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    Default 5.11 Tactical RUSH 12 and 24 Backpack (MOLLE/PALS compatible) Review

    For this review I am testing and comparing two of 5.11’s tactical MOLLE backpacks (well PALS really – but we’ll come back to that), the RUSH 12 and RUSH 24.

    These two sizes cover the requirements of the average every-day-user for day trips, commuting, camping, hunting etc. Of course the expandability afforded by the integrated PALS system makes these backpacks all the more versatile.



    The model suffix, 12 or 24, of these RUSH backpacks indicates the number of hours you are carrying provisions for, so the RUSH 12 should carry the items you need for a 12 hour outing, and the RUSH 24 covering your needs for a 24 hours out and about. These are reasonable guidelines, especially considering the expandability of the packs and options to add MOLLE/PALS system pouches and tie on other gear.

    I have previously looked at a couple of lights from 5.11 Tactical, the ATAC A1 and A2 (1 AA and 2 AA versions) and
    ATAC L2 (2xCR123/RCR123), which proved to be great quality and very reliable, and backpacks look like they will live up to the same standards.





    Initial Impressions:

    ‘Quality’, ‘solid build’ and ‘feature packed’ are the over-riding impressions that come to mind when you first get hold of the RUSH 12 and 24. This is certainly reinforced by the weight of the empty bags, roughly double the weight of an average rucksack. However the reasons for this extra weight are the heavy duty materials and construction used to make these along with the designs being packed with useful functional features.


    Side by side:

    The more I’ve used these two backpacks, the more I appreciate how much thought has gone into their design. Before I delve deeper into the design features of each of them, I wanted to start with a quick look round the RUSH 12 and 24 side-by-side to give an idea of how they compare.

    On the left is the RUSH 12 in Sandstone (328) and on the right is the RUSH 24 in Flat Dark Earth (131). For colour comparison, the photo was taken in daylight with the camera set to daylight white balance.

    The size difference is clear with the RUSH 12 having a capacity of 21.2 litres and the RUSH24 32.7 litres, so the RUSH 12 is has about 2/3 the capacity of the RUSH 24. The main compartment of the RUSH 12 is 45.7cm tall with the RUSH 24 being 50.8cm tall, and the RUSH 12 is 27.9cm wide compared to the RUSH 24 at 31.8cm wide.



    The side view shows extra depth of the RUSH24 which has about 5cm deeper.



    The straps are in proportion to the overall backpack dimensions, so the RUSH 12 will suit the smaller framed individual.





    Comparing the schematics:

    Each of the RUSH backpacks comes with a tag which has a helpful set of schematics which do not appear to be published on 5.11’s website. The schematics also provide an excellent comparison between the two sizes and their main features.



    Weighing the empty bags, the RUSH 12 comes in at 1200g and the RUSH 24 at 1670g. This compares to a typical 30 litre rucksack at around 750g.

    Looking closer at the RUSH 12’s schematics. The representation of the PALS/MOLLE webbing on these schematics give a good idea of the relative sizes of the RUSH 12 and 24.



    With side view



    And back view



    Then the RUSH 24 and the schematic making it easy to compare layout and size.



    Side view.



    And back view.





    The RUSH 12 in detail:

    As each of these RUSH backpacks is packed with so many features, I need to take a closer look at each one separately. The RUSH 24 will be covered in the next section.

    Even something as simple as the sternum strap has several special features.

    The strap is attached using C-loops which allow it to be easily removed and repositioned higher or lower on the shoulder straps to suit your requirements.

    The free end of the length adjustment strap is held neatly by an elasticated keeper, and the strap itself has an elasticated section to provide some give for extra comfort.



    Both RUSH backpacks have Dura-flex side release buckles incorporated into the shoulder straps. This simple design feature provides two major benefits most other packs are missing. Firstly, in general use, this makes removing a heavy pack much easier. Simply unclip one strap (or both), and then swing the pack off the other shoulder without having to struggle to get your arm out of the strap. Secondly, as the pack is covered in lashing points and PALS webbing, it has lots of possible points to get hung-up on obstacles. The side-release clips in the straps allow for an instant release from the pack if you ever get caught up on anything.

    5.11 mention the Dura-flex hardware in the straps, but don’t seem to highlight this fantastic feature.

    Also visible is a plain buckle that allows a hip belt to be attached.



    In the base of the pack there are two drainage holes, and this most recent version of the RUSH 12 includes four lashing points on the bottom.



    Folding the shoulder straps over the main pack reveals the hydration pocket zip.



