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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

Courtney Harris
Courtney Harris

March 04, 2024

I’ve been looking at off body carry bags for a while now. I’m not a fan of purses as they can easily be snagged and or forgotten someone. I’m trying to find the perfect front body sling that will sit perfectly between my breast. It would be a huge plus if it had a panel pocket so at the very least my heart could be protected. I haven’t came across exactly what I wanted, but I’m still searching. Great article!

Sam C
Sam C

March 04, 2024

Don’t get dead.

Jack R Jones
Jack R Jones

March 04, 2024

I usually carry a fanny pack, but not for EDC. I have yet to find one that allows concealability, and quick access that I am satisfied with. Maybe I’m picky, but the zippered ones are too slow, the pull open Velcro with dropdown front, good idea, but to me they look like I’m carrying a gun.

Steve Sanders
Steve Sanders

March 04, 2024

I’m not a big fan of off-body carry, but if I did this gear looks like it is up to the task.

James Taylor
James Taylor

March 04, 2024

Good information and thought provoking options

Mike Diggs
Mike Diggs

March 04, 2024

It’s a bad idea

Linda Meranda
Linda Meranda

March 04, 2024

Excellent easy carry during any activity

Jacqueline Dalpiaz
Jacqueline Dalpiaz

March 04, 2024

It all looks good!

Robert Messmer
Robert Messmer

March 04, 2024

Can see where off body carry can be of use but not for me.

Peter Thompson
Peter Thompson

March 04, 2024

Off body carry will never be my first choice because it adds another layer of variable. That being said, having a solid holster that fits into a bag that isn’t super “gun gear” in looks is a great way to fill that need. Not sure I’d ever opt for a chest rig from a concealment standpoint but it’s neat that it exists.

Amber Johnson
Amber Johnson

March 04, 2024

While I enjoy concealed carry there are times when I need a reliable bag for off body carry and I love how the industry is adapting to ensure those options are available

Crystal
Crystal

March 04, 2024

I value off body carry because I have little ones that like to hug and wrap themselves against my hips and waist with little to no warning. I’m glad products continue to be developed. Thank you for the info!

Jason Walker
Jason Walker

March 04, 2024

Off body carry is a great option. I would personally recommend on body carry because someone may try to take your bag with your off body carry and if you don’t have the strength or training to handle that situation it can quickly become a volatile situation for yourself.

Steve
Steve

March 04, 2024

Getting a very comfortable bag where you can conceal your gun and get to it very quickly in an emergency. But at the same time protect everything and making it very easy to get to without anyone noticing you have a weapon in your bag

John Angelos
John Angelos

March 04, 2024

I like the idea and for certain situations it makes the most sense. Still training how to carry this way and draw is important.

chris
chris

March 04, 2024

nice

Steve
Steve

March 04, 2024

I love how it’s very easy to get the right type of bag for a quick response to getting your gun ready to shoot. The security of it and to protect your weapon/bag. For easy access to getting the gun out fast

Kim Nord
Kim Nord

March 04, 2024

I have a bag I use for off carry. It’s my bug out bag.

richard voss
richard voss

March 04, 2024

This is the only way that i can carry for my work and dress requirements

David Moss
David Moss

March 04, 2024

This combo is great for people who value adaptability and discreteness.

cc4x4rider
cc4x4rider

March 04, 2024

Nice options…

jim davis
jim davis

March 04, 2024

Great blog, great compilation of gear!

Travis
Travis

March 04, 2024

Off body bags are more about the armor for me

EJ
EJ

March 04, 2024

Many benefits over on-body carry

Rey Diamante
Rey Diamante

March 04, 2024

While not the biggest fan of off-body carry, it does serve its purpose time to time.

Rey Diamante
Rey Diamante

March 04, 2024

While not the biggest fan of off-body carry, it does serve it’s purpose time to time.

Keith VonBernewitz
Keith VonBernewitz

March 04, 2024

The safety and ease of access of these seem awesome!

Gavin
Gavin

March 04, 2024

I think off body carry can be a valuable tool if you keep your bag inhand, especially for rifles

John Crouch
John Crouch

March 04, 2024

A lot of good insightful information about off-body carry. How to make it discreet, safe, secure and also be accessible. After all if you can’t get to it when you need it or it’s not there it defeats the purpose of carrying.

