Ratings and Reviews
The materials and hardware used are top quality. The variety of pockets are very versatile for my needs. I like the bag.
But, like most "tactical" gear from 5.11 and others, there is an overuse of too "sticky" Velcro. (Same complaint for 5.11's Stryke pants.) It should not be necessary to have the upper body strength of a lowland gorilla to pull open the pockets. Please lighten up 5.11 on the Velcro.
Convenient, light bag. I carry a Lenovo Carbon OR an iPad in it with charger, a small note pad, a breakfast bar, a flashlight, pens, pen knife, multi-tool, a small Power Bank and a Walther PP .380 with one spare magazine. It's not big enough for a regular form factor laptop. Full size portfolio with a paper pad? Forget it. Lots of compartments, but as others have said, it gets crowded quickly, but it's great for what I use it for.
As a detective I use my messenger bag to carry a pile of frequently used documents around with me along with a flashlight, gloves, a basic IFAK and other items. I love the level of organisation that's possible and the bag very easily allows me to store everything I need in an organised but easily accessible way.
I've used this bag for about a year. I was originally concerned that the velcro strips that help to hold the bag shut could degrade with use, but this hasn't been the case. Other than the elastic loops over the strap clips losing some of their elasticity the bag looks as good as the day it arrived in the post! I'm not particularly gentle with my gear and the bag has been in all sorts of places with me, having been used hundreds of times. The material in particular is incredibly tough and shows no signs at all of wear or tear.
When this eventually wears out (I may be waiting quite some time!) I would absolutely 100% buy another one, though I think I'd go for the middle size to accommodate slightly larger laptops.
I bought this bag today and plan to return it back tomorrow. Everything is very well designed, production quality and materials are great . However the base of the bag is not large enough or does not expand therefore after you put a small laptop and a book the inner section gets so tight that you can hardly put anything else in the available sections inside the bag. I believe this bag needs to be modified making the base section wider or expandable. Have a look at the comment section below of this link. It mentions exactly the same problem. http://www.511tactical.com/rush-delivery-mike.html
I bought this bag for everyday use, and I've not been disappointed!
Perfect fit for my 13" MacBook (I think a 15" would be too big for this bag), and has enough room for chargers, diaries and paperwork. Pens, knifes, flashlights or anything alike can fit in the slots just underneath the flap, whilst maintaining all your other equipment.
Handy conceal compartment in the back, happily fits an M&P45 with all the above inside.
Can feel a little bulky when loaded, but once broken in, it fits ok, this is possibly why I only rate this as a 4 star item.
If I were to replace this bag now, I potentially opt for the next size up maybe, especially if I got a bigger laptop.
Good for work, the range, going through airport check points... (minus the obvious)! And in black, looks professional, whilst maintaining a militant look.
Can't really fault this item at all!
I bought this bag for work to carry everything I need, uniform, laptop, ect. I have had the bag for about 3 months now. The quality of it is great, and I really like the bag. However size is an issue. The description says you can fit a 15" laptop, but my 14" laptop is a very tight fit. The bag doesn't expand enough as well. Just another inch or so would have been great. If you start filling the pockets even a little bit, everything becomes really tight. The main compartments and the CCW compartment become almost if not completely unusable. If not for that, I would give this bag 5 stars and beyond.