    A hydration bladder can be fitted and secured using the two toggles or suspension strap. The drinking tube is then fed through the top of this pocket and into the main compartment.



    From the main compartment the drinking tube can be fed out of either port (one each side of the grab handle), before being routed under the webbing on the shoulder straps.



    Inside the hydration bladder pocket, the back support padding and reinforcement can be accessed and removed if desired.



    The padded back of the pack has two textured grip pads to help prevent the pack moving in use and between these is the drainage hole for the hydration pocket.



    Just next to the grab handle is a small fleece lined zip pocket perfect for sunglasses or small electronic devices that you want to find quickly.



    The pocket is pulled inside out here to show the lining and depth.



    Each side of the pack has a compression strap with elastic keeper to tidy the loose end, and a series of PALS webbing provides mounting options. The RUSH 12 is constructed of durable water-resistant 1050-denier nylon.



    As well as more PALS webbing the front of the pack has a Velcro panels for a name patch and flag.



    These Velcro panels allow you to personalise your pack.



    At the top of the front panel there is a simple single compartment.



    Below this is the main admin panel which has a further zip compartment and several organiser pockets.



    Also incorporated are a couple of key keepers



    Unlike most backpacks, the RUSH backpacks feature full clamshell opening of the main compartment. The back of the front panel has two mesh compartments and the main compartment includes a large pocket with bungee clinch top.





    Keeping things secure:

    Before moving onto the detailed look at the RUSH 24, there is a feature common to both RUSH 12 and 24 worth noting.

    All zips are self-repairing YKK zips which have large glove friendly tags. These type of tags allow you to secure the zips together to prevent the pack opening unexpectedly.

    Doing this is simple once you are used to it and well worth doing. Hopefully this series of photos will explain.



    First feed one tag (A) through the other (B).



    Then feed B though A



    Pulling B far enough through that you can…



    …then pass A back through it



    Finally pulling tight.



    Using this method of passing one tag through the other again and again allows you to secure the compartments from accidental opening without any other hardware.



    The RUSH 24 in detail:

    Having already covered the RUSH 12 in detail, may of the same features can be seen on the RUSH 24, plus a few more.

    The sternum strap is attached with C-loops and has an elasticated keeper, and the strap itself having an elasticated section to provide extra comfort.



    Dura-flex side release buckles are incorporated into the shoulder straps allowing the shoulder straps to be opened for easy removal of the pack, or an instant release from the pack if you ever get caught up on anything.

    Also visible is a plain buckle that allows a hip belt to be attached.



    In the base of the pack there are two drainage holes, and this most recent version of the RUSH 24 includes four lashing points on the bottom.



    Folding the shoulder straps over the main pack provides easy access to the hydration pocket. The padded back of the pack has two textured grip pads to help prevent the pack moving in use and between these is the drainage hole for the hydration pocket.



    A hydration bladder can be fitted and secured using the two toggles or suspension strap. The drinking tube is then fed through the top of this pocket and into the main compartment.



    From the main compartment the drinking tube can be fed out of either port (one each side of the grab handle), before being routed under the webbing on the shoulder straps.



    The grab handle is very strong and stitched firmly to the top of the bag.



    Inside the hydration bladder pocket, the back support padding and reinforcement can be accessed and removed if desired.



    Just like the RUSH 12, next to the grab handle is a small fleece lined zip pocket perfect for sunglasses or small electronic devices that you want to find quickly. Here the pocket is pulled inside out here to show the lining and depth.



    The shoulder straps have a yolk system to spread the load, and densely padded straps to make carrying even heavy loads comfortable.



    Each side of the pack has a compression strap with elastic keeper to tidy the loose end, and a series of PALS webbing provides mounting options. The RUSH 24 is constructed of durable water-resistant 1050-denier nylon.



    The RUSH 24 also has a side pocket (which the RUSH 12 does not).



    As well as more PALS webbing the front of the pack has a Velcro panels for a name patch and flag allowing you to personalise your pack.



    Instead of the simple single compartment of the RUSH 12, the RUSH 24 has a double sided compartment (here one side is shown open) where each side has a fleece lined pocket and a zip up mesh pocket. This gives three separated storage areas on each side of this top section.



    The large admin panel includes a further zip closed pocket and multiple sections and two key keepers for organising the contents.



    Inside the main compartment (with full clamshell opening), the RUSH 24 has two more compartments than the RUSH12. On the back of the front flap there are two mesh compartments and a further zip pouch below these. The main compartment includes a large stuff-pocket with bungee clinch top and above this another mesh zip closed compartment.





