Ratings and Reviews
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.
I have had this pack for about 3 years now. and I am finally getting a small tear in the bottom of the pack. I use this everyday and it has been very reliable. I feel that the bottom of this pack needs to be reinforced with a second layer just to last longer.
I bought this for use at work but I find myself using it for a lot more. I frequently dump all my work stuff out and put my traveling or other personal stuff in. When I get home I need to reverse everything. It's a great back pack. I should just get a second one
I originally bought this bag for the CCW compartment but I have found out that it is great for a lot of things and I take it with me where ever I go.
The CCW compartment is great when I need put my gun away and it is secured very well with the purchase of the Velcro holster, and the zippers to the compartment can be well hidden also. (You do need to purchase a Velcro holster, or at least I did so I could securely carry my gun in my bag) Compartment plenty big enough to hold my Full size Smith & Wesson MP 9mm.
I love the sunglasses compartment, it has that microcloth wall material, so your shades can stay protected and clean and it works great! I normally keep some knives, pens, extra clothes, many other extra little things that I always have on me, and sometimes put my gym shoes in the main compartment also. Plenty of pockets for your imagination.
Extremely comfortable to carry, even when I make it a little bit of a heavier load.
Had this bag for about 8 months and it still looks brand new. If anything would ever happened to it I would with out a doubt get another.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!