By James, Westchester, NY, October 15, 2015
I love this bag. It was a bit expensive but worth it. It's sturdy and made with quality materials. The cinching mechanism on the bag lets us pack a huge amount of stuff into a very small space compared to duffel bags or suitcases. We mostly use it for family trips to the Adirondacks. It easily fits all the clothes for a week for two adults and a toddler into our thule force XL cargo box. The backpack straps make it manageable to lift. The only criticism I would offer is that a belt strap and/or wheels would be helpful because the bag is quite heavy when fully packed.
mid sized and tough as nails
By richard martin, cerulean ky, July 16, 2015
Years ago I bought a larger Safari bag, and it's been great. I couldn't always get everything in it, so I also ended up using an old GI duffle bag in addition. This new bag accompanied me to Canada on a spring bear hunt earlier this year. It was just the right size, along with the Safari bag. It's a great product, and AMERICAN made! We still can compete with anyone, anywhere. God bless the USA.
By Anonymous, Madison, WI, December 25, 2014
This is the 3rd piece of Red Oxx I have bought for my son. He is an HR Rep and Recruiter in Milwaukee, WI. He travels a lot and this bag will take him to China and Germany! He has the messenger, an overnighter and now the Sherpa Jr. He loves them all!! Thanks for making a quality product!
Excellent fit for my Bullitt cargo bike
By Andre, Denmark, August 8, 2014
I bought this bag to carry all my stuff, camping gear and various other items on a longish bicycle trip on my Bullitt cargo bike (it's a modern Long John). I had what you might call "a slight mishap" (understatement of the month) which resulted in three weeks at the hospital, an amputated underleg, and a somewhat scratched bike. The bag was tossed from the bike and hit by a car, and although some of the stuff inside of it was ruined, the bag is fine. When I get my prosthetic leg and get used to walking and cycling with it, I will be using the bag again for my next trip.
Some people here have complained about the weight of the thing, but in reality, it is lighter than panniers of the same volume, and it is much easier to pack.
You can't have both ultralight and ultrastrong. They are opposites in the priority spectrum. I chose to go with Red Oxx gear because I wanted something that could take a beating, and I'm not the least bit disappointed.
With regards to packing - At first, I tried to keep the bag packed "square", but soon I just let it "bellow", which resulted in much more usable space, because sleeping mat, tent, sleeping bag, and cooking gear aren't square.
Another bonus of this bag is that I can reach the aft portion of the side pockets when it is on the cargo tray without getting off the bike.
By Ron Erwin, Joplin MO, January 1, 2014
I've waited almost a year and 4 countries before writing this review, but I'm happy to report that my first impression is still accurate. The Sherpa Jr is an almost perfect bag: versatile, beautiful, and very rugged. It's had rough treatment everywhere I've gone and still looks brand new, with no signs of wear or strain. It's stylish, but not in a way that's overly attractive to thieves. As others have said, the bag is a little awkward to carry when less than full, but some extra strapping takes care of that. If you care about old-school quality and craftsmanship, then Red Oxx is your company.
A very good bag that works better fully packed
By Roy, , September 27, 2013
This is a well made and very nice looking bag. There are two design flaws though and these are more obvious when the bag is not fully loaded. The first is that the compression straps are located too close to the ends. When tightened on a partially full bag they almost pull over the end. It would have been better to locate them at exactly the same point as the handle attachment. The second issue is that the handle is slightly too long. The bag almost touches the ground, again, particularly when partly full. Other than that it is a good bag and I do not regret buying it.
By DENNIS MARK, Northeastern Pa., September 19, 2013
Just got back from my first hunting trip to Africa. I chose this item as the single piece of luggage that I took. I couldn't be happier. It has more than enough room for what I needed including clothing, boots, ammo and a soft gun case. It looks great and is tough as nails. If you buy one you wont be disappointed. Even airline baggage handlers couldn't damage it.
By Daniel L., NC, February 21, 2013
Top notch bag - first trip was skiing - got 3 family members gear all in this bag. I will continue to purchase Red Oxx gear...
