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Iceland is a peaceful country. It has no military and a coast guard of three vessels that perform search and rescue in the frigid North Atlantic. Outside of rotations of NATO forces, such as Danish patrol boats and American aircraft, it’s one of the most peaceful nations on earth. But the island is full of other, natural conflicts: Active volcanoes and towering waterfalls litter the landscape as glaciers creep towards the ocean. This harsh environment was the perfect testing ground for the 5.11 Covrt Zone Assault Pack 6 (or Z.A.P 6).
Two Danish ships in port at Reykjavik. It is recommended to not use the assault pack against allies.
The Covrt series is designed to be taken along on trips where you want to blend in. The color schemes are subdued and the logos are minimal. It would take a keen, close up eye to tag a Covrt series bag as “military.” A full-size iteration is excellent as a general purpose backpack, and mine served me well for years before it was stolen on the mean streets of Washington, where I learned not even a city full of feds can protect a car from a smash-and-grab in broad daylight. But for those moments when you need something more high-speed, the Z.A.P 6 hits the sweet spot.
Making sure the pack is ready for glaciers.
After hauling it around the hills of Iceland for a week, I can honestly attest to the comfort of the pack. When loaded heavy, an optional second strap keeps the bag from riding low. This strap can be removed when not in use, which you will want to do, to prevent it from slapping the back of your leg.
The bag also features a hydration pack, a tablet holder, a comms port for the secret squirrels among us, and the ability to hold a ballistic plate for when you end up in a really gnarly spot. The bag has a couple of areas where it could be improved, too, like the small beverage holders on the sides and the lack of padding on the base. But the pack isn’t really meant to carry full-size bottles on the sides — and if you want padding, get a camera bag. There's always a trade-off with a pack this light.
The Covrt series is designed to keep a low-profile, but also it can be decked out with comms, CCW, and a ballistic plate for when a covert assault kicks off.
During my trip to Tunisia last January, I took a generic tactical messenger bag made of inferior materials. It quickly developed tears along the seams. The Covrt Z.A.P 6 is made of much hardier stuff. After slinging it left and right, dragging it on the ground, and dropping it off a sheer rock face or two, it doesn’t seem to show any wear and tear.
SEOUL (Reuters) - The South Korean military fired two warning shots at a Russian military aircraft that entered South Korean airspace on Tuesday, the Ministry of National Defense in Seoul said, and Chinese military aircraft had also entered South Korean airspace.
It was the first time a Russian military aircraft had violated South Korean airspace, a ministry official said.
First, America had to grapple with the 'storm Area 51' raid. Now black helicopters are hovering ominously over Washington, D.C.
Bloomberg's Tony Capaccio
first reported on Monday that the Army has requested $1.55 million for a classified mission involving 10 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and a “Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility" at Fort Belvoir, Va.
In a not-so-veiled threat to the Taliban, President Donald Trump argued on Monday the United States has the capacity to bring a swift end to the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan, but he is seeking a different solution to avoid killing "10 million people."
"I have plans on Afghanistan that if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth," Trump said on Monday at the White House. "It would be gone. It would be over in – literally in 10 days. And I don't want to do that. I don't want to go that route."