I have carried one of these for a long time and mostly like it. BUT, I like to carry a bottle of water at all times and the side pockets are not well suited for this need. Awkward. Just a slight redesign would make this a lot better. Still, I carry it frequently and mine has held up with rough field use.
the main compartment is 8 inches wide, which makes it about 1.5 to 2 inches too narrow to carry an iPad, book, etc.
I purchased the Push Pack as a daily carry while on travel for work or for vacation. In particular a trip to Venice and Rome was planned and having spent two weeks with a packsack in an earlier trip I knew I needed something smaller and more designed for the crowded streets. This little bag ended up being perfect. In crowded Venice walkways I could swing it around to the front taking away any chance of someone opening it up and taking my glasses or camera and when I was in a museum or store I could have it sit close to my back and not be a hazard. I would like to see a small bit of adjustment to one of the two sleeves to incorporate the admin components. This would set the pens and pads apart from the main sleeve. Other than that it was perfect. And for those people who complain of the two small sleeves on the arms for the straps as not being large enough to accommodate an EDC folding knife, the CRKT Squid fits in there just perfectly,
The main buckle closeure (tooth) on my Push Pack quickly broke on one side. Then the second tooth in the buckle broke. Are replacements available for purchase. If not, the bag is useless as it cannot be secured.
I wish he had a pack like this when I was active duty. It's a great well rounded pack and is extremely durable. I have used it from range shoots, hunting, work and family vacations. I love the concealed carry pouch and the multiple compartments to store needed items. I use this more than any pack I own! Great investment!
poor quality control on the seams in one of the pockets -- came unsewn in about 2 months.
Great for throwing in the POV, or trunk of work vehicle.
I have bigger 5.11 bags, but for quick trips, this works great!
My Push Pack was purchased a couple years ago and still going strong! It has morphed from a search and rescue bag, to a daily carry bag, a conceal carry bag to a medical equipment bag. I dont leave home without it.
This is a great looking bag -- OK, it's a "man purse" -- and carries a nice amount of stuff without being too large. I carry some usual EDC (every day carry) items -- small first aid kit, flashlight, a few "survival" items, etc. -- and of course the discrete weapon pocket is a perfect place for my Glock 19. The bag carries well on your shoulder, and seems to be rugged and well made.
My two "complaints" about the bag are (1) the main compartment is 8 inches wide, which makes it about 1.5 to 2 inches too narrow to carry an iPad, and (2) the knife/flashlight pockets on the carry strap are too shallow to securely hold a medium sized (3.5" to 4" blade) folding knife – too much of the knife has to hang out of the pocket. To me, these are pretty obvious design mistakes, but the good news is they should be very easy to fix for 5.11.
Great bag overall, but I gave it only 4 stars due to those 2 obvious design flaws. I would still recommend this bag, but will buy the slightly modified bag if/when 5.11 makes it (come on 5.11, please make those two modifications... they really are obvious mistakes in design).
From someone transiting from law enforcement to pastoral ministry. I have to say, this was one of the greatest purchases I've ever made. A couple of months ago, I had to shoot a Rottweiler that was actively charging at me. Without thinking about it, I was able to pull my weapon out of the concealed pocket and neutralize the threat. After the police arrived, one of them asked me about my Push Pack and said that he was going to get one.
This is also a great pack for someone who travels all of the time. Just remember to take the weapon out before going to the airport.