POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 16, 2012
» What is it: A purse and wallet that emphasize security and organization. The compact purse (measuring 10 by 7 by 2 inches) has four exterior pockets with zipper or magnet closures, and four interior pockets plus credit card and pen slots. Security comes in the form of a steel cable inside the shoulder strap to foil razor-toting thieves, steel mesh surrounding the outside pockets, and a zipper topped with a clamp that locks onto a metal ring to prevent thieves from quickly unzipping the purse and grabbing its contents.
» The good: The purse's organized designs make certain aspects of traveling — or daily life at home — a breeze. You can stash your boarding pass and ID in one of the purse's outer pockets for quick retrieval. At home the same goes for your bus and train passes or cab fare. The purse's durable polyester material wears well. With the purse's interior pockets and slots, it's easy to find things, and you can get by without a separate wallet.
» The bad: The security features can slow you down. It's not a simple thing to unclamp the purse's zipper from the metal ring to open the purse, for example.
» Cost: VaultPro Everyday Bag, $59.50
» Available from: magellans.com
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