May I introduce this very travel-friendly little backpack? The Travelon Classic Anti-Theft Backpack can be your new best friend, if you’re looking for a sleek design with anti-theft features. Two qualities which I tend to look for in most (if not all) of my travel bag purchases.
I’m frequently on the search for the perfect luggage combination. On my last trip to California (for the Women in Travel Summit – #WITS16), I tested a new minimalist’s method, only bringing with me this backpack & my Eagle Creek Strictly Business Brief. I was very pleased with how much stuff I was able to bring, and the ease of mobility of being suitcase-less.
For a whole week I used this backpack in lieu of a purse. And there were both pros & cons to that decision. But I’ll get to that at the end of the post. First I would like to acquaint you more with this anti-theft backpack.
Starting with the Specifications
- Size: 16 x 12 x 6
- Material: 900 D. Polyester
- Weight: 1 lb, 4 oz.
As you may have guessed from the name of this backpack, it does have several anti-theft features. Such as…
- Slash-proof straps and body panels
- RFID blocking card and passport slots in the front organizer
- Locking zippers (lobster claws)
I like this backpack. But there are some pros & cons that I’d like to point out. For one thing, I was delighted with the overall size of the bag. It was easy to slip under the seat in front of me on the plane. It’s lightweight, and made of durable material that simply felt high-quality to me. And I was able to fit a lot more stuff in it than I’d hoped for.
Once I arrived at my destination, it made a super day pack. I found it easy to fit in my usual sundries along with my large camera, a sweater, and a water bottle. And even then, it wasn’t completely stuffed.
There is a half sleeve in the main compartment to fit either an e-reader or small laptop. I have an 11.6 Chromebook, which fit very easily. I would have preferred if the sleeve covered my laptop complete (it didn’t, as you can see in the picture above), as it was sometimes hard to slide my laptop into the slot when the bag was full.
On the “cons side,” there were a couple of things that bugged me. One was using it instead of a purse. It does have the functional ability of a purse, with the organizer in the front with slots for credit cards, a phone, pens, and a passport (RFID blocking, if you’ll remember). But if you have to take off your backpack every time you make a purchase, that can get kind of annoying. And it is preferable to have a counter top to set it on, as it is a little tricky difficult to unzip while holding in mid-air.
The second thing that I found to be an issue was the straps. But first, I have to tell you that they were very comfortable! You can see in the picture, that they are nicely padded.
But (for me anyways) one of the straps would never stay put at the length I adjusted it to. I would take of my backpack every once in a while, and noticed that one would have let out much longer than the other one. I dealt with this by reaching behind to check the excess length whenever it felt a little odd.
Not a big deal, just something that I found a little annoying.
The last thing, I am a little ambiguous about. I’ve found that Travelon’s bags (like my purse, which I love) do live up to being quite anti-theft. The lobster-claws on the zippered openings are a must for me. They offer the security that I want when I’m traveling. But this particular bag was harder to get into than I was expecting. The main reason is the fact that there is only one clasp for two zippers at the top. I frequently found myself having to unclasp both, just to get into a single compartment.
However, as an anti-theft backpack, it’s supposed to be hard to get into. So in that area I have to give it a definite A. But if you are trying to get to something quickly, you might find it to be a bit of a hassle…
Recap Pros & Cons
- Lightweight, durable, good size, sleek design
- Anti-theft features are top of the line
- Fits a lot for being such a small bag
- Comfortable straps
- Strap adjustments have a tendency to slip
- It’s hard to get into the compartments (a big plus for being anti-theft, in all honesty)
- It’s not a superb substitute for a purse (try the Travelon Anti-Theft Signature Top Zip Shoulder Bag)
So to wrap things up, this is a great little anti-theft backpack. And perfect for use as a day pack. 🙂
Do you own any Travelon products yourself? Or do you have a particular travel backpack that you love? Let me know in the comments!
Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post, but as always, all opinions are completely my own.