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Airborne Carry-on Ruck Sack (C-Ruck)
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C-Ruck: the do-it-all carry-on legal rucksack.
WHY CARRY A RUCKSACK?
Rucksacks were used by WWII 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.
EASY ON, EASY OFF.
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.
PLACES FOR YOUR BELONGINGS.
Loaded with plenty of daisy chain loops on both the ruck itself and both straps, you'll never be short for hanging keys, flashlights, iPods, smartphones and anything else you may need quick access to.
Double drawstring top closures and handy external 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 or soda bottles (or a package of a dozen eggs) in case you plan to pack for a picnic.
A RUCKSACK 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 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 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 ruck, or gives it a clean finished look if on the outside of the bag.
BOUND INSIDE / BOUND OUTSIDE.
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.
WHY DOUBLE BOX STITCHING?
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 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, out on the trail 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, 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 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, 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 knapsack 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.
BUY IT ONCE, BUY IT FOR LIFE.
Because Red Oxx backs our bags 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.
PLACE YOUR ORDER TODAY.
Due to high demand, we encourage you to place your Airborne C-Ruck order now to get your rucksack on our production schedule. It will then be shipped in under 14 days. Like retirement, it's worth the wait.
If you're a railroader, we recommend our larger ballistic nylon Rail King Rucksack.
Exterior Dimensions: 18"L x 12"W x 7"H (excludes pockets).
Capacity: 1,428 cubic inches (2,400 including external raised pockets).
Weight: 3.7 pounds.
- Exterior dual raised side zippered pockets: 12"H x 7"W x 2"D
- Exterior dual raised 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 flap pocket: 10.5"W x 9"H
- Interior slip pocket: 14.5"H x 11.5"W
"No Bull" no question's asked Lifetime Warranty.
Designed AND handmade in Billings, Montana USA.
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Rave Reviews from the Pros: About.com's Go Europe travel advisory gives the C-Ruck Rucksack a smashing 5 stars. Check out his Rucksack review.
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 Airborne C-ruck because it's airline carry-on legal.
Airborne C-Ruck Rucksack is a Red Oxx "Staff Pick" favorite.
By David, Massachusetts, November 26, 2009
I'm a professor and a forensic consultant. My forensic work takes me far afield, very frequently, so I am constantly running from my university to the airport, and then back. Over the years, I have learned to pack light. Very light. I'm also a backpacker, so I began looking for backpack that I could use as my single piece of luggage for trips of 2 to 5 days. A pack that would also fit in the overhead compartment of the airplanes I fly nearly every week. I looked at packs that were rugged but too small; rugged but way too heavy; big enough but not rugged enough. Then I found my way to the Red Oxx web site and began staring at this pack. I enlarged the photographs and kept staring. I thought, this might be it. So I ordered one and began using it immediately. After less than 2 months I have taken this pack on 7 trips, including using it on 2 day hikes in the Grand Canyon. It is a superb pack. It is built like a tank but because of its materials it is not overly heavy. It is intelligently designed -- the side and front pockets are large but not so large that they imbalance the pack. The main compartment is huge (to my eyes). I routinely pack into it my laptop, files, toiletries, and clothing for up to 5 days. My electronics and other gear go into those side pockets. The upshot is that I now run from the university to the airport, and from gate to gate in airports, with a single piece of luggage, and its on my back, leaving my hands free. And for any other light packing fanatics out there, I can report that a fully loaded C-Ruck will fit (just) in the overhead compartment of those awful but ubiquitous Canadair regional jets (the 200 series). My knees won't fit between the seats, but the C-Ruck will fit overhead.
To sum up: this is a great pack, and I'm delighted that it is being built here in the U.S. To Red Oxx, I implore you: keep your manufacturing here. If you have to raise your prices to do so, fine; just tell us your reasons. I for one will understand. Thanks.
