I consider myself a super 5.11 fan. The product I love most is the RUSH 72.
Here are a couple suggestions to make it better:
1. The band that goes around the waist should be removable
2. There should be mesh at the two drain holes so that bugs don't get in.
My recommendations I make because I admire and love the 5.11 brand and I to assist you to make a better product.
I have been overseas contracting with one of these for 5 years and it is still going strong. I have decided to retire it to a lesser used capacity while I am at work and get a new one for the long haul to work and back.
I got this pack at Cabela's and am so impressed with it. When summer comes or i get some time off work here i come mountains.
This is the pack to have. More pockets and storage area than you can ever use. Keeps everything super organized. Rugged and well built. Massive amounts of space. Unbelievable amount of utility. Love being able to stuff jacket in the large pocket area.
Have it for 2 years and everything is just amazing, durable, lots of room, organized. Perfect!
The RUSH 72 serves as my all-purpose 3-day assault pack. Well made, good capacity, and excellent internal organization. The shoulder strap arrangement leaves something to be desired, however, and the external stuff pouch doesn't seem particularly useful; I worry that its not deep enough to secure things against falling out or catching on branches, etc. That said, for the money, this pack is more versatile than most of the other 3-day assault packs out there from the leading suppliers of military gear. A bonus is that it is much easier to haul around than my TT MALICE rucksack, which can carry a house, but weighs darn near as much when loaded. A better shoulder strap system (and making the pack jumpable) would earn it 5 stars.
I shopped around for a good backpack for several months and decided on the Rush72. My previous pack was not quite big enough for me but it came with a NIJ IIIA insert. I teach in a university nursing program and hospitals with undergraduate nursing students. All of the locations I work at do not allow concealed carry so I like to have an added layer of protection. I decided to purchase this pack along with a 12”x18” level IIIA ballistic insert from Tuffy packs. The insert has a curved top that allows it to fit perfectly innthe hydration compartment. The insert is black so if you unzip the compartment you cannont tell it is even there. I use the admin pouch to house a blow out kit with a few tourniquets, hemostatic guaze, etc. The main compartment will easily carry everything I need for work. Since I have the first aid kit and ballistic insert I never leave the bag at home and carry it every day. With everything I carry including a couple of water bottles the pack will weigh up to 35-40 pounds somedays. It is comfortable to carry and the adjustable chest strap keeps the shoulder straps where they should be. If you are looking for a good daily carry backpack this is it.
I bought this pack 6 years ago. Im a police officer in the UK and have used this for a few different roles in my career. I still use the same one I bought 6 years ago and it's had some serious abuse in all weathers. It's now packed to the brim with ARV equipment and the bag is still in great condition. If you want a bag that looks good, lasts and performs under stress of weight then don't hesitate on this one. I'm now buying a second because I want one to use whilst out riding my motorbike.
Without a doubt, has been one of the best bags I have ever owned. I have had mine for nearly two years, used and abused, it holds up very well.
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