Pacsafe Venturesafe X40 Plus Review | Security Focused 40L Carry-On Travel Backpack

If you’re looking for a secure travel pack, the Pacsafe Venturesafe X40 Plus offers some great security features.We’ve enjoyed just about everything on this pack, but the laptop compartment did feel a bit “meh.” View Our Full Review:
0:34 - Material & Aesthetic
2:41 - External Components
6:23 - Inside the Pack
11:45 - Durability & Testing
12:04 - Pros & Cons
12:32 - The Verdict
In this review, we are taking a look at the Pacsafe Venturesafe X40 Plus. Yes, that is quite a mouthful, and yes-as the name implies, there is a big focus on safety, or more precisely, security.
Pacsafe is a company that specializes in various anti-theft travel gear. From backpacks to wallets to roller luggage, they’re all about giving you some peace of mind while traveling-which we love to see. Any seasoned traveler knows that security is no joke when you’re out on your own-or even not on your own-and having some reassurance that no one is going to, say, swipe your bag as you start to doze off on the subway is a huge relief.
The Venturesafe X40 Plus is Pacsafe’s carry-on compliant travel bag that, in addition to being a pretty great all-around backpack, boasts a whole lot of cool security features. We’ve been testing this thing out for about a month at the time of this review, and it’s seen action on trips from Detroit to Spain. Let’s check it out.
If you’re looking for a secure travel pack, the Pacsafe Venturesafe X40 Plus offers some great features for exactly that. From the eXomesh® slash-proof material to the secure zippers, there is some really great thinking that went into this pack along with some solid materials. Even though we had some problems with the laptop compartment and hip belt, we still think this is a great choice for a travel backpack.
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In this video, Tom Wahlin of Pack Hacker reviews the Pacsafe Venturesafe X40 Plus, a 40L carry-on travel backpack with an emphasis on security.
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  • Do you like the security features that the Pacsafe Venturesafe X40 Plus provides?

    Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
    • I love the pacsafe backpack we have here for work. I bought the safe cube to take with me on travel. It fits into my regular carry on backpack and I use it for hotels to lock all my stuff in the room when I'm out.

      Juanita Carmella CarterJuanita Carmella CarterVor 21 Tag
    • Have you done a review on the pacsafe venturesafe EXP 45L ? Or can you do one?

      Laura NashLaura NashVor 8 Monate
    • Great conversation going on here 👍👍 - Tom

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
    • @TheToeKnee216 It's not something new. Bag slashing, pickpocketing and snatch and grabbing bags have been going on for decades. You were just lucky. Or came prepared. Best regards. Happy trails.

      Global AdventurerGlobal AdventurerVor year
    • @Global Adventurer I guess I don't travel enough. I do hear about some horror stories about people getting stuff stolen but didn't realize this was now a thing. My wife and I travel a few places a year and thankfully have never had any issues like this.

      TheToeKnee216TheToeKnee216Vor year
  • what are the two black bags on the wall right on your right shoulder?

    BlitzkopfBlitzkopfVor 23 Tage
    • Hey Blitzkopf - at the bottom is the GORUCK GR3 and above that is the Minaal Carry-on 2.0 👍 - Rebecca

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor 22 Tage
  • Is there a difference between the X40 and the X40 Plus?

    Philipp Richard BergmannPhilipp Richard BergmannVor Monat
    • Hey Phillip - we currently haven't had our hands on the Pacsafe Venturesafe X40, so we cannot verify the differences 100%. From comparing the two packs, the capacity is the same and the dimensions are very similar. So, the main differences are the features they offer. We recommend comparing these two packs to see which features will best suit you and your travel style. 😊 - Rebecca

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor Monat
  • I really like this pack. Actually could have gotten a bigger pack, because this is really good for carry-on vs wheeled bags because the same size bags with wheels do not fit well in over head

    Ken MHKen MHVor 2 Monate
  • Hi, do you have a sense of how much this bag really holds? I tried the Tortuga Setout women's fit 35L and it was about 2 to 3 liters too small for what I need to carry. Wondering how this bag compares (not including the little organizer spaces but the primary storage areas. I think it is not as perfect a bag, but the 45L setout is far too big. Many thanks for any insight. PS it would be totally cool to see a packing comparison video using a set of standardized packing cubes and comparing what will fit in each bag... ya'll got tons of free time right??? Thanks much!

    Cc JCc JVor 2 Monate
    • @Pack Hacker Thank you!

