[This is NOT a paid review. I am NOT paid by Pacsafe or REI to review my Pacsafe. This is just a piece of gear that I love and want to share with all of you.]
Last year, I had a problem. I was going on a trip to Oahu and my tried-and-true travel pack had finally worn out. After years of adventures and exploration, my trusted travelling partner finally retired. It is hard to replace such a beloved companion. I had grown accustomed to the pocket configuration, straps, and features.
Leading up to my trip, I conducted many interviews, but each candidate wasn’t able to make the cut. It wasn’t the right size. It had too many pockets. I didn’t have enough pockets. I didn’t like the straps. The material wasn’t durable enough.
But then, just as I was about to lose hope, the image of a certain, purple pack graced my computer screen. I rubbed my eyes. It seemed too good to be true. But there it was.
Mere days before my trip, I came home with my new partner in crime: Pacsafe Venturesafe EXP45 Carry-On Travel Pack.
|Materials||400D ECONYL® regenerated nylon dobby (main material) 150D Recycled polyester(lining)|
|Weight||3 lb 13 oz / 1.73 kg|
|Dimensions||(H x W x D):21.7 x 13.8 x 8.7 in / 55 x 35 x 22 cm|
|Volume||45 L / 2746 in3|
|Strap Length||Backpack Strap Length (Max – Min) 92-64 cm / 36.2-25.2 in|
|Laptop Comparment||Yes, fits 15″ Laptop|
I’ve been a fan of Pacsafe products for years. I love their low-key safety features, including cut-resistant fabric and lockable zippers. Despite the extra safety features, their products are not much heavier than standard equivalents, making it easy to cart around all day as you explore.
The Venturesafe met all of my Pacsafe expectations, with the incorporated eXomesh stainless-steel wire mesh, wire-reinforced straps, lockable, and puncture-resistant double. It isn’t unusual for me to stay at hostels. Not all hostels offer lockers, so the extra safety features really put my mind at ease. I am able to lock up my stuff at night and while I’m away from my bag without the fear of someone cutting open my bag or running away with it.
A lot of research went into this pack. It is incredibly traveler friendly. The main compartment is spacious with a two-tiered compression system. On its maiden voyage, I first spent a week on Oahu before flying out to Tahoe National Forest for another three days. My pack was able to carry everything I needed from a tropical island to a snowy mountain top and still have room for souvenirs. While part of the packing success for that trip is in the gear I choose to bring, Venturesafe’s compression system made the whole process a lot easier. The internal compression straps compress your luggage vertically from top to bottom. After you zip up your luggage, four compression straps along the sides of the pack further compress your luggage. This keeps it secure and compact.
The Venturesafe has a back support that stiffens as you load the pack. This keeps the pack lightweight, while still providing support for a fully-packed bag. I have carried around my fully-loaded pack for several hours, from airports to cities. The lumbar support, chest strap, and tuckable hip belts were a life (and back) saver.
I found my Pacsafe pack on REI’s outlet website. The icing on the cake for me was that the last available color was purple. I try to color code my gear so I can see what is mine at a glance. Most of my gear is purple and orange. This particular pack was simply meant to be.
The Pacsafe Venturesafe has become my go-to travel pack. I can’t wait to see what adventures await us on the horizon!