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Great pack, built like a tank.
on March 17, 2015
This is my second 5.11 tactical pack - the first is a MOAB 10. This pack is built like a tank. It's the latest model with the slightly wider straps, loops on the bottom and the upgraded shoulder yoke. Within a week of getting this pack I took a 10 day trip to South Africa, with the two 5.11 bags as my luggage. This Rush 72 swallowed a whole lot of clothing and gear. I carried them both on the planes for the trip to South Africa. I like the pockets and organization and the Rush 72 fit right into the overhead compartment. On the way back, we had some souvenirs and wine, so I expanded into a Sea to Summit Sil duffle bag for carry on, and checked the Rush 72. All I did to prep it for the baggage handling goons was to put a loop of paracord around the pack to cinch the pack straps tight (they are typically what gets caught in the baggage machinery). The pack did fine, showed up three flights and 9000 miles later none the worse for wear. At customs in Atlanta, I was randomly selected for the bag shakedown. The inspector was not too interested in my personal items but seemed to like the pack. Asked where I bought it, how I liked it, etc.
I did make one minor change to the bag. The zipper pulls throughout are black, which makes it difficult to find the zippers on the inside of the bag. I removed the black pull cords on all the inside zippers and replaced them with reflective yellow pulls made from 2.5mm cord. Big improvement, now you can open it up and instantly find the zipper pulls.
I intend to use the Rush 72 as my travel and camping bag. Among the features I like - just the right size, lots of organization in the pockets, fairly unobtrusive in black, when it isn't full it compresses down nicely. Like the other 5.11 tactical gear, it's well built and sturdy. PALS webbing on the outside is handy for attaching stuff.
I have a separate 70 liter backpack that I take backpacking. Some have noted that the Rush 72 is a bit heavy. It's tactical gear, not backpacking gear. A real backpack has better load bearing, more space and a better hip belt.