Whether you’re going tactical, tacticool, or just plain going out for a day hike, the 5.11 Tactical RUSH24 backpack has a little something for everybody. 

SOFREP was recently contacted by the fine folks at 5.11 who sent us one of their new highspeed backpacks, the RUSH24, to review. And we have taken our time to put it through its paces. 

Just like everything else made by 5.11, RUSH24’s construction is heavy-duty: 1000D abrasion and water-resistant nylon, YKK zippers, Duraflex buckles. It provides easy and great organization.

RUSH24’s Dimensions

Main Compartment – 20″ H x 12.5″ L x 8″
Front pocket – 12.5” x 11” x 2”
Hydration pocket -17” x 12.5”
Total Capacity – 2275 cubic inches / 37 liters (more to this below)
Weight – 3.84 lbs
Fits up to a 15″ laptop

I opted for the mid-size 37L as I thought the 12 was a tad too small and the 72 a bit too big. When you get to be FOG (F***ing Old Guy), you forget about packing the Alice Pack to the point that it looks like it is going to burst with over 100-pounds of lightweight crap that was “mission essential.” 

If I am carrying a larger backpack these days, I’m going to fill it with stuff I don’t really need. However, if you’re still a “real action guy” (RAG), the larger one would do quite well as an assault pack. It also works really well for the weekend backpacker to carry a good amount of gear. 

Heavy-duty padded laptop sleeve accommodates up to a 15-inch laptop. (Photo courtesy of author)

5.11 Tactical RUSH24’s Features

Nevertheless, the 37 liter is perfect and has plenty of room for day hikes. It also offers some nice features like a hydration port that bends your straw where it is supposed to go. If you need to pack a change of clothes or wet-weather jackets for you and the family, (since Dad gets to carry all of the gear). 

The 5.11 Tactical RUSH24 is a great bug-out or weekend bag. I’m currently packing it with three days worth of clothes, neatly rolled. And it handles that with ease. Some of the neat features of the new RUSH backpack line include: