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Review: 5.11 Rush Moab 10 Pack

5.11 Moab pack front

There are a ton of packs on the market today, but the Rush Moab 10 pack delivers something a bit different and unique to those looking for an extremely useful sized 1- to 3-day pack. Concealed carry? No problem.

By Major Pandemic

5.11 Moab pack front


The 5.11 Rush Moab 10 is based on a newer single-strap pack design, which has become popular for micro- to mid-sized packs. Most of us are familiar with typical two-strap, over-the-shoulder backpacks. Ultimately, dual over-shoulder straps provide the best load bearing support when weights add up over distance—if properly adjusted/fit. However, on short trips with lighter loads, we tend to grab just one strap, sling it over our shoulder, and head out. Thus, the single strap packs were developed.

Obviously by design the single strap packs carry the same amount of weight far more comfortably than a two-strap pack when used incorrectly with just one strap. Simply put, if you are a single-strap pack carry kind of person who does not carry weighted packs, then this newer single strap design may be for you. The Moab 10 is designed to be carried in one of two ways—over the shoulder carry or cross-body carry.

The pack features a quick adjust strap that can be tightened to cinch the pack close to the body. The pack is pretty secure at this point, however a thumb is still required to keep the pack in place.

Picking up the pace, or when having the need for both hands, is when the cross-chest-carry really makes this single-strap pack design shine. In this position, the Moab 10 is secure as a regular pack, does not move around on the body, and has one very cool trick it can perform—accessing to the pack storage without removing the pack. Simply slide the pack from your back to your chest, at which point, the pack will be perfectly horizontal at your chest with one side’s YKK zipper accessible. With Moab’s double YKK zippers on all seams, accessing your stuff in any of the five compartments becomes really easy. There is also an extra compartment with a hidden Velcro concealed carry pocket that delivers a pretty speedy carry and draw location—even for a large full-sized firearm like the PPX pictured with Surefire tactical light attached. Actually the Moab 10 is big enough to carry a Keltec Sub2000 folding rifle or even an AR-15 pistol with folding buffer tube, and it can be quickly deployed via this cross body carry and draw method.

5.11 Moab Pack with concealed carry holster and gun
One of the most innovative features is a well hidden velcro closure secret pockets which will accommodate almost any full sized handgun.

Fit, Finish, Feel, & Features

Like every 5.11 product I have ever used, the Rush Moab is very high quality, heavyweight ballistic nylon made with premium double YKK zippers with pull-tabs on all main compartments.

Generally, I prefer packs that do not have a lot of pre-prescribed internal organization simply because they usually do not fit my needs well and end up wasting space and just adding material weight to the pack in the form of more pockets, more webbing, and more material. That noted, 5.11 has struck a pretty perfect compromise of useable pockets without going overboard.

The Moab Rush 10 has six externally accessible pockets/compartments with most having additional pockets within. The two hidden pockets include a small shallow zipper accessible fleece lined sunglasses pocket and the hidden Velcro lined concealed carry pocket. The sunglasses pocket is unbelievably useful (unless you like big nasty scratches in your $100+ sunglasses). The hidden conceal-carry pocket nested between the front pocket and main compartment is so well concealed that I didn’t even know it was there until I watched one of 5.11’s videos. This compartment is huge and can handle handguns of pretty much every size; 1911s, Glock G29 10mm, or pistols such as the new Walther PPX shown. In fact you could probably get a couple handguns in there if needed.

The small attached coms/communication pouch on the strap is designed to house your media players or 2-way radio and includes a pass through for headset wires as well as internal straps to retain items in this small index card sized compartment.

5.11 Moab pack open on a bed of pebbles
The 5.11 Moab is actually large enough to hold most folding stock PDWs.

The rearmost hydration compartment is sized to handle pretty much any large-sized hydration bladder (not included) and includes T-toggles to secure the bladder. The compartment also has an internal pocket that holds a stiff plastic backer plate to improve comfort or it can be removed. The hydration pocket compartment and main compartment are both set up to pass the hydration hose up and thru to enable threading the tube down the strap for easy on the go access. In fact the main compartment can also be used as a secondary hydration bladder locations however it does not have T-toggles to keep the bladder standing securely upright.

