Good bag, could use more interior pockets
By Anonymous, Zurich, October 18, 2012
Recently ordered this bag to use for business travel. It is robust and fits most of my needs. The only thing missing is a small compartment in the front to put pens, passport, tickets etc.
By Fran Pearson, Oregon, October 11, 2012
I just love this bag. Just as others have said it seems like it should be heavy due to engineering but its not. I did a personal 10 day trip and a business trip of 5 days. My clothes stayed really secure and I grabbed my bag and sailed through the airport. That outer pocket to hold my liquids made security a dream. Nice job. I too would like to ha e the metal dog tag be customized with my name as luggage tag
By Anonymous, , October 11, 2012
By Frank, Northern VA, September 24, 2012
You better love this bag because it looks like it will last forever. It looks like the Hummer of luggage. Everything from straps to buckles to zippers seems over-engineered to last a lifetime.
I have two overseas trips coming up and can't wait to show it off in the airports (France & India).
It would be even cooler if the dog tags that double as Model ID info were engraved with your information so you could use them as luggage tags. Order a bag and get custom luggage dog tags, that would be sweet.
I don't know what my next bag will be yet but I know where I'll be getting it.
Thanks for an awesome made in the USA product.
The best carry-on bag ever!!
By EricL, , September 18, 2012
Purchased this bag for a trip to London, then Spain. Managed to fit a 6-day change of clothes plus accessories into it.. was definitely full and didn't want to close, but the bulky load was no match for the heavy-duty zippers.
On larger planes, this bag fit easily into the overhead bin and on smaller planes, it was compact enough to fit under the seat in front of me.
During a security check in London, a security officer that examined the contents was very impressed with the bag and wrote down the website address.
Overall, I feel I made and excellent choice in purchasing this bag and will enjoy it when travelling in the future!!
By Anonymous, Connecticut, September 13, 2012
Being a firm believer in never checking luggage, I needed to retire my 18 year old top brand roll aboard. Research indicated Red Oxx might be a good alternative, but it was tough to give up the training wheels. After my first coast to coast trip with Red Oxx Convertible Backpack I will never have wheels again!
This is without a doubt the best suitcase I've ever tried out! It fit everything I needed and had plenty of room for lots more. I could not have managed without the backpack straps, it was too bulky for my small frame. The backpack was perfect! The space and ruggedness just what I was looking for. now I'm telling everyone about Red Oxx!
By Joe, Upstate NY, September 12, 2012
The Sky Train is great. I have had the bag (and some other Red Oxx accessories, too) for a few years now. They're all great, tough performers.
A few months ago, I was traveling alone and waiting for a taxi in a line outside of the Atlanta airport. I heard someone behind me ask, "How do you like the Red Oxx?" He had seen the logo on my carry-on and wanted to know what I thought, as he said that he was saving up to buy one. Of course, I gave it my glowing review: Great bag and great company.
By Peter G, Melbourne, Australia, August 23, 2012
The bag is my absolute favourite, whether for aircraft carry-on or for local holidays and overnight trips. Easy to pack and easy to find clothes and gear without unpacking everything.
Last, but definitely not least, I have found Red Oxx customer service to be simply outstanding, a rare commodity in today's speedy world.
Great but a little too big
By Darren J McMillan, Australia, August 22, 2012
The bag is very well constructed and looks like it will last a long time.
My only problem is that if very easily expands in the depth dimension. It easily becomes thicker than the 9 inches quoted. If you put a lot of stuff in it (easy to do) then I can imagine some airlines will have an issue with this.
By Linda Schack, Manhattan Beach, CA, August 9, 2012
I have had my Sky Train for about 3 years. It is the only bag I need for travel anywhere, including a week and a half in Europe. It is intelligently and beautifully designed. I love the backpack straps which make it easy to carry. As a woman I was concerned that it might be too heavy, but it is not; I've carried it ridiculously long distances in large airports to connecting flights. Highly recommended!
By Randall, Omaha, Nebraska, August 9, 2012
I haven't been on a trip involving air travel in quite some time. For all the obvious reasons, I don't care for it. I've been going out of my way for quite some time to purchase quality products made right here in the USA by folks making a living wage .
