Anti-theft Bags

If a bag snatching can occur every 15 minutes and 46 seconds in a safe country that is the UK, what about other countries? Protect yourself with these anti-theft bags today!

A good anti-theft bag will be essential in helping you ward off pickpockets, snatch thieves, bag slashers and can even be used as a portable safe if you do not trust the safety at your hotel / hostel / apartment.

The ultimate anti-theft bag should come with these features, anything less does not cut it:

 

1. Essential anti-theft properties

  • Slash / cut / stab-resistant fabric and shoulder straps
  • Hidden, high quality and lockable zippers
  • Locking mechanism to lock and to attach to a fixture
  • Hidden pockets / compartments
  • RFID blocking fabric

 

2. Other good to have features

  • Sufficient size and number of pockets
  • Easy to use, organize and access items
  • Lightweight yet sturdy with optimal weight distribution
  • Breathable, adjustable and padded shoulder straps and back
  • Foam protector / shock absorber for delicate items
  • Sleek design, variety of colors to choose from
  • Water resistance

 

Essentially, you get what you pay for – the more features and the better the quality of the materials used, the more expensive.

Two brands that stand out in this space are Pacsafe and Travelon, with both having decades of experience. Pacsafe products are generally more expensive, due to it using better quality materials which are more durable.

That said, both brands work fantastically well, though it would have been perfect if both brands can make their products waterproof.

In this section, you will find the ultimate list of anti-theft bags in 2018 which we have painstakingly curated for all users, types and budgets.

 

Contents

1. Anti-theft large backpack

 

2. Anti-theft small backpack

 

3. Anti-theft messenger bag / cross body bag / shoulder bag (wide profile)

 

4. Anti-theft messenger bag / cross body bag / shoulder bag (slim profile)

 

5. Anti-theft slingbag

 

6. Anti-theft handbag

 

7. Anti-theft tote

 

8. Anti-theft wheeled bag

 

9. Anti-theft camera bag

 

10. Anti-theft laptop bag

 

 

1. Anti-theft large backpack

If you need a large backpack that can last a 2-3 weeks trip and can be brought onto a plane as a carryon, these 40 – 45L bags are for you.

To help you visualize, here’s a size fitting guide to help you choose the most appropriate size for your needs:

 

 

1a. Best performance: Pacsafe Venturesafe EXP45 Anti-theft Carry-On Backpack

In this space, we believe the Pacsafe Venturesafe EXP45 Anti-theft Carry-On Travel Backpack (USD $169.95 – $179.95) is the best one in the market today.

 

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Firstly, the Pacsafe Venturesafe EXP45 is unrivalled in terms of anti-theft features – eXomesh©, Roobar anti-theft anchor lock, ToughZip zipper, interlocking zip pullers and locking cable (further explained under features below).

Even if you were to leave the bag unattended, any bag snatcher, bag slasher or pickpocket will find it almost impossible to steal from you.

As for the other aspects of a good backpack, it holds its own as well. It is roomy, well organized and well-padded, is comfortable to wear, is made of high quality, durable material and looks slim and stylish.

However, one thing that surprised us was that the shoulder straps were not slashproof, a feature found in many other Pacsafe bags. Also, some areas of improvement we would like see are a stronger bag handle, a rain cover if you were to bring it on hikes and better access to the front pocket.

That said, we believe those to us are small points, as compared to the anti-theft features the bag offers.

All in all, if security is a priority, this is the best option you can find in the market today. Else, there are other great backpacking bags such as the Osprey Farpoint or the Kelty Redwing, though they really do not have any anti-theft features.

 

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What others have to say

is close to perfect for a carryon bag

By GripandClip

 

This pack, in my opinion, is close to perfect for a carryon bag. It has enhanced security features, such as slash proof mesh in the fabric as well as slash proof cables in the straps, zippers that both clamp together as well as all locking to a central point.

 

It also conforms to the maximum carryon luggage sizing that is sort of a standard ( I say “sort of” because some airlines have their own size requirements) or 22″x14″x9″. The mesh in the lining doesn’t allow a ton of expansion, which to me is a good thing, as my goal is to bring this on as a carryon, and not be forced to check it in because of exceeding the carryon size limits.

 

I like how it opens fully – clamshell style. That’s what I disliked about top-loading backpacks as alternatives.

 

The top pocket – while a little limited in the size and accessibility department – in my opinion is fine, as I would only use it for travel documents, or to stuff last minute purchases at the terminal. Since my goal is not to exceed the size limits, the outer pocket being limited is just fine by me – but something to be aware of if you want something expandable – this pack it is not.

 

While it could be a tad more comfortable, as the back padding and shoulder straps are pretty basic – I don’t think it warrants subtracting a point. They are supportive enough, and comfortable enough.

 

I also like how this version has a very understated logo, versus another version with the logo as the main visual. PacSafe is not paying me, or giving me a discount for advertising for them, so I like that the logo isn’t front and center on this version.

 

All-in-all a great carryon bag with enhanced security features for the traveler who wants that extra peace of mind.

 

A good value for travelers who want peace of mind

By Eliza B

 

This pack is a perfect carry-on size for someone like me, who travels light and never checks a bag. Even on an international flight, where airlines tend to police carry-on bags more rigorously, no one gave this pack a second look.

 

It is comfortable to wear. While it does not have interior pockets in the main compartment, the pocket on the front of the pack is deep and held my bag of liquids, first-aid kit and other toiletries with no problem. It has all the Pacsafe features – RFID-safe pocket, locking zippers, etc.

 

When the pack first arrived, there was a little loose stitching in one of the interior pockets, but instead of returning it I just reinforced it with my own limited sewing skills.

 

While traveling in Costa Rica, I would put my tablet, extra money, passport and other valuables in this pack, then use the cable to lock it to the closet pole. With a little travel padlock, I could leave my stuff in the room knowing that only a thief willing to spend an extended period of time would get at it.

 

I’m really please with this purchase, and would love to get the Venturesafe EXP65 for longer trips where I might check a bag.

 

Great travel bag

By Mark

 

This bag is great. Using it for a trip to Thailand. I was able to pack three weeks of clothes in this bag. The piece of mind that comes with the anti-theft features alone is worth the cost of the bag plus it’s just a great bag.

 

Key features

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Guard from cut and run:

  • Bag fabric is enmeshed with eXomesh© slashguard, a lightweight flexible, stainless steel wire mesh.

 

Prevent bag theft:

  • Outsmart pickpockets and bag snatchers with the Roobar anti-theft anchor lock, which enables you to lock down zippers, slashguard anchor straps, and locking cables, as well as attach your bag to a secure fixture.
  • The Roobar also allows multiple compartments to be locked together with a single padlock, or lock your pack to a secure fixture with the included 3mm stainless steel locking cable (which comes with in its own storage pouch).

 

Deter pickpockets:

  • Pacsafe’s puncture resistant ToughZip zipper helps prevent pickpocket pilfering and forced entry with a ballpoint pen or similar sharp object, and it even helps prevent unwanted items (such as contraband) from being unknowingly put inside your luggage.
  • Interlocking zip pullers ingeniously slide on top of one another and interconnect, making it harder for pickpockets to unzip your bag and whip out your valuables.
  • When engaged with the Roobar, even the most seasoned thieves will be left scratching their heads on how to unlock your bag.

 

Compartments:

  • A convenient hold strap at the top is ideal for jackets, coats, or travel pillows, and also helps hide and protect the main locking system.
  • Book style opening of main compartment makes all gear easily accessible and meets most airline carry-on standards. Internal pockets to keep your gear organized. Internal attachment point for wallets and keys. Pen loop. Built-in compression straps to pack gear tightly and maximize space. Organizing solution cable and wires eg USB cable.
  • Front zippered compartment has a large Velcro-secured pocket (sized for a 15-inch laptop) and two mesh pockets for smaller items.
  • Side stretch pocket for water bottle.

 

Ergonomics:

  • Can be worn 2 different ways.
  • Ergonomic, internal frame offers increased balance and support.
  • The stowable padded and adjustable shoulder straps, sternum strap, and waist belt help with stability and weight distribution so you can comfortably carry your load.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 21.65 x 13.78 x 8.66 in / 55 x 35 x 22 cm
  • Capacity: 45L
  • Weight: 3.81 lbs / 61.0 oz / 1,728 g
  • Materials: 420D Nylon Full Dull High Density Oxford, C6 WR, PU1000mm; Lining: 200D Polyester Oxford, PU1000mm
  • Colors: black, blue
  • Strap length: min – 25.2 in / 64 cm; max – 36.22 in / 92 cm

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.2 / 5 stars from over 35 reviews
  • Over 80% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

1b. Best value: Pacsafe Vibe 40 Anti-theft 40L Weekender Backpack

At a lower price point, the Pacsafe Vibe 40 Anti-theft 40L Weekender Backpack (USD $139.95) is another bag from Pacsafe which we would highly recommend.

 

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Again, same comments from us, bags from Pacsafe are unrivalled in the market today if you want a bag with all the essential anti-theft features which this bag has in abundance.

Anti-theft features include – eXomesh© slashguard, carrysafe© slashguard strap, Roobar anti-theft anchor lock, TurnNLock security hooks, ToughZip zipper, Interlocking zip pullers, RFIDsafe – which you can find more about further down.

Besides these features, the bag is also very well made with quality, durable materials, roomy as well (suitcase style) and comfortable to use.

As such, there is really not much from us to complain about, but we would have liked to see the bag come with a rain cover. Also there have been some complaints about longer than expected shoulder straps, but it can be mitigated with the sternum strap and waist strap.

Check out the bag in action here:

 

 

What others have to say

 

By flightguy

 

I slogged this onto several across the ocean flights and stuffed it under lots of seats. I locked this to bedposts in Asia and walked around known pickpocket areas with this on my back. It survived the humid wet jeepneys of the Philippines and several tricycle motorbikes when commuting through sketchy city streets.

 

It’s such an awesome bag that it’s deceiving how much stuff will fit. Keep the bag light with gear and you’ll be much happier.

 

Superbly made quality bag! I do wish there were another external pocket, but I knew it lacked pockets when I bought it. I’m still very happily impressed with how well made it is. Great work pacsafe! You rock!

 

10/10 would buy again!

By J.C.

Obsessed! I used this for a 17-day Euro Trip, 5 day domestic travel, and overnighters. It is PERFECT! Fits in overhead bins with NO problems. They safety/security is nice and reassuring while traveling.

 

The only complaint I have read from others is how long the shoulder straps are. They are a bit long, but the chest and waist straps help mitigate that for me. 10/10 would buy again!

 

Great for traveling

By TomTom

 

Great for use as a travel backpack. Interior is more shaped to use as a suitcase due to it being a big open space, so it is a little more difficult to open without putting it on the ground and laying it down, but overall perfect for use as a carry-on for our trip in Europe.

 

Key features

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Guard from cut and run:

  • Bag fabric is enmeshed with eXomesh© slashguard, a lightweight flexible, stainless steel wire mesh.
  • Stainless steel wire also runs through the adjustable carrysafe© slashguard strap, thus preventing slashers from stealing from you.

 

Prevent bag theft:

  • Outsmart pickpockets and bag snatchers with the Roobar anti-theft anchor lock, which enables you to lock down zippers, slashguard anchor straps, and locking cables, as well as attach your bag to a secure fixture.
  • TurnNLock security hooks unfasten so that you can attach your bag to a secure fixture, plus it has a special turning mechanism that secures the hook in place – making it harder for a bag snatcher to make an easy getaway.

 

Deter pickpockets:

  • Pacsafe’s puncture resistant ToughZip zipper helps prevent pickpocket pilfering and forced entry with a ballpoint pen or similar sharp object, and it even helps prevent unwanted items (such as contraband) from being unknowingly put inside your luggage.
  • Interlocking zip pullers ingeniously slide on top of one another and interconnect, making it harder for pickpockets to unzip your bag and whip out your valuables.
  • When engaged with the Roobar, even the most seasoned thieves will be left scratching their heads on how to unlock your bag.

 

RFID blocking:

  • PacSafe’s award winning RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets and material blocks out all transmissions between 10 MHz to 3 GHz, so you can safely store your credit cards, smart cards, e-passports and key cards.

 

Compartments:

  • Meets most airline carry-on standards.
  • Internal pockets to keep your gear organized. Internal attachment point for wallets and keys. Pen loop. Internal and side compression straps to pack gear tightly and maximize space. Organizing solution cable and wires eg USB cable.
  • Roomy main compartment includes a large internal Velcro pocket for storing a 15-inch laptop and additional organization.
  • Top quick access pocket and 1 side stretch pocket for water bottle.

 

Ergonomics:

  • The stowable padded and adjustable shoulder straps, sternum strap, and waist belt help with stability and weight distribution so you can comfortably carry your load.
  • Also comes with back support.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 19.69 x 13.78 x 7.09 in / 50 x 35 x 18 cm
  • Capacity: 40L
  • Weight: 3.01 lbs / 48.2 oz / 1,365 g
  • Materials: 420D Nylon Full Dull High Density Oxford, C6 WR, PU1000mm; Lining: 200D Polyester Oxford, PU1000mm
  • Colors: black, camo grey
  • Strap length: min – 25.2 in / 64 cm; max – 36.22 in / 92 cm

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.5 / 5 stars from over 20 reviews
  • Over 90% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

2. Anti-theft small backpack

For a day trip, a 15 – 25L backpack will be just right for you.

To help you visualize, here’s a size fitting guide to help you choose the most appropriate size for your needs:

 

 

2a. Best performance: LOCTOTE Flak Sack II

The ultimate anti-theft bag combines all the essential anti-theft properties and other good to have features as aforementioned.

In fact, you can go for your beach vacation, leave your bag on the beach, head out to the water and not worry about your bag!

However, this comes at a price. For USD $149, the LOCTOTE Flak Sack II represents a great investment.

 

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The LOCTOTE Flak Sack II is the second generation of the original Flak Sack which claims to be the toughest and most secure bag ever. It has even been featured on Forbes, CNBC and on Shark Tank!

Think of it as like a portable safe that is built to last a lifetime.

The idea came about as the founder (Don Halpern) realized an unmet need – travellers on the go need to keep their essentials with them but are unable to monitor them constantly.

During a beach vacation, Don left his valuables on the beach and went to the water. Next, he saw someone rummaging through his belongings.

He quickly swam back to shore but unfortunately, the thief managed to escape. It was a real dampener to an otherwise great beach vacation.

Check out the video below for a great overview of the world’s toughest travel bag!

 

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What others have to say

Loctote Flak Sack II: Significant Improvements Made

By Kenny Tran

 

Upon my first initial impression of unboxing this tote was the higher weight and quality of it compared to the Flak Sack I. Apart from that, it is heavier than the first generation Flak Sack I. As far as weight goes, it weighs in at 2 pounds with the lock included, 1.7 pounds without the lock;

 

the bag itself made from a blend of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) along with the core of the cord that is also cover in a soft nylon braided outer sheath, interwoven with a highly-reflective material for safe night time visibility.

 

When compared to the first generation Flak Sack I in terms of cut resistance, the Flak Sack I had a cut resistance of A5 while this newer Flak Sack II has a cut resistance of A9, which is the highest cut resistance grade according to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on a scale of A1 to A9.

 

Furthermore, for this second-generation Flak Sack II, these are the improvements that have been made over the first-generation Flak Sack I:

 

  • Double Steel reinforced UHMWPE lock strap
  • Grey interior lining & 2 additional pockets
  • Reinforce all seams with UHMWPE binding to increase cut resistance
  • Replace all stitching with UHMWPE thread
  • Enlarge the internal RFID protective pocket
  • Change lock strap material to UHMWPE for increased durability, strength, and cut resistance
  • Cut resistant ropes & grommet-less rope attachment
  • Easy cinch top closure
  • Replace brass lock strap grommets with heavy duty stainless steel rolled rim grommets and spur washers for added strength
  • Replace the nylon multi-loop with a UHMWPE loop
  • Replace the two-piece multi-loop rivet with a hand-set solid brass rivet and burr

 

Overall, this is the most heavy-duty tote you are going to find on the market, everything from the sheer weight of it to the quality and materials used, makes it the best thus far.

 

10/10 Would recommend!!

By Yen C.

 

I didn’t even know that they made bags like these ones so when I heard about them, I was intrigued. I heard great things from my friends about this specific one so I decided to get one myself; I was BLOWN AWAY!!

 

Not only is this bag super stylish but it definitely puts it’s money where it’s mouth is! I wanted to test how strong the material is (within reason) and I was mesmerized at how well it stood against the various instruments I used (scissors, knife, etc).

