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Pacsafe Citysafe 100 GII Review

An In-Depth Review of the Pacsafe CItysafe 100 GII Anti-Theft Bag. This bag from Pacsafe is perfect for Europe, South America or other pickpocket spots.

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A few weeks ago I posted an article about pickpockets in Europe that got a lot of responses. My number one tip for avoiding pickpockets is being aware of your surroundings, but sometimes that can be difficult — so the next best line of defense is a pickpocket proof bag. When it comes to anti-theftbags the top brand is Pacsafe. I recently had the opportunity to test out the Pacsafe Citysafe 100 GII anti-theft bag and it has a lot of nifty anti-theft features.

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As you can see from the photo, the Pacsafe Citysafe 100 GII is a fairly compact bag (9.8″ x 7.5″ x 3.7″) — which I prefer when I travel (I don’t like bulky bags). However, this bag comes in a few larger sizes if you want something with more storage space. It is big enough to hold a point-and-shoot camera, some books, pens, a small umbrella, and a few other small things. This model is too small to fit a light jacket.

Like all Pacsafe products, this bag has a thin wire-mesh sewn into the lining of the bag. This mesh prevents would-be thieves from cutting the bag to gain access to your belongings.

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Having a zippered bag will deter a large majority of pickpockets, but having the zipper clipped will pretty much stop all of them. It isn’t as secure as locking them closed, but locking and unlocking is a huge pain. I actually prefer the clip system since it will stop pickpockets, but it still makes it fairly simple for you to open.

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The shoulder strap can also be unhooked via a locking clasp  — which gives you the ability to hook your bag to your chair leg (or whatever) to secure it. This is super handy when you’re eating at a restaurant or riding on a train, it stops people from snatching your bag. The strap also has two thin wires sewn into the inside which makes it slash proof.

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The bag also has an interior RFID-blocking pocket that prevents thieves from using a card reader to steal the data from your credit cards and passport.

The inside of the bag has two smaller pockets for organization and an interior zippered pocket.

 Conclusion

You can’t really go wrong with the Pacsafe Citysafe 100 GII if you’re looking for a small anti-theft bag. Like all Pacsafe products, the Citysafe is well made and has a lot of handy features. The only potential downside is the price — because at around $60 it might be a little expensive for budget travelers. However, it might be a small price to pay compared to getting your stuff pickpocketed.

However, one thing I would have liked to see is a small zippered pocket on the outside so I could easily access small non-valuable things more easily (maps, pens, etc).

The Pacsafe Citysafe 100 GII is available on Amazon for about $60 and it comes in multiple colors (black, blue, purple and brow). The Citysafe line also includes the larger Citysafe 200 GII and the even larger Pacsafe Citysafe 400 GII Hobo Travel Bag (which is nice if you carry a lot of stuff).

Product Features

  • Exomesh® slashguards
  • Lockable & Slashproof Carrysafe® shoulder strap
  • Turn & lock strap hook™
  • RFID-blocking pocket and Smart zipper security™
  • Water repellent
  • Feature liner
  • Zippered main compartment
  • Zippered front pocket

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Product Reviews

  • SuziBee

    I recommend these bags too. I have this style and the sling version in the 100 size. Both in black. The smaller one is great for evening or when I want to travel light. Love the zipper clips too. I agree that it would be nice to have an outer pocket for maps and non-valuables.

  • Anna

    I have the Citysafe 200 (a bit larger, but not much) in a nice grey-brown herringbone pattern that I LOVE because the usual colours look too plasticy to me. I’ve found the layout pretty much perfect for my purposes, there’s enough room to fit everything I need inside, and on the outside there’s a small narrow pocket on the front end for my sunglasses and a stretchy one on the back end for a water bottle or umbrella. Also there’s a zipper pocket on the flat side against the body large enough for maps, a guidebook, or a light cardigan for easy access on mine – I take it not in the 100 size since it’s mentioned in the review?
    I do believe the clip on the top zipper works, since it’s not loose, but actually takes a lot of the weight of the bag – it would be hard for anyone to get it open sneakily.
    I took it to Asia for 6 weeks this summer, and it was perfect. It’s definitely coming with me on my next trip!

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