    MOLLE/PALS and what this means for the user

    Already highly featured backpacks, the RUSH 12 and 24 are expandable thanks to the incorporated PALS webbing.

    Most people are familiar with the more commonly known MOLLE (pronounced Molly) system used by armed forces around the world.

    MOLLE stands for MOdular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment, and refers to the entire system made up of many components.

    Part of the MOLLE system is PALS which stands for Pouch Attachment Ladder System, and takes the form of the 1” webbing you see on ‘MOLLE compatible’ gear. The webbing straps are fitted with 1” spaces between them and stitched on at 1.5” intervals to provide a flexible attachment framework.

    Most of the time I’ve been using the RUSH 12 and 24 in their basic form, tending to use the PALS webbing to attach items using karabiners or lashing them on, but have also tried them out with a variety of pouches attached.

    Here the RUSH 12 has a small pouch (British Army issue) fitted to the side panel. This has now been replaced by a larger utility pouch.



    On the RUSH 24 a small utility pouch has been fitted to the front panel.



    The best aspect of this feature is its flexibility. If one pouch configuration isn’t working for you, take them off and rearrange them until you find one that works.



    What are they really like to use…

    Since prehistoric times, the backpack has been the fundamental load carrier for most activities, and a good one can make all the difference.



    Both the RUSH 12 and 24 have been improved on from their first versions, based on real user feedback, so are now a mature design, and this is obvious when you use them.

    Of the two, the RUSH 12 is the one I grab for most frequently for general day trips. I’ve moved the small pouch from the side onto the left hand shoulder strap and a larger utility pouch onto the left side. The right hand strap has a polymer karabiner for hooking on a compact camera, and if it’s dark, a torch like the Sidewinder shown here is often added.



    All the small touches, like the elastic keepers for tidying up all the strap ends, the well laid out pockets, and compartments, and the fully organised admin panel make it easy to locate all the bits and bobs that always seemed elude me and take ages to find when using standard backpacks. Everything is to hand and organised.

    The side-release buckles in the shoulder straps now seem to me an essential feature. Why don’t all backpacks have them? With these, there is no more struggling to take a pack off, and instant release to get unloaded or escape the pack in an emergency is straight forward.



    On a recent trip, the RUSH 24 was carefully packed to keep within the airline’s specified dimensions (56x45x25cm). If filled to capacity the 25cm limit could be exceeded, so the contents needed to be arranged neatly. This was made very easy thanks to its clamshell opening, and it then came with me as cabin baggage. In this instance the RUSH 24 was loaded with 10Kg of equipment which almost disappeared once on my back. All the pockets and compartments kept various documents and passes close at hand and perfectly organised.

    Even going through security became a breeze as my pockets simply transferred to the various compartments around the RUSH 24. Onto the conveyor for scanning and the clamshell lets me take out the laptop and liquids in a flash, and back in again after the scan.

    The only time I noticed the weight of the pack was when I had to use the grab handle or when putting it into the overhead lockers.

    Once you’ve tried a RUSH backpack, you won’t want to go back to anything else. If you are in the market for a backpack, the RUSH might seem quite expensive, but just look back over the features crammed into each version. All those pockets, compartments, straps, buckles and PALS webbing don’t come for nothing and in the RUSH 12 and 24 (and presumably the 72 as well) have been put together in a robust package with quality materials. You certainly get what you pay for.

    These RUSH backpacks will be trusted companions on many adventures to come, and many more mundane trips as well.




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    Having bought two Camelbak packs - black HAWG and Motherlode - in 2012 I'm set with backpacks for the next 10 years but this review is amazingly well done and a pleasure to read nonetheless: thank you!
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    Love my Rush 12. Consider it money well spent. Good review.

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    Fantastic review! I was a fan of some other brands also - started using the 5:11 MOAB 10 and am really loving it. It seemed already broken in and has some great features. Was shopping for a MOAB 6 tonight.

    Again, Thanks for the in depth review.

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    Great review.. DO you know if 72oz Camelbak reservoir will fit into Rush 12?

    100Oz bladder fits perfectly into my Rush 24..

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    Default Re: 5.11 Tactical RUSH 12 and 24 Backpack (MOLLE/PALS compatible) Review

    Quote Originally Posted by verysimple View Post
    Great review.. DO you know if 72oz Camelbak reservoir will fit into Rush 12?

    100Oz bladder fits perfectly into my Rush 24..
    Thanks.

