Ratings and Reviews
So I have waited to put a review up so I could test it throughly. Overall it's a good bag tons of storage and organization pockets, you can easily load this bag down. The shoulder and hip straps work well, the hip straps ride a little to high on my frame I'm 6'2, but the bag distributed the weight nicely. I have used this bag for a year and a half carrying roughly 30-50 pounds of gear at any given time witch is heavy for this type of bag. But it hasn't shown any sort of problems doing so. I only have a few complaints some are nit picky but I'm trying to leave the most honest review. The weight of this bag is too heavy for this type of bag it's held up great but at the cost of how heavy this bag is. The pockets on the side of the bag work great but intrude on the man cargo area of the bag this mean you have to organize this bag carefully if you want to utilize all of the storage areas of the bag. The smaller outer pockets on the front of the bag where you can store your mags is great but the straps that create the pocket between the two work but create such a big gap when weight is added I had stopped trying to use that space all together (I consistently had stuff fall out of the bag), I think it's due to the height of the mesh on the sides is too small if they had increased thenergy mesh by an inch or two i think it would make this area a lot more useful. It's not bad for putting a single flat folding item into it but that's about it. Next the glasses pocket up top is great if you don't run a hydration system in the bag as the hose runs into that pocket and pushes into anything inside the pocket deal breaker no but it can be an issue. The one thing I wished this bag has would be tent straps on the bottomed of the bag and maybe a integrated pack cover. Overall 7.5 out of ten i can over look the weight if everything worked perfectly but you have to be very careful how you pack this up if you don't you will loose valuable space and if that's not a problem you could buy a smaller bag.
I got out of the service in the mid 80's and would have loved to have this pack, it fits 3 days of clothes and lots of other stuff, very comfortable and adjustable. Will be ordering another to set up as a go bag...
Used this rucksack a lot around operational and non operational deployments. I LOVE the tons of internal pouches and the space between the two compartments makes it an easy drop-box for items you might need in a hurry (hard shell jacket, water, spares etc...) But, I had a problem with the item and it started to become unusable really quick. Not a problem for the guys at 5.11! They fixed it in no time! I could not be a happier customer! Killer gear and better customer service I have ever seen. I would definitely recommend buying from 5.11 anytime knowing that you are dealing with REAL people that will solve your problems, other than selling you good stuff in the first place.
After considering many other packs I decided to try this Rush 72. I have taken it on one solo overnight trip as a test and it packed and rode well. I really like it. The bottom attachment points are looking a bit stretched and loose already, but time will tell whether or not they will hold up.
It is heavy, but has loads of room and pockets. Perfect for lots of different types of gear which need to be stored separately for fast access. I use the bag when i have to take lots of gear and im willing to pay the price with weight.
Would love a light coulour for the internal areas to aid finding gear in low light. You must have a light to find gear in low light. Common with any black bag of any manufacturer.
Needs a more robust water resistant base material.
Use it for work and everyday carry. Very versatile and universal. Like the 72 so much I bought a 12 also.
I just received my pack today. First impressions, Awesome! I have had a lot of packs in the past (surplus and civilian). And although they were great packs, they just weren't what I was looking for. I spend a lot of time in the Adirondacks and Wyoming so I need a good, sturdy pack. Did research, read and watched reviews, and finally chose the Rush 72. Haven't used it yet, but this seems to be the one I've been looking for. Can't wait to get it packed!
absoultly amazing bag for field work and patrols
I use it to stash the stuff i would need for an emergency. Ideal for leaving in a car during work. For EDC i would just detach my 5.11 Rush 12. It would be nice if 5.11 would put specs on each of the pockets/compartments. It would also be great if the Hydration Bladder compartment had specs. I have measured it but it seems to be narrow at the bottom, I was about to purchase an 18inch 3Liter bladder for it. But i'd rather not risk it not fitting. So im going through the trouble of ordering an uncommon 13.5inch 3Liter bladder.
I use this as a cold weather 'grab bag' (old version) for Mountain Rescue operations here in the Idaho rockies. It holds all the gear needed, and then some! It's a comfortable fit. It's a little heavy, even when empty. But tuck your skirt in and be man and carry that little bit of extra weight. It's worth it.