If you’ve already read my article on How to Put Together a Survival Kit then you know that I stress the importance of making your kit modular and multi-tiered. In this article I will be reviewing the 5.11 Tactical Push Pack which is a perfect solution for a modular, second-tiered every-day carry (EDC) kit.
First off, from the other products I’ve experienced, I highly recommend 5.11 Tactical as a company. They have a great selection of quality made clothing and tactical gear and this bag is no exception.
The PUSH Pack, short for Practical Utility Shoulder Hold, is a multi-compartmental, modern-day concealed carry bag. Fashioned after the messenger-style concept, you wear this over your shoulder and the bag sits to your side allowing for easy access to your EDC gear and firearm.
5.11 Push Pack Selling Points
Despite the many features of the bag, two main components stood out to me: The easily accessible concealed carry compartment and a restraining loop that sits on the outer part of the bag that lies flush with your body.
The benefit of the concealed carry pocket is that it allows for storage of a full-size pistol. When I’m out and about, I’d much rather be carrying my full-size Glock than my little Walther PPK. However, due to clothing restricitions (especially now that the weather is getting warmer) lugging along the Glock is just not practical.
Since this bag is now a common companion in my travels, carrying the full size is no longer a problem. The dedicated pocket has the additional benefit of being lined with the loop part of the velcro which allows for attaching a velcro-lined holster pouch (also made by 5.11) — keeping your firearm secure.
The other component that I mentioned was the outside restraining loop. One of the biggest headaches with backpacks and many other bags is the issue of them bouncing around when you need to be mobile. This loop — albeit simple in design — is brilliant. It allows for easy attachment to your belt which keeps the bag snug to your hips — a great benefit when you need to hot-tail it out of an area an not want your bag flopping all over the place.
5.11 Push Pack as an EDC Bag
If the 5.11 PUSH Pack had just those two features it would have been enough to sell me on it. But given that it has so many pockets and compartments, it’s also perfect for storing essential gear that you want to have with you at all times — like diapers, wipes and bottles (I’ve got a new baby after all 🙂 ) Besides, the diapers here’s what I’ve been recently storing in mine (this list is always subject to change):
- Water Bottle
- Firestarters (lighter and ferrocerium rods)
- Emergency Blanket and Poncho
- 3600 Calorie Emergency Bar
- 50 ft. Paracord
- Fixed Blade Survival Knife (Bark River Bravo 1)
- Leatherman Wave Multi-tool
- Surefire Flashlight
- Full-size Pistol
- Lockpick Set
- Polar Pure Water Purifier
- Collapsible Water Jug
- Quick Clot Trauma Dressing
- Boo Boo Kit (iodine, butterfly closures, gauze etc)
- Writing Implements
- Rite in the Rain Notebook
As a final note, the PUSH Pack is also equipped with MOLLE/PALS webbing which allows for even more mods and attachments. This bag is awesome.
I wanted to do my own video review showing not only the features of the bag but also how I tricked it out, but due to the fact that I’m barely able to keep up with my writing for this blog at the present time (it’s been crazy at the homefront with the 3 year old, the new baby, a wife that’s recovering from surgery, and me playing mr. mom as well as mr. dad) I’m going to leave the video review to the boys over at 5.11, so enjoy (email subscribers will need to click the link from the site):