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Pacsafe Camsafe V17 Anti-Theft Camera Backpack, Black
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- Comfortable, durable, lightweight camera backpack with anti-theft technology to protect your gear and irreplaceable memories
- Lightweight, hidden eXomesh Slashguard stainless steel wire mesh embedded into fabric helps protect against slash-and-run theft
- RFIDsafe Blocking Material built into pocket helps protect IDs and credit cards from hacker scanning
- Adjustable wire-reinforced Carrysafe Slashguard Strap helps prevent cut-and-run theft; smart zipper security attaches zipper pullers to discreet hooks
- Fits most DSLRs with mounted and extra lens; built-in rain cover; zippered compartment can be accessed from side; 13-inch laptop or iPad compatible
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The Camsafe V17 anti-theft camera backpack is comfortable, durable, and lightweight, protecting most sizes of DSLR cameras (with mounted lens plus extra lens) against the elements. Combined with innovative anti-theft features, this case works to help protect your gear and irreplaceable memories.
The bag's fabric is embedded with eXomesh Slashguard, a lightweight flexible, stainless steel wire mesh that protects your gear from a quick slash-and-run theft. Flexible, lightweight stainless steel wire runs through the adjustable Carrysafe Slashguard strap to help prevent slashers from slicing through and running off with your gear. Smart zipper security allows you to attach the zipper pullers to discreet hooks to help prevent pickpockets, and the Dual Release Buckle can attach the bag to a secure fixture.
The 35-ounce bag features a padded main compartment with removable, modular Velcro dividers that can also be accessed from the side. A drawstring inner divider opens up into one 16L compartment, and features a 13-inch laptop and iPad compatible sleeve. A RFID blocking pocket that helps prevent your data (such as from e-passports and credit cards) from falling into the wrong hands is built-in.
Pacsafe keeps travelers one step ahead of the game by keeping their gear secure from opportunistic thieves with a wide range of stylish adventure backpacks, leisure bags, urban bags, women’s bags, and camera bags, as well as luggage and travel accessories.
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Let me start with the pros:
- This bag is definitely secure. It is very ingenious with how it secures all the zippers. I had complete confidence that none of my valuables could be stolen when carrying this bag.
- The slim nature of the bag makes it easy to travel with. It easily fit under airline and train seats.
- The bag seems to be pretty durable with a notable exception that will be in my cons. It got dropped on some rough ground and scraped against, rock and had not sign of wear.
Here's the cons:
- Space is Very Limited. This is my biggest complaint with this bag. I purchased this with the primary function as a "camera" bag to hold my gear and then secondarily with the need for it to also provide some basic storage for things like my external battery, headphones, etc. It was immediately obvious that storage was an issue. Let's start with the primary function: camera equipment. I carry a Sony A7R II mirrorless so my body is much smaller than a typical DSLR. I typically had either my 24-70 or my 16-35 lens attached to the body. I struggled to fit the body with a lens attached and the alternative lens in the camera storage area. There was no way to fit a third lens (I also wanted to carry my 85mm prime but it wasn't an option). I very frequently found myself fighting with the bag to put the camera back in and be able to zip it up. The camera and additional lens made it a really tight fit. I wondered what it would be like to try to use this bag with a full-size DSLR body. I guess if you only wanted to carry the camera with a single lens, or if you had some really small lenses such as a 50mm prime you would not feel as constrained. There's also no dedicated compartments for things like chargers, batteries, and external flash. There are two different mesh zippered areas that are sort of "catch all" that I used but it would have been nice for dedicated spots for those items. Additionally, I could not carry my laptop. Their website says the pack can hold a 15" laptop. I don't know what 15" laptop they're referring to but it will not hold my 15" MacBook pro, and it's not even close. The laptop is far too big to fit. My guess is a 13" would be the absolute largest size it could carry.
- The straps can't tighten enough. I am 5'10" and the first time I loaded the bag and tried it on I immediately felt that it hang too low and needed to be tightened. I was alarmed to find that the bag's straps were tightened as much as possible right out of the box and still felt quite loose.
- Tripod carry is not very realistic. There is a side pouch that supposedly can be used for either a water bottle or a tripod. I used it exclusively for the water bottle because the design doesn't make carrying a tripod very realistic. There is a strap above the pouch that you use to secure whatever is sticking out of the pouch. This strap is too low, sitting right above the pouch. It is not high enough above the pouch to stabilize the tripod that sticks out. I don't know if that makes sense but the tripod is able to flop around too easily because it doesn't have that upper stabilization.
- The pouch is sewn poorly. The pouch that holds either a water bottle or tripod is an elastic fabric. The top rim of this pouch has a thicker elastic band sown onto it to stabilize it. I had the bag less than 12 hours when the thread started coming out and the band started separating from the pouch.
This is a relatively expensive pack and touted as a high end camera pack. It served the purpose and for the most part is quite durable. It is also very secure, which is the primary selling point. However, it barely holds what I consider the minimum equipment for a mobile photographer and has some significant shortcomings and design flaws you wouldn't expect from such a pricey pack.
The backpack was a decent size, not too big, not too small. I gave it 4 starts just because I wish it fit more. Since it isn't so small, I had hoped to fit a bit more inside the backpack part above the camera. However, the camera section occupies more than half of the bag's length, so there isn't as much space on top for other things as I had hoped (you get about 6" x 6" x 9"). Fortunately, the camera IS well protected.
The camera section is held in place (excellently) with a few very good strips of wide Velcro inside. In order to maximize the area above the camera section you need to make sure the camera padding "box" is placed AS LOW against the bottom inside of the bag as possible. Detaching and re-attaching the padded camera "box" from/to the Velcro at a lower position can be a bit challenging b/c the Velcro is really good quality, but you want to do this while the bag is empty b/c if the camera is in the padded "box" it is even more difficult.
I am 5'2" and it would have been nice to be able to tighten the shoulder straps a bit more. They were still a bit long for my height/build, but I did fine with them b/c it would have been just an inch or so that I would have needed to shorten.
Small desire: would be nice to have a pen compartment outside the zippered compartments, b/c the pen compartment is inside where the wallet and passport compartments are, so I kept those sections securely closed most of the time, and having to "unlock" that section so frequently just to get a pen out was cumbersome. The two outside pockets are for larger things like water bottles and tripods, so pens will fall out too easily. Maybe they could put something, a pocket(?), on the shoulder straps that would be in front, to enable quick access to a pen, and a cell phone?
At the time, I did not realize that Pacsafe offered the V17.
A few months later I purchased the V17. Overall design is fine, quality...meh. Within months of receiving my V17 one of the straps began to tear from the seam. Please keep in mind that I carry a mirrorless kit, typically my Sony A7R, 85mm 1.8, Zeiss 24-70mm, Android tablet and various dongles. I spoke to Pacsafe via email and they made me provide proof of purchase and pics. After numerous emails back and forth they informed that Pacsafe does not cover wear and tear. WTF, the bag at the time was about 4 months old. Their solution was to give me a 30% coupon towards another bag. Why would I buy another bag of shoddy quality when they didn't stand by the first? I informed them of my extreme disappointment and said that I would not be buying another Pacsafe product.
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Took it to my trip to Europe and felt pretty safe traveling with it.