By Mike Z, Michigan, September 28, 2012
I used the Sherpa Jr. on a caribou hunting trip to Quebec. I was prepared for cold,warm and wet hunting so my bag was full-full. Its amazing how much you can stuff in there. Having handles all over the place made it easier to load on multiple float plane transfers off floating docks and rocky shorelines. The zippers are very durable and look like they'll last forever. I'm not too sure about the usefullness of the gator strap. With a full load you would not want this bag on your shoulders.
By Andrew, Alexandria, VA, August 23, 2012
The Sherpa Jr. Expedition Series bag was my second purchase from Red Oxx. Because I was very satisfied with my first purchase, the Air Boss, I knew that I would also love this bag. I have traveled everywhere with my Air Boss and it works and looks great after 2+ years of frequent multi-modal travel. I don't understand why anyone would buy luggage from any other company.
By Scott, Dallas, TX, June 15, 2012
I bought this bag specifically for a trip that my wife and I were making to Alaska. The trip was for two weeks and included a cruise as well as a trip to the interior, Denali National Park. Two weeks worth of clothes, covering a variety of climates, plus multiple pairs of shoes, including my new pair of XTRATUF boots, the Alaskan tennis shoe, fit comfortably into this bag. It was easy to store in the small cabin on the cruise, as well as the bus into the park. It's the only bag I took, other than my Roadster Mini Ruck Rucksack Sack of course, and I was well within my weight limits.
By Lady traveler, Florida, January 5, 2012
I used this as a checked bag on a recent week-long trip to Europe and was very pleased. It had plenty of room, actually more than I needed (used in addition to the skytrain and the gator for carry-ons), and the total weight fully-packed fell well within the airline's weight restrictions. As we were on a rivership with a tiny stateroom, its compact quality allowed me to stash it easily. Because the compression straps allow one to smoosh it down if it's not fully packed, I believe I could easily use it as a carry-on as well. Highly recommended!
By OlympicRef, Washington, July 14, 2011
I was very impressed with the quality of the bag. However, I was quite surprised and disappointed with the weight of the bag. It is so heavy that I suspect very little can be placed in the bag and still stay within the airline weight limits. Consequently, it is far less functional than I had hoped.
Everything it appears to be
By Brix, Nomadic, November 11, 2010
"Old Timey" style and quality throughout!
Fully and properly packed, it is comfortable for gettting through airports and up hotel stairs. If it is not packed taught, the closures will slip off the ends. I just slip them through the handles. Not as pretty, but it works.
The "Pack straps" on the bottom should be on top, The handle exposed can be used to throw a person down and pin them, my work mates found this humorus, but it could be used for evil in the wrong hands. No pun intended.
I questioned Red Oxx about wear from the hardware through the bottom panel, they said it would be replaced if it happened.
The size is great, even overstuffed it still meets the airline standards.
Great Bag with room for improvement
By saracen, VA, December 3, 2009
First of all, this bag is much larger than I expected (in a good way). The bag swallows everything you give it and more. The compression straps are great for when the bag is not completely full. The quality, use of material, and fit/finish are top notch and I couldn't ask for more. There are only two minor things I would like to see improved on. First, the shoulder straps have a metal release mechanism that only really works when there is quite a bit of load on the straps (ie bag is full and on your shoulders). If the hardware was moved up onto the shoulder pad more and the lower part of it somehow attached to the shoulder pad then this would solve the issue and the strap would easily be loosened up even when not completely full. Secondly, the straps are kept in the bottom of the bag underneath a somewhat false bottom. It's really a nice design except that when you wear the bag using the shoulder straps, the bottom of the bag is now on your back, which can get bit messy depending on conditions. Also, I noticed that after a couple of uses (check in with airlines) the hardware started to show a bit of wear through the bottom of the bag. The bottom as extremely tough nylon but you could still see the hardware pushing against it. I solved this (somewhat) by folding the shoulder strap over the hardware and then placing it in the false bottom. A bit more cumbersome but it works. I think all of this could be solved by putting the straps at the top of the bag and make them fully removable. Overall I'm extremely happy with the bag and will purchase from Red Oxx again.
By deeleed, cincinnati, January 9, 2009
I purchased this bag specifically for a trip to Antarctica. It is great. I took this bag and one other for a 3 week trip. The other was carrying back all of the stuff I would acquire on the way there and back again. I traveled through three very different climates with plenty of clothing for each. This bag held it all, including some of the gear that I would need for camping and mountaineering in the Antarctica wilderness. Best investment I made in 2008.