So when I finally had enough coin to buy Red Oxx, I did, and nine days later, I am extremely glad I did. My clothes and personal items have never stayed so organized, and using Doug's bundle system, everything stayed fairly wrinkle free after more than a week of being packed(I didn't have the luxury of hangers and drawers on this trip).
I overpacked: 4 shirts, 2 pants, 1 belt, 3 shorts, 1 sleep short, 1 bathing suit, 2 pairs of shoes (and I bought 2 more on the trip!), toiletries, 3 socks/underwear, 1 golf jacket, 1 magazine, and 1 book.
Getting through airport security was a snap with the outer pocket being perfectly accessible, and the different handle/strap options were all utilized at different parts of the trip. And last but not least, the bag still fit under the seat in front of me while everyone else had to "valet check" their bulky "carry ons".
This bag may be the one that will serve me to the end of my days. Well done, Red Oxx.
By Bill, Texas, August 1, 2012
I just got back from 2 weeks in Germany and absolutely loved my SkyTrain. I've had a BeanosPR5 for 5 years but my wife nabbed that for an earlier departure so I ordered a Skytrain to try the different configuration for my carry-on needs. I was able to fit a week's worth of clothes with room to spare for other travel needs. This is no easy feat as I am bigger than the average bear. The front and back compartments were just the right configuration and felt like it fit my needs even better than my beloved PR5.
The cinch straps in the back compartment seemed help swallow large cloths into a tidy bundle. They day I received my shipment an office-mate saw my SkyTrain and promptly ordered one for her husband as he has thrashed every business travel bag he's ever gotten.
2 thumbs way up, Red Oxx!
By Susan W, New York state, July 30, 2012
After reading the recommendation on onebag.com I bought this bag for my recent trip to Portland, OR. It consisted of three legs each way on USAir. Not wanting to give the airline that many opportunities to lose my luggage, I needed a good carry-on. I already have a wheeled bag I love, but have found it increasingly cumbersome for navigating airplane aisles and overhead bins. Not to mention the many spots where the bag has to be lifted for escalators, boarding buses, etc. I was ready to lighten my load.
Onebag describes the Skytrain as a good compromise between a business bag and a leisure bag, which I've found to be true. I don't want one wide open space for everything, nor do I need a large number of compartments which decreases actual packing space and increases weight. The Sky Train hits the sweet spot. I made an effort to pack lightly, and indeed the bag wasn't even full on the trip out. I was able to manage carrying it backpack style on the outbound trip, with two lengthy layovers. I am 60, short, and not particularly strong, so I thought I was doing pretty well!
Coming home though, I had accumulated a number of weighty purchases. I could fit them all in the bag- just barely- but the bag was so heavy I decided to check it. Sure enough, it had several scrapes and black marks. I was able to clean it pretty well in the shower! I got the saffron color, which is easy to spot. My only complaint is the weight. I agree with anonymous in Seoul, who said it's "overbuilt" with heavy hardware and beefy zippers in places they're not really needed. Also, I think a waist belt would be helpful. I look forward to using this bag on many more trips!
Like it? I just bought a C Ruck for my daughter
By Hal Bruner, California, July 15, 2012
Lifetime guarantee, made in USA and available in a bunch of colors besides black. For my trip to Georgia, I packed 3 pairs of Levi 501's, 6 silk Hawaiian shirts, 6 sets of socks and underwear, camera, laptop, 4 DVD's, assorted cables and power supplies, and a pair of flipflops. When I got to Georgia, it was to hot and humid for anything but the Hawaiian shirts and flipflops, so I bought 6 pairs of shorts and some souvenirs. The Sky Train carried all of it easier than I did. And it easily fit in the overhead. My daughter liked it some much, it's her birthday present.
By BT, Boston, July 12, 2012
I was inititally hesitant to spend >$250 on a travel bag, but my fears were unjustified. The bag is extremely well made, it is light, and I had no trouble fitting it into small overhead bin spaces. The warranty sealed the deal for me. But I agree with the other comments about how having such a bag forces you to bring less. But I am happier with a lighter load, and am 100% satisfied with this purchase.
