5.11 Tactical COVRT 18 Backpack 56961
SKU #: 511-56961
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Designed to appear subtle and inconspicuous, the COVRT 18 is a full-sized covert backpack that provides superior tactical utility and efficiency in a wide range of environments. Also perfect for off duty CCW use, the COVRT 18 features a Backup Belt System™ compatible hidden pistol pocket and a concealed R.A.C. (Roll-down Assault Compartment) that can house a full sized firearm. QuickTact™ accessory straps at the shoulder integrate with other 5.11 tactical gear, a padded sunglass pocket keeps your eyewear protected, and a flip down ID panel allows you to go from covert to overt instantly. The main compartment provides a padded laptop sleeve and roomy main and secondary storage areas, while adjustable yoke shoulders, compression straps, and a reinforced grab handle ensure easy carry.
84% Recommend this product (37 of 44 responses)
March 18, 2017
Great backpack good colors to pick from. Comfortable
December 14, 2016
Nice computer bag
Great quality and room to organize
October 29, 2016
Great daily use pack
Got this bag for travel use, but ended up replacing my daily driver. Amazing amount of storage in a smaller package.
By edwin mangila
September 6, 2016
Great All Around Backpack
I have used this bag from a 3 day hike to an everyday classroom computer bag and it is just as comfortable as any more expensive hiking or casual backpack that I own. I also bought a second one which I mainly use as my "Go Bag". My AK Pistol fits nicely inside with a 20 round magazine on it (talk about a real Go Bag). I also love the very unassuming design of the bag which look like a regular backpack one can get at Walmart. Although the construction of this bag is not comparable to any cheap book bags anyone can get anywhere. The cordura construction is tough with very strong stitching and it is very sturdy. It will not sag like a regular book bag backpack. I have med kits, extra clothing, rain gears, field gunsmithing tools, and my AK plus 6 30rd mags on it and its holding very well.
ProsWell constructed, triple stiched, ykk zippers. easy access om the main compartment and it don't sag even when wet.
ConsWish they re-design the two cinch straps clips on the upper front side to where the clips are reversed on each side.. Like male and female so that the user could have the ability to clip the long front straps together so that opening the main compartment can still be done rapidly without having to un-clip those straps first. Although it can still be done by leaving the staps undone it would looks sloppy. I'd d rather have those two straps with reverse female/male clips so I can clip them close together.
May 22, 2016
Five Years Later
I've had this bag for about five years now, and I'm pleased to say it's shown remarkably little wear. I use this bag for school, travel, hiking, and every day use. It's my go to bag for most applications, so it's seen a lot of use. This bag has been exposed to water, dirt, blood, and even a bit of vomit, and still looks pretty new. So at this point I think it's safe to say this is a remarkably tough pack. It's easily the most versatile bag I have, and it's held together better than any other I've had.
Pros- Very durable. Five years of use and very little fraying. - Good water resistance. Nothing inside gets wet from rain. - Looks like a non-tactical bag, great for keeping a lower profile. - Good internal organization options. - Hidden velcro and MOLLE loops provide great options. - Chest strap plus option to mount waist strap allow heavier loads to be carried comfortably. - Very comfortable. Straps distribute load well, and the back does good at ventilating.
Cons- Grommets allow water or sand to get in from the bottom if you set the bag down. - Both grommets popped out within two years. That said, there hasn't been any tearing or fraying around the holes since, so apparently the grommets weren't really needed for support. - Like all 5.11 products, this bag isn't cheap.
By SlingShot 71
May 4, 2016
Best One yet!
I cannot tell you how happy I am with the COVRT18. It flat out beats every other pack this size. I am giving my wife my SOC pack. The concealed carry compartment requires a separate holster. I purchased a full size all Velcro holster from Brownells, the MOLDED HOLSTER MAVRIK ATTACHMENT. My full framed M&P 40 fits very comfortably there. When traveling I use that same compartment for my iPad. I use the outside pocket for my HiVis safety vest storage. Will pack easily for a weekend road trip with computer. Construction is typical 5.11 quality. Bottom line: Buy this pack!
ProsConcealed carry pocket doubles for carry of iPad etc. Excellent construction, well thought out pockets.
ConsReally does require a separate holster in the concealed carry compartment to achieve any level of repeatability in draw..
By Michael Finn
April 30, 2016
Great everyday bag
Bought this for college use. Holds everything I need and then some. I use the CCW area for an extra ball cap and some other small things. Front pocket is great for a tablet to keep and a laptop in the main.
