We’ve tried a few of the bags from RiutBag and have been hugely impressed. In fact, I still use the X25 2 or 3 times a week and have been for some 18 months. They have now just announced two new bags, via a Kickstarter campaign, the RiutBag X35 and RiutBag Crush. The campaign was fulfilled within 24 hours, which came as no surprise but here is what we know so far about these two new bags.

The RiutBag X35 uses its clever origami-inspired design to shape-shift depending on the capacity you need: a slim daily commuter backpack with 10-litre capacity or max carry-on global travel bag with a 35-litre capacity. Tested by professional on-stage pickpocket Matt Windsor, all RiutBags have been designed to be theft-proof, keeping your valuables safe whilst you wear the backpack due to its unique zip placement. Designed for city living, commuting and global travel, the RiutBag X35 features include a 15.6″ laptop holder, luxurious, durable and waterproof materials, a unique, minimalist urban aesthetic, secure quick access passport/mobile phone holder, internal bottle holders, bright interior, and suitcase and chest straps.

Alongside the RiutBag X35, the RiutBag Crush will also be available from just £30. An ultralight secure daypack with three useful compartments, the RiutBag Crush folds, or crushes, into its own self-contained pocket, making it a perfect global travel companion.

Dimensions of RiutBag Crush  (RRP £80)

  • Capacity: 13 litres
  • Height: 40cm
  • Width: 25cm
  • Depth: 20cm

Dimensions of RiutBag X35 (RRP £30)

  • Capacity: 10 – 35 litres
  • Height: 55cm
  • Width: 35cm
  • Depth: 20cm
  • Laptop compartment dimensions: 40cm x 29cm x 3cm (fits up to 15.6” laptop)

“After two successful Kickstarter campaigns, I stopped designing and didn’t think I would be able to return. However, travelling reignited my passion, and after asking the RiutBag community what their perfect backpack would look like if there were no limits to what was possible, I decided to design the next generation of RiutBags. This is where the origami-inspired RiutBag came from – giving people a bag that works for both cities and travel. All RiutBags are built to last a lifetime, and the X35 is designed to be the last backpack you ever buy,” says Sarah Giblin, founder and designer at RiutBag.

At first glance the X35 looks fairly similar to previous models and time will tell as to whether or not it’s a worthy upgrade. If you even need to upgrade, my X25 is in excellent condition, even though I throw it around. The crush looks like an excellent solution for light traveling. Hopefully further down the line we will get samples to try out, so keep your eye’s peeled!