Just got home, winding down after a weekend in the bush.
Thought it would be a great opportunity to test the new pack out. The mighty, 5.11 RUSH 72!!
First impressions, bag is very neat, tidy, feels sturdy, great internal organisation, and plenty of MOLLE capability if that's what you're after.
The back-board is pretty sturdy, couldn't feel anything pointy poking me in the back when I was loading it up with crap at home.
Decided to take it on a 3-day trek into the wilds, but I loaded it up with literally as much stuff as it could hold.
A test for me, and a test for the pack.
The pack passed, I didn't
I was absolutely ruined, and I've done similar load in more hiking-orientated packs, and they've been relatively comfy. This pack, I would recommend against loading it right out. I had my big sleeping bag, my axe, cans(yep, I said cans!) of food, a few kilos of dried food, fishing rod, 2 reels, my big bush shirt, heaps of extra clothes, 1L of vodka, drink mixes, extra cook gear, SS nalgene and glacier cup, 3L bladder, poncho, heaps of medical supplies, plant and mushroom ID books, iPhone, solar battery charger loaded with batteries, notepad, pens and markers, double barrel 12g, shells, etc etc. I really loaded her up.
The pack showed no signs of giving way, zips are all strong, is pretty waterproof(rode on the deck of the ute through the rain, and sat in a carpark for a while, still waterproof(rain wasn't too heavy, though).
I found that under that amount of weight, the center-of-gravity of the pack shifted very far back(pack seems to expand backwards), not sideways or upwards, basically so I was walking with a lean the whole way in to try keep it on my hips a bit, my shoulders were absolutely killing me!!
After that, I drank alllllllll the vodka
, ate alllll the food, and lessened my water load from 4 down to 1 liter. This made the pack very manageable on the return trip, also moving the bushshirt from the outside cargo-bay-thingy(technical term
) onto the inside of the pack, I believe this also helped the center-of-gravity shift closer to my back.
(Some scenery for you)
Walked out in torrential rain(weather warning got issued a few hours after I left lol), poncho covered the pack admirable, as well as most of myself.
[Tried to put a 'potrait' shot of the pack here, but says it's too high? Will try crop it later]
All in all, a good weekend, a few well-earned blisters, and some new pictures and stories!
Any questions about the pack are more than welcome, I'll try answer them as best as I can.