By Mike, Texas, June 30, 2012
Wow, as a gear bag junkie, I have owned and used virtually every type of backpack, travel bag, brief case out there. The quality of the Sky Train is second to none. Buying from an American manufacturer matters and this bag does not disappoint.
As for utilization, I have used it for a 10 day trip to Europe (my only bag) and it fit everything I needed. I also used for a short haul trip in an Embraer (small American Eagle aircraft - with VERY small overhead bins). I used the Sky Train for my only bag for this one (1) week trip and, WITH my computer backpack stowed inside the Sky Train, I was able to carry all of my belongings AND stow it in the overhead bin of that little plane. Wow.
The back pack straps make carrying easy and they stow away easily too. Having 2 main compartments allow for easy locking since you can gather all the zippers in one place. Note: I use the Eagle Creek double cube full size cube for my clothes and 2 of them fit - barely - side by side in the bottom compartment while fully stuffed.
My Travelpro rollaboard is officially retired now that I have this Red Oxx. Can't recommend this bag enough. Bravo to Red Oxx for representing American manufacturing so well!
----------Red Oxx replies: thanks so much for the kind words. Have you tried a Red Oxx Nomad or Lil Roy as a packing cube? Comes in 12 vibrant colors to mix and match. Your Air Boss will like you.
By Matt, Tennessee, June 21, 2012
I purchased this bag on a recommendation for a trip to Europe. Just feeling the bag - I know it will last me for my lifetime as it is so well built!
By Nicklas Bjorklund, Malmo,Sweden, June 8, 2012
I´m extremely impressed with the materials and the workmanship in the Sky Train. Only had time to try it out on one trip so far but there will be many more to come, trust me.
Only negative thing is that there is no european retailer, so the shipping and import cost added quite a bit to its price.
By Wendy, Carlsbad, CA, March 31, 2012
I'm on my second trip in one week with my navy Red Oxx Sky Train, and it has delightfully lived up to my every expectation. It's lightweight, holds all my junk, and is easy to carry. On my first trip a few days ago, I left the backpack straps inside and just slung it over my shoulder in order to get accustomed to the size and weight of the bag. On my second trip, I pulled out the backpack straps and love the bag even more than I did after trip #1. I'm a firm believer in quality over quantity, and with the Red Oxx bags you get an amazing product that is still proudly made in the USA. Thank you, Red Oxx, and God bless America!
By JB, Colorado, March 29, 2012
I heard about this bag years ago but couldn't justify the cost. I went through several other cheaper bags that I wasn't happy with and would have saved myself money if I'd bought this in the first place.
I couldn't decide between this and the Air Boss and I'm glad I went with this. The backpack straps distribute the weight comfortably instead of contorting your back carrying it all on one shoulder. The padded straps are surprisingly comfortable even if you pack a lot.
Very well made. It'a actually more aesthetically pleasing than it looks online.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Sky Train carry-on legal?
Yes, the Sky Train is designed to be carry-on legal
on continental flights and most international ones as well.
What's the best way to pack the Sky Train?
We recommend using our Red Oxx Packing Cubes
. They're designed to work with the dimensions of the Sky Train. You can build your own personal custom packing cube kit. Not into cubes? Try the bundle packing method. Watch the packing video under the Videos tab or download the Sky Train Packing Diagram
What's the difference between the Air Boss and the Sky Train?
There are two principle differences between the Air Boss and the Sky Train: The Sky Train has retractable backpack straps and opens flat lengthwise and has two packing compartments whereas the Air Boss opens flat like a book with three compartments and is carried with the Claw shoulder strap. The Sky Train was also developed with smaller stature travelers in mind.
Will the Sky Train Carry-on fit under the seat in front of me?
Cramming the Sky Train under the seat is not recommended.
Will the Eagle Creek packing cubes fit?
Why bother with cheap imported packing cubes when you can build your own Red Oxx Packing Cubes Custom Kit designed to work in conjunction with your Sky Trian. Or try our Nomad Shave Kit, Lil Roy Gadget Bag as packing cubes. You can color co-ordinate them to your preference and they come with useful carry handles. The Tri-fold Toiletry bag is also a brilliant shave kit or makeup organizer due to its three individual zippered mesh pockets and unique fold open flat hanging design.
