This backpack is really great for waterfowl hunters who need a smaller pack that holds a full day's supply of gear. I've used numerous other blind bags over the years, but this backpack is the most efficient one I've come across. You can easily customize it to fit your particular needs. It's a bit pricey if you choose the camo pattern, but I feel the pack is worth the price.
I have been carrying my Rush12 daily for 2 years and it is great. It handles my MacBook Pro 15", my iPad, all my associated support gear, a couple file folders and other stuff. Sturdy, holds lots of small molle pouches, Good adjustable straps. Now what could be better: the serrated pieces that rub against your back so pack doesn't move around hit me at belt level and have damaged the belt loops of my pants. The zippers are sturdy but the two that open the main section often get stuck on the rain edging. The sunglass pouch could be a tad wider. I wish my laptop fit into the pouch in the main section was a bit wider and the tightening feature was gone ( it makes that section really tight for laptops or file folders). Minor issues for a great ED pack!
I bought the Rush12 initially looking to build an EDC bag for my truck. I ended up not doing that, because of how versatile this pack is. It's comfortable (and that's saying something I have recurring back problems), spacious, well organized, and really just great overall. It holds my computer and books just fine, or I can stuff it full of gear for trips or camping. Great as a day pack, EDC, school pack, really anything.
I purchased this bag for GORUCK events. Mostly, because it looked durable and functional for my needs at 1/3 of the cost of the GR1. I used the original bag for 3 events and the yoke on the shoulder straps started to rip at the seam. I had this for less than a year. I contacted customer service and was able to exchange easily. The included sternum strap is very comfortable and I also like the loop holes for a hip belt integration which I utilize (belt not included). I'm not sure about the reviews stating that the size is small. I have packed 6 bricks, a 3L hydration bladder, wind breaker, snacks, Nalgene bottle and a few other items. This is a great bag for the money and can take quite a bit of abuse. This is rated at 4 stars because I fear that if the bag rips at a seam outside of 1 year it may not be repaired or replaced because there is not a lifetime warranty that accompanies the bag.
The MOLLE loops on the side only offer 3 rows. the fourth row is stitched to close and the SlipStick bars won't fit. This prevents the 6" pouches from being mounted on the side. Good bag other than that.
Originally rated 3 stars due to position of chest strap but after a kind email from 511 instructing how to change position of the strap it now gets top rating.
I bought this backpack for a laptop bag. I am a cop and wanted a tactical bag but nothing to large so I bought this. The bag is super durable, lots of room for a smaller bag. It is the perfect laptop bag. I put foam in the bottom for protection to the laptop due this not be a designated laptop bag. Even without the foam the bag protects the laptop really well. I have a 14 inch laptop and it fits well, a 15 inch may be tight but would fit. Everyone who has seen this bag loves it. Has great features and is a top notch bag. Love it and would buy again, but as well made as this bag is it may be a long time before I need one.
I love both my 5.11 packs. The Rush 12 and the Rush 72. I use my 72 on a daily basis to carry my computer (relatively small) and all my EDC stuff. I have way more room than I need but the 12 won't hold the laptop. The Rush 12 is my day pack for when I go hiking. The 72 gets much more use and over the 4+ years I have had it, has shown little wear. Just where my computer sits in the front pocket. I also use this on one or 2 night business trips to keep from checking a bag.
Make sure if you are getting this pack for school you go with a bigger pack than the 12. It's just a small day pack. Not meant for computers & books.
This bag isn't terrible by any means, but buyers should definitely think hard about what they intend to use it for.
The bag itself is well constructed with great material. The zippers seem strong, the bag is sturdy, and I wouldn't worry much about being rough with it or taking it out in rough weather. There's a decent number of pockets to help stay organized as well, which is nice if you hate having to dig to the bottom of your bag every time you want to grab something.
The size, however, is small. It's not tiny by any stretch, but it's definitely "compact." For outdoor trips, this works great because it keeps the bag close to your body and from getting snagged on anything as you move around.
Unfortunately, however, I bought this bag namely for college purposes. From the way the bag is presented, I thought this would be a sizeable bag that would easily hold a laptop, a textbook or two, along with a couple of notebooks and other accessories (calculator, pens, laptop charger & mouse, etc). The bag doesn't even come close to meeting this expectation.
This is a bag that can hold some small items (snacks or small equipment/tools, things like that), a small hydration unit, sunglasses, and a single change of light clothes (shorts, shirt, socks, underwear) if you make efficient use of the space.
If you're looking for something to take with you on short hikes, jog around a park, or family outings to an amusement park, then this bag should do the job.
If you're looking for a bag to meet your professional or educational needs, however, I strongly recommend you look elsewhere.