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When a day pack is too small, and a rucksack is too big.

The Rock Hopper Crossbody Shoulder Sling Bag's "Just Right."

Featuring two spacious main compartments, you'll have plenty of room for school books, your tablet or whatever else you might need to carry. In both compartments you have flat slip pockets to keep your stuff organized. You could for example, bring your lunch in the top compartment, and your text books or work manuals in the bottom compartment and nary the two shall meet.

The exterior zippered flat pocket works great for keeping your keys, wallet or handpurse available. Soft 400 weight red lining allows you to peek in your bags inner depths. The sling shoulder strap is padded and covered with Uni-Suede for advanced comfort and durability. The single strap uses military A.L.I.C.E. style flexibility so you can comfortably carry the Rock Hopper over just one shoulder all day. Besides, when was the last time you saw someone wearing a backpack using both straps?

Popular uses for the Rock Hopper Crossbody Shoulder Sling Bag include a hydration daypack to safely store your camel back in, a cross-city daypack, a messenger bag, a shoulder bag day pack, even an extra large heavy-duty padded purse! There's a belly strap attached that snaps onto the shoulder strap featuring the same heavy duty o-ring and military grade equipment as our Rucksacks.

The Red Oxx Rock Hopper Crossover Shoulder Sling Bag is tight with the motorcycle, mountain biking, hiking, jogging, skiing and snowboarding crowds as you can slip it over your head and it will stay secure across your chest, out of the way, yet available for access, "at hand" in front, where and when you need it.

Our customers like to define our gear as "built like a tank". While obviously you're not going to be toting around sling bags that weigh 50 tons and have three inches of armor plate, still the comparison is valid. For a bag, they are built tough. Starting with the most durable textile material available, 1000 weight CORDURA® nylon, we use super strong UV resistant thread that's 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 bag, or gives it a clean finished look if on the outside of the bag. All of our binding material is vertically woven to prevent fraying, peeling or splitting that you may commonly see in less expensive bags that brag of "binding" their edges.

Each stress point, such as where the single shoulder strap attaches 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 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.

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 Rock Hopper, sling bag that looks like a half bag and works like a full bag.

Dimensions: 17"L x 10"W x 7"H.
Capacity: 1,000 cubic inches.
Weight: 1.7 pounds.

Pocket measurements:

  • Exterior flat zippered slip pocket: 10"W (at base) x 17"T
  • Twin interior slip pockets: 9"H x 10"W
  • Twin interior zippered main compartments: 10"W (at base) x 17"T x 3"D

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Designed AND handmade in Billings, Montana USA.
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Rock Hopper Trivia: Named after a customer who needed a front mount bag he could access while bouldering and mountain climbing. Rock Hopper is slang for "bouldering".

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4.55 Average Rating
 (40 Reviews)

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 South America and back
By Todd Bailey, Arizona, November 13, 2014

I bought this and a Tres Hombres for my trip to South America. We had an apartment in Santiago and did 2 day trips. I used the RockHopper as my plane carry on (iPad, books, etc) In country I used it as an day trip and overnight bag. It was ideal. Big enough to handle 36-48 hours out but small enough to be manageable. The only thing I wish it had was a loop handle at the top. For security I would take it off standing in lines. It would be nice to have a handle to hold it like a briefcase in those situations.
By Dan, Tulsa, August 30, 2014

As an IT professional, the Rock Hopper is a perfect fit. Big enough for small laptop or tablet, paperwork and peripherals yet small enough to fit anywhere during travel or meetings. Rock solid construction!!! Love this bag!
 Great all round
By Doc, Ireland, July 31, 2014

Great service in delivery. The bag itself is a really useful day bag & great for running as it clings to your body rather than bouncing.
 Nice bag
By Maria, Long Beach, CA, June 22, 2014

I operate cranes at the port of LA/ LB and my bag is perfect. It fits in a confined space without getting in the way. There's plenty of room in the interior, with the compartments making it easy to store everything I need for work. The only thing I wish it had, is a hook or clip for my keys in one of the compartments. Thank you for making it in the USA.

----------Red Oxx Replies: Thanks for the nice review Maria, we offer a Pin Mount Key Clip you can mount anywhere you like!
 rock hopper
By Greg Johnson, In., April 17, 2014

Great bag. Nice and light. great walking around town. Also perfect for cycling.
 good, but ...
By Joel, california, October 25, 2013


Well made, sturdy.

Can carry on your back or chest.


Holds enough that it becomes heavy enough to be uncomfortable after extended wearing (the single strap means your shoulder can get sore).

Teardrop shape makes it easier to swing around to front, but makes it harder to fit stuff in.

Could use some rings on which to suspend things such as water bottles, hats, jackets, etc.


Leave the rockhopper alone (well, add some rings to hang things off of) but make a different kind of rucksack - one designed for urban use. What does that mean? No (or minimal) external pockets, secure access to main compartment(s) (perhaps back [of body] access or top access, no access from the outside). So, different from your existing rucksacks.

