If you are looking for a way to get around the city, this is a great product. If you are looking for something that can hold your laptop and not look ridiculous when worn in public, I suggest finding something else.
As you may have guessed from its name, the Pacsafe Venturesafe X Anti-Theft Sling Pack is noted for its top-notch security features.
Zippers for the PacSafe Venturesafe X Anti-Theft Sling Pack. All of the security features on this bag provide excellent peace of mind while traveling, which can be a stressful or frightening experience at times. The Venturesafe X Anti-Theft Sling Pack, on the other hand, is a good sling bag. It’s a good size, lightweight, and built of high-quality materials.
My sling bag has so much going on that this review will be somewhat lengthy. So please grab a coffee or tea (or whatever beverage you choose), and let’s get in.
Aesthetics & Materials
This sling is available in three colors at this review: Plum, Blue Steel, and Black. We’re usually partial to black, but we’re especially fond of the black coloration in this case. One of the easiest ways to be safe when traveling is to blend in with the crowd, which is challenging with the two bright hues that scream tourist. You only live once, so don’t let us stop you from wearing purple.
The black also seems to be incredibly sleek and classy to us. It also doesn’t scream “security,” which is a significant benefit.
Material: Pacsafe Venturesafe X Anti-Theft Sling Pack. The outer is made of 210D Nylon Diamond Ripstop, which, as the name implies, prevents rips (so many minds blown). So if you poke a hole in this bag by accident—which is improbable given the fabric’s durability—the gap will most likely not enlarge.
Polyurethane is used to coat the pack, which improves water and abrasion protection while keeping it light.
This is one of the heaviest sling bags we’ve tried, weighing a little over 1 pound despite the security measures. It’s not a deal-breaker, but it’s worth noting.
Zippers for the Pacsafe Venturesafe X Anti-Theft Sling Pack. You shouldn’t have any issues with the zippers since YKK makes them. The exterior zippers are likewise lockable and water-resistant (more on that and other security features later). This gadget won’t keep your things dry if you take it underwater, but it’ll keep everything dry in the rain (and we know because we’ve tried it). Hello, London’s autumn).
Components from Outside
The strap is one of our favorite features of this sling purse. Pacsafe has taken the conventional belt and turned it into something with functionality. Yes, there are features on this strap.
To begin with, it may be attached to the bag on either side, enabling you to carry it on your left or right shoulder. This is excellent news for lefties, who are sometimes overlooked by sling bag producers, but it’s also beneficial for anybody who expects to wear the sling for many hours. Carrying a sling bag’s weight on one shoulder becomes taxing, so it’s great to be able to swap it over.
You may also disconnect the bottom of the strap and tuck it half into the rear pocket, thereby changing this sling bag into an accessory pouch.
Plus, Pacsafe added two metal hooks so you may use daisy chains, webbing, or strategically positioned carabiners to connect this sling to your bigger bag. We’ve made extensive use of this option to increase the capacity of our commuting bag.
But wait, there’s more to the strap than that (cue cheesy talk show host smile). It’s slash-resistant (more on that later), has a little loop for a carabiner or other attachment, and is surprisingly comfy. It has breathable mesh and is somewhat cushioned. The buckle is also not overly bulky, so it won’t dig into your chest or back while you’re wearing it.
The same airy, comfy mesh is used on the rear panel as it is on the strap. Of course, unless you’re a robot, you’ll never be able to avoid sticky backs on hot days, but its breathability helps to keep it to a minimum. We put this sling to the test while riding our bikes on hot days and avoided the dreaded swamp back. In our opinion, this is a tremendous victory.
Finally, there’s the top handle, which is silky smooth and ideal for anything that requires a handle. You may hang it up, grab it, or even wear it around your neck on a lanyard. People, you have choices.
The Sling Bag’s Interior
The Venturesafe X Anti-Theft Sling Pack contains four pockets, two of which are equipped with advanced security features.
Despite being constructed of slash-resistant eXomesh®, the front mesh pocket isn’t very secure—it closes with a g-hook, after all. You’re more likely to drop whatever you’re carrying in this pocket than to lose it to a knife-wielding robber.
Because the eXomesh® is extremely elastic, this pocket can hold a lot. It’s an excellent place to store a jacket or a water bottle.
The rear pocket is located on the other side of the sling. It’s as deep as the sling is long, and there’s no interior structure, so it’s not great for tiny stuff. The pocket is secure in that it fits against your body when you’re wearing it, albeit it isn’t locked like the other two pockets in this bag.
Let’s speak about those pockets now. Both of them are lockable, as we just said (we’ll get to that in a minute).
Starting with the front pocket, which is as wide as the bag and as deep as it is long. It contains a tiny zippered mesh pocket for storing small items like gum, headphones, and earplugs. There’s also a key clip on it.