 

I can confidently say that my belongings (and yours) will be safe from any would-be thieves and what’s even better is I can even wear it around casually and look cool (this bag is perfect for you Instagram savvy folks)!!

 

The claims they make are all truth!

By Kenneth A.

 

Great bag! Have been following the company for a while and was really intrigued by the idea of a theft resistant bag!

 

Purchased for a hiking trip later this month, I had to test what this bag could withstand, my family and I attacked the bag with everything (within reason of course) and it could take a beating, great durability!

 

Key features

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A9 slash, tear, abrasion resistance:

  • The Flaknit slash-proof fabric achieves A9 cut level, the highest there is for slash, tear, abrasion resistance according to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
  • The soft, flexible yet almost indestructible textile is made of Honeywell’s UHMWPE Spectra fiber, the same fiber used in police vests and military gear for bullet resistance, making this bag the toughest in the world.

 

Patent-pending double steel reinforced locking strap and heavy-duty combination lock:

  • Allows you to lock the bag shut and to a fixed object.
  • The strap is reinforced and grommeted with custom stainless steel components and 49 strands of stainless steel wire, making it nearly impossible to cut, break or tear without extreme force or heavy tools.
  • The solid brass lock is machined from a single chunk of solid brass to ensure the security and durability of the lock. It stores securely and out of the way behind the leather LOCTOTE logo patch.

 

Reflective cut resistant ropes:

  • Keep you visible at night.
  • Prevent strap slashing, as the ropes are made of Honeywell’s UHMWPE Spectra fiber.

 

Large interior RFID blocking pocket shields:

  • Shield credit cards and passports from unauthorized scanning.

 

Sternum Strap:

  • Keeps the ropes centered across your chest, allowing the bag to stay secure with its weight comfortably distributed across your shoulders, giving you that extra security and comfort.

 

Premium components and build:

  • Stainless steel and brass are used exclusively for it’s strength, quality, and ability to keep looking good for years to come. The bag is designed to protect and built to last.

 

Water resistance:

  • The bag is lined with a water resistant nylon lining and is equipped with a large (capable of holding an iPad) water-resistant interior pocket crafted with an Aquaguard zipper to keep your stuff as dry as possible.

 

Product dimensions

  • Bag: 18 x 14 in (can fit a 15 inch laptop) / 45.7 x 35.6 cm
  • Capacity: 13 L
  • Weight: with lock – 2 lbs / 32 oz / 907 g
  • Interior Pocket: 10 x 8 in (can fit an iPad Mini) / 25.4 x 20.3 cm

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.3 / 5 stars from over 30 reviews
  • Over 85% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

2b. Best value (i): Pacsafe Venturesafe 25L GII Anti-theft Backpack

If the LOCTOTE Flak Sack is out of your budget, the Pacsafe Venturesafe 25L GII Anti-theft Backpack (USD $114.95 – $119.95) is an alternativewhich we highly recommend.

 

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This bag does everything an anti-theft bag is required to do. It deters bag slashers (eXomesh© slashguard, carrysafe© slashguard strap), prevents bag theft (TurnNLock), blocks RFID thieves (RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets) and deters pickpockets (smart zipper pullers).

The bag is also really functional (large and roomy with international organization) and comfortable to wear (adjustable padded shoulder straps, sternum straps, waist straps).

Further, with over 20 years of business operations, Pacsafe is one of the top brands in this industry and you can be assured that both the workmanship and the materials used are of top quality.

One thing we would like see to further improve the bag would be more internal organizational pockets. But that can be solved by separating your items into packs in the bag.

 

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What others have to say

Nearly perfect day pack!

By David R. Miller

 

This is the 10th Pacsafe product I’ve purchased and each one is top notch in design and quality construction. This day pack is the best so far…

 

The main compartment is large enough for personal belongings I use on a day trip plus room for any purchases I make or personal belongings my companions want me to carry. I like the RFID pocket, however I wish Pacsafe had made one large pocket instead of one RFID and one regular slot pocket next to it.

 

The mesh zip pocket on the inside of the small compartment is a wonderful touch. I think the zipper for the smaller outside compartment should have been bilaterally equal. That would permit greater access. The elastic bands on each shoulder strap are a nice touch. Great for parking a small LED flashlight or a bottle of hand sanitizer.

 

I appreciate that Pacsafe used a tightly woven stretchy material for each of the “bottle” pockets on the sides. The security features are one reason I purchased this product. Even if I never encounter a bag slasher / thief I do feel more relaxed while in public. Great product. I’m sure any future customers will be as equally impressed with this pack.

 

Love It

By K. Wells

 

I searched and searched for a back pack that I felt I could take to Europe and not fear that it could be easily broken into. I couldn’t decide between the Pacsafe 35L and 25L.

 

35L seemed to be too big because I wanted to use the pack to carry on the airplane and as a day pack. However, it needed to be light and big enough to carry my tablet, a jacket, some snacks, my wallet, and some travel books as well as be comfortable and handy to carry. I even wanted to be able to fit my travel purse into it if I needed to.

 

I finally decided on the 25L, and I am so glad I did. It is plenty big enough. It has not only chest straps but waist straps too and the back has a comfortable back pad as well. It has Pacsafe locks that are semi hidden away making it more difficult for a would-be thief to access, and if I want to add another little lock for the pocket with passports, etc. I can. It is the perfect size and I love the color, something besides black.

 

Best touring / family use backpack

By Traveling Mom

 

We got this when we were going to be traveling through Europe (hi pick-pocket areas). I loved all the safety features and knowing that I was free to enjoy the sights and not worry about my stuff being stolen.

 

It is super comfortable to wear and can hold a lot of stuff (we used ours as a dual diaper bag / passport holder / water bottle, snack, etc holder)! Can adjust to fit both my husband and myself.

 

Never had any issues or even signs that someone had tried to pick-pocket us and I didn’t have to worry because of how well-made and well thought out this back pack is.

 

We will be buying another!!

 

Key features

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Guard from cut and run: bag fabric is enmeshed with eXomesh© slashguard, a lightweight flexible, stainless steel wire mesh. Stainless steel wire also runs through the adjustable carrysafe© slashguard strap, thus preventing slashers from stealing from you.

Prevent bag theft: TurnNLock security hooks unfasten so that you can attach your bag to a secure fixture, plus it has a special turning mechanism that secures the hook in place – making it harder for a bag snatcher to make an easy getaway.

RFID blocking: PacSafe’s award winning RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets and material blocks out all transmissions between 10 MHz to 3 GHz, so you can safely store your credit cards, smart cards, e-passports and key cards.

Deter pickpockets: smart zipper pullers can also be attached to discreet security hooks to prevent pickpockets reaching into your bag.

Compartments: includes a zippered main (internal pockets to keep gear organized, internal attachment point for wallets and keys, pen loop), a padded iPad / 15 inch Laptop compatible sleeve or a 3L hydration pack compartment, two side stretch pockets.

Ergonomics: lightweight and strong with padded, adjustable shoulder straps and sternum strap; Adjustable, removable hip belt for stability.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 19.7 x 11.4 x 7.9 in / 50 x 29 x 20 cm
  • Weight: 2.08 lbs / 33.3 oz / 943.5 g
  • Materials: N210D 3line ripstop & N400D 100T
  • Colors: black, navy blue

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.3 / 5 stars from over 250 reviews
  • Over 80% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

2b. Best value (ii): Pacsafe Venturesafe 15L GII Anti-theft Backpack

If you prefer a slightly smaller version of the Venturesafe 25L bag, you can consider the Pacsafe Venturesafe 15L GII Anti-theft Backpack (USD $98.95).

 

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This bag has the exact same anti-theft features as the Venturesafe 25L bag. It deters bag slashers (eXomesh© slashguard, carrysafe© slashguard strap), prevents bag theft (TurnNLock), blocks RFID thieves (RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets) and deters pickpockets (smart zipper pullers).

Despite being of a smaller size and without a hip belt, it still manages to be roomy without being bulky, and is really comfortable to carry.

However, if there is one thing which we would like to see improved, it is that we would have preferred more padding around the laptop sleeve.

 

What others have to say

Great backpack even before you factor in the security.

By KMVA

 

This was my wife and I’s day bag and airplane personal item bag during a two week trip across Europe. It is a great size for a few jackets, a camera and other small gear or some snacks. We also used this as our carry-on bag with an Ipad and all of our electronic goodies.

 

Even without the great security features this is an excellent and functional little bag. The security features make it a home run. It was so nice to be able to sit at a cafe in Rome and not have to constantly be clutching my backpack. The security strap attaches easily to a chair leg, railing or any other solid hold.

 

Was I being paranoid? Perhaps, a little. But, for me, the peace of mind was worth the small cost premium over a similar sized bag from Osprey or Camelback.

 

As soon as we got home I unloaded it and lent it to my father-in-law for two more weeks in the British Isles. He loved it as well.

 

The security features were wonderful

By Jana LaPorte

 

We just returned from a 32 day trip to Thailand and Vietnam and this pack went everywhere with me. It was small enough not to be clunky or bothersome to carry around, yet I could stuff a lot into it when needed.

 

The security features were wonderful and even when we were in crowded areas being pushed and bumped around (which was often!) I felt my “stuff” was completely secure. Each security feature performed perfectly and even after 32 days and 30 different modes of transport from rickshaws to sampans the pack still looks practically new.

 

I bragged about it to my fellow travelers while on the trip and I’m sure many are converts. Thanks for a great product.

 

A great size for us

By A. Jackson

 

I purchased this backpack in both the black and blue colors for a trip to Italy with my husband. We did carry-on only and used the backpacks as our personal items on our flights, and I used mine as our daypack while traveling out and about.

 

A great size for us; typically we would have 1-2 light jackets, sunglasses, water bottles, wallets/phones and the odds and ends you might need for the day (tissues, lip balm, hand sanitizer). I would toss some of the smaller items in a small packing cube and put that in the main compartment. Very comfortable for all day wear.

 

Key features

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Guard from cut and run: bag fabric is enmeshed with eXomesh© slashguard, a lightweight flexible, stainless steel wire mesh. Stainless steel wire also runs through the adjustable carrysafe© slashguard strap, thus preventing slashers from stealing from you.

Prevent bag theft: TurnNLock security hooks unfasten so that you can attach your bag to a secure fixture, plus it has a special turning mechanism that secures the hook in place – making it harder for a bag snatcher to make an easy getaway.

RFID blocking: PacSafe’s award winning RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets and material blocks out all transmissions between 10 MHz to 3 GHz, so you can safely store your credit cards, smart cards, e-passports and key cards.

Deter pickpockets: smart zipper pullers can also be attached to discreet security hooks to prevent pickpockets reaching into your bag.

Compartments: includes a zippered main (internal attachment point for wallets and keys, pen loop), zippered front compartment with organisation, a padded iPad / 13 inch Laptop compatible sleeve or a 3L hydration pack compartment, two side stretch pockets.

Ergonomics: lightweight and strong with padded, adjustable shoulder straps and sternum strap; moulded foam back support.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 18.1 x 10.2 x 6.3 in / 46 x 26 x 16 cm
  • Capacity: 15L
  • Weight: 1.64 lbs / 26.2 oz / 743.9 g
  • Materials: N210D 3line ripstop & N400D 100T
  • Colors: black, navy blue

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.5 / 5 stars from over 140 reviews
  • Over 90% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

2b. Best value: (iii) Pacsafe Metrosafe LS450 Anti-theft 25L Backpack

An alternative to the Venturesafe line is the Pacsafe Metrosafe LS450 Anti-theft 25L Backpack (USD $119.95).

 

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Similarly, the Metrosafe LS 450 has all the essential features an anti theft bag should have. It is also super comfortable, with very well padded straps and excellent weight distribution.

The internal compartment is also really roomy (can fit in two 15 inches laptop and still have space left over) and is super well designed for effective organization of your items.

However, there are differences with the Venturesafe line, so whichever line is preferable really depends on your needs:

  • Venturesafe has a sternum strap, Metrosafe does not.
  • Venturesafe’s RFID pouch is in the front zipper compartment, while Metrosafe’s RFID pouch is in the main zipper compartment
  • Pocket layouts are also different.
  • The Metrosafe is a bit a more compact (i.e. smaller and shorter).

 

What others have to say

Where has this backpack been all my life??

By Pat (Tuco)

 

Wow – where has this backpack been all my life. Security features are top notch, and that should come in handy with my numerous overseas trips to places like London and Paris (think pickpockets). What blew me away is the comfort of this backpack. I did a long hike today and it felt like a natural part of me – amazing comfort, and lots of handy storage compartments.

 

I just gave my relatively new North Face Jester backpack to my 10 year old (he’ll use it to haul junk up from the creek to the house)….

 

Outstanding Backpack!

By MaryKay

 

This is my 2nd Pacsafe backpack and I love it. Carried all my electronic / photo / drone gear to Africa and always felt secure. Easy to get in and out of the various pockets in airports and security. I’m a 5’3″ woman and at first I thought it was going to be uncomfortable but it was not, and I had it on my back a lot, traveling not hiking or anything. Love the color and would buy again.

 

My first Pacsafe is still in service but for smaller loads. Can’t recommend this brand enough – 2 shoulder bags and a camera bag also in my collections.

 

Great support, security, and love the color!!

By LJ

 

Purchased this backpack for a trip and I love the security features on it, and you can tell when someone is trying to get into it while you’re wearing it – we had someone test this for us so we would know what it felt like. I was torn between two different Pacsafe styles, and I’m glad I got this one.

 

Compared to other backpacks, this one has a lot of support in the straps. I was carrying quite a bit of weight on it and didn’t feel any pressure on my shoulders from the straps like I have other backpacks. While I see others had issues with them slipping, this hasn’t happened for me. It’s a great color (not as vibrant as the picture) but is easy to see if you are traveling with a group.

 

Plenty of pockets for storing various items, and it easily held my 15” laptop, which I wasn’t sure that it would at the time of ordering it. All in all, I would definitely buy this backpack again.

 

Key features

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Guard from cut and run: bag fabric is enmeshed with eXomesh© slashguard, a lightweight flexible, stainless steel wire mesh. Stainless steel wire also runs through the adjustable carrysafe© slashguard strap, thus preventing slashers from stealing from you.

Prevent bag theft: TurnNLock security hooks unfasten so that you can attach your bag to a secure fixture, plus it has a special turning mechanism that secures the hook in place – making it harder for a bag snatcher to make an easy getaway.

RFID blocking: PacSafe’s award winning RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets and material blocks out all transmissions between 10 MHz to 3 GHz, so you can safely store your credit cards, smart cards, e-passports and key cards.

Deter pickpockets: smart zipper pullers can also be attached to discreet security hooks to prevent pickpockets reaching into your bag.

Compartments: includes a zippered main (3 zippered organizational compartments, internal attachment point for wallets and keys, pen loop), two quick access front pockets, an iPad / 15 inch Laptop compatible sleeve, two side stretch pockets.

Ergonomics: lightweight and strong with padded, adjustable shoulder straps.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x W x D): 18.9 x 12.2 x 6.3 in / 48.0 x 31.0 x 16.0 cm
  • Capacity: 25 L
  • Weight: 1.84 lbs / 29.4 oz / 834.6 g
  • Materials: 650D Polyester Dull 2Tone, PU1000mm; Lining: 75D Polyester Herringbone Dobby, PU1000mm
  • Strap length: backpack strap length (min): 26.8 in / 68.1 cm; backpack strap length (max): 36.2 in / 91.9 cm
  • Colors: black

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.5 / 5 stars from over 65 reviews
  • Over 90% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

2b. Best value: (iv) Pacsafe Metrosafe LS350 Anti-theft 15L Backpack

Again, another alternative to the Venturesafe line, is the Pacsafe Metrosafe LS350 Anti-theft 15L Backpack. This bag is in the same range as the Pacsafe Metrosafe LS 450, just smaller.

 

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This bag shares the same qualities as the LS450 – essential anti-theft features, great comfortquality workmanship and a well designed internal compartment.

However, it has one deep front pocket compared to two for the Metrosafe LS450.

There are also differences with the Venturesafe line, so whichever line is preferable really depends on your needs:

  • Venturesafe has a sternum strap, Metrosafe does not.
  • Venturesafe’s RFID pouch is in the front zipper compartment, while Metrosafe’s RFID pouch is in the main zipper compartment
  • Pocket layouts are also different.
  • The Metrosafe is a bit a more compact (i.e. smaller and shorter).

 

What others have to say

Would buy again

By Eric Maughan

 

This is a very well-made, sturdy, durable backpack. I used it for a whole week on a European vacation and felt very secure and safe. Comfortable to wear and plenty of room inside with various compartments and inner pockets.

