Customer Reviews: Pacsafe Luggage Venturesafe 300 Day Pack, Black, One Size
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on October 29, 2011
I brought this bag on a 10-day vacation to Italy to use as a daybag to carry some camera gear and other items. I took the padded camera insert from my Lowepro Passport Sling bag and put it in the main compartment of this bag (it fit perfectly), and thus was able to support and protect a DSLR (Canon 60D) with attached lens (18-250mm), extra lens (10-22mm), and memory cards. There is a netbook pocket in the back of the main compartment, where I stashed my filter sleeve, lens cloth, extra batteries, etc. There was still room in the main compartment to carry my wallet, point-and-shoot camera, and some snacks. The front compartment is very easy to access, and has nice organization for phone, pens, and other small items. I used the side mesh pocket to alternately hold a water bottle, sunglasses, small umbrella. The back zipper pocket was a great place for my passport. Given all that I was able to fit in the bag, it was really pretty comfortable. The shoulder pad is a nice size, with good padding and rubber grip that prevented it from slipping around. When it got heavy (as all shoulder bags or slings feel after wearing them for hours), the carry handle on the top was a nice option to relieve my shoulders for a bit. For me, I liked the security features of this bag, and that it was not obvious to others that I was carrying camera gear. On this same trip, I also brought a camera backpack with me (the Lowepro Flipside 300), which I used on days that I wanted to carry a bit more gear. Overall, I was pleased with the form, function, and size of this Pacsafe bag.
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on June 23, 2012
I've been on the look out for a good murse and travel bag. I tried several timbuk2, patagonia, and other brandname messenger bag and never liked them as much as I thought I would. They are nice but don't quite cut if for me. Around town, I frequently carry only an original samsung chromebook, my small, waterproof video camera, a paperback, a small water botte, coffee mug, and some knickknacks, so I don't need a full-sized bag. I require a bag with drink holders because I spilled coffee in my timbuk2 Command 2.0 travel bag, ruining several text books. I've also used several of these bags on multiple trips abroad.

The good:

Vertical orientation: I like the portrait/vertical nature of this bag. My frame is somewhat narrower than most guys, and most messenger bags are too wide for me. It's hard to describe, but vertical bags are just more comfortable for me. The venturesafe 300, while not screaming masculinity, does not scream femininity. I'm not super concerned with being a manly man, but it does help to have a bag I feel comfortable carrying.

The main pocket: The main pocket is large enough to hold my regular stuff. It's a tight fit, but I can put my unprotected macbook air 11inch in the computer slot. It's also pretty safe. I can't say it's one hundred percent, but it definitely hinder's thieves. It's lined with slash-proof mesh up to about 2-3 inches from the top. Safer but again not 100%.

The smallest compartment: It's on the back and perfect for hiding secret documents and all that. It's a thin compartment. I usually keep important receipts in it.

The zippers and drink holders: The zippers of the main compartment clip into a small clip near one of the drink holders for an added hindrance to wandering hands. This is a huge benefit because if you put a drink in the compartment, it blocks access to the clip. The would-be thief would have to remove the bottle then use two hands to unclip the zippers. By this time, I'd hope the wearer would notice something is amiss. Additionally, there's two drink holders. Not huge ones but able to hold my coffee and small Nalgene water bottle. Many messanger bags either lack them entirely or have just one. This would be fine except I like to reuse my coffee mugs and not buy water all the time. I don't have this problem with my Pacsafe's two exterior pockets.

The strap: The strap is heavy-duty. I don't think anyone could get this bag without some trouble. It's easy enough to temporarily secure to something, but I would not recommend leaving it unattended.

The padding: the back padding is good. No need to elaborate.

Price: Way cheaper than timbuk2s.

The Negative:

The strap: It tends to twist up easily. Nothing major, just a side-effect of the secure strap.