Nik
Nik

March 04, 2024

This stuff is cool

Gary W Taylor
Gary W Taylor

March 04, 2024

Not a good idea.

Deborah
Deborah

March 04, 2024

I love my off-body conceal carry bag. It provides me with an extra layer of security, and I like how easily accessible it is. Thank you!

andrew ngo
andrew ngo

March 04, 2024

always great to have different options for every situation.

Mortimer Snerd
Mortimer Snerd

March 04, 2024

I like off body carry for certain situations only, like hiking when a threat would give more notice

Burke
Burke

March 04, 2024

Off body carry is a good option for certain situations or weapon systems

Matthew Lauer
Matthew Lauer

March 04, 2024

Very informative! Thank you!

Vladimir Flores
Vladimir Flores

March 04, 2024

I would actually use it for extra weapon.

Johnny Griffice
Johnny Griffice

March 04, 2024

Great idea

Chuck Ardizzone
Chuck Ardizzone

March 04, 2024

Very informative, good information on off body carry.

ERIC TURNER  SR
ERIC TURNER SR

March 04, 2024

HMM YOU HAVE PEAKED MY INTREST IN A EDC BACKPACK, I CARRY A FIRE ARM ALL THE TIME WITH MY CCW, ITS JUST NOT ENOUGH NOW DAYS IF I GO DOWN IM OUT OF THE FIGHT AND DO NO GOOD TO MY FAMILY OR FRIENDS . MORE PROTECTION FOR MY SAFTY AND THERES.

Jason
Jason

March 04, 2024

I definitely need more practice with my CCW sling bag

Matthew Sullivan
Matthew Sullivan

March 04, 2024

Having options like this is important to me

Raymond
Raymond

March 04, 2024

Speed is important when there is a situation going down.

Kangie Mickelson
Kangie Mickelson

March 04, 2024

We love this company! Such durable equipment!

Kevin K
Kevin K

March 04, 2024

Cool

Scott
Scott

March 04, 2024

Very vital I Always carry.

Thomas Burkey
Thomas Burkey

March 04, 2024

Very nice!!

Robert Fields
Robert Fields

March 04, 2024

A concealed carry purse or backpack is a great idea not only for men but especially for women .I strongly recommend and approve that every woman should have a 410 derringer available to them at all times . Crime and assaults would be lowered tremendously .

Andrew Black
Andrew Black

March 04, 2024

My girlfriend has to off body carry because he close are snug fitting. The best gun is the gun you don’t leave at home.

Dustin V
Dustin V

March 04, 2024

Style meets function!

Amy
Amy

March 04, 2024

I’ve got a VIKTOS sling bag and LOVE it.

Jason
Jason

March 04, 2024

I understand why people do it, but I’m not really a huge fan of off body carry.

William
William

March 04, 2024

Nice design and functional

Brian Baker
Brian Baker

March 04, 2024

Great products look good and useable

DENIS G LEMIEUX
DENIS G LEMIEUX

March 04, 2024

The ultimate hidden in plain sight carry bag

John Hawman
John Hawman

March 04, 2024

EDC can be very helpful in both concealment, ease of use and speed in getting to your weapon.

Heather Lantz-Brazil
Heather Lantz-Brazil

March 04, 2024

It is nice to see that options are now expanding for off-body carrying, especially for women. Women should have options that don’t require stumbling through a purse that isn’t designed with thoughtfulness and safety in mind if they decide to carry off-body. I love the material options with the Viktos Upscale Sling 3.

Shawn
Shawn

March 04, 2024

What if someone takes or steals your backpack then your screwed, you should carry both on and off body.

Ed Keck
Ed Keck

March 04, 2024

Off body carry should still always be within easy reach.

C TODD MCCORMICK
C TODD MCCORMICK

March 04, 2024

SPOT ON WITH THE TACTICAL URBANITE. THANKS.

Lisa Polites
Lisa Polites

March 04, 2024

Great contest!

Richard Boggs
Richard Boggs

March 04, 2024

Everything sounds awesome

Cy4Xtreme
Cy4Xtreme

March 04, 2024

Best and lightest body armor I’ve ever been introduced to for bags and slings for Vertx. Highly recommend for fit and comfort.

