Pacsafe are a brand I came across a few years back now, and I have slowly been buying more of their range.
I currently own 3 Pacsafe products and use them on a near daily basis, so I thought I would post a review of them. (Pacsafe have not paid me nor provided any products to me, these are just products I love!)
The Pacsafe Metrosafe 200 was my first purchase – a simple day bag with a lot of room but maximum comfort. This is a great bag for walking, as the weight distribues evenly. You can carry a guidebook and two waterbottles, along with usual items such as a wallet, phone and keys and really not notice the weight.
This is actually a new bag – I purchased my first Metrosafe 200 in May 2010 and recently I had a minor issue with the strap. The slash-proof mesh had poked through in one very tiny place, but was capable of giving a scratch. I contacted Pacsafe, received my local supplier’s details, posted them my bag and a few days later, a brand new one arrived in the post. I should add that this is the only problem I’ve had with any Pacsafe product, so I feel confident in saying it was a once off. In any case, their customer service was great and they rectified the fault fast.
The Pacsafe brands are known for their security features, such as tamper-proof zips and slash-proof straps (and most of the bag in general):
There is a lot of space in this bag, photographed here with an iPad2 (in a case) as well as an over the head style of noise-cancelling headphones:
You can also read about the Metrosafe 200 on Pacsafe’s website. They also have good videos explaining the safety features of the bag
My most used (and abused) Pacsafe bag is the Camsafe 200. This is a great bag for a DSLR and twin lens kit. The bag is comfortable even with a heavy camera in it – I own a Canon 7D, which has a metal body, but the Pacsafe even distributes the weight on my camera nicely. I wouldn’t want to go on a full day hike with anything other than a backpack though.
Some really nice features of this bag include the array of pockets for camera gear. And one of the ones I missed at first was in the main section, there is a small zip at the back for storing memory cards
Once again, there are videos and more details available on the Pacsafe website:
However, if you’re only going to ever buy one Pacsafe product, make it the cheapest of the ones I’m reviewing today: the Carrysafe 100.
This is a simple strap, but is the most amazingly comfortable thing ever. I used to use the generic (and really ugly, sorry Canon, but it’s true!) strap that came with my 7D, and it would rub into my neck and make it sore, it had the giant words CANON plastered all over it (code for, hey, come rob me, this thing around my neck has great resale value!).
Even in the height of summer it sits comfortably on your neck and doesn’t make you sweat. The only problem I occasionally have is with the padded, non-slip section of the neck strap – if you hair is out it can get caught a little and it does tug and sting for a second. But since most photographers need to wear long hair up anyway, so that it doesn’t get in the shot, this could just be my own problem!
Pictured here attached to the best camera in the world:
I tend to avoid looking at the Pacasfe website, as I know I will find more bags that I like. I went back a few days ago and I’ve found they’ve updated their range with second-generation products, which all appear to include their RFID safety features now, which is a great bonus feature as the world gets more digital.
They do also have a range of bags more aimed at women, if you find the standard ranges a bit too boxy and ‘male’. I like the look of one of their older range bags, the Toursafe Handbag:
Although I also like the look of the Citysafe 400 ‘hobo’ bag from the new RFID-proof range of bags. I’m looking forward to seeing some internal shots and a video review of it sometime in the future: