If you’re looking to get into Concealed Carry or if you already carry concealed on a daily basis, chances are you’ve looked into or heard about concealed carry backpacks. Backpacks are a great way to carry a concealed pistol, especially if you don’t want to carry a pistol on your body or can’t due to clothing restrictions or work restrictions. The great news about a concealed carry backpack is it allows you to really set up your ideal concealed carry loadout to include extra magazines, medical gear or other emergency items. With the increasing popularity of concealed backpacks, we wanted to put together our recommendations of putting together a good loadout and what bag to select to help you ensure success.
Pros of Concealed Carry Backpacks
Concealed Carry Backpacks offer a lot of pros to include: increased ability to carry mission essential items, ease of concealment, and the ability to simultaneously carry snacks (most important of all). We like concealed carry backpacks because chances are you carry a bag with you in most aspects of your daily life, so why not make part of that bag an ideal concealed carry setup. Even if you already carry concealed, a backpack is a great way to augment your primary carry.
Cons of Concealed Carry Backpacks
The biggest downside of a Concealed Carry Backpack is accessing your pistol. In an emergency situation, a concealed carry backpack option will be slower than if you carried it on your body. Further, it’s easy to get separated from a backpack, and if you do you both have an unsecured pistol as well as one method of protection out of arm’s reach.
What to Look For in a Good Concealed Carry Backpack
Usability is probably the most important thing to look for when selecting a good concealed carry backpack. Always ask yourself, “can I quickly and easily access my weapon?” If the answer is “no,” you probably need to keep looking. The best way to find out is to simply set up your pack with your pistol inside and time yourself getting the gun out and into action. In many cases, a bag you already own might be sufficient for concealed carry.
Concealed Carry Bags should not only conceal your weapon but they should also be covert in nature. The bag itself should not look as though it might have a weapon. In many cases, the best concealed carry backpack is a normal day to day pack that you can modify to fit your needs. One of the biggest mistakes people often make is getting a tactical pack to fit their tactical needs. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and alter a good day pack into a good CCW pack.
A good CCW pack is probably going to need to be a little more durable than your average day pack. You will most likely be carrying around items that are heavier and will put a greater strain on the pack itself. In addition guns and magazines tend to have hard sharp edges that can wear through cheap material over time.
Price is obviously dependent on your own personal budget. The biggest thing to keep in mind with bags is they are either inexpensive because they are poorly made or made overseas. It’s up to you to determine if that’s an issue in the decision-making process.
Concealed Carry Backpack Packing list
If you’re looking to carry concealed in a backpack there are a lot of great accessories you can add to your bag to ensure you’re setting yourself up for success. It’s easy to overload a backpack with every item you might need to fight zombies in the apocalypse, but here are a few essential things to consider adding for a good everyday civilian carry:
- Concealed Carry Pistol
- Concealed Carry Holster
- Extra magazines
- Medical Gear
- Signaling Kit
- Hi-Vis marker
Our Top-Rated Concealed Carry Backpacks
Vertx EDC Commuter Bag
Vertx is experts when it comes to making concealed carry backpacks. We’ve had a chance to work with their design team and they are a group of incredibly intelligent guys who put a lot of thought, time, R&D and effort into ensuring they are putting out a solid product.
The EDC commuter bag is expertly crafted to be the ideal daily EDC/Concealed Carry Backpack. The bag comes with one strap that allows it to easily swing to the front of your body for quick access to your firearm. The outside pouch is lined with both MOLLE and velcro to allow adhesion of a wide variety of holsters on the market. The pouch is covered with a rapid-use pull tab that makes getting to your CCW quick and easy.
