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The Drop: 5.11 RUSH MOAB 8 Sling Pack

Authored by:
Mikey Bautista
The Drop: 5.11 RUSH MOAB 8 Sling Pack

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Over a decade ago, one of the first quality bags I used for my EDC was the 5.11 MOAB (Mobile Operation Attachment Bag) 10. At the time, it was precisely what I needed: mission-ready durability, could fit my 12” work laptop, and could even be ambidextrously configured, which was a rare boon for lefties at the time.

However, It wasn’t without drawbacks, and I eventually transitioned to a larger bag when I had larger work essentials and travel to add to the mix. But the MOAB remains one of my favorite tactical bags. My modern needs have changed, and I haven’t thought of the 10 for a while, but it was a pleasant surprise to see 5.11 revisit the platform and release the Goldilocks version of the MOAB, the 13-liter MOAB 8.

Like its siblings 10 and 6, the MOAB 8 comes in four colors of 1050D nylon in 5.11’s signature tactical aesthetic, making use of most available space with MOLLE-compatible webbing, both for modular accessories as well as the ability to connect to the bigger 5.11 RUSH packs. It takes its layout from its bigger brother, with a front compartment with a zip pocket and admin section, a concealed center compartment for securing more sensitive cargo, and a main compartment that can lay flat for easier packing. Rounding out its features are a beefy top handle, a fleece-lined quick access pocket, a hydration-ready pocket under the strap with a pass-through port, and a loop panel front and center on the exterior to customize with your favorite patch.

The MOAB 8 is still very much more mission-inclined with its tried and tested design, but I think its combination of ruggedness and key usability features still make it a compelling urban EDC solution for years' worth of service, just like my trusty 10.

What I like: The MOAB 8 keeps all the features I loved with the 10, and trims off the excess for a lower profile and weight, like the compression straps and tuckable bottom half of the shoulder strap.

What to watch out for: Despite its smaller size, the MOAB 8 is still a hefty bag, weighing 2.4 pounds while empty. Keep that in mind when packing it full and its asymmetric position on your back.

Final verdict: The MOAB 6 and 10 were vastly different in purpose and capacity, and the 8 hits the sweet spot between for an everyday pack.

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Mikey Bautista

Director of Everyday Carry Operations

About the Author
Mikey Bautista is an everyday carry (EDC) expert who has been working with the EverydayCarry.com team for nearly a decade, starting out with interest in EDC as a hobby and ending up as a writer for the site in 2014. Through the years he’s led the site in editorial content and writing about products across every category, from knives to bags to flashlights and everything in between, as well as discovering, bringing exposure, and building bridges with many brands in the industry. Today he is Director of Everyday Carry Operations for the site, leading the editorial team and managing day-to-day operations.

He has lived through many personal and professional lives, spending nearly a decade in the workforce management industry, a minor career in gaming, and has lent a hand with entrepreneurial efforts back home in the Philippines. He has also been an active participant and helped build a number of significant social communities online, both for EDC and his other hobbies.

Mikey has been at the cusp of gaming, technology, and the internet since the ‘90s and continues to lend his experience, expertise, and authority to all his pursuits. When not online, in a game, watching movies, or speedrunning his next hobby, you’ll find him in the gym, taking care of his pug, and talking at length about EDC with anyone willing to listen.

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