I've had this bag for several years. I work for a fire dept. and the military. This bag is carried everyday. I never leave home without. The guys I work with call it my MacGyver bag. The only problem is the small pocket on the front, zipper doesn't close properly. Other than it an all around great bag.
I purchased my Rush72 to use on a 5 day Disaster Relief Team Mission in Baton Rouge, LA. The 72 held all my clothing and personal equipment with room to spare. I attached my sleeping bag and air mattress using the straps on the bottom of the 72. I attached several additional bags using the exterior MOLLE panels. The 72 went above and beyond the call of duty on that trip. Since then the Rush72 has accompanied me on a 5 day trip and a 3 day Christmas vacation trip, with absolutely no problems. As I stated earlier, the 5.11 Rush72 back pack is better than advertised. My next purchase will be a MOAB 10 for EDC.
I wish 5.11 would offer a rain cover for this pack! along with some of their others. I don't understand why they wouldn't? smack the logo on it and over price it = easy money and most of us need them!
This pack is outstanding. I've had it for about three years. Its been coast to coast, camping in the mountains, fishing trips, (holds waders well in the outside such) You can really beat this thing up. and load it up heavy without worring about damaging it. Does it have the best suspension system? NOPE.... But really those are my only two complaints. No rain cover, and could use a little improvement on straps and suspension. Regardless the pros well out way the cons. Highly recommend....
This truly was my first, second, and third choice when it came to my research of a sturdy, spacious, gritty BOB. I'm a thick guy and I need a bag that wasn't going to disappear when I put it on and offer me the comfort I desperately needed in my comparison test fittings of multiple competitor's that left my back feeling unsupported and exposed. Let's talk about space, well.. Theres plenty, that's no joke. Multiple zippered compartments, easy access openings, admin pouch, water bladder compartment, shove-it compartment. It's really got it all. I stuffed mine full just to test capacity, and even with a week and a half worth of clothing and hygiene accessories the Rush 72 took it all in stride. The quality is fantastic, great durable stitching with the 1050 material. Overall: Extemely satisfied customer! Two big thumbs up!
Every pocket, every part of backpack is in perfect place. Quality is on high level. I would recommend this to everyone.
As i says in the title, the rush 72 is a great pack, with a good amount of pockets and organization options, a very strong conception. A great bag for made a long story short. But after few of use in differents condition, often at full load, Contour yoke system will cause to me a unpleasant pain at the base of the neck or zone around it (weight correctly distributed in the bag). That's can be a real problem on a 2/3 days outdoor trip w/ some long marches. IDK if it's due to my morphology, but never happen to me before with others brands bags (use lot of them during my military time), even with heavy load. Or not so located.
Other "problem", the non removable waist strap. I prefer to have possibility to remove it when i don't need it, unless to have to do a origami sequence for store it properly under back foam pads. It's just my "2 cents"about that.
For finish, i don't keep the bag and sell it to a friend ( who don't have the neck pain but have a more reasonable use of the bag than me) and go back to another well know maker.
But It's just my personnal opinion, due to my usage and experience of this pack.
I put a lot of thought before choosing the Rush 72. As to date I have had it about a year and have no complaints. It holds all of my gear with room to spare. (spare t-shirt, socks, pants, windbreaker, poncho liner, first aid kit, Sterno, matches, K-Bar, mags, toiletry kit, hydration bladder, GPS, snacks....) Mind you, when complete, this bag is heavy, but that is where the shoulder straps really shine. Very comfortable even when hiking all day. The grab handle is also very tough. The pouch placement is very good and keeps commonly used items close at hand. Plenty of rigging on the sides allows for versatility of add-on pouches. This bag shows no wear after a year. If you are looking for a bag that will carry everything and last a very long time...look no further.
I use this bag by adding two molle pouches for a ten days hiking in Corse, very comfy. From my point of view the negative thing is that wasn't easy to add my ground sheet under the bag.
I use it also for my job, it allows me to grab all my stuff with empty space.
I use this bag for travel quite a bit and have never had an issue. Plenty of space and pockets for organization, but wish they included the anti slip material so it could be slung over one shoulder without needing constant adjustment. These bags also need to be machine washable, would be a huge help. Expensive, but would buy again.
I finally upgraded my daily work bag. After much research and mulling, I finally decided on the 72.
I carry a decent amount of gear, and essentials, plus various random emergency supplies.
This bag has spots and pockets for everything i carry. Additionally, it is much more comfortable to carry than my last bag. I fit everything, a jacket, and a full dinner in it and still had space for so much more.
The construction is very well done, and heavy duty.
I'd recommend this bag to anyone looking for a good, solid, comfortable bag.