 

There is no way you are getting pickpocketed wearing this thing. Will definitely use on future trips and would highly recommend.

 

Excellent… perfect travel backpack

By XOM

 

I very seldom write reviews…unless the product is exceptional and/or a rip off……This backpack is perfect! I travel frequently for work and when i do I travel with my briefcase…HOWEVER…when i travel for leisure or with family i was using an outlet North Face backpack……I needed to upgrade to something more “grown up”

 

researched everything…and this backpack is exactly what i was looking for…..a travel backpack…..great quality, exactly the pockets i needed….secure zippers, and looks elegant…!!! Very very happy I found it….the perfect travel pack…..highly recommend……

 

Key features

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Guard from cut and run: bag fabric is enmeshed with eXomesh© slashguard, a lightweight flexible, stainless steel wire mesh. Stainless steel wire also runs through the adjustable carrysafe© slashguard strap, thus preventing slashers from stealing from you.

Prevent bag theft: TurnNLock security hooks unfasten so that you can attach your bag to a secure fixture, plus it has a special turning mechanism that secures the hook in place – making it harder for a bag snatcher to make an easy getaway.

RFID blocking: PacSafe’s award winning RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets and material blocks out all transmissions between 10 MHz to 3 GHz, so you can safely store your credit cards, smart cards, e-passports and key cards.

Deter pickpockets: smart zipper pullers can also be attached to discreet security hooks to prevent pickpockets reaching into your bag.

Compartments: zippered main (internal pockets, internal attachment point for wallets and keys, pen loop), front pockets, an iPad / 13 inch Laptop compatible sleeve and two side stretch pockets.

Ergonomics: lightweight and strong with padded, adjustable shoulder straps.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x W x D): 16.5 x 11.6 x 5.1 in / 42 x 29.5 x 13 cm
  • Capacity: 15 L
  • Weight: 1.46 lbs / 23.4 oz / 662 g
  • Materials: 210D Nylon Full Dull Hitra, PU2000mm; Lining: 75D Polyester Herringbone Dobby, PU1000mm
  • Strap length: backpack strap length (min): 24.2 in / 61.5 cm; backpack strap length (max): 32.3 in / 82cm
  • Colors: black, vintage red, sandstone, dark tweed

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.6 / 5 stars from over 110 reviews
  • Over 90% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

2c. Best budget: Travelon Anti-theft Classic Backpack

Finally, if budget is a concern, the Travelon Anti-theft Classic Backpack (USD $44.99 – $89.03) is a bargain that you can definitely consider.

 

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The bag comes with all the essential features an anti theft bag should have as well – slash resistance, locking compartments and straps and RFID blocking cards and slots.

Although seemingly small, the bag is roomy enough for a day’s supplies and still comfortable to carry around.

Further, with over 30 years of business operations, Travelon is another well established and trusted brand in this industry.

However, one thing of note is that the bag is wide at the bottom and narrow at the top. Hence, it might be a bit difficult when trying to put in or take out big items from the bag.

 

What others have to say

Perfect for traveling

By K Cook

 

This was the perfect bag for my recent 10 day trip to Europe. It had plenty of room for all my belongings and was lightweight and easy on my back. I typically carried my wallet, passport, camera, phone, iPad, small toiletries bag, hairbrush, sunglasses and eyeglasses, hat, scarf, pens, maps, snacks, collapsible bag and a water bottle. And I still had room for small purchases. It’s like a magic bag because it doesn’t look like it could hold everything I carried!

 

It’s very stylish (for a backpack) and super comfortable for all-day wear. It held up very well after a rough 10 days and 5 countries. It still looks and functions like its new. The security features were appreciated and I felt safe wearing it on my back. Very happy with this purchase.

 

Perfect size – holds a lot while still being small and comfortable!

By Kristen

 

I bought this for a two-week trip to Peru and absolutely loved it!! It’s small in size (roughly half the size of a traditional backpack?), but it holds so much stuff! It worked great for day trips and other times I needed more room than a small purse without feeling like I was lugging a suitcase around with me.

 

It takes a while to get used to the anti-theft clips, but they also provided me with a great deal of peace of mind. This is the first time I’ve traveled with a small backpack as my carryon on a plane (instead of a shoulder tote bag) and I will never go back!

 

Key features

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Slash-Proof Adjustable Straps: within the straps are stainless steel cables that run the full length of the strap and protect against slash-n-grab thieves commonly found in parking or isolated areas.

Slash-Proof Body Panels: all body panels (front, sides, bottom and back) have a stainless-steel mesh that lies under the outer fabric and between the lining. This protects you against slash-n-grab thieves commonly found in crowds and transportation stations.

Locking Compartments and Straps: locking straps allow you to lock your bag to a stationary object like a chair. This protects against grab-n-go thieves. Locking compartments protect against pickpockets commonly found in restaurants, shopping areas and crowded venues.

RFID Blocking Card and Passport Slots: many credit cards, identity cards, and all passports contain RFID chips with your valuable information on them. Every Travelon Bag has RFID blocking card and passport slots and pockets to protect you against identity thieves.

Compartments: roomy main compartment that can hold your iPad or tablet and a laptop up to 15.4 in. Other features of this backpack include a rear zippered smartphone pocket, a front zipper pocket to hold small accessories.

Other items: comes with a tethered key clip with LED light that helps you to see the bottom of your bag.

 

Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x W x D): 16 x 12 x 6 in / 40.6 x 30.5 x 15.2 cm
  • Weight: 1.375 lbs / 22.0 oz / 623.7 g
  • Materials: nylon, 900 D. Polyester lining
  • Strap length: backpack strap length (min): 24.2 in / 61.5 cm; backpack strap length (max): 32.3 in / 82cm
  • Colors: black, black with dark sand lining, dark grey with teal lining, grey, midnight, midnight with teal lining, nutmeg, pewter, rock

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.7 / 5 stars from over 190 reviews
  • Over 90% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

3. Anti-theft messenger bag / cross body bag / shoulder bag (wide)

 

3a. Best performance: (i) Pacsafe Metrosafe LS250 Anti-theft Shoulder Bag

For a portable messenger bag, we highly recommend the Pacsafe Metrosafe LS250 Anti-theft Shoulder Bag (USD $87.45).

 

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We absolutely love this gem of a bag. Why?

It is super secure (slash resistance, lockable zippers, security hooks, RFID blocking), really roomy (for a day’s needs) and extremely comfortable (strap length that is just right and won’t dig into your neck, padded, well designed internal compartments for neat organization of items).

Further, coming from Pacsafe, one of the top brands in this industry that has been in business for over 20 years, this unit is sturdy and will last you for years.

There is really not much we can find to complain about, although if it is just a tad lighter, it would have been perfect.

 

What others have to say

Best cross-body travel bag I’ve owned (and I’ve owned a lot)

By radio_babylon

 

Best shoulder bag I’ve owned, thanks to the sturdy construction, size and placement of the compartments, the handy and easy to use anti-theft features, and the handle on top (this is an awesome and sadly uncommon feature).

 

Easily large enough to hold a 11″ chromebook and charger, a kindle paperwhite, a 8″ tablet, a 10000mah battery pack, a mouse, a 120ml bottle of vape juice, 6 16850 batteries, a nitecore charger, a leatherman surge multitool, a document wallet, and a toiletries kit and still have a good bit of room left over for a paperback book or two (i know this to be true because thats what im carrying around in it right now)… it easily fits under any airplane seat ive been on, making it great as a carry-on ‘personal item’ bag.

 

I do a lot of travelling in places where bags are routinely snatched, slashed, or pick-pocketed (pick-bagged?), so the hooks for the zippers (including the ability to padlock the main compartment) are great. they can be a pain in the rear at times, but worth it for the peace of mind. The back of the bag has an additional flat zippered compartment without latches that lies across your body, so its reasonably safe if you want to store things you might need to get to frequently.

 

The strap feels VERY sturdy, is highly adjustable, long enough to comfortably hang on my hip when worn cross-body on my 6′-tall frame, and thanks to the included (and removable) padding is very comfortable for extended carry. The locking hook makes it easy to secure the strap around a pole or chair, although I do wish it had a hole for a small padlock on the hook… without it, you can feel fairly confident someone wont just walk by and snatch your bag, but don’t wander off and leave it out of your sight, as it would only take a second for someone to unlock it and carry it off.

 

Awesome sauce!

By Nugget’s Mom

 

This little bag packs way more than you can imagine, and balances the load nicely. This bag can fit my Dell notebook, charger, iPad Air, wallet, work keys, house/car keys, lip balm, mascara, cellphone, tissues, small pill bottle (for Advil, etc.), scarf, Clif bar, banana, hair clip, water/soda bottle, umbrella, pens and a tablet, three ID badges…and still has room to spare.

 

The padding in the strap is the best I’ve experienced and the straps feel strong and balanced. The locking zipper clips offer a level of security and confidence that allows you to move about with slight less paranoia. : ) I have used Travelon, EMS, Lug, Samsonite and Scout bags for travel and commuting. None compare to this. I have decided that I will only use this bag for both work and vacations. I highly recommend.

 

Great, secure way to carry your valuables!

By Zephyr

 

I bought it to travel to Europe and it is great for carrying my digital SLR camera and extra telephoto lens, as well as money, passport, pen, notepad, chapstick, comb, kleenex, etc. The security pocket is ample for holding two passports and several credit cards. The bag holds way more than I expected.

 

The only negative is it is heavy to carry with my camera and extra lens. It does, however, have a padded area on the strap that you can adjust to where it fits best over your shoulder. The locking mechanisms are a bit cumbersome to use. I use a TSA approved three digit lock for the main compartment with my camera and that is quick and easy to use. Well worth the money!

 

Key features

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Guard from cut and run: bag fabric is enmeshed with eXomesh© slashguard, a lightweight flexible, stainless steel wire mesh. Stainless steel wire also runs through the adjustable carrysafe© slashguard strap, thus preventing slashers from stealing from you.

Prevent bag theft: TurnNLock security hooks unfasten so that you can attach your bag to a secure fixture, plus it has a special turning mechanism that secures the hook in place – making it harder for a bag snatcher to make an easy getaway.

RFID blocking: PacSafe’s award winning RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets and material blocks out all transmissions between 10 MHz to 3 GHz, so you can safely store your credit cards, smart cards, e-passports and key cards.

Deter pickpockets: smart zipper pullers can also be attached to discreet security hooks to prevent pickpockets reaching into your bag.

Compartments: includes a zippered main (internal pockets, internal attachment point for wallets and keys, pen loop), two quick access front pockets, an iPad / 11 inch Laptop compatible sleeve and two side stretch pockets.

Ergonomics: lightweight and strong with padded, adjustable shoulder straps.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x W x D): 13.8 x 10.2 x 4.3 in / 35 x 26 x 11 cm
  • Capacity: 12 L
  • Weight: 1.46 lbs / 23.4 oz / 662 g
  • Materials: 210D Nylon FD Hitra, PU2000mm
  • Strap length: backpack strap length (min): 12.2 in / 31.0 cm; backpack strap length (max): 29.5 in / 74.9 cm
  • Colors: black

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.4 / 5 stars from over 120 reviews
  • Over 85% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

3a. Best performance: (ii) Pacsafe Metrosafe LS200 Anti-theft Shoulder Bag

If you desire a bag smaller than the Pacsafe Metrosafe LS 250, then the Pacsafe Metrosafe LS200 Anti-theft Shoulder Bag (USD $59.00 – $86.99) will work for you.

 

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The Pacsafe Metrosafe LS200 is in the same range as the LS250 and has all the same features and is a wonderful gem of a bag, just smaller (capacity of 7 L vs 12 L).

One thing of note is that as the bag is smaller, the side pockets are as well. So, if you have a large water bottle (e.g. a 20 oz bottle) or umbrella, those cannot be fitted into the side pockets.

 

What others have to say

Durable & Pickpocket Resistant

By CostumeJinx

 

This is a fantastic bag. I went to Europe twice and took this bag both times. It’s this perfect size for everyday essentials. The locking zipper mechanisms are great. I was in some tightly packed tourist areas and saw people pick pocketed, and groped for their belongings. I caught a couple hands on my bag but when I checked on my belongings later nothing was taken and the locks were still locked.

 

I highly recommend this bag. I lasted me 5 years before any wear and tear started to show. When I say 5 years I’m literally saying I used it EVERY SINGLE DAY for 5 years. It’s worth every penny. Buy it.

 

Versatile for travel

By BTaylor

 

I purchased this bag as a travel purse / personal item (airline allowance term). The bag fit a number of roles for the trip 1) passport security, 2) general purse / carry all, 3) airline boarding bag with room for phone, snack, ear buds, hand sanitizer and more. The crossbody style kept my hands free. The security features made this worry free for my valuables.

 

Hard-working, handsome bag.

By M. V. Bowman

 

I bought this for urban tourist trips, and it’s great. (I have a similar but smaller/lighter bag for everyday.) I like the safety and security features. It’s big enough to hold my water bottle and tourist maps and books, with enough separate pockets to keep track of money, tylenol,umbrella, chapstick, snacks, etc.

 

It fits comfortably over my shoulder, with plenty of room to adjust the strap for most comfortable wear. This red one was $20 cheaper than the others, and I love the color. It’s surprisingly versatile.

 

Key features

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Guard from cut and run: bag fabric is enmeshed with eXomesh© slashguard, a lightweight flexible, stainless steel wire mesh. Stainless steel wire also runs through the adjustable carrysafe© slashguard strap, thus preventing slashers from stealing from you.

Prevent bag theft: TurnNLock security hooks unfasten so that you can attach your bag to a secure fixture, plus it has a special turning mechanism that secures the hook in place – making it harder for a bag snatcher to make an easy getaway.

RFID blocking: PacSafe’s award winning RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets and material blocks out all transmissions between 10 MHz to 3 GHz, so you can safely store your credit cards, smart cards, e-passports and key cards.

Deter pickpockets: smart zipper pullers can also be attached to discreet security hooks to prevent pickpockets reaching into your bag.

Compartments: includes a zippered main and front pockets (3 interior slip, 2 interior zip, internal attachment point for wallets and keys, pen loop) with organization for cards, phone and passport, an iPad / 11 inch laptop compatible sleeve and two side pockets.

Ergonomics: lightweight and strong with padded, adjustable shoulder straps.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x W x D): 11.4 x 9.3 x 2.8 in / 29 x 23.5 x 7 cm
  • Capacity: 7 L
  • Weight: 1.23 lbs / 19.7 oz / 557.9 g
  • Materials: 210D Nylon Full Dull Hitra, PU2000mm; Lining: 75D Polyester Herringbone Dobby, PU1000mm
  • Strap length: backpack strap length (min): 13.4 in / 34.0 cm; backpack strap length (max): 29.5 in / 74.9 cm
  • Colors: black, dark tweed, deep navy, earth khaki, pine green, sandstone, vintage red

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.4 / 5 stars from over 100 reviews
  • Over 90% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

3a. Best performance: (iii) Pacsafe Metrosafe LS100 Anti-theft Cross Body Bag

If you desire a bag even smaller than the Pacsafe Metrosafe LS 200, then the Pacsafe Metrosafe LS100 Anti-theft Cross Body Bag (USD $45.80 – $67.99) will work for you.

 

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The Pacsafe Metrosafe LS100 is in the same range as the LS250 and LS200 with all the same features, just smaller (capacity of 3L vs 12L for LS 250 and 7L for LS 200, fewer pockets).

Our only gripe is that there is no zipper compartment at the back compared to the other two models, which could have acted as a quick access pocket for items like your plane ticket.

 

What others have to say

I love it like I did the other one

By Denis Rodriguez

 

I had one before that i held onto for 10 years. Needed replacement, but design changed. No front pocket in this one, but was going to travel so I picked this one up. I love it like I did the other one. Its like, just big enough for a simple purse / bag / whatever. It’s androgynous. Nice lines. Just enough pockets for what i put in them. Worth the money.

 

Super satisfied for an iPad mini and all the accessories.

By Eric

 

Fantastic bag for the minimalist. I use this with an iPad mini 4 and all the essential accessories. It easily holds everything. The iPad, with room for two or three more. A battery pack, headphones, wallet, keys, biz cards, pen, usb drives, dual usb wall outlet, cables, and more.

 

It feels solid and treats my goods with care. Excellent bag. It would be nice to have an external slip pocket on the back, but that is about the only request list for this bag.

 

Good Quality and Design

By rcumali

 

Purchased this for my wife and she loves it. She is petite and the LS100 suits her just fine. Enough room for the walk around essentials. Secure-zippered pockets for her valuables. She has used PacSafe purses before and they last.

