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Best Off-Body Carry Setups: The Ultimate Guide for EDC

January 11, 2024

In the world of concealed carry, convenience and accessibility don't always go hand in hand. How you carry can often influence the speed at which you can access your weapon. This is where off-body carry excels.

backpack and sling bags for off body carry

Off-body carry, keeping your firearm in a bag or backpack, instead of attached to your body, is a popular choice. It offers another solution for those looking for both concealment and easy access, especially when on-body carry might not work. Let’s delve into the best off-body carry setups featuring some of the best ccw bags, bulletproof panels, and holsters.

Bags for Concealed Carry: Key Considerations

When considering an off-body carry bag, you should prioritize accessibility, discretion, and security. The bag should offer a quick and smooth draw while ensuring that the firearm remains concealed and protected.

Choosing the Best Concealed Carry Bag for Your Needs

Identifying the best off-body carry bag involves evaluating your daily activities, the environments you frequent, and your personal style. The best concealed gun bag allows you to carry discreetly AND provides functionality for your day-to-day tasks. Whether you're headed to the office, traveling, or hiking, you can find a suitable bag tailored to your needs.

viktos backpack for off body carry outdoors

Off-Body Concealed Carry: Benefits and Challenges

Many who off-body concealed carry choose to because it offers more flexibility in wardrobe choices, especially during warmer months. It's also beneficial for those who find on-body carry uncomfortable, or are just starting out with a ccw. The main challenge is making sure the bag remains within reach and is not easily stolen or forgotten.

man in town with viktos sling bag for off body ccw carry

The allure of off-body carry bags is also the versatility. The bags can serve as regular backpacks with compartments for laptops, sunglasses, and other daily essentials, all while safely concealing your weapon. The bag's design should be inconspicuous, ensuring you don't draw unwanted attention.

Off-Body CCW: Holster and Bag Integration

A quality CCW bag holster ensures that your firearm remains in place, reducing the risk of accidental discharge. The best off-body carry system seamlessly integrates the holster into the bag, allowing for a smooth draw. Adding body armor panels ensures you are both offensive and defensive.

1. The Versatile Traveler: 

The Bag: The Viktos Upscale Sling 3 is a water-resistant nylon bag and sized between a fanny pack and a tactical sling bag. Not only that, it can be worn on either side, ensuring easy pistol access whether you are right or left handed.

viktos upscale sling bag

With a main compartment designed for extra magazines and first aid, and a padded section for eyeglasses, it's perfect for the daily commuter or the casual traveler. The Upscale Sling comes in a variety of nylon colors as well as leather options, making it a solid choice for both men and women.

The Body Armor: The Premier Body Armor Custom-fit panel for the upscale sling seamlessly integrates protection into your EDC. Designed with top-notch para-aramid ballistic core and a rugged 500 Denier CORDURA® outer shell, it’s both lightweight and dependable. It’s a vital addition for any off-body carry bag. Upscale 3 inserts include the standard Cordura wrapped ballistics and a hook and loop version to maximize bag functionality.

The Holster: The Crossbreed Custom Modular Holster not only offers stability but also flair. Customize it to reflect your style with designs like Tropical, Tattoo, or Old Glory. Versatility with the Velcro® backed system ensures your weapon remains accessible no matter the situation.

velcro bulletproof panel in viktos upscale bag for ccw

This combo is great for people who want both style and function. It's the ideal bag for city life or traveling.

2. The Tactical Professional

The Bag: The Viktos Perimeter 25 Backpack is designed for 24-hour tactical EDC, and is both rugged and versatile. The weatherproof body, durable zippers, and universal CCW holster make it a popular choice for tactical pros, professionals, and outdoor lovers. The size is perfect for holding extra magazines, first aid supplies, or a change of close for quick transitions from work to play.

viktos perimeter 25 bag

The Body Armor: Carry the trusted protection of the Premier Body Armor Custom-fit panel tailored for the Perimeter backpack. With a design tested to meet NIJ ballistic standards for Level 3A, it’s discreet and always ready to defend.

The Holster: The CrossBreed Modular Holster offers adaptability with it's optional add-ons - be it the Purse Defender, Belly Band 2.0, or the Pac Mat. It's the ideal choice for those needing flexibility in their carry methods.

crossbreed holster in a viktos perimeter 25 backpack for off body carry

This combo is great for people who shift between professional and recreational settings. It's the ideal bag for those who are office professionals or outdoor enthusiasts.

