By Dea Lyles, West, TN, March 18, 2014
I have had my bag for over six years. No kinks, no problems and it is still my favorite bag. When I go on vacation, all my railroad grip goes out, into the wash it goes. Let it air dry, and in goes the party clothes.
I normally dont write reveiws but I was lookin to buy another bag and I knew another Red Oxx was what I wanted. So buy with confidence.
----------Red Oxx replies: thanks so much for the review Dea. Appreciate you coming back after so long to have your say. Red Oxx recommends hand washing your Grip with mild soap and water and a soft bristle brush, then air drying it to prevent the lining from disintegrating, which could happen if it's washed in a mechanical washing machine and dryer.
By Pat Randolph, Marion, IL, March 6, 2014
This grip was obviously designed by people that knew what railroaders must endure. Absolutely satisfied and I have told many others the great advantages of the Red Oxx grip. My only problem is unlike other grips I've had in the past is that I can't fill it up, so much storage. Truly, a great purchase, I've used several of the competitors bags over the years as well as the hard case "pilot cases" and nothing has the strength to hold up as the Red Oxx does. Great Product, I can't praise it enough.
By Anonymous, Hauser, ID, February 27, 2014
This is the best 200 bucks ever spent. Well worth the money. Fits all your railroad gear and then some easy to board train with
By Uprr eng, Utah, February 21, 2014
What I love about my grip are the zippers, shoulder strap, pockets. Heavy duty material it's made from, it's personalized and it is the last grip I will have to buy. The only to improvements would be the side pockets could be a bit deeper to fit my rule books better and it's a heavy bang even empty.
By Anonymous, , February 21, 2014
Bag is awesome! No longer need to carry my stuff in two bags. The embroidery is a nice touch as well.
By Anonymous, Wisconsin, February 20, 2014
Like someone else said, get your initials embroidered - you'll have this bag for a long time. Great product.
By Anonymous, Nebraska, February 20, 2014
I've owned 3 Tuff bags and have put new zippers in all of them bc they are cheap and last only a couple of months. This bag I've used only a month but looks like it should last a life time. Plus it is warranty is lifetime. Had a lot of positive feedback from other people when they see my bag. Thanks.
By StoneGround, New Hampshire, February 16, 2014
Although it was on back order for a month, it arrived and I am pleased I waited! More than enough space for all the junk railroads expect guys to carry! Very sturdy construction!
By Anonymous, , February 13, 2014
My husband has not had this bag very long but so far he loves it. It is heavy duty and looks great!
By Steve Barrow, Blackfoot, ID, February 10, 2014
This bag has been great! It fits everything for my position as a UP Conductor with spare room. Completely worth the expense.
By Kathryn, Michigan , February 9, 2014
I bought the bag for my finance and he loves it! It fits everything he needs for work in one bag and is a good quality material.
By Jordan, Edmonton, AB, February 6, 2014
Was tired of replacing a bag every year. Work s an industrial Radiographer. Holds all my code books, snacks, and cloths for trips. I can fit all my gear in this pack with no issues.
Made very well, love the embroidery as well. Will purchase another product from RED OXX any day. Thanks for the outstanding product.
By Anonymous, Harrisburg, PA, January 23, 2014
The bag is durable and hold everything a conductor needs. The zippers are strong and each compartment has a railroader in mind.
By Heather, AL, January 23, 2014
It takes a while to receive, but it is a great bag!
By Anonymous, Pennsylvania, January 15, 2014
This is a great grip well put together. This bag is a great bag for conductors and engineers. It's worth the money this bag is made for the rigorous style of conductors and engineers and all of the stuff that we carry on a daily bases.
By Anonymous, Wisconsin, January 10, 2014
Very nice bag, well worth the money. Bigger than I anticipated. Very solid all around. Get the embroidery because you'll have this bag awhile.
By Katie, Harrisburg, PA, January 9, 2014
When my husband came home from work and told me he wanted a 200 dollar bag I thought he was crazy. After looking at the reviews I bought him one for Christmas. I was a little concerned when I ordered it and realized that it was backstocked. I had a moment of panic and then realized I had over a month before Xmas it should be fine. I was impressed with the way that Red Oxx let me know about the delay and explained why.
When the box arrived one of the first things I noticed about the bag was the zippers. These zippers are not cheap flimsy zippers that the teeth will break off or they will slip easily. The entire bag was very sturdy and well built. The quality and workmanship is top notch. All of my husband gear fits easily inside the bag. This bag isn't as long as his old bag but he feels he can carry more in this bag. The sides of the bag are made so that they stand up even when the bag is empty instead of collapsing like his other bag.