Great for short business trips
By Lee Hawley, Wayne, New Jersey, November 24, 2009
I travel about 50% for my job, mostly on Southwest Airlines (great airline, by the way). After using the Carry On Ruck Sack for a year now, I can report that my experience has been excellent. It can easily hold two or three days of clothes in the main compartment plus most anything else you need in the pockets. If it is full, it still readily fits into an overhead (even on commuter jets). If it is not full, it can go under the seat. It has held up without any damage so far. The fact that it is a backpack makes it efficient as there is one less thing that you have to carry. Altogether, I highly recommend this product from using it on at least 20 trips this year. The only thing I would suggest improving is the little lock thing on the drawstring on the top of the bag.
ANOTHER VISIT, ANOTHER BAG
By Roger J, Hereford UK (sometimes), July 11, 2009
As mentioned in earlier reviews, I sometimes pass through the US en route to assignments in Central America, Caribbean etc. On the previous two visits in 2007 and 2009, I bought a Skytrain, then a CPA, Gator and two Lil Roy bags (the two small bags corral various items inside the CPA).
I've been very impressed with these, so why did I now buy on my current trip to Nicaragua an Airborne backpack (Olive Green)?
As I travel a lot to developing countries where spares and other items are not readily available, I have to take enough in my carry-on bags to enable me to start my work if my check-in case (hard shell Samsonite) goes missing. So my carry-on bags are quite heavy with computers (yes, I carry a small one as a spare!), spare power adapters, external HDD, software CDs/DVDs, portable scanner, assignment and travel documents, notebook (Moleskine medium) etc, plus spare glasses, medication and so on.
As I'm in my early sixties, a bit overweight, but in reasonable shape, shoulder bags are aggravating my shoulder joints etc, a reminder of very active sports when younger eg rugby, squash. I even use a collapsible trolley for those endless walks through airports.
So I wanted a backpack to distribute the load evenly, but the Skytrain is too big and without easy access pockets on the outside.I took delivery of my new Airborne backpack (along with another Gator for my wife so she doesn't use mine, and two Tote bags, one for me, one for her) this week in Fort Lauderdale after the usual excellent ordering and delivery service from Redoxx (thanks, Amanda and the rest of the team in Billings!).
After a few days of use - the flight from Miami to Managua included - I am as satisfied as ever. I am still experimenting with packing efficiency, but the external pockets are the clincher for me as they extend the capacity over the CPA. The front pocket is great for spare glasses, sunglasses, journey medication etc, while those two voluminous side pockets carry all sorts of stuff that I need. The top flap zipped compartment is ideal for travel documents. Although I haven't used the bottom straps yet (I've tied the ends together to keep them out of the way), I can see what a boon they'll be come colder weather.
Although the bag does not have a padded waist strap like most backpacks, I have been pleasantly surprised at the comfort of the padded should straps and the way the weight is distributed; it certainly helps to have my Toshiba computer in the internal sleeve up against the back of the bag. My new modus operandi for travel on long-haul flights is:
(1) Airborne: Toshiba computer and associated gear (most in Lil Roys), Aviator notebook stand (strips to three pieces), some spare clothes ("A fool and his underpants are soon parted"), essential book(s), notebook, stationery box, medication for entire time away, small torch, spare glasses, Tote bag (for shopping and excess baggage for airport purchases) but no Leatherman or Swiss Army knife (inside shoes in check-in case). In colder weather, my Domke jacket will be rolled up in its own bag and strapped underneath.
(2) Gator:Olympus SP 550UZ digital camera (in its own bag), Panasonic SDR S26 videocam (lightweight, in protective case), Moleskine notebook, flight medication, book, reading glasses and sunglasses. Later, I may get a Netbook computer to use in flights, much easier in Cattle Class and this should fit in the Gator.
My CPA bag? I will use this when the Airborne is overkill and it can be a nice overnight bag when necessary.
So, knowing that I'm probably in an endless quest for the perfect bag, my latest Redoxx bag is nearly there and I now have enough QUALITY Redoxx bags for several situations at home and away.
Reminds me of my military days
By Dave Seibert, Thule, Greenland 76N68W, May 24, 2009
I have to say this ruck is great. The quick release straps are just like I my old ALICE pack - which I still have. It wears nice and is easy on the shoulders.Overall A+
Best for one bag traveling
By K. Limbaga, Aiea, HI, March 5, 2009
I hate hassling w/ checked baggage and in the past two years, I've found my C-Ruck(dark red) to be the best carry-on bag. Along w/ a matching Gator Bag(stands in for my purse) it's all I need for a long weekend getaway.
