aircraft-grade anodized alloy strap connectors and heavy-duty cam buckles hold the bags securely in place.