 

Key features

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Guard from cut and run: bag fabric is enmeshed with eXomesh© slashguard, a lightweight flexible, stainless steel wire mesh. Stainless steel wire also runs through the adjustable carrysafe© slashguard strap, thus preventing slashers from stealing from you.

Prevent bag theft: TurnNLock security hooks unfasten so that you can attach your bag to a secure fixture, plus it has a special turning mechanism that secures the hook in place – making it harder for a bag snatcher to make an easy getaway.

RFID blocking: PacSafe’s award winning RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets and material blocks out all transmissions between 10 MHz to 3 GHz, so you can safely store your credit cards, smart cards, e-passports and key cards.

Deter pickpockets: smart zipper pullers can also be attached to discreet security hooks to prevent pickpockets reaching into your bag.

Compartments: includes a zippered main and front pockets (3 interior slip, 2 interior zip, internal attachment point for wallets and keys, pen loop) with organization for cards, phone and passport, an iPad mini / 7 inch tablet compatible sleeve.

Ergonomics: lightweight and strong with padded, adjustable shoulder straps.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x W x D): 9.06 x 6.69 x 2.95 in / 23 x 17 x 7.5 cm
  • Capacity: 3 L
  • Weight: 0.79 lbs / 12.6 oz / 358.3 g
  • Materials: 210D Nylon Full Dull Hitra, PU2000mm; Lining: 75D Polyester Herringbone Dobby, PU1000mm
  • Strap length: (min) 14.17 in / 36 cm; (max): 29.53 in / 75 cm
  • Colors: black, dark tweed, deep navy, earth khaki, pine green, sandstone, vintage red

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.4 / 5 stars from over 45 reviews
  • Over 85% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

3b. Best value: (i) Travelon Anti-theft Classic Messenger Bag

If the Pacsafe bags are out of your budget, then you can definitely consider the Travelon Anti-theft Classic Messenger Bag.

 

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At only USD $30.99 – $65.00, it is highly affordable and has all the essential features you need to prevent theft of your valuables.

The bag is lightweight and extremely functional – straps are easily adjustable, the main compartment is roomy, and there are inner and outer pockets to keep things organized. There is also a huge range of colors to choose from.

Further, having started business operations more than 30 years ago, Travelon is now one of the industry leaders of travel products and accessories.

However, if there is one change we can make to the bag to make it better, it would be to make it just an inch larger. If you were to carry a lot of stuff around, the bag might feel a bit tight.

 

What others have to say

Close to Perfect!

By Stevefuzzy

 

My wife bought this bag for our trip to Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. We had heard enough stories of motor scooter grab and gos that made us decide that an anti theft messenger bag was a smart option.

 

She ordered it based on the positive reviews basically the day before we left. Since then, this bag has traveled half way around the world, and came through with stellar results.

 

The size is perfectlarge enough to haul two kindles, two sunglass cases, a point and shoot camera, a wallet, and various items thrown in at any given time (including a light sweater), but small enough to look like a cool, fun bag. The weight is light, so that even though she carried a lot of things it never was too heavy or cumbersome. The fabric is a tightly woven nylon, with a slight sheen that looked stylish and was easy to wipe down from dust or smudges.

 

There are ample pockets and outside zippers to allow for organization and easy access of phones, key cards, credit cards, etc. The zippers locked easily and gave a sense of confidence that pickpockets would not have easy access to the contents. The single criticism that she would have is that the length adjuster tabs are silver, and give the bag a slightly utilitarian look. Otherwise this bag is as close to perfect as a travel bag can be!

 

Perfect crossbody

By Kathy M. Mason

 

I have been searching for the perfect crossbody bag for a long time. I am a photographer and after carrying heavy equipment around my neck I do not like to carry a heavy purse. A lightweight crossbody is my preferred handbag of choice.

 

I prefer a built in credit card slot since I don’t like the bulk or weight of a wallet. I have had a hard time finding a crossbody with credit card slots that did not look cheap or tacky.

 

I love this bag. It has clean, stylish lines. I get lots of compliments when I am out in public. There is a pocket for everything. Easy access to the credit card slots when making purchases. I usually keep my sunglasses in one of the two outside, expandable side pockets that was designed for a water bottle. I can fit my fire tablet or iPad easily in main compartment.

 

After many crossbody bag purchases I feel as though I have finally found the perfect bag since the bag holds so much but keeps things organized.

 

Key features

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Slash-proof adjustable straps: thieves will not be able to slash your strap (stainless steel cable reinforced) and grab your bag.

Slash-proof body panels: thieves will not be able to slash any part of your bag to grab your valuables inside.

Locking zipper proof and lockdown hardware: compartments come with lobster claw clasps, pickpockets will not be able to grab from you.

RFID blocking pockets: prevent pickpockets from stealing your credit cards / e-passports details.

Compartments: the main compartment is roomy and comes with RFID blocking pockets (e.g. card slots, wall pocket, pen loop) for organization, on the outside there are two zippered expansion pockets can hold glasses, a camera, or water bottles.

Other items: comes with a tethered key clip with LED light that helps you to see the bottom of your bag.

 

Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x W x D): 11 x 10 x 4.5 in / 27.9 x 25.4 x 11.4 cm
  • Weight: 1.2 lbs / 19.2 oz / 544.3 g
  • Materials: 900 D. Polyester
  • Strap length: 25 – 48 in / 63.5 – 121.9 cm; strap drop length: 16 – 27 in / 40.6 – 68.6 cm
  • Colors: black, beige, black with white stripe, black with blue floral lining, blue, brown, burgundy, charcoal, chocolate, dark grey, dark navy, dark raisin, green, midnight, midnight with blue floral lining, new navy, nutmeg, plum, rock, stone

 

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  • Rated 4.4 / 5 stars from over 1,680 reviews
  • Over 80% of reviews being 4 and 5 stars

 

 

3b. Best value: (ii) Travelon Anti-theft Cross Body Bag

Compared to the Travelon Anti-theft Classic Messenger Bag, the Travelon Anti-theft Cross Body Bag (USD $29.99 – $54.99) is a very similar bag with the same features, similar size and strap length but with a different style.

 

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Besides the style factor, another difference is the lack of external pockets for water bottles or an umbrella – those can be chucked into the main compartment instead.

 

What others have to say

Excellent travel day bag!

By Llewyn Davis

 

I purchased this bag for a trip to Southeast Asia. Travel books and blogs warn travelers that bag snatching is common in certain places, particularly in countries where residents rely on motorbikes to get around and can easily grab hold of loose bags.

 

The bag is well constructed with durable material and a variety of pockets for keeping organized when you’re on the go and probably don’t have a ton of time to spend making sure you have everything you need throughout the day.

 

The strap is long and adjustable, clearly made with a fabric that seems like it would be difficult to cut (which is apparently a tactic thieves sometimes take). I had no complaints about the strap’s comfort after wearing this out every day for nearly two weeks.

 

I appreciated the clasps on two of the pockets to prevent strangers from sliding them open, and it gave me the peace of mind that my personal items were safely in place. The RFID compartments were a nice inclusion as well so I didn’t have to buy a separate item to protect my credit cards.

 

Inside the bag there’s a small light which I found helpful at night when sifting through my stuff. It’s a nice detail that I appreciated in a bag that is thoughtfully designed and constructed. For the price, you’re not going to find a better cross body bag.

 

After two weeks in Asia, the bag still looks as good as when I purchased it. I highly recommend this for travelers who want to keep the essentials on them while they’re out exploring without having to spend too much time worrying about pickpockets.

 

This is a great purchase. Everything I want in a travel / daily bag.

By Jan Lazo-Davis

 

I read the negative reviews first even though there were many 5 stars. I was all set to return this product. But I’ve been totally impressed. It is truly light weight. Holds what I need held. Fits cross body with comfort once you adjust to your height. And all the little organization spaces make finding things easily.

 

My chapstick sits upright in a special pocket, it’s easy to get my glasses out when needed. My phone fits well, but then I have an iPhone SE – small version. I don’t know if it fits the 7 or 10.

 

As for the locking systems, they work. Easy to open, but not easy for someone to open if they are trying to while you are carrying it. I also like the zipper into the main compartment. It is long allowing for easy access into the area. But the side has a tuck of fabric so nothing falls out.

 

Key features

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Slash-proof adjustable straps: thieves will not be able to slash your strap (stainless steel cable reinforced) and grab your bag.

Slash-proof body panels: thieves will not be able to slash any part of your bag to grab your valuables inside.

Locking zipper proof and lockdown hardware: compartments come with lobster claw clasps, pickpockets will not be able to grab from you.

RFID blocking pockets: prevent pickpockets from stealing your credit cards / e-passports details.

Compartments: the interior is organized with RFID blocking card slots, passport slots, 2 pen loops, two wall pockets and a zip pocket. There are also front zip pocket which locks for added security and two quick grab front flap pockets with magnetic closures.

Other items: comes with a tethered key clip with LED light that helps you to see the bottom of your bag.

 

Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x W x D): 14 x 11.25 x 1 in / 27.9 x 25.4 x 11.4 cm
  • Weight: 1 lbs / 16 oz / 453.6 g
  • Materials: 900 D. Polyester
  • Strap length: 26 – 49 in / 66 – 124.5 cm; strap drop length: 14 – 28 in / 35.6 – 71.1 cm
  • Colors: black, berry, black with floral lining, black with white stripe, black with paisley lining, black with teal lining, blue, blue snake, burgundy, dark raisin, green, grey, leopart print, midnight, midnight with paisley lining, nutmeg, nutmeg with coral lining, olive, pewter, plum, purple, quilted floral blue, rock, stone, wine

 

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  • Rated 4.3 / 5 stars from over 1,950 reviews
  • Over 80% of reviews being 4 and 5 stars

 

 

3c. Best budget: Neatpack Messenger Bag

If budget is concern or if you do not wish to spend too much on a bag, the Neatpack Messenger Bag (USD $22.99) is one that will definitely suit your needs.

 

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However, this bag is definitely not in the league of Pacsafe or Travelon bags, in terms of anti-theft features, hence the price.

That said, it still does a decent job if you are not going to dangerous places or through rough terrains.

 

What others have to say

Quality, organized, good-looking travel bag (or daily use)

By AZ JD

 

First, let me say this bag is QUALITY workmanship! My first impression was how well it was made, including the color combination; the lighter color interior to make it easier to find things. The organization of this bag is very well thought out and perfect for travel!

 

I ordered this bag because I wanted something that would look nice, yet not be as heavy as something in leather, etc.

 

I like a cross-body for traveling as it leaves my arms and hands free yet feels more secure than a shoulder bag. This bag works perfectly as a cross-body because it keeps its flatter shape and is snug to the body, not bulging out once full and getting in the way as you maneuver to sight-see.

 

Highly recommend over more expensive bags I’ve seen from other manufacturers.

 

Small, practical, and can fit all daily essentials

By Kittycat524

 

This messenger bag is so chic with its modern colors. It’s made to withstand anything with the thick, heavy duty canvas. It holds TONS of stuff with so many pockets (7 inside and 2 outside, to be exact). One of the pockets has 8 credit card holder slots too, with double zippers to keep things from falling out. And the material of the bag blocks people from scanning your credit cards or passports inside!

 

You can wear this over one shoulder or across your body thanks to the easily adjustable 1″-wide strap. The strap is loose and flexible so very comfortable and won’t dig into your skin or slip off your shoulder easily. The best part is the lifetime guarantee when you register your messenger bag! Makes me feel very comfortable using my bag in all conditions.

 

It’s not a bag for overnight travel or to carry a laptop in, but it does fit iPads, notebooks, and anything you might put in a purse or shoulder bag perfectly. It’s a great practical bag to fit all your daily essentials and I highly recommend it!

 

Key features

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Anti theft: the bag includes an RFID security pocket for storing credit cards and passports, and double zippers to keep stuff from falling out when you unzip the bag. Storage capacity: 9 pockets in total (7 zippered), while remaining lightweight and stylish

Gadget friendly: zippered compartment has a pass-through hole for your charging cord, so you can charge your phone, iPad & more on the go. Easily fits tablets up to 10 inches. Two easy-access pockets.

Versatile and comfortable: strap width & length are ergonomically designed to fit a variety of body types. Adjust it to a shoulder or crossbody strap in seconds. Strap won’t dig into you and is non-slip.

100% lifetime guarantee: in case of any defects.

Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x W x D): 10 x 9 x 5 in / 25.4 x 22.9 x 12.7 cm
  • Materials: canvas
  • Colors: black

 

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  • Rated 4.3 / 5 stars from over 135 reviews
  • Over 80% of reviews being 4 and 5 stars

 

 

4. Anti-theft messenger bag / cross body bag / shoulder bag (slim)

 

4a. Best performance: (i) Pacsafe Citysafe CS150 Anti-theft Cross Body Bag

For those who prefer a messenger bag with a slimmer profile / style, the Pacsafe Citysafe CS150 Anti-theft Cross Body Bag will fit the bill perfectly (USD $53.62 – $72.21).

 

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A sleeker looking cousin of the Pacsafe Metrosafe LS100, LS200, LS250 range, the Citysafe CS150 bag has all the essential anti-theft features as well.

Further, despite its slimmer profile, it still packs a punch in terms of the items it can store and the comfort it provides!

That said, due to its slim profile, you can’t really fit in a large water bottle if that is a key concern for you.

 

What others have to say

I bought this for a 17-day trip to Europe

By Carol

 

I bought this for a 17-day trip to Europe in April since we had been warned about pickpockets in several cities. I thought it was a bit large to use as a purse, so I also ordered the 100 GII Small Travel Handbag, but kept this one to use in the airport and when we were out all day, since it held more..

 

This bag holds a lot, and I still had room for more! The front pocket was very handy for the things that I wanted to reach quickly, such as my phone, chapstick, etc. The main compartment could hold a water bottle and my camera, in addition to everything else I needed. There are two zippers for the main compartment, which didn’t lock, but since they were on the top, they really didn’t need to lock.

 

The front zipper does lock, as does the hook on the strap, and it is hard to unlock, so I felt confident that no one would be able to unlock it without me knowing. Someone in our tour group had a person try to get into her backpack in Marseille, This bag was also big enough for me to carry everything I needed onto the plane, instead of using a backpack.

 

Perfect size!

By Keith H.

 

I love this purse! It has a number of different security levels. It fits my 12 oz sunscreen, water bottle, sun glasses, phone and wallet with ease! I love that I can walk around with confidence all my stuff will stay in my bag when I travel!

 

Love it!

By Dee Garza

 

Such a handy size. This is my third product from Pacsafe and Im very impressed. Good pockets inside and out and great security features. It is comfortable to carry and looks good, too. Happy with this purchase.

 

Key features

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Guard from cut and run: bag fabric is enmeshed with eXomesh© slashguard, a lightweight flexible, stainless steel wire mesh. Stainless steel wire also runs through the adjustable carrysafe© slashguard strap, thus preventing slashers from stealing from you.

Prevent bag theft: TurnNLock security hooks unfasten so that you can attach your bag to a secure fixture, plus it has a special turning mechanism that secures the hook in place – making it harder for a bag snatcher to make an easy getaway.

RFID blocking: PacSafe’s award winning RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets and material blocks out all transmissions between 10 MHz to 3 GHz, so you can safely store your credit cards, smart cards, e-passports and key cards.

Deter pickpockets: smart zipper pullers can also be attached to discreet security hooks to prevent pickpockets reaching into your bag.

Compartments: includes a zippered main (containing internal pockets, internal attachment points for wallet and key, pen loop), front compartment, and an iPad / 10 inch tablet compatible sleeve.

Ergonomics: lightweight and strong with padded, adjustable shoulder straps.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x W x D): 11 x 9.4 x 2.8 in / 28 x 24 x 7 cm
  • Capacity: 6 L
  • Materials: 100D Nylon x 210D Heavy Twill, PU1000mm
  • Weight: 0.95 lbs / 15.2 oz / 430.9 g
  • Strap length: (min): 34 cm / 13.4 in; shoulder strap length (max): 75 cm / 29.5 in
  • Colors: black, almond, cranberry, teal

 

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  • Rated 4.6 / 5 stars from over 25 reviews
  • Over 90% of reviews being 4 and 5 stars

 

 

3a. Best performance: (ii) Pacsafe Citysafe CS75 Anti-theft Cross Body Bag

In the same range as the Pacsafe Citysafe CS150, the Pacsafe Citysafe Anti-theft CS75 (USD $69.95 – $92.85) is an alternative if you would like a smaller cross body messenger bag.

