By Anonymous, Alberta, Canada, September 29, 2012
Was due for a new grip, replacing the one I have had for about 6 or 7 years. Saw this grip on the property and was impressed by build quality and functionality. Upon receiving my order I was concerned to see the bag had no bottom support. Thankfully after loading up the grip, the lack of a hard bottom does not seem to be an issue. This grip is built tough, is roomy, and has a lot of compartments to separate and organize your belongings.
By R.A.Stuart, Winnipeg,Mb.,Can., September 28, 2012
This is an excellent quality grip for any railroader , yes has many of the necessary pockets to carry all of the required stuff , however the American Rule Book must be of different size than its Canadian counterpart , as such can only be accomodated in the main section as none of the pockets will fit in either a vertical or horizontal position. So rules the binder.
Needs an anti gravity option
By Knuckle dragger, Toledo,OH, September 24, 2012
Extremely tough and durable bag! Every railroader knows how hard it is to find the right grip. Being an engineer working between Toledo-Pittsburgh and all points in between. I can load this bag for a 5 day trip (if needed). I haven't had any misfunction as of yet. I would've liked to see a bottom hard liner inside the bag to keep it squared up. That's my only complaint. I receive many compliments on this bag and I'm sure it'll last for a long, long time.
By Anonymous, Flagstaff, AZ, September 14, 2012
I have only had this grip for a short time, but I love it! It has lots of space to take everything I need for a 1-2 day trip. I had fellow railroaders recommend this to me and I'm glad I puchased it, I was tired of buying cheap grips only to replace them every few months.
By Rick D. Gill, Longview,TX, August 23, 2012
This bag is as heavy duty as Texas, It is Tough as nails, And Roomy, I have everything in here INCLUDING "The Kitchen Sink". This Bag should be my Last!!!!
By Rick D. Gill, Longview,TX, August 23, 2012
This bag is as heavy duty as Texas, It is Tough as nails, And Roomy, I have everything in here INCLUDING "The Kitchen Sink". This Bag should be my Last!!!!
Lotsa Pockets! More rugged bottom?
By Anonymous, Superior, WI, August 16, 2012
Love all the pockets! Helps me keep everything organized. And it is a lot larger than I expected. Thought it would have a tougher/stiffer/rugged bottom. Hope its stronger than it looks.
By Brian Gammon, Saskatchewan, Canada, August 16, 2012
Hey just wanted to say that this is an awesome grip for railroading. Holds a lot of stuff and the shoulder strap is easy on the body.
By justin, NORTH LITTLE ROCK AR, August 11, 2012
worked for railroad for 12 years behind my dad that now has 40 years of service. so i did not mess with cheap grips. out of the gate i purchased a TUFFBAG and got 5 years out of it day in, day out. i can not say i did not get my money out of it. after i encountered a REDOXX RAILROAD GRIP and thoroughly inspected it i had to have one. had mine 4 years now and only problem was i wore out the rubber on the shoulder strap. sent it back and warranty replaced. sent back to me in 6 days. like another review said, it is built like a tank. dad says that if he had 10-15 years left he would by one and has told me several times that it is the best bag he has encountered in his career. i believe he's little jealous
By Lewis Frazer, Janesville, WI, August 9, 2012
I wish i would of ordered this bag long ago, this bag is great i love all the compartments. Now all my stuff fits in one bag that the straps wont break on. Thanks for a great product that's MADE IN THE U.S.A.
By Warren, Cranbrook, BC, Canada, July 26, 2012
This is by far the toughest bag on the market! From the metal strap hardware to the heavy duty zippers it is built to last.
Besides being tough it has more than enough room for all your gear, books and equipment. Its the only bag you will ever need.
If you don't have one, get one.
By ken, georgia, July 26, 2012
nice bag but kind of pricey not rubber feet on bottom no ring inside for keys ,only couple of weeks old and looks good we'll see for long term
By Doug Smith, Northern Ontario, Canada, July 19, 2012
I am nearing the end of my career now, a mere 18 months to go. I can't even say how many bags I have gone through in the last 35 years, but most would only last a few months. If I was lucky, I got 6 months out of a bag. No one made durable bags suitable for railroad workers. Then I came across a tool bag that was gauranteed to last, and it did, for about 3 years, but it was a wreck by then. I thought of taking it to get repaired, then I met a fellow who had a red oxx bag. I was impressed with the quality and when I got home I checked it out on the internet and decided to order one.
