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Pacsafe Slingsafe 300 GII Backpack

I was already a big fan of Pacsafe products before I tested their Singsafe 300 GII Backpack, and now this sleek, urban-styled pack has become another travel staple.

The Pacsafe Slingsafe 300 GII Backpack is a no-frills, lightweight (1 lb., 1 oz.), water-resistant pack that's ideal for travel. Because it's simple, and built for security, it doesn't have the rugged, chunky zippers and pull tags of a hiking pack but a smoother, more urban look. I like that! The pack is also loaded with hidden security features that give me piece of mind during my frequent travels. I've been using it on short and extended trips, and have been very happy with it's performance.

Because my travels include visiitng popular tourist attractions and navigating all forms of public transportation, I need to be alert and keep my valuables safe. Clever thieves and pickpockets often target people in crowds and can, without detection, slash the bottoms of purses and backpacks with knives or box cutters so that contents slip out and can be scooped up before the traveler is even aware of the assault. Thieves can also slash a shoulder strap of a purse and make off with the bag before a traveler knows what happened. Fortunately, the Pacsafe Slingsafe 300 GII Backpack is designed specifically to prevent these very common scenarios.

The Pacsafe Slingsafe 300 GII Backpack has hidden, high-tensile stainless steel wire (called "eXomesh slashguard") embedded in the front, sides, and bottom panels of the bag. Each adjustable, detachable shoulder strap also contains a slash-proof cable. Good to know since I carry my small laptop in the padded laptop/tablet sleeve.

Pacsafe also uses clever zipper closings on this bag to deter anyone but its owner from easily sliding the zippers open. I can also detach a strap, wrap it around a chair or table leg to anchor it, and then reattach it to the bag with a unique turn-and-lock strap hook. Then I can relax and enjoy my cafe and bistro visits without worrying that my bag could be easily snatched while I'm eating.

One of the coolest security features of the Pacsafe Slingsafe 300 GII Backpack is the special Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) blocking pocket inside the main compartment. Identity thieves have adopted a new scam where they can now secretly and wirelessly steal personal information contained in credit cards, passports, driver licenses, and other government-issued identification cards. They do this quickly and without physical contact or detection. It’s a very scary scam. So, to stay safe, I just slip any items containing confidential personal information into the handy little RFID blocking pocket.

The Pacsafe Slingsafe 300 GII Backpack contains two zippered compartments. The main padded compartment holds a laptop (up to 13"), iPad, or tablet and contains three smaller pockets that I use for my small camera, my iPod, and my GPS unit. The other front zippered compartment is smaller with organizer pockets where I carry my Blackberry, notepads, pens, lipstick, gum, and keys. On one side of the pack there's a handy water bottle pocket, and on the other side there's a pocket for an umbrella or light windbreaker.

Details:

Size: (W x H x D) 11.2 x 15.7 x 5.1 inches

Colors: Black, Cypress and Sky Blue

Fabric: Water-repellent nylon and high-tensile stainless steel wire

Bottom Line: It’s a simple pack that's sized right for a day trip, with secret security features. --C.W. (Feb. 2012)

BUY ONLINE: $99.99, click to shop at REI.

Manufacturer: www.pacsafe.com

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