The best business backpack with pickpocket protection
The Bobby Bizz Business Backpack is the third generation of the familiar XD Design brand from Kickstarter. The peculiarity of Bobby Bizz lies in its practicality and versatility: the backpack can be easily transformed into a briefcase with which it is not a shame to appear at business meetings.
When traveling, on the subway, on the way to work or in a cafe – there is always a fear that someone might get into a bag and steal valuables. In a modern metropolis, no one is immune from pickpockets, and up to 400’000 pickpockets occur every day in the world. Therefore, the XD Design team has created a line of unique backpacks that are not afraid of pickpockets.
The original Bobby model amassed a huge following on Kickstarter with its custom anti-thief design, ergonomic design, weight distribution system, LED strips, and (even!) A USB phone charging port.
Bobby Bizz is not inferior to the original version in anything, even surpasses it due to its ability to transform into a business portfolio. In the backpack, as always, everything is thought out to the smallest detail: from a special pocket to hide the straps, to the original YKK zipper. The Bobby Bizz has become thinner than the first Bobby, but it is larger than the classic model.
If the inspiration for the creation of the original Bobby was the crowded, thief-tasting, bustling streets of Shanghai, then creating Bobby Bizz, the developers were inspired by the city’s business districts. The strict dress code imposes its limits, so the design of Bobby Bizz has been slightly modified to suit the business style. The backpack has become more angular, the front part no longer protrudes, so the body looks neat and minimalist. The accessory is made in black without any decorative elements, which further emphasizes its business orientation.
The main feature of Bobby Bizz is that it can be worn instead of a business briefcase or bag – all you need to do is remove the straps. The straps are attached to the bottom with small carabiners, so they can be easily unfastened and hidden in a pocket on the back of the backpack. To carry the Bobby briefcase in your hands, there is a comfortable and soft handle on the side. At the same time, it does not matter at all how you wear the backpack: in both versions it looks strict and goes well with a business suit.
How can you get to the contents of a backpack if it doesn’t have a zipper? At first glance, it seems that the backpack does not open at all. This is the uniqueness of the design. Despite all the secrecy, there are still a few external pockets. However, they are so encrypted that only the owner of Bobby Bizz himself knows about them. As with the classic Bobby version, the main compartment zips right along the edge of the back of the backpack itself and is hidden under the fabric fold.
The Bobby Bizz design allows it to be opened at three different angles: 30 °, 90 °, 180 °. For easy and quick access, for example, to a notebook or tablet, it is enough to open the backpack at an angle of 30 °, holding it by the top handle. By fully unzipping the zip, you can open the backpack 90 ° to access the essentials for work or training. If you want to use the entire space of Bobby Bizz, then just put it on the table and open it like a suitcase 180 °.
The second important difference between the new model and previous generations of the backpack is the presence of a metal frame on the sides for additional protection. The developers have kept the effect of multi-layering from five layers of materials. The top layer is made of waterproof polyester, any dirt from which can be easily wiped off with a damp cloth. A layer of outer fabric is followed by a layer of soft material that protects the insides from impacts and squeezing, and then a few more layers of fabric, providing additional reliability. Basic notch protection is guaranteed by the insertion of a polypropylene sheet in front of the liner.
The organization of the compartments inside the backpack is thought out to the smallest detail. The heaviest – laptop and tablet – are located in adjacent compartments of different sizes on the back. The large compartment easily accommodates a 15.6-inch laptop. The smaller compartment measures 270 x 290 mm, which is enough for a 9.7 inch tablet. In addition to the two main compartments, there is a zip pocket, a small notebook pocket, pen holders and a key hook inside. Bobby Bizz is more intended for everyday use, so there is a pocket inside for a thermo mug, thermos or water bottle.
The well-thought-out organization of the departments allows you to correctly distribute weight and reduce the load on the shoulders. The heaviest items are located closest to the back, and strong baffles between the compartments prevent weight from moving when moving. So the weight of the Bobby Bizz is 20% lighter than the weight of standard backpack models.
Traveling by public transport, it is very problematic and inconvenient to look for a wallet or a travel ticket at the very bottom of the backpack. To make our life as easy as possible, the designers of the backpack provided it with pockets for quick access. Each strap has pockets for quick access to the card and travel card. The back also has pockets in which you can hide your phone, keys or documents.
Bobby Bizz, like the classic Bobby, is equipped with an advanced anti-pickpocketing system. The right strap of the backpack ends with a combination lock, and a 2 mm thick metal cable is stretched along the entire strap. A cable and combination lock can be used to attach the backpack to the back of the airport seat while you wait for your flight. The developers thought about our safety in the dark: the logo on the outside and the vertical stripe are reflectors that shine evenly over the entire 360 °. It doesn’t matter which side the light source is from ㅡ you will be visible from 100 meters away.
If you carry gadgets with you all day, then they will certainly need recharging, which is very problematic when there are no outlets nearby. To do this, Bobby Bizz has a favorite of all zest – a USB port (2.4A). Inside the backpack, it turns into a wire to which you can and should connect an external battery. There is also a spacious zippered compartment for the power bank. But the scope of delivery does not include an external battery, in fact, as well as a charging cable for connecting a smartphone to a USB connector. Another important feature of the Bobby Bizz is that it can be conveniently attached to the handle of a suitcase. For this, a strong shoulder strap is provided on the back of the backpack.
Often, it is the quality of the fittings that largely determines the service life of the backpack. Bobby fasteners are the original zipper from the Japanese brand YKK, so the backpack will serve for many years to come. The zip is completed with a metal slider with the XD Design logo. Traveling with Bobby Bizz, you don’t have to worry about the safety of your belongings: the backpack reliably protects them from any intrusion by strangers.
Volume 10 liters
Capacity 5600 g
Full protection against pickpockets, do not open, do not cut
Rope length 400 mm
Rope thickness 2 mm
Compartment for laptop diagonal: 15.6 “, size: 290 x 360-390 x 30 mm
Tablet compartment, diagonal: 10 “, size: 260 x 300 mm
Internal zip pocket 290 x 190 mm
Hidden side pockets size 50 x 190 mm
Material propylene, polyester
Size 430 x 300 x 120 mm
Weight 1200 g