By Vinson A., Grand Junction, Co, June 19, 2008
WOW. I bought these to replace two Osprey 100 Spacestation's whose compression straps had broken trying to tighten up a load of clothing and gear. The Sherpa were a few Cubic Inches smaller so I was a little worried, but they actually were able to pack quite a bit more due to their design. As with all Redoxx bags, they are top quality in every sense. I wish the pictures could really demonstrate how heavy duty and well-constructed these bags are. JPEG's just don't do the bags justice!! I am extremely impressed. Also, the customer service (Amanda) was superb and is enough to keep me coming back for more. Thanks Redoxx!!!
By Anonymous, , April 21, 2006
Fully two and 1/2 times the size of the Flying Boxcar, the Sherpa is hardly a 'Junior'. A magnificently built carryall that easily converts to a backback for long hauls, this cavernous bag went to Asia half empty and came back with plenty of room to spare, despite much collecting of artifacts. Since I didn't have enough gear to stuff it full, I added a thin plywood panel at the bottom to make it easier to handle. Without the panel, the bag was shapeless and drooped when carried by the shoulder strap. If you can't fill it, you'll probably be happier with a smaller bag.Red Oxx should make a 4,200 cu.in. version of this bag to fill the void between it and the Flying Boxcar.Great product, great customer service.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Sherpa carry-on legal?
Sure, if there's nothing packed in it. This bag is for checked travel
Where are the backpack straps located?
The retractable straps are located in a hidden zippered "smugglers" pocket on the bottom of the bag.
What are the D-Rings for?
To attach the backpack straps on their clip-on snap hook end.
Are there any internal pockets?
The Sherpa Jr. features only one large main compartment and two large exterior flat pockets.
How many days of travel will fit in the Sherpa?
This is an expedition sized bag. Going somewhere for awhile? This is your bag. Properly packed one could live out of a Sherpa Jr. for a few weeks.
What's the average weight when full?
Depends what you pack in it. A few weeks of hunting gear for example, could weigh up to a hundred pounds.
Does it come with a waist belt?
Since the Sherpa is a frameless soft sided bag, a waist belt would not work.
Why does the Sherpa have a storm flap over the zippers and your other bags don't?
The Sherpa was designed with rugged outdoor use in mind. A storm flap helps make the bag more water resistant.
How do the compression straps work?
They encompass the bag's exterior helping to keep your gear in place through, you guessed it, compression.
What's the difference between the Sherpa, PR6 and the Big Oxx?
The Sherpa is a large capacity (though not as large as the Big Oxx) outfitter's bag equipped with one main compartment as opposed to the PR6 which has a large center compartment and two end compartments.
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.
Will a sleeping bag fit inside the Sherpa?
Absolutely, it will even fit a large Butler Sleeping Bag.
Are there any interior pockets?
The Sherpa Jr. has only one large main compartment and two exterior flat pockets.
My zipper broke. The teeth have separated. Do I send it in for warranty repair?
No need for warranty repair, 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 carry everything except bad vibes.”
Sherpa Jr. Expedition Series
In stock orders ship same day if received by 4:00 PM Mountain Standard Time!
An Expedition Outfitter's Bag with world-class experience.
DESIGNED BY A PROFESSIONAL CLIMBER.
Design input from world-class climber Dr. Jean Ellis combined with our parachute-rigging bag-building techniques helped to create for you an expedition bag to take climbing or outfitting gear anywhere. Proven on all seven continents, you'll thank us a thousand times over for the heavy-duty grab loops on both ends and the tough 1050 weight Ballistic Nylon skid plate on the bottom, plus Neoprene Rubber padding for that extra bit of protection.
Storm flap across the main compartment keeps out whatever Mother Nature sends your way, while two full-length side flat pockets keep your flat necessities like maps, light jackets, etc., accessible. The Sherpa is popular with the sheep hunting crowd as you can cram it full of camp equipment and bulky clothing, yet still easily carry the bag backpack style over treacherous terrain.
