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Bug-Out Bag Breakdown: 5.11 EDC Packs! [Review]


– If you’re looking for some
versatile and modular EDC packs that won’t immediately out you
as a total basement dwelling (beep) nerd when you wear them in public, stick around because today, we’re taking a look at a
range of bags from 5.11. (glitching sound) (gentle techno music) What is up guys? My name is John, with PewPewTactical.com , your definitive source for
gun reviews, gear guides and all things that go bang. I’ll start by saying this, I
really intensely dislike items that look overtly tactical. And over the past few years
it seems as if the entire philosophy behind being low profile, has itself become a bit
of a fashion statement. I think at this point we can
probably all agree that a black polo shirt, goatee and khaki
pants have essentially become a bit of a uniform for gun people and that’s kinda silly. All of that being said, I
absolutely appreciate the fact that companies like 5.11 are
now producing items that offer all of the functionality
and innovation you’d expect out of modern tactical soft goods but without anything that
overtly screams “Hi, hello, there is a good chance that I am armed.” No conspicuous MOLLE webbing,
no huge swats of Velcro and discreet colors like
night-watch and tungsten in the packs that I’ve got here today, are basically exactly what I want out of my bags, no matter what I might be doing with them. Up first we’ve got 5.11’s
LV 10, 13 liter sling pack. It’s an awesome little
bag for small errands, a minimalist range trip
or day out with the family or in my case, trail running. I typically do most of my
runs in shorts that don’t have pockets and I’m also not
super comfortable with leaving all of my personal items
tucked away in the car or with my keys tucked
in the old gas tank. The sling pack offers a nice
and comfy weight to carry my essential personal items
when I’m out for a longer run, in a low profile package
that mostly stays put and doesn’t chafe or wear
like other packs in the same category, have a tendency of doing. Although the whole point of the
bag is essentially a go fast minimalist type set up, it
is surprisingly capable of holding quiet a lot. Although you obviously
don’t want to overload it. The main storage compartment
is equipped with a full MOLLE panel and additional Velcro that’s sown on top of the
MOLLE loops themselves, allowing you to configure the pack as you’d like, assuming your
an average gear whore with a surplus of random quartera like us. As I mentioned, I primarily
use this as a casual day or trail running pack but
for demonstration purposes, we’ve loaded it up with a
very basic set of bug out or bad day items. Like I said, this is about
as heavy as I’d load up the sling pack for anything
outside of a very bad emergency but as shown, there’s still
plenty of room for other items if you want something small
and convenient to take to the range with you or if you need
to carry more stuff as the situation dictates. Interestingly enough the
internal pockets sown into one of the divider walls, don’t
appear to be large enough to actually accommodate double
stacked pistol magazines, outside of one pocket. I’m assuming these are
largely meant more for knives, multi-tools, pens, et cetera. But there is one pocket that
fits an AR mag perfectly. Generally, I’ve been using
that to store any sort of eye wear I might have on my
person, without the fear of scratching my expensive
ass Oakley lenses up. A small button located on
one side of the sling pack can be undone and expanded to
reveal a flat that works great for water bottle storage. I’m sort of a hobo and constantly
wash and reuse 1.5 liter bottles of Smart water and I’m
pleased that they fit snugly and securely, without being
too much of a hassle to access. The sling pack includes duel
carry handles on both the top and the side of the bag,
allowing you to carry it like a briefcase if you’re so inclined. Additionally, a zipper that
runs the perimeter of the pack, just underneath the closed
cell foam, unzips to reveal even more Velcro-able real estate. 5.11 has sown their own nylon
strap directly into the center of the Velcro material, allowing you to attach
your handgun as shown. There are also Velcro tabs
sown into the inside pocket that’ll latch onto the
corresponding Velcro outside. Allowing you to position your zippers in the correct location for quick access, in the even that you are using the sling pack to carry a firearm. The sling itself is quiet beefy and while I’ve seen some
complaints about the design online, I personally quiet enjoy it. The sling utilizes a locking
mechanism not unlike those found on common two point slings, allowing you to throw the
lever and quickly adjust the tightness of the main shoulder strap. Perhaps the only design
element of the sling pack that I don’t quiet enjoy is the
small sternum strap that rides from your low right hand side
and comes up to your torso and connects to the main
sling strap in the center of your chest. It’s meant to provide a
little bit of added security when you’re moving quickly
but in my experience the way that it attaches to
the bag has a tendency of coming undone if you’re
moving around a whole lot. Granted I’m using what is
basically a low profile EDC pack to go do cardio and perhaps
this is not the level of physical activity that
the bag is designed for. But it is something to be aware of. The last thing you’d
want while moving quickly in an emergency is to have to
fuss with straps coming undone and making your bag wobbly. Overall however, this has
become one of my favorite pieces of daily use gear, whether
I’m doing anything remotely tactical or just living my life. The entire inside of the bag
is really well thought out and makes the most of all
of the space inside of it. So if you want something that
you can just throw in the car and go, I would say definitely check out the 5.11 sling pack. 5.11’s AMP or All Mission
Pack series of bags, aims to provide adaptable
and modular backpack that can scale up or down to fit
whatever you might need to do at a moments notice. The AMP 12 is specifically
meant for 12 hours of sustainment, you’ve got 25 liters of internal storage space
that allows you to fight, survive or exist out of
the bag as necessary. The AMP 12 is another example
of the sleek, low-profile design decisions I’ve
come to love from 5.11 The tungsten color doesn’t draw
attention and the bag looks closer to something you’d see
from a skate shop rather than a tactical gear manufacturer,
