After returning my Osprey Farpoint 55L, (which you can read my review, here), I discovered the PacSafe Venturesafe 45L GII Travel Pack (pictured above). I really liked quite a few things about this bag, and i’ll go into them further below. However, I ended up returning it and keeping my Osprey Farpoint 40L for my trip. I bought this bag from Corporate Travel Safety, their return policy is pretty normal (unused, 30 days etc.), they allow you to ship items back for return without requiring any extra numbers or phone calls. However, you have to pay for shipping, which is likely to run you around 20$ due to the size of the box. So be aware of that!
I chose to try the Venturesafe 45L for a few reasons, the main being that the security system is really efficient, the other two reasons were that it’s a side loading bag and that it comes in a really nice storm grey color.
I REALLY enjoyed that these straps simply ‘tucked’ inside of the back of the backpack, and required less effort than zipping your straps inside (like the Osprey Farpoint series). However, I was somewhat disheartened when I saw how flimsy the waist straps were. I was trying REALLY hard to avoid bags that don’t have proper support/padding. If you have a really good waist strap it puts more of the support of the overall backpack weight, onto your hips instead of placing all of it on your back/shoulders. Which is IDEAL in general, but especially if you’re: traveling and therefore wearing the bag for extended periods of time, and if you’re a female-bodied person because our center of gravity is lower.
I would suggest, just as I did with my previous backpack reviews, that you use some type of compression sac or packing cube to maximize the space in this pack. However, it has a number of small RFID protected pockets and comes with its own external locking system for the zippers of the two main compartments.
RFID is an acronym for ‘Radio-Frequency Identification‘, this is a wireless tracking system that allows someone with an appropriate reader to ‘read’ and therefore ‘access’ wireless technological information (i.e. credit cards, passport information etc.). These readers allow for a more stealthy form of identity theft, in which these readers provide nearly ALL information of any items scanned (including things like expiration dates, and card numbers from far away). However, a lot of department stores use RFID tracking for products within the stores, which is why these readers are somewhat easy to access. The idea behind RFID protection is that its mesh lining is impenetrable to these waves, and therefore your data cannot be stolen from inside of your pockets.
The main features I enjoyed, were the ones I mentioned above as being reasons why I purchased this bag to test.
The reasons I didn’t keep this bag were:
-The waist strap not having enough padding.
-This bag isn’t made for people who have a backpack size smaller than 17″. I’m a 16.5 and the bag kept lifting off of my back and otherwise ‘rising’, indicating that it didn’t fit someone of my stature.
The latter part was the biggest deal breaker, which was a bummer because I really enjoyed this pack.
Have you used this backpack? How did it stand up to long term ‘wear-and-tear’ of a vagabond lifestyle?
Talk to me about it!