Thursday, August 1, 2013

5.11 RUSH 72 as a BOB

Hey guys! Miles here with BFFTactical, Today I am excited to bring to you my "first impressions" post over the 5.11 Tactical Rush 72 Pack. This is my first written review over a piece of gear so please bear with me:)
First off you probably know why they call it the 72, if not they call it this because of it's three day capacity. (food, water, clothing, gear, ect.) The 5.11 Rush series consist of the; Rush 12, 24, 48, and 72. The 72, being the largest of the bunch with a capacity of over 2639 cubic inches and dimensions of 23'' H x 15''W x 8'' D is more suited for military, LE or any prepared citizen. Also, this would NOT be my choice for light weight backpacking because of its heavy empty weight and bulk.

5.11 Specs:

So, What about quality and build? If you look at the bottom of the specs..... see it? .....yep, it says "imported" the only thing I can find that says "look at me! I'm made in Taiwan!" is just a couple loose threads hanging off the shoulder straps. From the looks of it, the build quality is there but only time will tell so stay tuned to the blog for updates in the future. Now the materials, the outside of the bag is made with a high quality 1050D nylon with a PUx2 water repellent coating, the only downside to this fabric is its weight, The inside pockets and flaps are made of 210D 118T nylon with the same water repellent coating. overall this seems like a extremely durable pack and the test of time should be no test for it.

Below are photos of EVERY pocket in this pack, prepare for photo overload :)

    Outside of the Admin pouch with a ITS Tactical ETA Trauma kit and a survival kit strapped to the             MOLLE straps.

                    Inside the Admin pouch with plenty of space to stow smaller items.

The Admin pouch has a "clamshell" type opening feature that opens away from the main pack reveling a "stuff" area for a tarp or poncho. It can then be sinched back down against the main body of the pack using the compression straps seen on the right and left hand side of the photo. (there are also two more compression straps at the bottom of the pack that you will see in a later photo.)

Here you can see the bottom compression straps and the mesh siding of the admin pouch.

Here is the small organizational pouch placed just right above the admin pouch for easy access. The upper MOLLE strap also has hook and loop for attaching a name tape.
 The small organizational pouch with its small back pocket and small front zippered mesh pocket.

The Rush 72's carry handle is rated for 2,000 pounds!!

On either side of the carry handle there is a hook and loop cover that, once peeled away, revels a hole which allows for the use of a hydration bladder or radio antenna to be pushed through as seen below.

On either side of the 72 there are rocket pouches that,once opened, revel two smaller internal pockets.

Located right behind the carry handle is a small fleece lined pocket, perfect for stowing sunglasses or small electronics.

The main compartment opens clam shell style, allowing for easy access on your larger items.

The main internal pocket also has plenty of mesh and water resistant nylon pouches for all your bits and pieces.

The draw sting closure pocket in the main internal compartment is perfect for stowing wet clothes or tarps.

One down side to the fleece lined pouch is that it is exposed in the main compartment allowing for its contents to get crushed if not careful.
The high stress areas on the pack are reinforced with double material to help relieve tension off the stitching.

 MOLLE is also put to use on the shoulder straps and waist straps.

The ventilation on the back could defiantly use some improvement but padding is defiantly sufficient.
     At the bottom of the back of the pack are two rubber inserts that help keep the pack from bouncing around by gripping on to your shirt.

 If you choose not to use the waist straps you can simply tuck them away underneath the bottom padding. 

If you guys have any questions feel free to contact me via here, or my YouTube channel (BassFishingFrenzy)
Thanks! -- Miles, BFFTactical  

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