5.11 Rush 24 Tactical Pack – The day-hiker’s dream pack


Meet the 5.11 Rush 24

5.11 Tactical makes some of the finest quality military backpacks available on the consumer market.  This company has never spared a penny in the material they use to construct their military quality gear.  The RUSH 24 backpack is no exception.
By far,  5.11’s most popular all purpose assault pack, the RUSH 24 has everything you would need for a 24 hour mission or day hike.  The overall dimensions are 20 H x 12 W x 7 D which provides plenty of storage for you gear.  It’s main internal compartment is flexible and has dividers, while MOLLE webbing is present throughout.    The 5.11 Rush 24 is actually amongst 511-rush24_2one of the most popular laptop/tablet bags.  The bag comes in (4) flavors –  Sandstone (a medium brown/beige), Black, Flat Dark Earth(a much brighter, more tan beige) and TAC OD(straight forward olive drab).

A 5.11 pack perfectly constructed

All of 5.11’s RUSH bags are completely MOLLE compatible and designed for tactical use in the field.  The RUSH 24’s main compartment is constructed using 1050D nylon with water-repellent PUx2 coating while the pocket flaps and inside bags are made with 420D nylon and PUx2 water-repellent coating.  The shoulder straps are made with Duraflex(TM) hardware, dual density closed-cell foam and are fully adjustable.  Two back to back zippered pull tabs make easy access to the closed-cell foam padded hydration pocket.  In true military form, there are even name tape and flag holders.  Three sides have a web-platform for easy gear attachment and there is a convenient, ergonomic top grab handle.  One of the features we noticed right away was the extremely large main compartment.  Inside the main compartment 511-rush-24_4are three organizing pockets made from a mesh material.  There is a fabric pocket with zippered pull cords for things like identification or money.

The interior also has a large stuff pocket with a pull cord; this is convenient for misc small items such as keys or batteries.  The bottom of this pack has two large drainage holes which are actually metal grommets.  That is a feature you will only find on high-end packs.  On the exterior of the RUSH 24, there are two side, flat, zipper pockets perfect for maps and any other documents you made need to bring along with you.  The top of this pack has exterior book end, fleece-lined pockets for anything delicate you may have to take with you such as a smart phone, small tablet computer or otherwise. There’s even a separate fleece-lined pocket in the top for sunglasses! The entire pack can be made more compact once loaded via the two compression straps made in.  The last pocket we found use of was an administrative pocket on the outside.  This pocket would be good for any sort of papers that need to travel with you.

Wrap it up

This pack has an approximate internal capacity of 2000 cubic inches which puts it on the “pretty compact” menu.  If it were a steak and it’s size were equivalent to how well it was 511-rush24_3cooked, I’d say it’s medium-rare.  That’s actually EXACTLY how I like my steaks!  All in all, this is a really solid pack.  It’s got double-back edge stitching, single needle stitching all over and doubled-back single needle stitching  at the top.  Add in the self-repairing YKK nylon coil #8 and #10 zippers and, 1″ velcro strips, I’d give the 5.11 RUSH 24 a durability rating of 9 out of 10 and a usefulness rating of 10 out of 10.

If you’re in the market for a pack you can take on countless adventures and not have to worry about your gear, the 5.11 RUSH 24 is a solid choice; one which you won’t regret once you hit the trails!


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I'm a former US Marine, full-time father and husband, and part-time survivalist. I like old things, like music, furniture and time-tested survival technique, but there's always a place in my heart for new technology such as weapons and sleeping bag fill. I'm here to share my knowledge and experience, and I hope you'll share yours as well.