By Sarah Wade, Illinois, March 21, 2015
I ordered this bag for my husband on recommendation from other railroad employees. After 3 months of use this bag has been extremely useful for him on his trips. It holds all of his personal items and required railroad gear all in one bag. The multiple compartments make it easy to organize and get at equipment easily. It is made with durable material and we have no doubt that it will hold up though many years of travel. Great purchase for a new railroader.
By Anonymous, Saskatchewan, Canada, March 21, 2015
I am a railroader and received this bag as a gift from my company. I used to use a military duffel bad for work and I was able to fit everything that I carried in there into this bag. The zippers are top notch quality as are the strap and the buckles. I can't say enough positive things about this bag and I will be buying at least 2 more bags from red ox.
By CMSGT K.L. Hutcheson USAF Ret, Indianola, IA, March 19, 2015
Quit wasting your hard earned greenbacks on inferior grips rails. Been a conductor on the UPRR for 10+ years and nobody comes close to Red Oxx quality, features, durability, functionality, and warranty. Any questions,.....good, I didn't think so.
By MKJ, Saskatchewan, Canada, March 19, 2015
I ordered this bag for my husband, a locomotive engineer. We are so happy with the quality of the product and the materials used! A great bag!
By W E, Ont, Can, March 7, 2015
Been a railroader for 37 years and had a lot of bags, some of similar design but none had the quality of this grip. The design keeps everything organized and accessible without having to take 10 other things out to find what you are looking for. Zippers and hardware are all top quality and even though there is a lifetime warranty I don't think you'll need to use it. 1 problem, hard to get through locomotive doors with this bag on your shoulder.
By Olen, Texas, March 6, 2015
This bag is great!! I consolidated from two bags to one, and it handles the "pressure" very well. Keep up the good work!
By WE21, Msla,MT, March 5, 2015
Awesome product followed by great customer service! Last grip you'll need. Be SAFE, Be LEGENDS!
By Tim, Virginia, February 26, 2015
I work for Norfolk Southern as a conductor/engineer this girp is well worth the money I carry insulated bibs, jacket change of clothes shave kit and a large thermos all in main compartment, I put my rule book and air gauge in the end compartment latern, raido, gloves, and safety vest in the other. And I still have room for more. This grip is worth the money.
By Brandon Lewis, Kansas City, February 22, 2015
This bag is just awesome. Everything that I need to have on the railroad, fits. Including my winter gear such as insulated bibs, over shoes, numerous winter gloves with inserts, etc. Quality built, sturdy, indestructible.
By tom, montana, February 15, 2015
Strong, sturdy. Holds everything for local or over the road. Small pockets inside the big side pockets would be helpful for sorting small items.
By B. Coughenour, New Jersey, February 12, 2015
I work for a Railroad contractor. I needed a new bag and on a recommendation of Railroad engineer I bought this. It is very very well built and hold a Increadable amount of "stuff" I fit 7 complete changes of clothes, my shaving kit radio and flashlight. I totally recommend this bag.
By Brad, Illinois, February 12, 2015
New hire conductor and you see these redoxx bags everywhere. Asked around and was highly recommended. I love that all my gear fits in on overnight trips. Very easy to get into small doors on motor. Very well built.
By Robert, Tacoma, February 12, 2015
I have had this bag for 10 years. I have sent it back for repair twice. Both times it came back in 3 days good as new. Excellent products
By justin, north little rock, February 11, 2015
follow up review
have had REDOXX grip for 5 or 6 years now. REDOXX has warrantied my shoulder strap twice. I sent grip in for end zipper fix and asked for new patches since I rubbed mine bare, they not only did what was requested but replaced all hardware and monkey knots. if that is not money well spent on work investment I don't know what is. THANK YOU REDOXX, AGAIN!!
By Jeremy, Nebraska, February 10, 2015
Superb Quality and Craftsmanship!! I have plenty of room for all of my PPE, Coveralls, Clothes, Rulebooks and other stuff that I am required to have. Very sturdy zippers, straps and buckles. Best part is that the bag is made right here in the good ole' USA!!! Great Product and I would recommend this bag to anyone!
By jonathan w Doornbos, United States, January 29, 2015
i love this bag. its durable and spacious. the only thing that could make this bag better is if it had optional shoulder straps. if it had the clips sewn on the for corners, top or bottom, for a dual shoulder strap system it would be even better. it can be a challenge to carry on the locomotives without getting caught in the door ways and handrails.
By Anonymous, Alberta, January 24, 2015
Amazing grip,I love the design,strength and all around trust in my grip.I saw a few other guys in my terminal who had them and when I asked them they all pretty much said the same thing don't think buy.Its now a while later since and Im glad I got my name on it haha its almost getting hard to find your grip because theres so many of them.well played red oxx,well played
By Rob, Sarnia, January 22, 2015
Just started my railroad career in Sept - 14. After reading reviews on this site and seeing a few bags around the terminal, I decided to start off my new career with good gear. After making the purchase, paying taxes, shipping and exhange rate(Canada), I had a bit of buyers remorse. However, when the grip arrived a week late and I saw the craftsmanship and how heavy duty the zippers, buckles, and straps were, I was very happy. Now, 4 months after working on the rails, the bag still looks brand new. Very durable. Very happy with my purchase. Keeps all my gear dry and secure.
I carry in the grip: lantern, two flash lights, running shoes, rain gear, switch keys, first aid kit, change of clothes, balaclava, laptop, chargers, wallet, phone, car keys, two pairs of gloves, snacks, CROR, Terminal manuals, special dangerous manual, union books, two hardcover lined paper books, clipboard, headlamp, work vest, two pairs of safety glasses, binoculars, leatherman, tape. Still room to spare. Great investmant. Great grip.
By Linda Hackleman-Mathews, Indianapolis, IN, January 22, 2015
My husband works for the Railroad and has gone through so many bags. I bought him this one for Christmas. He was very pleased with it!!! Well worth the money. I highly recommend this product.
By Mark, Winnipeg, January 22, 2015
Very good grip. Worth the money. My only criticism would be that it is a bit small for the winter season gear. It would be nice if you had a choice in sizes.
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 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 Nylon fabric?
Ballistic 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 nylon fabric 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 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 Nylon (available only in BLACK, and for good reason, colored bags get filthy quickly in the rail yard environment). 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. Rail King 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 capital lettering only (no lower cases) - located on top zipper panel only. Because there are many Grips out on the rails with owner's 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 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 capital letters 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.