ProsLots of space Plenty of pockets Comfortable Easy to access
By John Hernandez
April 1, 2016
Plenty of space
Just got the bag a week ago and can't fill it up fast enough. The only part bugging me is how large the sunglasses pocket is and how much it protrudes into the main compartment. You have to lift it out of the way to get to the laptop/doc sleeve. Otherwise a perfect bag with the molle and velcro sections for customization. Can't go 5 stars...that will depend on how long it lasts.
March 10, 2016
For me, this is a slim-line pack that works great, and is still comfortable. If you are looking for a huge, or bigger sized pack, this is not for you. This is a quality backpack, with quick use zippers, and lots of velcro to attach many items.
ProsQuick access zippers, comfortable.
March 2, 2016
Perfect Size for Everyday Use.
Well built, comfortable to carry, lots of compartments and storage room. Another great 5.11 product!
By Josh Carlson
February 5, 2016
It's so overt it's covert
its great, I enjoying using this item when I'm going to college. I love the concealment pockets' but you should an universal holster and mag to come with this item.
Prosits comfy It's spacious Concealment pockets
ConsOnly one con, u have to order a holster
By Sal A
January 20, 2016
Great bag, purchased a 2nd
I have had this bag for years, using it daily for work. It offers many compartments with a lot of space without looking tactical. I just purchased a 2nd bag for personal use.
January 18, 2016
This bag is simply amazing. The only thing I wish is that there was a sling version. Not a big deal though... This bag has tons of storage but isn't HUGE like every other bag I've looked at. I want something small and I can compress a bit when it isn't full. This is perfect for that. There are many pockets for organization and I love how it is setup. Sure it is pricey for a "standard" looking bag but that's the point! You need lots of options but it not looking all high tech and tacticool. I use it to and from the station every day and it will pack my SBR as well. Great bag!
ProsOrganized pocket setup Lots of pockets for separation Access to pistol storage from both sides Feels and looks super durable Love that there are two bottle holders (One for just a water jug and another for my pre-workout!)
ConsWish there was a sling version Velcro/molle on the pistol carry area needs to be bigger to allow for a lower carry point
December 10, 2015
Bulky back pack but has 2 drink compartments on the sides that are easily accessible. Works well for carrying drinks and snacks on the trail or around a theme park. Only gripe is carry handle is straps and can rub the back of your neck or cause the straps to rub on the sides of your neck.
October 17, 2015
This bag is a real sleeper (i.e. great bag that you could easily overlook)
This is an amazing bag. Quite frankly I almost yawn when I read the hype of bags these days, sure they are trying to get my money but have do the designers actually work with Operators to design this stuff? The 5.11 Tactical Covert is unique exception to rule. I just about passed over it (I mean there a zillion backpacks out there & numerous ones claiming covert status) until I took the time to watch the 5.11 video on the bag. The more I watched it I knew I had to try the bag. Now that I have (2) I am completely sold on the bag. Amazing the thought the 5.11 folks put into it - similar to the effort Eberlestock puts into their large hunting an Mil tactical bags but in this case focused on the LE & Civilian CHL market. Take a look at the video - the bag is all it's shown to be & more when you personalize your use of it.
Pros- truly covert - no one will contemplate what you might have in it - extremely light weight & comfortable - easy access to a handgun or SBR & could take plate (instead of a laptop) - hydration set-up perfect for Source Hydration 3L - organizational pockets all over it with double-direction pull tabs
Cons- this is not a con, but when I first unpacked it from he box I thought it was too small until I started putting stuff in it & realized it was the perfect size - if it actually was larger I wouldn't like it nearly as much.
17 Questions & 23 Answers
from LI, NY asked:
June 26, 2017
I read in the reviews that it is possible to attach a hip belt for heavier loads. how is that done and are the hip belts available?
Based on what I can find this does not have the option to add a hip belt.
on June 27, 2017
from Covington, GA asked:
December 12, 2016
Can this fit an AR Pistol with a folding stock? Overall length is 19 inches when folded.
It fits my folded Kel-Tec which is 16" with room to spare so my answer would be yes.
on December 12, 2016
from raleigh, NC
It would be a tight fit, I have a 17 inch laptop that I carry in it and the corners need to be guided into the bag. Once in there it fits nicely. I would think that the next size up of the same bag would be perfect. Overall the backpack is a great value.
on December 12, 2016
from NY asked:
June 30, 2016
Would this be a good college backpack? Could it fit a few 2-3 inch binders and a few books?
