RiutBag, spoken as RiotBag founded by entrepreneur, Sarah Giblin, is a backpack, but backwards. She’s taken her design from sketches to reality, with the help of over 2,500 Kickstarter backers. Now, all over the world RiutBag users are choosing safe and secure city travel with the backwards backpack. It’s quite the story Sarah has taken and if you want to know more, head over to the RiutBag website, they have a cool infographic about the journey that’s been taken, from concept to manufacture. There are currently three types of RiutBag available: the R10, R15 and R25, each increasing in size.

The R25 is the largest bag in the range and is nearly double the size of its younger brother, the R15. It’s capable of holding a 15″ laptop and is specifically built for international travel and by this, I mean it is suitable for airlines which allow up to 55cm x 40cm x 20cm carry on luggage.  EasyJet, probably the most popular budget airline where people only ever take hand luggage, has a current allowance of 56 x 45 x 25 cm, so the R25 will be accepted without any issues. The bag also features a D-pocket for smartphone access, water bottle holder and a trolley suitcase strap, so if you do have a suitcase as well as this, you can strap it to the extendable handle that comes out. Handy!

The size of the bag is mentioned above and without anything in it, looks like your typical backpack and is very lightweight. When you start to open the bag up and play around, you start to gauge its full potential. When I opened the bag for the first time, I noticed the zips are located on the back of the backpack, instead of on the front like they usually are and this is for a very good reason. By doing this, the bag becomes more difficult, if not impossible, for a thief to unzip, reach inside and steal your belongings. Could such a simple thing as just moving the zips to the back of the bag be that effective? Well, yes. I filled the bag up with my laptop, wallet and other bits of tech and said to my colleague, “come at me bro.” I stood still while he tried to unzip the bag, without me noticing and with every attempt, I knew it was happening. Ok ok, so he may not have been the world’s best thief, but it certainly protected me more than my other bags.

On the back of the backpack, there is a D pocket, which is a pocket, shaped as a ‘D’, specifically and conveniently placed for your very personal belongings, such as your phone or passport. It’s easy to access, without having to take the bag off completely. Above that are the zips that gain you access to the bag itself. Unzip those and you are greeted by an array of options. There is a pocket at the top, that is capable of holding a 15″ laptop and can secure said laptop with the provided elastic straps. The next pocket is suitable for medium to large tablets, and A4 documents laid flat. There is also another two smaller zipped pockets, that can be used for general bits and pieces. Pockets galore!

Moving on and it’s starting to resemble a suitcase of sorts. The main part of the bag is large and deep, capable of holding several items of clothing, a pair of trainers and cuddly toy. There is a zipped mesh pocket, for further items such as your hygiene products and a reinforced pocket at the top for even more things! I also noticed that the water bottle that’s on the outside, sits within the main compartment, so your water bottle doesn’t overly sit proud on the outside and stick out like a sore thumb.

riut_r25_1The bag is fully waterproof, with a waterproof thermoplastic polyurethane on the bottom, so the bag can be put down in any weather and the rest of the bag is made from a strong and durable woven nylon. The R25 is currently only available in black but the R15 is available in black and blue. The overall appearance of the bag is beautiful. It’s neat, well designed with subtle features that make it look the premium bag it is. It’s incredibly well built by some folks in England and it looks to be very robust and durable, which is essential when traveling. There are cushions/padding over the straps and on the back, which make for a very comfortable fit. The straps are adjustable and there is also a center clip, for those intense walking sessions. When I filled the bag up with my laptop, my drinks bottle, other rubbish that I had around my desk, it got noticeably heavier but still was very comfortable.

Bottom line, this is a modern, safe, secure, premium backpack that I loved. Oh, and it also looks pretty darn cool too! It currently retails at £129, so it’s not cheap, but you get what you pay for and you get a lot with the R25. For further info and to purchase, visit the RiutBag website.