Secure Laptop Backpack
For years as a commuter I travelled alone between London and Berlin by train and plane. I was often concerned for the safety of my tech, passport and wallet. One day in the commuter crush, I wished my backpack were the other way round. I couldn't find this bag anywhere online. The idea wouldn't leave my mind. I sketched it out, saved up, left my job in March 2014 and crowdfunded my first production runs on Kickstarter. Now there are 4500 RiutBag users in the world travelling with peace of mind.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
RiutBag, pronounced "riot bag", is the backwards backpack for secure urban travel. RiutBag has revolved 180 degrees to place all access points safely against the user's back. Why? With a conventional backpack, the person behind us can access our belongings better than we can. That’s an unnerving design fault in our densely packed cities, bags packed full of tech. Now commuters and city travellers can travel anywhere with peace of mind. This revolution of the backpack allows us to adapt better to urban life.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
RiutBag is worn on both shoulders. It uses your back to intrinsically protect access. Fold away straps with "invisible strap lengths" via elastic attachment. In-built laptop compartment is well cushioned. Inner pockets store tech, cables and documents. 15 litre body opens suitcase style. Wallet, phone and passport sit in the top pocket. Zipped strap ticket pockets give access to tickets on the go. Outer bottle and umbrella holders give you quick access to these replaceable items.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Design idea commuting 2012-2013
RiutBag sketched designer leaves job Mar 2014
RiutBag prototypes completed Sept 2014
1000 crowd fund RiutBag Nov 2014
First production starts Jan 2015
Designer gathers feedback from 1000 RiutBag users May 2015
Uses feedback to prototype new designs based on user thinking Aug 2015
1500 people crowdfund new RiutBag R10 and R15 Oct 2015
Second production completed Nov 2015
Third production complete Jan 2015, sold out Feb 2015
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
All RiutBags are handmade at sewing machines by expert backpack stitchers. RiutBag main materials -
Main body - 1000D waterproof black Cordura compounded with 1mm EVA
Base - Thermoplastic polyurethane compounded with 2mm EVA
Zips - YKK
Laptop holder - 2mm Lycra
Lining - waterproof nylon lining
Pockets - mesh with YKK zips
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
RiutBag R15 - width 340mm x depth 150mm x height 470mm
Weight - 1.2kg
Capacity - 15 litres
Laptop size - up to 15 inch
RiutBag, backpack, rucksack, work, commute, laptop, security, secure, design, comfort
User-led design. Giblin was a backpack user with no background in design. To remove her bias, Giblin asked commuters on social media to take part in surveys about travel luggage. 1000 commuters took the survey. 1000 users backed the RiutBag on Kickstarter and tested it. They gave feedback. This data powered two new RiutBag models, RiutBag R10 and R15. Every year, Riut brings out a new RiutBag model powered by user thinking.
Rapid urban change is the greatest challenge to backpack design. The challenge is to adapt the urban backpack to meet them. Changing reliance on technology, new devices and new forms of technology which will arrive. My challenge: to design for users in ever changing urban environments so we can adapt, feeling comfort and peace of mind in our megacities, urban metropolises and as we move beyond planet earth to become multi-planetary.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
RiutBag photos: Jasper White, photographer
Photos of Sarah Giblin: Graham Flack, photographer
Copyright Sarah Giblin Riut Limited, 2014-2016
Riut and RiutBag are trademarks, 2014-2016
British Design No. 4025964 protection, 2014-2016