The one bag, carry-on backpack trend is more popular than ever, and now every backpack company is coming out with their own unique take on this travel tool. Pacsafe did this with the Pacsafe Venturesafe 45L anti-theft carry-on bag. Like the Watson backpack, this Pacsafe backpack incorporates a trademark locking mechanism to deter thieves. It’s for this reason, plus its other great features that people have taken the Venturesafe 45L as their new laptop travel bag. Now, it’s time to find out how this pack really holds up for travel purposes.
How Travel-Friendly is the Pacsafe Venturesafe? Here’s What You Need to Know
When considering a bag travel-friendly, there are a few criteria that I like to keep in mind. First, does the bag have considerable packing space? Second, is it comfortable to wear? Third, is it easy to carry around and use? I expect any backpack to meet these basic standards, and if it doesn’t, then I don’t consider it travel-friendly. Luckily, the Pacsafe Venturesafe carry-on meets these standards, and I’ll go into more detail with that. I’ll also explain the ways in which the backpack goes beyond with its additional features.
The Packing Space of the Venturesafe Backpack is Okay…Could Be Better Though
First, let’s start with the ways that the Venturesafe pack does a good job when it comes to packing space. Now, while I don’t think this backpack actually is 45L in capacity, there’s still potential there. The main compartment is the star of the show, in my opinion. This panel opening compartment opens up like a suitcase, which makes loading and unloading much easier. You have a pretty big space to pack all your clothes or to store your packing cubes. Like most travel backpacks, the Venturesafe works best if you use packing cubes.
So if you’re planning on using the backpack for a weekend trip, this backpack will work and you won’t come across any problems. However, if you want to use this backpack to pack a week worth of clothing, that’s another story.
You see, the Venturesafe pack does a good job of providing more than enough compartments for organization. The problem is that when the backpack is packed too full, these compartments are not easy to access. But this issue is not limited to the Venturesafe pack. It is a common problem with many backpacks that try to remain within carry-on restrictions. However, when pockets are not easily accessible, it sort of defeats the purpose of having them in the first place. If you’re curious, here are the other compartments of the Venturesafe pack.
The Partial Opening Front Zip Compartment
At the front of the bag, you’ll find a zipper that goes across the top and doesn’t go further. That is the front compartment and laptop compartment. Now, the fact that this pocket only opens up a 1/4 of the way is ridiculous. When the main compartment is too packed, there isn’t much space remaining in the front compartment. And because the zipper doesn’t open all the way, the only thing you can expect to pack here are thin, flat items like your laptop, tablet, passport, and so. Another option is to pack things into a slim packing cube, that way you can slide it in and out with ease.
Speaking of your laptop, here’s another thing to note. The laptop sleeve can accommodate a 15” Mac or HP, and even up to 17” laptop. You should know, however, that because the laptop is in the front of the bag, the weight is farther away from the back making it feel heavier.
And finally, it should be noted that the laptop compartment isn’t padded in the front, just the back. So if you’re worried about the front of your backpack taking some impact, keep this in mind.
Mesh-Zip Pocket in the Main Compartment
In the main compartment, on the inside of the panel opening, there is a big mesh-zip pocket. This pocket would be ideal for packing a light jacket, some shoes, or anything that you’d like to keep separate. However, if the main compartment is too packed, then this pocket goes unused.
Side Water Bottle Pocket
The last compartment I will talk about is the water bottle holder. It’s not the most important pocket, but if you’re really into staying hydrated and alive, this might apply to you. Just so you know, the water bottle pocket won’t open enough if the bag is super packed. Again, if you’re not planning to pack the bag to the brim, then you have nothing to worry about. If you have a tripod or selfie stick, they can easily fit here.
In sum, the packing space of the Venturesafe backpack is considerable. The organization, however, is wasted due to the fact that you can’t use it. If you want to pack heavy and stay organized, this may not be the bag for you.
The Pacsafe Venturesafe 45L is Rather Comfortable…When It’s Not Too Heavy.
Comfort wise, the Venturesafe has a great amount of support and padding features. Although I wouldn’t say it’s the most comfortable travel backpack, it does have the typical comfort features one looks for in a travel backpack.
Exoskeleton Support System
One of the main reasons I think this backpack is comfortable;e is because of the hard plastic shell inside of the bag. This helps to keep the bag in shape and prevent it from slumping due to over-packing. Another reason why it’s comfortable might have to do with the fact that there’s a metal tube running down the middle of the back. This provides lumbar support, especially with those heavy loads.
Padded Back Panel and Shoulder Straps
On the back, you have a cushioned, moisture wicking material, as well as on the shoulders. The straps aren’t as thick as I’m used to, but for anyone who prefers thinner straps, this might be right for you. You can also stow the straps in the back, and although it’s not the easy to slip in and out, it still works and you can turn your backpack into a suitcase.
Hip Belt and Adjustable Sternum Strap
This backpack comes with a hip belt that is also padded. If you’re not a fan of hip belts, you can stow this away as well. The sternum strap is adjustable and removable, giving you the option to customize your comfort.
Cushioned Side Handles
If you do decide to carry your Venturesafe Pack like a briefcase, you can feel rest assured that the handles are nice and comfy.
Like any other backpack, the Venturesafe pack will become a little uncomfortable when heavy and worn for extended amounts of time.
The Pacsafe Venturesafe Travel Backpack Is Pretty Convenient to Travel With
The overall design and features of the backpack are relatively convenient for travel, especially for those concerned with theft. The Venturesafe was specifically designed to deter thieves from being able to easily slip into your bag. Besides that, the pack performs just as well as any other travel pack.
Anti-Theft Materials and Lock System
The most distinguishable feature of this pack is the Roobar deluxe locking system. It locks your two zip compartments: the front and the main. It’s TSA compatible, so they can open it with a key if they need to. Otherwise, you’re less likely to be robbed because no one is going to try and attempt to open this thing. Of course, it is a bit tedious having to unlock and lock it every time you want to open your bag.
Another anti-theft feature is the hidden Exomesh slashguard, which prevents someone from slashing your bag at the bottom and front. Also included with the pack is a stainless steel locking cable that allows you to lock the bag to any fixture, say your bed frame, or a concrete post. Finally, the puncture resistant tough zip main compartment keeps your items safe from others hands.
Carry-On Friendly Dimensions
The Pacsafe Venturesafe measures out to be 21.7 x 13.8 x 8.7 in, with a 45L capacity, but to be honest it’s a little bit less than that in my opinion, which is good for carry-on. The compression straps help keep the bag from getting bulky and looking overpacked. I really appreciate the slim, minimalist profile of the pack, it makes it much easier to travel with. The narrow body of the bag makes it easy to walk through tight areas easily, with no bulky straps or buckles to obstruct you. One thing I will say about the buckles though is that they can break if you get them caught somewhere or step on them, so be mindful of that.
Water Resistant for Light Rain
The exterior of the pack is made with a Rip-stop nylon material, which means that it’s water resistant, but not waterproof. If you want to make it waterproof, I do recommend a rain cover, which is small enough to fit anywhere in the pack.
All in all, the Pacsafe Venturesafe 45L travel backpack is a great option for you if you’re looking for a weekend trip bag. But given its anti-theft features, it’s also suitable for international travel. Just don’t expect to have the ultimate organization experience of your life.