While most other crime is not really an issue, pickpocketing is a massive issue in Barcelona. I personally have been pickpocketed twice, once when my phone was swiped out of my back pocket while on the metro, and once when my phone was swiped from my front jacket pocket when I was bumped into while walking on the sidewalk. Partially due to the high prevalence of pickpocketing in the city, many people in the Barcelona area will wear “riñoneras.” This literally translates to “kidney bags,” and it is essentially a fanny pack/bum bag that is worn across your body. This helps to significantly reduce the risk of being pickpocketed, because a potential thief would need to unzip or unlatch your bag right in front of your face. To reduce the risk of being pickpocketed a third time, I use my Bobby Anti-Theft Backpack and my Joe Rogan Datsusara Fanny Pack. I have already reviewed the Bobby Anti-Theft Backpack, but here are my thoughts on the Joe Rogan Datsusara Fanny Pack:
The Joe Rogan Datsusara Fanny Pack doesn’t stick out as much as other fanny packs/bum bags. It has enough space to fit what I need without being too bulky. Also, it can be good to take on a plane as a personal item. You may even be able to have it counted as a money bag and not have it count towards any bag, but I have not tried that myself.
The bag is made from hemp, which is a fairly sustainable material that is also durable and anti-microbial. The zippers on the bag are also high quality YKK zippers.
The bag features a small Velcro pocket, a small zippered pocket, and a larger zippered pocket. The larger pocket also features a divider, and can easily fit items the size of a standard smartphone, passport, or wallet.
I wear it across my body in Barcelona, but it can also be worn as an actual fanny pack/bum bag if you are in a location where pickpocketing is not such an issue. It can also be easily connected to my Datsusara Battlepack Core Backpack.
The strap isn’t the most comfortable bag strap, but it is originally designed to be worn around your waist, not across your body. Also, with its size I’m not really going to carry anything that would be heavy enough to even notice the strap anyway.
It sucks that there is a need for a bag to prevent pickpocketing. This isn’t really a disadvantage regarding the bag, but more about the world. However, even if I didn’t need to prevent pickpockets, this bag still functions very well as a way to add a bit of carrying space without taking a full size bag, or as a way to add a little room to my Datsusara Battlepack Core Backpack.
I would highly recommend this bag is you are in an area where pickpocketing is an issue. And as mentioned above, this bag can be great to use in areas where pickpocketing is not an issue as a way to have a little extra space and convenience.
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