 

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Despite being smaller in size (capacity of 2.5L vs CS150’s 6 L), the bag still boasts all the same essential anti-theft properties any good anti-theft bag must have.

So, if you only have a few items to carry around, this bag will work great. Else, a larger bag is recommended.

 

What others have to say

Best Travel Purchase To Date

By E.

 

EXCELLENT international travel purse at the perfect size. Lightweight and top notch security. It’s not big at all however, extremely roomy and expands. Everyone in Europe wears this style of bag (meaning the locals) therefore you won’t stand out looking like a foreigner.

 

Has many useful pockets, zippered pockets, an interior RFID blocker for your passport and the interior color being a brighter orange color to make it easier to find items inside was a genius idea. The twisting lock feature to lock this bag to your chair or table while eating to avoid pickpockets is the best feature. Who wants to sit with a purse across their chest for an entire meal? Not me.

 

What do I carry in this bag that’s easy to access, zipper up and carry all day long site seeing without looking bulky? Small women’s coin purse, Rayban sunglasses case, Chapstick, passport, small notepad and pen, maps, Canon Digital Elph camera, Canon 5DMarkIII digital camera body with Pacsafe camera strap attached, Canon 50mm 1.4 detached lens.

 

As you can see, ALOT can fit into this purse comfortably. Buy it, you won’t regret it.

 

and I could not recommend this bag more

By Alexa Hughes

 

I’m writing this review a year after I bought the bag. It has been to 12 countries with me, and I could not recommend this bag more!

 

I use this as my everything bag when walking around. I’m a single female traveler and feel 110% safe with this bag. I’ve been able to fit in my bag a mini iPad in the back, but during my day to day I usually have a camera, wallet, lip chap, pen, moleskine, back up map, 2 cell phones, external backup charger for my cell phones, and have room to spare.

 

My only minor, minor, minor complaint is that the black paint has rubbed off the zipper closure that you hook into the secure hook and you just have to keep an eye on the lock for the strap because it occasionally works it’s way off, but other than that, it looks as brand new as the day I bought it.

 

It is not large enough to store a water bottle, but I just end up carrying mine. If you’re having any doubts, you shouldn’t and just buy it!

 

Best travel bag so far….small compact.

By Linda W

 

Love this bag. It holds my Pacsafe wallet and passport, iPhone+, sunglasses, tissues, small sunscreen, lipstick, and Mini 5 Fold Manual Portable Travel Umbrella for Unisex,Black Color,21 Inch (I just received this item today from Amazon). Possibly a city map too.

 

I have given my husband my larger 200 for his stuff and camera and laptop! He’s happy too.

 

Key features

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Guard from cut and run: bag fabric is enmeshed with eXomesh© slashguard, a lightweight flexible, stainless steel wire mesh. Stainless steel wire also runs through the adjustable carrysafe© slashguard strap, thus preventing slashers from stealing from you.

Prevent bag theft: TurnNLock security hooks unfasten so that you can attach your bag to a secure fixture, plus it has a special turning mechanism that secures the hook in place – making it harder for a bag snatcher to make an easy getaway.

RFID blocking: PacSafe’s award winning RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets and material blocks out all transmissions between 10 MHz to 3 GHz, so you can safely store your credit cards, smart cards, e-passports and key cards.

Deter pickpockets: smart zipper pullers can also be attached to discreet security hooks to prevent pickpockets reaching into your bag.

Compartments: includes a zippered main (containing internal pockets, internal attachment points for wallet and key, pen loop), front compartment, and an iPad / 7 inch tablet compatible sleeve.

Ergonomics: lightweight and strong with padded, adjustable shoulder straps.

 

Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x W x D): 8.7 x 7.1 x 2.8 in / 22 x 18 x 7 cm
  • Capacity: 2.5 L
  • Materials: 100D Nylon x 210D Heavy Twill, PU1000mm
  • Weight: 0.8 lbs / 12.8 oz / 362.9 g
  • Strap length: (min): 34 cm / 13.4 in; shoulder strap length (max): 75 cm / 29.5 in
  • Colors: black, cranberry

 

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  • Rated 4.3 / 5 stars from over 35 reviews
  • Over 80% of reviews being 4 and 5 stars

 

 

4b. Best value: Travelon Anti-theft Classic Mini Shoulder Bag

At only USD $30.06 – $60.00, the Travelon Anti-theft Classic Mini Shoulder Bag represents really good value.

 

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The bag comes with all the essential anti-theft properties and is really lightweight yet roomy enough to contain everything you would need for a day trip.

One thing of note is that the strap is long, meaning that it might not work well for those who are shorter and skinnier unfortunately.

That said, we believe it should still work well as both a shoulder bag or cross body bag for most people.

 

What others have to say

Close to Perfect!

By Lora

 

This purse is AWESOME! I carried it all over Italy for a week and it worked very well. I (luckily) was never a victim of pickpocketing, but I felt very safe with my money in this purse.

 

I kept my cards in the slots and loose cash and change in the side pockets in the same zippered compartment. In the other locking compartment I carried sunglasses and random other items. In the small, non-locking front pocket I kept tissues and chapstick. I used the back non-locking pocket for maps and my collapsible water bottle. When my water bottle was in use I attached it to the side of the purse and that worked well also.

 

The purse has a surprising amount of room for the size. I love the midnight blue color. It goes well with everything and doesn’t make you stand out. I would buy again.

 

Perfect crossbody

By Stacey Hanson

 

Fantastic for traveling. When traveling, we often won’t return back to the hotel room until the very end of the day, and I HATE not having something I need. I want it all – bandaids, sunscreen, chapstick, pantiliners, painkillers, etc. This thing fits tons without being too huge! I used this literally every day and could bring whatever I wanted without convincing my husband to carry a backpack.

 

Yeah, I know this is a feature of all purses, BUT, unlike my normal crossbody purse, I didn’t have to worry about a $100+ purse getting damaged or slashed.

 

When in crowded or sketchy areas, I could clip the zippers closed and worry even less. (Admittedly we did not have any problems with slashing that I noticed, but it was nice to not have to worry.) I can also attach a full or empty water bottle to the strap to avoid having to track that without worrying about damaging the straps of my normal purse.

 

Key features

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Slash-proof adjustable straps: thieves will not be able to slash your strap (stainless steel cable reinforced) and grab your bag.

Slash-proof body panels: thieves will not be able to slash any part of your bag to grab your valuables inside.

Locking straps & locking compartments: locking straps lock the bag down to a stationary object like a chair and protect the bag against grab-n-dash thieves. Locking compartments protect against pickpockets.

RFID blocking pockets and slots: prevent pickpockets from stealing your credit cards / e-passports details.

Compartments: the main compartment is roomy and comes with RFID blocking pockets (e.g. pockets and card slots) for organization, and with front and rear pockets.

Other items: comes with a tethered key clip with LED light that helps you to see the bottom of your bag.

 

Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x W x D): 8.5 x 8.5 x 2 in / 21.6 x 21.6 x 5.08 cm
  • Weight: 0.68 lbs / 10.9 oz / 309 g
  • Materials: 900 D. Polyester
  • Strap length: 17.25 – 44 in / 43.8 – 111.8 cm; strap drop length: 10 – 20.5 in / 25.4 – 52.1 cm
  • Colors: black, black with dark sand lining, black with wisteria lining, black with leaf print lining, black with white stripe, blue, blue snake, chocolate, dark grey, ebony, grey with leaf print lining, midnight with floral lining, midnight, midnight with teal lining, nutmeg with coral lining, nutmeg, peacock, pewter, purple, rock, wine

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.6 / 5 stars from over 1,100 reviews
  • Over 90% of reviews being 4 and 5 stars

 

 

5. Anti-theft slingbag

 

5a. Best performance: Pacsafe Vibe 325 Anti-theft Cross Body Pack

If a sportier style is what you desire, then you will not go wrong with the Pacsafe Vibe 325 Anti-theft Cross Body Pack (USD $54.90 – $82.99).

 

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Slim, comfortable and secure, you will almost forget that you are carrying this sling bag as you immerse yourself in the energy of your travels.

If you like this style, we say go for it, as we really cannot find anything about this bag to be critical over.

 

What others have to say

Fabulous ‘little’ sling that holds a lot of stuff and comfortably

By Eddie M.

 

Very surprised to learn that my MacBook 11.6″ as well as my MacBook 13″ each will fit in this pack. Its a fairly tight fit for the larger one but it does work, if needed. What I like best about this pack is not that I can carry laptops though. I don’t usually do that routinely. I do like the RFID slot that holds my passport and the excellent locking and exomesh qualities.

 

Its a fairly light pack but feels extremely well made and likely very durable. I haven’t had it that long but that would be my best guess. Its superbly made anyway. I really like the contrasting inner lining and the comfort on the back with this pack, too.

 

Its not as comfortable if you load it up of course but with the basics like wallet, keys, phone, pens, and my iPad mini, it works really well and stays in place even though there is no side or sternum strap. I was concerned about this but it stays in place and rides the back very nicely and very comfortably. A+.

 

It did take me a while to figure out how to unlock things though so I can tell that possible thieves would surely have problems with this baby!

 

Wonderful Anti-Theft Cross Body Pack

By SinoTex

 

Just returned home from a 7-day trip to Asia. Pacsafe Vibe 325 Grey Camo bag looks great and hides dirt well. Its construction is top notch, locking mechanism is secure, and with plenty pockets to safely carry passports, cash, wallets, keys, iPhones, selfie stick, and even a travel umbrella.

 

The strap is comfortable and adjustable. Retrieve things from inside pockets while carrying this bag in front was easy. Highly recommend this bag!

 

Sturdy, comfortable bag that surprisingly holds a lot

By Island Hopper

 

I ordered this for a vacation in a place known for pickpockets. I was able to roam about worry-free because I knew that my items were secure. It’s a very sturdy bag with enough pockets to hold everything I needed for the day including my iPad!

 

Even though a lock can be added to secure the zippers, I found the mechanism quite sufficient for my needs. I would definitely recommend this bag.

 

Key features

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Guard from cut and run: bag fabric is enmeshed with eXomesh© slashguard, a lightweight flexible, stainless steel wire mesh. Stainless steel wire also runs through the adjustable carrysafe© slashguard strap, thus preventing slashers from stealing from you.

Deter pickpockets: Roobar Sport Locking System – central lockdown point for smart zippers which interlock, helping protect against pickpockets and snatch & grab theft. Includes a hole for a small lock to provide an extra level of security.

Prevent bag theft: TurnNLock security hooks unfasten so that you can attach your bag to a secure fixture, plus it has a special turning mechanism that secures the hook in place – making it harder for a bag snatcher to make an easy getaway.

RFID blocking: PacSafe’s award winning RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets and material blocks out all transmissions between 10 MHz to 3 GHz, so you can safely store your credit cards, smart cards, e-passports and key cards.

Compartments: includes a zippered main (containing internal pockets, internal attachment points for wallet and key, pen loop), front compartment, and an iPad / 10 inch tablet compatible sleeve.

Ergonomics: lightweight and strong with padded, adjustable cross body straps.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x W x D): 15.7 x 9.1 x 3.1 in / 40 x 23 x 8 cm
  • Capacity: 10 L
  • Materials: (Outer material) 210D nylon twill, (lining) 200D Polyester
  • Weight: 1.37 lbs / 21.9 oz / 621.4 g
  • Strap length: cross body circumference (min): 101.6 cm / 40 in; cross body circumference (max): 147 cm / 57.9 in
  • Colors: black, camo, eclipse, forest green, grey camo, jet black

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.6 / 5 stars from over 35 reviews
  • Over 90% of reviews being 4 and 5 stars

 

 

5b. Best value: Travelon Anti-theft Classic Lite Sling

At only USD $34.99 – $45.94, the Travelon Anti-theft Classic Lite Sling is one that represents really good value.

 

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The bag comes with all the essential anti-theft features and is also super lightweight and durable. The strap is also interchangeable – it can be worn either on your left or right shoulder.

However, some have feedback that they find the strap a bit bulky and not fully comfortable, so this is something to watch out for.

 

What others have to say

This bag was the PERFECT bag for traveling

By M. Doney

 

This bag was the PERFECT bag for traveling! We took a week long trip to Italy and I carried this bag everywhere in place of a purse. It has multiple inside pockets for quick grab (esp for a passport), locked front zippered pockets, and a great water bottle holder with a zippered adjustment.

 

My favorite feature is the interchangeable strap. You can change the clip to either side of the bag to shift the weight from one shoulder to the other. I wore this across my front for almost the entire trip, which made it easy to get around in the airport when I had my backpack on my back.

 

I wore this in the drizzly rain and it kept everything dry inside! My go to travel bag!! I highly recommend it!!

 

Best Multipurpose, Functional Travel Bag

By Sprinklesandsparkles543

 

This bag is extremely functional, light-weight, and durable. I use this bag for my domestic and regional travels.

 

It easily holds a small umbrella, cell phone, battery pack, wallet, reusable bags, toiletries, another cell phone, and much more. A drink can be carried in the bag or on the outside, in the concealable holder. The bottle holder serves a dual purpose, for a bottled drink or just as an external pocket for easy access to keys, cell phone, coins, etc.

 

This bag is also made very well; I do not question the quality at all. It is quite handy. Highly recommend.

 

Key features

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Slash-proof adjustable straps: thieves will not be able to slash your strap (stainless steel cable reinforced) and grab your bag.

Slash-proof body panels: thieves will not be able to slash any part of your bag to grab your valuables inside.

Locking straps & locking compartments: locking straps lock the bag down to a stationary object like a chair and protect the bag against grab-n-dash thieves. Locking compartments protect against pickpockets.

RFID blocking pockets and slots: prevent pickpockets from stealing your credit cards / e-passports details.

Compartments: contains a locking main compartment that can hold an iPad Mini, interior organizer with RFID blocking card and passport slots, mesh expansion pocket for a water bottle, umbrella or sunglasses. Also comes with a zip drop pocket to keep your smart phone easily accessible.

Other items: comes with a tethered key clip with LED light to you locate your items quickly and easily.

 

Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x W x D): 14 x 8 x 4 in / 35.6 x 20.3 x 10.2 cm
  • Weight: 0.82 lbs / 13.1 oz / 371.4 g
  • Materials: 300T Polyester
  • Strap length: 26 in / 66 cm
  • Colors: black, lush blue, mocha, purple

 

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  • Rated 4.3 / 5 stars from over 150 reviews
  • Over 80% of reviews being 4 and 5 stars

 

 

5c. Best budget: OutdoorMaster sling bag

If the Travelon Anti-theft Classic Lite Sling is out of your budget, then the OutdoorMaster sling bag is one which you should really consider.

 

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OutdoorMaster aims to make the most functional and high-quality products at the best possible prices.

At only USD $19.99 – $23.99, this is one of the most affordable travel / anti-theft sling bags, yet packs one hell of a punch in the features it provides.

However, it definitely falls short on the “anti-theft” front with only one anti-theft feature.

 

What others have to say

Love It, LOVE IT, I Lyle Love it!!

By SteveJohnson

 

I am a Man. I am a bag NUT! This Bag is the BEST EVER. My girlfriend and I saw one on a college student in the grocery store, searched, found, bought.

 

We travel a bit, my passport and cash fit into the pocket on the back hidden pocket nicely. My wallet and cellphone easily fit into the front pocket. Middle pocket holds, camera, flashlight note cards, pens, crap like that.

 

An 8 1/2″ x 11″, notebook will fit into the big pocket but it’s a little tight so I got a touch smaller one which is 7 1/2″ x 9 3/4″, PERFECT!!! With that stuff in it I then managed to fit a 1.50 liter of Rex Goliath, The 47# Rooster “Free Range Red” bottle of wine in the middle pocket, zipped.

 

oh, oh, wait there’s more! I have a little thermos/water bottle that will fit in the side mesh pocket. This bag is big on the inside and small on the outside, you can put a lot of stuff in it without it looking bloated!

 

Practically perfect

By linzi

 

This bag is almost exactly what I’ve been looking for. I use it for every day, and it has really nice organization and weight distribution. It’s big enough to carry around anything I’d want, including fitting my water bottle on the side, but small enough you don’t feel like you’re carrying a back pack.

 

I got it to replace a small messenger bag I’d been using that was starting to bother my shoulder. This is holding everything I had in that bag, but is far more comfortable when worn walking around for a few hours.

 

Key features

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Small and lightweight: it is made of a lightweight canvas like polyester material.

Spacious: main pocket can fit a camera, iPad or small laptop (12 inches). Also comes with several smart organizer pockets and an external water bottle holder.

Anti-theft pocket: to put cash or important items.

