PacSafe is truly one of my favorite travel gear companies. I’ve been using and recommending their products for probably 10 years or more. Why? Because safety is their number one priority.
PacSafe manufactures luggage, backpacks, locks, wallets, purses, camera bags and more. And all of these items have safety features meant to deter thieves from slashing, cutting and breaking into your bag(s).
A typical product might be slashproof, puncture-resistant and have zippers that lock in place so the bag can’t be opened.
It wasn’t until relatively recently that they introduced a line of luggage. My guess is that it took them some time to create a bag light enough that still has the safety features for which they are famous. But now along comes the AT21 Wheeled Carry-on.
This is a soft-sided, semi-collapsible bag that’s not only puncture-resistant but also includes their proprietary eXoMesh technology, an interior mesh that ensures items can’t be pulled out of your bag if the fabric is slashed.
The weight of the bag is under seven pounds – which makes it right in line with other carry-on bags I own.
Most of my carry-on bags are 22″ while the AT21 is, well, 21″. While the fact that it’s one inch shorter means it will be accepted by more airlines as an actual carry-on, for me, it’s a tad too small to bring on a longer trip since I can’t get quite as much into it. But I’m unique. I’ve been known to travel for five weeks with one carry-on bag and a backpack.
What I Love
- Puncture-resistant fabric and eXoMesh technology means that the bag is going to last longer than other bags and prevent loss of items.
- An external pocket is large enough for magazines and paperwork that I might want to access easily.
- A large mesh internal pocket is also good for paperwork and magazines.
- A long interior zipped pocket is good for pens, receipts and other items I want to keep separate from the main compartment.
- The drawstring compression system allows me to pack down my items a bit tighter in the main compartment.
Not So Much
- The handle system is internal (rather than sitting on the outside of the bag) and this means it cuts into the space in the main compartment and creates a bump so that I can’t pack clothing items flat. It’s unavoidable for a bag with the internal handle system but I it still bugs me a bit as it cuts into my packing space.
If you’re looking for a 21″ bag, the PacSafe AT21 is an awesome option, particularly because of the safety features. As a bit of added protection, I might suggest having small luggage locks to lock the zippers together.
Available on Amazon for under $220.
Disclosure: PacSafe sent this bag to me for review. Regardless, everything I have said in the post reflects my honest opinions.Add a comment