      Cc JCc JVor Monat
    • Hey Cc J - thanks for reaching out! We recommend checking out the full written review of the Pacsafe Venturesafe X40 Plus where there's an image of this bag packed with a combination of Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Cubes - hope this helps! 😊 - Rebecca

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor 2 Monate
  • deciding between PacSafe and Thule, this one or Subterra 34L?

    rymnd6c28rymnd6c28Vor 2 Monate
    • Hey rymnd6c28 - we recommend checking out the full reviews of both of these packs so that you can compare the pros, cons, ratings and different features to find the bag that's going to suit your travel style. 😊 Pacsafe Venturesafe X40: Thule Subterra 34L: - Rebecca

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor 2 Monate
  • Could a tripod be held in the side water bottle pocket?

    Colin SlaterColin SlaterVor 5 Monate
    • Hey Colin, it depends on which tripod you want to use, but there should be enough room for a standard tripod to fit in the pockets using the compression straps to hold it in place. Similar to how we used the tripod in the Osprey Farpoint (there's an image in the full written review using a tripod in the water bottle pocket) hope this helps! - Rebecca

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor 5 Monate
  • It does not has puncture resistant zippers like the Vibe 40 and it costs 100 USD more? Come on Pacsafe, the only reason I buy stuff from you is for the security features!

    SuperMerlotSuperMerlotVor 5 Monate
    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, SuperMerlot! 😊 - Rebecca

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor 5 Monate
  • idk for the price, I'd rather invest in the Peak Design Travel backpack... p.s. why do I keep hearing cats in ur background music? lol

    Brian Moore PhotographyBrian Moore PhotographyVor 6 Monate
    • 😂😄👍 - Rebecca

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor 6 Monate
    • @Pack Hacker lol idk i swear i hear cats in the ground music. maybe it's too much youtube... LOL

      Brian Moore PhotographyBrian Moore PhotographyVor 6 Monate
    • Hey Brian - thanks for sharing your thoughts with us about the Pacsafe Venturesafe X40 Plus Backpack vs the Peak Design Travel Backpack, we love hearing what works (and what doesn't work) for you! As for the background music, I've passed your feedback onto the team, which I'm sure will create an interesting (and hilarious) discussion this afternoon at the Pack Hacker HQ! 😄👍 - Rebecca

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor 6 Monate
  • What is the rucksack that is to the top left of your head as we look at you? (black pack next to the peak design) - Thanks

    Sonny KeoganSonny KeoganVor 6 Monate
    • Hey Sonny, that's the Minaal Carry-on 2.0 Bag 👍 - Rebecca

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor 6 Monate
  • Can I take this backpack along with a carry-on suitcase on flights (international)? Or will the size of this backpack cause airlines to force me to check in the backpack or my suitcase carry-on? Thanks!

    ayang315ayang315Vor 7 Monate
    • Hi ayang315 - feel free to check out review page where we list the carry-on compliance of each bag we review! - Tom

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor 7 Monate
  • So so so sad about the laptop compartment. So hard finding that ONE bag travel pack.

    Keanu HaumahuKeanu HaumahuVor 7 Monate
    • The search continues, Keanu! - Tom

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor 7 Monate
  • Thanks PH! I’m wondering. Does the camera insert/icu come standard with the bag? Or is it an add on?

    joseph alonsabejoseph alonsabeVor 7 Monate
    • Hey, joseph - the Camsafe PCI camera inserts are sold separately. 😊 - Rebecca

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor 7 Monate
  • Give me a screwdriver and I'm in it within 3 seconds.

    MortenMortenVor 8 Monate
    • Thanks for sharing Morten! 👍👍 - Rebecca

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor 8 Monate
    • If it is only about security, then I would use something like Peli 1637 Air Case. Yes it is not smart but it is safe as it can be.

      MortenMortenVor 8 Monate
    • What's your go-to pack, Morten? We'd love to hear what works for you! 😊 - Rebecca

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor 8 Monate
  • I wonder if the laptop compartment location is to avoid damage to the laptop when carrying heavy loads? I am apprehensive about using laptop compartments right against my back. Esp when carrying the new delicate iPad pros that bent with regular use.

    wilsonkyuwilsonkyuVor 9 Monate
    • Hey wilsonkyu - from testing we've found that having the laptop against your back puts in a straighter position and depending on the pack will offer more protection too. 😊 - Rebecca

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor 9 Monate
  • I have this bag and have used it on a few trips. I didn't actually buy it for the safety features but rather for the size, the fact that it comes with a cover, has great water bottle pockets and enough organization (more on this later). I also thought I would use it as a trekking bag while on vacation but really never did justify taking it on any hikes. I don't carry a laptop and so the sad laptop sleeve wasn't an issue but I can see how it would be. I also believe that this pack is a bit shy of the advertised 40lts as I can almost get as much in my Timbuk2 30lt Jetpack. When this bag is loaded up, it needs the waist straps to feel comfortable at least to me. Having said that, once loaded up, waist strap on, sternum strap buckled and load lifters tightened - it is a decent carry. As to all the pockets - I have fine tuned my carry and would actually prefer fewer - I find one or two pouches often serve me better than segregating everything in to little pockets everywhere. That is just my preference though. I have had no issues carrying it on a plane nor have I seen anything in the way of wear or tear so it may not be built to Goruck standards but it meets mine just fine. All in all, I think the Packhacker rating is spot on. A decent option.