Reversible shoulder strap: it doesn’t matter if you are a lefty or righty, you can swap the large, softly padded shoulder strap either side.

Breathable ribbon: helps to reduce sweating and thus, increase comfort.

Warranty: 6 months 100% satisfaction guarantee warranty.

 

Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x L x W): 17.9 x 11.7 x 4.0 in / 45.0 x 30.0 x 10.0 cm
  • Weight: 1.0 lbs / 16.0 oz / 453.6 g
  • Materials: polyester
  • Colors: black, gray, dark blue, green

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.5 / 5 stars from over 1,680 reviews
  • Over 85% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

6. Anti-theft handbag

 

6a. Best performance: Pacsafe Citysafe CS200 Anti-theft Handbag

For females who prefer a handbag and who wish to travel in style, you will not go wrong with the awesome PacSafe Citysafe CS200 Anti-theft Handbag (USD $99.95).

 

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This versatile and functional bag offers super organization, durability and comes with discreet built-in anti-theft features such as the eXomesh© Slashguards, Carrysafe© straps, RFIDsafe™ blocking pocket and Turn & Lock security hooks to deter all kinds of thefts.

Featuring a classic silhouette design, the Citysafe CS200 handbag also effortlessly blends clean, simple lines, spacious compartments, and feminine touch points with practical features designed to help outsmart thieves.

Further, as one of the industry leaders, PacSafe, has over 20 years of business operations in combining style and safety into its product designs.

One thing though, is that the bag does not have a shoulder pad, so the strap may slip or be too heavy if you were to stuff the bag full.

 

What others have to say

Great Bag. Would definitely buy it again and would highly recommend to others.

By C. M. Scott

 

Great travel purse. I would buy it again and definitely recommend it to others. I bought this when going to Italy and was very pleased with the functionality of the purse. It has an RFID pocket that held 4 passports very easily. It has a nice wide strap that is comfortable.

 

The purse itself is roomy inside. There is a back area sectioned off that would easily fit an iPad or even my Apple MacAir computer. I used it for a thick stack of paperwork I had printed off for my trip. It is a big larger than most of the travel purses that I saw, but that is exactly what I wanted.

 

I hate having to take everything out of a purse to be able to get to something on the bottom. You won’t have that problem with this purse. There are several little pockets inside that zip up and a clip to hold a pair of keys.

 

The nylon material on the outside of the bag came in handy when it rained on us unexpectedly and when we ate at a place that had no tables and the condiments from a sandwich dripped all over the bag. I wiped it off and was good to go. Highly recommend this purse.

 

Took it around the world!

By M. Barnes

 

The safety features put my mind at ease, and though I never noticed any theft attempts, I have confidently gone through heavy pickpocket areas (over-crowded Asian markets, tourist traps, concerts, times square…) with the zippers in their safety settings without any trouble. I think the difficult zippers in themselves were an effective deterrent.

 

I will agree with other reviewers that the strap length setting doesn’t stay where I set it, but it’s not like I put it on and it immediately sinks to my knees! I readjusted the strap every day or so at first, and now it stays where I set it for at least a week. The strap itself is comfortable; when slung cross-body style, it distributes the weight better than most shoulder bags, which is great when it’s weighted down with my computer.

 

The variety of small pockets in various places is really great, I have dedicated spots for my phone, wallet, medicine, chapstick, pens, receipts, headphones, passport, candy, etc…

 

Key features

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Guard from cut and run: bag fabric is enmeshed with eXomesh© Slashguard, a lightweight flexible, stainless steel wire mesh that protects against slash-and-run thefts. Stainless steel wire also runs through the adjustable Carrysafe© Slashguard strap, thus preventing slashers from targeting you.

Prevent bag theft: TurnNLock security hooks unfasten so that you can attach your bag to a secure fixture, plus it has a special turning mechanism that secures the hook in place – making it harder for a bag snatcher to make an easy getaway.

RFID blocking: PacSafe’s award winning RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets and material blocks out all transmissions between 10 MHz to 3 GHz, so you can safely store your credit cards, smart cards, e-passports and key cards.

Deter pickpockets: smart zipper pullers can also be attached to discreet security hooks to prevent pickpockets reaching into your bag.

Compartments: there is a zippered main and front compartments, a snap button expandable side pocket, and an iPad / 11 inch Laptop compatible padded sleeve.

Ergonomics: lightweight and strong with padded adjustable shoulder straps.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x W x D): 9.45 x 15.8 x 3.9 in / 24 x 40 x 10 cm
  • Weight: 1.01 lbs / 16.2 oz / 458.1 g
  • Volume: 10.5 L
  • Materials: Main – 100D Nylon Heavy Twill, PU1000mm; Lining – 150D Polyester Twil, PU600mm
  • Strap length: 16.1 to 29.5 in / 41 to 75 cm
  • Colors: cranberry, black, almond, teal

 

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  • Rated 4.1 / 5 stars from over 65 reviews
  • Over 80% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

6b. Best value: Travelon Women’s Anti-theft Tailored Satchel Travel Purse

At only USD $57.73 – $59.82, or ~50-60% the price of the Pacsafe Citysafe CS200, the Travelon Anti-theft Classic Shoulder Bag represents great value and is a very attractive alternative.

 

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The bag packs in all the essential anti-theft properties and is really functional with its well designed interior compartment and large pockets.

Comfort levels are right as well as the bag is lightweight and straps are padded.

That said, the external look and feel is not skimped on as well. The bag provides a sophisticated and sleek look for discerning users who wish to travel in style.

However, do take note that the handle drop of the smaller strap is around 8.5 in / 21.6 cm, while the handle drop of the longer strap is around 15 – 28 in / 38.1 – 71.1 cm.

This means that for some, the bag may not work as the small strap may not be able to go over your shoulders or that the longer strap may be too long such that you can’t make it small enough to be a shoulder bag.

 

What others have to say

A lovely cross body or shoulder bag!

By Anonymous user

 

“If you want roomy but sleek with an “east-west” length over depth, this is for you! Look up “Satchel” and Travelon appears to have the best organization, theft-resistant, durable bag. I selected the dark blue and appreciate a change from black.

 

It works better for me as a cross body bag with long strap; I wanted hands free carry. it will hold my Tablet, case and all. Many compartments. Gold accents are soft gold not showy, just stylish. The inside is a dove gray – great name for a fabric that helps you actually see at a glance what you need to retrieve. Thank you for the sale price.”

 

Great purse.

By Tanya

 

First impression: love the style. Perfect size for me as it makes me carry less stuff. Love the deep purple lightning. My daughter want one as well.

 

Key features

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Slash-proof adjustable straps: thieves will not be able to slash your strap (stainless steel cable reinforced) and grab your bag.

Slash-proof body panels: thieves will not be able to slash any part of your bag to grab your valuables inside.

Locking straps & locking compartments: locking straps lock the bag down to a stationary object like a chair and protect the bag against grab-n-dash thieves. Locking compartments protect against pickpockets.

RFID blocking pockets and slots: prevent pickpockets from stealing your credit cards / e-passports details.

Compartments: the main compartment is roomy and comes with RFID blocking pockets (e.g. pockets and card slots), an open top wall pocket, a zip wall pocket, and a pen loop. There is also a locking front pocket and a rear zip pocket which provides quick access to frequently needed items.

Other items: comes with a tethered key clip with LED light that helps you to see the bottom of your bag.

 

Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x W x D): 15.25 x 10 x 4 in / 38.7 x 25.4 x 10.2 cm
  • Weight: 1.12 lbs / 17.9 oz / 508 g
  • Materials: nylon twill
  • Strap length: 53.5 in / 135.9 cm; smaller strap drop length: 8.5 in / 21.6 cm; longer strap drop length: 15 – 28 in / 38.1 – 71.1 cm
  • Colors: garnet, onyx, sable, sapphire

 

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  • Rated 4.6 / 5 stars from over 3 reviews
  • Over 65% of reviews being 4 and 5 stars

 

 

7. Anti-theft tote

 

7a. Best performance: Pacsafe Citysafe CS400 Anti-theft Travel Tote

For females who would like a “larger handbag” and who wish to travel in style, you will not go wrong with the awesome PacSafe Citysafe CS400 Anti-theft Travel Tote (USD $69.00 – $119.95).

 

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With a classic look, this tote is really versatile and can be used for any occasion. It is also very functional with its size and super organization. Comfort is not neglected as well as the straps are padded and will not dig into your shoulders.

Not to mention, all the essential anti-theft features will make you feel safe and secure even in the most shady areas.

And with over 20 years of experience, you can be sure that the workmanship and durability of Pacsafe bags are assured.

One wish we have is that if it was as classy looking as the Pacsafe Citysafe CS200, it would have been perfect.

 

What others have to say

Perfect sized carry on bag

By DF

 

Bought this for a recent trip to Rome and Paris. Wanted a bag that could be used as a carry on that wasn’t too big. For me I felt this was the perfect size. I fit a kindle, iPad mini, passport / ticket holder, pacsafe small safe bag, travel books, magazines, small sweater, small purse and some toiletries. I didn’t really use the shoulder strap since I thought it was easier and more comfortable to just use the handles.

 

When I got to the hotel the room wasn’t ready so I had to leave my suitcase and this bag with the bellhop. I secured all of my electronics in the pacsafe safe in this bag and then put another lock on the main compartment zipper and used the shoulder strap to connect it to my luggage . Yes, a little paranoid and lock happy, but I did feel as if I left everything secured. This will be my new go to carry on bag!

 

I love this bag!

By The Maven

 

This is my third Pacsafe bag and this was the perfect bag for taking on my flight for vacation. It fit everything I needed including my iPad and battery back up chargers. I love the side pocket to fit an umbrella or bottle of water.

 

Perfect for a carryon for a place trip without looking like a backpack.

By FROGGIEmom

 

I checked out a multitude of bags to use as a carryon on a European trip. I picked this one. It is classy looking compared to a backpack, theft resistant, has enough pockets for organizing, has a place for my surface book and a drink holder on one side.

 

The only thing I would ask is to add another pocket on the other side to carry an umbrella or another drink.

 

Key features

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Guard from cut and run: bag fabric is enmeshed with eXomesh© Slashguard, a lightweight flexible, stainless steel wire mesh that protects against slash-and-run thefts. Stainless steel wire also runs through the adjustable Carrysafe© Slashguard strap, thus preventing slashers from targeting you.

Prevent bag theft: TurnNLock security hooks unfasten so that you can attach your bag to a secure fixture, plus it has a special turning mechanism that secures the hook in place – making it harder for a bag snatcher to make an easy getaway.

RFID blocking: PacSafe’s award winning RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets and material blocks out all transmissions between 10 MHz to 3 GHz, so you can safely store your credit cards, smart cards, e-passports and key cards.

Deter pickpockets: smart zipper pullers can also be attached to discreet security hooks to prevent pickpockets reaching into your bag.

Compartments: there is a zippered main with RFID blocking and zippered pocket, organisation for phone and other small items, a zippered front pocket with organization, key clip and wallet ring, front compartments, a snap button expandable side pocket, and an iPad / 13 inch Laptop compatible padded sleeve.

Ergonomics: lightweight and strong with adjustable, removable shoulder straps and a shoulder pad.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x W x D): 13.4 x 18.1 x 5.9 in / 34 x 46 x 15 cm
  • Weight: 1.77 lbs / 28.3 oz / 802.9 g
  • Volume: 20 L
  • Materials: 100D Nylon x 210D Heavy Twill, PU1000mm
  • Strap length: shoulder strap length (min): 41cm / 16.1 in; shoulder strap length (max): 75 cm / 29.5 in
  • Colors: black, almond, cranberry

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.3 / 5 stars from over 25 reviews
  • Over 90% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

6b. Best value: Travelon Women’s Anti-theft Signature Travel Tote

At only USD $54.43, the Travelon Anti-theft Classic Shoulder Bag is a value for money alternative you could get.

 

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This bag obviously has all the essential anti-theft properties, is roomy with many pockets, comfortable and its internal compartments are well designed for easy access and effective organization.

However, one thing which we would have wished to see added to make this bag even greater is a padded shoulder strap.

 

What others have to say

Great travel bag!

By jobbydesign

 

This bag served me very well on a recent overseas trip.

 

Fit my DSLR with attached 18-135 mm lens inside a neoprene case, iPad and iPhone, passport wallet, a lightweight sweater, a couple of guide books, 3-1-1 bag on plane, and various other items (gum, mints, tissues, glasses cleaner, etc.). Felt my passport, credit cards and money were well protected inside hidden exterior pocket, and the anti-theft shoulder strap provided extra peace of mind.

 

Variety of pockets provided great organization and easy access. The only thing that would have made it better would have been a padded shoulder strap. I usually carried this cross body, but also put the shorter handles on my shoulder to ease the weight somewhat. I would have also loved it in navy, but the truffle was a nice neutral color.

 

Bag shows very little wear and tear after 10-day trip, and expect to carry it on many more trips.

 

There is a Nice strap which allows you to wear it cross body

By mariaanne

 

Extremely well made bag with an abundance of pockets for all your needs. There truly is a place to organize everything. There is a Nice strap which allows you to wear it cross body and is very comfortable.

 

There is a strap to attach it to your wheeled carry on is great for stability. I purchased this to go with a black wheeled carry on from Travelon and it’s an excellent complement. The bag has some quilted stitching which gives it classy touch.

 

Key features

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Slash-proof adjustable straps: thieves will not be able to slash your strap (stainless steel cable reinforced) and grab your bag.

Slash-proof body panels: thieves will not be able to slash any part of your bag to grab your valuables inside.

Locking straps & locking compartments: locking straps lock the bag down to a stationary object like a chair and protect the bag against grab-n-dash thieves. Locking compartments protect against pickpockets.

RFID blocking pockets and slots: prevent pickpockets from stealing your credit cards / e-passports details.

Compartments: comes with a zip top main compartment, RFID blocking card, passport slots, padded pocket for iPad / tablet,  There are also two front zip pockets, front slash pocket, and mesh expansion pocket holds a water bottle

Other items: comes with a tethered key clip with LED light that helps you to see the bottom of your bag, and also a add-a-bag strap to attach this tote to a wheeled luggage.

 

Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x W x D): 14.25 x 12 x 4 in / 36.2 x 30.5 x 10.2 cm
  • Weight: 1.375 lbs / 22 oz / 623.7 g
  • Materials: poly twill
  • Colors: wineberry, cranberry

 

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  • Rated 4.2 / 5 stars from over 90 reviews
  • Over 80% of reviews being 4 and 5 stars

 

 

8. Anti-theft wheeled bag

If you prefer using a wheeled luggage, these anti-theft wheeled luggage from Pacsafe are ones we highly recommend.

This is because other brands simply do not offer the same kind of theft protection. In fact, for many of them, a pen is all you need to break through their luggage zippers.

But before we proceed, here’s a sizing chart to help you select the luggage most suitable for your needs.

 

 

8a. Large: Pacsafe Toursafe EXP34 Anti-theft Wheeled Gear Bag

The Toursafe range is Pacsafe’s flagship wheeled luggage line, and the biggest luggage on offer (34”) is the Pacsafe Toursafe EXP34 Anti-theft Wheeled Gear Bag (USD $331.86).

 

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Besides the essential anti-theft features (eXomesh, slashguard, Roobar deluxe locking system, puncture resistant ToughZip, locking cable, explained further below) which we have alluded to earlier, this Pacsafe wheeled bag is also well constructed and super sturdy.

In fact, you can even call it the Kelvar version of luggage. Be it the wheels, zippers, handles, or the bag itself, this machine will last you years. No more worries about rough handling from the baggage handlers, or even from yourself!

We find the bag well designed as well, with the internal organization making it easy to pack and a flap to help carry a jacket or something you need but don’t feel like carrying in your hands. Being tall and narrow, it is also easy to manoeuvre.

One thing of note is that some may prefer having a 4 wheeled option, but for all the functionalities and anti-theft features this bag offers, we are more than happy with it.

 

What others have to say

BUY NOW! First suitcase that hasn’t been damaged during my travels.

By Judith-Hope Bates

 

First suitcase that hasn’t been damaged during my travels. I travel about once a month via plane and/or road trip and every suitcase up until now has had a problem with the zipper, the wheels cracking, holes, etc… and they were supposed to be high quality suitcases. I can’t believe how sturdy this suitcase is and how much I can fit in it.

 

I packed clothes for a week, a playstation, computer bag, groceries for a week, dog food and toys, and more during my last trip and was still able to stuff in my small pillow when I stood it up!

