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CARRY OPTIONs FROM HOlsTERs TO HAvERsACKs. MARK HANTEN GeT Your ShIT ToGeTher W All this MOLLE webbing on the Rush 24 allows for all types of accessory pouches to be attached. If you’re looking for a similar quality and features in a larger backpack check out the Rush 72. hether for pleasure or business, traveling can be a pain in the butt. Without the right bags to pack your gear, it can be even worse. Here is a pair of bags from 5.11 Tactical that will cover many of your travel needs from a day trip to the long haul excursion. I have to say, at first I was a little skeptical about this little ruck. I was afraid it was too small to carry what I needed for a daypack — but it’s not. It’s akin to a Mary Poppins bag where you just keep pulling stuff out thinking, “Its magic! There’s no way all that stuff could fit in there.” At one point on my last trip to Alaska we got in a little jam, so I set down my Rush 24 and pulled out a Mercury 10 hp outboard, a Honda ATV and a small kitchen sink … okay, maybe not all that, but I was stunned at what I could carry. And that was before I got two handy water bottle carriers and a 10x6" pouch which all easily attached to the MOLLE webbing on the sides and back of the Rush 24. A feature I particularly like is the fleece-lined eyeglass compartment located on top of the bag by the carry handle. It solves the whole conundrum of what to do with those $100+ sunglasses while you trudge in and out of terminals and get on and off planes or trains. The Rush 24 also has a hydration bladder pocket, compression straps (perfect for strapping on that extra layer or two), and an array of conveniently sized and positioned compartments throughout. An initial concern I had was the Rush 24 doesn’t have a waist strap. Surprisingly, with as much stuff as I carried, it rode comfortably and I never once felt I needed a strap. I ended up liking this bag so much I bought one for Offering an excellent array of pockmy wife, complete ets, compartments, handles, straps, with the extra zippers and buckles, the Rush 24 (left) goodies — next and Mission Rolling Duffel (right) have time she’s carrying your need covered — be it adventure, the outboard. business or tactical travel. theRush24 The Mission f you’re looking for a full-size rolling duffel bag, you owe it to yourself to take a hard look at the Mission Rolling Duffel. I have several big rolling duffel bags and this one is my favorite by far. It’s quite a bit lighter than most of my other rollers, and if you’re traveling by air these days, weight is a big concern. At 30x20x13", it’s sized just right to fit what you need without exceeding the baggage weight limits. Anything bigger would just be wasted extra bag weight — unless you’re carrying pillows. Speaking of airlines, this bag is tough. I’m pretty sure baggage handlers are screened for their ability to break things; some are probably capable of breaking a bowling ball. The original version of the Mission suffered some wheel damage at the hands of these delicate flowers, but that problem has been addressed with a beefed up wheel and axle system. Along with being tough and relatively light for its size, the Mission Rolling Duffel is very well designed for the tactical/adventure traveler. The top has a large, low profile pocket, ideal for travel docs and a laptop. There’s a handy zippered pocket that expands down into the bag and is ideal for segregating your gritty (maybe even stinky) boots from the rest of your gear. Inside the top of the duffel is a zippered nylon flap creating a sizable separate compartment for clean or dirty clothes, or whatever you want. A mesh divider, three mesh pockets, and tie downs for attaching heavy items to the rigid bottom all make the spacious main cargo area very functional. It has durable carry handles at each end, the top and on one side. For long hauls, use the collapsible pull handle for effortless rolling on those big, rough terrain wheels. The only thing I’m not absolutely thrilled with about the Mission Rolling Duffel is it has a tendency to fall over on its top when I try to stand it up on end. While this is a little annoying when waiting in airport lines, it’s one small drawback for such an outstanding piece of gear. I Rolling Duffel * For more info: www.511tactical.com WWW.AMERICANCOPMAGAZINE.COM • MAY/JUNE 2010 20