After having gone through all that, I refer you back to the definition for covert and submit to you that the name fits the pack pretty well. Throughout the week I carried it, it served well. I carried everything I needed, it was comfortable and if I had to carry it by the handle instead of wearing it on a shoulder, the padded handle was comfortable instead of nylon that pinched into my fingers.
The pack I tested is Deep Moss Green on Black. The other color variations available are:
- Asphalt on Black
- Mantis Green on Dark Oak
- Code Red on Steel Gray
- True Navy on Asphalt
Given that we're looking at a pack that's not supposed to look like a gun bag - or a "cop bag" - I think it might behoove 5.11 Tactical to make it in a few more colors, or replace some of those current colors with things more flashy. Yes, I know; "flashy" isn't covert. But if you're on a mountain trail or even at the mall, look around and notice all the yellow, orange, lime green, etc bags people are carrying. While the colors listed above are pretty standard in the public safety world, do they really blend in to what the civilian population is carrying? It's just a thought.
Aside from that observation and my note about the chest strap being removable, I think 5.11 Tactical has a hit on their hands with this one.
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