By Paul Walker, where ever the winds and my will takes me!, May 31, 2012
This is about my 8th Sun Chaser purchase - Each member of my family has one and I've bought 4 as graduation gifts. Everybody loves em for airline carry on's or for quick overnight get aways! I actually keep 1 on hand for that I need a great gift now event. You can cram em full of stuff or gear and they just carry on as if that's what they were designed to do - funny because I figure that's what the Ox boys had in mind when they manufacture all their gear. I've bought a briefcase, a gator, a PR 5 and suit bag - All of it the best bags I've ever owned. They've travelled to Africa, Europe, Mexico and South America and they are solid travel luggage. I even own an early bag from Red Ox that they no longer make but is my favorite small gear catchall/go bag. Keep up the great work Red Oxx and best wishes for the new facility!
By Scott, Danville, CA, April 30, 2012
I got this for carry-on and love it. It's very well made and the double zipper top is great for access. My 8x42 binos fit well in their case in the outside pocket and using the rolling method of packing it will hold plenty of clothes. Not too big and not too small -- Just right. Another "well done" to Red Oxx.
By Mike S., Denver, CO, April 26, 2012
This Sun Chaser is a fantastic little bag. I keep it as my go bag for any of the quick trips I must take for work with little to no notice. It holds a full compliment of 3+ days of clothing (mixed business casual and personal casual), change of shoes and sandals, toiletries, water bottle and still has room to spare. Even fully loaded it easily fits in the overhead and has not even been considered at the gates as an item needed to be gate checked.
Solid , sturdy bag, superior workmanship, simply a high quality bag well worth the investment.
By Anonymous, woburn, ma, April 5, 2012
i travel a lot between the east coast and the midwest on weekend trips. I wanted something that would fit underneath my seat on the plane. This bag works perfect. I can put plenty of clothes in it and lay my laptop on top of them without any issues for space. No more having to check my roller because all the space above has been used up on the plane. The only issue I have, similar to others, is the strap begins to dig in to my shoulder after carrying it for a while. I either switch shoulders, carry it by the handles, or put it down. The build quality is fantastic. So glad I finally found the nearly perfect carryon bag.
By RP, Seattle, March 1, 2012
This bag is perfect. As a high school coach I've got through 20 different bags- all junk (including under armour stuff). This bag is the perfect size, looks classy, and is bullet proof. Why spend $500 on 20-30 different bags over time, when a little extra money for one bag is the solution....wish someone would have told me that before.
Also went on a three day trip, and took only this bag and avoided check in. Once again- fit in the small overhead bin of the plane and big enough to carry all I needed for the weekend trip.
By David Lisak, Massachusetts, September 8, 2011
I own many Red Oxx bags, so I am no longer surprised by the excellent design features and superb construction. That's what defines this company. The Sun Chaser fits a very particular niche for me. I am a very frequent flyer, and I pack very light. So this bag, at roughly the same volume as the Mini-Ruck (1850+ cu. in.), is easily large enough to carry what I need for multi-day trips. The Sun Chaser has two features that -- for some trips -- make it more convenient than the Mini-Ruck. First, the double-zipper top opening makes it easier to pack and easier to see what you've got in the bag. Second, the shape of the Sun Chaser makes it easier to fit into the small, overhead bins of commuter jets, which all airlines are using now on more and more routes. The Mini-Ruck will also fit those bins, but if you've got it packed full you might need to do some shifting around to get it in and out.
Of course, packed full, I'd rather be carrying the Mini-Ruck on my back than the Sun Chaser over my shoulder, but that's why I own both bags.
By Anonymous, Virginia, September 5, 2011
Used this as my primary bag for a brief 3 day European jaunt. Very easy to pack given the large top flap. I took extra shoes and even packed my suit jacket easily, without much wrinkling. The little pockets are perfect for toiletries.