By Curt Martin, Sydney, Australia, October 3, 2013

I love this bag. It was my first sling style bag and i would never go back to dual straps for a daybag now. It's great to be able to swing around easily to access it. I love the hardware and rugged build quality of everything. The peach facing on the strap is terrific when riding a bicycle as it's easy on the face when doing headchecks and it also dried quickly when wet much to my surprise. About the only suggestions i have is that it would be great to have an internal key clip in the front pouch and possibly an external mesh pouch for a water bottle. You really should buy this bag.

----------Red Oxx Replies: Thanks for the great review Curt, we now offer a Pin Mount Key Clip you can put anywhere you like!
By Michael, Monroe, WA, September 12, 2013

I use my Rock Hopper for everyday business use as well as for weekend hiking. I love it so much I bought three more. My sons loved them so much they each asked for one. People ask about it wherever I go, and I'm happy to tell them it's comfortable, reliable, and rugged.
 Perfect for my daily commute
By Anonymous, Norway, June 21, 2013

I bought this to have something that could fit an extra sweater, some papers, perhaps a few groceries, etc, and be really quick to load and unload. It fulfills that role better than I expected, and is very comfortably to carry. I'm about 6'2" so small backpacks are often ergonomical nightmares or simply look stupid, so a comfortable, small bag like this is great.

(Oh, and please don't add more features or small stuff, it's great as it is. Extra small pockets and zippers are just extra weight and stuff that break for this customer. ;) )
By Steve, Oregon, April 12, 2013

I took a 5 day trip to Boston (Grandson 's school trip) and then took a 6 day trip to Arizona. Both times I carried on both bags, Airboss and the Rockhopper.

Everything I needed was contained in just those two bags. They are quality construction and can carry a bunch of stuff. I am a big guy and my clothes take up more space but I was able to take everything I wanted and then some coming home.

The Rockhooper held my netbook and tablet, snacks, check in items, belts, etc with room to spare. Great item to have.
 Nice Bag but I a couple changes would be nice
By Darin, Texas, November 22, 2012

I was looking for a bag to use for day trips thru the airport. I wanted something to hold my ipad, some chargers, keys, etc. It holds everything, but it can be hard to find smaller items. A place for smaller items like RSA tokens, car keys etc would be a plus. The front pocket is huge - too huge.

Also, it would be nice if my 15' Mac Book Pro would fit in it. Of course then the bag might be too big.

I would like to see one that would hold a 15" Mac Book Pro and has some smaller zipper pockets to hold other items. I am saying zippered because on my Red Oxx CPA Briefcase - the outer pockets have come loose as a carry on and stuff has fallen out to never be seen again.

For the price - I am not sure I would buy it again.
 Cool Bag
By Pete, Northern Virginia, September 8, 2012

I would give this bag five stars for both quality (its Red Oxx so that almost goes without saying) and style. It really is a very cool looking bag and I have used it for business travel and even as a diaper bag. It survived Disney World much better than I did!

So why did I knock off a star? When I carried it around Disney for ten to twelve hours a day for five days I noticed that the single strap didn't provide quite as much support as a traditional backpack. It also isn't designed to be able to switch between shoulders.

You can wear it on your right shoulder like a traditional backpack strap or you can put your head through the strap and wear it like a messenger bag strap on your left shoulder. I found the latter to be the most comfortable but after several long days loaded down as the family mule my left shoulder definitely paid the price.

The pockets are very simple, two large compartments and the front pouch....which I much prefer to some bags with all the small specialized storage spaces. When I travel it fits nicely under the airplane seat and I can easily find all my junk when I need it.

All in all this is one cool sack and if you want something with an extra bit of style that isn't your traditional messenger bag or backpack then this just might be for you.
 To Germany and back...
By Bill, Texas, August 1, 2012

I purchased the Rockhopper as my wife nabbed my usual daypack for her computer on this trip. The capacity and ease of use was great. My only issue with the bag was that it is configured for one's right shoulder. My personal inclination is to carry day-packs on my left shoulder, leaving my right arm free. I worked around this by slinging it cross-body or wearing it on the front.

A left-shoulder variant would be a nice option. Possibly a small inner pocket in the outer pocket up off the bottom of the back so certain items of import aren't all in the bottom of the pack.

Great complementary bag with my Beanos PR5 and SkyTrain.