    Millennial CoachingMillennial CoachingVor 10 Monate
    • Hey Millennial Coaching - thanks for sharing your experience of this pack with us! It's great to hear that you've been able to make the Pacsafe Venturesafe X40 work well for you and your use case! Keep us updated! 🙌😊👍 - Rebecca

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor 10 Monate
  • In Rome, Italy, pickpocketing got to the next level. People go around with a card machine, usually concealed in a hip pack or hand bag. And if you don’t have an RFID wallet/ pocket you are left with £/$/€ 30 less. And I'm sure this will be even more popular with time and with card machines getting smaller smaller to carry.

    George Raoul Cristian SgurescuGeorge Raoul Cristian SgurescuVor 10 Monate
    • My sisters live in the states and my dad visits every year and every year he has issues with his cards being scanned. He has invested in RFID safety gear and it has worked out for him.

      Adri AcostaAdri AcostaVor 3 Monate
    • Hey George - thanks for sharing your experience here. We're definitely seeing more and more products with RFID protection, so we're interested to see how this develops with packs in the future too. 👍 - Rebecca

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor 10 Monate
  • Does it work also as a carry on in a airplane, also possible to fits a 17 inch laptop?

    mk bramk braVor 11 Monate
    • Hey mk bra - the Venturesafe X40 is Pacsafe's carry-on compliant travel bag, but it only has a 15" laptop compartment. Hope this helps! 😊👍 - Rebecca

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor 11 Monate
  • Great safety features but too busy for me..too many compartments

    Nora FlNora FlVor 11 Monate
    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us Nora! What's your current go-to pack? 😊 - Rebecca

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor 11 Monate
  • I would like to see Pack Hacker review the Eagle Creek Wayfinder 40 Liter

    rhg1976rhg1976Vor year
    • We're currently testing this pack and may do a full review soon! - Tom

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
  • I'm going travelling soon for a total of 3 months and was thinking of this bag. Will a long trip suit this bag? Or will I need something bigger? Kind of wanting to travel might

    JUNLongJUNLongVor year
    • If you're traveling light, this bag should work great! -Hannah

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
  • really like the design but those negative points really makes it a no-buy for me. hopefully they make a v2 that can improve it.

    wonderwall135wonderwall135Vor year
    • They're not in our immediate pipeline, but we'll check them out! -Hannah

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
    • @Pack Hacker Hey, Can you guys please review the Atlas Packs Athlete and the Shimoda Explore 30? Those are alternatives i'm considering but would love to see your reviews first! I also want to see if they can be stored under an airplane seat.

      wonderwall135wonderwall135Vor year
    • We'll see what the v2 has in store..! -Hannah

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
  • Lack of a stowable waistbelt is a deal killer on this one. Otherwise nice. Porter 46 won out for us

    The Happy Hour HoundThe Happy Hour HoundVor year
    • Awesome! 👍

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
    • @Pack Hacker will know soon. It shipped last night!

      The Happy Hour HoundThe Happy Hour HoundVor year
    • The lack of a stowable hip belt certainly is a con. How did the Porter 46 fair? Glad you went with that pack! - Nathan

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
  • Awesome! So far this is the best review I’ve seen. Covered every detail of the item and everything in between. Please continue doing a great job in reviewing items..I would love to hear from you guys giving a review on Pacsafe Venturesafe X34..please do a review. Thank you and be blessed!

    Mr.Lefty GunsMr.Lefty GunsVor year
    • Thanks, Mr.Lefty Guns! Always happy to help. 👍 It's not in our immediate pipeline, but we'll check it out! -Hannah

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
  • I brought this one home to try (along with the eagle creek global companion and the rei ruckpack), and while I really appreciated the security features (since I travel alone), I just couldn’t get comfortable! And I just felt that I couldn’t pack as much as in the other 40-44L packs I tried.

    Alyssa BrolsmaAlyssa BrolsmaVor year
    • Hey Alyssa, thanks for sharing! It always helps to hear how the pack fit other individuals. Hopefully one of the other packs worked better for you! -Hannah

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
  • PH you gotta check out Cabin Zero's military travel bags its insane. Please do a review on those!

    ivanivanVor year
    • Hey Ivan, it's not in our immediate pipeline, but it’s definitely something we’d like to get our hands on! - Nathan

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
  • Thoughts on the company Lander? And the Lander Traveler pack??? thanks in advance...

