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5.11 Havoc 30 review (pic heavy)

Discussion in 'Gear Reviews' started by ty_higg, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. ty_higg

    ty_higg Loaded Pockets

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    Iv had the 5.11 Havoc 30 for about three months now. It's been my everyday carry/car bag since. I have searched the forum and haven't found any reviews but have seen some interest so I thought I would do a review. It is rather lengthy but I have included lots of pictures for reference. I hope y'all enjoy.

    The bag is 21" H x 11.75" L x 9" W
    With the approximate volume being 1680 cubic inches or 27.5 liters. These specs are off of 5.11's site.

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    The bag is self standing with a beaver tail, and 4 compression straps that allow you to really cinch down the bag. The beaver tail has a daisy chain on both sides along with a daisy chain on each of the side pockets. [​IMG]
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    There is only one section of Molle on the semi rigid sunglasses pocket that is fleece lined and fairly deep. I wouldn't use this to attach any pouches due to the bag may start to be unbalanced and slouch.
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    It fits a large to extra large sized pair of sunglasses in a hard sided pouch along with some ear plugs and lens wipes.

    The admin panel is small but for my uses just big enough. There is two pen pockets, a smaller pocket with out a bottom that I keep a sharpie and usually a fenix PD tax 35. There is also a small little slash pocket that I keep a small travel size bottle of ibuprofen in. With a head lamp floating around the pocket. [​IMG]

    The side pockets are big enough to fit a nalgene but not big enough for a 40 ounce hydroflask. They also have some stretchable webbing that can fit an AR mag. I keep a morakniv companion, pak towel, paracord, and a charging bank.
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    The inside of the bag has a small mesh pocket up top and a small slip pocket in the bottom of the bag. I keep some essentials in the top mesh pocket.
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    Here is the slip pocket and it's contents. It's fairly deep and everything stays in place even though there is no type of closure.
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    The inside opens up almost to a full clamshell. It also has small slots on the inside as wide as the stretchy webbing but on the inside it's just a nylon fabric.
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    I keep my camera insert, a first aid kit, toilet paper, and a pair of binoculars and I have room to spare for extras.
    There is also a laptop compartment that can fit a large lap top.

    The harness system is a yoke system but the back piece connecting the straps to the bag isn't as large like the rush series so there is more comfort in my opinion. [​IMG]
    The straps also have great padding. I also like the new system for the sternum strap. It's easy to use and allows for quick detachment of the strap.
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    The back panel is nicely padded with some ventilation along with a nice grab handle.
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    Behind the back panel is a place for a hydration bladder. It will fit a normal 3L sized bladder. [​IMG]

    The compression straps don't utilize buckles, but a slip through system which I have come to prefer.
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    Overall I think the bag is great for edc the beaver tail isn't the best, but I have kept a jacket there with no problems. The bag carries comfortably under a load but haven't done any real heavy load outs to test the suspension. Mine didn't come with a waist belt it was taken off from someone in the store, but I didn't like the waist belt personally so I was ok with not getting it. I think the bag is great for a normal edc bag and maybe small load out hikes for a day trip to get out into the woods. If y'all need any more pictures do those who are interested I'll try to get them on the thread.


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