My husband also received a toiletry bag from Oxx which he also loves. Again it has the same super zippers. We couldn't be happier with our purchase! My husband recommends his Oxx bag to all of his railroad coworkers! Kuddos to Red Oxx for creating such a great bag and taking the time to find out what railroaders need in a bag!
By A Hauser, Minot, ND, December 30, 2013
So far this is bag is awesome and meets all of my needs. It holds all of my gear, keeps it dry and organized!
By Justin McMillan, Glasgow, MO., December 29, 2013
Absolutely the best bag I have ever owned! I have my rules books, coveralls, vest, gloves (2 pair), hats, rain gear, paperwork, change of clothes, lantern, radio, both chargers, air gauge, hazmat book, cell phone charger, spare air hose hangers, prescription glasses, sunglasses, extra glasses case, and still have a little room. I was skeptical at first, but I am abosolutely satisfied with this bag. Very well designed, and great craftsmanship! Great grip!!
By justin besch, alden,ny, December 20, 2013
the railroad grip is okay. I think it is a little overrated. the bag was highly recommended by fellow engineers, I wanted a durable bag, and my bag is starting to fail at the top flap turnbuckles (material coming apart around clasps). the problem is I do not have two weeks to be without a bag for warranty work to be completed. I am sorry this bag is not more durable for the money.
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Red Oxx Customer Service sent Justin this email, summarized as follows:
"Warranties, once received have a turn-around time of 24-72 hours or 2-3 business days. If the determination is that replacement is necessary, there may be a longer lead time if the item is not in stock. In those cases (you will be) notified of the lead time."
Here is our official Warranty and return policy".
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Grip compare to the Safari Beano's Duffel Bags?
The Grip is built using a heavier and stronger 1050 weight Ballistic Nylon, our toughest. Developed as a flak jacket material, it's an ideal soft-sided bag textile for Railroaders who endure the hardships of the rail line.
What is Ballistic Nylon fabric?
Ballistic nylon is a thick, tough, synthetic nylon fabric used for a variety of applications. Ballistic Nylon was originally developed by the DuPont corporation as a material for flak jackets to be worn by World War II airmen. The term 'ballistic' takes its name from the fact that it was intended to protect its wearers from flying debris and fragmentation caused by bullet or artillery shell impacts. This is a special grade heavier weight nylon fabric designed for hard use and colored black to help hide dirt, oil, and grease stains.
What colors does the embroidery come in?
Embroidery is only available in red.
Can I get a Grip in a different color other than black?
Our U.S.A. sourced Ballistic Nylon is currently only available in black, which is also the best color to hide oil, dirt and grease stains.
Will my rulebook (US), radio, and trainman lantern fit inside?
Yes, the Grip was specifically designed to hold this particular railroader gear.
Is there a railroad discount available?
Red Oxx eliminates the middle man with our factory direct to consumer model
. Our prices are based on the length of time it takes to build a bag and the cost of materials. Each bag we build comes with our iron clad "No Bull", no questions asked Lifetime Warranty. You will save considerable money in the long run because you bought only one bag, not to mention peace of mind knowing you own a Railroad Grip that will not fail and if it does, it will be repaired or replaced at no charge to you.
My zipper broke. The teeth have separated. Do I send it in for warranty repair?
No need for warranty repair, try fixing it yourself. Check out this video where CEO Jim Markel shows how easy it is to do it yourself.
Is there a way to securely lock my Grip?
Sure, you can use any TSA approved bag lock
or try our Cable Lock
for a simple, semi-secure solution. Watch this video where CEO Jim Markel demonstrates how you can use the cable that comes with the product, the Dog Tag
price tag to secure your bag
. Keep in mind, any determined thief can still cut open a soft sided bag with a sharp knife.
Do you offer a loaner bag while my Grip is in for repair?
Sorry, we don't send out loaner bags. Generally turn around time is less than 72 hours.
Do you ship your Grip to Canada and how much does that cost?
Certainly, we ship to Canada for a fixed UPS Expedited or USPS Priority International shipping fee of only $30.00. All disbursement fees due on delivery are the responsibility of the buyer. Other International orders are $50.00, except Australia and New Zealand for only $55.00.
Can I write off my Grip on my taxes?
Certainly, we recommend that you keep your paper receipt which is included in the package and obtain IRS Tax Form 2016. Contact your income tax accountant or read here for more information on deductions for employee expenses here
Can you ship USPS?
