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Drive By :: Pacsafe Intasafe Z600 Anti-theft Weekender
The Pacsafe Intasafe Z600 anti-theft weekender duffel is a lightweight, casual weekender with practical pocketing and a versatile feel. Oh, and it also resists slashing, has hard-to-puncture zips, and even packs some pretty good protection against the elements.
Who It Suits
Folks who love 80’s sounding product names. Folks who want to mix business and pleasure. Folks who sometimes travel to dodgy places, or stay in hotels or hostels without much security, or cart around valuable things that they don’t want to draw attention to. But at the end of the day this is a versatile weekender that suits a diverse audience.
Who It Doesn’t
This is a weekender, so don’t think amazing carry comfort or complex organizing. It’s a simple format with just enough pocketing.
You get a softened square form with a coated canvas look. This won’t draw attention like some leather weekenders, but I guess that’s the whole point. It’s quite a restrained aesthetic, with balanced proportions and cohesive details.
Being Pacsafe it’s more about security than most bags. So for instance you get a slashproof strap that runs wire through the side with a fixed-on, hard-to-open way of getting that off but it all kind of ticks on. But the really interesting thing about this is there’s just not many compromises.
“Being Pacsafe it’s more about security than most bags.”
There’s also fun magnetic latching for your zips, so if you do want to padlock them together they just nest well. In terms of the zip, it’s a VISLON style moulded good zip that is quite rugged. It’s harder to puncture with a pen and open up. The classic trick with any zip if you want to gain quick entry is to grab a pen and force it between the teeth and that typically pops the zip open. However, this zip really resists that. You cannot do it easily, whereas most spiral zips just split open and people can get access really quickly.
There’s a slip if you want to pop it over your wheeled bag’s telescopic handle. The bag utilizes quite a lightweight foam that gives it structure but not weight and it’s still very compressible. You’ve got external pockets with a little bit of additional organizing in them that helps with your bits and pieces as you’re jumping on or off a plane or getting away for the weekend.
The center organizing is again pretty basic with the mesh pocketing but it’s just enough. A weekender shouldn’t be overly complex; it should be a simple enough bag.
We’ve now had it on a bunch of trips and it’s holding up well. It’s ageing nicely.
“The bag utilizes quite a lightweight foam that gives it structure but not weight and it’s still very compressible.”
The handles are quite slim and lightweight, which is realistic because if you’re carrying a weekender like this it’s in your hand and it’s less important to have massive comfort. So overall they’re really simple handles but they make sense and work for what it is. If you’re carrying the bag for longer distances you can put on the shoulder strap. It’s a well-padded strap that nests well, with integrated security.
Others To Consider
Pacsafe don’t have many direct competitors. You can handcuff a briefcase to your wrist, lock up a Pelican case, or choose something from Delsey’s range that has a Securi Tech zip.
But really, this is just a versatile weekender, so you can also be looking at a KILLSPENCER if you want more style.
A Lexdray if you want more organizing.
Or a Filson if you want more heritage.
The Pacsafe Intasafe Z600 anti-theft weekender duffel is one of those bags that knows what its role is, and performs it well. Rather than sleek, eye-catching style, it opts for an understated and solidly functional design – which, if you’re security-conscious with your carry, is exactly what you want in a bag. Pacsafe have found a good balance between useful safety features and a practical yet relaxed vibe that suits the nature of a weekender. It’s also not too expensive for what it is. Coming in at US$ 170, it offers good value for money with its durable construction, roomy interior, handy quick-access pockets and stealthy security features. Give it a try. It may just surprise you.