 Great bag
By Andrew, Arizona, July 6, 2012

This bag is awesome. I transferred everything from my old bag and it doesn't seem nearly as heavy on my shoulder. I have absolutely no concerns that the bag will rip, tear or otherwise fail to function. I would have a few suggestions for the next iteration of the bag, including some type of small pocket on the outside for a cell phone, perhaps a water bottle pocket on the side and a little padding on the bottom. Still, this bag is exactly what I needed. I've already ordered my Air Boss based on the quality of the Rock Hopper. Can't wait to travel now.
 Awesome Everything Bag
By Jason Henderson, Saint Joseph, MO, May 16, 2012

This is the perfect bag for day hikes, college or high school, and work. I work on the railroad and using this bag for day to day use was perfect and held everything I needed. It is also a great bag for college classes and the strap is comfortable to wear between classes.
 Great Bike/Day pack
By Robin Hill, Billings, MT, May 2, 2012

I have used this bag for years...for everything from day hikes, bike rides, as a flight bag, and on vacation. It is the perfect size and it always amazes me how much stuff I can get in such a low profile, compact bag. It is has a simple design, not so many pockets that you have to spend a lot of time looking for something. When less is more...The RockHopper is the perfect choice!
 A Very Versatile Bag
By David, Massachusetts, March 29, 2012

I own enough Red Oxx gear that I can use multiple combinations of bags for any travel contingency. I travel very light, and I travel frequently. The Rock Hopper is a deceptive bag. It is small enough, and comfortable enough, to use as a walk around day bag. I've used it to carry a little food, a jacket, my iPad and camera. But I have also used the Rock Hopper as my "main" bag on quick overnight trips. At 1000 cu inches it is no slouch. I use it in combination with the Chica. Laptop and iPad plus several other items in the Chica, spare clothing, toiletries and other sundries in the Rock Hopper. It's my ultralight combination and it works beautifully. Like all Red Oxx gear, the Hopper is built like a tank but is still a light bag and feels very comfortable slung over the shoulder or over the top of the head. I highly recommend this versatile bag.
 Mixed feelings..
By Bill Roach, Iowa, March 1, 2012

I love RedOxx stuff and the quality of this bag is up to their high standards. For me, the verdict is still out on the unusual design. I loved the idea but in practice, I feel like the bag fits a little funny when it is just slung over my shoulder. It fits great when I wear it across my chest however. I will use it more to see better how it works out.
 Constant companion
By Matthew, Modesto, California, January 26, 2012

This bag has become my constant companion. I can grab it and go, knowing that all my essentials are at hand and secure. Working inside petrochemical plants means that the bag needs to be able to take abuse and whatever the weather throws my way.

The RockHopper isn't so big that it becomes unwieldy, but I can keep all the gear I need with me at all times.

The RockHopper is built tough and it's made to perform. And it's made in the good ol' US of A.
 Every weekend with the RockHopper
By Alex, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, December 15, 2011

Every weekend I cary some "stuff" to around with me: my IPad, headset, a purse, cell phone, etc. Now with the RockHopper, I can not wait till it is weekend to get out and have the hands free, no backpack has that cool feel to it. The RockHopper looks cool and is unique, I can also carry some things I shop in the second compartment. The gear I bought from Redoxx have a cool look and feel to it and are very well designed.
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Rockhopper Specs Chart

  • Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified CORDURA® nylon
  • Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
  • Thread: #92 bonded SolarMax Nylon
  • All seams double stitched and bound
  • All zippers #10 YKK VISLON® self-locking
  • Two interior pockets for holding tablets, mini laptops or Kindle eReaders
  • 3/8 neoprene rubber blend padding in back
  • Fastex side release flap buckles
  • Fair trade Monkey Fist Zip Knots on all zippers
  • Embroidered Logo Patches
  • Includes Cable Lock
  • 3250 welded O ring, nickel plated
  • Soft red 420 denier weight nylon lining
  • Durable Uni-Suede shoulder padding
  • US Dimensions: 17"L x 10"W x 7"H
  • Metric Dimensions: 43cm x 25.4cm x 17.8cm
  • Choose from 12 vibrant colors
  • "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
  • Designed AND made in the USA
  • US Capacity: 1000 Cubic Inches
  • Metric Capacity: 16.4 Liters
  • US Weight: 1.7 Pounds
  • Metric Weight: 0.77 Kilos

Rock Hopper Shoulder Sling Bag Color Translator

  • Amethyst = Purple
  • Black
  • 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.

If out of stock, orders are typically filled within 14 days. Call 1-888-733-6999 or email for details.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I fit a laptop in the padded pocket of the Rock Hopper?
Your standard 15 inch or larger laptop will not fit. Netbooks and mini notebooks, Tablets, iPads and Kindle eReaders will fit.
What's the difference between the Rock Hopper, Roadster and Airborne?
The Rock Hopper is an over one right shoulder bag or cross body bag, whereas the Roaster and Airborne are classic military style rucksack backpacks.
Which shoulder does the Rock Hopper go over?
The Rock Hopper was designed as an over the right shoulder bag or worn as a cross body (front) bag.
Will the Rock Hopper meet personal item standards?
Yes, it will meet personal item standards.
Is there a pocket for holding a water bottle?
There is no special pocket for holding a water bottle. Be aware that if you load one in either pocket it might leak on your bag's contents.
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.
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.