5.11 Dart Backpack | SHOT 2017

    It is great to see more historically “tactical” companies embracing “covert” style gear. Hopefully the day of the MOLLE clad contractor, with cargo tactical pants, ball caps with cool guy patches, and backpacks that scream “I’m going to war, or maybe have lunch at a park in downtown Somalia” look is nearing it’s end… (Yeah, right, who am I kidding).

    Anyway, 5.11 has a great little pack that looks more like a student’s school pack, yet still retains a number of features that still have “tactical” functionality.

    Roll top with a nice color inside to contrast and make gear easier to find.

    Nice large opening with a nice color inside to contrast and make gear easier to find.

    The 5.11 Dart Backpack is constructed of water-resistant dobby weave nylon,is slick stick compatible with internal MOLLE, and has an angled zip main compartment It has their easy to access “TacTec System” so you can easily get to your side arm, and has a zippered sunglass compartment). It is also hydration compatible.

    Deep compartment for your "things".

    Deep compartment for your “things”.

    The Dart will accept a ballistic panel (in place of the removable laptop compartment) and also features reinforced shoulder straps. It will contain a respectable 1500 cubic inches, at 19″ tall, 13″ long, and 6″ wide (I had to estimate–it is that new, they didn’t have the specs on it).

    Very good concealment

    Very good concealment

    It comes in three colors, oil green, grenade, and knight watch, and will be available this fall. MSRP is $109 which is actually a pretty good price. I’m going to have to get one and see if I can break it (I have a special talent for destroying backpacks)…

    Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and writes for a number of publications, including The Prepared, a site devoted to self-preparedness. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.

    You can reach him at tom.r AT thefirearmblog.com


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