Have you ever been a victim of professional pickpockets? Have your loved ones ever been victims to the cruel act of pickpockets? If your answer to this is yes then I have a solution for you that I can guarantee you would not regret. The Loctote Flak Sack II is your solution to secure and guarantee the safety of the items in your backpack.
One of the best ways to secure your backpack and the items in it is to get an anti-theft backpack. By doing this, you have drastically reduced the odds of pickpockets gaining access into your backpack.
Yes, there are other ways to secure a backpack but getting an anti-theft backpack gives you a better chance of securing the items in your bag.
I am not that into string backpacks but the moment I came across Loctote Flak Sack II and I checked out what it was capable of I instantly became interested in it which is why I decided to write this review. I intend on going deep on what this backpack is capable of.
I plan to write about the material used in its design, its anti-theft abilities and also how resistant it is to water.
Product Name: Loctote Flak Sack II
Warranty: One year only if purchased from Loctote Official Website
My Rating: 8.5 out of 10
What is one of the most important factors of a theft-resistant bag? It is invisibility of zips, pockets, and compartments and this is pretty obvious for a string bag.
A lot of these type of bags don’t come with zips, pockets or compartments outside the bag, therefore, nothing can be stored outside the bag.
I have written several reviews on some anti-theft backpacks such as kopack backpack and oscuart backpack but I don’t think either of those two is as secure as Loctote Flak Sack. My first impression tells me that accessing this bag can only be done either from on top of the bag or by slashing the body open.
Based on the features of this bag and the research I have done the material used in its design is slash proof or cut proof which means using a sharp object to cut through the backpack is going to be extremely difficult and also it comes with a combination lock which means no one can access the backpack from the top without my permission.
These are really great features for a theft resistant bag and definitely made me more curious about what this bag has to offer.
Due to my previous post on how to secure a backpack, I decided to search for brands that focus mainly on producing bags that are hardcore anti-theft. When I mean hardcore anti-theft I mean bags that are going to be extremely difficult to break into.
One of the brands that caught my attention was Loctote. While performing my research I found out that they have not been around for a long time and actually launched their first product in 2016 in Kickstarter.
What impressed me was that at that very time they became the highest grossing backpack ever in the history of Kickstarter.
Their main focus in bags was creating theft resistant bags that actually worked which was the main reason I decided to take a closer look at their bags which eventually led me to write this Loctote Flak Sack II review. They have designed some amazing bags and the first version of this particular bag was really amazing.
I guess there were some improvements which they needed to make which led to the flak sack II. A really amazing bag that has some of the best anti-theft features I have ever seen in a string bag.
A Slashproof Backpack Immune To Knives
So what makes this bag so special that I decided to include it among the bags on my blog. One of the ways anyone really keen on gaining access into a bag makes use of is actually slashing their way into the bag.
A lot of bags are vulnerable to this and easily come short when it comes to resisting sharp objects.
If a bag is vulnerable to sharp objects like a knife then I cannot say that it is completely theft-resistant. This is a particular feature that makes Loctote Flak Sack II one of my best recommendations for an anti-theft bag.
I kid you not when I say the material used in its design makes it extremely difficult to slash or cut it open.
If you doubt me then check out the live presentation below and see the resistive power of this bag to a knife. This is the perfect presentation of this backpack been slash-proof and also cut-proof.
So how is this even possible that a backpack can be slash-proof? I researched this and came to find out that a special material was actually used in the making of this bag.
Have you ever come across a police vest? The material used in making a police vest is Honeywell’s UHMWPE Spectra fiber. This material is what makes the police vest and military materials to be bullet-resistant and guess what, this is the same material used in the making of Loctote Flak Sack II.
When I found out about this it actually blew my mind. No wonder this bag has this type of resistive power. It was pretty impressive.
The FLAKnit slash-proof fabric as they call it achieves an A9 cut level which is actually the highest level there is. I like bags that take anti-theft to a whole nother level and this slash-proof fabric does exactly that. It is able to resist slash, tear, and has high abrasion resistance.
This is my first time coming across a bag made this way and the good thing is that the textile is soft and flexible and yet it is almost indestructible.
If you are in the market for a really good anti-slash bag then trust me when I tell you that you would not be disappointed getting your hands on the Loctote Flak Sack II bag.
Just to point this out, this is not a stab proof bag. To design a stab proof bag is not an easy task. If an object is used to stab the backpack to create a hole on it, that particular hole cannot be enlarged to the extent of any item being able to be removed from the bag.
It is really important you know this so no need to be scared because the bag is not stab proof but just know that holes can be made on the bag with a pointy sharp object.
Double Secure Your Backpack
Been slash proof is all good but what about gaining access into the bag from on top the backpack. Is there a way to prevent access into the bag from the top of the backpack? O yes there is and you would be pretty impressed with what I am about to describe to you.