3. The Tactical Urbanite

The Bag: The Viktos Lowkey Chest Rig easily transitions from a low-visibility EDC satchel to a fully tactical chest rig, ensuring adaptability in dynamic situations. Built from weather-resistant nylon ripstop, other noteworthy features include its adjustable 4-point padded chest harness, a removable shoulder strap for casual carry, and magnetic quick-release buckles.

off body carry with viktos low key chest rig

Internally, the rig boasts space for three rifle magazines, four pistol magazines, and a full-size pistol in the included holster. Plus, like all Viktos bags, its U.S. veteran-designed and developed, a testament to its utility and reliability.

The Body Armor: Safety takes a new dimension with the custom-designed ArmorSHIFT Panel for the Viktos Low Key and Tactulus Chest Rigs. Featuring innovative ArmorSHIFT Technology, this ballistic panel effortlessly adapts to changing situations, expanding from 8" to 12" in mere seconds.

armorshift body armor panel for chest rig doubles in size

While its slim profile ensures discretion, it doesn't compromise on protection, meeting the stringent NIJ ballistic standards for Level IIIA. Plus, with TSA approval and a 5-year warranty, it's a panel that assures protection whether you're on home turf or traveling.

The Holster: The CrossBreed A.R.M.S. Holster brings unparalleled modularity to your EDC. With the ability for an off-body carry holster to transition across various platforms, from a Belly Band at work to Velcro® in your bag, it ensures you're always prepared.

This combo is great for people who value adaptability and discreteness, and is perfect for those wanting a tactical edge without being cumbersome or drawing unwanted attention.

 viktos bag with off body carry concealed weapon

Choosing an off body bag setup involves more than just convenience or style. You should also consider safety, ease of use, and preparedness for any situation. With the combination of Viktos bags, Premier Body Armor bulletproof panels, and CrossBreed holsters, you’re not just carrying; you’re carrying smart.

Your EDC essentials are more than just items; they're an extension of your commitment to safety and preparedness. Whether it's ensuring holster retention or having quick access compartments at your fingertips, every detail matters.

Always be ready, always be protected, and always carry with confidence.


100 Responses

Brianne Loffreda
Brianne Loffreda

March 04, 2024

Love the different size options for carrying everyday or to the range

Joseph Lapointe Jr
Joseph Lapointe Jr

March 04, 2024

The thing about concealed carry is you don’t want everyone around you to know that your packing or you could become the target, and when it’s hot out its nice to have an off body option to carry

Donna Carey
Donna Carey

March 04, 2024

Love the Viktos Upscale Sling!

Tracee McCarty
Tracee McCarty

March 04, 2024

One of many options

Leigh Ann Marker
Leigh Ann Marker

March 04, 2024

Awesome!

Mel
Mel

March 04, 2024

So many great options!

Elle Gee
Elle Gee

March 04, 2024

I really love my Everyday Fanny Pack from the Lena collection!

Karen Albert
Karen Albert

March 04, 2024

Thanks for all of these great off body options

C Fonoimoana
C Fonoimoana

March 04, 2024

Don’t leave home without being protected! On and Off body carry the only way to go!!

Rachel Roberts
Rachel Roberts

March 04, 2024

Contest entry for rose, I’m dying to have a rose 9mm!!

eRic
eRic

March 04, 2024

We were told by our CCW instructor not to carry off body since it would be easier for someone to steal and use it against you.

Richard Mitchell
Richard Mitchell

March 04, 2024

Like the off body carry option

Rebecca Caudle
Rebecca Caudle

March 04, 2024

When you want the best Premier leads the way!

David Tirado
David Tirado

March 04, 2024

Amazing products for today’s world and your safety.

Tammy
Tammy

March 04, 2024

I have never considered carrying my firearm in an off-body bag. Thanks for all the pointers on how to carry and what type of bag to use. I know I am going to look into this type of concealed carry.

Sarah Metcalf
Sarah Metcalf

March 04, 2024

Once I stop baby wearing, I can see the convenience of off body carrying during the warm Texas summer months. The sling looks the most comfortable and “stylish” for me as a woman. 👍🏼

JD
JD

March 04, 2024

Whilst not optimal a firearm in a bag, backpack, or purse is better than leaving it at home or in the car.

Sara
Sara

March 04, 2024

Love options

Michelle Ricklick
Michelle Ricklick

March 04, 2024

I like the looks of these products. They actually look like they are good quality.
I’m going to get something for my birthday next month!

jjr922
jjr922

March 04, 2024

Security is one of the most important things.

John
John

March 04, 2024

A bag for any occasion or need!

Wendi Hanna
Wendi Hanna

March 04, 2024

I carry in concealed carry purse

Kailey
Kailey

March 04, 2024

Premier body armor has all the options for men and women so my husband and I can carry safely and comfortably. I trust whatever brand Lena uses so I will follow In her footsteps whenever I question where to find the right gear and apparel.

