Ratings and Reviews
I've had this bag for about 3 years. The ONLY wear that can be perceived is on the pad for the shoulder strap. My 17" laptop fits perfectly and the interior velcro strap keeps it secure. Plenty of pockets to organize items of various sizes. Side pockets work well for holding a bottle of water and the cinches keep them from falling out. Everything I have from 5.11 is top notch!
I read the reviews from all other sizes of this bag and knew of all the "cons" before receiving the bag. Honestly, I never really counted them as "cons", but I am glad I knew about them before I ordered.
The bag is super durable and feels like it will last forever. I wondered about the velcro assists that keep the main flap closed (one of the listed cons), but I get it now. It is to keep the front flap closed and secure so that it can't ben and allow anything to possibly slip out. I actually like it, getting on and off of aircraft, not having all the time in the world to make sure the clasps are in use, just folding the cover down makes it pretty secure.
The clips on the front flap are partially hidden behind the flap. I was a bit frustrated at first, but changed my mind as I realized that if it isn't easy for me, it will be even less easy for someone else trying to get into my bag.
The clips for the strap are great. My #1 reason for changing bags was how my old bag's clips would come undone at inopportune times. These have elastic covers on them and are quite secure.
This is the only "con" that I sorta agree with. Unsure why I need a zipper AND velcro to secure the firearm, but it is a simple thing to defeat and I will be buying velcro strips to do just that. The zipper is quite enough, imho.
The bag has many pockets and pouches. Like many here, I am sure, I have specific places for all of my things. I was a bit worried that I would not find a specific home for all of my cables and misc items that I like to carry, but this bag has all that I need - and more. In fact, I find the layout to be fairly intuitive. Well, unsure if it is intuitive, as the pouches aren't labeled, but it made sense to me!
Never had one on a previous bag,so this will get a little getting used to. So bar, I have looped it through the velcro strap on the bag that is for attaching to other luggage, but I may give it a try someday. I get the purpose for it, but I carry my bag in the 2 o'clock position and don't have a real issue with it flopping around. I may use it when carrying, so that the bag is more stable and harder to rip from me.
Very pleased with this bag. For sizing, I carry a 13" MBA, so I have more than enough room in here.