Grab and Go with the 5.11 Emergency Ready 6L Bag

Picked up 5.11’s Emergency Ready 6L Bag in black and outfitted it for a vehicle trauma kit for the Jeep. Prior to loading it out for trauma, I used it to carry a bunch of survival tools and gear for skills training. The multiple slip style pockets made it easy to organize like items together to rapidly locate the needed gear. The ability to unzip to almost 270° clamshell opening allows access to everything and a quick inventory of the bag. If you have to move quickly you can grab the top handles and be confident you will secure most of its contents. This bag comes in the right size to carry enough med supplies to deal with a single or double vehicle accident without being a full blown EMT size trauma duffle bag. Plus it is small enough to fit in the odd corners of most vehicles or under the rear seat in a pickup. This bag was definitely created/designed with the “Always Be Ready” mindset. It comes in blue with red handles (which I would have preferred for this application) when in stock and retails for $59.99. Video review of it’s use as a vehicle blow out kit below.

By the numbers:

Comfort – 4/5 It’s a bag and not a pack, however the handles are thin and the waist/shoulder strap is 1.5” without any padding. This shouldn’t be an issue with the weight that you will likely be carrying.

Durability – 3.5/5 The exterior is made of nylon and the YKK zippers are the right size for the weight expected to carry. The handles are double layered and triple stitched. The Mesh on the back side of the bag is heavier duty to resist abrasion but the stretch front pocket could have used a tougher material (at least at the bottom). Where the TQs are located in them there are worn spots from rubbing against other surfaces for the short time it has been in my Jeep.

Functionality – 4/5 The long slip style pockets provide dividers to organize your gear and elastic bands in the exterior pocket plus both inside walls allow you various ways to store and secure your gear or supplies. The clamshell opening allows for easy visual and access of the bags contents.

Weight – 4/5 It’s light, depending on how you load it out.

Value – 4/5 The price is fair for what it is made for and the design, only reason I gave it a 4 was that the front stretch pocket surface is going to need protection or repair after a while.

Overall rating: 3.9/5 This is the right bag for the purpose it was designed.

Material Disclosure

5.11 Tactical

I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer via Spotter Up so I could test it and give my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal, or implied contract to give this product a good review. All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.

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By Brook Bowen

Brook Bowen has more than 21 years as a federal law enforcement officer and has been instructing for the last 18 years. He has developed and delivered firearms and tactical courses to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, foreign law enforcement and military units. He has 13 years of combined operational experience serving in special operations units in both the military and federal law enforcement. Brook currently instructs federal law enforcement officers at a national training center in multiple disciplines. In addition, Brook owns Two Bravo Training Solutions, a firearms and tactics training and consulting company.

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