I once owned a string backpack and I can assure you that it was nowhere as safe as this. Been able to secure the top of your drawstring bag with a combination lock is just simply amazing.
I actually got to find out that the straps of Loctote’s Flak Sak II bag is steel reinforced and it makes use of a heavy-duty solid brass lock.
This makes you be able to secure the backpack to a fixed object and just go about your business without having to worry about anyone been able to gain access into your bag. The bag definitely leaves up to expectations because these features makes it a really great theft resistant backpack.
The only way someone would be able to gain access into your bag is only if they apply extreme force or make use of heavy tools. All you have to do is cinch it, pull it, lock it, and leave it.
Even when wearing the backpack you can still make use of the combination lock to lock the backpack giving it more protection while on your back.
A Cut Resistance Rope That Glows At Night
If you have not heard about strap slashing then I would describe it for you so you understand. Stealing a backpack is not only done when a backpack has been placed on the ground or when it is no longer on your back.
A backpack can actually be stolen from you when it is on your back.
What is done is that the strap of the bag is cut with a knife which makes it fall off from your back and then can be grabbed by anyone intending to snatch your backpack from you. This is becoming common especially when gaining access into the backpack is out of the question because it might be on your back.
The strap is cut off, the bag falls off your back and the offender runs away with it to a quiet place where they can easily open the backpack without any disturbance.
So how did Loctote solve this problem of strap slashing? Pretty simple, they made the rope of the bag to be slash proof. Meaning if anyone intends on cutting through the ropes of your bag they would be really disappointed because their efforts would be in vain.
Even better, they made use of a cut resistant core interwoven with a highly-reflective material for night visibility.
I don’t know what you consider A+ when it comes to a secure bag but in my book, I consider this A+ because it checks all the boxes for a secure backpack.
RFID Blocking, Immune To Electronic Theft
I consider this to be a feature of smart backpacks and was really amazed to find it among the features of the Loctote Flak Sack II bag. There are different forms of pickpocketing and this is definitely high graded.
Some professional pickpockets don’t need to open your bag to collect some digital information from your backpack.
This is a new form of pickpocketing that is done electronically. If you have watched prison break season 4 you would notice that a device was created to electronically steal data without actually coming in contact in with.
All that is needed to be done was to just be in close proximity to any data you plan to copy and the device would automatically copy the data.
There was a particular scene whereby they were not able to copy any data because the card they were to copy the data from was inside a place that blocked any form of electronic access.
They had to drill through and then brought it out before they could copy the data from the card.
I brought this explanation up for a reason and that was because the Loctote Flak Sack II has a similar technology that protects against electronic theft.
So for example, if you have your credit card or your passport and you place it inside the internal pocket made of a certified RFID blocking material you can allow your mind be at ease because no one would be able to electronically access any information from any item inside that particular pocket.
Pretty cool stuff and for this reason, I might have to consider this a smart backpack for having this unique feature.
Not Really Water Resistant
I find it difficult making use of a backpack that is not water-resistant and unfortunately, the Loctote Flak Sack II is not water-resistant. Actually only the nylon lining inside the bag is waterproof.
This is a disadvantage of this bag and going through the questions on Amazon I found out an explanation on the reason for this.
It turns out in order to make such a high cut resistance bag, they had to develop a very large denier yarn and complex knit structure which they have not been able to waterproof yet.
This is a factor I would have to put into consideration when I decide to make the purchase but all in all, this is a really good bag and is one of the best theft resistant backpack I have come across.
Better Balance For Comfort
To better balance the backpack on your back to make the weight to be distributed across both shoulders, a sternum strap was included for that better security and comfort.
It keeps the ropes centered across your chest which makes the bag stay secure and comfortable.
The warranty period for all Loctote products is just one year. Their warranty only applies to products bought directly from their official website. This means if you bought the bag from anywhere outside their official website then the warranty would not apply.
The warranty covers defects in materials or workmanship and does not apply to anything outside this.
My Final Verdict
Having gone through the features of this backpack I can say that it is arguably one of the best theft resistant backpacks I have recently come across.
First of all, the fact that the brand that made the bag are mostly focused on producing anti-theft backpacks made me more reassured that they knew exactly what they were doing.
I was really impressed with all of its features especially the slash-proof material used in making the bag. I mean, a bag that is immune to a knife is just amazing. It is not every day you come across such a backpack.
Its other features such as double steel locking strap, heavy-duty combination lock, reflective cut resistance rope, RFID blocking, and sternum strap makes it a one of a kind anti-theft bag.
My disappointment with the bag is the fact that it is not as water resistant as I hoped. I hope they are able to find a solution to this.
Trust me when I tell you that you would not regret this bag especially if you are in the market for a high-level anti-theft backpack. You would be crazy impressed.
Having gone through this review I am pretty sure you would have feedback and probably one or two questions. If you have something you would like to say please be sure to make use of the comment section below and I would reply to your comments as soon as I get them.