CHAD J. VANCLEVE
CHAD J. VANCLEVE

March 04, 2024

Personal choices lead to tactical decisions.

CHAD J. VANCLEVE
CHAD J. VANCLEVE

March 04, 2024

Personal choices lead to tactical decisions.

Tpak
Tpak

March 04, 2024

Hope to buy someday

James
James

March 04, 2024

never carry off body

Daniel Anderson
Daniel Anderson

March 04, 2024

Sweeeeet

Ben Spears
Ben Spears

March 04, 2024

Nice info

Nikki
Nikki

March 04, 2024

This is great!

Wesley Smith
Wesley Smith

March 04, 2024

Excellent information on carry options and good presentation of products available

Ron Garrett
Ron Garrett

March 04, 2024

in the uncertain times we face in our nation it is increasingly important to all of us to be able to protect ourselves and our families is the need should arise. Proper training and clothing,etc. are an important part of being prepared

Michael Dalpiaz
Michael Dalpiaz

March 04, 2024

Everything sounds great.

Kayla
Kayla

March 04, 2024

I prefer on body carry but do carry off body for certain situations. I see too many people carry off body without a proper bag or holster. These look great!

Stephen Dawkins
Stephen Dawkins

March 04, 2024

I prefer to carry on my person. I do carry in a sling pack made for that purpose sometimes.

Jerome Brownell
Jerome Brownell

March 04, 2024

Awesome products

steve underwood
steve underwood

March 04, 2024

Thanks, its good to choices esp. with body armor inserts.

Tom Darr
Tom Darr

March 04, 2024

The tactical professional looks like the best one all around

Taylor
Taylor

March 04, 2024

Great bodyarmor

Taylor
Taylor

March 04, 2024

Hiking I like having a pacmat easily accessible in my pack. It’s concealed enough to not scare other hikers while keeping myself and anyone with me safe should I need it

Derek
Derek

March 04, 2024

Great article with some very insightful information.

Bradley
Bradley

March 04, 2024

I really like the idea of off body carry and look forward to utilizing it in my everyday life

JoshS88
JoshS88

March 04, 2024

Concealment innovation!

Brian Renzi
Brian Renzi

March 04, 2024

Not 100% comfortable with off body carry

RYAN
RYAN

March 04, 2024

Always be prepared

Brianna Taylor
Brianna Taylor

March 04, 2024

Super neat and informative

Andrew Moreno
Andrew Moreno

March 04, 2024

I find off body carry more prevalent in todays society. A good sling bag, while remaining inconspicuous, can hold a good amount of EDC items.

Bcb82
Bcb82

March 04, 2024

Off body carry should be perfomed with a bag or carry means that maintains its retention to the body. Sling bags, fanny packs, etc that are not easy for an assailant or pickpocket to remove from you physically

BIG C
BIG C

March 04, 2024

I BELIEVE IN THIS DAY U NEED ALL PROTECTION YOU CAN GET TO FEEL SAFE. IT STINKS MANY PEOPLE FEEL THAT WAY ,ITS JUST THE FACTS. THNAK U GOD BLESS

Kanaan Simpson
Kanaan Simpson

March 04, 2024

I love off bodycare when I’m hiking

John  Beam
John Beam

March 04, 2024

Nice looking bags

Michelle Seybert
Michelle Seybert

March 04, 2024

I like the off-body carry when I can’t body carry.

Bernardina Sims
Bernardina Sims

March 04, 2024

Love premier body armor products!

Brenda  Powell Allen
Brenda Powell Allen

March 04, 2024

I have CC handbag, will have to think about these other options.

Ben G
Ben G

March 04, 2024

As a bigger guy, I prefer the vertx commuter xl. The armor panel provides a full torso cover and the bag can accommodate a wider range of weapons.

Donald Moore
Donald Moore

March 04, 2024

Off body carry has its place but it’s not for every situation

Daniel Berry
Daniel Berry

March 04, 2024

any carry is always better than no carry

BradB
BradB

March 04, 2024

Off body is only as good as your diligence. Once you set the bag or backpack down, you no longer have control of it.

David Trayser
David Trayser

March 04, 2024

Great equipment options!
Practice! Practice! Practice! Even the best gear also needs trained muscle memory!

Shane
Shane

March 04, 2024

Honestly this is my preferred carry solution depending on the situation

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