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I finally plopped the down the coin for the 5.11 Covrt 18 bag for my Sub 2k.

I've wanted this bag for a long time even before I considered buying a Sub 2k. I just had a hard time spending the money for it as its not a cheap bag. Once I got my Sub2k I tried a few of my other backpacks including my Kelty hiking bag which is the nicest of the bunch. While it technically worked it wasn't perfect. This bag so far appears to be far superior for the task at hand.



I wanted something that had all the provisions internally to support a few firearms and the related gear that goes along with it plus other survivial equipment or anything else one might need to carry depending on the activity. But I didn't want something that screamed tactical. This just appears like a typical backpack of a broke college guy probably going to his classes to most passing folks. No one should be the wiser unless its someone that knows the brand. Typically someone one who recognizes 5.11s gear are the other sheepdog good samaritan types anyway so not a big deal.



But if the need arises I'll be good to go with one of these plus other goodies inside. I just got this bag so I'm still going to have to play around with how I'm building out the load out but so far very impressed. Glad I finally broke down and bought this. BTW 5.11 just opened up a company store here in San Antonio and that grand opening sale this weekend enticed me to buy it finally. 20 percent off plus all the other goodies they gave away wasn't a bad deal at all. Of course I bought other crap too lol. Also got to meet Mr Kyle Lamb and he gave me a copy of his book and autographed it. Was a good weekend.



Nicest feature of the bag. Once you've let the cat out of the bag it has this nice roll down feature so you can access your other gear easily. Having the molle internally is nice so all your stuff is safe and secured in the same spot every time. I also like the ambidextrious internal holster access area it has. Not sure yet if I'm going to buy their velcro internal universal holster or possibly look into having something custom made for that purpose yet.

Overall I'm happy with this purchase. Slowly but surely this Sub2k is gonna cost me a fortune in the long haul. No different than outfitting any other cool looking tactical rifle or boomstick though right?

Looking forward to putting this bag to good use. While I didn't exactly purchase this bag as a dedicated bug out bag like some folks do it can support that role. Mainly intending on using this more of an EDC option for when I'm doing outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, fishing etc.......... where the Sub2k if needed would excell in that role. This bag can just as easily also do double duty as a school bag or carry on luggage (after intense scrutiny that every single bit of gun or ammo related anything is completely removed obviously) or any other useful purpose that a backpack can provide.

Even with the discount it was still expensive to me but I think in the longhaul I'll finally realize I should have probably bought one years ago.
 

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With a 5.11 tag on it, I wouldn't say broke, I'd say rich.
Like he said you know the brand ;)

I'm a fan of everything 5.11 I've bought, yes it can be pricy but the quality it there. I've been watching videos about bug out bags and such lately. I think a subby will be in my future to go with, that seems like a great role for it and I've been looking for an excuse.

How much room for other items do you have with the rifle in the bag?
 

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Unfortunately being a Magpul, 5.11, even Keltec lol fanboy is the reason I'm broke these days. ;)

It's pretty roomy. The padded area is supposed to be meant for a laptop but I'm using it right now to support the folded Sub2k. Heres a video about this specific bag that you might want to watch if you hadn't seen it yet. It shows a better idea visually than what I can describe.

[ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3McKU-ohDE[/ame]
 

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That 5.11 looks like a VERY nicely made backpack. Lots of attention to detail. Lots of neat features. Since it's name is "Covert 18" I would assume it's an 18 liter pack. That's a nice size for a dayhike when you need to carry a little outerwear for rain or cold.

My tastes run for a much simpler pack though. I like a large central compartment, only a few pockets, and not a lot of "organizers" - it always seems they want to organize the things that I am not carrying, and what I do carry and want to organize doesn't fit into their preconceived plan.

I highly doubt I will ever bug-out anywhere, but what I have for that is a Kelty Redwing 44. https://www.kelty.com/product/redwing-44

For an two night camping trip (I don't do many of these any more!), I have a Deuter Futura 32 (with two attachable long side pockets). This is the most comfortable pack I own. Fits like a glove. Has a rigid frame and "air mesh" back panel. You can cram enough in there for a weekender in warm weather if you are a frugal packer and use compression stuff sacks for the bulky stuff. 32 liters (I don't know how much the side pockets add to that) is not the best size for a pack IMHO. It's OK for a single night, cramped for a two night, and too big for a day hike. But this pack is SO comfortable that I have taken it on many day hikes, even though I've got lots of room to spare inside. http://www.deuter.com/DE/en/hiking/futura-32-34254-11.html

My most used pack is a small lightweight extremely simple one for day hikes. A Jansport Katahdin 20. http://www.rei.com/product/867262/jansport-katahdin-20-daypack-2013-closeout

For extended backpacking (which I never do any more) I used to use, and still have, an older Lowe internal frame (70 liter?) expedition pack. No links to point it out, because it is pre-internet (from the early 80's). It's got two back pockets and a jumbo center compartment you could fit a Volkswagon into.

p.s. - Man, I miss my old "Wilderness Experience Klettersack" from the early 70's. Boy, did that pack have some miles on it! I loaned it to someone decades ago and it never came back home. Live and learn. http://www.sixpacjoe.com/data/sixpacjoe/product/20121102_aa6394.jpg
http://www.trailspace.com/images/gear/wilderness-experience/klettersack-300x300.jpg
 

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I'm considering putting together some "get home bags" for our vehicles. I would rather be there during most situations so it makes sense. Does anyone know if there is already a thread on the subject so I can take a look?
 

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I'm considering putting together some "get home bags" for our vehicles. I would rather be there during most situations so it makes sense. Does anyone know if there is already a thread on the subject so I can take a look?
Check out the "Equipped To Survive" forums. There are several threads on "Get Home Bags" and "Bug Out Bags". You'll have to search, as I don't have any direct links to those threads bookmarked anymore. They would be somewhere in these sub-forums:

http://forums.equipped.org/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=1&page=1
http://forums.equipped.org/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=7&page=1

Possibly in this sub-forum, but more likely in one of the above two:
http://forums.equipped.org/ubbthreads.php?ubb=postlist&Board=4&page=1

This is not a "Survivalist" website. Quite the opposite. It's normal people who wish to be well prepared.
 

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I've been using this bag for hard business travel for a couple of years. A little fraying of the nylon straps at the very top where it meets the bag. Fixed it with a couple wraps of gorilla tape. A zipper started to separate rom the nylon. Sewed it up in the airport.

Did I mention that I run this bag overstuffed and travel all over the US and occasionally canada and Europe with it and that I am very hard on bags? Nothing survives my use long tem, it's only a matter of time.

Tons of USEFUL and hidden pockets that have NEVER been checked outside an x-ray.

Overall assessment - WINNER.

PS> I prefer the dark gray. Very non-descript.
 

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Funny you say that.

I was at the park with the kiddos and set it down next to me on the bench. I wound up knocking it over and it fell onto some lovely sidewalk chalk where some previous kids had been busy. It came home rainbow colored lol. Fortunately it was easy to clean it up.
 
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