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5.11 Tactical RUSH 12 Backpack
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- Water-resistant 1050D nylon
- The RUSH12 Backpack is a high performance multipurpose bag that fills multiple roles, from a tactical assault pack to a hunting backpack to an emergency go-bag
- 16 total compartments provide a wide range of storage options, each one sized for a specific use and use self-repairing YKK zippers
- Other features on the RUSH12 backpack include an internal admin panel for organizing, a 60 oz. hydration pocket, and a fleece-lined sunglass pocket that protects your eyewear
- An extensive wrap-around web platform is MOLLE and 5.11 SlickStick System compatible, allowing you to customize your storage to suit your needs
- The RUSH backpack offers external compression straps, adjustable shoulder straps, and a centered sternum strap to ensure stability
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The RUSH12 Backpack is a high performance multipurpose bag that fills multiple roles, from a tactical assault pack to a hunting backpack to an emergency go-bag. 16 total compartments provide a wide range of storage options, each one sized for a specific use. Additional features on the RUSH12 backpack include an internal admin panel for organizing small accessories, a 60 oz. hydration pocket that keeps you on the move, and a fleece-lined sunglass pocket that protects your eyewear. An extensive wrap-around web platform is MOLLE and 5.11 SlickStick System compatible, allowing you to customize your storage to suit your needs. The RUSH backpack offers external compression straps, adjustable shoulder straps, and a centered sternum strap to ensure stability, and water resistant construction to keep your gear dry and secure in any climate. Water-resistant 1050D nylon, 18" x 11" x 6.5" main compartment, 12” x 9” x 1.75” bottom front compartment, 17” x 11” 1.5 liter hydration pocket
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Okay so I purchased both the Rush 24 (left) and Rush 12 (right) and compared how each backpack would hold up during the day.
I commute 1 hour to my University and I have class from around 10am to 830pm.
I carry the following with me;
- 13in Macbook air / charger
- 4 notebooks
- 1 or 2 books
- 2 meals from home in plastic tupperware
- Calculator / pencils / pens
- 2 bottles of tea in glass bottles I drink for health reasons
- Flashlight / Paracord / Pocket knife
Now I did fit all that stuff in the Rush 12 besides the glass bottles, but it was extremely tight and I had no where to put my bottles which is an issue. It felt kind of strange on my back like it was almost too small and the rubber pads where rubbing on my back.
I put all that in the in the Rush 24 and I had a decent amount of room left over, maybe for a sweater or something else along those lines. The 24 is NOT THAT BIG. It's kinda big, but not obnoxious. I saw other students around campus had even bigger backpacks... **The rush 12 would be a great school backpack if you lived on campus or didn't bring your own lunches from home.**
Overall the build quality is great on both backpacks and seems like it will last a long time.
Only reason I deducted a star for the Rush 12 is because it really isnt that big. My Girlfriends $20 Jansport backpack was about the same size
Main compartment is big enough for my 13" Macbook Pro, an extra layer or two, files, books ... It has a couple of mesh pouches that help organize your stuff. I have chargers in one, and a hat and gloves in the other.
The front compartment has plenty of room and compartmentation to stow tools, admin stuff, snacks, meds... and a zippered compartment big enough for folded papers, cards, cash ... Two straps with clips hold keys or small tools. Lots of nice touches.
Outstanding combo of molle and velcro panels on the outside to attach stuff. I have a Condor EMT Pouch on one side, a 5.11 H2O Carrier on the other, and a suave MilSpec Monkey patch on the velcro panel.
The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because the back panel, which opens up for easy access to a hydration bladder, doesn't have either velcro, nor molle panels to allow utilization of this space in the absence of a bladder. It would be pretty close to perfect for tools, or for concealed carry if it was so equipped ...
But workmanship is outstanding. It is a small bag, but it's nearly perfect for my requirements for an every day carry pack. See my pictures above for more details.
Several folks have asked about the size and proportions of this backpack, I imagine because a handful of reviewers have stated the pack looks comically small on their frame. The dimensions are, very roughly, 12 inches in width and 18 inches in height. In terms of its scale, it is indistinguishable from any regular backpack you see on campus -- in fact, I have seen a number of these Rush 12's being worn by other students.
The backpack has survived three semesters and several road trips now with no visible wear or tear whatsoever. Zippers and stitching are still strong and intact, the bottom isn't stretching despite sometimes having to carry four or five thick textbooks and accompanying notebooks.
Over a year old, now, and the Rush 12 has survived day-to-day use without a single complaint. The backpack has endured everything from hauling textbooks and a change of clothes from one state to the next, to a weekend of rappelling. No tears, no zipper problems, it doesn't even get that dirty, somehow.
I've used this backpack practically every single day for the three years I've had it. No wear and tear to speak of. All of the original zippers are still in place and working perfectly fine, the mesh pockets are intact despite being regularly crammed with snaggy stuff like flashlights, car keys, etc. The top pocket is great for my wallet and flashlight. The lower pocket is perfect for a Kindle Paperwhite and a Cambridge Pitt Minion Bible. I think my favorite thing about the Rush 12 is the versatility that its size offers. I can carry a pack for a three day camp, I've carried everything from AR-15 lower and upper assemblies to Wide Margin Bibles in this thing. Well worth the purchase!
(5/20) Already using this daily and so far the plastic zippers have been better than I expected. They move smoothly and are quite quiet. The pack is very comfortable even loaded up. The front pouch has a lot of good sized pockets for various things and a zippered pocket with lots of space. The main pouch holds a lot of stuff and is quite deep.
The side Molle will fit lots of accessory pouches well. I've got 2 differnt EMT pouches on each side of mine from Condor Outdoor. I look forward to using this more in the summer with my paintball gear.
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