This bag is exceptionally well built. It is light to carry andcomfortable as it has a double adjustment on the shoulder strap, so it does'nt bounce off the back of your thighs when you have to carry it for any length of time. It also has many roomy pockets.
One of my concerns with it was that I may have to sacrifice some of the things I carried in it because of the difference in size from my old bag to this one, but that was not the case. I found pockets and room for all my old things. I also found that there was a significant weight difference between my empty old bag and this new one. So now I carry all my accessories the same as before but with noticeable less strain on my shoulder and back.
Another feature that I like, is the rubber padding on the shoulder strap. It prevents the bag from slipping off your shoulder as you walk and should you have your hands full, such as detraining. This also tells me about the thought that went into the design. Overall, I highly reccomend this bag to any one working in the railway transportation trade. I wish I would have had one much sooner.
By J. Knadler, Tamaqua, PA, July 12, 2012
The Red Oxx bag is EXCELLENT! It is well worth the purchase price. The bag is rugged and made to last! I would recommend Red Oxx products to anyone. Plenty of storage space for all of your rule books, radio items, rain gear, and other supplies Railroaders need while on duty. A top notch bag!
Great AMERICAN quality!
By Jenniffer, Rochester, MN, July 12, 2012
My husband loves this bag-his RR job has him traveling frequently and at a moments notice. This bag does it all! Go to the lobby of a hotel where RR crews are laying over and there's a sea of Red Oxx bags-there's a reason why!
By Tom, North Platte, Nebraska, July 5, 2012
I recently purchased this grip and was impressed from the beginning. You can tell immediately that this is a high quality bag. I was able to consolidate two bags into the one, and even had room for my laptop!!! I look forward to many years with this grip.
By Chad, Fargo, ND, July 5, 2012
Solid, sturdy, and dependable is all I have to say. I have only had my bag for a couple of weeks and I have found myself looking at the shoulder strap a couple times already as I have filled the bag with so much gear and things that past bags would have broke by now. Then I remember that this thing was built for this kind of abuse. I have no doubt after using this bag that it will serve me well for a long, long time. Very heavy duty construction.
By Sam Raven, Smithers B.C., June 23, 2012
I bought this grip for my dad for his birthday, and to say he was skeptical is a understatement. He has been on the job for 40 years and after his first trip with this bag he phoned to thank me for it, twice. In his own words "If half the guys on the job were as rugged and dependable as this bag, my life would be a lot easier!" he can fit everything in and it can take the abuse of day-to-day work, two thumbs up!
By Victor, New Mexico, June 17, 2012
I love this bag I currently work in the oilfield. After trying many other bags I have found that they just cannot put up with the abuse of the oilfield. I love the fact that there is plenty of room, being in the oilfield a person has to pack a lot of gear, this bag has the room for it. The craftsmanship is un matched. At first I was heasitant to buy this because of the price. It was well worth the price. I have recomended this bag to coworkers who have made purchases aftter seeing this quality product. I am looking forward to trying more of the Red Ox line.
By Dave, Chicago, IL, June 14, 2012
Plenty of room for four sets of rulebooks, tt/si's, general orders, a change of clothes, my jacket-and lunch! Built to handle being hauled up and down from the cab. I'm very satisfied and impressed, and definitely recommend RED OXX to my coworkers.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Grip compare to the Safari Beano's Duffel Bags?
The Grip is built using a heavier and stronger 1050 weight ballistic CORDURA® nylon, our toughest. Developed as a flak jacket material, it's an ideal soft-sided bag textile for Railroaders who endure the hardships of the rail line.
What is Ballistic CORDURA® Nylon?
Ballistic CORDURA® nylon is a thick, tough, synthetic nylon fabric used for a variety of applications. Ballistic nylon was originally developed by the DuPont corporation as a material for flak jackets to be worn by World War II airmen. The term 'ballistic' takes its name from the fact that it was intended to protect its wearers from flying debris and fragmentation caused by bullet or artillery shell impacts. This is a special grade heavier weight CORDURA® nylon designed for hard use and colored black to help hide dirt, oil, and grease stains.
