OMG can I just say how much I LOVE this back pack?!?! I did searches on travel forums and other travel blogger sites to see what gear full-time travelers use. Many are using the Osprey packs and they are pretty great looking. I looked at the Osprey Kyte 46, but being a photographer, I wanted something that would be safe for my gear and my electronics.
After some searches on-line and came across the PacSafe line. I loved how it has slash proof material without adding the weight. I ordered the VentureSafe 45L and soon as I opened it up, I fell in love with it!
The PacSafe has a exomesh material that is slash-proof and the zippers are lockable. What really sold me over the Osprey, is that this pack has a side open instead of top open. This pack acts like a suitcase rather than a traditional back pack.
There’s also a deep front pocket that will fit my laptop and includes a locking cable with it’s own compartment. This was one of the first purchases I bought and I tested it on business trips and a fun trip to Turks and Caicos. This bag is my new best friend. So comfortable, easy to access and fits everything I need.
Update October 2015
I have been on the road for 8 months and LOVE this backpack! It has been amazing to travel with. I’ve had no problems carrying it on the plane, which one reason why I bought such a small backpack (no checking baggage in = deplane and go!) and I’ve used it as a day pack on hiking trips (see first picture on post).
Pros: This bag is small and lightweight and works great with my compression bags. You can carry this bag on planes without a hassle. I’ve also used it as a safe to keep my stuff locked up in my guesthouses.
Cons: It is not waterproof. I took this hiking and in the middle of the hike it started raining. My bag was wet and a little rain leaked in. I’d say it’s more water resistant. If you purchase this bag and plan to take it hiking, purchase a rain cover to go with it.
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