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There are a good number of ways to avoid getting your bags or pockets picked. One of them is getting a RiutBag.
The range of bags was launched after raising about £160,000 (about $236,000) on Kickstarter. Designed by Sarah Giblin, the backpacks have "all the pockets and zippers up against your back, so that the openings are never exposed to the masses behind you," Digital Trends noted. As such, it's been called a "backwards backpack."
While this is not a new concept, the RiutBag "stands out with its cool design and the ability to hold a ton of equipment and belongings inside," the tech news source said further.
"The R15 has 15-liters of storage space," Digital Trends said in its review. "It's made from a tough and stiff material, with a plastic covered base, so that you can put the RiutBag down on a wet or damp surface, without worrying that moisture will start soaking through to the items inside."
The waterproofing is due to the foam-lined Cordura and Kevlar, Gizmag said. The bag itself can contain a 15-inch laptop, with pockets for small things like wallets, keys, or a smartphone. It also has an adjustable chest strap, recessed bottle holders, and straps with small pockets for boarding passes or tickets.
Sounds like the perfect backpacker's bag.
"The days before RiutBag existed, I used every plane, train and bus journey to sketch," said Giblin, as quoted by Gizmag. "Traveling from London to Berlin by plane most weeks, I got plenty of observation market research done: my own feelings traveling alone with a normal rucksack, the other rucksacks out there and how people react to those around them."
In addition to that, Giblin also did surveys to polish the design and finally make the prototype. She then went on to launch a Kickstarter campaign to gain funding for her creation. After getting a thousand backers for her bag, she jumpstarted production and delivered the first batch of RiutBags, as noted on the timeline of the brand's official site. She then went on to use the feedback she got to create two new versions of her creations - the R10 and R15. The new bags were delivered late in 2015.
"Riot produces two bags, the R15 and the smaller, 10-liter R10. They're priced at £90 ($135) and £80 ($120) respectively, which is quite expensive for a backpack, regardless of the innovative design," Digital Trends said, adding that despite the high cost, the bag is, in turn, "many times more secure."