For my Laugavegur trek in Iceland last Fall, I needed to find a backpack that could carry all my gear, yet fit as a carry-on so I wouldn’t have to check a bag. The Pacsafe Venturesafe X40 Plus Backpack seemed like a strong contender, so it was awesome to get a sample for review.
The Venturesafe X40 Plus is a backpack with features galore. It protects both from the weather and would-be thieves.
For high visibility, I went with the Hawaiian Blue, though this pack is also available in Black. It has a sleeve that will fit a 15in MacBook or a hydration bladder, which is a nice option. There is an internal divider should you need to keep clean gear and dirty or wet items separate.
The main compartment is lockable, as is the front pocket. Access is from the top and also a back panel, which is nice if you need to get into the bottom area quickly.
Because the front pocket has organizer features (carry pens, etc), this bag can work as a commuter bag, though for me it’s a bit too big for that overall. Large zippered pocket, memory card or battery pockets, a wallet D-ring and key clip – all these help keep things organized and handy.
For carrying comfort, the U-shaped aluminum frame assists with load management, to go along with the padded backpack harness and waist belt, and adjustable sternum strap. I really appreciate the thicker padded back panel, as it made carrying a full load a lot more comfortable.
Pacsafe Venturesafe X40 Plus Backpack slide show:
Though it would be really nice if the Venturesafe X40 Plus was waterproof, it isn’t, but an included rain cover is helpful. It’s attached via strap to its storage compartment at the bottom of the backpack, so that’s not going to be lost any time soon.
Ultimately, the gear I wanted to bring on the Laugavegur trek just didn’t fit right in this bag, but that’s my fault for overpacking and not Pacsafe’s. On shorter trips, I’ve been dialing in my packing and there’s a good probability that this pack will be the one that goes to Lithuania this year. Two weeks, carry-on only – I’m ready.
The Pacsafe Venturesafe X40 Plus Backpack has organization and comfort galore and is also pretty much theft-proof, quality built, and should be an integral part of your gear and travel closet for years to come.
(*This product was provided for editorial purposes – all opinions are my own.)
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