    There was a similar question posted on EDCF, in fact I think an entire thread about suitable hydration bladder, so you might find that useful.

    Quote taken from 5.11 Tactical's page for the RUSH 12:

    http://www.511tactical.com/All-Produ...-Backpack.html
    "The back panel conceals a reinforced hydration pocket that will accommodate bladders up to 60 oz."

    So I suspect not.

    Considering the bladder will be flexible there may be some leeway but unfortunately I can't try it for you as I don't have that bladder.
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    I added a couple things to my Rush 12 PALS: The 5.11 water bottle pocket on the right side, the Maratac Hydration Bag on the left side (Can be used to hold quite a bit of items itself and its vertical orientation is great! It matches the Rush 12 in height.), a 4Sevens Quark 2xAA and the great CC Pocket radio, to keep entertained and informed on the weather, on the front PALS. A 7 inch tablet easily disappears in the front pocket with room (and other pockets) to spare. Add the rest of your provisions, a pair of shades and a boonie hat and you're all set!


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    You will probably find that the synthetic leather on the back padding will fall apart over time. Dont worry too much about it its only cosmetic and you could always gerry rig up something. The internal pockets in the bags are the absolute best and push them over wear the competition is. I got used to having compartments in bags after using a Thomas Pack for 15 years and couldn't find any bags with them in it until I 5.11. I also have a http://www.511tactical.com/covrt-18-backpack.html as when traveling (non work) as I don't like the tactical look unless I am working.
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    Sorry for the reply to an older thread but I just had to say what an excellent review this was. Thank you Subwoofer. I was looking for some detailed information about the Rush 12 before making a purchase and this provided all of the information that I could ask for.

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    Very nice bag. I am using it daily (RUSH 12). I have just one issue with the main compartment zipper - the PALS loops overlap the main zipper flap cover (basically to allow for a fourth row of PALS), and when the bag is full, the zipper lanyards tend to get stuck a little on the PALS loops on the flap. At least the zipper is harder to accidentaly open though

    Otherwise, a great bag. One piece of info I couldn't find online before ordering it was the exact size of the hydration pocket, as I wanted to carry a notebook inside during city commute. Well, if it helps anybody with the same question as mine - you can fit a Toshiba 13" ultrabook (Z930, dimensions 316,0 × 227,0 x 15.9 mm) in the hydration pocket of the RUSH 12. It might even fit while inside a thin neoprene sleeve, but I am not sure about it. Slightly smaller notebook would fit well even inside a protective sleeve.

    Overall the bag is pretty comfortable even when fully loaded with heavy gear (with the adjustable sternum strap used).

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    Quote Originally Posted by pierow View Post
    Sorry for the reply to an older thread but I just had to say what an excellent review this was. Thank you Subwoofer. I was looking for some detailed information about the Rush 12 before making a purchase and this provided all of the information that I could ask for.
    No problem at all. These reviews are a lot of work and it is good if they continue to be appreciated. A less enlightened forum has taken this very same review down from their site (they didn't like that 5.11 had given the bags to me). It is a good thing CPF is such a fantastic place.
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    Great review, the internet appreciates your efforts, people think free stuff is an easy ride but it's a lot of effort to write a review like this in my opinion with photos etc

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    Great review and great job with the very clear and detailed pictures, that takes work and I appreciate it,
    I also love reviews showing the lighter color items as it's a TON easier to see the pockets and attention to detail of
    an item when shown in a lighter color.

    I have both of these packs and love both for different reasons,

    I EDC the Rush12, my Ipad rides perfectly in that hydration compartment,

    I use the Rush24 when I need more stuff of course.

    Both are great packs!

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    Missed this topic the first time. Excellent review.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monocrom View Post
    Missed this topic the first time. Excellent review.
    Thanks, there was quite a lot of work in this one...
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    Fantastic review. Ran across doing a quick google search after purchasing a RUSH 12, waiting for it to arrive. Reinforces my belief that I picked the right size for my uses. The place I bought from had a "double-tap" color (bluish with black highlights). I bought that thinking the blue color will hopefully make it look a little less tactical. Haven't seen that color anywhere else, but this place had it in both the 12 and 24. Don't know if it is brand new, or very old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockspyder View Post
    Fantastic review. Ran across doing a quick google search after purchasing a RUSH 12, waiting for it to arrive. Reinforces my belief that I picked the right size for my uses. The place I bought from had a "double-tap" color (bluish with black highlights). I bought that thinking the blue color will hopefully make it look a little less tactical. Haven't seen that color anywhere else, but this place had it in both the 12 and 24. Don't know if it is brand new, or very old.
    Thanks

    Double tap is a new colour and in quite limited supply (or was). I asked for it for one of these, but is wasn't available. Post some photos when your arrives, it would be good to see it.
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    Will do. I would EXPECT it one day this week. The place I ordered from generally has a quick turnaround, and is pretty close to where I live. I noticed it went to a backordered status shortly after I ordered. I hope I got in under the wire.

