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RiutBag basics

What is a RiutBag?

RiutBag is the safe backpack for commuting and all city travel: work or holiday. Its hidden zips are protected by your back. There is no way for the person behind you to open it when you wear the RiutBag. It gives peace of mind and confidence to the city traveller in busy urban spaces: metros, subways, queues, escalators and lifts. The concept and every detail on the RiutBag is designed by Sarah Giblin, Riut’s founder.

How do you say "RiutBag"?

RiutBag sounds like "riot bag". Riut is pronounced "riot" and it stands for Revolution in user thinking. This is the name of the company behind the RiutBag and Sarah Giblin's positive but disruptive design philosophy that says we, users of every day objects, can spot the problems with them, have a better idea and go and make it happen. 

Revolution in user thinking also describes the RiutBag, revolved 180 degrees to take all the outer zips and put them against your back - completely the opposite way round to all other backpacks. It's also the impact Sarah designed the RiutBag to have. As a RiutBag user, you can have a Revolution in your own thinking: feel peace of mind, not stress and worry, when you travel in the world's busiest cities.

Which materials is the RiutBag made from?

RiutBag R15 and RiutBag R10 are made from waterproof 1000D Cordura and TPU or thermoplastic polyurethane on the base. All its zips are made by YKK, the world's leading zip manufacturer. Cordura is a well known, trusted durable material in the world’s best backpack brands. TPU is a special material usually found in car belts, footwear and bike helmets. TPU is an anti-abrasive, high performance plastic which can handle extremely high and low temperatures. This is at the base of your RiutBag R10 and R15. Why? So no holes appear in the base of your backpack in the years to come and it protects your belongings.

RiutBag Go - Riut's limited colourful edition RiutBag - is made from a light, bright and washable 600D polyester.  

How is a RiutBag made?

Each RiutBag is handmade at sewing machines by professionals with years of experience making backpacks. The factory is in Fujian pronvince, Hui'an in southern China. Sarah Giblin, Riut's founder, checks each one personally at the factory before they are shipped. You can read about who makes RiutBag and where here [blog link]

How can I wash or clean a RiutBag? Is the RiutBag machine washable?

Non-machine wash: Use a damp cloth to remove individual stains inside or outside the RiutBag. The colour of the material may change when wet; the colour will return to normal when dried naturally. 

Machine wash: Yes, the RiutBag is machine washable and you can use the spin dry option. If using a washing machine for light / medium staining wash the RiutBag on a short, cool wash - 30 C / 90 F for 15 minutes. For heavy staining all over the RiutBag, the maximum temperature the RiutBag can handle is 60 C / 140 F. Do not use detergent or softener - this will break down the waterproofing materials in your RiutBag and remove the protective seal on the base on the RiutBag.

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Size, laptop dimensions, colours, designs

How big is the RiutBag?

RiutBag R10 and RiutBag R15 sizes are shown here. Both have a height of 47cm; the difference is the depth. All details for each design are on the relevant order page. Flick through the images: you will find inch and centimeter measurements of the RiutBag and its laptop compartment.

RiutBag R25 is Riut's largest, maximum carry-on backpack. It is 55 x 40 x 20cm.

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Can I carry the RiutBag on board a plane?

RiutBag R10 and RiutBag R15 fit within carry on size for the vast majority of airlines. This travel blog provides the world's carry on sizes in one page [link here]. They both fit under the plane seat in front too. Here's a 1 minute video taking a RiutBag R15 on your flight:

How much does the RiutBag weigh?

RiutBag R10 weighs 1.06 kg; RiutBag R15 is 1.2 kg. RiutBags are made to be sturdy, comfortable backpacks which can take the strain of the daily commute or international travel for years. Extra padding, durable materials and quality parts protect your technology and belongings in the long run.

RiutBag Go is 700 g. RiutBag Go is made to be a light, simple and colourful backpack for days out, holidays and festivals.

What size laptop can a RiutBag hold?

RiutBag Go is not designed to be a laptop backpack. RiutBag R15 and R10 are built with strength, protection and infrastructure for laptop and tech.   

RiutBag R10 and RiutBag R15 are designed to hold 11 inch, 13 inch and maximum 15 inch laptops. They also have a compartment for larger tablets. Laptop measurements should be no larger than 25cm x 38cm (10 inches x 15 inch) to fit in the laptop compartment. The RiutBag laptop compartment is designed so no laptop cover is required. 15 inch laptops with laptop covers may be too large.

RiutBags in different colours? Do you make different designs?

RiutBag Go is the light and bright RiutBags for those seeking colour. They come in shuttle green with dark blue detail and metro blue with red detail.

RiutBag R10 and R15 are currently only available in black and navy blue. Why? RiutBag is designed to be a smart and inconspicuous urban backpack. This way you can carry your valuables securely, unnoticed and with peace of mind in the world's busiest cities. All available models are displayed on the website.

If you would like to see more designs, please complete this survey. You can share all the challenges you would like an urban backpack to meet. I use this data to prototype new RiutBags every year:

RiutBag price, shipping and payment methods

How much does the RiutBag cost?


RiutBag Go costs £29 (British pounds sterling). I've designed this to be Riut's limited edition light, bright and affordable RiutBag for family holidays, festivals and days out.

RiutBag R10 and R15 price ranges from £89 - £99 (British pounds sterling). To find out the price of the models you want, click on their individual order page. 

