I am in love with the bag. Solid construction, secure pockets, mesh zippers, fully adjustable yoke shoulder straps, and the moisture resistant hydration pouch sold me! It's everything that I need field bag to be.
However, the location of the top grab handle between the two shoulder straps places too much pressure on the base of my neck/spine. I had about 15 pounds in the bag and the grab handle felt like someone was pressing into my neck. The pressure only worsened with the addition of more gear. I adjusted the shoulder straps so the bag would hang lower, to alleviate the pressure, unfortunately I had to lower it below my hips.
It is with great regret, that due to the grab handle location being part of the shoulder straps, I would NOT recommend this bag for anyone shorter than 5'9".
Holds pretty much all I want (way more than I need of course) Looks good in the ice coloration. Low profile pack that blends in. Thrown this thing around with a bunch of gear inside, been out in sand with it shooting, used it as a gun rest. Holding up just fine. Just wish there were more COVRT accessories for the line.
Side pocket elastic retention band snapped right out of the bag. That was disappointing and made me wonder how long the thing was going to last. But the rest of it has held up pretty well, even though I'm reluctant to rough it up too much.
I may explore other brands for my next one.
After buying this backpack at my local gun store (fall 2016) I decided to leave a review for it on the makers website in hopes that the few constructive concerns I'd like to address would eventually be addressed in future iterations.
I like to get pack packs that are versatile and are able to handle various items I need on a daily basis. Usually I have to be satisfied with picking a category and then tying to find something that fits (work, hobby, leisure etc) which usually results in various bags for various occasions yet having to always unpack and repack key items I need in each on of them. This backpack has finally solved this - and given me even more along the way.
At this point I use it mostly for school so it packs my laptop nicely inside a seperate laptop pouch and the power cord in one of the front zippers. There I also keep a spare 3xUSB charger and cables. The secondary storage area (which can be rolled down to expose MOLLE webbing and Velcro for patches) holds by backup battery but I have also used it to mount a first aid MOLLE pouch when going on a hike. The main storage compartment is used for books and notepads and the two zippered web (see through)pouches hold miscelaneous stuff (that would easily get lost ) and my external hard drive.
I truly enjoy the sunglass pouch especially when riding my motorcycle throughout the day-I never thought something like this could come in this handy. The bladder pouch seems great but I have only used it for files I did not want to bend or another great place to keep my MacBook Air 11".
The top small pouch (with the flip out badge ID panel) holds all my stationary (pens, stapler, notepad, wireless mouse) and wallet for quick and easy access.
The one pocket I truly enjoy (especially once conceal carry is happening on campus) is the ambidextrous side entry for my XDs. The back of the pocket is Velcro so I am using a modular Velcro universal gear holster to keep it from shifting around and in the ideal position for drawing.
Side pockets obviously are great for bottles, granola bars or flashlights since it has a rubber band to tighten it near shut if necessary.
The straps and back are very comfortable and adjustable. The Velcro accessory straps seem handy but aside from strapping down a scarf they have not seen much action.
Now aside from all the glory there are two areas I hope a next iteration will see improvement on. The main issue I am having is with the bottom of the backpack that is part of the main compartment. It seems very thin and adding weight inside the bag worries me. At least some form of compression straps would make it seem more durable. The other point is the handle. I really like it and it's padding makes it fit well into your palm, however I am probably using it a little rouher than expected with a higher load, and so I can already see the stitching on one side - meaning they are getting worn and are loosening. However I hope this is just what regular usage does and that it will not go any further than that.
Overall I do truly appreciate the versatility of this backpack giving me everything I need and more. The foliage colors I have are a great combination and I will definitely get another one once I have reached the limits with this one. However I hope that my comments will help make some small improvements to a near perfect backpack !
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.
I created an account just to write this review.
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