Pacsafe Toursafe Handbag Review

It’s been five weeks since I picked up the Toursafe Handbag, and I’ve been using it almost every time I go out since. I use it when I go to the mall and last weekend, I bought it with me when I traveled to Baguio. I feel I’ve gotten to know the bag now, than when I wrote about my first impression.

Pacsafe Toursafe Handbag
Shoulder bag or messenger bag? Either one works!

One of the things I like most about the Pacsafe Toursafe Handbag is that it looks casual enough for me to take when I travel, yet it doesn’t look too casual for occasions when I need to dress up. I also love how I can adjust the straps so I have the option to tote it like a shoulder bag, or sling it across my body like a messenger bag. The straps of the bag have high-tensile stainless steel wires that make it slashproof. Now, you’d think that having this wires would make the bag uncomfortable to carry. Astonishingly, you can hardly tell the wires are there. The straps are comfortable on the shoulders and doesn’t dig in painfully.

Pacsafe Toursafe Handbag
The Toursafe Handbag’s snatchproof anchor clip

Another security feature of the strap is the snatchproof anchor clip. This allows you to unhook the strap at the base and loop it around a secure object. Say for example you’re in a restaurant. Normally you’d put your bag in an empty seat beside you, or if there isn’t any, put it behind your back or hang it from your chair. Unfortunately, this makes it easy for shady individuals to run off with your bag when you’re not looking. But thanks to the removable strap, you can secure your bag to your chair. Those who will snatch it will surely make a scene since they’ll be dragging the chair (and you) as they attempt to make off with the bag.

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The bag also features Pacsafe’s patented eXomesh Slashguard in the lower part of the bag. Similar to the wires in the straps, you can hardly tell they’re there. The Slashguard prevents your belongings from spilling out of the bag in the event someone slashes your bag.

Pacsafe Toursafe Handbag
Pacsafe’s tamperproof zipper

Most of the time I carry my bag like a messenger bag. Before, when I carry a messenger bag, I would usually have the bag slung in front of me to ensure that nobody tries to get something from my bag without me noticing. Thanks to the Toursafe’s tamperproof zipper, I can sling my bag to the back without having to worry about pickpockets. It’s a rather simple security feature: basically you just hook your zipper to ensure that it stays close. Simple as it may sound, the tamper-proof zipper works — even I have a difficult time unhooking the zipper!

The bag is surprisingly roomy. I can fit my Nikon D40 with the 18mm-105mm lens inside and there would still be room for a book or a shawl (or a Prez David!). As I mentioned in my first review, there are several pockets that can hold my cards, my iPod and mobile phone, some girly stuff and two zippered pockets. I love the zippered pockets. I keep my extra money in one, and in the other, bigger pocket, I keep the accessories of my gadgets: cleaning pen, extra battery, extra SD card, earbuds, phone handsfree adaptor.

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There’s another zippered pocket outside, which I absolutely love. I can put my wallet, passport and pen there so I wouldn’t have to trouble myself opening the tamperproof zipper whenever I have to pay for something or when I have to go through the airport security checks. The pocket side is designed to be facing your body, so it’s not as easy to get to.

In one side of the bag, there’s a small pocket for a water bottle or a small foldable umbrella. The pocket can be fastened close, so it doesn’t look like it’s bulging out when it’s empty. My only gripe about this pocket is that it’s a bit too short. My 500ml bottle of Propel tumbled out of the pocket a couple of times.

The Pacsafe Toursafe Handbag retails in the Philippines for Php 4,490. Kinda pricey for a handbag, but considering its anti-theft features and the unbelievable comfort of the straps, as well as the bag’s design, it’s definitely worth the investment.

Pacsafe is available in Manila in all Travel Club branches, Brat Pack, Rustan’s, Hahn, ROX, I Studio, I Gig, Flight 360 and Bombproofgear. A huge thank you go out to United Limsun for the bag and the ProSafe 750 lock.

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 10 Comments
  1. Kyameel says:

    I must say you already had me sold with your first impression. And at that time, as was also looking for a good bag for a clutz and forgetful person that I am. I bought one that same week, and I’ve been using it everyday since.

    I love that the the straps are very very comfortable, it is reasonably sized and its inside is very very spacious. I also love the simple tamper-proof zipper. I am loving it! (If you already can’t tell)

    At first, I was still concerned about the hefty price tag, but as time goes on, am realizing it as an investment— a very good investment. ;)

    I got the tabasco-colured one, as I couldn’t stop looking at it. Haha. Anyway, thanks again for the first impressions post.

  2. Cat says:

    Neat! I like the tamper-proof zipper. Kinda gives you a peace of mind when you’re traveling through some rough places. Also, you can fit some of your camera gear in it too, which is even better. ;) Oh, and some dolls…!

    At first, I was thinking the Tabasco would be my color of choice (since I love anything red), but now that I see what the brown one looks like in your pictures, I think that might be better when it comes to fitting with the wardrobe. I like how it’s stylish!

  3. nina says:

    Kyameel: Thanks for sharing your input about the bag! Gulat talaga ako when you texted to ask about it so soon after I posted my first impressions. Glad to know you think it’s a worthy investment :D

    Cat: Due to my shoddy photography skills, the black bag looks like brown in the photo -_-

  4. stella says:

    its a definite investment. thanks for the tip nina. will save one before embarking on another trip :)

  5. Pacsafe says:

    Thanks for the great review Posted it on our Facebook page, check it out!

  6. […] authorized Philippine distributor of Pacsafe gave me another item for review, which compliments the Toursafe Handbag: the Pacsafe Toursafe Wallet. The Toursafe Wallet comes in the same design and colors as the […]

  7. chyng says:

    hihi, parang Nene ka pa sa picture :D

  8. Jimmer says:

    A pacsafe bag is one of the most security conscious items we can find in the market. I’ve seen this bag in videos and you’ll have no worries of putting your important items in it. One problem for me is how long will this bag get repaired once it gets cut?

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