By Robert, Great Falls, VA, August 21, 2011
Truly under-rated and under-appreciated little bag. I substitute it for my Air Boss on some trips. I can get a week's worth of stuff in this bag, even with Lufthansa's absurd 8kg (17.2 lb) carry-on limit. Works just as well for a quick weekend trip to the beach, or the mountains.
Side pockets are good for miscellaneous stuff. Use some Domke inserts and it's a pretty good camera bag, with room for some extras.
By Farron Brougher, Orange County, CA, July 28, 2011
I no longer carry a camera bag, since I travel light with at most two cameras and lenses, maybe a small flash. The Sun Chaser is the ideal under-seat bag. The side pockets add space without adding height, the critical dimension for bags that go under the seat. As another reviewer noted, a not quite full bag was easy on the shoulder at about 13 lbs. I too chose it over the PR4, a bit less expensive and easier to pack.
By JackieB, SW FLORIDA, July 21, 2011
At 62 years old and 5'2" I decided to forget trying to lug around a roll aboard bag that I could never get up stairs and constantly tipped over, and try a one bag carryon that I could just, well, carry! So after many days of investigating hundreds of options including other American bag companies and reading all the reviews I could find on them all, I decided that the Red Oxx Sunchaser was THE bag! So after ordering the bag and promptly receiving it, I was at first afraid it was too small for a one bag trip. But, I packed the bag, anyway, for a ten day trip, hoping for the best.
WOW!! I fit EVERYTHING I needed into the bag (I don't even carry a purse) for the ten days and I still could have fit a little more and it only weighed 13 pounds! I am now back from my trip and using the Sunchaser was the very best experience I ever had traveling with a bag! Wish I would have had this bag years ago!!!! Thanks for this great product!!!
By Paul Walker, Texas, June 23, 2011
I've been giving Sun Chasers for graduation gifts for a few years now and it has worked out great. It's a great piece of equipment and as people move to a different phase of their life, a great bag for travel and weekends is always appreciated. I usually try to get them is school colors if possible but regardless, the recipients are always thrilled! Great products RED OXX keep em coming!
By Ryan F., Cuyahoga Falls, OH, June 15, 2011
This was my first Red Oxx purchase and I know it won't be my last. I almost purchased the Air Boss in May 2010 for a 10-day trip to China. But I purchased the MEI Executive Overnighter because it was a better fit for my needs.
I travel about 40% of the time for work and I've really enjoyed the "one-bag" concept, though I don't really stick to it. I always carry my laptop bag as well. I bought the Sun Chaser as a bag for shorter trips of 2 - 3 days, although this bag would work for longer trips too. The bag is built like a tank. It may even be overbuilt for a bag this small, but I understand how all Red Oxx products must have the same build quality.
I debated between this and the PR4. Since their physical sizes are the same, I chose the Sun Chaser for its superior function. It has a longer main compartment, which is easier to pack. The side pockets are more practical for me and the larger one holds toiletries perfectly for TSA.
Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase. I haven't actually traveled with this bag for work yet because my wife just gave birth to our son. I received the bag about three days before we had to unexpectedly go to the hospital. Luckily I had already swapped her designer bag with the Red Oxx to take all of our overnight clothes and other things for the hospital stay. The Sun Chaser performed really well and held more than her larger bag.
One complaint I have is with the carrying strap. I know this thing is never supposed to slip from your shoulder, but this comes with a price. When the bag is fully loaded, the strap digs into your shoulder and it is quite uncomfortable. I have a Tom Bihn Absolute Strap on my MEI bag that I will just use when I take the Sun Chaser. Red Oxx really should look into an alternative strap for those that need more comfort when walking long distances.
Great product from Red Oxx though. I hope to buy more of their gear when the need arises.
By Pierre, Washington, DC, June 2, 2011
Great, as all RedOxx products are. And very reasonably priced.
