5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack Review

The Rush 24 from 5.11 is one of the most popular “Tactical” backpacks in the world, and for a few good reasons. Many first time pack enthusiasts that are branching out from the normal book bags or packs they have had for far too long end up finding the Rush 24. It is one of the most popular bags on amazon and other retailers online and has been copied countless times by knock off companies. The Rush 24 can serve as a very capable EDC bag, while excelling extremely well as an overnight pack, a bugout bag, a hunting pack, pretty much anything you can think of. I have had a few over the years and have wanted to review one for a long time.

For anyone on the fence that finds this review I will make it quick and say for $130 the Rush 24 is one of the best packs for almost any activity. It is well made, comes with a great warranty, and has plenty of organization.

FEATURES

DETAILS

  • Ideal for recreational use or as an operational bug out bag

  • Compatible with 5.11® Tier System

  • Dual zipping side pockets

  • Hydration pocket

  • Durable1050D nylon (MultiCam®: 1000D nylon)

  • Stuff-it pocket with integrated draw cord

  • Reinforced grab-and-go handle

  • Wrap-around MOLLE/5.11 SlickStick® web platform

  • Three mesh admin compartments

  • Zippered fleece-lined eyewear pocket

  • Zippered side water bottle pocket

  • Hook and loop nametape and flag patches

  • Water-repellent coating

  • Adjustable height sternum strap

  • Two external compression straps

  • Contoured yoke shoulder strap system

  • Twin drainage grommets

  • Self-repairing YKK® zippers

  • Customize your bag with purpose-built pouches

  • Imported

DIMENSIONS

Main Compartment - 20" H x 12.5" L x 8" 
Front pocket - 12.5” x 11” x 2”
Hydration pocket -18” x 12.5”
Total Capacity - 2275 cubic inches / 37 liters
Weight - 4.2 lbs

ORGANIZATION

The rush 24 offers plenty of organization for 99% of people. Although there is only one main compartment on the pack it has plenty of external pockets that allow you to section your gear any way you choose. Most of the time I actually prefer having just one large compartment instead of say two smaller pockets, especially for what I end up using the 24 for. I use this bag for hunting, fishing, camping, and other outdoor activities most of the time. The one large pocket allows me to fit all of my bulky items in without any problem and the out pockets store all of my smaller items. On the inside of the main compartment there are two large zippered pockets to give you some organization on the inside. On the back side there is a non-padded laptop/document sleeve. If you decide to carry a laptop in the pocket I would suggest using a laptop sleeve with some padding as there is none in the pocket.

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EXTERNAL ORGANIZATION

On the exterior of the Rush 24 there is plenty of options to store gear you need quicker access to. The admin pocket on the very front of the bag is where most of the organization is. In this pocket I normally keep all of my smaller items and EDC items, like my knife, chargers, gloves, multi tool, etc. There is tons of smaller pockets to hold your gear in this section and it works really well in conjunction with the larger main compartment. The only downside to this pocket is that with the black interior it can be hard to find some of your items if in a hurry or in low visibility. I wish 5.11 would update the Rush series with a higher-vis interior.

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Above the previous pocket there are two smaller pockets on the top of the pack. These two pockets are deceivingly larger than they first appear. In these two pockets I keep all of my small items I want super quick access to like my airpods, keys, wallet, phone. They have some compartments inside and do agood job at keeping everything in place.

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NOTHING FANCY

The back panel and shoulder straps on the Rush 24 are pretty basic, which I think is a good thing. There is no light-weight mesh on this bag or really anything breathable. This is not the Rush’s purpose, this bag is meant to be used and abused and will hold up to the task. The straps are just nylon with some decent padding and molle webbing for attachments. The back panel is padded as well but like I said does not breath very well. Under the back panel there is a zippered pocket for a hydration bladder with a slot to route the hose through. I typically don’t ever use a bladder however, I have in this pack before a while ago and it worked fine.

On the very top of the pack there is a fleece lined sun-glass pocket which works great for its intended use or you can just use it for extra storage for valuables if needed.

Sitting on either side of the Rush 24 there are two last pockets. These pockets run almost the length of the pack and can hold up to a 40oz hydro-flask. Normally this is where I will keep my water and on the other side hold gloves/rope. Or anything that I can’t fit into all of the other pockets.

OVERALL

All in all, the Rush 24 is one of the best “Do Everything” bags I have ever used. It can withstand a beating and keep going. It has a pocket for almost everything. The one thing that I somewhat knock it for, for myself at least is the lack of a padded laptop sleeve. However, this was not the intention of the pack. If you want to pick up a Rush 24 you can here - 5.11 Rush 24

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  • Decent Price

  • Durable

  • Tons of Pockets

  • Multiple Colors

  • Molle Webbing

  • H20 Sleeve

  • Great Warranty

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  • Not Made in the US

  • Not Very Breathable

Tom Bihn Aeronaut 45 Duffle Review

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Tom Bihn is without a doubt one of my top companies when it comes to US made packs with an amazing warranty and reputation. They have a unique look, and can fight many different functions. The Aero 45 is no exception. The Aero45 is Tom Bihn’s max carry-on sized duffle that can convert to a backpack or back to a duffle depending on how you want to carry it. It preforms extremely well in a ton of different situations. I recently took it on a trip to Taylor Park CO where it held all of my clothes, tools, dog gear, shoes, and camera gear for a 3 day trip easily. I had all of the clothes sectioned off into my packing cubes and the rest of the gear in the side pockets of the pack. I have also removed the standard zipper pulls and added my own paracord/shrink pulls.