How much is that in my currency?

Check today's exchange rate at xe.com between pounds sterling and dollars, euros or any other currency. You can also use this currency converter on each RiutBag product page to check the approximate cost in your currency. Please remember, the final cost will be determined by your bank's foreign exchange rate at the time of buying.

Where can I buy a RiutBag? Can I buy a RiutBag on Amazon or Ebay?

RiutBag is sold exclusively on this website, www.riut.co.uk. Click on "Choose your RiutBag" to find current available models. RiutBags are not for sale on Amazon. From time to time, when RiutBag users upgrade to a new model, they do put their 1st or 2nd edition RiutBags on Ebay! You might be lucky and find one there.

Does the RiutBag ship globally?

Yes, we ship to your country and continent: Australia, South Africa, USA, Europe, Asia. You name it. RiutBags ship there.

How much does shipping or postage cost?

Shipping to your address depends on the number of RiutBags you order and how far you are from England. If you order two or more RiutBags, this is likely to reduce the shipping per item. To find out the total cost of your order plus shipping, add your RiutBags to the shopping cart and go through to the payment page. You will be able to see, and amend, the total cost for your order before you pay.

How can I pay for the RiutBag?

Orders and payment can only be taken through this website using Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards. Payment cannot be taken via PayPal, cash, cheque or any other methods.

Can I trust www.riut.co.uk? Is payment secure?

You can trust this website and your payment is secure. When you pay here, your payment is processed by Stripe. Stripe is a secure online payment gateway company which manages this payment securely with your bank so your bank details are at no point shared with Riut or anyone else.

As of October 2016, you can now pay for your RiutBag order simply and quickly with Apple Pay. Read about this update to find out which devices support this payment method [Blog link here] 



How to order, delivery times, tracking

How can I order a RiutBag?

View and choose the number of each RiutBag model you would like on its order page. Your total order of RiutBags will be collected in your shopping cart in the bottom left hand corner of the screen. When you are ready, click the shopping cart and move through to the address and payment page. This is what the basket looks like with two items, RiutBag R10 and RiutBag R15, in it.

Where can I buy a RiutBag? Can I buy a RiutBag on Amazon or Ebay?

RiutBag is sold exclusively on this website, www.riut.co.uk. Click on "Choose your RiutBag" to find current available models. RiutBags are not for sale on Amazon. From time to time, when RiutBag users upgrade to a new model, they do put their 1st or 2nd edition RiutBags on Ebay! You might be lucky and find one there :)

When will pre-ordered RiutBags ship?

Pre-ordered RiutBags will be posted from England in the month stated for dispatch. Currently Riut is on track to post the pre-ordered RiutBags in the first week of the dispatch month. We are making your RiutBags now and we still have a long way to go to finish manufacture, complete full check and prepare the RiutBags to send to you.

How long does delivery take?

From the time of dispatch, delivery times are:

UK: 3-4 days

EU: 4-10 days

USA and Canada: 4-6 days

Non-EU Europe: 6-12 days

Rest of the word: 12-21 days

How can I track my RiutBag order?

After dispatch from England, you will be sent a tracking number by email. Please ensure you enter the correct email address so you receive this message. Copy and paste the tracking code and track your order at this site:

 Please note: due to a disruption in the DHL international postal service, RiutBag parcels to Russia are no longer trackable and may take up to 8 weeks to receive.



Problems, returns, repairs

Since all customers’ issues are unique, we will work with you to find the right solution to the problem you have encountered.

What if I have a problem with my RiutBag?

If there is a problem with your RiutBag due to fault in the manufacture, we will ask for a photo so we fully understand the issue. We will take a close look and reply with solutions for you. If suitable, we will cover repair or arrange a replacement.

What if there's no problem, but I would like to return it?

If there is no problem with the RiutBag, you may return and receive a refund under the following conditions: you should not handle the RiutBag more than you would in a shop and it must not have been worn outside. The labels must still be on. If it has been handled more than this, we cannot provide a full refund.

Riut Limited is in the European Union (EU). Under EU law you have 14 days cooling off period to decide to return items bought online for a full refund under the distance selling rules. Return postage will be reimbursed up to the cost of the RiutBag shipping price to you. E.g. if you pay for the RiutBag + £20 shipping, the return postage reimbursement will be no more than £20. If you wish to return your order, contact us. If you return the RiutBag after 14 days, you must pay for the return postage.

If you do not pay for shipping, and you would like to return your RiutBag, there will be no refund of your shipping costs. You will be responsible for the cost of the return shipping.

I'm in the United Kingdom. How can I return my RiutBag?

The returns method changes from time to time as we update our service. Please check back here for the current returns method.

Contact us via email to let us know you would like to return the RiutBag. Once you have confirmed that the RiutBag has not been handled more than you usually would in a shop, we will send you a return label. Print this out, attach to the parcel and take to the relevant postal service.

I'm not in the United Kingdom. How can I return my RiutBag?

Contact us via email to let us know you would like to return the RiutBag. Once you have confirmed that the RiutBag has not been handled more than you usually would in a shop, we will provide the most up to date returns address in the UK. Please return the RiutBag in a suitable packaging so it is not damaged in the international postal system.

When will I get a refund?

Once the RiutBag has been returned and checked, we will send the correct refund amount. Depending on your bank, this will arrive in your bank account in the next 1 to 10 days.