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Hey everyone. I have been considering purchasing either the RUSH 24 or the RUSH 72 pack as a bugout bag and possibly using it as a school bag while in college. My bug out plan would consist of traveling about 20 miles of paved, hilly terrain (highest elevation would be about 630ft) into a forest. My bug out location would be inside the forest so after driving (and/or hiking depending on how much fuel I have and whether I need to take a different route) 20 miles to my destination, I will still have to backpack into the forest to reach my BOL.

I was wondering whether you believe that the RUSH series would be considered too heavy for this plan (after all ounces=pounds=pain) and I would be better off going with an ultralight backpacker bag. I am not worried about looking too tactical around my area and my main plan would be to get to my BOL via car, but if the road is blocked or I run out of gas, I want the ability to hike the rest of the way if need be.

The RUSH 24 weighs 4.2lb
The RUSH 72 weighs 5.5lb (Leaning more towards purchasing the 72)
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I WORK/EDC/INCH/BOB a couple of Rush 24s in black and sandstone. The 72 is way too big IMHO - you will be tempted to pack it heavier than you can/should carry. The 24 is plenty beaucoup. If you need more room, add some molle pouches or a condor battle belt to it. FWIW I've used my in lieu of my issue patrol bag for distances longer than 20 miles, and it carried great.

There are lighter bags, but its hard to find a tougher bag. And I don't mind the extra weight if my primary means of carrying my stuff doesn't break down. If you've ever had a pack fail on you in bad weather or in a remote place, its miserable.
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I use this for GHB.

EDC bag is smaller
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Ultralight might not be the best choice for your intended use.
imo if you really need a larger bag there are several 50lt bags that weight in at 4lbs or under. 4pounds should be your upper pack weight limit. Consider that in gross terms ever pound extra in pack weight is an extra day of supplies.
Kelty makes very good H.D. packs and they have several 50ft or smaller all with a total weight of under 4pounds.
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Kelty makes very good H.D. packs and they have several 50ft or smaller all with a total weight of under 4pounds.
Which Kelty packs? I know I could google it, but you seem to know what it is and I could spend a long time looking.

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Redwing series.
For a quick look try the sportsmans warehouse site.
Yeah I used to work for them but the site is easy to do a quick search with.
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Redwing series.
My wife's BOB is an older Kelty Redwing 40 ... don't care for the organization all that much. I think they improved it in the newer design; definitely rugged, and fits her well.
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Hey everyone. I have been considering purchasing either the RUSH 24 or the RUSH 72 pack as a bugout bag and possibly using it as a school bag while in college. My bug out plan would consist of traveling about 20 miles of paved, hilly terrain (highest elevation would be about 630ft) into a forest. My bug out location would be inside the forest so after driving (and/or hiking depending on how much fuel I have and whether I need to take a different route) 20 miles to my destination, I will still have to backpack into the forest to reach my BOL.

I was wondering whether you believe that the RUSH series would be considered too heavy for this plan (after all ounces=pounds=pain) and I would be better off going with an ultralight backpacker bag. I am not worried about looking too tactical around my area and my main plan would be to get to my BOL via car, but if the road is blocked or I run out of gas, I want the ability to hike the rest of the way if need be.

The RUSH 24 weighs 4.2lb
The RUSH 72 weighs 5.5lb (Leaning more towards purchasing the 72)
The RUSH bags are VERY durable and nice. Probably the toughest backpacks I've ever had. I have the RUSH 72 right now and have used it to go back and forth to work to basically have my BOB along with my laptop bag all in one. That being said, the 72 is plenty big for a lot of things. You might want to take a look just to see if the 24 isn't enough space for you. Bottom line though, if you don't use the space, you don't have to use the space and at least you DO have extra room for adding other things to your backpack. I don't think you can go wrong with either of these.
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Your age will give you the answer.
Besides, it's always better to pack light. You may need to go further than planned.
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