What colors does the embroidery come in?
Embroidery is only available in red.
Can I get a Grip in a different color other than black?
Our U.S.A. sourced ballistic CORDURA® nylon is currently only available in black, which is also the best color to hide oil, dirt and grease stains.
Will my rulebook (US), radio, and trainman lantern fit inside?
Yes, the Grip was specifically designed to hold this particular railroader gear.
Is there a railroad discount available?
Red Oxx eliminates the middle man with our factory direct to consumer model
. Our prices are based on the length of time it takes to build a bag and the cost of materials. Each bag we build comes with our iron clad "No Bull", no questions asked Lifetime Warranty. You will save considerable money in the long run because you bought only one bag, not to mention peace of mind knowing you own a Railroad Grip that will not fail and if it does, it will be repaired or replaced at no charge to you.
My zipper broke. The teeth have separated. Do I send it in for warranty repair?
No need for warranty repair, try fixing it yourself. Check out this video where CEO Jim Markel shows how easy it is to do it yourself.
Is there a way to securely lock my Grip?
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, the 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.
Do you offer a loaner bag while my Grip is in for repair?
Sorry, we don't send out loaner bags. Generally turn around time is less than 72 hours.
Do you ship your Grip to Canada and how much does that cost?
Certainly, we ship to Canada for a fixed UPS Expedited or USPS Priority International shipping fee of only $30.00. All disbursement fees due on delivery are the responsibility of the buyer. Other International orders are $50.00, except Australia and New Zealand for only $55.00.
Can I write off my Grip on my taxes?
Certainly, we recommend that you keep your paper receipt which is included in the package and obtain IRS Tax Form 2016. Contact your income tax accountant or read here for more information on deductions for employee expenses here
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.
“Tell the weed weasel I have my company bible”
Embroidered Monogram Patches:
- One - Three Initials $7.50
- Four - Ten Letters $10.00
In stock orders ship same day if received by 4:00 PM Mountain Standard Time!
WANTED... Railroader's Grip that lasts! And lasts...
This is the bag you've been hearing about and spotted out on the tracks. In stock, ready to ship (embroidery adds 2-3 days).*
DESIGNED BY RAILROADERS.
Red Oxx began hand building this duffel style Grip for locomotive railroad engineers here in Billings, Montana in 1992. Together with a group of five rail engineers and conductors, Red Oxx created an American-made trainman bag that could survive the rough rail life.
Designed with the help of these fellow engineers, conductors and train crew members at our local rail hub (Montana's largest), it's been tested tough to the extreme, making it the perfect rail work Grip. This bag is made out of our strongest material; 1050 heavy weight denier Ballistic CORDURA® Nylon (available only in BLACK). Originally developed as a flak jacket fabric in World War II, ballistic nylon is one of the strongest and durable flexible textiles available. Rugged, reliable and tough.
FITS YOUR RAIL GEAR.
Sized to fit the large GCOR rule book or tablet in one end pocket, your "Shiner" trainman lantern and radio in the other, you'll still have room for a week (or more) worth of clothes and your Red Oxx Nomad Shaving Kit in the cavernous main compartment. Speaking of clothes, check out our hanging and shoulder carry Laundro Bag for storing your dirty laundry. There are plenty of places to stow smaller things in the zippered flat pockets located on all sides of the duffel. Smaller items like pens and pencils should be stored in a pencil case so they don't knock around in your bag.
Our no questions asked "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty guarantees this'll be the last grip you'll ever have to buy! Why?
NO JUNK MATERIALS.
No skinny tiny plastic zippers, cheap thread or junky low-grade hardware like other rail Grips. Red Oxx uses huge, tested-tough #10 YKK VISLON® self-locking zippers that work every time, in every kind of weather, in any temperature. Easy to close, easy to open.
Our thread is a proprietary UV protected #92 bonded SolarMax Nylon that will cut your fingers off before you can break it. UV protection from the sun resists thread aging, a common breakdown point used in typical inferior bags. Since we're former military veteran parachute riggers, you can bet every stress point is double cross-stitched. The double XX being the source of our brand name, Red OXX.
PUTTING THE HARD IN HEAVY-DUTY HARDWARE.
