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February 01, 2009  |  by Scott Smith - Also by this author

5.11 Tactical: Rush 24 Pack

If you are looking for a company that has grown into a one-stop shop for soldiers, cops, and outdoorsmen, 5.11 Tactical is it. It wasn't all that long ago the company's product line consisted of just shorts and pants. Today 5.11 offers everything to outfit you from head to toe, in addition to numerous bags or packs to carry it all.

Since I like to carry my gear in a handy bag, I decided to look at the Rush 24 pack. This multi-function backpack will serve you well as a duty gear bag, call-out bag, EMT pack, or a weekend getaway bag.

Like so many 5.11 products, the Rush 24 has an impressive array of pockets. Its main pocket is approximately 18 inches high, 12 inches wide, and four inches deep to carry larger gear. Inside are three mesh pockets to separate items such as gloves, energy bars, etc., and a drawstring pocket for other items you desire to have quicker access to. There are also two outer zippered pockets. The top one is divided to secure small items such as a PDA or digital camera, while the lower pocket has several dividers to secure radios, AR15 magazines, pens, etc., and two clip lanyards to secure your keys so they don't get lost in all of your duty stuff.

The outside of the Rush has numerous webbing straps to accommodate MOLLE accessories. I added a 6.6 pouch from 5.11 to carry a small first-aid kit for emergencies. I like the "Slick Stick" attachments, which are some of the fastest and easiest to use MOLLE attachments I have seen or used.

I like the Rush 24 because of the thoughtful layout of its pockets. Not only can you carry a lot of gear, but there is also a separate pocket to allow you to carry a 100-liter hydration pack. The drink tube can be fed out to the right or left side of the pack, depending upon your preference. Additionally, all the MOLLE webbing on the pack allows you to attach pouches to fit your needs and cinch straps allow you to carry a parka on the outside of the pack. The shoulder straps are nicely cushioned to make carrying your gear a snap.

5.11 Tactical's Rush 24 will serve most of us well for a duty bag. If you need to carry everything including the kitchen sink, check it out.

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