Yes, Red Oxx will ship USPS upon request. Simply state, "Please ship USPS" in the cart comments during checkout and we will adjust your billing accordingly.
“Tell the weed weasel I have my company bible”
Embroidered Monogram Patches:
- One - Three Initials $7.50
- Four - Ten Letters $10.00
In stock orders ship same day if received by 4:00 PM Mountain Standard Time!
WANTED... Railroader's Grip that lasts! And lasts...
This is the bag you've been hearing about and spotted out on the tracks. In stock, ready to ship (embroidery adds 2-3 days).*
DESIGNED BY RAILROADERS.
Red Oxx began hand building this duffel style Grip for locomotive railroad engineers here in Billings, Montana in 1992. Together with a group of five rail engineers and conductors, Red Oxx created an American-made trainman bag that could survive the rough rail life.
Designed with the help of these fellow engineers, conductors and train crew members at our local rail hub (Montana's largest), it's been tested tough to the extreme, making it the perfect rail work Grip. This bag is made out of our strongest material; 1050 heavy weight denier Ballistic Nylon (available only in BLACK, and for good reason, colored bags get filthy quickly in the rail yard environment). Originally developed as a flak jacket fabric in World War II, Ballistic Nylon is one of the strongest and durable flexible textiles available. Rugged, reliable and tough.
FITS YOUR RAIL GEAR.
Sized to fit the large GCOR rule book or tablet in one end pocket, your "Shiner" trainman lantern and radio in the other, you'll still have room for a week (or more) worth of clothes and your Red Oxx Nomad Shaving Kit in the cavernous main compartment. Speaking of clothes, check out our hanging and shoulder carry Laundro Bag for storing your dirty laundry. There are plenty of places to stow smaller things in the zippered flat pockets located on all sides of the duffel. Smaller items like pens and pencils should be stored in a pencil case so they don't knock around in your bag.
Our no questions asked "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty guarantees this'll be the last grip you'll ever have to buy! Why?
NO JUNK MATERIALS.
No skinny tiny plastic zippers, cheap thread or junky low-grade hardware like other rail Grips. Red Oxx uses huge, tested-tough #10 YKK VISLON® self-locking zippers that work every time, in every kind of weather, in any temperature. Easy to close, easy to open.
Our thread is a proprietary UV protected #92 bonded SolarMax Nylon that will cut your fingers off before you can break it. UV protection from the sun resists thread aging, a common breakdown point used in typical inferior bags. Since we're former military veteran parachute riggers, you can bet every stress point is double cross-stitched. The double XX being the source of our brand name, Red OXX.
PUTTING THE HARD IN HEAVY-DUTY HARDWARE.
When you see and feel the sheer heft our stainless steel and nickel-plated hardware you'll understand why so many railroaders swear by our Grips. Just check out over three hundred (300) product reviews from satisfied engineers, conductors, and trainmen who have tried them all, some of them have burned through several competitors' bags within a single year. Includes The Claw, our no-slip rubber padded adjustable shoulder carry strap.
BOUND AND BAGGED
Places where two separate pieces of fabric are stitched together are then bound, that is, we take a long piece of one-inch wide nylon webbing and fold it over the edges of the two pieces and stitch them together, this creates a strong seam, or binding, that prevents the pieces from unraveling on the inside of the bag, or gives it a clean finished look if on the outside of the Grip.
In addition, each exposed fabric edge, such as on a pocket flap, is also bound using a thicker binding material. Inside edges typically receive a thinner nylon webbing, whereas outside corner edges that are exposed to wear will have a thicker nylon binding. All of our binding material is vertically woven to prevent fraying, peeling or splitting that you may commonly see in competitors' Grips that brag of "binding" their edges.
Life on the tracks is hard. It's about steel, oil and hard sharp edges that cut and rip a regular bag to pieces. The Red Oxx Railroad Grip: "stronger than Armstrong."
NEED SOMETHING DIFFERENT?
Is a duffel style Grip not quite large enough for all your winter gear during a long haul? Try our Rail King II Railroad Rucksack. Rail King too big? Need a shoulder carry backpack style bag that is more in tune with traveling light? Try our Rail Runner Railroad Rucksack.
Because an embroidered Grip is a respected grip. Order an Embroidered Monogram and make your Grip --yours. Available in red capital lettering only (no lower cases) - located on top zipper panel only. Because there are many Grips out on the rails with owner's names embroidered on their bags, it's a great idea to think up something a little more personal than just your name or initials. For example: perhaps a favorite nickname, pet name, TV show, band, game, animal, hero, car or truck, team, aircraft and so on. Something entirely unique to you.
