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Red Oxx C-Ruck Carry-on Rucksack - shown in Olive. Chose from 12 Colors.

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4.85 Average Rating
 (105 Reviews)

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 Good Pack
By , Texas, October 20, 2014

Good pack for travel and in the field.
 Airborne Carry on Ruck sack
By , Benbrook, TX, September 27, 2014

My husband and I both work for the railroad and needed a better, roomier backpack. This seems to the bill. Only wish it had zippers to close instead of draw strings. It is comfortable and holds quite a bit of stuff with room to spare. Wish you had something similar in the "railroad" category.
 Fantastic Carry-on
By , Pittsburgh, PA, August 6, 2014

I took this bag on a 2 week tour of Italy as one of two carry-on bags. Rugged, well made, and good looking, it was a great investment. So good, I bought my wife an Air Boss.

By , New York, July 11, 2014

Highest quality - a beautiful product. Thanks to the folks at RedOxx for superfast delivery. It's gone across the Balkans with me over the past month as carry-on in small planes, boats, taxis and on my back and it has held everything I needed. Robust and comfortable: I won't be looking for another rucksack.
 Very pleased
By , San Diego , July 4, 2014

I leave in August for three weeks in china studying tai chi and Taoist thought. This is perfect for a traveling light in busses and trains and such. Might not be big enough if I needed to get dressed up or if the weather was cold, but perfect for these plans.
 Great bag
By , United States, May 29, 2014

Very good bag holds my 17inch. laptop and other gear in it also is very comfortable carrying on back all around great bag!
 Use as backpack
By , Fenton MI, May 12, 2014

VERY sturdy build. Point where top straps attach are the wrong angle (for me, at least) to allow straps to lay flat on my shoulders. Also I will need to add some padding between this connection point and my shirt.
 Solid Field Pack
By , Charleston, SC, April 10, 2014

I received my Ruck Sack and two days later I was off to Ceiba, Puerto Rico with it for a week long field investigation for a company project. I am a civil engineer and professional land surveyor and I used the ruck sack initially as a carry on bag, but once I landed in PR I immediately converted it into an everday field pack. It carried my tapes, multi-tool, plans, cameras, GPS, water, snacks, USB cables, extra clothes, rain jacket, etc. The bag is solid and extremely well built. It hauled a ton of gear and was very easy to work out of. I was used to working out of big tool bags, so the ruck sack was quite a positive change for me. It kept me organized and was a pleasure to carry.

Thanks Red Oxx!
 if you want the coolest backpack
By , saskatoon, sk, canada, April 10, 2014

and by coolest i mean most practical, most functional, most durrable , and best looking.
 Exactly like I expected.
By , Greenville, PA, March 20, 2014

I've purchased several bags from Red Oxx. This one is just what I've come to expect from this company. It's built like a tank. This backpack won't fail after 2 to 3 years, as other companies' products have. It's a first rate product from a first rate company.
 Road Warrior
By , New York, January 16, 2014 second bag from RO..just great! Built like a tank. Great looks, and made in the USA. It may be a little expensive but worth every penny. If this is what you it!
 Righteous Rucksack
By , Albuquerque, December 27, 2013

This is a well constructed and good sized bag for long distance travel as a plane bag or a week of travel where you need only casual clothes. It has plenty of room and the side pockets are idealy suited for a book/kindle/extra stuff. The only suggestion I have is perhaps a hole/slit for a camel back tube. Otherwise, great job. I appreciate your listening to other purchasers and adding a chest strap. It works well and was a good addition.
By , NEW JERSEY, July 22, 2013

I bought the c-ruck for my teenage sons 3 week trip to Europe for his high schools band tour. It performed perfectly and held up to the abuse only a teenager can provide. He also borrowed my Red Oxx expedition duffle and it was ideal for the frequent hotel stays and bus rides. Thanks Red Oxx!
 Doesn't fit me
By , Huntington Beach, CA, June 25, 2013

