These anti-theft backpacks protect you from pickpockets when you travel

These anti-theft backpacks protect you from pickpockets when you travel

11/14/2018

One of the biggest concerns most people have when they travel is avoiding theft. That's something I always have in the back of my mind, whether I'm leaving a laptop or travel documents in the hotel safe, or walking around a crowded city with a backpack.

While basic safety practice will protect you 99% of the time, thieves and pickpockets target tourists for a reason; when you're in an unfamiliar setting, possibly overwhelmed and trying to find your way around, distracted by crowds, and maybe a bit thrown off because of jet lag, you're more vulnerable than you would normally be.

In addition to keeping your situational awareness up, an easy way to protect yourself is to carry the right kind of backpack or daypack when you're traveling.

That's why two experienced travelers founded Pacsafe, a company that makes specialized anti-theft bags. Pacsafe, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, offers a huge line of backpacks, purses, messenger bags, camera bags, totes, luggage, and more, all with a few subtle specially-designed features to help you protect yourself.

I recently had the chance to test out a few different Pacsafe bags and found them to be excellent options for anyone looking for that extra bit of safety while they're abroad. Read on to learn more about one of those bags — the Pacsafe Venturesafe X18— and to see a few of Pacsafe's other bags. 

 

The Pacsafe Venturesafe X18

Like most of the bags Pacsafe makes, the Venturesafe X18 looks like a normal backpack — in this case, a relatively simple mid-sized bag with one visible main compartment. It's lightweight — vital when you're looking for a bag that you're going to load down with things like water bottles, guide books, cell phone backup chargers, a camera, and more — with ergonomic, ventilated padding on the back and straps to allow for airflow.

However, once you look a little closer, you start to notice the anti-theft features. For one, it took me a little bit to figure out how to open the main compartment. There's a three-step locking mechanism to make it virtually impossible for someone to open the zipper while you're wearing the bag — at least, not without you noticing. The two zipper-pulls link together, and then connect to a security point on the bag's body, which has a switch to lock them in place. To open the bag, you'll need to flip that switch, slide the lock back and pull the zippers out, then pull the zippers apart. When you're familiar with the bag, it's quick and easy to do, but for a pickpocket, it would be extremely difficult to do quickly without the victim feeling someone pulling at their bag.

Another useful feature is a "PopNLock" security clip on one of the two shoulder straps. With the turn of a dial and push of a button, you can detach the right shoulder strap from its anchor point at the top of the bag, wrap it around a stationary object like a chair you're sitting in or a table, and reattach it. That way, no one can grab the bag while you're sitting in a cafe or pub recharging in the middle of a long day of exploring. 

 

The whole VentureSafe line is built with a slash-guard nylon material so that thieves can't even surreptitiously cut a hole in it to snag what you're carrying. There are also RFID-blocking pockets for your passport and credit cards.

PacSafe also offers a few other product lines, including a recent collaboration with Quicksilver. That collection includes a 25L backpack for daily use— which I've found to be an excellent choice for anything from commuting to overnight trips — and a larger 40L travel backpack. The latter bag opens like a suitcase and includes a number of internal pockets and straps to help you stay organized, as well as a removable heavy-duty bag to store wet clothes or shoes.

Pacsafe offers a ton of different bags for virtually every need —

Article from businessinsider.com written by David Slotnick, Insider Picks Apr. 6, 2018, 3:30 PM . Click here for original article.

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