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Well made but fails to satisfy ...
on November 24, 2014
I was really torn between giving this bag 3 or 4 stars because, in truth, it is so well made, high quality product, a brand name, and well established as well.. however.. it fails to satisfy me in terms of usability. Of course, this is made to be theftproof and is built like bomb shelter. But, this is a bag and all restrains when designing it concerning usability should not be here.
when looked outside it is actually bigger than my old shoulder bag but it is much smaller inside, I had to repack my EDC items and loose about 25% of them because they don't fit in my new Pacsafe Metrosafe 100.
I would say that opening trough which you put stuff in should be somewhat hard to use because it could act as deterrent to potentional thief, but every time I am taking stuff from or putting it in, I seem to damage my staff on the bag because I have to pull and yank it out with force or bend by strongly pushing it in. If you carry small items, they will get down to your bag at the bottom and then imagine this - you need to get it when you are in restaurant or coffee shop - that means you have to take ALL you have in your bag - wallet, documents, notebook (i my case - real notebook made of paper), cell phones both of them, and set of keys and put it ALL on the TABLE in front of you because obviously you can't hold them in your hand or stuff it in your pockets, and then as you are looking for small item you are searching for, there is all you have, all your data, money, keys, flat out at the desk for any potential thief that would run, snatch and run away. What use is then slash proof bag? Looks like my argument is somewhat stupid - but I never had to do this with my old bag, and found myself in situation that I have to do it now. with my old bag, it was so easy to take something in and out and it was actually smaller in size looking outside. Also my old bag had slash proof strap with mesh wire as well, but this Metrosafe actually has steel wire but it acts as it has thin flat long stripe of steel inside that acts as a spring and gets in the way, takes huge amount of space ( as much as bag itself) knocks things from the table, it is very rigid and not much flexible, and generally doesn't get in the way only if it is on your sholder, moment you put it down, it just bothers you.
In desigh it is sleek and modern but it comes with price - you want to put it on a table and it doesn't stand. Doesn't have flat bottom that will help you set it on table and then search for stuff. So you have to have it laying on table and awkwardly dig trough it or hold it with one hand and mess with it with another. Trying to take anything out when it is around your waist or shoulder ends with you pulling and twisting and yanking out whatever you try to take, with much of your strength, in process damaging your belonging, or document or phone and let me tell you, when you do that, you stick out in the crowd for any potential snatcher...
There are some small issues that bothers me as well but I am running out of space to write them down.
In short, whoever designed it to be theftproof - as for materials and manufacter - job well done! As for all other - failed miserably.
Imagine you are buying your not first, but third or fourth car and you decide to go with car that doesn't break, has excellent coverage and warranty, rugged and strong... and you end up with car that doesn't break but is so uncomfortable, so unusable, so buggingly clumsy and you don't like to drive it and it costs a lot. This is what this bag is. And after reading what I wrote, I will actually give it two stars. Bag is ment to carry your stuff and give it to you when needed. It fails to do its primary purpose.