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171 of 172 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2013
I bought this cross-body anti-theft bag for our trip to France a few months ago. This is the only place I could find it in black. My husband thought I wouldn't like it because it isn't leather, but he was wrong. I love it. There are loads of compartments inside that keep you organized and makes it easy to find everything quickly. There is a little squeeze flashlight attached near the top on the inside which has come in handy. I felt like my possessions were protected from pick pockets with the two latching compartments, the cross-body design, and slash/cut proof material. There is also a strap latch so that you can secure the bag to your chair while in a restaurant. The cross-body style keeps your hands free for shopping too. Sure leather would look more stylish but when we travel, we do a lot of walking and it never fails that we get rained on. I didn't need to worry about ruining this purse, it is water repellant, and it can be wiped with a damp cloth if you need to clean something off of it. There is another flat zippered compartment on the side that rests next to your body that does not latch. I used this one for maps and such. I can actually fit quite a lot in it, even though I tried not to because I didn't want to be weighted down. I carried my 7" tablet, sunglasses & case, ID, credit card, tissue, hand sanitizer,map, money, wet wipes,itinerary printouts, pen,feminine products,lipstick,& lip balm. I think the bag is the perfect size. I'm small frame and 5'3", and it didn't look too big on me. I just adjusted the shoulder strap for a perfect fit.

The only negatives I can think of are, it is slightly narrower at the top which makes it harder to see into if your hand is in it, it is more casual looking than dressy, and you need to latch down the zippered compartments even when you are not concerned with pick-pockets otherwise the latches rattle. None of these negatives are a big deal for me, as I continued to use this bag even after returning from our trip. I love that everything has its place in it and I can go right for it when I need something.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2013
Size Name: One SizeColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
So far I love it. It appears to be of good workmanship and it holds all of my necessary items. If you are a stuffer, you will not be happy with this bag. It will not hold a bottle of water comfortably but all of your IDs, passports, tissues, keys, lipstick, mirror, credit cards, and my Kindle--the essentials, it will hold comfortably. I like the locking zippers. This makes it a little more difficult to pick things out of the bag. Unless someone is carrying bolt cutters, it is unlikely that they will be able to grab this bag. One of the outside zippers do not lock. This might be a part of the product design. The pocket is large enough to hold tickets and itineraries. So far so good.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
I would have loved to love this bag: it was just the right size for my trip to Europe, great organization, nice to look at, light. I did use it, and was not robbed.

BUT. That carabiner they depict as tucked halfway inside, slides ALL the way out into view when the bag is picked up, and so does the loop that attaches it to the purse -- a wholly unreinforced, entirely flimsy fabric loop! What good is all the steel cable in the world in the strap when it's so insecure at one end? I wasn't even sure the loop would hold under everyday use, much less resisting a cutpurse!

I did my best to strengthen the bag; I tacked the carabiner inside its "pocket" by using a sturdy and handsome pin (my shoe repair guy wanted thirty bucks -- no thanks!), but there are other issues as well: the lining is indeed thin and loose, and catches in the zipper. The swell flashlight/keychain snap tore after three weeks. I'd attached a heavy keychain, so that was halfway my fault, but it was the motion of pulling the keychain to unsnap it, rather than the weight, that did the damage.

Do ALL the Travelon bags have the same issue with the carabiner loop? The pictures seem somehow rather deceptively angled to disguise that particular fault. It's a real shame.

Come on, Travelon!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2013
Size Name: One SizeColor Name: MidnightVerified Purchase
This Anti Theft Messenger Bag might look boring from the outside, but the organization on the inside makes up for how it looks.

On the front of the bag is a pocket with a mesh pocket that has a zipper inside. This pocket can be locked.

On the back of the bag that's against your body, there is a pocket that has a zipper, but does not lock.

Inside the main part of the bag, there's a mesh pocket with a zipper, two slender pockets for pens or pencils,
two open pockets that can hold a Cell Phone etc. There's a place for a passport, four credit card pockets which
can hold more than one card each. All of these pockets are R.F.I.D. shielded.

Also, included inside, is a small LED light. This main part of the bag can be locked.

The strap is slash proof and can be separated from the bag and attached around a chair post with the silver
locking Caribbeaner located on the side of the bag.

I should also mention that the bag has a light lining so you can find things easily.

If you're looking for a bag that's Anti-Theft, and has R.F.I.D. shielding included, I recommend this Travelon bag.
(Reviewed by Phyllis. Wife of James)
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2013
Size Name: One SizeColor Name: PurpleVerified Purchase
A very high quality travel bag. It has lots of nice pockets & safety locks. The problem is the anti theft strap is so heavey it hurt my shoulder. Otherwise, a good buy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2015
Size Name: One SizeColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
Bought this for an upcoming trip. I hope to not have to try the anti theft properties of it! But it seems like it should hold up to its claims. The bag is a little stiff, but it is designed to not be stolen. The size is great for me. I don't intend on carrying much. I included my Kindle Paperwhite in the pics as a size reference. It barely doesn't fit in the inner mesh bag. My iPhone 6 with a case fits in the cell phone pocket. Two pen pockets. I didn't count the credit card pockets. There are 3 outer zippers, and two of them are lockable. There's a tiny flashlight on a hook in the main compartment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2014
Size Name: One SizeColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
Many of the ant-theft bags I looked at were large and reminded me of the type of of purses my grandmothers used to carry; bulky and not very stylish. I am a grandmother myself now, but this Nana is young-at-heart and loves to travel, so I NEEDED a SECURE bag and WANTED a STYLISH bag - all in one - and the Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Essential Messenger Bag gave me what I needed AND wanted in one terrific bag! It is the perfect size for every day use as well as travel use and lightweight. The only zipper that is NOT secured with a locking feature is a side pocket that rests against your body and any thief knows not to get near a person's 'tickle zone' no matter how slight-of-hand that thief may be. Inside this bag has plenty of RFID blocking slots for credit cards and ID; no need to carry a wallet. It has a pocket that fits my Galaxy S4, a passport pocket, a large zippered mesh pocket, two pen pockets, another long pocket wider than the pen holders and a small LED light that helps with locating things inside the bag. This bag has become my every day bag as well as my travel bag - I love it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2013
Size Name: One SizeColor Name: ChocolateVerified Purchase
This bag was very secure. I just had to remember to fasten the zipper locks. It easily held all i needed such as my camera, sunscreen and lotion, plus, of course, money and passport. it was easy to get into the bag when making a purchase or pulling out my camera. I rated it a four rather than a five because of its appearance. Rather dull and boring.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2013
Size Name: One SizeColor Name: BlackVerified Purchase
This is a good travel purse. It has lots of pockets, and the anti-theft features gave me peace of mind. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because, while it was big enough to hold all my stuff including my iPad, it wasn't quite big enough that I could easily retrieve any of it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2014
Size Name: One SizeColor Name: StoneVerified Purchase
Travelon has excellent quality bags. This one was the right size overall, but the opening was small. The shape of the purse doesn't allow it to open very wide. I could fit wallet, phone, glasses and even my telephoto lens camera in it. It just wasn't easy in and easy out. I returned it for a different bag.
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