- Three initials for only $7.50.
- Up to ten characters (including spaces, dashes and periods) for only $10.00.
*NOTE: Custom Embroidered Monogramming your grip adds an additional 2-3 business days before shipping.
"No Bull" no question's asked Lifetime Warranty. Because Red Oxx lasts longer.
Designed AND hand made in Billings, Montana U.S.A..
UPS Transit Shipping Time Map.
UPS or USPS Priority International Shipping to Canada is $30.00. More information on International Shipping click here.
Witness the birth of your bag and learn about the many steps it takes to handcraft your Grip.
Meet the thundering herd in Montana who build your gear with pride.
Red Oxx is a U.S. Military Veteran owned and operated U.S. Manufacturer.
EMAIL POLICY: Online orders will receive an order confirmation email, a UPS tracking information email when your order ships and a product review request follow-up email eight weeks after delivery. In addition, backorders beyond 7 working days may receive an order follow-up assurance email. During checkout purchasers have the option to opt-out of our other occasional email notifications. Your email address is secure.
U.S.A. Dimensions: 24"L x 12"W x 12"H
Capacity: 3,456 cu. inches
Weight: 4.7 pounds
Metric Dimensions: 70cm L x 30.5cm W x 30.5cm H
Capacity: 65.1 Liters
Weight: 2.13 Kilos
- Front and rear flat slip zippered pockets: 13"W x 8"H
- Dual end flat slip pockets: 11"W x 11"H
- Dual end 3/4 zippered compartments: 12"W x 12"H x 4"D
- Main compartment: 12"W x 16"L x 12"D
Every great trainman and his bag needs Railroader accessories.
Other ideal uses for the rugged Railroad Grip include:
- Riggers bag - tough enough for any oil rigging job.
- Trucker cargo bag - great for tools and travel gear.
- Roughneck bag - If you work a tough job, this is your bag.
- Horse tack bag
- Rodeo saddle bag
- Rope bag
- Halter bag
- Horese Trainers bag
- AMR Pack
- FIFO Miner's Bag
- Construction worker bag
- NRC tool bag
- LE range bag
- LE Patrol car bag
- SWAT gear bag
- Law Enforcement Patrol bag
Fun GRIP Trivia: It's called a Grip as this comes from the rail line term for a train case bag coined as a "Grip sack." This was a bag issued by the RR for employees to organize and carry their stuff. It was a large canvas bag with big handles. As the years passed, the term was shortened to Grip.
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Designed AND made in U.S.A.
- 1050 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified Ballistic Nylon fabric
- Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
- Detachable Claw nonslip adjustable shoulder strap
- All zippers #10 YKK VISLON® self-locking
- Nylon webbing zipper pull grab loops
- Thread: proprietary #92 bonded Solar Max Nylon
- All seams double stitched and bound
- 3250 welded D Rings, nickel plated
- Stainless Steel Mil spec snaps with Red Oxx logo
- Nickel plated turn locks secure main compartment
- Fair trade Monkey Fist Zip Knots on all zippers
- Free heavy-duty vinyl luggage tag
- Embroidered Logo Patches
- Double box stitching on stress points such as carry handles
- Includes Cable Lock
- Available in BLACK only
- Embroidery available in RED capital letters only
- Monogram embroidery available on Grip, Rail King, and Rail Runner only
- Designed by railroaders for railroaders
- U.S.A. Dimensions: 24"L x 12"W x 12"H
- Metric Dimensions: 70cm L x 30.5cm W x 30.5cm H
- U.S.A. Capacity: 3,456 Cubic Inches
- Metric Capacity: 65.1 Liters
- U.S.A. Weight: 4.7 Pounds
- Metric Weight: 2.13 Kilos
If out of stock, back orders are typically filled within 7-10 working days. Visit our Customer Service Help Desk or call our Toll Free Hot Line: 1-888-733-6999.
Red Oxx "No Bull" Warranty
As time rolls a ceaseless course, only the genuine guarantee remains. The mountains will persist, the oceans are bound to endure and Red Oxx will continue to be rugged, reliable, and tough.
To the depths of the Amazon basin to the peaks of the Himalayas, Red Oxx Manufacturing is infallible.
Red Oxx Bags are guaranteed forever, be sure to include them in your will.
Made in U.S.A.
Red Oxx Bags are handcrafted in Billings, Montana. U.S.A.