When your keys become outmoded on a journey, having a key clip comes in useful. You won’t have to hunt through your suitcase when you disembark at your home airport and need them to start your vehicle if you secure them to the clip and forget about them for the length of your journey. However, given the high-quality materials utilized throughout the pack, this key clip is a bit of a letdown. It’s composed of plastic and seems to be brittle after just a few months of usage. It seems like Pacsafe threw it on at the last minute.
But that’s beside the point.
We’ve stored an umbrella, parka, and sunglasses in this compartment for day outings when traveling (weather can be fickle, you know?).
The main compartment, which is likewise rather large, is the final one. Seriously, a lot can be crammed into this space. It also has a decent deal of organization. Small tablets or e-readers will fit in the cushioned sleeve on the back. The RFID safe compartment is in front of that (again, we’ll go over this in more detail in a minute). It’s a fantastic position for your wallet or passport even if you’re not worried about RFID theft. It also accommodates numerous passports, making it ideal for couples and families.
There are two little pockets next to the RFID pocket for pens, markers, or styluses (styli?). If you prefer to wash your teeth on aircraft or at airports during lengthy flights, you may also keep a toothbrush here.
Another zipped mesh pocket may be found on the other side. This is also useful for chucking more minor stufIt may store sweaters, books, maps, eye masks, notebooks, and other itemsred in the free area. Even a water bottle, or two or three, will fit here. So that is undoubtedly a bonus.
The Venturesafe X Anti-Theft Sling Pack is a good size at 6 liters. It’ll fit everything you’ll need for a relaxing transatlantic journey or a day of sightseeing.
Features of Security
Let’s speak about safety now. But, first, we will highlight all of the security features on this sling bag for your reading enjoyment.
A pocket that is RFID-protected
If you have a contactless credit or debit card, it’s conceivable that someone might take your financial information with an RFID reader. While it’s unknown how many of these financial crimes have occurred, placing your credit card in an RFID-blocking pocket ensures that radio waves won’t take your information. You may also put your passport and hotel keycard in this compartment to keep your data safe.
Zippers that can be locked
The two main pockets of the Pacsafe are locked using the RoobarTM sport locking mechanism. There are many levels of security available here, and you may pick how secure you wish to be. It’s like playing a Choose Your Own Adventure game in real life.
The zippers are linked together. While it’s simple to separate them, interlocking them serves as a barrier to pickpockets looking for easy prey. You might even add extra protection by sliding a lock between the interlaced zippers. (We recommend a TSA-approved lock.)
Alternatively, the interlaced zippers may be hooked via the RoobarTM, slid closed, and the clip pushed down. This effective deterrent will put off pickpockets. However, it takes a few seconds to undo—once you figure out how to do it.
If you want to take things a step further—say, if you’re in a very crowded place, carrying particularly precious stuff, or if you’ve set the sling down and are napping—you may lock the bar and zippers. Again, you have the option of locking both pockets once or one at a time.
Undoing the locks is a procedure, as previously stated. Getting in and out of these pockets will take a few minutes if everything is locked up. If you regularly access your belongings, we don’t recommend locking the zippers.
You can always store all valuables in one pocket, lock them, and keep everything else in the other pocket.
Even with a slash-resistant strap and mesh screen, it’ll be highly unpleasant if someone tries to hack your sling bag off your shoulder while you’re carrying it. However, being traumatized with your passport and money is preferable to be tormented without them. When you’re not wearing the sling, the slash resistance comes in practical as well—see the following point.
You’ll enjoy this function if you’ve ever wished to sleep on a bus, subway, or park seat by yourself. You may wrap the strap around any solid object nearby, such as the legs of a park bench, your armrest, or a random pole, and secure the attachment point with a lock. Because the strap is said to be resistant to being cut, attaching this sling to a specific item makes it unlikely that your pack will be stolen. You must have faith in the quality of your lock.
Some security measures, such as the PopNLock Security Clip, now rely on a bit piece of plastic. This sling loses a lot of utility if they break. So let’s hope they don’t break.
Testing & Durability
We spent a month in Detroit, Michigan, then on a transatlantic journey to Germany and England, evaluating the Pacsafe Venturesafe X Anti-Theft Sling Pack. This purse appeals to us. It’s a great sling even without all the security features. It’s comfortable to wear, composed of high-quality, long-lasting materials, and stylish.
So far, there have been no difficulties with durability. We believe it will continue to hold up for a long time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Pacsafe backpacks worth it?
A: The Pacsafe backpack is worth your money; however, it depends on what you’re looking for in a bag. They are often more expensive than most backpacks because of their level of security and the quality of material used to make them.
Does Pacsafe use YKK zippers?
A: Yes, as a part of their various product lines.
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