Best Tactical Backpack Review: 5.11 vs. Reebow


soldier with tactical backpackI don’t think there are a lot of people who would disagree with me when I say, that the 5.11 Tactical Rush Backpacks are perhaps the best tactical backpacks for the outdoorsman/woman who enjoy hiking and hunting.

With so many tactical backpacks on the market, I have chosen to compare the 5.11 Tactical Rush72 Backpack with the new Reebow Gear Military Tactical Backpack Large Army 3 Day Assault Pack. However, before we compare the two, we should consider what makes a good tactical backpack.

What Makes a Good Tactical Backpack

As most outdoorsmen/women know, tactical backpacks are designed to be reliable and durable, even in the worst of conditions. They should also be comfortable and offer enough space to carry all your gear in an organized manner to include a wide range of pockets to store your gear. Because tactical backpacks are made for rough usage they are also usually made to be either waterproof or weather resistant.

Reinforced seams are also critical for tactical backpacks to make sure they have the longest possible life in the field. Also, proper padding on the shoulder straps is crucial to prevent chafing, irritation and unnecessary weight balance issues during a long hike.

How To Choose the Right Backpack

Choosing the right backpack comes down to choosing the right size backpack. If you just need a backpack to carry small items such as duck calls, fishing lures, arrow heads and other small items, than a small tactical backpack might be right for you. This can be a single strap tactical backpack, which is meant to be worn over one shoulder. Also, some small tactical backpacks offer interlocking capability, which means it can be attached to a full size backpack.

A large size tactical backpack is made to carry a bulk of your supplies. It can take most of your hunting/fishing gear, keeping your supplies dry, safe and organized.

Tactical backpacks also come in various styles and colors, which means you can customize your backpack based upon your needs. Depending on your specific excursion, making sure that your tactical backpack is camouflaged to your surroundings can be the difference between a quiet stalk, or scaring off game.

So, when it comes to picking out the right tactical backpack, you need to see what makes sense for you and how organized it needs to be. It can help when you need to choose from the wide range of tactical backpacks on the market today.


5.11 Tactical Rush72
Main Compartment: 23″ H x 13.5″ L x 8.5″ D
Front Pocket: 15.5″ H x 11.5″ L x 2″ D
Hydration Pocket: 21″ H x 13.5″ L
Left & Right Side Pocket: 16.5″ H x 6″ L x 1.75
Total Capacity: 3,342 cubic inch / 55 liter
Weight: 5.2 lbs
Price: $169.99
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Reebow Gear
Main Compartment: 19.5″ H x 12.5″ L x 4″ D
Front Pocket: 15.5″ H x 9″ L x 2.5″ D
Hydration Pocket: 15″ H x 10.5″ L
Left & Right Side Pocket: N/A
Total Capacity: 1,482 cubic inch / 24 liter
Weight: 3.0 lbs
Price: $31.99
Overall Rating: 2 out of 5

The Good & the Bad

5.11 Tactical Rush – Pros

  1. Durable and water repellent
  2. Lots of pockets and storage room
  3. Can be used as an everyday bag or emergency
  4. Made from high quality material

5.11 Tactical Rush – Cons

  1. The backpack doesn’t have a padded laptop sleeve
  2. Too expensive

To purchase the 5.11 Tactical Rush72, click on the image below.

Reebow Gear – Pros

  1. Very affordable
  2. Accommodates a hydration bladder
  3. Lots of pockets and storage room
  4. Water repellent

Reebow Gear – Cons

  1. Although double stitched, the bag has proven not to be durable
  2. Can not be used for rugged conditions

To purchase the Reebow, click the image below.

My Final Opinion

My mother always said, “You get what you pay for” but I would not say to stay clear from Reebow Gear. If I was still in the military, I could not, in good conscience, recommend this tactical backpack. However, since I transitioned out of the military and I’m using this backpack for hikes or two to three day trips, the price point can’t be passed up. If you understand that the Reebow Gear “tactical” backpacks should not be used in rugged conditions, then you should be alright. That said, If you have the means, I would not hesitate getting any of the 5.11 Rush Tactical Backpacks.

The 5.11 Rush Tactical Backpacks are, in my opinion, the best tactical backpacks in the market today.

4 Replies to “Best Tactical Backpack Review: 5.11 vs. Reebow”

    1. Thanks for reading my post Joseph. The only problem with Reebow backpack is that it’s not dependable nor durable. However, for the price, it can’t be overlooked. Ron

  1. Thanks so much for sharing, this is a great review with tons of information and a great breakdown that will help make choosing a backpack much easier for those who are searching a backpack that is worth their hard-earned dollar.

    1. Hi Norman! First, thanks for reading my post. The 5.11 is a great backpack but they are pricy. The Reebow is not a bad backpack but it’s just not durable to call it a tactical backpack. If you’re a weekend hiker like me, a $30 backpack may be all you need.

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