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Comments about Pacsafe Venturesafe 325 GII Cross Body Pack:
I wanted a sling-type backpack with safety features, and decided to try this one out. So far I'm satisfied with it.
The color is a pleasant dark gray, true to the photo color. The inside lining is a lighter gray with a faint map design. The back of the pack is comfortably padded, as is the single shoulder strap. There is no stabilizer strap, and there are no outside pockets – that is, no water bottle pocket, no pocket on the shoulder strap for a phone/mp3 player, etc., though things could be clipped to the horizontal webbing that's there.
There are two main compartments to this pack. The outer space is not particularly large. To give an idea of the size, I carry a tiny bottle of hand sanitizer, a pill box, Chapstick, and a small travel brush/mirror combo - and there isn't much space left over. This outer compartment also includes two pen loops, an RFID Velcro-flapped pocket, and an open pocket. The RFID pocket will hold a passport, and for everyday use, my credit card-size wallet fits fine there. The open pocket will hold a small cell phone (an iPhone is too tall to fit).
The second main compartment is larger than it seemed to me at first. It is an open space except for a zippered mesh pocket and a dedicated area for a Kindle Fire, iPad Mini, or other similar size tablet. (A full size iPad will fit in the open space, but that won't leave room for anything else.) In the mesh pocket I carry a Kleenex travel pack, a small pocket knife, and a tiny bottle of hand lotion. That's about all it will hold. In the open part of this compartment, I keep my keys, sunglasses, small digital camera, and a water bottle. (I carry an 8-ounce disposable bottle, though a 16-ounce bottle will also fit.)
This backpack is comfortable to carry, and swings around easily to dig for things without having to take it off (which is why I like sling packs). The safety features include the RFID pocket, zippers that can be clipped together to prevent pickpocketing, and wire embedded in the fabric in strategic places (not all around the whole pack) to prevent cut-and-run thieves. The strap (also wired to thwart cut-and-run crooks) has a two-step latch that you can undo and clip around a stable object. So if, for instance, you are at a restaurant and want to take the pack off, you can clip the strap to the chair back and feel confident that a thief can't grab it and run.
All in all, I like this backpack. It's on the cusp of too-small, so you have to pick which things are important to you to carry, but it holds everything I want. If I have any concern at all, it is that the plastic zippers seem a little flimsy. There's a year warranty on the thing, though, so if there's a problem in the future, it'll be taken care of.
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