The front compartment: The zipper could go a little lower on one side. I'd also like to see some more interior pockets. Not a lot more, maybe two more. A zippered compartment on the front would have been a nice addition. I'd also rather the pockets inside be more like the pockets on the front of timbuk2 bags. Multiple horizontal zippered compartments. Keep the pen-holders though.

The main compartment: I'd like to see a zippered or velcro compartment towards the front of the main compartment. Something small to hold my usb cords and some more knicknacks.

The mp3 holder: It's too small. There's barely enough room for the headphone jack. If I put my ipod in there vertically, it hits the top of the bag. It's much too small for my galaxy player. I usually just put my ipod or galaxy player in the bottom of the main compartment which really bugs me. I sometimes have some bad stuff in the bottom of the main compartment.

This bag is as close to perfection in a murse and travel bag as I've found so far. It's light and comfortable but has some minor flaws. It's still the best murse I've ever found. I never used it as a travel bag but would trust it for carrying all my light travel gear.
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on November 13, 2010
Provides what is described and expected, this bag falls between a full size backpack and small shoulder bag.
Good product for commuters, weekend travel or vacations regardless of the location.
REMEMBER,this bag does not have padding for any electronic devices, they must already be enclosed in a protective casing.
Its perfect for a iPad, Nookcolor, Kindle DX or notebook computer, plus a book and writing tablet.
Only concern is needs more internal pockets for mid size items
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on July 3, 2012
Good size
I do not like the strap - the shoulder pad is not at the right place and there is no way to adjust.
The front was worn (by accident) with a hole, yet I do not see the embeded "steel wire" - not sure if this is really slash proof.
Not enought pockets - cannot organize the stuffs inside this pack.
For the money I paid, I would expect something better.
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on November 13, 2012
I would have loved to have it just a tiny bit bigger (one each deeper and wider) but it was as close as I could find. The husband carried it and it worked great. Love the locking straps! Used a lot in Italy. As good as we could find.
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on June 9, 2012
I have not used this yet but it seems to be exactly what i wanted. I was looking for a bag that would carry around the water bottles, local maps, camera, aairline tickets, passport and small local purchases that pockets just ccan't handle. Particularly at airports, I wanred something that I could open easily with one zipper and have access to all travel documets. This looks like it will do it all with room for 2 water bottles and all the other stuff. It is not a backpack because it has just one shoulder support but it seems to fit comfortably either over one shoulder for low risk areas and also fits well for across the chest use. I haven't tested the anti-theft steel cables and hope I never have the opportunity to see if they really work.
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on October 10, 2012
I used this bag on vacation last month. It was great. I carried my camera, pad and pens, billfold, jacket and umbrella in it and still had room for a few souvenirs. I felt so at ease because of the safety features.
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on August 30, 2012
This has so many compartments, it was easy to stay organized on a really long trip. The security features are great (as long you remember to use them).

I carried my wallet, passport, train passes, makeup, toiletries, 13 inch thinkpad computer, books, and whatever else I could stuff.

There are hidden compartments so I was able to split up my cash into different pockets. The compartment for the IPAD can fit a small computer so that's a great feature too.

I wish it was bigger so I could stuff more things into it, but if you think you need more space I think there is a larger model available by Pacsafe.

PS: only downer was that ONE of the airports did a much more thorough check of the bag, possibly because of the metal mesh and metal wire in the strap. Not a big deal though, it was worth it.
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on February 21, 2012
This bag is very good for traveling. The compartment at the back of the bag could be a bit wider, however it is still very useful. The only problem with the bag is the snaps on the shoulder strap. These snaps hold the padded strip that sits on our shoulder. Mine keeps unsnapping and my daughter's snap actually broke on the first day of a 3 week trip. She has it secured with an elastic band. Other than that, this is an excellent bag which keeps your belongings very secure when walking around. It is also very useful as a carry-on on the plane. I would strongly recommend.
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on July 25, 2011
I bought this bag for a recent trip to barcelona and it was great, I didnt have to worry about the pickpockets or anything. It is very secure, great design, and it feel very light.
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