The breast belt and waist belt let you distribute the load and keep the backpack not only comfortable but also harmless to the spine. You can easily fit hydration packs inside this bag.
The zippers are too tight initially.
Pacsafe Venturesafe GII is pretty much impenetrable. The company's eXomesh™ slashguard along with the CarrySafe™ slashguard strap will make sure to prevent slash-and-run theft. Meanwhile, the TurnNLock™ security hooks will be able to stop snatchers from grabbing the backpack.
6.6 gallons (25 liters)
Main compartment with pocket for laptop (up to 15"), front organizer compartment with multiple internal pockets, 2 side pockets
Nylon, polyester (water-repellent)
TurnNLock™ security hooks, eXomesh™ slashguard, CarrySafe™ slashguard strap, Zip clips, RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets and materials
Padded back panel, Padded straps, Waist belt and breast strap for additional support, System for hydration packs, Internal attachment point for wallets and keys
19.7" x 11.4" x 7.9"
The adjustable open positions let you open the main compartment from 30-, 90-, and 180-degree angles. The last angle makes all the pockets/compartments easily accessible.
The charger is not compatible with USB Type-C.
XD Design Bobby XL Anti-Theft Backpack will let you traverse the streets with style and confidence. Despite its compact dimensions, the bag is pretty roomy, roomy enough to comfortably hold <17-inch laptops, <13-inch tablets, and ample extra stuff.
4 gallons (15 liters)
Main compartment with pocket for laptop (up to 17") and tablet (up to 12.9"), multiple internal pockets, anti-theft pocket
Cut-proof protection board, Hidden zippers and pockets, RFIDsafe™ blocking pocket
Padded back panel, Padded straps, Adjustable open angles (3 positions), Integrated USB charging port, Reflective stripes
18.1" x 12.4" x 4.9"
The luggage straps will allow you to strap this backpack onto suitcases. The D-rings on the shoulder straps can be used to attach and secure various items that you need quickly accessible.
The mesh pockets are not durable.
Matein Anti-Theft Travel Backpack is the best bang for anyone's buck who is against spending serious money on bags. The backpack's 6.6-litre capacity will let you pack enough belongings to easily last days. The water-repellent polyester fabric will protect these belongings.
~6.6 gallons (~25 liters)
Main compartment with pocket for laptop (up to 15.6"), compartment with mesh pockets, front organizer compartment with multiple internal pockets, anti-theft pocket, 2 side pockets
Padded back panel, Padded straps, Luggage strap, Integrated USB charging port, External D-rings
18" x 12" x 7.8"
The slash-resistant straps make slash-and-run theft basically impossible. The slash-resistant body provides the necessary peace of mind when roaming busy streets. The RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets make RFID readers ineffective.
The back panel is not padded.
Featuring clean lines and forms, Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Backpack won't attract too much unwanted attention. Though the bag looks relatively bland, its anti-theft measures/features are up there with the best anti-theft backpacks around.
3.4 gallons (13 liters)
Main compartment with pocket for tablet (up to 12"), front organizer compartment with multiple internal pockets, 2 side pockets
Nylon, polyester (water-repellent)
Slash-resistant mesh body panels and shoulder straps, RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets, Locking straps and compartments, Lockable zippers
Padded straps, Internal attachment point for wallets and keys
16" x 12" x 6"
The phone holder on the left shoulder strap does not hold well.
Outjoy Anti-Theft Laptop Backpack is understated and mature enough to be worn even with business outfits. The protection board is cut-proof, so you won't have to worry about thieves slashing the bag and easily stealing valuable items. The zippers are lockable.
~2.9 gallons (~11 liters)
Main compartment with pocket for laptop (up to 15.6") and tablet (up to 10"), multiple internal pockets, anti-theft pocket
Cut-proof protection board, Lockable zippers
Padded back panel, Padded straps, Phone holder strap, Luggage strap, Adjustable open angles (2 positions), Integrated USB charging port, Reflective stripes
17.7" x 11" x 4.7"
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Pacsafe 25L Gii
Security Solutions Galore
Pacsafe Venturesafe GII is as rugged and durable yet comfortable as they come.
What separates this bag even from most anti-theft bags is the eXomesh™ slashguard and the CarrySafe™ slashguard strap. These stainless steel wire mesh panels have been built and concealed into the bag's most fragile and accessible parts, the ones that thieves target first and foremost.
Apart from that, the backpack comes fitted with TurnNLock™ security hooks that have these smart turning mechanisms preventing snatchers from grabbing the bag and running away. These hooks are also pretty discreet, so you won't have to worry about anyone slashing them.
You can attach the supplied zip clips/pullers to these hooks, deterring and preventing pickpockets from reaching into the bag.
Of course, high-end lockable backpacks are not complete these days without RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets and materials that are able to protect sensitive data that's on the gadgets inside the backpack since RFID readers can pick up that data 10 feet away from you otherwise.
Setting all that aside, what we have here is the company's standard comfortable waterproof backpack that you can take with you hiking or roam around the city without worrying about anything. All things considered, it is probably the best anti-theft travel backpack.
