Pacsafe

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Pacsafe
Founded 1998
Headquarters Hong Kong
Products Ant-theft Travel Gear
Parent Outpac Designs Ltd
Website www.pacsafe.com

Pacsafe is a brand engaged in the design, development, global marketing and distribution of smart travel gear with built-in innovative anti-theft technology. Pacsafe is headquartered in Hong Kong with offices in the United States, Germany, and China. The company's range of products include adventure backpacks, urban and leisure bags, women’s bags, photography bags, luggage and travel accessories such as straps, cables and locks.

History[edit]

Outpac Designs Limited, makers of Pacsafe, was established in 1998 in Hong Kong by two Australians.[1] Their inspiration behind the original Pacsafe product and travel security products came while travelling in South America, where they saw chicken wire put around bags to protect it against theft. Shortly afterwards, they created the slashproof wire cage system eXomesh, the Pacsafe 85L.[2] Pacsafe is a brand of smart travel gear with built-in innovative anti-theft technology.

From the Pacsafe 85L backpack & bag protector came three other sizes (55L,[3] 120L[4] and 140L[5]). By 2012, Pacsafe established 6 new collections in their range of adventure backpacks, urban and leisure bags, women’s bags, photography bags, luggage and travel accessories that all incorporate Pacsafe's innovative anti-theft technology. Today Pacsafe has expanded significantly with a broad range of anti-theft travel gear that spans across the globe, from the USA and Australia all the way to Europe and Hong Kong.

On April 9th, 2013, Pacsafe celebrated their 15 years in the anti-theft travel gear business.

Spirit behind the company[edit]

Pacsafe believes in the spirit of adventure. Getting off the beaten track and heading down the back alleys, free to explore possibilities and opportunities. But to tear up the map, to be spontaneous and to suck the marrow out of a travel experience, takes confidence. It takes a sense of security that only comes with knowing you have the right gear to outsmart the threats that may lay in wait. Pacsafe is company who are independent souls at heart.

Sponsorship[edit]

The Pacsafe brand was initially inspired by the turtle and its independent global wanderings. The turtle's shell representing the smart security that Pacsafe stands for in its products. So in September 2010, Pacsafe took part and sponsored the Ecovision Asia's International Coastal Cleanup challenge in Hong Kong to help prevent sea turtles, marine mammals, seabirds and other animals from getting sick, injured or killed from dangerous items we allow into the sea. In November 2013, Pacsafe took part again by sponsoring Ecovision Asia and participating in the Coastal Cleanup Challenge at Shek Pai Wan beach located on the Southeast Lamma Island; a beach close to where the last remaining turtles in Hong Kong nest.

Pacsafe supports projects that helps Eco-tourism and Conservation. They sponsored EOCA (European Outdoor Conservation Association)by providing Pacsafe products to assist the association with promoting the conservation of the ecosystem. Pacsafe supported projects such as the one for Eco tourism and Conservation in Rwanda. The project is titled - Strengthening Sustainable Ecotourism in and around Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda (SSENNP) or “Nyungwe Nziza” (Beautiful Nyungwe) Project. It was organized by Development Alternatives Inc. DAI. Camsafe camera bags were provided for journalists taking part in the project. Keeping their gear safe will allow them to tell the story of Nyungwe and Rwanda as they begin their explorations end of April 2013.

Pacsafe also believes in giving back to the community, such as the sponsorship of prizes to The Sovereign Art Foundation, a charity registered in Hong Kong and the UK that raises money to help disadvantaged children using the arts as rehabilitation, education and therapy. 

Company Milestones[edit]

  • 2012 − Z-28 heritage anti-theft urban backpack wins international iF product design award in the lifestyle and leisure category.[6]
  • 2011 − Ultimatesafe honoured in the Backpacks/Travel Luggage category at the OutDoor Industry Awards
  • 2010 – RFIDsafe 50 honoured in the travel accessory category at the OutDoor Industry Award 2010[7]
  • 2009 – Travelsafe 100 won the 2009 ILM Awards in the category "Intelligence Design"[8]
  • 2007 – Lidsafe won the Motorcyclist Magazine 2007 Product of the Year Award[9]
  • 2002 – Business Entrepreneurial Award at the AustCham ANZ Australian Business Awards in Hong Kong[10]
  • 2000 – Incorporated Outpac Designs Inc. (USA)
  • 1999 – Pacsafe 85L won the Backpacker Magazine Editor's Choice Award[11]
  • 1998 – Pacsafe brand was born

Anti-theft features[edit]

eXomesh[edit]

eXomesh is a patented anti-theft technology found in most Pacsafe products. It is a strong, lightweight, flexible, high-tensile, stainless steel, slashproof wire mesh which is used as a cage system (locks closed and secures to fixture with a heavy duty locking device) externally fitted to bags or laminated between fabric to form a bag and act as a slashguard.

Slashproof Carrysafe straps[edit]

Slashproof Carrysafe straps are adjustable and reinforced with a lightweight, flexible, high-tensile stainless steel wire to prevent opportunistic bag slashers from slicing through bag straps.

Smart ‘Turn & Lock’ Hooks and Dual Release Security buckles[edit]

Hooks with a special turning mechanism or dual release buckles that securely locks the strap to the bag, and can also be unfastened to wrap the strap and bag around a secure fixture.

Smart Zipper Security[edit]

Concealed zippers that are locked down and attached to clips to prevent thieves from accessing the bag.

ToughZip[edit]

A puncture resistant zipper that prevents luggage from being forced into using a ballpoint pen or similar object.

RFID blocking material[edit]

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) refers to technologies that use radio frequencies to automatically identify people or objects. RFID blocking material is made of special a rip-stop conductive fabric with other components that shields radio frequency transmissions. It is applied to pockets in Pacsafe bags and RFID-blocking wallets to prevent thieves from downloading sensitive personal information from passports, bank and credit cards with medium to high frequency transmissions (10MHZ-3GHZ).

Products[edit]

Pacsafe produces a wide range of smart travel gear. The original product Pacsafe 85L is an expandable wire mesh net backpack and bag protector. In 2005, the Travel Sentry Approved (TSA) program was introduced to the Pacsafe locks and in 2006, the Citysafe series was added to enhance the women’s travel bag lineup.

In 2012, Pacsafe launched a total of 61 new SKUs and 6 new collections. The collections included the Ultimatesafe, Venturesafe, for the adventurers, the Z-series and Metrosafe collection for the urban and leisure, the women's Slingsafe and Citysafe collection, and RFID blocking accessories such as the RFIDsafe and RFIDtec collection plus many more incorporating Pacsafe's innovative anti-theft technology.

In 2013, Pacsafe introduce the Toursafe luggage collection, the first to many future luggage to add to their product line and the Camsafe camera gear series.

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