Monday, 25 June 2018 09:19

Quiksilver X Pacsafe 40l anti-theft carry-on pack reviewed

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 Over recent years travel security has become a major issue with increasing numbers seeking less developed, and potentially less safe, parts of the world. From pickpockets to shoulder strap slashing rucksacks designed to be lightweight provide little protection but Pacsafe have got more than 20 years of history in designed packs and bags specifically for these occassions.


 A collaboration between surfboard company Quiksilver and security conscious travel-bag market leaders Pacsafe the pack is designed with extra security in mind, from airport check-ins to the beach. With copious storage pockets the Quiksilver X Pacsafe the pack is equally at home for general travel but boasts wet-clothes storage alongside all the security features.

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What the manufacturers say:

Secure your wetsuit, clothes, tech and more, in this anti-theft carry-on bag. Featuring a removable dry bag, heavy-duty tarpaulin pockets and heaps of storage space, the QUIKSILVER X PACSAFE 40L carry-on pack is designed with boardriders in mind. Adjustable straps and ergonomic back padding add additional comfort when carting your gear on and off the beaten track, while anti-theft technology helps protect your things while you focus on what really matters.


  • Meets most airline carry-on standards
  • External compression straps
  • Fits a 15 inch Mac-Book
  • Hip Belt
  • Sternum strap
  • Internal pockets to keep you gear organised
  • Internal attachment point for wallets and keys
  • Water bottle pocket

Quiksilver X Pacsafe 40l anti-theft carry-on pack reviewed:

The Quiksilver X Pacsafe is almost certainly the most complex pack we've ever tested. In terms of anti-theft technology alone it boasts exomesh slashguard and similarly slash-proof straps to prevent "cut and run thefts". A neat pocket system and secured zip tabs reduces the chance of pick-pocket style thefts and an RFID blocking material in the upper pocket prevents unauthorised scanning of credit and debit cards.

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At 1.73 kg it's not a lightweight pack, but the counterbalance is that not only is this highly secure but the materials used are very durable. The 1000D Polyester exterior is not only abrasion resistant but gives the pack a higher degree of rigidity than your day-to-day rucksack, allowing an easy case-style carrying. At 51x35x18cm the Quicksilver X Pacsafe carry-on is specifically designed to fir the carry-on luggage restrictions of most airlines.

The main compartment is secured by a substatial zip and opens up to reveal one side loaded with internal pockets with the other side gicing compressible clothes storage and a waterproof, draw-string, bag that's ideal for isolating wet or dirty clothes.

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The "front" side of the pack's 4 pockets are ideal for accessory storage, from the large and smoothly lined laptop/tablet pocket which secured with a velcro strap to the twin silver pockets - 1 with flap closure and one with a zip. The zipped mesh pocket, in particular, is perfect for storing those essential leads, cables and small accessories.

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The design means that when the pack is zipped up the internal waterproof sack on the opposite side provides a barrier between clothing and tech storage, while detatching from the pack completely to allow easy access or carrying seperately. Behind the removable waterproof sack the main compartment uses the X shaped compression strap system familiar in most suitcases, with more than enough space for a long weekend's clothing needs.

Externally the Quiksilver X does initially appear to be a overloaded with straps; there's compression straps on the sides and shoulder and waist straps - all with the potential to snag on objects when carried in a case style. The external water bottle pocket sits perfectly on the right when carried as a pack, although in case mode it's relegated to the base of the case and becomes effectively unusable. All is not as it first appears, however, as the shoulder and waist straps can be detatched at one end and stuffed into well-hidden pockets to remove the snag-issues and look very bag-like rather than rucksack style.

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As a 40 litre rucksack the Quiksilver X carries well. The shoulder straps are on a par with more dedicated packs of a similar size, with the added security benefirts to prevent slash and grab style thefts. The waist strap, however, is comparitively narrow and you don't get any built-in pockets. It's never going to compete with a dedicated daysack in terms of comfort over long distances but with the surprising inclusion of a chest strap between the shoulder straps its both stable enough and comfortable enough to handle transitions between airport and destination.

There's no doubt that the additional security features add to the weight and the layout is designed for hotel based travels rather than carrying camping kit, but where security is an issue it's hard to see how it could be bettered.