The back of the bag comes with a protected slot for your computer making it ideal for use as an office or school bag as well. Overall, this bag is the best Concealed Carry bag if you’re looking for something to take with you on a day-to-day basis and don’t have a lot of extra gear you need to carry around
$119-199 (various models and sizes available)
- Fast access to your CCW
- Safe storage for your computer
- Easy mounting options for your pistol
- The single carry strap is not ideal for heavy loads
- Limited room for other daily items
Hill People Gear Recon Chest Bag
The Hill People Gear Recon Chest Bag isn’t exactly a backpack but it’s a great concealed carry pack nonetheless. The pack itself sits on the chest making it the fastest pack available for a quick draw. The pack is large enough to fit a full-size pistol, magazine and some medical items. It’s a great option for runners, hikers, hunters or campers and it’s compatible for use with larger backpacks. Hill People Gear is also well known for making some stellar, Made in the USA bags and packs, so you know you’re getting a quality pack that won’t fail you when you need it.
- Quickest draw option available
- Can be used with other backpacks
- Might look odd as an EDC pack
Maxpedition Gear Entity 23
Usually, we shy away from Maxpedition due to their habitual tendency to create overly tactical looking bags. Most Maxpedition bags scream “hey I have a weapon in here” and if you’re looking to carry concealed that’s not the best way to go. However, the Maxpedition Gear Entity 23 is actually a very well thought out bag that doesn’t scream tactical. In fact, the bag is arguably the most innocuous bag in our lineup.
At 23 liters, the bag itself is the perfect size for everyday carry and it has plenty of pockets to fit all your daily needs. One thing we really like about the bag is the side zip pocket that runs along the back of the bag that’s specifically designed for your pistol and magazines. To access simple take off one strap, rotate the bag 90 degrees and unzip.
In the event you need to get to your pistol quickly this is probably the fastest two-strap design we have come across. We also like that the bag comes with a computer pocket making it ideal for use as a travel bag. Priced at around $140 this bag is a great bang for your buck and offers a ton of great features.
- Low vis design
- Great for travel
- Specialty built CCW pocket
- None that are noteworthy
Eberlestock Little Trick Pack
Eberlestock is no stranger to the tactical pack business and they have created some designs that are used by some of the best military units in the world. The Eberlestock Little Trick Pack is an awesome pack that’s perfect for concealed carry. The bag comes with a quick access CCW pocket that is secured using magnets.
The 18.6-liter pack is small but will still easily hold whatever items you might need for your day-to-day use. One thing we also like is that the bag can fit broken down sub guns such as an MP5, AR pistol or similarly sized item.
In addition, it comes with pockets specifically designed for rapid access to your magazines. This feature is especially useful for police officers looking for a good active shooter response bag or federal agents.
One thing we don’t like is, the bag is a little more tactical than what we’d want to see in a concealed carry bag since it comes with exterior MOLLE. However, while it is more tactical in nature it doesn’t necessarily look as tactical as other bags on the market.
Finally, we had a chance to try out the Eberlestock Little Trick Pack and we were very pleased with how it carried, especially with heavier items. The bag sits comfortably and securely and would make a great day hiker if needed.
- Well thought out CCW Pocket
- Compatible with other weapon platforms
- Extremely durable
- Tactical appearance
- More expensive than other bags we reviewed
Peak Design Everyday Backpack
Ok, so the Peak Design Everyday Backpack isn’t specifically made for concealed carry, but it just so happens that it’s actually a great non-tactical option. The Peak Design Everyday Backpack is specifically designed for photographers, however, many of the features that photographers need, translate very well to concealed carry.
The bag itself comes with a fully customizable, velcro lined interior that can be set up using any aftermarket holster or velcro pouch. In addition, Peak Design made the pack for rapid access to a camera, or in our situation, a weapon.
We really like the Peak Design concept because if you’re wearing it people would assume you’re a photographer or a daily commuter before they’d assume you were carrying a weapon. If you’re looking for a great civilian bag to use for concealed carry this is a great option.
***Sorry about the video, it explains the pack well but the lady is a tad bit annoying***
- Extremely customizable
- Quick access to your firearm
- Blends in well with the public
- Very well build
- Not specifically designed for EDC