Backpacks are like shoes, one brand may fit you better than another. The buckles that attach the shoulder straps to the bottom of the pack scratch the inside of my upper arms. As a result this pack hangs in my closet, unused.
 Lived Out Of For 2 Months
By , , April 14, 2013

Use this ruck sack as my only luggage for a two month trip. Easily carried all my electronics and gear, as well as a few mementos gathered along the way. It's now my primary travel bag. Easy to lug around, and I've never had carry-on issues, even on regional flights.
 Great Alternative
By , United States, April 5, 2013

I work for a railroad and I already own the larger railroader grip for when I need to go out of town. Recently my smaller back pack failed on me and I needed a replacement so I came here. This rucksack is awesome and allows me to bring what I need for those days when I have a local job instead of lugging that big duffel around.
 Great ruck sack for railroaders
By , colorado, March 21, 2013

This bag is a great alternative to the larger rucksack that red oxx offers. I work as a locomotive enginer and we don't have to carry as much as the conductor. On your back you can easily move on and off the locomotives. Feels great for those long walks to the train. The only thing that I would like to see are some more smaller storage pockets inside for the little odds and ends that I have to carry.
 tough backpack
By , pembroke nc, March 14, 2013

excellent backpack, well organized and carefully planned when creating this backpack. Well built with plenty of pockets inside and out.
 C-Ruck rocks, but needs a sternum strap.
By , Michigan, USA, February 14, 2013

I bought the C-Ruck as a replacement for a 20-year old Continental Rucksack from LL Bean. The latter bag hadn't actually failed, I just decided to retire it. I love the C-Ruck, and its construction is top-notch. Its design incorporates many thoughtful features and functions. However, this bag *needs* a sternum strap. This is literally the only thing I like better about my old LL Bean rucksack. Lack of sternum strap notwithstanding, I will definitely be buying other Red Oxx products in the future. If you're on the fence because of cost, take the plunge on the Red Oxx. You won't regret it.
 A travel companion you'll bring every time
By , Oregon, January 3, 2013

I searched and shopped for two months for a new all-purpose travel bag, and inevitably came back to the C-Ruck. I love it and I'm glad I waited and made the quality choice.

The main compartment is larger than it seems in the photos, and the inner laptop sleeve is roomy enough to slip a packing cube into. I put all my small clothes items like undies and socks in one and the compartment kept them out of the way of everything else and easy to access. Great! The back straps are much more padded than they appear to be in the pictures, on par with a backpacking pack or better.

I've never had a pack with ALICE straps before, and I love em! So easy to adjust! My biggest suggestion though, and reason for leaving off a star, is that there is no chest or waist strap to help distribute load for long walks. It wouldn't have to be very substantial. I might try to run a chest strap through the daisy chain loops on the back straps and see if that works.

I do think that the front pocket could be taller, and I love the beefy zippers though they are awkward to get around the pocket corners. But I'm just being picky. A spectacular pack! I am a light packer and can get a weeks worth of clothes and personal gear in the pack no problem. Went through the airport and on the plane without a hitch. Bonus! Run an elastic cord across the front of the pack between the daisy chains, shoelace style, and boom, a place to strap on more gear!
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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between the C-ruck Carry-on Rucksack and the Roadster Mini Ruck?
The C-Ruck's main compartment is two inches wider and one inch taller than the Roadster Mini Ruck. These larger dimensions are also reflected in the side pockets, front raised pocket and cover flat pocket. See the Specifications Tab at left for further dimension details.
Will the C-ruck meet carry-on legal standards?
Sure, the C-Ruck Rucksack will easily fit in the overhead bins of most airlines.
What's the best way to pack the C-ruck?
Since our Rucksacks are top loaders, the most efficient way to pack one is to pack items you may need easy access to in the raised exterior pockets. Try rolling each piece of clothing. Another option we recommend is to use our Red Oxx Packing Cubes. Some intrepid travelers have used the Nomad Shave Kits and Lil Roy Gadget Bags as packing cubes. This way you can compartmentalize everything by color coding it. Bundle wrapping would require pulling the entire bundle out to access anything.
How many days worth of supplies will fit in the C-ruck?
Depends on how good a packer you are. Most people can get a weekends worth of clothes in the C-Ruck. We'd estimate three to five days.
What's the red fabric on the inside of the bag for?
Having a bright color on the inside of the bag helps to see what's inside the bag. It also adds an extra layer of weather resistant protection.
Will a laptop fit in the C-ruck? What size laptop?
Virtually any laptop with up to a 17 inch diagonal screen and two inches thick will slide into the padded sleeve inside the rucksack.
Does the C-ruck Carry-on have a belly strap?
Because the C-Ruck Rucksack does not have a built in frame, therefore a belt strap would not help to balance the load.
Are there any interior pockets?
There is a notebook / laptop stitched-in sleeve located in the back of both the C-Ruck and the Mini Ruck.
Is there a way to securely lock the pockets on my rucksack?
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.
My zipper broke. The teeth have separated. Do I send it in for warranty repair?
No need for warranty repair, try to 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 during checkout and we will adjust your billing accordingly.
“I'm a history lesson carried on your back.”