    Michael BartlettMichael BartlettVor year
    • Hey Michael-we haven't checked out any of their gear yet but we'd love to get our hands on some! -Hannah

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
  • Doesn't look like a well-design pack overall.

    Jack O' LanternJack O' LanternVor year
    • Here are all the bags we've reviewed: - Tom

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
    • Hey, Hannah. I have the farpoint40 but I like to know what other packs are out there.

      Jack O' LanternJack O' LanternVor year
    • Hey Jack O' Lantern-is there a pack you prefer? -Hannah

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
  • Love it! What can you tell me about the Standard Luggage's Carry-on Backpack? What about a video? :D

    Fabrício RoqueFabrício RoqueVor year
    • Fabrício Roque - let us know if you pick one up!

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
    • No, but I'm choosing my next backpack! And I just came across this one today.

      Fabrício RoqueFabrício RoqueVor year
    • Great! It's not in our immediate pipeline but maybe we'll review it soon. Do you have one? - Tom

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
  • Comfort-wise, would you consider this on par or more comfortable than the PD Travel Line?

    Praxis-CatPraxis-CatVor year
    • Praxis-Cat - they improved the harness system quite a bit when compared to the Everyday. - Tom

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
    • Thanks for the response! I'm surprised because most people who reviewed the Peak Design Travel Line didn't really have much to say about comfort either way. I know PD has struggled with comfort on their 30L Everyday Backpack, so I'm (pleasantly) surprised to hear that it's a comfortable carry.

      Praxis-CatPraxis-CatVor year
    • Hey Praxis-Cat - it's on par only if the hip belt is on as well. With the hip belt unbuckled on the Pacsafe, it's uncomfortable in the sense that your arms can brush against the hip belt as it's flailing around. Peak Design has the upper hand with the hiding ability. - Tom

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
  • Theres too much light on you but, other than that great video!

    Nomad SmithNomad SmithVor year
    • Nomad Smith - we had to crank this one out late into the evening to hit the deadline. We'll try better for you next time! - Tom

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
  • "Strap whacking." I'm never too old to learn a new phrase every day.

    DarrylDarrylVor year
    • 😂 - Tom

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
  • 1:22 i thought it was pronounced "deny-er", not "denny-air"

    JunerethJunerethVor year
    • Tomayto, tomahto! But actually you may be correct. - Tom

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
  • Lol you were in Barcelona as i can see

    RafaelRafaelVor year
    • 😎 - Tom

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
  • I like it!

    Sherry C.Sherry C.Vor year
    • Great! - Tom

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
  • I do like the general form of this backpack - not too wide, and it doesn't stick out too far from your back. I definitely agree re: hip belts. I love them, I think all larger bags should have them, but I also think they should be stowable or even removable for when the bag isn't so heavily packed or you're only carrying it a short distance. I am definitely not a fan of that laptop compartment situation - that's a deal-breaker for me. I'd rather not have a padded compartment at all (making the bag a bit lighter), which I realize isn't going to happen anytime soon, but if there's going to be a dedicated location for my single heaviest item it MUST be somewhere that makes sense ergonomically. On a similar note: what is up with bags that have the safety pocket at the point furthest away from the body? This one's far from the worst I've seen, but still. I don't care how many safety features they claim the bag has, I'm never keeping my passport and debit cards in that RFID pocket. I'm keeping those either in a small crossbody bag at my front, or (in bags that have them) a pocket as close to my back as possible.

    FaerieDustFaerieDustVor year
    • They have a new version EXP45 which is cheaper, carry on size and where the hip belt can be tucked away. It looks kind of similar.

      superkrabbansuperkrabbanVor year
    • Good point on the pocket positioning FaerieDust - there's certainly better positions for RFID-secure zippered pockets. As for the metric system, we have an auto-conversion feature on our website - check the right sidebar of our full review (it's in every YT description)! - Tom

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
    • On a completely unrelated note: would you consider including metric measurements when listing the bag weight and dimensions? Not a huge deal, but it'd make that little bit easier to get an idea of the bag without having to pause the video and find the stats online 🙂

      FaerieDustFaerieDustVor year
  • Already subscribed previous to today. Love the content and all the items you cover. Keep up the good work!

    TheToeKnee216TheToeKnee216Vor year
    • Good deal TheToeKnee216! We'll try keep it going for you 🙂 - Tom

      Pack HackerPack HackerVor year
Pacsafe Venturesafe X40 Plus Review | Security Focused 40L Carry-On Travel Backpack