Murray
Murray

March 04, 2024

Whatever keeps it close and easily accessible

Howard Caudle
Howard Caudle

March 04, 2024

Comfort and versatility!

Angie Rietvelt
Angie Rietvelt

March 04, 2024

Discreet and functional.

Steve
Steve

March 04, 2024

When 10th of a seconds count Off the Body Carry is only seconds away!

Elaine
Elaine

March 04, 2024

Great to have so many options.

Jerry Farris
Jerry Farris

March 04, 2024

Easy wat to conceal carry. Shouldn’t make observers nervous. Extra room for additional mags.

Joseph Henry Piatt
Joseph Henry Piatt

March 04, 2024

The Viktos Upscale Sling 3. Nice One !! Several of the small bag carry are interesting. Will keep in mind.

Lori
Lori

March 04, 2024

So many great options! I’m still looking to find my favorite.

Amanda
Amanda

March 04, 2024

interested to learn more

Nana
Nana

March 04, 2024

I can’t wait to get mine!

Victoria
Victoria

March 04, 2024

This off carry body armor is amazing. So stylish and great for everyday carry!

Cameron
Cameron

March 04, 2024

I know off body carry is becoming more popular but I my opinion I think it should be a last resort.
Lawrence Emmons
Lawrence Emmons

March 04, 2024

Very practical for everyday use as it can be used to transport as well as armor without wearing a vest.

Lawrence Emmons
Lawrence Emmons

March 04, 2024

Very practical for everyday use as it can be used to transport as well as armor without wearing a vest.

Mark Sanney
Mark Sanney

March 04, 2024

Outstanding equipment

John PATRICK KENNEDY
John PATRICK KENNEDY

March 04, 2024

well done…versatility and greater flexability as well.

Gary Vail
Gary Vail

March 04, 2024

Cool

Michael C Pizzichemi
Michael C Pizzichemi

March 04, 2024

cool contest

GARY L WEEKS
GARY L WEEKS

March 04, 2024

so very good products to consider when deciding on how you want or need to carry every day.

Ian S
Ian S

March 04, 2024

Off body carry is only good when you don’t leave the bag

Mark
Mark

March 04, 2024

EDC, The Way To Be.

Sue
Sue

March 04, 2024

Are there packs that are fitted to house a holster, or are they all internally built into the bag?

Clark Wilder
Clark Wilder

March 04, 2024

Nice info. Always good to be prepared in any situation

Stacie
Stacie

March 04, 2024

Nice concealed weapon stuff.

Michael Paxton
Michael Paxton

March 04, 2024

Off-body carry is not something I have considered before, but I can see where it has its applications.

terrance
terrance

March 04, 2024

cool

Lou
Lou

March 04, 2024

Was never a fan of off body carry…until now

Nick
Nick

March 04, 2024

The Fanny Pack is coming back baby!

Scott Coffey
Scott Coffey

March 04, 2024

I really like that the products shown do not scream GUN!!!!!

Donald
Donald

March 04, 2024

Sometimes needed, Sometimes required.

Bill Alley
Bill Alley

March 04, 2024

I need to look into buying one for both myself and dear wife.

Ted Frodyma
Ted Frodyma

March 04, 2024

It is one way to keep protection close!

Dan
Dan

March 04, 2024

I’m not generally a fan of off-body carry but some circumstances people might find themselves in may preclude on-body carry or at least make it difficult. If that’s the only way someone can carry, then it’s better than not carrying.

Alex
Alex

March 04, 2024

Most important tip when off body carrying is to keep your head on a swivel!

Caliese SantosThomas
Caliese SantosThomas

March 04, 2024

I like them, but could use something more feminine

David C Ventry
David C Ventry

March 04, 2024

Love the adaptability and discreetness

Ronald w Reinke
Ronald w Reinke

March 04, 2024

I prefer to carry on myself

Peter 'Florida Leadslinger' Roman
Peter 'Florida Leadslinger' Roman

March 04, 2024

The inclusion of a dedicated slot to house quality plates, hook and loop adaptability for firearm holsters, and the durability of the bag, makes the Viktos x Primier Body Armor series of products that more cutting edge. Top notch plates for a top notch bag, match made in heaven.

Peter ‘Florida Leadslinger’ Roman
Owner of Reptilian Response

Lenny R.
Lenny R.

March 04, 2024

Multiple choices for those days on the trail.

ERIC POTTS
ERIC POTTS

March 04, 2024

SOME GOOD IDEAS

Dave Thoreson
Dave Thoreson

March 04, 2024

Nice option for carry when out and about!