By Paul B., Vermont, May 8, 2011
Really great bag - just the right size for 3-4 day trips. Like others, I thought the Sunchaser might be too small when I first opened the box, but it holds a surprising amount of gear, and the outside pockets are really convenient. I do agree with others however, who commented that the hardware is a little overkill for this size bag. Maybe you could offer an alternative "ultra-light" model with similar features but these pared down features:
Lighter-weight hardware - titanium or aluminum rings, etc.
Alternative lightweight strap - Claw strap is great, but very heavy
Side stiffener to ease loading - this would really help packing
Center partition to divide main compartment
All in all a solid bag. Well laid out. I am very pleased with this purchase. Nice to find such high quality construction in a carryon.
By CB, Clearwater Valley, ID, January 7, 2011
I used this for a trip to San Diego, that involved smaller commuter planes. It fit perfectly under the seats even on the smaller planes. I carried a pro SLR with a good size lens and a telephoto zoom lens. Still had room for 2 changes of clothing, and a travel CPAP machine.
The construction of this bag actually shocked me with its quality. It is incredibly well-built, and the outside pockets are well designed. The zippers are so far above the usual quality! The claw strap was so much better than anything else I've carried that I ordered an extra strap to put on a piece of luggage I already had.
We liked this so much, we bought 3 more bags.
By Nathan, Missouri, September 19, 2010
Just got back from a week-long business trip and this was the only bag I took. Honestly, I couldn't imagine taking a bigger bag for a 7 day trip, but that's me. I would echo everything good that's been said about this bag by the other reviewers. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this fit under the seat in front of me on the plane. One of the flight attendants noticed me testing this as we deplaned. She commented that I made a good purchase.
In addition, I commend the Red Oxx customer service. Very helpful in my deliberations (I was thinking this, Air Boss, or PR4/5). They helped me make the right choice. I expect years of service from this bag.
By Kyle T, Ohio, September 19, 2010
At first I was concerned that this bag would be too small for use as an only carry on. Those fears were quickly put to rest when I started loading it up for my 11 day trip to Europe. 7 shirts, 2 shorts, 2 pairs of pants, my laundry kit, pair of running shoes and the other necessities later, I still had room left over (I was even able to fit a hiking day pack and souvenirs purchased there INSIDE my redoxx sunchaser for the return trip). Though it was bulging on the way back, it still fit comfortably within the more stringent airlines required carry on size and never received a second look (on some airlines I can even get it to fit underneath the seat in front of me).
Overall very pleased with my purchase and I am looking forward to many years of traveling with this very versatile bag.
By Gromulus, Ohio, July 13, 2010
Over the past several years I have accumulated several Red Oxx bags and accessory items. While they all have their place - the Sun Chaser is, without a doubt, my favorite bag. This is the perfect carry-on size for virtually every aircraft. It even fits under the seat if required. While the Flying Boxcar and PR-5 are also carry-on size, I wanted to play it safe with a slightly smaller bag. I was torn between the Sun Chaser and PR-4 but the Sun Chaser offers so many advantages. (If the end compartments of the PR4 would acommodate shoes, than it might be a toss-up between the two.) I really like the longer center compartment for versatility. The padded bottom helps retain shape and provides some added protecton for electronics. I find the larger side compartment on the Sun Chaser is perfect for my toiletry bag and the smaller one is great for cameras, MP3, etc. The end grab handles make all the difference when trying to get the bag out of the overhead compartment or other tightly packed areas. This is the most underrated bag that Red Oxx offers.
By Anonymous, Bozeman, Montana, August 12, 2009
I recently went offroading and camping down in Colorado and at the recommendation of the friendly Red Oxx Staff, they suggested I try this fantastic duffel bag. I couldn't be happier. I didn't want to pack more than a weeks worth of clothes and since we'd be bouncing around in 4 x 4's I wanted to try a bag that could fit in a nook or cranny on the rig. The fact that Red Oxx bags are soft sided yet loaded with heavy duty hardware makes them perfect for off-road adventuring such as boulder trails. You can organize your stuff and then jam the bag into some hole. Here's the best part, because the hardware is brutus and that there's handles on the ends make yanking the bag out from under everyone elses jammed in back of a rig a piece of cake. The larger side pocket held my toiletry (also Red Oxx and highly recommended) and the smaller pocket my camera gear. The main compartment was loaded with shirts, shorts, light jacket, socks, undies, vest. At this rate I may end up with the entire collection.
