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.
First, I LOVE this pack. I have had this pack for a few months now and find that it is easy to customize and upgrade. I keep a concealed carry pistol along w/ First Aid Kit. I added the AR500 Soft Armor to the Hydration pocket. The only complaint I have is the Sternum Straps, well, not the straps themselves but the clips that hold them on to the Shoulder Straps. They seem very flimsy and don't hold very well. I went to the local hardware store and replaced them w/ metal split rings that work much better and give me a more secure fit. Otherwise, I could not say enough good about this pack. I would buy it again, along w/ some black split rings to upgrade the sternum straps.
Been looking and researching for a bag that had tonnes of storage, great for everyday use and activities (hikes, biking, jogging, walking around town), comfortable, durable and did not scream tactical.
Did not give it a 5-star because of the rubberized back padding found on the lower part of the back padding, keeps riding my shirt or jacket up. It would have been better to keep the same mesh material. Plus the mesh side pockets are not big enough to hold my 1L nalgene bottles when not using my hydration pack.
I have been searching for a new back pack for many months and the C18 was the perfect purchase. The design is well thought out and blends in function without forgetting the user. I am in many different climates and terrains and the C18 has performed as advertised. I highly recommend this pack.