The Bobby anti-theft backpack for paranoid travellers

No visible zipper on the Bobby backpack

The Bobby anti-theft backpack for paranoid travellers

This is an opinion piece, not a factual review. I don’t own the Bobby. Read the comments below to see what buyers have to say about this product.

The backpack, an essential part of life for many travellers.

An essential part of the pickpocket’s life too, unfortunately.

Many backpacks simply don’t offer the type of protection the daily traveller requires, in order to keep his stuff safe.

And this stuff often includes expensive electronics.

Things like high end DSLR cameras, GoPro cameras, smart phones and laptops.

Not things you want a thief to have easy access to.

You need something you can confidently sling onto your back, and offers peace of mind.

Shopping bag
This, is not secure.

Looking at the numbers supplied by the XD team, it’s frightening to see how many thieves get away with murder (figuratively speaking).

Apparently, 400,000 pickpocket incidents take place every day, worldwide.

So XD Design decided to design a backpack that they call the best anti-theft backpack. They don’t specify whether it’s the best backpack in their neighbourhood, their country, the world or on Mars. Or perhaps it’s the best anti-theft backpack they’ve ever designed.

I don’t know.

Nevertheless, the Bobby is a great product, and that’s why I’m writing this post.

Let’s look at a few things that make it stand out.

6 thoughts on “The Bobby anti-theft backpack for paranoid travellers

  1. I got mine, and I’m rather unimpressed. Material quality feels sub par, and the little dual stitch in the top corners is bizarre and appears feeble. The pack is also really, really small.

    Considering that it was similar in cost to some Swiss Gear backpacks on the market, I expected better.

    Then again, I paid for mine–it was not a promo copy.

  2. Hi Mark,

    Thanks for your feedback.

    I didn’t receive a promo copy. I wrote an article based on observations. Perhaps I should have ended the article by saying that the Bobby looks like a great product.

    Have you spoken to the company? Any chance of a refund?

    • You wrote a review based on a product you didn’t have? Here are a few more details:

      – I did ask for a refund. I was told that anyone who ordered during the kickstart campaign could not receive a refund. Basically, punish the early adopters.

      – I took the backpack out exactly once. The material on the back proved to be extremely succeptible to scratched, and I picked up two. Basically, it won’t look nice for long.

  3. I did. It’s observational. If I had received a demo product I’d have made it clear in the post and used photos taken by myself. I would have also used the product to its full extent. I would have also not held back if I thought it wasn’t up to scratch.

    I’m sorry to hear that you received a raw deal Mark. Your story seems to be a prevalent one on crowdfunding websites. In fact, it’s inspired a blog post I’m currently working on.

    Thanks for the feedback. Invaluable to know that the company isn’t willing to give you a refund. Wonder if that’s standard modus operandi for companies in need of crowdfunding?

    Have you had this sort of experience with other products?

  4. You might want to update this post – i bought mine from the KS campaign, and it definitely doesn’t come with a power bank. It’s merely a USB connector that runs inside the bag to the side.

Your thoughts?