In my never ending quest to find the perfect day bag, I picked up a Pacsafe Venturesafe 200 GII when it was on sale at Ebags.
It was smaller than my other bags, had extra security features, and seemed like it would pack easily into my “one bag.”
Let’s start with the basics: The PS Venturesafe 200 GII is made of 400d nylon on the outside and 200d nylon inside. It measures 11.4″ x 8.7″ x 3.9″/29cm x 22cm x 10cm and weighs 11.6oz/330g. Very lightweight.
There are two compartments.
The front compartment has a key ring , an RFID blocking pocket (what makes the GII model different from previous models), and two pen pockets. (RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification and it’s used to transfer information without direct contact. Our passports and many of our credit cards have it. The problem is that thieves are using portable scanners to steal this information without ever having to physically touch you . RFID prevents this.)
The main compartment has two sections, with a semi-padded rear compartment for tablets.
The back is padded for both protection and to feel comfortable against your body. There is also a grab handle on top for easy carrying.
Pacsafe is know for their extra security features. This bag has an exomesh front and bottom preventing the bag from being slashed. There are two wires running through the strap preventing them from being cut. And the strap has two-handed security buckle allowing you to wrap the strap around a sturdy object while sitting to prevent someone running and grabbing the bag.
The strap was surprisingly comfortable. On other Pacsafe bags, it seemed to dig into my shoulder. But not on this bag.
All and all it’s a decent, small, lightweight bag for someone looking for extra security.
However, I have a couple of issues. One of the main safety features is the clipable zipper pulls. Instead of leaving the zipper pulls loose, you can connect them to a protruding clip on the side. This helps to prevent theft. The two problems with this are: there is one clip for two zipper pulls, and the placement of the lower of the two zipper pulls on the main compartment. As you can see in the photo on the left, that lower zipper pull is just in the way of the upper pull when trying to connect to the clip. This same clip must also take care of the zipper pull on the front compartment. Trying to put two zipper pulls onto this clip is hard. Three is impossible.
The other problem I have is with the front pocket. Sure, there’s now a pocket to protect documents and passports with RFID, but there is no pocket for a cellphone or smartphone.
It’s a nice little bag but it doesn’t fit my needs. It’s going back.
The Pacsafe Venturesafe 200 GII is available in black, grey, orange and blue. It retails for $70.