I’ve actually been looking for a new backpack for some time. Regular backpacks are sort of small and since I always have tons of stuff to put in mine, I needed something that was a bit larger than was I had traditionally used. I gave an earnest search a few years back, but after that turned up nothing, I gave up. That is, until I realized the world of camping and bushcraft offered their own quite impressive lineup of gear. Apparently, it wasn’t that the backpack I was searching for didn’t exist, it was that I wasn’t searching in the right places.
If memory serves, I was browsing the internet in an effort to learn about MOLLE webbing. I had heard of it here and there and I wanted to know what it was. Well, just as luck would have it, I stumbled across a video where a man was explaining the finer points of MOLLE and he was demonstrating on the 5.11 RUSH24. I said, “That’s it! That’s the pack I want!” It was perfect. The material it’s made of is called “Ballistic Nylon” and it’s practically bullet proof. I fell in love with tough nylon years ago when I discovered that my snowboarding pants were made of Cordura. If you aren’t aware, Cordura is some tough stuff. It’s almost indestructible and if the bag I found was made from anything like that, I wanted it. That’s for sure. Not to mention that the bag also had all the zippers and compartments that any great camping bag should have. There’s no shortage of compartments in this thing.
Okay, let’s take a look at some photos of this backpack. It holds 37 liters worth of anything you want, which, in my opinion, is the perfect size for a summer hiking or camping bag. For the winter, I plan on picking up the RUSH72, which holds 72 liters. It’s a larger bag and that’s great for all that extra clothing and gear that I’ll need for any winter camping adventure.
I’ll start out by showing you some of the MOLLE webbing I was referring to earlier. This is basically a strap system that’s sown to the outside of the bag that allows you to affix accessories to it. On this particular bag, there’s MOLLE on the back as well as the sides, so it’s very flexible in the way it can be set up. This is the back of the bag. Or the front; however you look at it.
If you’d like the longer version of what MOLLE is and how it works, you can check out this video:
This is the entire bag, lying on the ground.
And this is after I opened the largest section. You can see all that room in there. There are two mesh pockets as well as a full nylon laptop pocket.
Next up is the inside of the front pouch. Again, this rucksack has got a lot of pockets and a decent amount of room to store lots of gear.
Above is the front lower pouch and this next one is of the front upper pouch. There are two upper ones and they’re both smaller than the lower one.
Since this is a brand new bag, I was very eager to attach something to the MOLLE webbing. The only item I had that might attach was my survival knife. On the back of this knife’s sheath are some straps and a velcro belt flap. I managed to sneak the strap under the webbing and snap things back up. It worked well, with only one issue.
While the bottom of the sheath is very secure on the webbing, the top isn’t secure at all. It flaps around, so I think I’ll need to use some paracord to secure that part to the webbing as well. Once that’s completed, I’ll permanently have my knife affixed to the bag. I may even attach the knife to the side of the bag because that’s a taller area. The bag pouch seems a bit short for something so large.
Okay, that’s about it. I wanted to show you my new backpack and I’ve done just that. If you’d like to add any information about this bag or if you’ve got any questions about it, please contribute in the comment section down below or in the outdoor gear forum. Thanks for reading!