Numinous antitheft backpack: Is this the most secure backpack ever?
This backpack review is for all the backpackers and adventurous travellers out there.
I've recently been testing out the Numinous backpack, a super secure backpack perfect for long-term backpackers and flashpackers. I've included flashpackers because as a self confessed flashpacker I know how many gadgets we have so we need somewhere safe to keep them!
Nunminous previously know as Smashii is a new company launched by a guy who had his backpack stolen in Thailand. If you've ever been to Thailand you will have undoubtedly met someone who had their backpack stolen there! But Jason Lowe decided to do something about it. He then came up with the idea of a safer backpack that is difficult to steal or slash. One of the downsides to backpacking and staying in budget accommodation is the high risk of theft. It usually happens in hostels or on public transport and it's almost a guarantee that either you or your travel buddies will have something stolen at some point.
What makes the Smashii Backpack so safe?
The Numinous secure backpack is made from Kevlar, the same material used for anti-stab vests, so it's almost impossible to cut through it. It also has a snazzy zip protection system and retractable wire system allowing you to secure your backpack to a fixed object such as a radiator. The zips and wires are held shut with the Numinous shield combination locks for extra security.
The Numinous backpack comes with an optional 25L detachable daypac with padded laptop and passport pockets. This backpack can be attached to the main backpack.
What other features does Numinous Backpacks have?
TSA secured locks for air travel.
Adjustable Back System - The support straps can be moved to fit your back. Shorter people (like me!) will find this handy.
Padded laptop compartment - I know I already mentioned this but it's so important if you're travelling with your laptop.
Full length opening - Meaning it zips all the way open to access your stuff. I can't stress enough how annoying it is if your backpack opens from the top. Whatever you do, never, ever buy a top loader. My last backpack was a top loader and it drove me insane every single day for two years.
Is the Nuinous Backpack comfortable to carry?
The Numinous backpack is surprisingly comfortable to carry. The backpack is very ridged compared to other backpacks I've tried so I thought it would be uncomfortable but it's actually OK. There is plenty of padding and lots of space to adjust the straps so it fitted pretty well. It also seems to come high above the head so I thought this would feel strange but it doesn't. I wouldn't want to carry this up a mountain or anything but it's fine for your usual backpacker distances provided it isn't too heavy.
What do I like about the backpack?
Obviously, the first thing I love about this backpack is how safe it is. You can buy external things to cover and protect your bag but it's so much easier if it's built it. I feel really uncomfortable leaving my backpack in hostel dorms so I'd feel much more relaxed if everything was safely locked away in this backpack.
It feels very well made and sturdy and none of the straps feel loose or as though they may break.
It opens all the way! (See about to read why I love this)
If you're looking for a secure, anti-theft backpack then this is the one for you. If you know you'll be staying in large dorm rooms or taking public transport then security will be an issue for you. I don't want to scare you but backpackers are such easy targets and at some point someone will definitely be eyeing up your possessions. The obvious answer is to minimise your possessions and not have anything worth stealing but this is easier said than done. You'll likely have a tablet, a smartphone and a camera as well as your credit/debit cards and passport. Then there are all your clothes which may not have much value but would be a nightmare to replace.