Buyers Guide: 5.11 Tactical COVRT Z.A.P. 6 (Zone Assault Pack)

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511 COVRT Zone Assault Pack

511 COVRT Zone Assault Pack

Backpack? Holster? Metro Bag?

How about all the above? The 5.11 Tactical COVRT Z.A.P. 6, or Zone Assault Pack makes a great holster that also serves to lug some gear. The single-strap, over-the-shoulder design allows the pack to be carried on the back, but instantly swiveled to the front. When brought forward, the dedicated holster compartment is perfectly oriented for a quick draw. The whole setup is ambidextrous (the holster pouch is accessible from either side) so it’s both lefty and righty friendly.

We’ve found it to be an excellent way to discreetly pack while riding a bike. And of course you can lug around your other important stuff. This is a truly handy design. Love it.


Available Here 5.11 Tactical COVRT Z.A.P. 6 (Zone Assault Pack)

Gear / Holster Review: 5.11 Tactical COVRT Z.A.P. 6 (Zone Assault Pack)

Here’s an interesting option for “Off Premises Parking” concealed carry.

The 511 COVRT Zone Assault Pack

The 511 COVRT Zone Assault Pack – Handy AND Dangerous

The 5.11 COVRT Z.A.P. 6 (Zone Assault Pack) is a single strap, small and portable backpack that is configured with the 5.11 Tactical BBS (Backup Belt System) option. The BBS system offers standardized holsters, mag pouches,  mace / flashlight pouches, baton, and handcuff pouches – if you’re into that sort of thing. The basic idea is that 5.11 Tactical packs, bags, and garments are preconfigured to accept the BBS accessories so you can use the same holster, for example, in many different packs or clothes.

While the COVRT Z.A.P. 6 is designed to be worn on the back, the single strap design allows the bag portion to be quickly swiveled around to the front – allowing quick access to any of the bags compartments or the hidden and dedicated BBS gun holster pouch.

The design is fully ambidextrous and the BBS holster pocket is accessible from either side, so it works equally well for righties and lefties.

Worn cross carry, the pack is pretty stable. For additional security, there is an adjustable cross strap that snaps into place. This keeps the pack from moving around, but be aware it has to be unsnapped for the main compartment to be able to rotate to the front.

This carry method is certainly not the quickest, but concealment is outstanding, gun access is good, and there are no telltale “gun person” indicators. We can carry a Glock 32 in it with no problem. It will probably accommodate a larger gun, but you may have to mount it more diagonally inside the BBS compartment.

Oh yeah, it’s a useful backpack as well. The main compartment has a padded sleeve storage container for iPad’s or Netbook sized devices, a dedicated and lined sunglasses pouch, and a separate strap mounted pocket for phone, music player, etc. An organization pocket has sub dividers for cards, pens, and other personal carry items. A separate pouch in the back can accommodate a hydration bladder or body armor plate – although we would question the value of a small protective plate that moves around so easily.

The back of the pack is padded and the strap is also wide and padded – so it’s a comfortable rig for light to moderate everyday loads.

AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM: 5.11 COVRT Z.A.P. 6 (Zone Assault Pack)

Here’s a video demo from 5.11 Tactical:

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TSA Challenge: 5.11 Tactical Gear vs. Regular Luggage

Just arrived back in the home town from SHOT Show 2012 only to find that 3 out of 4 pieces of our regular luggage were searched by TSA. The 5.11 very tactical looking gear we carried through the checkpoints sailed right on through.

Conclusions? We have no idea, but would bet lunch that TSA at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas is going to run out of “We molested your luggage” cards today and tomorrow.

5.11 SHOT Show Challenge Day 0: Playing with Fire

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It’s travel day and we had some mild concern about running the TSA gauntlet with all this tactical looking gear. Feeling emboldened by the sheer awesomeness of the SHOT Show, we decided to push our luck We’re heading to Vegas after all.

Glam Gun Girl shirt, 5.11 Rush MOAB Go bag, and plenty of attitude.

Fortunately no arrests or molestations occurred during this photo shoot.

Can 5.11 Tactical Gear Survive SHOT Show 2012?

We’re going to find out.

We’ve got three editors going to SHOT.

We’ve got three different 5.11 backpacks:

  • RUSH MOAB 10 Go Bag – The MOAB just looks tactical. An ambidextrous single strap design, it features a 1.5 liter hydration pocket, nifty hooks inside for your keychain, and a comms pouch and routing system which will allow us to stay in constant communication with our readers.
  • COVRT 18 Backpack – This is the mac daddy of our test trio. Holds a full scale laptop, full size hydration pack, a spacious main compartment, and lots of pockets for show goodies. Oh, it also features two beverage pockets in case Taser International has free beer in the booth again this year…
  • COVRT Z.A.P. (Zone Assault Pack) – The perfect bag for quick tactical adventures. Includes a 5.11 COVRT holster system, space for a hydration pack, and its comms systems compatible. What else does one need for a brutal day on the show floor?

TSA has 58, 401 agents looking for people traveling with tactical looking stuff.

We’ve got a “can do” attitude and plan on running the TSA gauntlet for you, our readers, even if we have to get molested in the process.

SHOT has 4,132,934 metric tons of trade show giveaways.

We intend to collect them all. And stuff them into these packs. If the gear can handle that challenge, we’re confident that it can handle a global economic meltdown or Zombie apocalypse, whichever comes first.

Stay tuned, we’ll be posting detailed reviews on each bag soon. And their ability to pass through TSA airport checkpoints unscathed.

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