This city needs a new hero: a review of Bobby Hero theft-proof backpacks - Prog.World (2024)

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For three years, XD Design has released dozens of modifications of Bobby – backpacks that cannot be cut or discreetly opened. In 2019, the Dutch company aims to attract those who have not yet chosen the right model, and represents Bobby Hero. Let's see what is heroic in the new line of backpacks from XD Design.

A small educational program: Bobby is a series of backpacks from the Dutch brand XD Design. In 2016, the first of them was presented on Kickstarter and immediately became a hit with a crowdfunding platform. As a result of the campaign, the original Bobby project raised more than 52 million rubles.

The “heroic” line was made not according to patterns, but with an eye on the previous models of the Bobby series. So, we already wrote about Bobby Compact with different colors and talked about Bobby Pro with additional internal dividers. These features found a place in Bobby Hero.

General design features and anti-theft system migrated from the original backpack. At the same time, XD Design, apparently, decided to immediately satisfy the needs of the entire Bobby audience – we have not seen so many modifications of one line.

Bobby Hero Mods

Bobby Hero is available in three sizes: Small, Regular and XL.

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Bobby Hero is gadget friendly – there are separate pockets for laptop and tablet. Pay attention to their sizes – they differ in different modifications. A few numbers for numbers lovers:

Bobby hero smallBobby hero heroBobby Hero XL
Sizes, cm26.5 × 14 × 3829.5 × 16.5 × 4532.5 × 16.5 × 49
Internal volume, l11.5eighteen21.5
Diagonal of the laptop, inches13.315.617
Diagonal of the tablet, inches12.912.912.9
Smartphone PocketsNoThere are 2 piecesThere are 2 pieces
Separators for thingsNoAvailable separatelyAvailable separately
Price7 990 p.8 490 p.8 990 p.

The Small version is suitable for those who were frightened off by the dimensions of the original Bobby. XL – to owners of 17-inch laptops. Regular – to everyone else.

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The rucksacks of the line are available in six colors: black, red, navy blue, blue, gray and green. And here those who like more will suffer a little: Bobby Hero XL are made only in black, gray and dark blue. Those who are already familiar with XD Design backpacks will notice that this time, different models differ in color not only “backs”, but also the fabric on the sides.

Appearance and materials

Externally, the “hero” is similar to the original Bobby – it gives out a novelty except for the slightly increased width of the backpack. This is the same proven design with a front panel and hard fabric frames. The design is the most concise – with a cursory examination, nothing catches your eye. All according to the standards set three years ago.

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Every detail, including the type of fabric and the shape of the backpack, serves to protect your belongings from intruders. Let's try to think like a street thief. Action one: quietly unzip the backpack. Here the first trouble awaits us – the absence of visible lightning. She, of course, is, but is removed under a firm fold and adjoins to a back of the owner.

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Do not despair: we have a knife. With proper dexterity, they can open any backpack of an inattentive metro passenger at rush hour. Here Bobby Hero meets us with a sheet of polypropylene hidden in a fabric. To cut it, you will have to use the tool more seriously – the chances of being unnoticed are melting before our eyes. Failure.

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Hidden zippers and sheathed fabrics are enough to be calm for the safety of things in a backpack. For paranoid the most prudent in the "dogs" of the clasp, there are special holes for the combination lock.

It’s convenient to carry books, a tablet, a laptop and a camera in the interior of the backpack, which we’ll still get to the device. For travel and documents that may be needed at any time, external offices are provided. In two back pockets you can put an e-book and bank cards.

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Two other unobvious departments – small side pockets under the straps. They are designed for smartphones, little things or keys. An important caveat – Small modification of these pockets is deprived.

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Also for cards, there is a pocket with a zipper on the strap. RFID protection will save you from terminal criminals – the theft scenario is not common, but XD Design took care of it as well.

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A loop for glasses or wired headphones appeared on the Bobby Hero strap.

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Under the strap is a USB port. Gadgets are charged from it – just throw the portable battery into the appropriate compartment inside the backpack.

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Pleasant trifles of previous models also migrated to Bobby Hero – there are the same reflective strips on the straps and a luggage strap on the back.

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Bobby Hero holds its shape well and is reliably protected from cuts or raindrops. The front part is made of rubberized fabric with a sponge lining. The top layer of the sidewalls and the interior of the backpack are RPET 300D and RPET 210D, respectively.

Likbez number 2: RPET – eco-friendly fabric from recycled plastic bottles. The index near the abbreviation indicates density – the higher it is, the stronger the material.

Interior Bobby Hero

XD Design also pumped the “stuffing” of backpacks. For example, in them, by default, there is a partition between the main compartment and the organizer. This helps, for example, carry electronics separately from books. When the partition is not needed, it is easily folded and put into a pocket at the bottom of the backpack. Bobby Hero Regular and Bobby Hero XL also have extra hard dividers.

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They are purchased separately. They are installed perpendicularly – the space inside the backpack turns into something like a mini-rack. A super convenient solution for those who want to replace a bag for photography with a universal backpack. Or just worried about the safety, for example, of large headphones with a flimsy headband.

The classic organizer with a bunch of compartments and large pockets for a laptop and tablet is still here. The compact Bobby Hero Small fits a 13.3-inch laptop, while the largest Bobby Hero XL has a 17-inch laptop. And in each of the backpacks you can put a 12.9-inch tablet. You just don’t need any more – the largest iPad Pro ideally falls into these dimensions.

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The backpack opens 180 degrees. This is no longer a unique feature, but a good-toned rule for high-tech urban backpacks. You can put the bag on the table, unzip it to the end or half and easily reach any compartment. Running your hand inside Bobby Hero in an attempt to find something will not have to.

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Verdict

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Almost every new line from XD Design had explicit positioning, but Hero is an exception. This time, the Dutch company introduced the classic urban backpacks with protection against pickpockets. Only a little more pumped, more technologically advanced and more environmentally friendly than the original Bobby.

In backpacks, Bobby Hero XD Design offers a number of solutions tested in previous models, at the start it expands the new line to 15 modifications and offers them at an attractive price.

The new Bobby Hero Small, Regular and XL are already waiting for you in the Madrobots gadget store. For readers of Habré we have prepared a special offer. By promotional code MYHERO until November 22, a 20% discount on all Bobby backpacks – and on the news from the review, and on previous models, if any of them will appeal more.

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