2020 / Lifestyle And Travel / Travel Bag / Professional

RiutBag X35 Secure expanding backpack

  • Prizes
    Winner in Lifestyle and Travel/Travel Bag
  • Company
    Riut Limited, United Kingdom
  • Lead Designer
    Sarah Giblin
RiutBag X35 is a secure laptop backpack that changes capacity in seconds. It folds down, to a 15 litre laptop backpack for city commuting, or expands to maximum airline cabin allowance. All RiutBags are designed with security first. The only zips are hidden, protected by the traveller's back, so no one else can get in as they travel. RiutBag X35 is durable, flexible and secure, built for the solo traveller, digital nomad, urban commuter and frequent flyer. Riut was founded and funded on Kickstarter by designer Sarah Giblin. It is pronounced "riot". It stands for Revolution in user thinking.

Sarah Giblin runs a one-person startup to make city travel more secure. She realised on her daily commute that backpacks are the wrong way round: the person behind you can get into your bag more easily than you can. She found this so odd, she left her job, prototyped a "backwards" backpack and funded it successfully on Kickstarter. Within a year of leaving her job, travellers all over the world were using her new secure backpack design. She takes her users' feedback through surveys and redesigns the RiutBag every production with new ideas. There are now over 20,000 RiutBags used globally.

Photo Credit: Riut Limited