Looking at the dimensions, this should be able to accommodate a couple of binders and books without a problem
on June 30, 2016
Yes, my girlfriend saw this bag on my bed and reperposed it for college. 2 books, 2binders, lots of miscellaneous items, and a 17" Laptop with some room to spare.
on August 18, 2016
from Tallassee, Al
from nashville Tn asked:
April 22, 2016
Can this pack hold a IIIA square plate?
This does not have a designated armor pocket but had a main compartment measuring 19"H x 12.25"L and a front pocket measuring 11”H x 9.25”L x 2.5”D
on April 25, 2016
from Portland asked:
July 2, 2015
Is the "storm grey" version a lighter or darker shade in person than in pictures?
These images are directly from 5.11, taken in their studio with studio lighting. So for the most part, these images are accurate as far as the color is concerned. In a lot of light, the pack will appear as it does in the photo. In a darker/less lit setting, it will appear darker.
on July 3, 2015
from Wichita, KS asked:
May 24, 2015
Are the sternum straps adjustable so you can move them up or down on the straps as needed?
They are not able to be moved up or down. They are only able to be tightened or loosened to fit properly.
on May 26, 2015
Yes, they are adjustable. They have a split D rings on the shoulder straps that can be moved or removed as needed.
on October 21, 2015
from Seattle, Washington asked:
April 14, 2015
Will you have the new colors (storm grey, black, and foliage) in stock in the near future?
at this time we do not show we are planning to carry these colors but we will look to see if they can be added on for a special order.
on April 15, 2015
from Missouri asked:
February 3, 2015
Will the side pockets hold a 32oz/1L Nalgene or similar sized bottle?
Yes the side pocket is able to fit a nalgene style bottle.
on February 10, 2015
from Seattle asked:
November 4, 2014
What is the weight of this pack empty?
Super light empty. The weight is about the same as a normal everyday commuter backpack. I don't know about all that tactical-hype but the pockets and materials used made this my every day backpack. Some of the tactical advertising almost do the back pack a disservice. Strong and lightweight. Will hold a 15" laptop no problem. It will hold your tactical office or blue collar needs without making you feel like some kind of Rambo wanna be. Nice pack.
on November 5, 2014
from Chicago Land
If it's completely emptying weights about a pound and a half maybe. It's completely lightweight and you will forget your wearing it. Hope that helps
on November 5, 2014
from Daphne, AL
I would have to unpack mine and remove the attachments to give you an exact weight. But relatively speaking, it is lighter than the LAPG 3day pack. A lil heavier than my kids' school backpacks. About the same weight as a Jansport pack college kids use. And far less weight than a Maxpedition of equal size. Hope that helps.
on November 5, 2014
from Little Rock, AR
I'm not sore but it's very very light !
on November 5, 2014
from New York , New York
from usa asked:
September 9, 2014
does it have a concealed carry pocketlike the 5.11 zap pack?
yes this does have a Concealed R.A.C. (Roll-down assault compartment) which can be used to conceal a weapon.
on September 10, 2014
from Orlando, FL asked:
May 13, 2014
The Omega Hydration Pack listed at your web link (http://www.lapolicegear.com/caomhyre.html.) is no longer available. Can you recommend another 100 oz. hydration pack?
Please follow the below link to a camelbak bladder. http://www.lapolicegear.com/casthyexfisc.html
on May 13, 2014
from Chicago asked:
April 15, 2014
What size Camelbak Reservoir fits this bag? The previous one listed is discontinued.
Any 100 OZ bladder will work with this item so for example the CamelBak Long-Neck Water Beast Hydrolink Reservoir will work as well.
on April 16, 2014
from CA asked:
February 23, 2014
Will the "deep moss green/black" color be coming into stock at some point? It is pictured, but not in the drop down menu.
at this time the manufacture shows they have discontinued that color so we will no longer be getting it in stock.
on February 25, 2014
from Hoboken asked:
December 5, 2013
How many cubic inches is this backpack
this backpack has about 1800 cubic inches of space
on December 5, 2013
from Colorado asked:
September 26, 2013
What are the dimensions of the laptop sleeve?
The laptop sleeve can hold any laptop up to 11" wide x 16.5" tall.
on September 26, 2013
August 5, 2013
what size camel back reservore works with this bag
The Camelbak Reservoir that will fit best in this 5.11 Backpack is the 102 oz Omega Reservoir which can be found here: http://www.lapolicegear.com/caomhyre.html. You will want to choose part number 90362 since that one fits the best.
on August 5, 2013
August 5, 2013
Can it fit a 17.3 laptop?
Yes, this 5.11 bag can fit a 17.3" laptop.
on August 5, 2013
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