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Founded 1998
Headquarters Hong Kong
Products Ant-theft travel gear
Parent Outpac Designs Ltd
A Pacsafe "portable safe", with integral mesh cage and cable for locking to a fixture

Pacsafe is a brand of travel equipment with emphasis on anti-theft features. 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.


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, big enough to enclose an 85-litre backpack, later adding other sizes.

In 2005, Pacsafe locks were made compatible with the Travel Sentry standard used by many international airport security authorities. In 2006, the Citysafe series was added to enhance the women’s travel bag lineup.

By 2012, Pacsafe had expanded their range to include adventure backpacks, urban and leisure bags, women’s bags, photography bags, luggage and travel accessories that all incorporate anti-theft features.

Industry awards[edit]

  • 1999 – Pacsafe 85L won the Backpacker Magazine Editor's Choice Award[2]
  • 2002 – Business Entrepreneurial Award at the AustCham ANZ Australian Business Awards in Hong Kong[3]
  • 2007 – Lidsafe won the Motorcyclist Magazine 2007 Product of the Year Award[4]
  • 2009 – Travelsafe 100 won the 2009 ILM Awards in the category "Intelligence Design"[5]
  • 2010 – RFIDsafe 50 honoured in the travel accessory category at the Outdoor Industry Award 2010[6]
  • 2013 − Z-28 heritage anti-theft urban backpack wins international iF product design award in the lifestyle and leisure category.[7]
  • 2013 – Venturesafe 65L GII wins the Outdoor Industry Award [8]
  • 2015 − Pacsafe wins Double iF product design award for the Camsafe Z25 and Duffelsafe AT80 in the sport and leisure category.[9]
  • 2015 – Intasafe Z400 is the recipient of Carryology's Best Work Messenger award.[citation needed]

Anti-theft features[edit]

Exomesh (styled "eXomesh") is Pacsafe's name for the anti-theft technology found in most of its 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 are adjustable and reinforced with a high-tensile stainless steel wire to prevent opportunistic bag slashers from slicing through bag straps.

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.

Concealed zippers can be locked down and attached to clips to prevent thieves from accessing the bag. ToughZip is a puncture-resistant zipper that prevents luggage from being forced into using a ballpoint pen or similar object.

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).


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