Earlier this year Blackhawk introduced a number of new bags and two of them haven’t got much press so far. I can’t figure out why—they are both excellent products that fill clear needs. One I call the sleeper because it’s deliberately plain exterior hides its actual function, and one I call the sexy one because it looks so cool.
Diversion Courier Bag
The Blackhawk Diversion Courier Bag – the sleeper -- is a cross between a battle bag and a messenger bag. Wikipedia has a good definition of the battle bag: The battle bag, or Mann bag, is a lightweight load carrying system designed to allow the combat infantryman to carry ammunition and ancillaries such as medical supplies, spare batteries, and radio equipment…The battle bag was originally designed for use as a "grab bag" to allow drivers and vehicle-borne troops to grab essential supplies in a dismount for such functions as an ambush or the assault phase of a mechanized attack. From there, it has spread in popularity due to its ability to be worn over body armor, as well as the fact that it can be rapidly removed from the wearer in a medical emergency, or to allow the wearer to crawl through [small spaces]. Blackhawk helped to re-popularize the concept of the battle bag a few years ago when it introduced its own version, and the follow-on versions to it (here and here). While these three battle bags do not scream “tactical” or “cop”, they are a bit of an unusual size for a publically-carried bag (in the United States, at least), and they can look a wee bit on the tactical side. On the other hand, you see messenger bags everywhere, and carried by every demographic.
The Division Courier Bag looks like an ordinary small messenger bag that you’d see students, business people, contractors--basically just about anyone—carrying, and never give it so much as a second glance. It truly “blends”. Yet on the inside, it very much resembles previous version of the Blackhawk battle bags, with some changes, of course. Its exterior dimensions are roughly 13.5” wide (excluding side pockets), 10” high, and 5” deep, so it is sized appropriately to carry a laptop computer, and of course to blend.
Starting with the flap: it has two very useful features. First, it completely zips off, if you prefer a bag without a flap. Second, is has a pass-thru sipper, which allows you to access the interior of the bag without unbuckling the flap. The underside of the flap contains, like the other Blackhawk battle bags, a clear map pocket which is zipper-accessible.
Under the flap, the half-height full-width packet on the bag’s outside is PALS-faced (three full-width rows) This full-width pocket has a zipper top and will store smaller items. But, and this is unique, the zipper can be completely removed (it’s held in by hook-and-loop material), exposing the pocket’s fully loop-lined interior. The bag ships with six sewn-together double panels of hook material, each of which can be affixed in the pocket to create smaller pockets for magazines and other items. Essentially, this pocket comes with its own segmentation system. Bungee cords with pull tabs are also included, and you can use them to secure the items in the pockets (this configuration is shown in the photos, with AR mags being the items secured).
There is a full-width, nearly full-height, zippered flat pocket behind this outside pocket and the main compartment.
The main compartment is organized much like other Blackhawk battle bags. In the rear is an elastic-top flat pocket, while in the front is a zippered mesh flat pocket. Affixed to the front of the rear flat pocket are a two of radio-sized mesh pockets and two rows of elastic loops. Most of the space of the main compartment is open, and there’s a drain hole at the bottom.
The sides of the Division Courier Bag each have 6-inch high full-depth pockets for smaller items and each of these has two interior elastic loops to hold items the size of lights or pistol mags.