5.11 COVRT18 Tactical Covert Military Backpack Review

5.11 COVRT18

The Covrt is one of the latest packs by 5.11 and it’s specifically designed to look inconspicuous. This is a full-sized pack that provides only the best in tactical efficiency and utility, in any type of environment. It’s the best survival backpack on the market, but it can also work for military, camping, law enforcement, and hiking.

Our Verdict: This pack comes loaded with hidden firearm compartments, is made out of a durable nylon material, and comes with storage pockets in a variety of shapes and sizes. The low-key look of the pack itself will prevent you from being a target in the end of a national emergency. Overall, the pack has a large thirty-liter capacity that makes it perfect for storing enough gear and supplies for five days. Built tough and designed with the survivalist in mind, this pack is a steal for the price.

Overview and Features

This pack features a backup belt system, concealed roll-down assault compartment, and a hidden pistol pocket. The pack’s straps located at the shoulder are compatible with other types of gear by this brand. As you can see, this pack is perfect for a natural disaster or any type of emergency in which personal protection is the number one priority. But it also has plenty of storage compartments and pockets for essential supplies such as food, water, clothing, and small items. To learn more about survival skills, click here to read my article on what is the best way to purify water.

5.11 COVRT18 Tactical Covert Military Backpack

Product Rating: (4.5/5)

5.11 COVRT18

  • Hidden pistol pocket
  • Concealed roll-down assault compartment
  • Adjustable yoke shoulders
  • Promotes air circulation
  • Drainage grommets
  • Low price

Main Storage

This thirty-liter pack features a main storage compartment that includes a padded laptop sleeve and plenty of space for larger items, in addition to a secondary storage area. There are a variety of pockets inside the main compartment that are designed to keep you organized on the go.


The adjustable yoke shoulders, in addition to the compression straps, allow you to get the perfect fit and promote even weight distribution. Aside from the strap system, the pack also features a reinforced grab handle. At the front, the straps are held together with an adjustable sternum strap designed to provide improved comfort and security. This pack also comes with the Quick Tact system, which allows the user to strap modular accessories that can be purchased separately.

Air Circulation

If you’ve ever worn a heavy pack for more than a couple of hours, then you know how hot and uncomfortable it can get. If you want to avoid a sweaty back or overheating in hot weather, then you’ll love this model’s coarse nylon webbing material which is designed to promote air circulation in the back area, working to keep you cool and dry.


The pack is made out of 500D nylon, complete with molle webbing, which covers the entire pack. The nylon is water-resistant, not waterproof, which means it will not keep your gear dry in a heavy downpour but will provide some level of protection from the elements. The material feels very light, but trust me when I tell you it can handle plenty of heavy-duty use. All of the seams have been double-stitched for added durability.


The pack is equipped with YKK zippers, in addition to Duraflex hardware for ultimate durability. The flexible zipper design means that the zipper will not break or snag, even when the pack is bursting at the seams with gear and supplies.


5.11 COVRT18

The lower portion of the pack is made out of a type of non-slip rubberized material that will prevent the pack from moving around when you’re running or walking. The straps are easy to adjust and come equipped with Duraflex buckles that feature the quick release design.

Secret Storage

One each side of the backpack you’ll find a hidden flex cuff channel complete with adjustable belt buckles. The belt can be purchased separately. Each side of the pack is also equipped with a large mesh pocket that’s designed to hold water bottles up to thirty-two ounces. The elastic quick clip is designed to hold the water bottles securely in place.

Hydration Bladder

This model is also compatible with hydration bladders. The compartment for the bladder is located right behind the panel on the back of the pack. In this section, you’ll also find a strap that allows you to mount the bladder in order to prevent any sagging. The built-in port is for the hydration tubing, which exists from the top compartment for quick access.

Drainage Grommets

Located at the bottom of the main compartment are a couple of grommets which are used to drain water, should any find its way into your pack.

Admin Pocket

This pocked is located above the front compartment. Inside this pocket is a removable identification panel that can be used for badges and patches that can be easily hidden. There’s also a small pocket organizer and tethered plastic clip attached to the back wall of the pocket that features a smaller pocket for pencils and pens.

Advantages and Disadvantages


  • Concealed roll-down assault compartment
  • Hidden pistol pocket
  • Drainage grommets
  • Variety of pockets and storage compartments
  • Reasonable price
  • Low-key design


  • Pack is water-resistant, not waterproof

Covrt 10 Vs. 5.11Tactical RUSH72 Military Backpack

The Rush 72 offers a comparable performance to the Covrt, however, it doesn’t have the multiple personal protection compartments. In terms of storage and size, both models are head to head. If you don’t have any firearms to conceal, then you may want to go with the 72, which is available for a higher price, but it also comes with more storage options, a large main pocket, and is made out of tougher material.

Conclusion and Rating

Product Rating: (4.5/5)

5.11 COVRT18The Covrt 18 is the type of tactical pack you’ll need to rely on in the event of an emergency. Loaded with plenty of personal protection compartments, storage compartments and hydration system compatible, this is a pack that has it all and it’s a perfect choice for the gun enthusiast. I gave it a rating of four and a half stars out of five stars.

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