By frank headley, Wilmington, NC, June 24, 2009
I have now used the Sunchaser on two trips and it came through with flying colors.My first trip was to Europe for 8 days and I used this as a supplemental bag in addition to a checked bag. As the trip was a cruise, I put most of my casual clothes in this bag and had room to spare. It was fortuitous to have this bag, as my checked bag was lost for 10 hours upon my arrival in to Nuremberg.
It fit into every plane without having to be checked, including one of the smaller regional jets. Hauling this through European airports, I really appreciated the Claw strap. I felt the weight of the bag, but it never slipped or got uncomfortable.
The bag really proved it's mettle, however, on an 8-day driving trip, using only the Sunchaser.
I stuffed several electronic items (iPod,phone charger,camera charger), flip-flops,pair of running shoes,pair of short-sleeve pajamas,pair of running shorts,swim trunks,tee shirt, (2) pairs of golf shorts,(5)golf shirts, (9) pairs of socks,(9)briefs. I put the underwear/socks in an Eagle Creek cube and used that as my base to do my bundling. The shirts were light-weight (eg-similar to ClimaCool) and all items held up well with minimal wrinkling. And yes, I had to unpack and repack for 7 nights, but it only took 3-5 minutes each time. I echo past reviews on the helpfulness of the grab loops and the solid construction.
At times, I wondered if the bag would zip up, but those strong zippers did the job with no apparent strain. Thanks for an extremely functional and durable bag!
----------Red Oxx Replies: Thanks so much for the great review Frank. We encourage you to try our Nomad, Lil Roy and Tri-fold as "packing cubes".
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between the Sun Chaser Duffel and Safari Beanos PR4?
The Sun Chaser has a full length main compartment with extra raised pockets located on the side of the bag, whereas the PR4
have a shorter main compartment and the pockets on both ends. The Sun Chaser also features grab handles on the ends and a padded bottom.
What's the difference between the Sun Chaser and the Flying Boxcar?
The Flying Boxcar is a full five inches longer and one inch wider.
Will this bag meet personal item sizing?
You can use it as one but we don't market it as such. So long as it wasn't fully packed you might slip one by. Certainly works well as a carry-on bag.
Why is the bottom padded?
The padding was requested by photography enthusiasts to protect their camera gear from impacts.
Why are there two zippers on the back of the bag?
They are for a pass-through panel so that the bag can be mounted over the handles of a wheeled bag.
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.
What's the best way to pack the Sun Chaser?
We recommend the bundle packing method. Watch the packing video under the Videos tab on the Flying Boxcar
product page (a slightly larger but similar in design duffel bag). Not fond of bundle packing, build a custom set of your own Red Oxx Packing Cubes
How many days worth of clothes will fit in the Sun Chaser?
The Sun Chaser was designed to hold a weekend's worth of clothes, like for a beach trip or road trip ... thus the name.
Are there any interior pockets?
The Sun Chaser two raised side pockets and one flat side pocket. There is only the one large main compartment without interior pockets.
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.
Can you ship USPS?
Yes, Red Oxx will ship USPS upon request. Simply state, "Please ship USPS in the cart comments and we will adjust your billing accordingly.
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SLR Camera bag in hiding!
Sure! Carry-on duffel for a short trip to the Caribbean? Why not?
The smallest in our Expedition series of duffel bags, the Sun Chaser is the latest in incognito camera bags. The main compartment is roomy for all your photo gadgets like SLR zoom lenses, camera bodies, and short tripods. The closed cell Volara foam padded bottom helps to protect your precious fragile photo gear from impact. Secure the double zippered lid with the twin turn locks. The two raised side pockets are handy for when you need fast access. Both pockets zip halfway down the sides for easy access to buried equipment like data storage, adapters, manuals, etc.