XD Design Bobby XL
Don't Get More Stylish Than That
XD Design Bobby XL Anti-Theft Backpack is that stylish, sleek bag that you see more and more people sporting these days.
Its understated and minimalistic aesthetic blends into most urban/casual outfits, so you do not look as dorky with this bag as people usually do with most backpacks.
At the same time, the bag is plenty secure. The cut-proof protection board will make sure that burglars are unable to quickly slash the backpack.
The hidden zippers and secret pockets will prevent people from discreetly unzipping the bag and easily identifying and stealing the contents.
Meanwhile, the RFIDsafe™ blocking pocket will make RFID readers ineffective, so you won't have to worry about protecting sensitive data.
The company's trademark reflective stripe adds aesthetic points, that goes without saying. The stripe also makes the bag visible during nighttime, reducing car accidents chances.
Though the bag comes equipped with an integrated USB charging port, the port is not compatible with USB Type-C, so some gadgets won't be able to utilize this interface without an adapter.
Other than that, this lightweight theft-proof backpack is awesome. Though the bag is pretty compact, its 4-gallon capacity is enough to accommodate <17-inch laptops and ample extra stuff.
MATEIN 15.6 Inch
Basic but Sufficient Enough
As far as anti-theft backpacks are concerned, this Matein is somewhat basic but, considering its price tag, there's nothing disappointing about this model.
Sure, there are no RFIDsafe™ pockets and panels and no slash-resistant/cut-proof parts but the bags with those cost three times more than this one, so we cannot complain about that.
What the bag has though is this awesome anti-theft pocket where you can put the passport, keys, cash, credit cards, things like that.
The zippers are lockable, meaning you won't have to worry about someone opening the bag from behind and easily stealing your stuff.
There are many pockets inside where you can separate and organize various items. You also have this front organizer compartment with phone and pen pockets and this nice little keyfob hook that keeps the keys safe and secure yet quickly accessible.
Like most backpacks, this one comes equipped with side mesh pockets where you can put bottles and snacks. These pockets are not that durable though, so we would definitely not recommend putting anything valuable there.
In short, when you're unable/unwilling to drop ~100+ bucks on a bag, this secure backpack is your best bet. Plus, it is more spacious than most anti-theft bags.
Preventing Physical and Cyber Theft
Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Backpack looks somewhat bland but there's nothing bland about this bag's anti-theft features.
First off, the slash-resistant straps incorporate these steel wire mesh panels that work wonders preventing slash-and-run theft.
We can extend the same sentiment towards the slash-resistant body that makes slash-and-grab theft pretty much impossible so you can walk the city's busiest areas without worrying about anything.
Considering that this anti-pickpocket bag is pretty affordable compared to these trendy safe backpacks that go above 100 bucks, we were surprised to find that the RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets have been added too, letting you store the phone there knowing that thieves with RFID readers won't be able to freely access your data.
Needless to say, sometimes thieves do not incorporate these sophisticated methods and try to access the stuff inside the bag the same way you would - through the zippers. The backpack's lockable zippers will prevent that, while the locking straps will make sure these criminals are unable to quickly snatch the bag and run away.
The main takeaway here is that, despite its unassuming (yet relatively charming, with clean and even somewhat elegant lines and forms) appearance, this backpack with back pockets is as secure as most high-end anti-theft bags.
Outjoy Anti-Theft Laptop Backpack looks clean and subtle enough to even make business outfits work with the bag. Despite its streamlined appearance though, the backpack is convoluted and feature-rich enough to tussle with most anti-theft bags.
Its capacity is pretty limited, measuring ~2.9 gallons (~11 liters) but that's not something we can hold against the product given the "laptop" remark in the name there, meaning that this bag was designed to accommodate laptops before anything and everything else. On that note, you'll have no issues fitting standard (<15.6-inch) laptops and (<10-inch) tablets inside this bag.
The cut-proof protection board will make sure that thieves won't be able to easily slash this small backpack and run away with the contents. Meanwhile, the lockable zippers will prevent them from quickly and easily accessing these contents without using any sharp objects.
In addition to the integrated USB charging port that these anti-theft bags often come equipped with, this slim backpack features a phone holder built into the left shoulder strap. As long as you don't use this thing too frequently (the strap is not that durable), you'll be able to comfortably charge the phone without even holding it.
Last but not least, the bag's adjustable open angles with two available positions will let you open the backpack from different angles, making the anti-theft pocket more accessible to you.
What Is an Anti-Theft Backpack?
These days, we carry with us more valuable items than ever before, from different gadgets to various access instruments and solutions like keys, credit cards, and so on. At the same time, we are getting more and more distracted, meaning more vulnerable and susceptible to theft.
That's where anti-theft backpacks are able to provide some assistance. These bags come equipped with various theft prevention solutions, from lockable zippers and rear hidden pockets to cut-resistant and even knife-proof straps and panels. Sometimes, anti-theft bags even come fitted with RFIDsafe™ blocking pockets that are able to turn RFID readers pretty much useless.
Of course, these are backpacks before anything else, so they're supposed to be comfortable too, meaning that most companies do not forget to add things like padded straps and panels. Also, more often than not, anti-theft backpacks are adopting laptop and tablet compartments since more and more people nowadays do not leave the house without these gadgets.