Fresh out of the box, the first thing I noticed about the 5.11 Prefense GoBag was the solid construction and quality nylon materials that 5.11 is known for. I found that the contoured shoulder strap made this thing a breeze to sling over the shoulder, combine that along with two side handles for quick pull access, make for quick, easy access and a comfortable carry. Two large zippered pockets have plenty of storage for a firearm (or two), ammo and cleaning supplies. The one smaller pocket will hold a wallet, keys or any other small nick nack items. The smaller interior pockets are colored to assist in remembering item placement (if you can remember what color contains what item). I suffer from CRS so this is quite a task for me. There is also a small velcro pocket on the posterior side of the bag with ample storage space.
I recently went on a hunting trip in Northern Michigan and was a passenger, so I thought I would use this opportunity to use the 5.11 Prefense GoBag. I loaded it with my usual EDC gear; multi-tool, small flashlight, small pistols, cell phone (Iphone 7Plus), a charging brick, Swiss Army Knife, some other necessities and a few medications. I was surprised at how much room there really was in this little bag. There was no need to cram and stuff things into pockets, everything just seemed to have its own place. Climbing into the dark tent at night with a flashlight, the reflective stripe on the carrying strap made the bag easy to find amongst the mess of clothing and hunting gear. It rained on us basically the whole 3 days we were out there but thanks to the waterproof 1050D and 210D nylon everything inside the bag remained dry as a bone.
Initially, I was hesitant on using the Prefense GoBag because I thought that it looked like a fanny pack. After the trip, however, I realized how useful it really is and how comfortable it is to carry.
SPECIFICATIONS (courtesy of 5.11 Tactical)
- 1050D/210D nylon
- Adjustable shoulder strap
- Grab-and-go handles
- Color-coded compartments
- YKK® zippers
- Dimensions: 11.5″ length x 6.5″ height x 3.5″ width