C-ruck Carry-on Rucksack $265.00

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Paratrooper Tough!

C-Ruck: the do-it-all airline carry-on legal rucksack.

Rucksacks were used by WWII airborne paratroopers. Comfortably molded to their backs they did not add hassles to their already perilous days. Our modern version of the rucksack works just as well--without the added weight and bulk of an internal frame.

Called the "C-Ruck" for carry-on travel use, the Volara foam padded backing on the main compartment cushions your back. The deep and wide main compartment will hold more than enough belongings for a dawn to dark hike.

This rugged rucksack features an interior slip pocket that will safely stow your CamelBak, laptop notebook computer, or tablet. Underneath the C-Ruck pack, we've added Fastex straps to hold your jacket in the middle of your day hike, or your yoga mat when you're heading off to class.

No more squirming for the straps--soft UniSuede articulating shoulder straps provide surprising all-day comfort, rotating freely at the base of the shoulder. Far stronger than stitching into the bag. The rings provide a keen workable solution to the weakest part of a backpack, the shoulder strap seams, and are much stronger than stitching into the bag.

Loaded with plenty of daisy chain loops on both the rucksack body itself and both shoulder straps, you'll never be short for hanging keys, flashlights, iPods, smartphones and anything else you may need quick access to.

Double drawstring expanded sleeve top closures and handy external raised front and side zippered pockets add almost another 1,000 cubic inches of carrying capacity making it easy to organize your belongings. All external pockets feature our tough #10 YKK zippers that conveniently zip halfway down the pocket sides so you can dig deep if you need to. These tall pockets are also the perfect size for wine, spirit, thermos, water, or soda bottles (or a package of a dozen eggs) in case you plan to pack for a picnic.


Our customers like to define our gear as "built like a tank". While obviously you're not going to be toting around rucksacks that weigh 50 tons and have three inches of armor plate, still the comparison is valid. For a rucksack, they are built tough. Starting with the most durable soft textile material available, 1000 weight CORDURA® nylon, we use super strong proprietary UV resistant thread that is stitched into every seam.

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 ruck, 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 less expensive dime a dozen rucksacks that brag of "binding" their edges.

Each stress point, such as where the shoulder straps 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 service as military parachute riggers.

The reason Red Oxx uses the largest zipper available, 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.

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, out on the trail or other inconvenient locale thereby 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, 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 rucksack break you down?

Use the C-Ruck as your vehicle bug-out bag loaded for bear and ready to ramble. Since this is a fairly large knapsack style bag, smaller framed folks might try the Roadster Mini Ruck.

Tested across the European theater by our Red Oxx Roughneck Bag Testing Crew, the C-Ruck Rucksack loaded on and off trains and intercontinental flights without a hitch (and flagged a few taxis along the way). Packing a week's worth of clothes left room for souvenirs and the external pockets kept our goods organized.