The main compartment features a large shove it pouch with a bungee, dual-sided access mesh pockets, and large dual zipper accessible center pouch. It is quite amazing what you can carry in this pocket considering the size of the pack. It can handle a full sized laptop + iPad + periodical + a whole lot of other miscellaneous items and still have room left over. Of note, this pack has become my real job travel bag simply because it can carry all the above crap infinitely more comfortably than my other briefcases and laptop bags all while still feeling like you are carrying far less weight.

The front admin compartment features two shove it pouches large enough for two 30-round AR magazines and the backside of the compartment has a variety of pouches for business card/ID slots, pen, pencils, sports. Other features include dual keychain leads and a large zippered pouch.

5.11 Moab Pack back
Unlike many single strap bags, the 5.11 Moab Rush allows swapping from left to right handed carry.

One of the features I love on this pack is the inclusion of two top, and one bottom, cinch straps to deliver a tighter more controllable pack when loads are smaller. The tacky rubber back pads further prevent movement. From a comfort perspective, the Moab 10’s lower strap can be moved for left- or right carry with just a click of a buckle. This is a nice feature. Generally, I carry the pack left-handed with weak hand access to a backup weapon in the concealed carry compartment in order to prevent obstruction from a primary concealed waist carried firearm. However, there are times when I want to use the pack as my primary concealed carry option and switch to a right-hand carry for strong hand access to the compartment.

Covering the Moab Rush 10 is a Molle compatible web system and a number of Velcro fields in strategic areas for moral or ID patches. The attachment points definitely do not limit you from an attachment or lashing perspective.

Some may think Moab is a great place for a hike, however in this case MOAB stands for Mobile Operation Attachment Bag. This is a bag tiering system that allows the user to attach this smaller bag (piggyback style) to another bag or pack. For example, you could attach this pack to a larger hiking/deployment/bug out bag while providing the ability to quickly drop the larger pack and roll out with the smaller bag. This is facilitated by the included web/Molle compatible straps and split buckle ends that can be attached between the connecting bags and then left in place.

Final Thoughts

To date, I have over three weeks straight of dragging this bag all over the country. The more I carry the 5.11 MOAB Rush 10, the more I like it. It is fast handling, compact, and easy to handle even with heavier loads as a laptop carrier. From a size perspective, this is a great small 3-day pack that provides a lot of user flexibility and a great concealed-carry—an all around excellent pack, which I can strongly recommend.

Gas maskMajor Pandemic is an editor at large who loves everything about shooting, hunting, the outdoors, and all those lifesaving little survival related products. His goal is simple, tell a good story in the form of a truthful review all while having fun. He contributes content to a wide variety of print and digital magazines and newsletters for companies and manufacturers throughout the industry with content exposure to over 2M readers monthly.

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Comments (6)

  1. 5.11 products that I have purchased and used always seems to be what is copied and mimicked. You can buy the copy for less and you might get similar quality and materials but when you don’t and it fails when you really needed it you’ll wish you just bought 5.11. I like their packs but the MOAB line not so much. I do like the RUSH series but have been using surplus MARPAT packs with equal glee.

  2. Gentlemen, I have used a lot of different gear from different companies. Cheaper is not necessarily better, maybe for your pocket, for that moment. But after having to replace the cheaper brand more frequently you spend just as much if not more. I guess I’m from the old school of thought; “You get what you pay for.”
    Timex, Rolex both tell the same time, but which would you rather really have? For me 5.11 is just worth it.

    1. Each to his own, David. 2 1/2 years in Iraq and my LAPG pants were just as durable as the other guy’s 5.11s, and my vest and pack are still in use. If you like 5.11, then go with them. I like LAPG and most of my gear is from them at half the price and the same durability.

  3. I have to agree with Mikial. 5.11 prices are way high for what you get. I’ve looked at a lot of their products but have only purchased 1 pair of pants. $45.00 on sale,and I prefer the $22 ones from another place.

    1. @ indianasteve.

      Compared to Maxpeditions, $90.00 USD for a 5.11 Tactical is Relatively Cheap. And $45.00 USD, Is A Hell of A Lot CHEAPER then Those Offered by Kitanica at ALMOST 3-1/2 Times the Price…

  4. 5.11 has always made good products, but always at a premium price. At $99 this should be one heck of a good pack, and it probably is. but you can go to sites like LA Police Gear and find equipment that is just as high quality at half the price. Not saying don’t go with 5.11, because they are great products, just that like so many things, you are paying extra for the name.

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