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Pacsafe® x SLNT® Anti-Theft Sling Review
With the same security, durability, and style as the Anti-Theft Backpack, the Pacsafe® x SLNT® Anti-Theft Sling offers Carryologists the option for compact carry. Pacsafe, a brand known for its line of anti-theft products, joined forces with SLNT which is known for its signal-blocking Silent Pocket® Faraday patent, to design the Anti-Theft Sling; a piece that’s ideal for general everyday carry. From running errands around town to local adventures and commutes, this sling makes for a great carry companion.
This review is slightly different from others, because not only did I have to consider the functionality as a bag, but I also had to consider the efficacy of its security features. It’s truly an innovative product.
- Name: Pacsafe® x SLNT® Anti-Theft Sling
- Brand: Collaboration between Pacsafe and SLNT
- Format: Sling
- Measurement: Height x Width x Depth: 6 in x 12 in x 3.25 in
- Capacity: 3 liters
- Weight: 1.4 lbs
- Zippers: YKK AquaGuard weather-resistant zippers
- Material: 750D polyester with a water-resistant coating, Pacsafe anti-theft technology, Silent Pocket Faraday phone sleeve
Who It Suits
If you carry sensitive information on your cell phone that requires protection from signal attacks or just want to disconnect from the constant notifications, this is the sling for you. If you worry about potential pickpocketing or other theft, this is the sling for you. If you want functionality with a sophisticated look, this sling is for you.
Who It Doesn’t
The Anti-Theft Sling is not ideal for Carryologists needing extensive space and versatility. While it can be used as a fanny pack, I did not find the construction of this sling to be appropriate for this purpose.
The Pacsafe® x SLNT® Anti-Theft Sling is eye-catching for its sleek and minimalistic design. The 750D polyester exterior and strap are water-resistant and durable – quality you can see and feel. However, the boxy shape was slightly off-putting for me. I do appreciate the fact that the sling is made from recycled plastic though.
With different access points and pockets, the Pacsafe® x SLNT® Anti-Theft Sling has great organization for a compact carrying bag. The main compartment has plenty of space for even the largest wallet and other essential items. The Fidlock™ snap-in, Silent Pocket® sleeve is also located in this compartment.
The front compartment is good for separating smaller items, so they aren’t lingering at the bottom of the sling. And there is a “secret secure pocket” on the back panel for valuable items like cash or your passport. The strap has a nifty, anti-theft locking mechanism that makes it difficult to remove if you haven’t used it before.
As I mentioned before, it was important for me to see how the anti-theft and signal blocking features stood up to manufacturer claims and, well, they did!
Upon first receiving the Pacsafe® x SLNT® Anti-Theft Sling, it took me a couple of minutes or so to figure out the Pacsafe zippers without instructions. There is a locking mechanism to keep the zippers in place, but the individual zippers also slide into each other, creating a secondary security wall. From my point of view, it would be difficult for a pickpocketer to stealthily and speedily steal from anyone carrying this sling.
Furthermore, the patented Silent Pocket® appears to block signals and tracking. While my iPhone is in the Faraday sleeve, it does not receive messages, nor does it share location until removed. However, I do wonder if blocking GPS tracking means I will not be able to track down the iPhone if it were stolen.
I love some components of the Pacsafe® x SLNT® Anti-Theft Sling and others, not so much. It’s a beautiful sling, durable, and well-made. However, it can look somewhat bulgy compared to the backpack. The clamshell opening makes it easy to see inside and the abundance of pockets are great for organizing. I don’t use the locking mechanism on the Pacsafe zippers much, since I typically carry a sling to access my items faster, but I can see it being perfect for travel. Lastly, the rigidity of the sling and the stiffness of the strap are not the most comfortable to wear. Since it is boxy, the Anti-Theft Sling has no give to contour to my body, causing it to hang awkwardly. The strap is hard and wide so it digs into the side of my neck if worn long. Although, I must add: the quality construction feels like it will last for years.
- • Sleek, ambidextrous design
- • Excellent security features
- • High-quality construction
- • Thoughtful organization
The Not So Good
- • Boxy, bulgy shape
- • Rigid design and hard strap cause discomfort
- • Difficult to access compartments when zippers are locked
- • Unknown how the Silent Pocket® sleeve affects ability to find if stolen
I recommend carefully considering what it is you want out of this sling. If you want style, durability, and easy organization, then it is perfect. If you need the increased security in a compact carry, its innovative technology is unbeatable! If comfort is your top priority, then you may want to look elsewhere. I would recommend the Pacsafe® x SLNT® Anti-Theft Sling for most if it weren’t for the price point. At $139.95, I don’t feel it packs as much of a punch as its backpack counterpart. One thing is for sure, though, if you buy it, it will last for years and deliver on your security needs. If you’re interested in learning more about the sling head over to SLNT.com or post your inquiry in the Carryology Classified group!
Many thanks to Christina Ortiz for this review.
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