5.11 COVRT18 2.0 Backpack: Blend In And Be Ready

by Tommy Grant

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Most tactical knapsacks you can spot a mile away. They are casted with MOLLE-compatible webbing that says operator more than daily commuter.  In some cases a civilian aesthetic is good. The new COVRT18 2.0 Backpack from 5.11 Tactical helps you blend in while still having your essential defensive gear easily accessible.

The COVRT18 2.0 has a discreet appearance that doesn’t call a lot of attention to itself.

From a concealed carry standpoint the COVRT18 2.0 features a dual access conceal carry compartment for your handgun with an internal loop panel and tuckable logo tabs so the bag can really be incognito. The tiny 5.11 tag is concealable by pushing inside a small slit in the front bottom of the exterior pocket. The shoulder strap 5.11 tag can also be stuffed away and hidden.

Other non-EDC features are a TSA friendly laptop compartment, which makes it easy to access and protect your machine. A shove-it compartment with side gussets and zippered drop pocket, dual side water bottle pockets, external Hypalon gear loop and internal zippered mesh pockets in main compartment round out some of the storage space. The laptop pocket can also be used for a hydration reservoir compartment.

The clamshell design for the main compartment and the laptop pouch completely unzip for easy access to whatever gear you have inside. Personally, I like separate lap top compartments since it makes it easier to get through an airport TSA line as well as accessing your laptop when you are crammed in the middle seat in economy.

Some of the stuff you take for granted and where other bags fail is the practical stuff: like the padded shoulder straps that aren’t bulky, cinch straps, a padded carry handle, back panel ventilation and large pulls on the zippers. I hate it when the zippers are a pain in the ass to pull. The back panel is well padded and ventilated.

It comes in a color called Flint that absolutely blends with your everyday civilian urban environment and work place. Your co-workers will think you have a cool bag with all the features required in a backpack, like lap top compartment and water bottle pockets. You have the added benefit of knowing you can conceal carry with the bag and no one is the wiser.

Size: 19 in. high x 10.5 in. long x 6.5 in. deep, fits up to a 15-in. laptop

Capacity: 32-liter /1953 cubic in.

Weight: 2.64 lbs.

Material: 500D Nylon, 840D Nylon

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