My unit ordered a bunch of these backpacks on a recommendation from another coworker. Within the first month things started falling apart.
The cord on one of the side bottle holders snapped off.
A couple months later another cord snapped off the zipper.
Put it through an airport exeay once and it came out the other side with about three inches of the shoulder strap padding having been pushed up inside the trap.
Chest strap buckled continues to come off. Frequently.
Lost another strap the other day.
It’s not makes to be used as a duty backpack or out in the field.
I've had the bag for over a year now and use it frequently. Main complaints are seam separation around the grab handle, all four corners have separated, separation towards the bag from the yoke; grab handle needs to be closer to the center of the bag or maybe a second handle near the center, needs deeper mesh pockets, eliminate the drain holes on the bottom, bag would be better if it could free stand.
I’ve been using this bag for several weeks now. It has already been to FL, and CO. It’s a great bag, well built and has some great features. However, it needs a few key improvements. First the bottle holders on the side of the bag need to be about 3” deeper. The taller Yeti or Contigo tend to slip out when the bag is put down or slipped under an airline seat or thrown in back seat of vehicle.
The other fix that would be handy is if there was a way to remove the laptop either from the top or from the side. The side load would come in extremely handy at the airport checking through security.
I would also lile to see an accessory soft armor made to fit perfectly in the back area.
Overall the bag is great but with a few improvements it could be amazing.
I've had this bag for almost two years. I travel weekly for work and it contains my laptops, electronic equipment, cables, paperwork and other admin material very well. It takes most of the punishment I through at it, except the internal seams are ripping. The bottom seam of the top admin pouch (containing the ID flap) has ripped and I cannot use it without items falling into parts of the bag that cannot be reached externally, have to dig into the hole to retrieve it.
Otherwise it is a very good bag, but I'll have to replace it soon since I can no longer use the top pouch except for some pens and business cards.
Nothing in the description mention the 2 metal drainage holes at the bottom bag. Had the bag for about a month and keep forgetting the 2 holes and the stuff normally gets wet. The lower pad of the back of the pad is made of a suede like material that rubs off. I did not realize this at first but after a month all the backs (belt loop area) of my khaki 5.11 pants meets the bags are all black smug from the suede material.
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.
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