When you see and feel the sheer heft our stainless steel and nickel-plated hardware you'll understand why so many railroaders swear by our Grips. Just check out over three hundred (300) product reviews from satisfied engineers, conductors, and trainmen who have tried them all, some of them have burned through several competitors' bags within a single year. Includes The Claw, our no-slip rubber padded adjustable shoulder carry strap.
BOUND AND BAGGED
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 Grip.
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' Grips that brag of "binding" their edges.
Life on the tracks is hard. It's about steel, oil and hard sharp edges that cut and rip a regular bag to pieces. The Red Oxx Railroad Grip: "stronger than Armstrong."
NEED SOMETHING DIFFERENT?
Is a duffel style Grip not quite large enough for all your winter gear during a long haul? Try our Rail King II Railroad Rucksack. Too big? Need a shoulder carry backpack style bag that is more in tune with traveling light? Try our Rail Runner Railroad Rucksack.
Because an embroidered Grip is a respected grip. Order an Embroidered Monogram and make your Grip --yours. Available in red lettering only - located on top zipper panel only. Because there are many Grips out on the rails with owners names embroidered on their bags, it's a great idea to think up something a little more personal than just your name or initials. For example: perhaps a favorite nickname, pet name, TV show, band, game, animal, hero, car or truck, team, aircraft and so on. Something entirely unique to you.
- Three initials for only $7.50.
- Up to ten characters (including spaces, dashes and periods) for only $10.00.
*NOTE: Custom Embroidered Monogramming your grip adds an additional 2-3 business days before shipping.
"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.
UPS or USPS Priority International Shipping to Canada is $30.00. More information on International Shipping click here.
Witness the birth of your bag and learn about the many steps it takes to handcraft your Grip.
Meet the thundering herd in Montana who build your gear with pride.
Red Oxx is a U.S. Military Veteran owned and operated U.S. 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 7 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 secure.
U.S.A. Dimensions: 24"L x 12"W x 12"H
Capacity: 3,456 cu. inches
Weight: 4.7 pounds
Metric Dimensions: 70cm L x 30.5cm W x 30.5cm H
Capacity: 65.1 Liters
Weight: 2.13 Kilos
- Front and rear flat slip zippered pockets: 13"W x 8"H
- Dual end flat slip pockets: 11"W x 11"H
- Dual end 3/4 zippered compartments: 12"W x 12"H x 4"D
- Main compartment: 12"W x 16"L x 12"D
Every great trainman and his bag needs Railroader accessories.
Other ideal uses for the rugged Railroad Grip include:
- Riggers bag - tough enough for any oil rigging job.
- Trucker cargo bag - great for tools and travel gear.
- Roughneck bag - If you work a tough job, this is your bag.
- Horse tack bag
- Rodeo saddle bag
- Rope bag
- Halter bag
- Horese Trainers bag
- AMR Pack
- FIFO Miner's Bag
- Construction worker bag
- NRC tool bag
- LE range bag
- LE Patrol car bag
- SWAT gear bag
- Law Enforcement Patrol bag
Fun GRIP Trivia: It's called a Grip as this comes from the rail line term for a train case bag coined as a "Grip sack." This was a bag issued by the RR for employees to organize and carry their stuff. It was a large canvas bag with big handles. As the years passed, the term was shortened to Grip.
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Designed AND made in U.S.A.
- 1050 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified Ballistic CORDURA® nylon fabric
- Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
- Detachable Claw nonslip adjustable shoulder strap
- All zippers #10 YKK VISLON® self-locking
- Nylon webbing zipper pull grab loops
- Thread: proprietary #92 bonded Solar Max Nylon
- All seams double stitched and bound
- 3250 welded D Rings, nickel plated
- Stainless Steel Mil spec snaps with Red Oxx logo
- Nickel plated turn locks secure main compartment
- 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
- Available in BLACK only
- Embroidery available in RED only
- Monogram embroidery available on Grip, Rail King, and Rail Runner only
- Designed by railroaders for railroaders
- U.S.A. Dimensions: 24"L x 12"W x 12"H
- Metric Dimensions: 70cm L x 30.5cm W x 30.5cm H
- U.S.A. Capacity: 3,456 Cubic Inches
- Metric Capacity: 65.1 Liters
- U.S.A. Weight: 4.7 Pounds
- Metric Weight: 2.13 Kilos
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.