The main compartment's roomy and boxy, allowing for packing efficiency. Lots of pockets help keep my packing organized: one for reading materials, another for electronics, another for snacks. I keep a Travel Basket in the top flap pocket. My bony shoulders appreciate the cushy straps. Stuffed to the gills it stows nicely in overhead bins or under seats. The materials are top-notch. Sturdy fabric, smooth zips, so much quality for the price. Can't go wrong with this pack. I just lent mine to my niece for a trip to D.C. I told her that I don't care what happens to my winter clothes and down jacket that she's borrowing but I love my ruck sack and to treat it like one of her own.
The Last Back Pack You Will Ever Purchase
By WRB, Texas, January 3, 2009
I've had a Black C-Ruck for over 5 years. I carry it everyday. It has been on more hunting, fishing, and camping trips that I can count. I fully intend on using the Lifetime Warranty one day if it ever wears out.
C-Ruck on duty in OZ Never Never
By David Miller, Reno,NV, November 28, 2007
The C-Ruck Was my daily partner on my three month Outback journey through OZ. While the Flying Box Car rode in the 4/4's booth the C-Ruck held all my daily gear from jumper to camera gear and reading material. The slip pocket inside was a great place to put my travel papers. However I do agree that the hanging straps were a problem during transport storage on the plane and train. The dangle was like a hanging garden to trip on or get caught in. I found that I could secure the draw opening at the top with TSA approved cable locks. Also used cable locks on all zippers as this was to keep things safe while in hostels and on the street. Perhaps two Red Oxx logo cable lock's should be added to the package when purchased. This Ruck sack is so rugged it also kept the dust and moisture out of my gear and it is comfortable to wear in all terrain. Keep up the fine work.Regards,David Miller
By Anonymous, , October 4, 2007
I have been reading about Red Oxx for a long time now, and I was truly skeptical. I have been using Mountainsmith, North Face, Patagonia and the like, and they make durable, fab bags. I could not see coughing up $200 for a ruck. But I did, and now I can see why everyone is raving. The materials --mostly zippers, snaps, grommets, clasps--are what sets the pack apart. I am also really impressed with the simple, uncluttered design--what Patagonia used to be very good at doing, but no longer seem to do. Everything here has a purpose, and there is nothing un-necessary. Truly excellent.
My only suggestions for some improvements: it would be handy to have loops on the front straps for excess strap to be passed thru, and to avoid dangling cords. That would be so simple to do, and prevent also flapping in the wind, and accidentally having them caught somewhere. I would also like to see a pocket inside of the top flap--where I can stash my passport and cash; a pocket right on the top flap, but inside. Should be simple to do, and make a big difference when I am traveling abroad; and do not necessarily want to keep things in my pocket. I was truly not sure about the way the pack was hung from stainless rings..but it has worked marvelously!! Wish I had known about your products earlier; would have saved my back and other products that now must go to waste!!!
By Anonymous, , June 29, 2007
I bought this item to have something to use as regular luggage and as a day pack when my wife and I went to a business conference in Switzerland. It exceeded all of our expectations. As luggage it carried everything I needed for the weeklong trip, and I didn't mind carrying it through one of the swankest hotels in Switzerland. It performed equally well on our hikes through the Alps.
The C-Ruck worked so well that I bought my wife the mini-Ruck and we hauled them both to the top of Mt. Elbert in Colorado a few weeks back.My only suggestion would be to add an ice ax loop on the back. (I know, it's not really a climbing pack, but I won't be using anything else.)
It's rugged and well made. An excellent addition to my gear.
