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Best laptop backpack for travel 2016? [Video] Commute and travel with RiutBag, safe backpack

Backpacks are fantastic. They are useful, they carry huge amounts, evenly distributed over our shoulders, whilst keeping our hands totally free :) But now it's time for us to ask for more from our backpacks because we are carrying expensive technology which access masses of personal and business data, important items such as our passport, smartphone, wallet, camera and all the things we want to keep on us and just never lose. And, we travel a lot in ever busier cities.

I don't just want you to hope your belongings are safe, I want you to know they are safe. That's why I created the award winning RiutBag: a backwards backpack which cannot be opened by anyone but you. And now, thanks to all the RiutBag users' thinking, I am shaping RiutBags to keep meeting the challenges of the commute, air travel and travel through busy towns and cities.

RiutBag is A'Design 2016 platinum award winner for travel design. Check out this video to see if you've got everything you need for comfortable, safe city travel:


What's the best backpack for travellers and commuters? One that provides on the go access to phone/passport/keys, has an anti-abrasive and waterproof base material, waterproof Cordura outer shell, cushioned 15" laptop holder, trolley suitcase strap, comfortable handle, reflective bands, chest strap - adjustable and removable, like the RiutBag.

Riut's Christmas message 2016

We can travel together
We are fellow travellers
We can travel safely
With peace of mind.


As long as I make RiutBags, this will be my message: "there are a lot of good people around". I'll say it every year. When you're on a full train of tired, agitated commuters; when you're busily racing down the high street trying to find a gift at the last moment; when you're squeezing on to a busy underground train. All those people are your fellow travellers. They are just like you. They are trying to get somewhere too. They aren't your aggressors, they aren't out to get you. You and your belongings are safe. And we can adapt to our busy cities. Sometimes we just need a little help. RiutBags are there to help you feel as safe as you are, to help you feel calm and to reduce your stress levels. Imagine what cities, commuting and holidays would be like we we all felt secure and calm.

Thank you for all the energetic support you give this design. The RiutBag is now nearly two years old :) Thanks to you it has grown from an idea ("I think the conventional backpack design is making people stressed out!") to a reality. Read the RiutBag story here: www.riut.co.uk/riutbag-story


Written and performed by Sarah Giblin. RiutBag user, Riut founder and RiutBag designer

RiutBag user feedback survey 2016

Thank you for being an early adopter of the RiutBag design! I'm Sarah, the RiutBag's designer and Riut's founder.

I read all the feedback I get from you through this survey. When its complete, I analyse the data, look at what the RiutBag does well, and where it needs to change, then I head to the drawing board to create the new generation. You could win the new design in 2017 by taking this survey and leaving your email address. Otherwise, your feedback is totally anonymous.

Riut stands for Revolution in user thinking. I revolve all my thinking around you, the user, and try to design the RiutBag to make real urban travel better for you.

RiutBag R15 user review: From Russia with love

Sometimes, I'm blown away by RiutBag users. The people who write to tell me that they can now travel with total peace of mind, the people who tell me they are able to travel with confidence for the first time since their partner passed away and those who are just really happy with the quality of the RiutBag.

Well, this week, Alexander Lozhechkin's feedback put a smile on my face. He wrote this love letter to the RiutBag R15 and he also commented on consumerism, globalisation, startups, product development, quality and, well, everything, really. It's so amazing when - through the medium of a backpack - someone on the other side of the world understands what you are trying to do more broadly.

Click on the image of Alexander's blog to read it on medium.com or follow the link here.

Free global shipping ends 27 November 2016: TRAVELSAFE16 code

RiutBag users live in the busiest cities and towns all over the world. We commute on trains, buses, trams and on planes. We want safe travel with our backpacks, we want to relax and adapt to our urban environment. We use our RiutBags for business trips, every day city travel and on holiday in exciting new places. 

To thank RiutBag supporters, and celebrate two years since the first RiutBag Kickstarter campaign, global shipping is free with the code TRAVELSAFE16 until 27 November 2016. Choose your RiutBags and, at the checkout, copy and paste this code to remove the shipping amount. 

28 November 2016 is the last safe shipping date for Christmas arrivals. 

Perfect, unique #gift for the traveller and commuter. Secure, smart and simple. Give the gift of peace of mind with #safe #backpack RiutBag R10 and R15 £89-£99 at www.riut.co.uk

15" laptop backpack with waterproof materials: Designed by one-person #startup Sarah Giblin, give a high quality #present with a #story, give a #useful gift with a #positive impact and support startup #design at www.riut.co.uk/riutbag-story.

If you think the RiutBag is a good idea, please share this video with people you think could benefit from the design. Thanks for supporting the RiutBag and wishing you safe travels!