How many pounds will the Sky Train weigh when packed?
It depends on what you pack. A typical 3-5 day load will weigh about 20-25 pounds.
How many days travel can I fit in the Sky Train?
Most folks can get about 3-5 days with a typical load. Some adventurous types have been able to pack from a week to 10 days! It all depends on how you pack and what you pack.
Where do I pack the laptop?
You can use the back compartment. We recommend that you use a padded neoprene sleeve to secure your laptop.
What's the best way to pack footwear?
Sole to sole to minimize the dirt and placed in either compartment. We recommend placing your shoes in a plastic bag. Or try a Nomad or Meerkat Packing Tube.
Can I change the logo color?
Sure. Simply order your favorite color Logo Patch
and sew it on yourself. Red Oxx cannot change the patch colors for you.
Can I order a bag without the logo?
Logo Patches are centered using a hole punch. If you remove the patch, there will be a hole in the bag that could cause a snag. Red Oxx cannot build a bag without a logo as this would disrupt the efficiency of the production line. Feel free to use a permanent marker to color the patches.
Is there a way to securely lock my bag?
Sure, you can use any TSA approved bag lock
or try our Cable Lock
for a simple, semi-secure solution. Watch this video where CEO Jim Markel demonstrates how you can use the cable that comes with the product Dog Tag
price tag to secure your bag
. Keep in mind, any determined thief can still cut open a soft sided bag with a sharp knife.
Are there any interior pockets?
The Sky Train Hybrid bag has two generous internal compartments and one small internal zippered pocket.
My zipper broke. The teeth have separated. Do I send it in for warranty repair?
No need for warranty repair, try and fix it yourself. Check out this video where CEO Jim Markel shows how easy it is to do it yourself.
Why doesn't the Sky Train come with a waist strap?
The bag was not designed to operate with a waist strap. However, you can use a pair of Luggage Compression Straps
to cinch down the bag from the outside. Wrap one strap around the top, about 4-6 inches down, and the second strap further down, about 4-6 inches from the bottom. The top strap, if cinched tighter than the bottom strap, will pull the pack closer to your upper body, relieving excessive weight from the pack on your hips.
Another option is to take a belt, any belt will do, and thread it through the holes in the smuggler's pocket at the base of the bag where the backpack straps attach to the bag. While not a very comfortable way to travel, using a belt this way can also relieve some weight off the hips. The best solution however, is to focus on traveling light and not over pack your Sky Train. Use the internal cinch straps to hold your belongings in place and minimize wrinkles.
Can you ship USPS?
Yes, Red Oxx will ship USPS upon request. Simply state, "Please ship USPS" in the cart comments during checkout and we will adjust your billing accordingly.
“I just say no to checked bag fees.”
In stock orders ship same day if received by 4:00 PM Mountain Standard Time!
Carry-on! On your back.
Our Red Oxx travelers called it awesome! Imagine, a convertible hybrid backpack and carry-on travel bag in one.
Your idea of carry-on perfection? The Sky Train meets your desire for hands-free, easy-on, easy-off boarding of planes or trains. Specially designed for the leisure traveler going to Europe or beyond. Keeps you moving. No waiting for late or lost luggage--it's with you all the way. A bag built for mobility. Once your Sky Train is on, you're gone!
DESIGNED BY TRAVEL EXPERTS.
In 2007 Red Oxx teamed up again with web author and travel expert Doug Dyment of OneBag.com fame to develop this carry-on backpack travel bag. Doug called it the "quintessential dual-purpose bag". Think flexible-- this mobile carry-on bag can be carried five different ways:
1. Carry like a suitcase using the Euro handle on the side.
2. Vertically using the Euro handle on the top of the bag.
3. Over your shoulder like a messenger bag using the Claw Shoulder Strap.
4. Cross body, carried like a messenger bag, again using the Claw Shoulder Strap.
5. Or pull out the retractable backpack straps from the smugglers pocket and travel in hands-free comfort.
The grab loop Euro handles on the sides also help stowing the bag in the overhead bin. Fits continental airline luggage boarding size restriction box and most international ones, too. Includes an adjustable and removeable sternum chest strap.