yet it retains an enormous amount of functional modularity. Notably, the AMP 12 includes
5.11’s unique HEXGRID platform on the rear of the bag. The HEXGRID is MOLLE compatible
and allows the user to mount existing MOLLE pouches
at non-standard angles. If you’re in a situation where
you might need to carry extra mags for example, mounting
them at closer to a 45 degree angle, via the HEXGRID, might
make more sense if you need to sling the bag around
in front of you to reload. Obviously, that’s a pretty extreme example but the system itself is pretty neat. It’s also fully removable and
ditching it will allow you to either load that Velcro
panel up with whatever patches your goofy ass wants to
be a walking billboard for or alternatively, affix one
of 5.11’s gear set placards to the rear. The gear set that we’ve
got attached currently is specifically meant to
carry a ballistic helmet. And the two banger placard
that we have off to the side, carries an additional two AR 15 magazines and has a few more small
zipper, utility pouches. The AMP 12 has become
both my go to range bag and overnight pack and I love that it works
for both gun nerd shit and everyday life needs,
without changing much at all. The bag’s main storage
compartment is Velcro attachment compatible and will work with
various other Velcro based dividers and organizers. It’s worth noting that you can
actually add a HEXGRID panel on the inside of the pack if
you prefer traditional MOLLE storage as well. The internal space is actually
large enough to stash a low profile plate carrier setup
too, if that’s your thing. The reverse side of the main
compartment is filled with several different mesh zipper
bags full of elastic loops for organizing pens or
chem-lights or what have you. The large flap right
about the HEXGRID system, opens up to reveal a spacious compartment meant to stow a handgun and
includes a small loop of webbing to attach a holster if necessary. Just above the CCW pocket is a
secondary large storage space that runs the length of the entire pack and features a small fleece
lines sleeve for eye wear. The innermost compartment
is padded on the inside and features a rigid
polymer insert on the other, ensuring that laptops or
sensitive electronics that you’ve got in that space are
protected from bumps and knocks while on your person. The molded back panel contours
to my frame quiet nicely and the shoulder strap
padding is more than adequate. However if you’re looking for
all of the features the AMP 12 but want a little bit more
storage capacity, 5.11 also makes the AMP 72 which is a three day pack. (shuffling) Three day pack. The AMP 72 includes basically
all of the features of the AMP 12 but with almost
double the storage capacity, which is super useful if you
need to work out of the bag for an extended period of time. Considering that I’m not a
first responder of any kind, for my dorky ass lifestyle,
this translates for me into being the perfect travel bag. There are a few minimal
design differences in terms of pouch placement and overall
style between the 72 and the 12. And we’ll cover them very briefly. There’s an additional small
storage pouch directly underneath the HEXGRID panel
on the rear of the pack, which I found perfect for
stashing my Arcteryx jacket when not needed. You’ve still got the large
CCW pocket above the HEXGRID panel itself and the soft
fleece lined eye wear pouch now sits directly above it. Ad expected, the interior main
compartment is much larger on the AMP 72, holding
approximately 762 50 BMG rounds, as 5.11’s own tag helpfully points out. The entire interior is Velcro compatible and the same dividers and
accessories you might want to use to organize that space, should work great in here as well. There are two sleeves on
the inside of the main compartment’s outer walls
and each will fit a 1.5 liter water bottle perfectly. The reverse flap of the
interior panel has two large mesh bags, oriented both
horizontally and vertically, and includes zippers on either
end to ensure quick access. The larger vertical mesh bag
is filled with elastic keepers and a small plastic hook
for organizing your various bits and bobs, chem-lights,
medical supplies, et cetera. Perhaps the biggest
functional difference for me, is the inclusion of a large,
briefcase style zipper pouch between the thermal molded back panel and the main compartment. The entire bag zips in half
and folds outwards like a taco and it also includes a carry
handle that allows you to hoist the bag much more like
a traditional piece of luggage than a backpack. Working for Pew Pew Tactical
means that I actually travel a good amount and I really
appreciate that that compartment holds my oversized work
laptop in a space that’s both secure, padded and easy to
access when I go through security check points. Helpfully it also fits real
nice into the overhead storage compartments on your
standard 747ish aircraft. Again, not really what
the pack was designed for but I dig it. Lastly, the AMP 72 includes
plastic loops on the bottom side of the bag that
interface with the normal cinch down straps, allowing you to secure and compress the entire pack
smartly when you need to, but affording you the ability
to only tighten down the upper portions of the bag if necessary. It’s that kind of attention
to detail and the inclusion of small quality of life
improving features and designs that in my opinion, set 5.11
a bit ahead of the other current manufacturers in the
tactical backpack market. If your looking for a pack
that interfaces well with a dynamic lifestyle and
calls for the wearing of many different hats at any given time, the 5.11 AMP series has
my full recommendation. The versatility in the
modularity of the design elements in these packs is not something
I’ve really seen a whole lot of elsewhere. And the ability to switch between
a travel pack or a go bag, or a trauma platform, kinda
seamlessly, without attracting a whole lot of attention,
is probably going to matter a whole lot for folks whom
discretion is really important. They’re also just really cool
if you’re a nerd like me. All right guys, that’s
gonna do it for us today. Thank you so much for watching. If you enjoyed this content,
please go ahead and subscribe to the channel, as I’ve got
lots more unsolicited opinions about gear, on the way. Once again, my name is
John with Pew Pew Tactical and we’ll see you next time. Adaptable backpack that can
scale up or down to whatever you need to do it. (laugh) – (laugh) Whatever you need to do it. (laughter) (glitching effects) (gentle techno) (glitching)

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