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Style# 56961

COVRT18™ Backpack

(93 Reviews)

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Purpose Built

Designed to appear subtle and inconspicuous, the COVRT 18 is a full-sized covert backpack that provides superior tactical utility and efficiency in a wide range of environments. Also perfect for off duty CCW use, the COVRT 18 features a Backup Belt System™ compatible hidden pistol pocket and a concealed R.A.C. (Roll-down Assault Compartment) that can house a full sized firearm. QuickTact™ accessory straps at the shoulder integrate with other 5.11 tactical gear, a padded sunglass pocket keeps your eyewear protected, and a flip down ID panel allows you to go from covert to overt instantly. The main compartment provides a padded laptop sleeve and roomy main and secondary storage areas, while adjustable yoke shoulders, compression straps, and a reinforced grab handle ensure easy carry.



  • Full-featured covert backpack
  • Ambidextrous side-entry Back-Up Belt System® compartment
  • R.A.C. conceals a full-sized firearm
  • Roomy main and secondary storage areas
  • Reinforced grab handle
  • QuickTact™ accessory straps
  • Sunglass pocket
  • Flip-down ID panel
  • Padded internal laptop sleeve



  • Durable, water-resistant 500D nylon
  • 19"H x 12.25"L x 6.5"D main storage area
  • 11"H x 9.25"L x 2.5"D secondary storage area
  • Comfortable compression straps
  • Adjustable sternum strap
  • Yoke-style shoulder straps
  • YKK® zippers
  • Duraflex® hardware


Ratings and Reviews


(based on 93 reviews)

86 %


Fantastic EDC pack

By J

from Pittsburgh, PA

This pack is well worth the money. It is very durable and does everything that I need. The straps/ carry handle are among the best I have seen on any pack. The padding is amazing for heavy loads. Additionally, the pockets can be customized with mollie pouches which is a very nice touch. Ultimate custom pockets to meet your needs.

I use this everyday to carry multiple books, laptop, charger, calculator, pens, pencils, etc. It has shown zero signs on wear throughout the year and 10 months + that I have owned it. I have no doubt that this will hold up for many years to come. When it finally runs out of gas, I will try my best to purchase another.

Buy with confidence. Mine still looks brand new.


Needs molle...

By Brou

from can't say

I use this bag in my day to day job, this is my second bag of this type I have purchased. They wear out a little faster that a 1000d cordura backpack but that is to be expected, if you want a back pack that looks like a college back pack, and then run it like a military bag things will happen. But other than that (and the fact they don't make the moss color anymore) I only have one complaint, and that is I would like to see molle inside of the bag, in place of the laptop sleeve.


Good for all Needs


from Washington DC

I use this product for both school and work. During the day it holds all my notebooks and computer plus whatever else I need for the day. During the nights when I am on shift it holds all of my BLS gear and my computer so I can also do some school work. The only problem is when you roll down the front panel to show the mollee the bottom row is blocked and they could add a couple more rows above the current placement.


Unsure so far...


from Atlanta, GA

I have yet to determine why this pack needs ventilation holes (not mentioned anywhere on the website) on the BOTTOM. I don't know what I could have in the main compartment that I would rather have air ventilation for versus the potential of getting it wet if I have to put my bag down. Are we to assume that this bag is to never be placed on the ground? I'm not sure how durable the grommets are going to be with any wear. I like all of the pockets even though I'm not sold on the zippers just yet. Very comfortable on the back with a variety of adjustments available.


Great EDC bag

By Doxlie

from NY

I've been using this bag for over a year now. I carry an iPad, pens, pencils, notepad, Nalgene water bottle, first aid kit in a 6.6 Med Pouch, several granola bars, folding knife, tactical flashlight, small tube of sunscreen, chapstick, fire starting materials and a Glock 23 with 2 spare magazines. There is still plenty of room for more. It comes to work with me everyday and it doubles as my carryon for flights several times a year. It's still in great shape with no signs of wearing out.

I did have an issue with one of the snap buckles breaking. I called 5.11 and 2 minutes later they sent out a new one free of charge. Great products and great customer service!




from PA

I recently got my COVRT 18 backpack and I just wanted to let you know how incredibly well it's been working as my daily office briefcase and most recently at a convention in Las Vegas. I have to say, having the 2 pockets (rear and middle) with access from both sides was a plus while walking around from booth to booth collecting information from vendors. The multiple pockets made it easy to store my cell phone back up charger, and other files in the main compartment. Plenty of places to store pens, business cards and other items in the front pockets. Outside compartments were great for water bottles and the padded handle was comfortable. Only complaint was that there are so many pockets and I had to get used to where I put things, as I've used the same dinosaur laptop bag for years. The sunglasses pocket kept me from needing to carry the case daily, but I was able to strap the case in for the flight to the webbing inside the front pocket. Big item I loved was that I didn't have the annoying banging of the metal zipper pulls from my old bag, though I did have to endure my co-worker's bag with his clanging zippers, but not mine!

Thanks again, worked well while wearing a suit as well as using it for travel when I'm casual. I got the Ice color; different, unique and still professional enough for work. Made several of my co-workers jealous. Made the 3 days of walking the convention center much more bearable. And as far as using it daily to carry my laptop back and forth to the office, it's plenty big enough and I've now got a place for my empty coffee travel mug at the end of the day as well without worrying about any leftover coffee spilling inside.


Reliable and Functional


from Northwest

I bought this product over a year ago, and I have used it every day since then. I use it for school, work, and international travel. It is durable and spacious enough to carry my 15" computer, mouse, cables, chargers; textbooks, notebooks, two calculators; a small arsenal of pens, pencils, and highlighters; snacks, water bottles, sunglasses, two flashlights; Glock 19, two extra magazines; trauma shears and first aid kit. It is nice because it conceals all of these items without looking too "tactical".

Some of the stitching has worn out, and the two grommets for the drain holes at the bottom have fallen out. But it has held up remarkably well, as I would expect from 5.11. I would like to see more color options available.





I use my pack daily to and from work, it contains everything I need for any kind of emergency and my lunch. I use it on weekends when I go boating to keep everything organized and nearby if needed. I would strongly recommend this pack, for anyone who likes to keep organized!


great backpack for a variety of uses

By hikeradam

from Birmingham, Alabama

This is a great backpack for a variety of uses. It has TONS of room. I went on a 4 day beach trip this past week packed all my clothes in it no problem. I work full time and go to school part time. Does a great job hauling everything I need. My laptop fits in the laptop sleeve like a glove; inside the main compartment there are mesh pockets that come in handy also. The organizer pocket is great for pens, pocket knife, business cards, etc. MOLLE pocket has endless possibilities for customization. CCW pocket low profile; could fit the majority of handguns no problem. Straps are comfortable; adjustable chest strap a nice touch. haven't had the pack too long; but use it everyday and haven't seen any durability issues so far. I have not personally utilized the hydration pocket; but nice to have the option. Great pack that could be utilized for a multitude of things: day hiking pack, school, work, travel etc. Would definitely recommend this product.


best pack ever

By john

from D/FW Texas

I use this pack to carry a computer, Ipad, sunglasses, pistol and all kinds of other stuff.
I love it and it still looks great and shows little wear after almost 3 years. I used an "off" brand that lasted less than 9 months before it developed holes, zippers wore out, and the straps started pulling out.

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