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The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - Viewpoint - By ross bil­ton $169.95, ste­mon­

XD De­sign Bobby Bizz

What is it? A back­pack that’ll ap­peal to rich, para­noid types. It’s vir­tu­ally thief-proof, you see. hoW so? It’s in­ter­nally re­in­forced with knife-proof ma­te­rial, to foil slash-and-grab rob­bers; the zip­pers are clev­erly re­cessed, to keep them hid­den from pick­pock­ets; and there’s an in­built wire loop and com­bi­na­tion pad­lock in case you need to se­cure it to a fixed ob­ject. sounds a bit over the top. Well, for Aus­tralia maybe – but not if you’re go­ing on hol­i­day to Naples, say. any­thing else? An in­te­grated USB cable lets you charge your lap­top or phone with­out re­mov­ing them from the bag. You can also stow the shoul­der straps and carry it like a brief­case if you like – the ca­pac­ity is a mod­est 10 litres, af­ter all. ver­dict: It’s prac­ti­cal, well de­signed and stylish, but rather ex­pen­sive. (You could al­ways try to save your­self 170 bucks by nick­ing one, though.)

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