Having recently purchased another 5.11 product, I figured I'd review the other 5.11 gear I own.
TL;DR this bag is winning the war against metrosexual gear-stowing equipment selections every damn day
This bag is my edc and I have been carrying it everywhere for nearly 10 years. It has been a school backpack, a carry-on (after removing the various 'tools' stashed therein), a camping bag, a diaper bag (2 kids under 5), a courier satchel, a work bag, a range bag, and much more. This bag has been dragged across concrete, tile, grass, sand, limestone, wood, and many other kinds of floors and the amazingly tough nylon material that comprises a majority of this bag hasn't even shown so much as a light spot rubbed by wear. It basically looks brand new, aside from the white stitching being a shade darker from rain/river water/skin oils/spilt drinks/pureed peas/etc. The only spot where any of the stitching has come undone is where the square flap of nylon has separated from the velcro covering the camelback port below the carry-handle. This is inconsequential, however, since I have yet to purchase a camelback, in lieu of a 64oz Yeti growler that fits perfectly inside the bag.
I have made a couple modifications to the bag to suit my tastes, but these probably detract from its overall usefullness. I just like things a certain way. The first thing I did was unbuckle the side buckles, remove the part of the buckles that was removable (the male end, if you will), and ran the loose straps through the webbing in such a way that it is no longer loose. This was a tricky exercise, but if you do it correctly, the fold on the ends of the straps should just hook onto the lower-outer-most web slots on the upper section of the front of the bag, keeping the straps in place at all times. This does create the issue of having the female part of the buckles hanging in the wind, but they are silent and relatively stiff against the nylon. I also did something similar with the excess nylon on the shoulder strap. I folded it through the underside of the oversized webbing near the bottom of the strap and hooked the lip of nylon over the padded part where the nylon initiates.
Overall, I would highly recommend this bag (and do rather frequently) to anyone who carries small to medium supplies everyday, e.g. pens, flashlights, knives, tablets, headphones, a copy of the declaration of independence, 300 feet of paracord, textbooks, a change of clothes, first-aid kits, a half-pound of trail-mix, a 64oz Yeti growler (or a camelback, if thats what you're into), etc.
The only thing I would change about this bag is the slight clicking sound created by the buckle on the shoulder strap that is only audible when I'm trying to sneak past my boss's office at 7:40am (10 minutes late) when everyone else is silently working. Does it matter that I had to render self-aid buddy care to an oblivious pedestrian who stumbled over a planter downtown and sprained his tiny loafer-wearing ankle?? Nope.
The overall design of the moab 10 is off the hook. However, after one year of using this pack, the lower end of shoulder trap torn apart. Then I realized that it is not reinforced with continuous stitches like the top end of the shoulder trap. Anything failed after one year is a 3 star. Hopefully, you can resolve this issue in the next generation of moab.
You will love this Pack i use for my EDC Pack has a Secret pocket for your EDC Gun.
I work 2 jobs and this pack works great. Added first pouch to side to carry my emergency seizure medications. The single cross strap with quick release is awsome. Perfect for other tools, small tablet and even a compartment for a hydration pouch. Definatly happy with this purchase,
First 5.11 makes a lot of very high quality products. Many of my tactical gears are 5.11. However, before you consider purchasing a MOAB 10, I would recommend you go into a 5.11 store and compare it to the Rush 12. The idea and concept of a sling bag is cool, but the problem is it eventually weighs on you too much on one side. During one of my trips, I found myself changing left to right side carry and back again. For long term wear, nothing beats a traditional backpack with two shoulder straps.
Well to me it seems the M.O.A.B 10 is just a sling version of a rush 12.is it not? I mean be honest with youself buy a rush 12.and a M.O.A.B 10 and you have a major interchangeable affordable bag option. The 72 is sumwhat overkill unless you a hardcore european bagpacking need.
I have owned this backpack for 3 years now and it helps me with everything. It helps with College by holding my books, pencils, notes, etc. It helps with Hiking by holding my water, food, gear, etc. It works great as a Everyday backpack as well, and it looks good especially because you can customize it with patches and other things. I even play Airsoft, and use this backpack to carry an M4 and a KMP9 along with other gear and it still manages to perform perfectly for the task.
That said don't buy this backpack if you expect to hold a ton of things. It has a surprising amount of space and organization but it still is a compact bag. Oh wait, you can just use Tier system to make it larger to fit your needs. I've seen people mention that it hurts their neck/shoulder when wearing it and I will say if you do it long enough you get used to it. Just don't expect to fill this thing to the brim with heavy gear and use it all day resting on one shoulder and not get a bit sore. You can always switch the side of the strap though.
It's hard for me to say anything bad about this backpack, and it outperforms any backpack I've owned before it. Works perfectly for whatever I need, and that's why it gets 5 stars.
I love this pack. I alternate between using it for day hikes and using it to carry around my laptop. The crazy thing is that it's perfect for both purposes. This bag is the perfect pack. You can even fit the pack for a bladder and use it like a camelback hydration pack. super cool system. The expandability of the pack is great too. I've purchased a few add ons for when I go hiking. It's great. I also love the adjustable strap and the ease of carrying this around across my shoulder. This pack is perfect.
This is a well made bag that works great to expand your EDC. I carry the 6 in the summer and the 10 in the winter. I love the pistol pocket in this one because it takes my G17 and spare mag with ease. I gave the MOAB-6 5 stars because it was great at everything I threw at it. The 10 gets 4 start because it isn't great at carrying a full capacity or attaching to other bags. I took a 5 mile hike with this bag carrying about 20-25 lbs and it was miserable. The sling dug into my shoulder and was hard to get to sit right on my body. When adding it to another bag it is super tall which denies access to the main bag and distributes the weight poorly. It does everything else I ask it to very well however so it stays in my winter rotation.
The functionality and all the features go over and beyond what I was looking for. Heavy duty and well constructed. Looks cool & bad-ass too! I bicycle commute to work and I've used the tier-straps that were included to create a sling stabilizer. So awesome!
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