Jeffry Purdy
Jeffry Purdy

March 04, 2024

Seems to be a practical form of body armor.

lynell gayken
lynell gayken

March 04, 2024

thanks for your products

Theodore Darden
Theodore Darden

March 04, 2024

Definitely a more comfortable way to carry.

Alan Galanopoulos
Alan Galanopoulos

March 04, 2024

If I carry off body, its in a small sling style bag with an extra magazine.

OffBalance
OffBalance

March 04, 2024

OBC seems more comfortable and practical. However, I worry about fumbling around, the zipper getting stuck, etc.

Dennis Jennings
Dennis Jennings

March 04, 2024

Off body carry for me depends solely upon the environment I’m in at the time. If eminent danger will be present I don’t recommend it. If it’s for comfort or hiking in non-life threatening conditions it’s fine, but you should be aware of your surroundings and just how quickly your firearm can be accessed.

Robert Staffordshire
Robert Staffordshire

March 04, 2024

A cool idea, but having a firearm in a backpack, removes an element in timing, which can be crucial depending on the situation. But if shots fired in a distance, and time allows for extraction, it would be a very comfortable way of carrying.

chris a liles
chris a liles

March 04, 2024

great product

Jeffrey Gregos
Jeffrey Gregos

March 04, 2024

My wife loves bags to help carry stuff.

Bruce
Bruce

March 04, 2024

Off body carry is not my referred method, but I do like the idea of having a panel of armor on me. The options provided by the perimeter would be a help.

Joshua yoder
Joshua yoder

March 04, 2024

These look like interesting solutions!

Phillip
Phillip

March 04, 2024

Off body carry allows me to always be ready for a situation while also always enjoying time with my family and friends.

Shane Edwards
Shane Edwards

March 04, 2024

I do like that you guys have some “urban carry” models. Where I appreciate Bushcraft and Tactical…. I don’t really want to advertise my carry and everyone assumes I am carrying when I have a Bushcraft or Tactical looking tote. It’s just a personal preference and I really appreciate you have a broad range of styles.

Dennis
Dennis

March 04, 2024

I need a good new pack

Emily
Emily

March 04, 2024

These are some great ways to conceal carry off body without having to dig through a bag when you need to draw since you can store your firearm close to your body with easy access.

Rkeith
Rkeith

March 04, 2024

Nice well considered design realized with quality construction.

Jessi perry
Jessi perry

March 04, 2024

Off body carry is easier for us women that are a bit on the chunky side

David Sherman
David Sherman

March 04, 2024

I mostly carried on my hip, but I do use a small shoulder bag on occasion

Robert
Robert

March 04, 2024

Backpack is great for me.

Chad Boyd
Chad Boyd

March 04, 2024

As a biger guy, I find it easier to carry off body myself, and it is muhc eaier to carry concealed and not worry about mprinting.

Maria
Maria

March 04, 2024

Love the backpack

Remington Ramey
Remington Ramey

March 04, 2024

My wife greatly prefers to carry off body with a low key bag. Works much better for her because she could not find a holster she found comfortable or enjoyed wearing

Nicole Croll
Nicole Croll

March 04, 2024

Very valuable information about off body carrying!

joe
joe

March 04, 2024

hoping to win

Lindsey Mueller
Lindsey Mueller

March 04, 2024

The Viktos Upscale Sling 3 looks sharp. I’m thinking it could be worn on the front for a real quick draw too.
Jeromy
Jeromy

March 04, 2024

Prefer on body

Dan
Dan

March 04, 2024

Like “The Bag”.

Jason
Jason

March 04, 2024

I’m intrigued by the small bag. I like how none of them look tactical. They all look like regular sports bags.

Brian
Brian

March 04, 2024

I love the soft armor for all of my 5.11 Rush backpacks and helps me know that I have that level of security when I’m out

Michael Knutzen
Michael Knutzen

March 04, 2024

No matter how you carry after safety must come practice. The draw will be different and in any situation where you may really need it the last thing you want to do in that moment is fumble.

Michael Drabandt
Michael Drabandt

March 04, 2024

Always being prepared goes without saying but every situation could be different. Having protection that is protected and can easily be obtained by the user in a safe manner is key.

Toby Thompson
Toby Thompson

March 04, 2024

dont care much for it rather have in pocket or holster

Mike H
Mike H

March 04, 2024

Absolutely better than not carrying.

Ipat
Ipat

March 04, 2024

I like that it can be body armor without being obvious about it and have weapon at hand

Eric E
Eric E

March 04, 2024

I find off body carry most useful for when carrying a larger firearm than what can be comfortably concealed on your body. I use a vertex bag most often in those situations when I carry a backpack.

Lucas Meredith
Lucas Meredith

March 04, 2024

I’d like to get some gear soon.

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