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We Took the 5.11 Covrt Zone Assault Pack To Iceland For A Gear Review
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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.
Lovely Greenland in the summer
You get what you pay for when it comes to backpacks, and this one is worth the $99 dollar price point.
Supreme Court to consider whether military personnel can be prosecuted for rape long after the crime occurred
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider whether military personnel can be prosecuted for rape long after the crime occurred in an appeal by President Donald Trump's administration of a lower court ruling that overturned the rape conviction of an Air Force captain.
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My brother earned the Medal of Honor for saving countless lives — but only after he was left for dead
"As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night."
Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.
Air Force Master Sgt. John "Chappy" Chapman is my brother. As one of an elite group, Air Force Combat Control — the deadliest and most badass band of brothers to walk a battlefield — John gave his life on March 4, 2002 for brothers he never knew.
They were the brave men who comprised a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) that had been called in to rescue the SEAL Team 6 team (Mako-30) with whom he had been embedded, which left him behind on Takur Ghar, a desolate mountain in Afghanistan that topped out at over 10,000 feet.
As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night. After many delays, the mission should and could have been pushed one day, but Szymanski ordered the team to proceed as planned, and Britt "Slab" Slabinski, John's team leader, fell into step after another SEAL team refused the mission.
But the "plan" went even more south when they made the rookie move to insert directly atop the mountain — right into the hands of the bad guys they knew were there.
The leader of a Chicago-area street gang has been arrested and charged with attempting to aid the ISIS terrorist group, the Department of Justice said Friday.
Jason Brown, also known as "Abdul Ja'Me," allegedly gave $500 on three separate occasions in 2019 to a confidential informant Brown believed would then wire it to an ISIS fighter engaged in combat in Syria. The purported ISIS fighter was actually an undercover law enforcement officer, according to a DoJ news release.
U.S. military officials may have abandoned their dreams of powered armor straight out of Starship Troopers, but the futuristic components of America's first prototype combat exoskeleton could eventually end up in the arsenals of both U.S. special operations forces and conventional troops.