Thursday, June 19, 2008

PacSafe The New CarrySafe100

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I had already talked about the PacSafe products has one of the best on the market concerning camera and gear security.

If you have missed the article just check Secure your Luggage anywhere with Pacsafe.

Today I have received the new version of their CarrySafe 100 Straps and decided to give a small review on the differences between the old model and the new one.

At first and has you look at the package nothing has changed. It has the same good looking package and no difference can be eyeballed.

But let's get a good look inside.

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Now the connection straps are different. On the above picture you can see me pointing at the new ones.

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The protective covers, this protects your screen and back part of the camera from possible scratches, are pretty much the same. I did notice some surface smoothness difference, maybe they have changed the manufacturing material,
but no big deal here.

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Now comes the best part...

Has you can see from the image they have change significantly the locker system. The new one now has a safe locking device that makes it even more secure.

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Couldn't catch my drift? Just take a closer look and you can see the locking mechanism I was talking about.

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Here on the unlocking position.

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And here on the locking position.

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You just have to flip the plastic part from left to right or right to left concerning the position you want (Locked or Unlocked) very simple and effective. This would give you a more secure strap.

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Another thing I noticed is that now the neck strap (Left) is sewed more closely to the strap in order for it not to slip under it.

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In my personal use experience with this neck strap I do prefer the old ones (Bottom) because you can always adjust the strap as you want and if you position it like I did on the picture it will stay on the same place all the time has the other tend to move around too much, but this is also something you could make... just un-sew it and sew it again a little bit more loose, no big deal.

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Next and final they have changed the neck strap interior.

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Has you can see from the picture (Left) the interior is a more spongy and textured and the conceived materials had also change.

Here they could have had a little bit more caution on this since the new materials are a little bit more hard and with a long day use you can start to have your neck red scratched.

Call me what you want but I do prefer the old ones since they are softer and smoother.

Anyway I think the new changes are more than welcome and you can buy the PacSafe100 online here or try to find a nearest dealer at their web page.

Although Portugal is not contemplated I can assure you that deals are taking place and maybe by the end of the year we will have PacSafe products in Portugal.

I made a couple of shots of my PacSafe Anti-Theft bag net, the PacSafe 85, usage at Rock in Rio Lisboa 2008 and decided to show you how it works in the field.

PacSafe85 on use at Rock in Rio Lisboa 2008

Here is my station at the Press tent. You can see that I got my snack and my water bottle ;)

I have it set on the table and the computer also have a locking system that goes through the PacSafe85 this way if somebody wants to take it away they will have to drag everything out of the building.

PacSafe85 on use at Rock in Rio Lisboa 2008

This shot shows you how I have strapped it to the table and also through the chair this way would be more difficult to pass through the security at the Press tent with a bag and a chair, also you will make sure you will have chair when you get back to your post ;)

PacSafe85 on use at Rock in Rio Lisboa 2008

Just take a look at everyone admiring the system and I also made the quick photo "a la Strobist" way.
I had my GI with me on that day so it was an easy one.
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