MORE THAN JUST A CAMERA BAG.
The Sun Chaser (like all of our Red Oxx bags) is multipurpose – use it for road press, last-minute getaways, or quick vacations where you only need to pack your bathing suit, a few changes of underwear, a few different outfits, and your shoes. It also makes for a handy sports gear bag.
A GOOD BAG IS A SUM OF ITS PARTS.
Our Monkey Fist Zip Knots and heavy-duty #10 YKK zippers make opening the compartments a yankin' cinch, yet the self-locking zipper design prevents accidental openings. The full-length pass-through zippered pocket docking sleeve on the other side allows for stacking on wheeled suitcase handles... or leave the bottom zipper closed and use it as a flat pocket. Heavy-duty 1050 weight Ballistic Nylon, our toughest, on the padded bottom skid-plate signals many years of rough use sliding up and down cargo belts.
HOW TO CARRY THE SUN CHASER DUFFEL BAG.
The nonslip Claw Shoulder Strap allows for easy carrying, while the grab loops on both ends make retrieving this bag from the overhead compartment or yanking it from under other soft-sided luggage a snap. Carry it using the adjustable noslip Claw shoulder strap on your shoulder, cross body or by the handle.
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, Sun Chasers are built tough. Starting with the most durable textile material available, 1000 weight CORDURA® nylon, we use super strong UV resistant thread that is stitched into every seam.
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 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.
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 adapted from our time as parachute riggers.
MY, WHAT BIG ZIPPERS YOU HAVE!
The reason Red Oxx uses the largest zipper we can afford, 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 plastic hardware break in the middle of a busy intersection, airport or other inconvenient locale dumping your precious belongings all over the ground, 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. Why worry about having your bag break down?
The Red Oxx Sun Chaser is a multi-compartment, multi-task, carry-on sports duffel bag with a minimalist's design and organizational flexibility.
U.S.A. Dimensions: 19"L x 9"W x 9"H.
Capacity: 1,539 cubic inches (1,854 including raised side pockets).
Weight: 3.5 pounds.
Metric Dimensions: 48.3cm L x 22.9cm H x 22.9cm W
Capacity: 25.3 Liters
Weight: 1.59 Kilo
- Small raised zippered side pocket: 5"W x 7"H x 2"D
- Large raised zippered side pocket: 10"W x 7"H x 2"D.
- Main compartment: 19"L x 9"W x 9"H
- Side pass through zippered flat pocket: 3"H x 17"L
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Designed AND hand made in Billings, Montana U.S.A..
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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 bag needs cool accessories.
- Designed AND made in the U.S.A.
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Detachable no-slip adjustable Claw Shoulder Strap
- 4 lb. closed cell Volara foam padded bottom
- Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified CORDURA® Nylon
- Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
- All zippers #10 YKK VISLON® self-locking
- Thread: #92 bonded Solar Max Nylon
- 1050 weight Ballistic nylon skid plate bottom
- Dual End Grab loops
- Dual turn locks on zippered flap panel
- Twin D rings for locking zippered flap panel
- Pass thru panel to use with wheeled luggage; can double as an extra flat pocket
- All seams double stitched and bound
- Stainless steel Mil-Spec snaps with Red Oxx logo
- 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
- US Dimensions: 19"L x 9"H x 9"W
- Metric Dimensions: 48.3cm L x 22.9cm H x 22.9cm W
- US Capacity: 1,854 cubic inches (including side pockets)
- Metric Capacity: 25.3 Liters
- US Weight: 3.5 Pounds
- Metric Weight: 1.59 Kilos
Sun Chaser Gadget Bag Color Translator
- Amethyst = Purple
- Bordeaux = Dark Red
- Black = Raven
- 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.
Questions? 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.
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