 

I did a lot of research before I purchased this suitcase because I was tired of having my gear broken. The Pacsafe Toursafe EXP34 is worth every penny (and it is a lot of pennies!) If you are a traveler stop looking and buy this suitcase. You won’t regret it!

 

We torture this bag but it survives

By Ohana Films

 

We have destroyed SO MANY similar bags but this one is holding up great. We use it to carry HEAVY video equipment so we really torture this bag.

 

The only people who torture it more are baggage handlers when we travel with equipment and even they can’t destroy it. If this bag can survive the way we use it, it can easily handle your socks and underwear.

 

Great Bag!

By panblondie

 

This is a great bag if you want security (nobody breaking in, etc.) I was tempted by the fancy 4-wheel options but realized that they could easily be opened by airport staff by simply using a pencil! Not the case with this one!

 

Also, it’s more tall and narrow which makes it easier to pass thru tight places. I miss the “fancy stuff” but overall much happier with this secure bag. So far this years it’s gone to Fiji and Europe – well made!

 

Key features

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Guard from cut and run:

  • Bag fabric is enmeshed with eXomesh© slashguard, a lightweight flexible, stainless steel wire mesh.

 

Prevent bag theft:

  • Outsmart pickpockets and bag snatchers with the Roobar anti-theft anchor lock, which enables you to lock down zippers, slashguard anchor straps, and locking cables, as well as attach your bag to a secure fixture.
  • The Roobar also allows multiple compartments to be locked together with a single padlock, or lock your pack to a secure fixture with the included 3mm stainless steel locking cable (which comes with in its own storage pouch).

 

Deter pickpockets:

  • Pacsafe’s puncture resistant ToughZip zipper helps prevent pickpocket pilfering and forced entry with a ballpoint pen or similar sharp object, and it even helps prevent unwanted items (such as contraband) from being unknowingly put inside your luggage.
  • Interlocking zip pullers ingeniously slide on top of one another and interconnect, making it harder for pickpockets to unzip your bag and whip out your valuables.
  • When engaged with the Roobar, even the most seasoned thieves will be left scratching their heads on how to unlock your bag.

 

Compartments:

  • Flap cover to disguise locking system and temporary hold for jacket, yoga mats, or sleeping bags.
  • Main compartment and front pocket with internal organization (two zippered mesh pockets for internal organization and a key/wallet clip, plus zippered access to the large main compartment).
  • Internal compression feature to keep gear in place
  • Zippered luggage ID pocket.

 

Ergonomics:

  • High clearance and high performance wheels with protective kick plate; durable on rough terrain.
  • Dual bar aluminium handle system is comfortable and durable.
  • Padded top and side haul handles.
  • External compression straps.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 33.9 x 16.1 x 12 in / 86 x 41 x 30.4 cm
  • Capacity: 106L
  • Weight: 10.58 lbs / 169.3 oz / 4,799 g
  • Materials: N420D 3-Line Ripstop WR PU1000mm, N840D WR PU1000mm
  • Colors: black

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.6 / 5 stars from over 20 reviews
  • Over 95% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

8b. Medium: Pacsafe Toursafe EXP29 Anti-theft Wheeled Gear Bag

If you find the Pacsafe Toursafe EXP34 too tall, then the Pacsafe Toursafe EXP29 Anti-Theft Wheeled Gear Bag (USD $324.95) at 29” will suit you better.

 

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Just like the Pacsafe Toursafe EXP 34, it has all the essential anti-theft features (eXomesh, slashguard, Roobar deluxe locking system, puncture resistant ToughZip, locking cable, explained further below).

And as mentioned, it is a workhorse of a luggage, being well constructed and super sturdy. The wheels, zippers, handles, and the bag itself will last you years. No more worries about rough handling from the baggage handlers, or even from yourself!

The Pacsafe Toursafe EXP29 luggage is similarly well designed as well, with the internal organization making it easy to pack and a flap to help carry a jacket or something you need but don’t feel like carrying in your hands. Being tall and narrow, it is also easy to manoeuvre.

Again, some may prefer having a 4 wheeled option, but for all the functionalities and anti-theft features this bag offers, we are more than happy with it.

 

What others have to say

Pricey, but worth it if you support innovation and value security!

By Lincoln Elliot

 

You will not be disappointed if you’re trying to travel lightweight but want a little security too. Normally, to have both, there is a big trade-off but not here.

 

It has this bar up top that locks all 4 zippers together (which come from 2 different sections) and you actually can’t move the zippers at all, at that point. The zippers themselves also come together in like a puzzle to help lock, it’s really nice. You can then put a lock on the bar, to force the bar to lock the zippers in place for good, and that’s how you seal the bag properly. It’s brilliant.

 

This prevents the quickest stealing techniques at airports. Thieves do a trick where they part the zippered tread mesh (on normal suitcases) somewhere away from the actual zippers (which you likely locked together thinking no one is getting in your bag now), with a pen, and then open your bags where they stick the pen’s point because the zippered thread gives way easily (try it at home).

 

I tried this on my old suitcases, after watching a video on this, and was so angry that even I could pull that trick off, that I went and bought this suitcase to replace the others. Your normal suitcase can be broken into and zipped back up in less than 30 seconds and you’d never know because it looks like no one ever touched the bag when thieves are done.

 

Because most suitcases allow the zippers to move all the way around the suitcase, the thieves just re-run/slide your locked zippers right over where they punctured the zipper thread and it’s zipped right back up like nothing ever happened.

 

You don’t have that worry with this bag, that’s for sure. That zipper trick is also a scheme used to insert contraband into your luggage too, after it’s checked in, so you really can’t take a chance of that zipper trick being pulled off on you when you’re re-entering a country that does a thorough security check.

 

Also, if you’re scared someone is going to make off with your bag, while you’re waiting or while you have it parked for hours, it has a steel cable that you can attach to that zipper bar up top and you can wrap the cable around a pole or some immovable object (like you would a bike), and that keeps your bag from being removed from where you locked it up.

 

Safe and secure travel duffel.

By EntrepreneuR

 

Safe and secure travel duffel. This sizable duffel has many security features to keep your items safer when traveling. Do your research and you will find that incorporating the same type of protection in a hard shell case will cost much more $$$, and there isn’t another soft shell duffel that has the same quality safety features!

 

Pacsafe has built a great reputation on secure travel luggage and backpacks.

 

We are looking at ordering another we like this one so well

By T. Hank

 

This suitcase does everything they claim. Well-built and very secure. We are looking at ordering another we like this one so well.

 

Key features

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Guard from cut and run:

  • Bag fabric is enmeshed with eXomesh© slashguard, a lightweight flexible, stainless steel wire mesh.

 

Prevent bag theft:

  • Outsmart pickpockets and bag snatchers with the Roobar anti-theft anchor lock, which enables you to lock down zippers, slashguard anchor straps, and locking cables, as well as attach your bag to a secure fixture.
  • The Roobar also allows multiple compartments to be locked together with a single padlock, or lock your pack to a secure fixture with the included 3mm stainless steel locking cable (which comes with in its own storage pouch).

 

Deter pickpockets:

  • Pacsafe’s puncture resistant ToughZip zipper helps prevent pickpocket pilfering and forced entry with a ballpoint pen or similar sharp object, and it even helps prevent unwanted items (such as contraband) from being unknowingly put inside your luggage.
  • Interlocking zip pullers ingeniously slide on top of one another and interconnect, making it harder for pickpockets to unzip your bag and whip out your valuables.
  • When engaged with the Roobar, even the most seasoned thieves will be left scratching their heads on how to unlock your bag.

 

Compartments:

  • Main compartment and front pocket with internal organization (two zippered mesh pockets for internal organization and a key/wallet clip, plus zippered access to the large main compartment).
  • Internal compression feature to keep gear in place
  • Zippered luggage ID pocket.

 

 Ergonomics:

  • High clearance and high performance wheels with protective kick plate; durable on rough terrain.
  • Dual bar aluminium handle system is comfortable and durable.
  • Padded top and side haul handles.
  • External compression straps.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 29.1 x 15.4 x 12 in / 74 x 39 x 30.4 cm
  • Capacity: 83L
  • Weight: 8.16 lbs / 130.1 oz / 3,701 g
  • Materials: N420D 3-Line Ripstop WR PU1000mm, N840D WR PU1000mm
  • Colors: black

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.4 / 5 stars from over 15 reviews
  • Over 85% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

8c. Small: Pacsafe Toursafe AT21 Anti-theft Wheeled Carry-On

For a smaller sized luggage (21.5”) which you can use as a carry-on, we recommend the Pacsafe Toursafe AT21 Anti-Theft Wheeled Carry-On (USD $239.95)

 

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The AT21 is a different one from the EXP range (there is an EXP21) which we have recommended earlier for the large and medium wheeled carry on.

This is because the AT21 has similar anti-theft features (eXomesh slashguard, Toughzip) as the EXP21 (bar the Roobar locking system and locking cable), but yet is cheaper, lighter and can carry more items!

We believe that makes the AT21 more value for money. It is also similarly sturdy (zippers, wheels, handle, bag are all made of quality materials), and well constructed.

 

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What others have to say

Great sturdy little suitcase!

By Indigo

 

I lived out of this little suitcase for 6 months as I traveled through SE Asia and Europe. It held up really well.

 

I felt secure knowing that it’s not easy to break into (double zippers, slice proof fabric), so it was great for locking valuables into! I did the zipper test where you stick a ballpoint pen in the zipper to open it (you can find it on youtube). My other suitcases all failed the test miserably, which is why I ordered this suitcase in the first place. This one held up.

 

Easy to spot thanks to the fluorescent wheels and clasps. Wheels are small but rugged, I ran them through all kinds of terrain. It was a great companion on the road. Note that if you stuff it really full, it doesn’t fit in the overhead compartment.

 

So good… that I now own three!

By MLK65

 

I have traveled over 2,000,000 air miles and as my wife will attest, I have a luggage collection with no end. I purchased my first Pacsafe suitcase for an Africa trip two years ago, and now own three different sizes.

 

The zipper is the top feature and the overall quality is of no comparison to my other expensive bags, IE. Tumi, Hartmann, Ospreys, Eagle Creek, etc… I love the fact that I can stuff it as full as possible and know that the zipper will keep it secured during travel and locked safely in my room.

 

Best luggage ever for adults who travel alot!

By Karen

 

Own the entire set. It is very worth the expense. We have had to set now for over two years and traveled with them overseas to Europe many times. I recommend these bags for anyone who wants lightweight and secure.

 

These bags aren’t for families with little kids who, when they get tired, ride on the suitcase through the airport. They are not the “full four wheel castering” type and so if you are looking for something that you just “guide”, these won’t do it. But for those who want durability and security, I highly recommend!

 

Key features

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Guard from cut and run:

  • Bag fabric is enmeshed with eXomesh© slashguard, a lightweight flexible, stainless steel wire mesh.

 

Deter pickpockets:

  • Pacsafe’s puncture resistant ToughZip zipper helps prevent pickpocket pilfering and forced entry with a ballpoint pen or similar sharp object, and it even helps prevent unwanted items (such as contraband) from being unknowingly put inside your luggage.

 

Compartments:

  • Main compartment with zippered mesh pocket (and internal attachment point for wallets and keys, Pen loop) and zippered hanging pocket that fits a 13 inch MacBook
  • Internal compression feature to keep gear in place
  • Main compartment and front pocket with internal organization (two zippered mesh pockets for internal organization and a key/wallet clip, plus zippered access to the large main compartment)
  • Luggage ID pocket

 

Ergonomics:

  • Wheels with treads to tackle a variety of terrain and a protective kick plate.
  • Strong yet lightweight reinforced aluminum mono tube handle system.
  • Lightweight and durable EVA mold backing
  • Padded top and side haul handles.
  • External compression straps.
  • Book-style zippered openings.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 21.5 x 14 x 9.1 in / 54.5 x 35.5 x 23 cm
  • Weight: 7.28 lbs / 116.5 oz / 3,302 g
  • Materials: N420D Bon Check Dobby WR PU1000mm, P600D Plain, P1680D WR PU1000mm
  • Colors: black

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.7 / 5 stars from over 15 reviews
  • Over 95% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

9. Anti-theft camera bag

 

9a. Best performance: Pacsafe Camsafe V25 Anti-theft Camera Backpack

If you are an avid photographer looking to keep your gear well protected and conveniently accessible while you explore the wonders of the world, the Pacsafe Camsafe V25 Anti-theft Camera Backpack (USD $129.52) is designed exactly for you.

 

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We call this the ultimate anti-theft camera bag. Why?

  • Firstly, because there are no other camera bags that come with all the essential anti-theft features.
  • Next, it is extremely well designed and well made, nothing less from Pacsafe, a top brand in this industry. The internal compartment is roomy, well organized, and set up to protect your gear. Even if the bag is filled, the padded back and straps make it comfortable to carry.
  • Third, the rain cover is a great touch as well, and will come in handy during the rainy season.

 

The only one thing we might complain about is that the waist belt is not padded. However, for the size of the bag and with the effective padded back and straps, you probably wouldn’t need to use the waist belt anyway.

The video below provides an overview and more details of the bag.

 

 

What others have to say

This bag is AMAZING. I never worry about my stuff being messed

By Sarah

 

Have used this as my camera / day bag in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Beijing, and numerous cities in the USA. This bag is AMAZING. I never worry about my stuff being messed with due to every closure being secured, and it’s plenty big for my Nikon 7200 plus lenses, plus everything I need in a travel daybag.

 

I can’t say enough about how well constructed it is, you can just feel the quality in it. The color is fun, but not too loud, as well. Dumb little thing I loved was the generously padded handle on the top AND the super-tough loop for hanging the bag up. When using busses, hostels, and other such things, these were much appreciated small features.

 

The compartment for the camera works beautifully, with the padded dividers flexing for any gear you want, and I liked keeping that separate from all my other stuff. The Faraday pocket was good for my passport as I don’t use a passport case. If you do, your passport won’t fit in the dedicated pocket!

 

The laptop sleeve is also separate, which is great for not only a laptop, but for papers and other things you want but aren’t getting into regularly while traveling. For me, it was the perfect number and combination of pockets to handle full day trips solo with all my gear.

 

The closures take some getting used to, but after a day, you’ll have it down pat and be able to get in / out of your compartments easily. It’s worth the hassle to NEVER worry about pickpockets, even on the most crowded subway.

 

I used to use a cross-body for travel due to the safety factor, but this backpack is just as good and much more comfortable. I didn’t feel like a total dork either because it’s such a handsome bag, I just dress like a student and own it – everyone knows I’m a tourist anyway 🙂

 

It’s a bit large for me (5’7″ female) adjusted to its smallest settings, but fits my partner (6’6″) perfectly. It’s still a great bag, even when too big. The padding on the back and on the straps makes this comfortable even for 12+ hours walking in cities. It’s even enough for light trekking.

 

Great Bag

By Jonathan Hsieh

 

I used this bag for my recent trip to Taiwan. I fit my Pentax K30 fitted with a Sigma 28mm f1.8 lens attached, Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 lens, and my Pentax 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 lens. I also had a flash and Gary Fong’s big flash diffuser stuffed in the camera compartment as well as a Blackrapid strap.

 

I fit my Macbook Pro 15″ in the laptop compartment. In the big pack I fit an iPad, the laptop charging cable, a Bible, and some other random things. The small compartment fit my wallet, passport, some pens and pencils, and a few other things. It managed to fit a lot of stuff and carry everything quite well.

 

As for the security measures, my bag was never slashed, thankfully. The clasps to keep the zippers closed do give an added sense of security. It’s pretty quick and easy to remove the zippers from them, but doing so does require pulling hard enough to be noticeable. Also the game isn’t making it impossible for pickpockets to do their thing, but to make it so that they’ll go to the easier guy.

 

As I said up top, the bag fits everything and a half. I use it for traveling to a destination or to bring my stuff to work. It is a bit bulky for a day bag if you intend to walk around a lot and need to be unencumbered.

 

Key features

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Guard from cut and run: bag fabric is enmeshed with eXomesh© Slashguard, a lightweight flexible, stainless steel wire mesh that protects against slash-and-run thefts. Stainless steel wire also runs through the adjustable Carrysafe© Slashguard strap, thus preventing slashers from targeting you.

Prevent bag theft: TurnNLock security hooks unfasten so that you can attach your bag to a secure fixture, plus it has a special turning mechanism that secures the hook in place – making it harder for a bag snatcher to make an easy getaway.

RFID blocking: PacSafe’s award winning RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets and material blocks out all transmissions between 10 MHz to 3 GHz, so you can safely store your credit cards, smart cards, e-passports and key cards.

Deter pickpockets: smart zipper pullers can also be attached to discreet security hooks to prevent pickpockets reaching into your bag.