    Just noticed that my post count had gotten zeroed. I KNOW I had a bunch of posts on here before, over in the torch areas. I haven't been active lately, but I know I posted quite a bit since I signed up in 2004. Kinda confusing...

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    I have a quick question... I have been using the Rush 12 as my commuter bag but I am looking for a slightly larger bag such as the Rush 24. Can I confirm, will the Rush 12 fit inside the main compartment of the Rush 24 bag?

    It looks like it would and it seems like a silly question but I am looking to rig up the Rush 24 to sit on the back of the motorcycle and for going back and forth to work I would like to put the smaller Rush 12 just inside the bigger bag - and on weekends etc i would find better uses for the Rush 24

    From the pics it looks like it should fit but I hate to spend $120 or so and discover I needed a bigger bag.

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    As promised, some photos of the double-tap RUSH 12. Have it packed with daily stuff, to include poncho, couple fixed-bladed knives, personal FAK, work gloves, couple ways to make fire, LD22 on the side, Hazard 4 sunglasses case on the other side, and a few other assorted items. Room left for some estate paperwork and my lunch bag.

    I love the double-tap color. It looks more blue on the screen at the websites where I've seen it, but is actually a dark gray, with the black trim. Pretty much perfect color scheme for what I was looking for. Subdued, not OVERLY tactical. Bigger than the Maxped Malaga it replaces, but not too big. Perhaps the best purchase in bags that I've made in a long time. But I say that while I'm still in the "honeymoon" phase. Wl have to post back after I've used it a while.

    As for its size compared to the 24, I can't help you there. Sorry.

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    Great review, thanks.
    Some time ago I started investigating about multi-tools. After several nights of watching youtube videos and reading reviews I ended up getting the Leatherman Charge TTI. But in the process most of the reviews also mentioned flashlights - so I had to get some of them! Watching the video reviews about flashlights has led to the next thing => high quality tactical backpacks! So now I'm trying to sum up which would be the right size backpack for me. I'm about 6foot2, athletic/muscular build. I think Rush24 would be better. Thinking for camping, fishing, cycling to work carrying clothes, general everyday usage. I wonder if the rush12 might look a bit too small on me and might be a bit undersized for what I will need it for. But then again if the rush24 is too big then I might be put off to use it for everyday use.

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    Tester88, if it helps I bought a 12 and returned it for a 24. It can be big loaded out but not overly so, when with light loaded the straps pull it down thin and you can add tier straps if you feel the need to compress the bottom more. I am same height as you, would not worry about the look but the load.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tester88 View Post
    Great review, thanks.
    Some time ago I started investigating about multi-tools. After several nights of watching youtube videos and reading reviews I ended up getting the Leatherman Charge TTI. But in the process most of the reviews also mentioned flashlights - so I had to get some of them! Watching the video reviews about flashlights has led to the next thing => high quality tactical backpacks! So now I'm trying to sum up which would be the right size backpack for me. I'm about 6foot2, athletic/muscular build. I think Rush24 would be better. Thinking for camping, fishing, cycling to work carrying clothes, general everyday usage. I wonder if the rush12 might look a bit too small on me and might be a bit undersized for what I will need it for. But then again if the rush24 is too big then I might be put off to use it for everyday use.
    Quote Originally Posted by X5CR123A View Post
    Tester88, if it helps I bought a 12 and returned it for a 24. It can be big loaded out but not overly so, when with light loaded the straps pull it down thin and you can add tier straps if you feel the need to compress the bottom more. I am same height as you, would not worry about the look but the load.
    I too am 6'2" and broad shouldered. The photos of me are wearing the 24. For my use, the 24 is too big for everyday use, and comes out when I have a larger load requirement. I reach for the 12 first, and the 12 has become my every day bag. If I could only have one, it would still be the 12 as you can add extra capacity with the tier system, or pouches. However, that is for MY use.

