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Police Product Test: 5.11 Tactical RUSH MOAB 10 Pack

This single-strap bag will carry all your gear without screaming "cop."

May 23, 2011  |  by Scott Smith and Thad Benton

Practically every law enforcement officer relies on a bag to lug around necessary gear. Unfortunately, many of these satchels scream "cop" and are therefore only useful for carrying while on duty. But 5.11 Tactical's RUSH MOAB 10 is a bag designed, both in looks and function, for use on duty or off.

What makes this bag different from most "duty" bags is its sling (one shoulder strap) design. This gives it the look of many of the messenger, book, and computer bags on the market today, allowing you to better blend in when off duty. However, it's infinitely more useful to a police officer than its civilian counterparts.

The MOAB (Mobile Operation Attachment Bag) 10 is made from heavy-duty 50-denier water-resistant nylon and all of the zippers are double stitched, as are all the seams. The ends of the nylon are tape sealed so the edges will not fray. If you can pull the tabs off the heavy-duty YKK zippers or for that matter damage the zippers you are doing something to this pack that you shouldn't. The MOAB is built to withstand hard use and, dare I say, abuse.

The padded area of the MOAB will easily carry most tablet sized computers. This section also has a separate pouch for holding a hydration bladder and a port to route the drink tube through the top of the bag. If your computer is larger than 15 inches, you can carry it snugly in the bag's main pocket instead

Within the main pocket is a cinch pouch to secure a lightweight jacket or sweatshirt. At the top of the bag you will find a soft pocket for items such as sunglasses or an electronic game system. Inside the front pocket is a mesh zipper pocket to secure small items and keep them from rolling around.

On front of the main pocket is an outer pocket, which contains pouches and secure zippered pockets for pens and keys; it's essentially a filing cabinet in your bag. If this pocket and main pocket are not enough storage you can attach any MOLLE pouch to the outside of the bag, thanks to all the MOLLE straps.

The 5.11 Tactical RUSH MOAB 10 is a departure from the normal "backpack." It is just as tough as any of the company's RUSH series packs, but it doesn't have that look. It will give you a lower profile look and, thanks to the sling strap, is easy on/off. If you need an all-purpose pack, the MOAB 10 is it.—Scott Smith

Tactical Tailor: Hybrid Enhanced Vest

I have had a long association with Tactical Tailor, going back to the early 1990s when the tactical gear we wore in the Army was state of the art for about 1965. I appreciate the company's quality and attention to detailed craftsmanship.

I am currently getting ready to head over to some of the sunnier parts of the globe for another tour with the Army Reserve. And Tactical Tailor outfitted me with a Hybrid Enhanced Vest (H.E.V.) and accessory pouches to meet the needs of that job as well as that of my normal duties as a SWAT and training officer for a local police department in Arizona. I wore this vest with armor and plates for range and tactical training as well as for physical fitness training to give it the widest exposure to combat conditions that I could find.

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