This bag is great. I replaced my Vertx Gamut bag with this. It is far more versatile and covert. I wanted a practical bag where I could carry a concealed firearm without looking "tacticool". I can't say enough good things about this bag. However, the hidden pistol pocket has just a 5" x 9" section of hook and loop material for a concealed holster or what not. Why just such a small section and not line the entire hidden pocket with hook and loop or some molle? It would make this hidden pocket so much more versatile. Seems to leave a lot of unused space. The other small complaint is the adjustable shoulder straps don;t seem very secure. At times when picking up the back to throw over my shoulder the strap will involuntarily expand. Other than those two details, this bag is everything I ever needed as far as an everyday work bag as well as a weekender bag.
I bought one of these to try out. I have a 30L pack that I carry every day for work. And while this pack has everything I ever needed in a backpack, it's just too small to be useful for me. The main and secondary compartments did not hold all of my stuff and I had to return it.
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I have had this bag for nearly 4 years. It has survived and continues to perform through two deployments overseas and daily use to and from work and other activities. The design is perfect for what I need, want and like. The sizing and spacing of the pockets are perfect, the zippers have performed flawlessly. I really hope that 5.11 never stops making these cause I worry that by the time I will need a new one they will be out of the product line up. Thank you for making a quality product and not some crappy bag designed to fall apart in a year. I am so tired of paying good money for crappy products. The one and only thing that hasn't performed well is the stitching leading from the top handle in toward the top of the bag. We did a little extra sewing when it started to come undone and it is fixed now. Other than that I would recommend this bag to anyone and everyone.
Wanted to give 5 stars but I couldn't because of the stitching failure.
I've had my bag 3yrs now and stopped using it about 6 months ago due to the seams coming apart on the top inside of the right shoulder strap where the strap meets the bag and where the body-side material meets the outward facing material. I bought it for the tactical features without screaming tactical and used it daily for my work in an office environment, as a garment bag for quick weekend trips, or for going to graduate school classes. In all settings it performed the way I needed it to, but about 6 months ago the stitching began to unravel in the location I described above; upon further examination a similar rupture is happening on the other strap at the yoke as well. I bought a 5.11 Rush Delivery Lima messenger bag for work and school, and it seems to be more durably built than the COVRT 18. For comparison, I have a Kelty Redwing I've had for 14yrs that has been more harshly used than the COVRT18 and it is in far better condition; as a matter of fact, the features in the 5.11 COVRT18 retired the Kelty to emergency car bag duties. As a result, I bought another Kelty backpack to replace the COVRT18 backpack even though it has the perfect design and feature set for me; cannot trust the durability of this bag or justify spending $130 every 3yrs for a bag that's not abused or utilized in a harsh environment. Sorry guys.
I have been through many packs. This by far has the right combination of space, pockets, versatility, and most important, functionality. I would highly recommend this pack. I searched for 6 months until I found this pack and I am glad I did not compromise.
This pack was a daily daily after 8 months the handle broke other than that it was designed very well
My 17" dell laptop barely fits and does not allow use of the top sunglasses pocket. If the padded pocket the laptop sits in was stitched in lower or better yet make the pouch adjustable there would be no problem with a larger laptop.
I have loved this since the day I bought it. I have owned a lot of 5.11 bags, clothes, gear over the last 10 years of contracting in Afghanistan, Iraq and now Africa. This bag was bought just before my Africa deployment started. I love all the compartments. This bag is my primary carry on that holds EVERYTHING perfectly.
Favorite pouch has to be the sunglass pouch up top. Next would be the top mesh pouch inside the main compartment and the document pouch in the very back.
Only two complaints.:
1. Within days the elastic cord on one of the mesh pouches pulled out and is now useless to tighten down with.
2. The padding in the right shoulder strap has pulled loose from the top of the bag and started to work its way down the strap. Not a huge deal but it is has moved a few inches down and is bunching up at the bottom of the strap material.
I would recommend this bag in a heartbeat to any of my coworkers traveling as much as I do. I carry it everywhere, everyday in Africa to hold all my daily carry stuff.
I am a HUGE 5.11 fan. I purchased the COVRT18 backpack and am very pleased with the bag. However, I have a recommendation to make the backpack better. Velcro and Molle is included in the front pocket. I personally believe that the front pocket would be better with pockets for pens, cards, keys, etc. Having Velco (which it has) and Molle would be better suited in the concealment pouch to attach a holster and Molle to attach more magazine holsters. At the very least, attach Velco throughout.
I'm a daily commuter by rail into Washington, DC. I've been carrying this pack for 18 months - every day. It's a high-quality design that wears like steel. I have it loaded with enough electronics plus SHTF gear for a pack mule. I'm totally satisfied and I highly recommend this pack.