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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Review and Giveaway: Travelon Anti-Theft Urban Tour Bag

So, remember when I said that I love, love, love Travelon and all their awesome products? Yeah, only like every other blog post right? Well, so far we’ve had amazing Travelon giveaways, but they have now asked me to try out and review their new anti-theft line. These bags have a wire mesh in the lining to make them slash-proof and help keep you from getting ripped off on your trip. This is important because people don’t just try to steal your bag, so much as some will try to cut the bottom of your bag and let all your valuable belongings fall out without you even realizing it.
Well, I know you all don’t want to get robbed on vacation, but I also know that most of the bags I have reviewed and suggested on this blog are more attractive to women. This bag is a fabulous unisex bag. In fact, as soon as Eric saw it he threw it on and declared it would be his new commuter bag…then realized he didn’t actually need a commuter bag, but was excited for a useful and attractive bag and started to list all the things he was going to put in it next time we went on a trip. Yeah, I think that speaks volumes. While my husband still likes to wear pink and will hold my bag when I’m in the bathroom (without me even asking), he still wants manly accessories. This bag really complements his geek chic look, don’t you think?


Let me tell you about the awesomeness of this bag. It’s perfect for the gadget-lover, because it has room for all your electronics. In fact, it has a special iPad pocket, room for your camera, mini-camcorder and has a Smart Pocket that can hold your smartphone or mp3 player. The Smart Pocket is accompanied by another pocket that can wrangle your earphones or your sunglasses. It helps you stay connected and keeps your technology within reach.


We tested the Smart Pocket out with our iPod Touch and also with my smartphone that has a case that makes it a little bigger than normal. Both fit perfectly. The Smart Pocket is a stretchy mesh pocket that expands to hold whatever you want to keep in there: keys, ID, phone, camera, loose change. It’s great, because you can toss the bag all over and none of those things will fall out!



When I’m running around, I often like to have a bottle of water on hand. Like my other favorite Travelon bag, this one has a zip-out mesh holder for your favorite bottled beverage. I especially love this for plane rides and sightseeing, because it keeps my hands free to do other things and I’m not trying to juggle my bags and a water and my tickets (be they boarding passes or Disney park-hopper tickets).



Other fancy features include a zipper pocket in front to hold your money, credit cards and pens – or your lip balm, camera and snack. If you happen to be in a dark room (like searching for some money in a darkened bar), you can use the included pocket light. So smart, right? Never lose your keys either. Nope, there’s a great little clip for them or anything else you want to keep close at hand. There’s even a carabiner attached to the bag. I’d use it to carry my reusable grocery tote, but there are a thousand other uses for it, like what it's intended for: to lock your zipper for extra security. Genius, right?


With the Anti-Theft Urban Tour Bag you’ll never walk around complaining that the strap is digging into your shoulder, even if you pack it with bricks, because the strap is wide and padded, making it super comfortable. It’s also adjustable so it can conveniently fit Eric one day and then fit me the next. Not many bags are that versatile, considering our proportional difference. He’s 5′10″ and I’m a shrimp at 5′1″. Obviously, that’s not our only difference.


I love pockets, too, and this bag has plenty of them. From the security pocket in the front, the mesh pocket on the inside of the main compartment and the great pocket in the back. You can use this bag for almost anything. Don’t have an iPad? Put your netbook in that pocket instead. Don’t want to carry around a bottle of water? Zip up that pocket and make the bag a bit smaller. Need to keep your boarding passes and passport safe? Slide them into that front pocket to keep them together and easily accessible, but out of reach of thieves. Want to bring your portable gaming device? It can easily fit into the back pocket or main compartment.



The wire mesh does not add weight to the bag like I thought it might and the bag fits snugly to your body, too. This bag is obviously a winner with the men, but I think women who want an unassuming bag that doesn’t look like a traditional handbag will love this one as well. If Eric didn’t already claim it for himself, this would be a fantastic day bag for me on vacations, too. It’s sporty looking and very handy for everything you need to carry with you.

More information
Where you can buy it: Travelon online
How much it costs: $75.00
Colors it comes in: classic black
Other specs: RFID blocking card slots (so people can’t use an electronic scanner to steal your card numbers), 11″ x 10″ x 3″, slash-proof shoulder strap, nylon fabric that is easily wiped down if you spill on it, handy loop on back to hang bag wherever necessary.

Now you can win your own Travelon Anti-Theft Urban Tour Bag!


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