5.11 Tactical Covrt 18 Backpack Review 2020

Finding a quality tactical backpack is not easy. There are so many brands with amazing backpacks to choose from. But after trying out many military grade backpacks, I can gladly say that the 5.11 tactical convrt18 pack is one of the best. Read this 5.11 Tactical Covrt 18 Backpack Review to know more about this bag.

The 5.11 tactical convrt 18 backpack can be used as an EDC backpack, CCW bag, camping bag, bug out bag, hiking bag, or as a multipurpose backpack. Due to its low profile, no person will tell that you’re carrying a weapon such as a handgun or tactical knife in it.

Technical Specifications of the 5.11 Tactical Covrt 18 Backpack

The backpack is sturdily made of 500D nylon, which is also water-resistant. It as well features many compartments for storage of your laptop, gun, flashlight, and many other items. The pack is comfortable as it has adjustable straps will proper padding. Its sleek and simple design makes it a great bag for convert and it is also lightweight.

5.11 Tactical Covrt 18 Backpack Review

  • 30-liter storage capacity
  • Main compartment measures 19 x 12.25 x 6.5 inches
  • Hydration pocket measures 19 x 12.25 inches
  • Front pocket measures 11.5 x 9.5 x 3 inches
  • Sturdy, water-resistant 500D nylon
  • Quick Tact accessory straps
  • Comfortable compression straps
  • Yoke-style shoulder straps
  • Adjustable sternum straps
  • Padded internal laptop sleeve
  • YKK zippers
  • Ambidextrous side-entry TacTec system compartment
  • Flip-down ID panel
  • Reinforced grab handle
  • Sunglass pocket
  • Roomy main and secondary storage areas

Features and benefits

The first thing that you should look for in a backpack is its construction. Tactical backpacks undergo tough conditions and thus buying a poorly constructed bag is a waste of time and money. The 5.11 tactical convrt 18 backpack is strongly constructed from 500D water-resistant nylon. This is a robust material that can withstand hard conditions. Besides, it comes with YKK zippers and the rest of the hardware is made of Duraflex.

Moreover, the backpack has double stitched seams, which make it be even more durable. The only thing that I don’t like about this backpack is its MOLLE system. The MOLLE webbing on this pack is small. However, I also love that the nylon made to construct this nylon is pliable and firm. With a 30-liter capacity, this is a nice backpack for your daily errands or for outdoor activities such as hunting and hiking.

Before I landed on this backpack, I came across many tactical bags that were challenging to carry, especially when fully loaded to capacity. This is not the case with the convert18 backpack as it is comfortable to carry all day long. The 5.11 convrt 18 has yoke-style straps that are comfortable even when the bag is filled to capacity. In addition, it has an adjustable sternum strap and QuickTact accessory straps. The compression straps keep your things safe, while the thick padding on the shoulder strap ensures that you don’t feel pain.

For more comfort, the backpack comes with coarse nylon webbing in the back, which makes the bag to be breathable and comfortable to wear even in the scorching sunlight. At the lower back, there is a rubberized surface which also helps to keep the bag in place and prevents it from sliding as you walk or run.

Similar to other 5.11 tactical backpacks, the convrt18 bag also comes with large storage capacity. The 30-liter backpack has a spacious main compartment with some pockets in it and secondary storage areas. Unlike Rush 12, 24, and 72, this one comes with a laptop sleeve for securing it in place. In addition, it has a sunglass pocket for storing sunglasses or things like a wallet or keys.

If you’re going hiking and need to carry some water, the pack has two side mesh pockets for carrying at least two water bottles. So, you will not be hydrated in the woods. Another key compartment is the concealed carry pocket. This is located in front of the main compartment with two full-size zippers. It also has an ambidextrous opening on the sides that allow you to access the gun from both sides. This pocket measures 14 x 2 x 10 inches. The CCW compartment allows you to hide a handgun without anyone noticing.

With such amazing features, the 5.11 convrt 18 backpack is definitely one of the best tactical backpacks on the market. It is inconspicuous, durable, lightweight, and very spacious. You can use it as an EDC backpack, for combat, or for outdoor activities.


  • Durable construction
  • The backpack is very spacious with lots of compartments
  • It is very convenient as it has a spot for hydration bag
  • It conceals a handgun very well
  • The side mount water bottle pockets are huge and can carry more two water bottles
  • It is water-resistant
  • The backpack doesn’t draw attention even when used as an EDC backpack
  • Comfortable to carry with the adjustable straps and padding
  • Easy to access your gun with the ambidextrous side-entry compartment
  • It has a reinforced grab handle for easy carrying of the bag


  • The Velcro or loop panel in the CCW pocket is not well made as it makes pulling the gun to be difficult as the whole of the inside comes out when the handgun is pulled.
  • At 30 liters, this is not a very spacious bag, especially if it is meant for the military or police officer who can be out for more than 3 days. But for daily use, it is fine.
  • The fabric on the bottom of the backpack is thin and the same as the rest of the backpack. This will wear out quickly if you love packing the bag down on rough surfaces.

If you have been looking for a sturdy and affordable concealed carry the tactical pack, then the 5.11 tactical convrt 18 backpack should be on top of your list. This bag is not only sturdily constructed, but it is also lightweight and won’t create much attention on the streets like most tactical backpacks. Besides, it is also well made and good looking. There are various colors to choose from and it depends on your taste.

Whether you just want to carry your laptop and textbooks, or camping gear and a handgun for protection, the 5.11 convrt pack will offer the comfort that you need. The bag has thick padding on the shoulder straps, a sternum strap, and adjustable straps. If you want to spend a few more bucks just to land the best CCW backpack, the 5.11 tactical convrt18 bag is a great choice.


Question: Is this backpack bigger than the Rush 24 military bag?
Answer: No, it is not. The 5.11 tactical Convrt 18 backpack is quite smaller than the Rush 24 bag. It has a 3o-liter capacity, while the Rush 24 has a 37-liter capacity. Additionally, the tactical Rush 24 backpack features several small and large compartments that the Convert 18 backpack doesn’t have. So, if you want a backpack that can carry lots of items, then the Rush 24 will be your choice. The convert 18 bag is ideal for concealed carry.

Question: Can I carry this bag with one strap over the shoulder?
Answer: Yes, you can. But you should wait for the bag to break-in and not when it’s still new. Though, using one strap is quite challenging as you will have to constantly re-adjust it when it slides off your shoulder for a comfortable carry. Most people prefer using both straps as it is more comfortable and weight is evenly distributed.

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