Great choice for disaster relief work or extended safari
By Anonymous, , June 7, 2007
Ideal as an emergency go-bag, or as a personal ruck during disaster relief work--where if things break, there's no nearby store to replace them. I wish I had this with me on my last trip to Africa. Tons of pockets, the reliability of huge zippers and top-loading design. Two MRE's fit in each side pocket with room to spare for extra energy bars, binoculars or even a large camera. Or each pocket will fit TWO 1.5 liter bottles of water. Hydration bladder compatible, too. Absolutely fantastic ruck.
Great Pack for any purpose
By Chris Juzda, , August 27, 2006
Great Pack for any purpose! recently purchased a c-Ruck - While I love everything about this bag, what I liked the most:
Classic, timeless design. Not a bunch of useless bells and whistles that just get in the way or break
Pockets right where they need to be
Side pockets are huge and can hold just about anything
Red Oxx durability - the zippers, hardware and materials look to be indestructible
The thing I like best about this bag are the unique shoulder straps - something about the way the steel rings are used to anchor the straps makes this bag extremely ergonomically comfortable - I have really nasty shoulder problems - both rotator cuffs are shot, so I find it hard to get my other arm through the second strap on most packs. With the c-Ruck, the shoulder straps hang so that I don't have any problem getting my second arm in the strap. I also like to carry my pack slung over one shoulder but this usually ends up hurting my back or shoulder if I do it for a long time. With the c-Ruck straps, the pack hangs perfectly off one shoulder. Finally the adjusting buckles on the straps are really easy and smooth to operate
Do I like it? Yes, so much that I just ordered a Red Oxx Rockhopper for days when I only have a few things to carry, otherwise the c-Ruck is IT - my 4 or 5 other daypacks (which are very high quality (expensive) will be given good homes My other Red Oxx bags:
Padded brief case
and Rockhopper (both just ordered)
MISSISSIPPI GOBBLER STOPPER
By Cam Smith, , April 27, 2006
I bought my C-Ruck to use on all my hunting trips but have quickly found it to be the perfect turkey hunting bag. I've hunted turkeys all over the Mississippi Delta since I was a kid. It takes the right "stuff" to pull in these hard hunted river birds and the C-Ruck has got everything you need to be succesful. The main compartment is perfect for my crushable decoys, light jacket, gloves, facemask, etc. The two large side pockets are just right for a box call, striker, decoy stakes, and the ever necessary large can of YardGaurd that makes sittin' still in March in the riverbottoms doable. The smaller side pockets nicely hide my mouth calls and slates. The front pocket will hold my compass and a box of shells. I clip my intertube seat to the daisy chain and strap my rollup blind onto the adjustable straps on the bottom of the bag. The blacked out zippers and strap hardware pass the test for dodging the keen eye of the wary Boss Gobbler. I can't say enough good about the bag.
By Richard Hahn, , April 8, 2006
I have owned many backpacks and worn several out. I always thought they were poorly made and designed. The C-Ruck has become my only Ruck. I've thrown all the others away or given them to Good Will. It is beautifully designed-I've lived out of it on several overseas trips. It's strong enough to take into the bush and classy enough to take into a five-star hotel. The construction is simply the best in the industry. I have traveled many places, including the Third World with my Air Boss, C-Ruck and Gator Bag. If I could only take one piece that I know would work until all conditions it would be the C-Ruck but I must also admit, the others "ain't too shabby."
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Designed AND made in USA
- 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
- 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
- US 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
- US Capacity (total): 2,400 Cubic Inches
- Metric Capacity (total): 40 Liters
- US Weight: 3.7 Pounds
- Metric Weight: 1.68 Kilos
Airborne C-Ruck Rucksack Color Translator
- Amethyst = Purple
- 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, orders are typically filled within 14 days. Call 1-888-733-6999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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To the depths of the Amazon basin to the peaks of the Himilayas, Red Oxx Manufacturing is infallible.
Red Oxx Bags are guaranteed forever, be sure to include them in your will.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between the Airborne Rucksack and the Roadster Mini Ruck?
The Airborne 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 Airborne 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 Airborne?
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 and rolling each piece of clothing. Another option we recommend is to use 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 Airborne?
Depends on how good a packer you are. Most people can get a weekends worth of clothes in the Airborne 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 Airborne? 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 Airborne 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, 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.