One of the hurdles with an outfitter's expedition duffel bag this big is carrying it once you've filled it up. The answer? Retractable padded backpack straps hidden inside a false bottom "smuggler's pocket". This allows you six different and convenient methods to carry the Sherpa Jr.
1. Carry it by the top handle.
2. Carry it by both end handles.
3. Carry it with one end handle.
4. Carry it on your back with the retractable backpack straps.
5. Carry it with The Claw Nonslip Shoulder Strap.
6. Hire a real sherpa carry it for you.
TOUGH AS NAILS.
Heavy-duty features abound: Dual full wraparound 2" wide nylon webbing compression straps mean your bottom will never tear out. The carry handles also fully wrap around the bag, effectively doubling up the no rip carry strength. Overbuilt 360 degree swivel "claws" will never rust or rip free. Nickel plated hardware more suited to a tank than an outfitter's 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 expedition bags that weigh 100 tons and have six inches of armor plate, still the comparison is valid. For an outfitters bag, they are built tough. Starting with one of the most durable textile materials available, 1000 weight Cordura nylon, we use super strong UV resistant thread that is double 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. All of our binding material is vertically woven to prevent fraying, peeling or splitting that you may commonly see in competitors expedition bags that brag of "binding" their edges.
Each stress point, such as where the handles attach to the Sherpa, 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. 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, the bush, on the trail, or some 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?
Rectangular shape means you can really stuff this bag to the hilt. The Sherpa Jr. Outfitters Expedition Duffel Bag is sized to fit into the luggage hatch of a puddle jumper, such as a Cessna 182, the most common remote wilderness access aircraft. Now you know why Red Oxx calls it a Sherpa!
U.S.A. Dimensions: 27"L x 15"W x 15"H (fits in Cessna 182 storage).
Capacity: 6,075 cu. Inches.
Weight: 6.5 pounds.
Metric Dimensions: 68.6cm L x 38cm W x 38cm H
Capacity: 99 Liters
Weight 2.95 Kilos
- Dual exterior flat full-length zippered pockets: 12" D x 26.5"L
- Bottom strap flap storage pocket (non-zippered): 21"L x 17"W
- Main compartment: 26.5"L x 14.5"W x 14.5"H
"No Bull" no question's asked Lifetime Warranty.
Designed AND handmade in Billings, Montana USA.
UPS Transit Shipping Time Map.
Witness the birth of your bag and learn about the steps it takes to handcraft your Sherpa Jr.
Meet the thundering herd who build your gear.
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 and a review request follow-up email eight weeks after delivery. Backorders beyond a dozen days may receive an order follow-up assurance email. During checkout purchasers have the option to opt-out of our quartly email newsletter. 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.
Sherpa Jr. Trivia: named after Eurasian baggage handlers and porters, commonly used on mountain climbing treks because of their high altitude tenacity and vigor.
- Padded, retractable adjustable back pack shoulder straps
- A.L.I.C.E. pack strap adjusters
- 3/8" Neoprene Rubber Padded Bottom
- 2" wide heavy-duty #1 Finish Nylon Compression Straps wrap around bag
- Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified Cordura Nylon
- 1050 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified Ballistic Nylon bottom skid plate
- Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
- Detachable Claw nonslip adjustable shoulder strap
- All zippers #10 YKK VISLON® self-locking
- Thread: Proprietary #92 bonded SolarMax Nylon
- All seams double stitched and bound
- Full-length storm flap
- Stainless steel Mil-Spec snaps with Red Oxx logo
- Double box stitching on stress points such as carry handles
- 4 lb. Volara closed cell foam padding
- Soft Uni-Suede concealed backpack straps
- 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
- Dual end grab loop handles
- Choose from 12 vibrant colors
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Designed AND made in the USA
- U.S.A. Dimensions: 27"L x 15"W x 15"H
- Metric Dimensions: 68.6cm L x 38cm W x 38cm H
- U.S.A. Capacity: 6,075 Cubic Inches
- Metric Capacity: 99 Liters
- U.S.A. Weight: 6.5 Pounds
- Metric Weight 2.95 Kilos
Sherpa Jr. Outfitter Expedition 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 14 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.
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Red Oxx Bags are handcrafted in Billings, Montana. U.S.A.