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Monday, May 1, 2017

Review: Lewis N Clark Secura Satchel

Depending on where I go, I feel like different purses can make the experience better or worse. I often carry a smaller bag with me when I travel, but winter trips call for a handbag that can carry a bit more (in my opinion). If I'm looking for a larger bag, it needs to do a lot. On my last trip to Vegas, I took Lewis N. Clark's Secura Satchel as my personal size item on the plane, because it had room for everything I needed and kept it all organized and secure.

Anti-theft handbag

The Secura Satchel can be worn as a shoulder bag or a crossbody, which I love, because I like to have my hands free, especially at the airport when you need to have several things on hand, and it can be hard to juggle those things and your bag and your carry-on.

If you're intending to keep your items away from prying eyes and sticky fingers, the Secura is for you. Not only do all the zippers lock, but it also has RFID-blocking technology so you're safe from regular thieves and electronic ones.

The front of the bag has two large zipper pockets. Use these for your items you want to access easily. When I flew to Vegas, I used one entirely for snacks. I enjoy handy snacks. Here you can see that it fits my large battery backup and cords, but there's also this nifty pocket that's specific for your room key. As I said before, I'm good at losing my key card among my other cards and then having to shuffle through my bag to find it to get into my room. This slot is specifically in a whole different place than your regular card slots.

The other zipper pocket on the front has a slot for a pen and for one of your electronics or whatever else you want to put in there. It fit my point-and-shoot camera perfectly. I like that there's a bit more room in there, so I was able to fit my house/car keys and a my lip balm in the space in front of the pockets. Because the pockets don't entirely zip open, your items are safe from falling out, even if you forget to zip it back up.

The inside of the Satchel is large, but not too large. It has a lot of pockets in order to keep you organized, so you can find everything you need when you need it. My bluetooth keyboard fit inside perfectly. I didn't have to wrestle it in or out because the top zipper is almost as wide as the bag is and you aren't going to have issues seeing inside or getting your hands in to access your stuff. So, I had my keyboard in there, my makeup bag of personal items and that polka dot notebook you see on top.

The one side of the bag has two large slash pockets that you can use for your electronics or pretty much anything you want to keep separate from everything else in your bag. The two pockets take up the whole side of the bag. I used one for makeup items and the other to hold my sunglasses and protect them from getting scratched.

The other side side has two large slash pockets, perfect size for a bigger smartphone or your passport, and RFID-blocking pockets for your credit cards and ID. This side also has a large zipper pocket that takes up most of the side of the bag. I as able to easily slide my iPad mini in there with it's bulky case. 

Here you can see just how much stuff I was able to get into my Secura Satchel, while still having room inside to add more things if I needed to.

The hardware on this bag is nice and sturdy, but also good looking. You can tell by the accents how well the bag is made. The strap is wide and thick, but easily adjustable and it distributes weight of the bag on your shoulder, so you don't feel like your arm is being weighed down and making you hate life after walking around all day with a sore shoulder.

In the picture up top can see how the front zippers "lock". Here you can see how the top zipper locks. These are pretty easy to work open and closed if you know what you're doing, but there's no way a pickpocket is going to take the time to do this, and if they try, you're going to notice. Chances are that they will leave you alone and go after someone vulnerable.

The strap and body of the bag are slash-proof, so no snatching your purse off your arm, especially if you're wearing it crossbody. See that awesome buckle? Flip the little latch to be able to open the clasp and detach the strap, then you can wrap it around a pole or chair. Like this: 

If you're sitting at a cafe and you're worried about your purse getting nabbed, use this security feature and all your stuff is about as safe as it can be. Nobody's going to be trying to run away with a whole chair or table. If they do, it'd be pretty funny...and difficult to get very far.

So, if you're looking for a bigger bag that fits everything you need to take along with you, the Secura Satchel could be it. It's large, but not too large and it's fairly lightweight, so the majority of heft is going to be from what you put into it. I found it quite comfortable to walk around with and it fit nicely against my body, so it wasn't in my way ever. This might be the perfect gift for your mom, since Mother's Day is right around the corner.

Additional info:
Where can I buy it? On the Lewis N Clark Website or Amazon
How much is it? $89.99
What colours does it come in?  black | lake (shown)
Other specs: 12" x 12.5" x 4.5", Durable nylon exterior with water-resistant PU coating, tested to cut-resistant EN388 standards 

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Disclaimer: I was provided with the Secura RFID-Blocking Anti-Theft Satchel for the purposes of this review, but all opinions are 100% my own. 

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