Shortly before I left on my whirlwind tour of the upper midwest, I was contacted by a representative from 5.11 Tactical about reviewing two items:
Their Taclite Pro Pants:
RUSH72 Bug Out Bag:
The pants are pretty self-explanatory; they're lightweight polycotton ripstop pants designed for warm(er) weather. There's two cargo pockets, a cell phone pocket, and a "knife pocket" (that looks perfect for a spare magazine...) as well as slash-cut rear pockets - plenty of room to carry all your EDC gear. The pants are treated with a Teflon wear-resistant finish and even come with a rear web strap, perfect for attaching carabiners (you do know where "5.11" comes from, right?).
The bag is intended as, well, a BoB - pretty self-explanatory there. The size, as foreshadowed by the name, is intended to provide sufficient space to pack goods for a weekend's worth of provisions. Padded straps and weight-distributing back supports are designed to distribute the weight of the pack evenly, and it can be configured easily for different sizes. Given the large number of pockets, dividers, straps, pouches, and webbing, it appears to be well-suited for the task at hand.
Both items will be tested over the coming weeks and months; if they're built like the other 5.11 products I've had experience with I expect both to hold up very well. I've been wearing 5.11 Covert Tactical pants literally every week since I got them over two years ago, and aside from a little fraying (after well over 100 washes each), have held up remarkably well. The pack appears to be of solid construction, and will see use with the Boy Scouts as well as on upcoming trips (let's see how it handles probulation!).
Since it's intended as a Bug-Out Bag, what should go in a three day BoB?
That is all.