I had numerous requirements when researching a daypack. I needed it to have the following features:
- RFID blocking material
- Portable safe
- Attachments to secure to a fixed object
- Small enough to use as a daypack but big enough to carry a laptop, tablet, and anything else for a short hike
- Able to fit within in my 55L backpack, to avoid the pregnant backpacker look.
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Then I came across the Pacsafe – Ultimatesafe 22L backpack, the Fort Knox of backpacks. It had all the features that I was looking for.
- All US passports issued after October 2006, as well as many debit/credit cards and drivers licenses have RFID (radio frequency identification) chips that broadcast personal information 24/7. A person with a scanner could potentially read the personal data on your card or passport. The RFID blocking pocket blocks the transmission of this information, preventing unauthorized access.
Pacsafe’s built in safe (eXomesh) combines the following three security features to give you the “Ultimate” in anti-theft protection:
1) Slash-proof eXomesh cage – a lightweight and slash proof high-tensile stainless steel eXomesh cage encases your valuables.
2) Locks closed – the patented locking device cinches and locks the eXomesh cage completely closed.
3) Locks to a secure fixture – an integrated, heavy duty, stainless steel cable connected to the eXomesh cage and locking device locks your valuables to a secure fixture.
- Adjustable carry-safe straps detach to allow the bag to anchor to a secure fixture when at a restaurant or meeting.
- Shoulder straps are also slash-proof to prevent criminals from cutting the strap and taking your bag.
- Zippered compartments boast smart zipper security, zippers to help protect from wandering hands syndrome.
How did we pay for it?
I bought it from Amazon for $149 and was able to open an Amazon credit card (with no annual fee) to receive a $50 credit towards the purchase bringing the total to $99. Additionally, I had a $101 on a Hyundai MPG debit card that was issued based on the MPG fiasco. Therefore, the bag was free (at least in my head)!