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Travelon Anti-Theft Parkview Hobo Crossbody Review: An Ideally Sized Bag for Sightseeing

[st_content_ad]Travelon is well known in the travel world as a maker of attractive and practical anti-theft bags. I already own a small Travelon crossbody bag, which is just the right size for a phone, a point-and-shoot camera, and a few credit cards—but when I recently upgraded to an entry-level DSLR camera, I realized I’d need a larger purse. That’s when I decided to try the Travelon Anti-Theft Parkview Hobo Crossbody, which measures 13 x 11 x 3 inches and has all the security features I appreciated in my smaller bag.

I tested the Parkview Hobo Crossbody over a long weekend trip; here’s how it performed.

Travelon Anti-Theft Parkview Hobo Crossbody Review:

Price and Where to Buy: $89 on the Travelon website.

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How the Travelon Anti-Theft Parkview Hobo Crossbody Rates:

  • Usefulness: 9/10. This bag was big enough to hold everything I needed without being so voluminous that I couldn’t easily find what I was looking for. I was able to fit a small DSLR camera, phone, wallet, water bottle, and sunglasses’ case without a problem. The bag has four zippered pockets—two on the outside and two on the inside—including one with RFID-blocking technology. It also has two internal sleeves for small items such as eyeglasses or a cell phone. The built-in strap is sized to go over the shoulder, but there’s an optional crossbody strap as well. (One quibble: I wish there were a way to detach the shoulder strap when you’re not using it.) Anti-theft features include slash-resistant straps and body panels, as well as locking features for all exterior zippers.
  • Value: 9/10. This bag is reasonably priced for its quality and features.
  • Durability: 10/10. The Parkview Hobo Crossbody feels sturdy and well made.
  • Portability: 10/10. Of course, a bag is portable by definition, and this one will fold away flat if you need to store it or pack it.
  • Cool Factor: 9/10. The bag is sleek and attractive, and the theft-resistant features are particularly cool.

Final Verdict: This bag holds everything you need in a well-organized way and has clever anti-theft features to boot.

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By Sarah Schlichter

Deputy Executive Editor Sarah Schlichter's idea of a perfect trip includes spotting exotic animals, hiking through pristine landscapes, exploring new neighborhoods on foot, and soaking up as much art as she can. She often attempts to recreate recipes from her international travels after she gets home (which has twice resulted in accidental kitchen fires—no humans or animals were harmed).

Sarah joined the SmarterTravel team in 2017 after more than a decade at the helm of Sarah's practical travel advice has been featured in dozens of news outlets including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Budget Travel, and Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio. Follow her on Twitter @TravelEditor.

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