The materials used on the Aero are all top notch from the zippers to the Ballistic nylon, these bags are built to last a lifetime. The outside material is 1050d Ballistic nylon, while the inside is a light weight 400d Ripstop Halcyon. Having the outside of the Aero be a tough and thicker material is great. It adds a little bit of “padding” to the bag and allows you to not have to be careful with the pack. The highvis interior or the Halcyon is amazing and helps with packing and visibility on the interior. One of the things Tom Bihn is known for is the array of different materials and colors available on their packs. I opted for the black Ballistic exterior and the red Halcyon interior. The duffel comes in at $300 which is not cheap. The price is due to the materials used, US made and Lifetime warranty. If you can afford it and travel enough to the point you don’t want to have to worry one bit about the thing holding all of your gear you can’t go wrong with Tom Bihn or the Aero 45.

You can buy the Tom Bihn Aeronaut 45 HERE

MATERIALS:

COMPARTMENTS

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In the main compartment I had all of my packing cubes with clothes and jackets. The Aeronaut 45 comes in at 45 liters which is normally plenty for a 2-3 trip even one up to the mountains. The main pocket does fill up pretty quick with clothes especially with the jackets but I had room. On the inside of the flap there is a small zippered pocket for smaller items you want in the main compartment. On the very bottom of the pocket there are two compression straps which allow you to really compress the clothes in this compartment and keep them secure.

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On either side of the Aero there is a zippered end compartment. This is where I normally put my extra shoes, dog gear, camera gear, and whatever else I wasn’t able to get in the main compartment. They are deceptively large and can also be added to the main compartment storage via a zippered pass through. This is a great feature if you need to fit larger or bulky items in the bag.

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On the very ends of the bag there are two smaller zippered pockets for smaller items . Here I normally keep meds, wallet/keys/headphones, chargers, etc. These pockets can get somewhat tight if the rest of the bag is packed full. On the very outside of these pockets there are padded grab handles which is awesome to have if you have to grab the bag or pull it without being able to grab the main straps.

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CARRYING OPTIONS

One of the key features on the of the Aeronaut 45 is the option to deploy shoulder straps from the back side of the bag which allow you to be able to carry the duffle like a backpack if you want. This feature is great when traveling and makes it one of the most capable “one bag” travel options available. When you don’t need the shoulder straps they pack away very easily and don’t take up any room in the main compartments. On the top side of the bag there are two points at which you can hook a shoulder strap onto and carry like a normal duffle. This is normally how I carry the bag but for any longer distance I use the shoulder straps. The straps are not meant to be as comfortable as dedicated backpacking style straps, however they do the job.

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OVERALL

All in all the Aeronaut 45 is one of the best carry on options you can buy. The materials, warranty, build quality, organization, and versatility, give you everything you need for a trip. With the addition of some packing cubes this pack has amazing organization and options. The deploy able shoulder straps give you the option to turn this into a larger backpack for day trips or just a different carrying option rather than the normal shoulder strap. I love using my Aero 45 for not only a carry on but for a day-trip duffle as well. Many of my other carry-ons are only used as that because of the way they are built and lack of versatility. I will continue to use the Aero 45 as my go to travel bag for almost any situation.

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  • Made in the US

  • Amazing Materials and zippers

  • Lifetime warranty

  • High-vis Interior

  • Shoulder straps

  • Great build quality

  • Plenty of pockets for a duffle/travel bag

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  • Not cheap

  • Can be somewhat heavy due to quality of nylon.

Prometheus Design Werx SHADO 24L Backpack Review

Prometheus Design Werx SHADO 24L Backpack Review

The SHADO 24L has hands down been one of the most pleasurable EDC bags I have used in the last few years. I had the first version of this bag and it didn’t check too many of my boxes. With the new 24L of this bag PDW has perfected the EDC pack. Everything from the back panel to the interior organization, this pack has almost everything I need in a perfect day bag. It carries extremely well and has enough room for everything in a days load-out. There is not much extra room in this bag when I have it loaded with a days worth of gear, however I can fit everything I need. The SHADO is not made in the US. I know this can be a turn off for many people and even myself. I love to see companies take the time and effort to produce here in the US, although I do think for the $200 msrp this bag is one of the best options you can get. It comes loaded with features, compartments, pockets, and removable options you would expect to see on a $400 bag. I really think at $200 this is one of the best bags you can buy.

I have posted a video review of this bag on Youtube for better viewing angles and a hip-belt explanation. If you want to checkout that video follow this link ——- PDW SHADO 24L Backpack Review

SPECIFICATIONS:

Materials:

  • Invista Cordura® 500D

  • Custom Milled 500D Nylon/Spandex 

  • 70D Nylon Ripstop

  • Nylon Mesh

  • Multiple Density Closed Cell Foam

  • YKK Reverse Coil Zippers

  • Nylon Tape & Webbing

  • HDPE

  • Custom Made Color Matched Nylon Trims and Hardware 

  • 3mm Cord & Saddle Zipper Pulls

  • Shock Cord

  • Nylon Hook & Loop

Volume:

  • 24L / 1465 cubic inches

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 20"

  • Width (max): 11"

  • Width (min): 9"

  • Depth: 7"

Approx. Weight:

  • 61.125 Oz. 


LAYOUT/COMPARTMENTS

ADMIN POCKET WITH ORGANIZATION

On the very front of the SHADO there is a zippered admin pocket that is backed with soft Velcro. The SHADO comes with a highvis admin panel which is awesome. This gives you the option to have the pocket just be a larger storage compartment or section it off to hold all of the gear you want to be able to grab quick. In this pocket I always keep my keys, wallet, Leatherman raptors, multi-tool, knife, flashlight, pens/pencils. It is great having a solid way to organize these items in an easy pocket. I have noticed that a few times when trying to unzip this pocket the “D ring” right below the zipper can tend to get in the way if it is laying up. If down, the zipper can be unzipped very easily even when the pocket is full.

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