First Look: Elite Survival Systems Smokescreen Concealed Carry Backpack

Keep your gear nearby and away from prying eyes.

posted on May 4, 2022
Elite Survival Systems

If you are in the market for a sling bag that offers high-quality construction, a lightweight design and a method of discreetly carrying a defensive handgun, take a look at the Smokescreen Concealed Carry Backpack from Elite Survival Systems (ESS). It offers all of these things and in a style that does not single you out as a gun owner.

The Smokescreen Concealed Carry Backpack has the appearance of a recreational sling bag that might hold college textbooks or your gear when heading off to a rec league sports team practice. Helping to keep the non-tactical look are four color options: black & gray, gray & orange, coyote & olive and indigo blue & brown. This gear is designed specifically to avoid a tactical aura.

But the bags are far more “tactical” than they appear. The sling bags are made of 420D nylon, which is a durable material that offers great performance for its featherlight weight. ESS designed the pack with a single strap and the ability to swap it for left- and right-handed carry. Segmented foam panels offer good airflow to the back and cushion the weight when carried.

The main compartment offers plenty of storage including a dedicated sleeve for a laptop computer. The backpack also includes zippered utility pockets, a soft-lined eyewear pocket, a secondary storage compartment and a carry handle. For concealed carry, there is a holster compartment that is accessible from both sides of the pack. This pass-through area will accommodate a range of pistol sizes.

Elite Survival Systems offers an up-armor option for the Smokescreen Concealed Carry Backpack. ESS offers an NIJ-certified Level IIIA soft armor panel for the backpack. This will provide a reasonable amount of ballistic protection from typical handgun projectiles such as 9mm, .45 ACP and .44 Magnum.

The Smokescreen Concealed Carry Backpack has a manufacturer-recommended retail price of $139.95. For additional information on this pack and other gear from ESS, visit the company’s website at


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