Blackhawk Diversion Wax Canvas Rucksack

This past January I spent some time visiting the Blackhawk booth. One thing that caught my eye was the new Diversion line of gear. This line is made using what many would call old time military grade wax canvas. I requested one of the larger rucksacks which came a bit later.

The rucksack I ordered has the added benefit of a cushioned pouch for a laptop up to 15 inches in size. Even better there are two spaces for storing a gun of your choice. The back of the pack has a half oval zippered flap with internal padding to protect the gun being carried. You can carry just about any size gun you want. I carry a full size 1911 in this pouch. The zipper has a large ring attached making it easy to unzip reach in and draw the weapon in a fashion similar to drawing from a middle of the back holster.

Gun Pouch

Gun Pouch

The other location for storing a handgun is inside the top flap. Simply open the top zipper reach in and draw the pistol from a universal holster mounted to a velcro patch built into the pack.

The padded laptop pouch can be accessed by the side zipper or the top zipper. All of the zippers are waterproof.

Laptop Side Access

Laptop Side Access

There is a pouch in the front for storing small cameras, SD cards and other items. Just above that pocket is another pouch allowing easy opening by using two strong magnets rather than a zipper.

Front Pouch

Front Pouch


• Constructed of 10.10 ounce Army Duck Martexin Original Wax Canvas
• Quick-access pass-through waterproof zipper on lid
• Padded back with 3D mesh and a removable back stiffener
• Padded internal laptop compartment with access on top or a waterproof side zip
• Loop-lined handgun and accessory storage compartment with access through top or a hidden, zippered back panel
• Additional loop panels for accessory attachment
• Quickly open or secure the lid with new Fidlock Buckle technology
• Front pocket offers dual mesh pockets, key lanyard, phone and pen pockets
• Pocket under lid with magnetic closure for added small item storage
• Light-colored nylon-lined interior makes it easier to find and identify contents
• Two-inch webbing on side of bag for external pouch attachment
• Padded, adjustable shoulder straps
• 20”H x 12.2”W x 5.5”D – 1,526 cubic inches

Upper pouch with top loading shown.

Upper pouch with top loading shown.

From Blackhawk:

Are you looking for the ultimate in style and security? BLACKHAWK!® has taken the award-winning Diversion® line of bags and packs to a new level with the Diversion Wax Canvas Rucksack. This top-loading ruck with drawstring and quick-access, pass-through waterproof zipper on the lid is constructed with 10.10-ounce Army Duck Martexin Original Wax Canvas to blend style with cutting-edge design features. Hidden, easy-access handgun and laptop compartments offer conservative lines to allow you to carry firearms and other sensitive items while protecting them from prying eyes.”


Blackhawk website

In summary this rucksack is a tough piece of gear. Over the months since I started using it there’s little to no sign of wear and all the hardware still functions perfectly. I’ve flown with it, used it on the range and generally not been careful with it at all. You can dump a bucket of water on it and it just rolls off. Yes I did just that.

The MSRP for this pack is $255.95. The street prices I’ve found run about $200.00.

Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


  • Kyle

    I like the design of this bag. It allows you to store a firearm securely rather than having it rattle all over inside one of the interior pouches of the bag and the bag is a lot less conspicuous than blackhawks other bags (Not in a ‘military’ color, no molle loops, logoless.)

    • Exactly– There’s no way anybody would notice this. It just looks like a regular bag. The guns are very secure but easily drawn if need be.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I like it, Ive been looking for a nondescript range bag that can hold a couple of pistols and enough ammo for an afternoon. Also, I usually go straight to and from the range because I cant take my normal case anywhere and I cant leave my guns unattended but I could take this into the grocery store or whatever without being obvious.

  • J E

    Finally a “discreet” bag without a giant logo and molle….

    Plus this one actually looks nice….added to my want list

    • Vitsaus

      That was my first reaction as well. I’m actually strongly considering this.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I’ll buy one as well. Unlike my arcteryx and modern looking bags, this one gives me the impression it’ll only look better as it’s abused.

    • allannon

      Yea. I have a 5.11 Covrt, and while it’s a decent bag it has some issues that really put me off. This looks like a much better candidate.

      I don’t mind MOLLE and such for my hunting and hiking bags, but I just don’t care to wander around town with such.

  • Jolly

    Sweet. Nice review as well. I always liked the wax canvas sea bags, they last forever. I still use my father’s navy bag on road trips and such. It’s been all over the world and is still just as good as new.

  • pbla4024

    What do they use Petzl Ange for?

  • GreatScott

    I really like it. Very practical, usable, understated – and you just gotta love wax canvas. Hmm, this is the first bag I’ve really considered dropping the coin on.

  • JQPub

    Phil – Do you notice any discomfort (or have any concerns) with a pistol being in the ‘middle of the back pouch’, when wearing on your back? (against your lower spine). Thank you

    • No none at all and I have some lower back problems. There’s enough padding in front and behind the pistol there just isn’t any extra pressure from my full size 1911 being there. It has padding on the entire backside of the ruck so the support is evenly distributed.

      • JQPub

        Great info. Thank you. I’m really digging this pack. It’s on my short list now.

      • mosinman

        no concerns about sweat?

        • No I haven’t had any problems with sweating while using it. The padding on the back has webbing covering it and a couple of channels which lets air circulate.
          I found out a long time ago that if you don’t cinch the shoulder straps down real tight it’s more comfortable and doesn’t trap heat.

  • hikerguy

    What is old is new again (with a few modern teaks). Nice.

  • Eric

    Phil, good to see a review on these. I spent some time looking at them at SHOT as well. I was very impressed with the material and the lack of “tacticool” on it. Haven’t had my hands on one since, but it looks solid. Thanks for the review, as with others, this is now on my short list of a bag to buy.

  • Duray

    So wait….everybody loves to hate on my wife’s lockable holster purse, but this is the coolest thing since sliced bread? Hypocritical much?

  • iksnilol

    “A discreet bag that is actually discreet.”

    Seriously, they could sell them like hotcakes with that tagline. Props to Blackhawk for not making it look tacticool.

  • ghost

    Like the computer compartment for back armor.

  • Southpaw89

    For appearance purposes it could face a lot of competition from much cheaper surplus and repro bags, the fact that it has built in padding and more importantly good concealment options may give it enough of an edge to justify the price. I like it but its well above my impulse buy range, if I do end up getting one though I’ll probably have to stencil U.S. on the back flap, just to make it look right. It would probably help if it had an OD green option too IMO.

  • jonspencer

    Looks like they made a copy of a Duluth Pack, but with plastic snaps instead of leather and brass.