Built like a tank. Plenty of storage. Smart design. MOLE makes it super versatile/customizable. Two of my co-workers have bought theirs after seeing mine.
Have been using it for a couple days so far. Love it. Have added my external pouches to it. Need to get more pouches for it. lol
I was able to fit all my gear in it with room to spare
I've used the 72 over the past 2 years for hiking, humps, work, military, and just day trips.
Daily Use: I'm a civilian firefighter that works 48 hour shits. I can put in 2 days worth of clothing, PT gear and PT shoes. With my 17 inch Computer, CAC reader, external HD, phone charger, computer plug on one side pocket (computer goes on the back). Meds go on the other side pocket. Glasses go in the top small pocket. I cram pens, pencils, highlights, pocket Constitution, Art Of War, Planner, Leaders Book, and other small items in other pockets.
Military: All the same but I put my uniform and shower gear in there. I can cram the boots in there if needed.
Hiking: I toss in a med kit, water, chow, stuff like that.
Humps: I've done Carry The Fallen, GORUCK, and the annual 100 mile ruck march with my local vet group.
This bag is worth the money. I'll buy another one once the one I have starts showing wear. Clearly I've used it a lot.
My one and only gripe. When I washed it the first time I haven't been able to get the hard plastic backing in right. It's like the pack shrunk just a tad. So now the zipper is a pain. It's the pocket where the computer goes.
Other then that. It's great.
I have used a number of packs over the last six years and I can attest that these are top tier packs. I have used the Rush 12, 24 and 72 packs, and my current set up is the Rush 72 as my EDC with the MOAB 10 as my grab bag. I use the tier system to attach it to the 72 in case I need to trek a minute to get to shelter.
As an EDC pack the 72 does it all. It is the smartest pack I've seen wrt the pocket layout. It is extremely sturdy, and it has more than enough room to do what you need it to do whether it's a trip out of town for a few days, or you need to hit the trail, or a do it all deployment pack. I went away from it for a little while b/c they're not made in the USA, but few are today, and frankly, few are as well built as these packs. The molle webbing allows you to customize your pack to your specific needs, and there is nothing you can't build this pack to do. For the money you will not find a better pack. My only complaint is that 5.11 doesn't make accessories for every color pack they sell. Some of the pouches and other accessories don't come in every color, so you may look like Raggedy Anne, but you will definitely be the toughest Raggedy Anne out there! If you need a purpose built, durable and smart pack for your daily needs, this one works. You won't be disappointed.
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.