Question: As you know, I’m looking to purchase my first rucksack and I think I’ve decided on what I want. I’m going to start out with the 5.11 Rush24 and then I’ll move onto the Rush72 when winter rolls around. I know these are more expensive than what I was initially looking for, but I just can’t get over how great the material is they’re made of. It’s the Durable 1050D nylon that sold me. And yes, you read that correctly. I’m going to start off with the smaller bag and then buy the larger one for winter camping. I’ll obviously need more room in the winter for all my clothing.
I keep seeing the word “MOLLE” when looking at rucksacks. In the beginning, I was like, “What is this stuff?” But now, I think I know what it is, but I want to make sure. It is what you attach things to? They call it webbing. It doesn’t look like webbing. Can anyone help? Also, is it important to have MOLLE on a bag?
Answer: MOLLE is a very simple concept. It’s simply nylon straps that are sown to a rucksack or backpack that you can attach accessories to. You can clip to the loops that MOLLE creates or you can purchase accessory pouches from many different vendors and then attach these pouches to the outside of your pack, in conjunction with the nylon straps. With this system, you can store flashlights, canteens, knives, etc… on the outside of your bag as opposed to the inside, which would use up valuable storage space. It’s really a great idea and it’s very secure. To answer your question, yes, it is important to buy a bag that utilizes the MOLLE system. I wouldn’t buy anything without it. Also, great choice for rucksacks. Those 5.11 bags are very high quality.
Answer: Here’s a video for you to watch that will explain what MOLLE is. It’s from the same company that makes the bag you want. Also, I just took a look on Amazon and there are tons of MOLLE accessory pouches. You’re going to like your rucksack.