5.11 RUSH Backpacks - What's The Difference?

5.11 RUSH Backpacks - What's The Difference?

There are many choices out there when it comes to a quality tactical backpack. But if you’re in the market for a tactical or bug out bag without worrying about durability, you can always feel confident when choosing the 5.11 Tactical brand – especially their RUSH series. Whether you’re in the military or just an avid camper or outdoor enthusiast, the 5.11 Tactical RUSH 12, RUSH 24, or RUSH 72 models offer something for everyone. Let’s take a look at each one in more detail and see why the RUSH series is such a popular choice. 

5.11 RUSH Packs


The smallest of the 5.11 RUSH series, this back has a 24-litre capacity and weighs in around 1,250 grams. This bag is the perfect option for a daily commuter bag or to use for short trips. There are 16 individual storage compartments for plenty of storage options. Made with 1050-denier nylon with water-resistant PUx2 coating, the bag is meant to withstand even the heaviest of downpours. 

A perk about this backpack (as well as with 5.11’s other RUSH backpacks) is the spaciousness of its main compartment. It is large enough to carry a laptop and features many dividers and individual pockets. You’ll also find a retention pocket as well as two small mesh pockets where you can store smaller essentials. The compartment unzips completely, opening it in half, giving you easy access to all of your gear. 

In addition to the main compartment, the RUSH 12 tactical bag’s front outer compartment is divided into more sub-compartments to help keep all of your camping, outdoor, or tactical gear organised. There is even a fleece-lined pocket to store your sunglasses. Still not enough room? The RUSH 12 has a zippered compartment on top that measures 12 x 20 cm where you can store items that you need quick access to – like a wallet or a passport. The MOLLE webbings also allow you to attach extra pouches for additional storage. 

When it comes to comfort, stability, and support, the RUSH 12 features external compression straps, top-notch adjustable shoulder straps, as well as a sternum strap for increased weight distribution. And durability? Not an issue for this 5.11 bag. The 1050D nylon makes this bag completely water-resistant and ready for any environment. Plus, the sturdy YKK zippers are self-repairing so you can be rest assured that your items and gear are secure. 


Taking it up a notch in the 5.11 Tactical backpack series is the RUSH 24. Meant to have enough storage for an outdoor excursion of at least 24 hours, the 37 liter pack offers the user all of the perks of the RUSH 12 – and then some. This pack was literally “back pack built to be ready for anything,” 5.11 says on their website

The material and adjustable shoulder and sternum straps are just as durable and comfortable as the RUSH 12, however, it’s the size of the bag that is impressive. Instead of the 16 individual compartments, you’ll find 29 of them in the RUSH 24. Of course, it’s completely customisable by adding MOLLE pouches and attachments. Behind the shoulder straps, you’ll find a pocket for a 60-ounce hydration pocket. 

The RUSH 24 also has three separate mesh pockets in the main compartment to help prevent your items and gear from getting cluttered. Zippered pockets of various sizes can be found throughout the entire pack, helping you keep loose items like lighters or change from getting lost. 


Once again, the 5.11 Tactical RUSH series gets taken up one more notch with the RUSH 72 model. This 3-day bag is by far one of the most popular backpacks for tactical or outdoor use. The 55-litre monster-of-a-backpack has more than enough space for your gear during extended excursions or tactical deployments. 

All in all, the RUSH 72 offers more space and more pockets, for more gear. Each and every compartment is carefully thought-out and sized for every tool and piece of gear imaginable. Like each of the RUSH series tactical backpacks, the RUSH 72 is compatible with the 5.11 Tier System and the RUSH Tier Rifle Sleeve.

Whether you’re just starting to explore the world of deep woods camping or you’re a long-time survivalist, the RUSH series has a backpack for whatever your excursion may be. Reliability, comfort, and durability are never something you have to worry about when it comes to your RUSH tactical bag.

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