Compartments:

  • Fits most DSLR cameras with a mounted lens plus two extra lenses
  • Padded main compartment (internal pockets to keep gear organized, internal attachment point for wallets and keys, pen loop) with removable, modular Velcro dividers that can also be accessed from the side
  • A drawstring inner divider opens up into one 25 L compartment, and features a padded 15-inch laptop compatible sleeve (or to fit a 3 L hydration bladder).
  • There is also an easy access front / top compartment with organisation for SD cards and small items

Ergonomics: lightweight and strong with adjustable, removable shoulder straps and a shoulder pad. Also comes with an adjustable, removable waist strap and sternum strap. Comfortable EVA molded back support with air flow channels.

Rain protection: built-in hideaway rain cover helps keep your pack and gear doubly protected from the elements.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x W x D): 20.5 x 12.6 x 17.3 in / 52 x 32 x 44 cm
  • Capacity: 25 L
  • Weight: 3.06 lbs / 49.0 oz / 1388.0 g
  • Materials: N210D 3line ripstop & N400D 100T
  • Strap length: 23.6 – 32.7 in / 59.9 – 83.1 cm
  • Colors: black, olive

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.0 / 5 stars from over 45 reviews
  • Over 85% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

9b. Best value: Pacsafe Camsafe V8 Anti-theft Camera Shoulder Bag

If you prefer a shoulder / crossbody bag over a backpack, the Pacsafe Camsafe V8 Anti-theft Camera Shoulder Bag (USD $84.19) is for you.

 

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This is a super versatile, well madewell designed and really comfortable to use bag with all the essential anti-theft properties that you will need.

In short, the one bag that will do it all.

Further, the velcro dividers within the bag allow you to customize the internal compartment for your needs. The front compartment and external pockets also allow for quick and easy access. Throw in a rain cover, your gear will be protected from all elements.

One thing of note though, is that this is designed for DSLR cameras. If you were to use a smaller camera, the Pacsafe Camsafe V11 Front Pack would be more appropriate for your needs.

 

What others have to say

Best travel bag I’ve ever used for my DSLR

By TC

 

I love it.

 

When I travel, the V8 has become my man-purse. 😉 I carry my Nikon DSLR with 2 or 3 lenses, depending on where I’m going that particular day. I also store my wallet, cellphone, and a photocopy of my passport in the outer pocket, which is secured by a clip.

 

I love having easy access to my camera and lenses while also keeping them relatively safe. If I know I’m going to be doing a lot of shooting over a particular period of time, I’ll have the Camsafe slung over one shoulder, resting on my hip, and my CarrySpeed strap holding my camera on my other hip.

 

When I’m done shooting for a while, I’ll put the camera, with CarrySpeed attached, back into the Camsafe. If something pops up and I want to get a shot, it’s very easy and quick to access from the top of the Camsafe, which is always sitting on my hip.

 

MUCH better than any backpack, IMO, and I’ve tried several. (I’ve owned somewhere around half a dozen different bags or packs over the years. I still have a Lowepro that holds ALL my gear, but that’s just to store it at home. I take out what I want for a trip and put in in the Camsafe.)

 

The Camsafe V8 has been such a part of my travels over the past three years, that I feel lost without it. Sadly, I will be giving it to a friend, but only so that I can get its smaller sibling, the V4. You see, I’ve decided to downsize my gear from a DLSR to a mirrorless system (Fuji X series), and the mirrorless is just a bit too small for the V8. It kind of swims in there. It’s doable, but not ideal.

 

The V8 really is geared towards a DSLR. I look forward to an equally excellent experience with the V4, and I highly recommend the V8 for anyone with a DSLR who likes to travel and carry an extra lens (or two) with them. Heck, even if you only use one lens, having your other stuff safely tucked away from pickpockets makes this bag totally worth it.

 

Excellent!

By Aari Seitz

 

I have been through many camera bags, as most photographers have, searching for the “one” that will do it all. I took this on a recent landscape photo outing and packed in my Nikon D-7000, Nikkor 70-300mm lens, 18-105mm lens, 105mm lens, lens filter, tripod, extra battery, wallet and car keys!

 

It was not overstuffed by any means, all items were easily accessible and the bag was very well balanced across my shoulder and chest. I highly recommend this bag – oh yeah, it’s also thief-proof for when I travel on public transportation or abroad. And, it’s very reasonably priced – I love all Pacsafe items!!

 

Key features

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Guard from cut and run: bag fabric is enmeshed with eXomesh© Slashguard, a lightweight flexible, stainless steel wire mesh that protects against slash-and-run thefts. Stainless steel wire also runs through the adjustable Carrysafe© Slashguard strap, thus preventing slashers from targeting you.

Prevent bag theft: TurnNLock security hooks unfasten so that you can attach your bag to a secure fixture, plus it has a special turning mechanism that secures the hook in place – making it harder for a bag snatcher to make an easy getaway.

RFID blocking: PacSafe’s award winning RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets and material blocks out all transmissions between 10 MHz to 3 GHz, so you can safely store your credit cards, smart cards, e-passports and key cards.

Deter pickpockets: smart zipper pullers can also be attached to discreet security hooks to prevent pickpockets reaching into your bag.

Compartments:

  • Fits most DSLR cameras (e.g. up to Canon 5D) with a mounted lens plus extra lens.
  • Quick access dual zippered padded main compartment (internal pockets to keep gear organized, internal attachment point for wallets and keys, pen loop) with boomerang handle.
  • Contains removable, modular Velcro dividers that can be removed to convert to a 8 L bag, and features a rear iPad / tablet compatible sleeve.
  • There is also a front zippered travel organizer pocket and side stretch pockets for water bottles / umbrellas.

Ergonomics: lightweight and strong with adjustable shoulder straps and a shoulder pad. Also comes with a padded carry handle.

Rain protection: built-in hideaway rain cover helps keep your pack and gear doubly protected from the elements.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x W x D): 12.6 x 9.4 x 5.3 in / 32 x 24 x 13.5 cm
  • Weight: 1.68 lbs / 26.9 oz / 762.0 g
  • Materials: N210D 3line ripstop & N400D 100T
  • Colors: black, olive

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.6 / 5 stars from over 60 reviews
  • Over 90% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

9c. Best budget: Pacsafe Camsafe V11 Anti-theft Camera Front Pack

Instead of a backpack or shoulder bag, a front-pack that is easily accessible without having to dismount your backpack may work better for you.

In that case, the Pacsafe Camsafe V11 Anti-theft Camera Front Pack (USD $39.99) is one that we highly recommend.

 

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Thoughtfully designed, well made and with all the essential anti-theft features, this bag is another great product in the Camsafe range from Pacsafe.

Further, the bag is well padded to protect your precious camera and lens, and a rain cover is thrown in too to protect it from all elements. Straps do not interfere with backpack straps as well.

If there is one thing to nitpick on, it would have been adding a waist belt for further support, but that may be too cumbersome or interfere with the waist belt of another backpack if you were to carry one.

The video below provides a good overview:

 

 

What others have to say

Just the right size for mirrorless

By Hobby RX

 

This bag works great for my panasonic system. The lenses are small, and the small bag size encourages a minimalist setup. Laptop, camera, 2 lenses, cleaning kit, batteries, microphone, cables, and a book or white balance/ light reflector. Thats a full bag.

 

Outstanding!

By J. Willis Mitchell

 

Outstanding design and construction, zippers are heavy duty. I am a long-time front pack user, this is a good one. Very happy with purchase.

 

Key features

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Guard from cut and run: bag fabric is enmeshed with eXomesh© Slashguard, a lightweight flexible, stainless steel wire mesh that protects against slash-and-run thefts. Stainless steel wire also runs through the adjustable Carrysafe© Slashguard strap, thus preventing slashers from targeting you.

Prevent bag theft: TurnNLock security hooks unfasten so that you can attach your bag to a secure fixture, plus it has a special turning mechanism that secures the hook in place – making it harder for a bag snatcher to make an easy getaway.

RFID blocking: PacSafe’s award winning RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets and material blocks out all transmissions between 10 MHz to 3 GHz, so you can safely store your credit cards, smart cards, e-passports and key cards.

Deter pickpockets: smart zipper pullers can also be attached to discreet security hooks to prevent pickpockets reaching into your bag.

Compartments:

  • Fits most DSLR cameras with two standard lens.
  • Padded main compartment (internal pockets to keep gear organized, internal attachment point for wallets and keys, pen loop).
  • Contains removable, modular Velcro dividers, a drawstring inner divider that opens up into one 10L compartment, and features a rear iPad / 11 inch tablet compatible sleeve.
  • There is also a top zip compartment with organizer pocket and side stretch pockets for water bottles / umbrellas.

Ergonomics: lightweight and strong with adjustable, padded shoulder straps. Also comes with a padded carry handle.

Rain protection: built-in hideaway rain cover helps keep your pack and gear doubly protected from the elements. Comfortable EVA molded back support with air flow channels.

 

Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x W x D): 13.4 x 12.2 x 5.5 in / 34.0 x 31.0 x 14.0 cm
  • Weight: 1.94 lbs / 31 oz / 878.8 g
  • Colors: black

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.5 / 5 stars from over 10 reviews
  • Over 90% of reviews are 4 and 5 stars

 

 

10. Anti-theft laptop bag

 

10a. Best performance: Pacsafe Intasafe Z400 Deluxe Anti-theft Laptop Shoulder Bag

If you want the most secure anti-theft laptop bag, then you will not go wrong with the Pacsafe Intasafe Z400 Deluxe Anti-theft Laptop Shoulder Bag (USD $129.95 – $172.57).

 

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What, more than USD $100 for a laptop bag? Yes, we hear you.. At this price, this bag is definitely not for everyone.

However, if security is not something you want to compromise on, this bag is well worth the price tag.

Besides encompassing all the essential anti-theft features, this roomy bag also offers superb organization and durabilityzippers are heavy duty and the entire bag is cushioned to protect your electronics, something which not every bag provides.

The shoulder strap with adjustable pad is also very comfortable to use. Combined with a clean, modern, and minimalist look, this is one really impressive bag.

One thing of note though, is that the bag can feel stiff when you first receive it. However, it will get softer over time as you use it more.

The video below provides a great overview of the product.

 

 

What others have to say

Feels like a “Everyday James Bond Bag”

By chris morton

 

This case is all that it says it is. It will be hard to take anything from this bag. I have tested cutting the strap with a chef knife “Wusthof” and it did nothing to the strap. Tried to cut through the outer shell and nothing.

 

This is my “Everyday Work Bag” has plenty of room and super secure. Feels like a “Everyday James Bond Bag”. Material is probably the best when it comes to military style safety. I live in Florida and I had to use the bag as an umbrella. Sure enough everything was dry while the bag on the outside was dripping wet.

 

It will come Pretty stiff BUT rest assure once you use it the easier and softer it feels BUT while still having the same anti-theft properties. I will use this bag to defend myself! The bag is very light and comfortable to hold with your hand or strap it around like a messenger bag.

 

Excellent bag

By Earthling

 

Like most people, I wasn’t necessarily looking to spend $100+ on a laptop bag. I did order several laptop bags before this one, all under $50, but I was not happy with any of them, and they all got returned. I hesitantly ordered this Pacsafe Z400, and I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised.

 

The build quality and materials are top notch, the color is excellent, and the size is just about right for my needs..I do wish it was a few inches wider so I could fit more things inside. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but for the price I paid for this bag (on sale), its well worth it..I think I’m actually satisfied.

 

Great bag for the traveler.

By Sam S

 

Just the bag I was looking for. Spent over 2 months researching bags to replace my old Timbuk2 messenger bag.

 

I travel a lot globally and used the Z400 on my most recent 20-day trip around AsiaConvenient, stylish, and does what it claims it can do.

 

Key features

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Guard from cut and run: bag fabric is enmeshed with eXomesh© slashguard, a lightweight flexible, stainless steel wire mesh. Stainless steel wire also runs through the adjustable carrysafe© slashguard strap, thus preventing slashers from stealing from you.

Deter pickpockets: Roobar Spot Anchor Lock – central lockdown point for smart zippers which interlock, helping protect against pickpockets and snatch & grab theft. Includes a hole for a small lock to provide an extra level of security.

Prevent bag theft: TurnNLock security hooks unfasten so that you can attach your bag to a secure fixture, plus it has a special turning mechanism that secures the hook in place – making it harder for a bag snatcher to make an easy getaway.

RFID blocking: PacSafe’s award winning RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets and material blocks out all transmissions between 10 MHz to 3 GHz, so you can safely store your credit cards, smart cards, e-passports and key cards.

Compartments: includes a zippered main (containing internal pockets, internal attachment points for wallet and key, pen loop), front compartment, and a full sized tablet / 15 inch tablet compatible sleeve. There are also two side pockets, a zippered front pocket, and a zippered rear sleeve for attaching to luggage.

Ergonomics: lightweight and strong with padded, adjustable shoulder straps.

 

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Product dimensions

  • Bag (H x W x D): 12.2 x 16.5 x 6.1 in / 31 x 42 x 15.5 cm
  • Capacity: 19 L
  • Materials: P600D Sprayed PU on surface + PU1000mm coated backing 56 inch
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs / 38.4 oz / 1088.6 g
  • Strap length: 12.2 – 28 in / 31.0 – 71.1 cm
  • Colors: charcoal, slate green

 

Reviews and ratings

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  • Rated 4.3 / 5 stars from over 60 reviews
  • Over 85% of reviews being 4 and 5 stars

 

 

10b. Best value: Mancro laptop backpack

If budget is a key consideration, a highly recommended alternative is the Mancro laptop backpack (USD $29.99 – $38.99).

 

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This bag is one of the best sellers on Amazon. However, besides coming with a lock, it doesn’t come with any other anti-theft features.

One workaround is to store essential RFID cards in a RFID protected wallet and valuables in a money belt or hidden pouch, and other items with RFID-chips in your hotel safe secured by hotel safety tools.

 

What others have to say

I really love this awesome backpack due to its nice and sturdy looks

By Filboy

 

I really love this awesome backpack due to its nice and sturdy looks. I’ve been looking online for a backpack that would look decent as well being useful with lots of room and all the qualities are in this bad boy.

 

You won’t regret if you get this for yourself or as a gift to your love ones this coming holidays and I promise you that they would be appreciative with this excellent backpack.

 

A great backpack for my camera.

By rpac78

 

I don’t give 5 stars often but this backpack deserves it. It has a nice sleek look to it; I don’t like backpacks that look bulky. In fact I liked it so much that I took it as my camera bag (it was supposed to carry stuff for the kids on outings). I just added an insert and now I can carry my DSLR and 2 lenses with all my other camera gear. It’s quite comfortable even with a heavy load.

 

The zippers are well made and travel smoothly. The pulls are large and easy to find. The USB charging port? Haven’t used it yet but it seems handing to have.

 

AMAZING bag for the price!

By Dave R.

 

I LOVE this thing! I’ve been looking for a slim, stylish laptop backpack forever and thought this was going to be “too good to be true” when I found it here on Amazon for like 25 bucks. For the price, this thing is AMAZING and is absolutely worth the money. It even has a USB port on the side… I plugged in one of my portable battery packs and now I’ve got a hot USB port right on the side of the bag!

 

The material feels strong and durable, and the zippers move easily and don’t appear like they’ll fail any time soon (a common issue with lower quality bags). The various pockets are about right – you’ve got some internal ones, as well as the small slant pocket on the front.

 

Key features

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Anti-theft: durable metal zippers with theft proof combination lock; side pockets are sealed.

Multi compartments: 3 main pockets, 9 inner pockets, 2 side pockets.

Material: made of durable nylon fabric that is water resistant; two “S” curve padded shoulder straps with design of force reinforcement offers light-weight carrying; reinforced bottom.

USB port: allows charging of phone while walking, designed for either Micro-USB or Apple products with USB 2.0 port.

Warranty: lifetime.

 

Product dimensions

  • Daypack: 20 x 12.2 x 5.7 in / 51 x 31 x 14.5 cm
  • Capacity: 1.24 cu ft / 35 L
  • Weight: 1.57 lbs / 25.1 oz / 712.1 g
  • Laptop compartment: holds laptop smaller than 17 in (17 x 8.66 x 0.78 in / 43.18 x 22 x 2 cm)
  • Shoulder Straps: adjust from 15.7 to 36.2 in / 40 to 92 cm
  • Colors: grey, black, coffee, blue, purple

 

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  • Rated 4.3 / 5 stars from over 5,060 reviews
  • Over 80% of reviews being 4 and 5 stars

 

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