PLACES FOR YOUR BELONGINGS.
The Sky Train Carry-on features two main interior compartments and one full-length outside zippered flat pocket. The main compartment tie downs cinch down to the closed cell Volara foam, securing your clothing. These tie downs help keep your slacks and dress shirts wrinkle-free until you can hang them up in the hotel. Easily holds three pairs of slacks and three blouses with room leftover for a light jacket.
The secondary compartment has a foam stay and a small pocket for stashing personal items (9" x 12") and is spacious enough to hold your Toiletries, shoes, or workout gear... The rigid sewn-in Volara foam padding protects your belongings, but is still flexible enough to shove into a cramped overhead bin.
HOW TO PACK IT.
Follow this link to learn Doug's bundle wrapping technique. Fit more in your Sky Train airline carry-on bag. Thanks to Onebag.com, here's a handy printable PDF Sky Train Packing Diagram. It covers how to "bundle wrap" for the Sky Train, your ideal backpack hybrid convertible travel bag. Or watch the packing video in the videos tab where professional travel guide Kasey Austin of Austin Adventures demonstrates some of her awesome packing tips.
Don't like bundle wrapping? Build you own custom Red Oxx Packing Cubes Kit. Our made in Montana cubes are designed to work in conjunction with the Sky Train. Ladies, check out the Meerkat Packing Tube, a tube cube sized just right for hair care products.
FIVE REASONS TO OWN RED OXX SKY TRAIN
1. A CONVERTIBLE CARRY-ON BAG BUILT LIKE A TANK?
Our customers like to define our gear as "built like a tank". While obviously you're not going to be toting around bags that weigh 50 tons and have three inches of armor plate, still the comparison is valid. For a carry-on bag, Sky Trains are built tough. Starting with the most durable soft textile material available, 1000 weight CORDURA® Brand Nylon, we use super strong UV resistant thread that is double stitched into every seam. Rugged, reliable and tough.
2. BOUND AND BAGGED TO NEVER FRAY.
Places where two separate pieces of fabric are stitched together are then bound, that is, we take a long piece of one inch wide nylon webbing and fold it over the edges of the two pieces and stitch them together, this creates a strong seam, or binding, that prevents the pieces from unraveling on the inside of the bag, or gives it a clean finished look if on the outside of the bag.
In addition, each exposed fabric edge, such as on a pocket flap, is also bound using a thicker binding material. Inside edges typically receive a thinner nylon webbing, whereas outside corner edges that are exposed to wear will have a thicker nylon binding. All of our binding material is vertically woven to prevent fraying, peeling or splitting that you may commonly see in competitors bags that brag of "binding" their edges.
3. WHY DOUBLE BOX STITCHING?
Each stress point, such as where the handles attach to the bag, is double box stitched - which is where we get the "double XX" in our name, Red OXX; a stitching practice we adapted from our time as parachute riggers.
4. MY, WHAT BIG ZIPPERS YOU HAVE!
The reason Red Oxx uses the largest practical zipper we can find, the #10 YKK VISLON® zipper, is that they are easily repairable, even in the field; they will hold their place, that is, they "lock"; they are difficult to penetrate, thereby increasing the security of your belongings; they function smoothly in inclement weather and they can be yanked from a variety of angles without losing teeth or becoming separated.
PUTTING THE HARD IN HARDWARE.
Red Oxx has occasionally been accused of "overdoing" our hardware. But once you've had a cheap piece of imported plastic hardware break in the middle of a busy intersection, airport or other inconvenient locale dumping your precious belongings all over the ground for all the world to see (and steal), having a heavy-duty nickel-plated or stainless steel D ring or attachment swivel that weighs just a little more, or might make a little noise, is a travel companion's confidence builder and peace of mind maker. After all, you want to enjoy your journey as best you can. Traveling with a Sky Train Convertible Backpack bag, you'll know it won't bust apart and break you down.
U.S.A. Dimensions: 20"L x 9"W x 13"H
Capacity: 2,340 cubic inches.
Weight: 4 pounds.