Because Red Oxx backs our rucksacks with our "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty, you won't feel guilty about filling up your local landfill with cheap imported junk every season. Buy it once, own it forever, and pass it on. Join the "pack" and buy a military inspired, combat-tough rucksack and stand out from the ordinary backpack crowd. When you're on the go, a Rucksack that won't breakdown is one less worry. Rugged, reliable and tough.

If you're a railroader, due to the harsh conditions on the rails, we recommend our larger 100% ballistic nylon Rail Runner Rucksack or the mondo large Rail King Rucksack.

U.S.A. Exterior Dimensions: 18"L x 12"W x 7"H (excludes raised pockets).
Capacity: 1,428 cubic inches (2,400 total, including all external raised pockets).
Weight: 3.7 pounds.

Metric Dimensions: (Main Compartment Only) 45.7cm L x 30.5cm W x 17.8cm H.
Capacity (total): 40 Liters.
Weight: 1.68 Kilos.

Pocket Measurements:

  • Exterior dual raised side zippered pockets: 12"H x 7"W x 2"D
  • Exterior dual side zippered flat slip pockets: 7"W x 6.5"H
  • Exterior raised front pocket: 8"L x 7"W x 2"D
  • Exterior zippered flat slip top flap pocket: 10.5"W x 9"H
  • Interior flat slip pocket: 14.5"H x 11.5"W

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Rave Reviews from the Pros:'s Go Europe travel advisory gives the C-Ruck Rucksack a smashing 5 stars. Check out his Rucksack review.

Rucksack Trivia:
Rucksack is German for Backpack. Der Rücken (Ruck) refers to the back part of the body and translates as "to move". Sack means "pack". To move a pack. Surprising similarities exist in other European languages such as Rucksack is Rygsæk in Danish, Rugzak in Dutch, Ryggsäck in Swedish, Ryggsekk in Norwegian, and Rugsak in South Afrikaans. A Rucksack (or Ruck Sack) is also commonly called a Haversack, Knapsack or Packsack. We call it the C-ruck rucksack because it's airline carry-on legal.

C-Ruck Carry-on Rucksack is a Red Oxx "Staff Pick" favorite.


C-Ruck Rucksack Specs Chart

  • "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
  • Designed AND hand made in U.S.A.
  • Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified CORDURA® nylon
  • Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
  • 400 weight denier soft red nylon lining
  • All zippers #10 YKK VISLON® self-locking
  • Thread: #92 bonded Solar Max nylon
  • All seams double stitched and bound
  • Reinforced Double box stitching such as on carry handles
  • Fair trade Monkey Fist Zip Knots on all zippers
  • Daisy chain loops on ruck body and both straps
  • Includes adjustable detachable chest strap
  • Embroidered Logo Patches
  • Fastex side release buckles
  • A.L.I.C.E. pack strap adjusters
  • Nickel plated 1/4" O-rings allow articulating shoulder straps
  • Grab loop handle
  • Mil Spec parachute cord with adjustable Fastex tension locks
  • Spurred stainless steel grommets
  • Uni-Suede padded articulating backpack straps
  • 4 lb. closed cell Volara foam padding in back
  • Choose from 12 vibrant colors
  • Free heavy-duty vinyl luggage tag
  • Includes Cable Lock
  • U.S.A. Dimensions - Main Compartment: 18"L x 12"W x 7"H
    Side Pockets: 12"L x 7"W x 2"H
    Front Pocket: 8"L x 7"W x 2"H
  • Metric Dimensions Main Compartment only: 45.7cm L x 30.5cm W x 17.8cm H
  • U.S.A. Capacity (total): 2,400 Cubic Inches
  • Metric Capacity (total): 40 Liters
  • U.S.A. Weight: 3.7 Pounds
  • Metric Weight: 1.68 Kilos

C-Ruck Carry-on Rucksack Color Translator

  • Amethyst = Purple
  • Black = Raven
  • Bordeaux = Dark Red
  • Coal = Gray
  • Forest = Green
  • Khaki = Tan
  • Mariner = Blue
  • Midnight = Dark Blue
  • Olive = Military Green
  • Red
  • 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.

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