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Review: Pacsafe metrosafe™ 150 GII

 

If you’re traveling and you know it clap your hands. If you’re traveling and you’re paranoid clap your hands. Well, you can clap your hands, or you can buy a Pacsafe metrosafe™ 150 GII.

The metrosafe™ 150 GII offers body-sling  styling. A body-sling bag positions over the back or front of the body from a single strap. I generally like these types of bags, and I really like want to like this offering from Pacsafe, except that despite the heavy investment in security features, the main strap is too short to be comfortable for me, but not everybody is over six feet and 300 lbs. If you’re more petite than this writer, then the metrosafe™ will probably work for you.

And if it fits well, then you will be mostly happy with all of the other details that make this bag one you should consider when traveling, or if you walk regularly through major metro areas (thus I’m guessing the origin of the bag’s name).

Let’s go through those security features.

First, the bag isn’t just made of nylon, it is made of web-reinforced nylon. As with many features of Pacsafe bags, the company trademarks them. In this case the feature is called eXomesh™ . So if you are worried about the very worrying trend of people slashing at bags and backpacks to spill their digital, financial and person guts for retrieval, then this is a bag to consider Pacsafe also reinforces the strap against slashers who target the entire bag rather than just its contents. They call this a carrysafe™ strap.

So the bag is physically safer than regular consumer products, but what about your information. Fear not. The metrosafe™ includes a special pocket that protects RFID tags, like those found on some credit cards and the latest passports, This RFIDSafe™ blocks radio reception, meaning that those walk-by thieves seeking to steal your identity won’t find anything to steal from you.

Finally, Pacsafe includes smart zipper security™, locking down zippers so they can’t causally be opened by people walking by. I highly recommend that you make using this feature a habit, because I’ve left one too many bag compartments open. Thinking about clipping a zipper closed will doubly ensure the safety of your bag’s precious contents.

Like any technology-enabled thing, the special features don’t matter if the thing isn’t a good thing to start with. In this case, Pacsafe made the metrosafe™ 150 GII a good bag for carrying your stuff. It ofers good, if not overly roomy, protection for your iPad (thin cases are fine, but if you use a thicker case, it won’t fit into the designated, fleece-lined tablet pouch). The bag also includes wallet and key clips. 

I have to question the removable phone case on a bag with this much security. Although it is important to balance accessibility with security, having a phone case on this bag, secured only by velcro to the strap, and the phone itself by a velcro flap (especially precarious closure on the longer iPhone 5) doesn’t exude security I would feel better about my phone’s safety if this accessory took advantage of Pacsafe innovations like eXomesh™ and smart zipper security™ to ensure the phone (nor its case) gets lifted without me knowing.

Despite its issues, and its somewhat snug fit for people like me, NFL linemen and NBA centers, I will probably use the Pacsafe metrosafe™ 150 GII when walking through areas where my security, and the security of my stuff may be threatened.

 

Pacsafe 

$79.95

metrosafe™ 150 GII

Comes in black, cool steel, jungle green or midnight blue.

http://pacsafe.com/www/index.php?_room=3&_action=detail&id=207

 

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Daniel W. Rasmus, the author of Listening to the Future and Management by Design, is a strategist, industry analyst, and business correspondent for iPhone Life magazine. Prior to starting his own consulting practice, Rasmus was the Director of Business Insights at Microsoft Corporation, where he helped the company envision how people will work in the future.

Before joining Microsoft, Rasmus was Research Vice President at the Giga Information Group and Forrester Research Inc. Rasmus also is an internationally recognized speaker. He blogs regularly for Fast Company and on his own blog, Your Future in Context. His education-related work can be found at Learning Reimagined.