Wednesday, June 1, 2016

5.11 Tactical Rush 72 BackpackReview

When your ready to get outdoor you need to be aware that your not set to go outdoor until you have your 5.11 tactical rush backpack. 

This is not your ordinary backpack this is designed with so many features of survival including once you've got the pack adjusted to your size, you'll be able to secure the ends of all straps with these elastic keepers.

This might sound simple, but simple things done well are the difference between great outdoor survival fun and pure trouble. 


  • Large, external shove-it pocket, Top exterior crescent-shaped organization pocket, two exterior, side, gusseted zippered pockets
  • 15D nylon with water-repellent PUx2 coating on main body, 21D 118T water-repellent PUx2 coating on inside pocket flaps and pocket bags
  • Closed-cell foam back padded hydration pocket with two back-to-back zippered pull tabs
  • Top, quick-access non-scratching fleece-lined sunglass pocket
  • Generous web-platform on three sides with additional attachment points

All about the tactical rush backpack
This backpack is designed for a three-day excursion, the RUSH 72 Backpacks is loaded with the features operators need and want.

The front section of the pack includes an organizer panel with two zippered mesh compartments; a large zippered pocket, a key fob and radio/magazine pockets with hook and loop straps. The main compartment has three mesh zippered pockets and a separate large cinch pocket. There are two full-length side pockets that can handle a variety of different items including large water bottles. The top of the backpack has a separate fleece lined eyeglass pocket and a smaller external zippered gear pocket. We've added molle-compatible webbing to the front and side of the pack, allowing you to attach a host of different 5.11's SlickStick accessory pouches. Designed by special operations combat veteran, Kyle Lamb of VTAC, these backpacks come with two large compartments and a compression strap system that allows expandability depending upon how much gear you carry. 

The padded shoulder straps also have molle-compatible webbing along with an adjustable sternum strap. The padded waist straps can be stowed away in hidden pockets and the padded back allows ventilation for those long hikes. We've also included a reinforced hydration pocket that allows you to add a hydration bladder for immediate access to water. 

User Reviews

I'm an Army officer and this is one of the best packs on the market. It works as an all-purpose, large capacity travel bag and a rough tactical 3-day pack. The build quality is the best out there (1050 denier, stronger than 1650) with sturdy zippers. The multitude of zippered, mesh storage on the inside is GREAT. The cherry on top is its low profile when it's not filled. If you are only carrying a few things the bag stays thin and doesn't look like you are going camping at Starbucks.

Purchased this for an upcoming deployment (fourth OIF/OEF tour), so I knew what I was looking for, and this pack is it. Picking out the right ruck and getting it "right-sized" is difficult; too large and you're dragging around a piece of luggage; too small and you're tying gear to the outside, snagging it on everything. Quality was important to me as well & 5.11 has a very good reputation.

- qualtity is superb - very rugged - built to withstand abuse
- pockets - lots of 'em and very usable; easy to organize
- expandable - webbing allows numerous MOLLE attachment points
- built in Camelbak compatability
- Right size to accomodate a 3-4 day patrol in cold weather

CONS: NONE (it's not cheap, but you get what you pay for!)

This is my second 5.11 tactical pack - the first is a MOAB 10. This pack is built like a tank. It's the latest model with the slightly wider straps, loops on the bottom and the upgraded shoulder yoke. Within a week of getting this pack I took a 10 day trip to South Africa, with the two 5.11 bags as my luggage. This Rush 72 swallowed a whole lot of clothing and gear. I carried them both on the planes for the trip to South Africa. I like the pockets and organization and the Rush 72 fit right into the overhead compartment. On the way back, we had some souvenirs and wine, so I expanded into a Sea to Summit Sil duffle bag for carry on, and checked the Rush 72. All I did to prep it for the baggage handling goons was to put a loop of paracord around the pack to cinch the pack straps tight (they are typically what gets caught in the baggage machinery). The pack did fine, showed up three flights and 9000 miles later none the worse for wear. At customs in Atlanta, I was randomly selected for the bag shakedown. The inspector was not too interested in my personal items but seemed to like the pack. Asked where I bought it, how I liked it, etc.

I did make one minor change to the bag. The zipper pulls throughout are black, which makes it difficult to find the zippers on the inside of the bag. I removed the black pull cords on all the inside zippers and replaced them with reflective yellow pulls made from 2.5mm cord. Big improvement, now you can open it up and instantly find the zipper pulls.


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