    If you need to carry a larger load every day (and as you say, you cycle to work and need to carry a change of clothes as well as other bits and pieces) then the 24 might be a better bet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by subwoofer View Post
    I too am 6'2" and broad shouldered. The photos of me are wearing the 24. For my use, the 24 is too big for everyday use, and comes out when I have a larger load requirement. I reach for the 12 first, and the 12 has become my every day bag. If I could only have one, it would still be the 12 as you can add extra capacity with the tier system, or pouches. However, that is for MY use.

    If you need to carry a larger load every day (and as you say, you cycle to work and need to carry a change of clothes as well as other bits and pieces) then the 24 might be a better bet.
    Excellent advice. But not just a change of clothing. Something like a mildly thick jacket or a formal blazer that is too hot to wear all the time would be enough to make the Rush 24 a better choice. My work-bag is a purpose-built urban backpack from another brand. Works well for stuffing that stuffy polyester blazer I have to carry and sometimes wear for work purposes. The dimensions of that pack are about the same as the Rush 24. Two centimeters shorter in height. Though actually 3.5 centimeters wider than the Rush 24.

    Although my work-bag sounds large, My 6'-2" frame let's me wear it well with the bottom of the pack sitting just above my belt-line.
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    Default Re: 5.11 Tactical RUSH 12 and 24 Backpack (MOLLE/PALS compatible) Review

    The Rush 12 would be okay as an EDC items bag and your work lunch, but for camping/fishing/carrying clothes, I'd leave my Rush 12 at home and take my Kelty Redwing 50 instead. Rush 12 is too small for those tasks IMO.

    There is a video of a guy somewhere on YouTube using a Rush 72 as a carry-on bag and putting a weeks worth of clothing in it.

    Here it is:
    Last edited by Lit Up; 05-30-2014 at 08:05 PM.

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    Default Re: 5.11 Tactical RUSH 12 and 24 Backpack (MOLLE/PALS compatible) Review

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    Dear rockspyder,

    which Maxped-organizer is this? Seems to fit very well in the front compartment. Would you mind posting a picture of this organizer opened with contents? That would be great!

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    Default Re: 5.11 Tactical RUSH 12 and 24 Backpack (MOLLE/PALS compatible) Review

    Killer review. I just bought a Rush 12 a few days ago. I didn't even realize a few features until you pointed them out (releasable shoulder straps and the fact the sternum strap is removable).

    Any update from rockspyder on the maxped organizer?

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    Default Re: 5.11 Tactical RUSH 12 and 24 Backpack (MOLLE/PALS compatible) Review

    Have some questions on this. Thanks for the review by the way..

    I want to use the 24 as a travel backpack, is it ok? I am looking for good hip straps, but this seems does not have them.. or if it does it seems the strapes are not very good. In addition what is the Liter of the 24? I cannot seem to find it.. I am looking for this information but cannot find it anywhere.... In addition I am wondering for my torso of 24-26" if it does have hip straps if it will be ok for me? Thanks.

    EDIT: Correction I found the liters of the bag is RUSH24 32.7 litres, it's a bit small. but.. my biggest concern is the hip straps... And is it expandable??
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    Default Re: 5.11 Tactical RUSH 12 and 24 Backpack (MOLLE/PALS compatible) Review

    Quote Originally Posted by lightyearsaway View Post
    Have some questions on this. Thanks for the review by the way..

    I want to use the 24 as a travel backpack, is it ok? I am looking for good hip straps, but this seems does not have them.. or if it does it seems the strapes are not very good. In addition what is the Liter of the 24? I cannot seem to find it.. I am looking for this information but cannot find it anywhere.... In addition I am wondering for my torso of 24-26" if it does have hip straps if it will be ok for me? Thanks.

    EDIT: Correction I found the liters of the bag is RUSH24 32.7 litres, it's a bit small. but.. my biggest concern is the hip straps... And is it expandable??
    The 5.11 specifications state 2070 cubic inches which converts to 33.9l for the 24.

    It does not come with hip straps, but does have buckles to fit them. It is PALS/MOLLE equipped, so is expandable in this way, and the 5.11 tier system allows the MOAB bags to be piggy-backed on the RUSH backpacks. If you look at my MOAB review you will see this in action:
    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...LS-compatible)

    If you think the RUSH 24 is too small, you could look at the RUSH 72 which is bigger at 47.4l and has the waist/hip strap included.

    You don't mention how tall you are, and I assume the measurement you give is your waist? Before making any comment on size, please give you height, weight and build. In the photos, you see me, and I'm 6'2", 36" waist, and very broad shouldered (I have to get shirts with extra long sleeves).
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