Metric Dimensions: 50.8cm L x 22.7cm W x 33cm H
Capacity: 38 Liters
Weight: 1.81 Kilos
Our bags will fit! In stock, all colors, ready to ship.
- Exterior zippered full length side flat pocket: 13"H x 19"W
- 3/4 open flat zippered side compartment: 13"W x 19"L x 1"D
- Interior side compartment zippered flat flap pocket: 11"W x 9"D
- Main compartment with adjustable twin tie downs: 19"L x 13"W x 6.5"D
- Exterior zippered full-width flat smugglers pocket: 13"W x 19"L (Note: this pocket is for storing the backpack straps. Since it has holes in the bottom for steel o-rings to attach the straps to the bottom of the bag, the pocket is only useful for flat magazines, newspapers and storing the straps).
"No Bull" no question's asked Lifetime Warranty. Because Red Oxx lasts longer.
Designed AND hand made in Billings, Montana U.S.A..
UPS Transit Shipping Time Map.
Witness the birth of your bag and learn about the many steps it takes to handcraft your Sky Train.
Meet the thundering herd who build your gear with pride.
Red Oxx is a Veteran owned and operated US Manufacturer.
EMAIL POLICY: Online orders will receive an order confirmation email, a UPS tracking information email when your order ships and a product review request follow-up email eight weeks after delivery. In addition, backorders beyond a dozen working days may receive an order follow-up assurance email. During checkout purchasers have the option to opt-out of our other occasional email notifications. Your email address is always secure.
Every great carry-on bag needs cool luggage accessories.
Sky Train Trivia: A common European and Asian urban passenger train that rides on raised rails over inner city traffic.
Sky Train is a Red Oxx "Staff Pick" favorite.
- Designed AND hand made in the U.S.A.
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Soft Unisuede padded retractable "hidden" backpack straps
- Dual claw-style 360-degree backpack strap swivel clips
- A.L.I.C.E. pack strap adjusters
- Detachable Claw nonslip adjustable shoulder strap
- Detachable adjustable sternum chest strap
- Dual "Euro" clear vinyl carry handles (top and side)
- Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified CORDURA® Brand Nylon
- Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
- 400 weight denier soft red nylon lining
- 4 lb. Volara closed cell foam padding on exterior back panel
- All zippers #10 YKK VISLON® self-locking
- 1"W Zipper flaps on 2 main and strap compartments
- Thread: Proprietary #92 bonded SolarMax Nylon
- All seams double stitched and bound
- Fair trade Monkey Fist Zip Knots on all zippers
- Free heavy-duty vinyl luggage tag
- Embroidered Logo Patches
- Double box stitching on stress points such as carry handles
- Includes Cable Lock
- Choose from 12 vibrant colors
- U.S.A. Dimensions: 20"L x 9"W x 13"H
- Metric Dimensions: 50.8cm L x 22.7cm W x 33cm H
- U.S.A. Capacity: 2,340 cubic inches
- Metric Capacity: 38 Liters
- U.S.A. Weight: 4 Pounds
- Metric Weight: 1.81 Kilos
Sky Train Convertible Bag Color Translator
- Amethyst = Purple
- Black = Raven
- Bordeaux = Dark Red
- Coal = Gray
- Forest = Green
- Khaki = Tan
- Mariner = Blue
- Midnight = Dark Blue
- Olive = Military Green
- Saffron = Yellow
- Safari = 1940s Olive Drab and Desert Tan
Keep in mind: Colors on your monitor will vary from the actual color of the fabric. The only way to accurately gauge a color is to request a swatch.
If out of stock, back orders are typically filled within 7-10 working days. Visit our Customer Service Help Desk or call our Toll Free Hot Line: 1-888-733-6999.
Red Oxx "No Bull" Warranty
As time rolls a ceaseless course, only the genuine guarantee remains. The mountains will persist, the oceans are bound to endure and Red Oxx will continue to be rugged, reliable, and tough.
To the depths of the Amazon basin to the peaks of the Himalayas, Red Oxx Manufacturing is infallible.
Red Oxx Bags are guaranteed forever, be sure to include them in your will.
Made in U.S.A.
Red Oxx Bags are handcrafted in Billings, Montana. U.S.A.