Sometimes everything is what it seems and you should call a spade a spade. I had never come across the Fieldline brand until their Tactical Alpha Ops Daypack was found by members on EDC Forums at Walmart for a meager twenty bucks. The Alpha Ops is a clone of 5.11’s RUSH 12 pack.
Knock-offs set off red flags for me. Most of the time they are just cheap crap. Was this Fieldline pack one of the rare exceptions? Unfortunately — no.
I found a few at my local Wally World, which according to their website was the only store in a 50-mile radius that had them in stock. The Alpha Ops wasn’t hard to pick out.
At first glance, the Fieldline Tactical Alpha Ops Daypack looks very similar to the RUSH 12. Notice the crease in the nylon. More on that later…
The Admin panel has the same layout as the RUSH 12. The stitching is a little sloppy, but not a huge deal.
So, you say, what’s the problem? Well, upon closer inspection, the rails start to leave the track. The interior nylon used is horribly thin. Notice how you can see my finger through the material. Also, the zippers are not YKK.
The keeper clip is a joke. Try hanging anything substantial on that. I dare you. I almost broke it just messing with it.
The main compartment opens only three quarters on one side due to a nylon hydration half pocket impeding the zipper. Very strange.
Again, the quality of the materials are not great. The mesh on the interior zipper pockets is thin and almost guaranteed to snag and eventually tear.
Again, some quality control issues with the stitching….
Here is a shot of the straps and back panel. Not sure what weight of material is used for the outer shell, but another crease… this time in the yoke. I have a hard time believing it’s 600 denier nylon.
Look, I like saving a buck as much as the next guy. And I know this pack is only twenty bucks. However, in this case, you REALLY get what you pay for. 5.11, as a company, isn’t best-in-show when it comes to bulletproof build quality but their stuff is on a different planet quality wise compared to this product. I should know. I’ve owned three of their packs now – the RUSH 24, COVRT 18, and the PUSH pack.
Here is my advice to you if that $20 is burning a hole in your pocket. If you’re here in the States, go down to your local discount store ( e.g. TJ Maxx, Ross Dress for Less, Marshalls, etc.) and scan their pack aisle for bargains. Believe me, you’re more likely to find a quality daypack in the $20-30 range there than here.