5.11 Tactical Dart Pack

5.11 Tactical as an EDC brand needs no introduction nor proof of their reliability. From commuters wanting mil-spec quality in their daily bag to servicemen and women relying on a rugged pack in hairy situations, 5.11's packs have shown their mettle time and time again. But for some people, their stylings lean more towards tactical utility than urban minimalism. So with the Dart Pack, 5.11 takes a step in a sleek direction, with a design that that adds modern form on top of their signature function.

If you're familiar with 5.11's flagship designs, you're probably expecting a full array of MOLLE webbing all over the bag. The Dart Pack instead goes for an understated yet robust 420D nylon exterior with a simple logo on an otherwise minimal design. You'll find more tactical touches on the bag's shoulder straps, which come with the webbing and adjustable sternum strap found on other 5.11 packs. The rear of the pack comes with vented padding for comfort, while the shoulder straps are “free” on loops instead of attached to fixed points on the bag.

On the inside is where you'll find the biggest difference if you're used to the brand's other backpacks. Instead of few pockets and an open main compartment, you get more options to organize your gear, including a drop-fleece lined pocket and more webbing to strap in your EDC. The angled zip main compartment itself has about 20 liters of capacity, while a secondary pocket can double as a hydration compartment. Both of them are also compatible with a PE board that comes with a padded laptop sleeve, elastic pocket, and more webbing for pens and other essentials.

This isn't the 5.11 Tactical backpack you're looking for, but it could be more than expected from an EDC backpack. Pick one up from Amazon at the link below.

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5.11 COVRT Boxpack

5.11 Tactical takes a detour from the more tactical look of their popular bags and packs with the COVRT Boxpack, their first roll-top backpack. Despite its sleek appearance, the COVRT doesn't skimp on features. It has plenty of pockets, including roomy external side, bottom, and rear ballistic panel enclosures. Inside its all-weather roll top main area is a laptop compartment and an admin pocket for your EDC. In true 5.11 fashion, the COVRT's fit and finish is top-notch, using 16800 ballistic polymer in a water-resistant finish, YKK zippers, and durable Duraflex hardware. If you like 5.11's high-quality, high-utility packs but have been looking for something more low-profile for school or the workplace, then the COVRT will definitely get the job done.

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My Everyday Carry

Nokia Lumia 810
Ka-Bar Besh BOGA

Schrade Tactical Pen
Gerber Multitool
5.11 Tactical Boot Knife (Came free with a pair of boots)
Casio G-Shock GW-2310FB
Gerber Shard and family heirloom “roach clip” key
VW Flip Key
Leatherman Micra (I have this mostly for the scissors)
Fenix E01 Flashlight
BIC mini lighter wrapped with camo duct tape
Maxpedition Micro Wallet
Zero Tolerance 0200ST Knife

This is the stuff that I always carry on me. I work on cars a lot and do general handy man stuff, so some of my EDC items are based on that. Others I carry for defense purposes. I’m pretty ruff on the things I carry, so I select stuff based on if it will last (wallet/knife/watch).
I really like looking through the site at what others carry, and I already found a couple things I might upgrade to. Definitely need to get a paracord bracelet some time.