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Red Oxx Railroad Grip Duffel Bag - shown in Black Ballistic

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 An Excellent Product
By , Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 4, 2013

I waited a year before purchasing my grip. I watched the reviews, took measurements and wondered if it was going to be worth both the price, and buying it sight unseen. Let me assure you... There is no reason to worry!

The grip is my first RedOxx product, I found it by searching the Internet. The ordering process on-line was easy, and I also had my grip monogrammed. Although the website said it was back-ordered, UPS was at my door a week and a half later. The construction of the bag is heavy-duty. The best part is that the handle forms a continuous loop down the side and underneath the grip, so you don't have to worry about stitching letting go as the weight of the bag is supported, like a sling. The shoulder strap is also attached to the grip in a similar fashion. Out of the box, I was worried about not having enough room in the bag, but looks are deceiving. I was able to consolidate from carrying two bags down to one... with room to spare. If this bag can't do the job for you, you're likely carrying too much stuff anyhow. Yes, the bag can be awkward getting through doorways, but it's a locomotive... not a grand ballroom.

So far I'm 100% satisfied with my RedOxx grip, I should have made the purchase sooner. The grip has received numerous compliments for its design, looks and quality. Worth the investment!

 It Pays to Buy Good Tools
By , Indiana, April 2, 2013

Quality tools, while expensive up front, ultimately pay for themselves many times over during their life. Ultimately, this makes the cost of ownership very low indeed. This holds true for Red Oxx bags. They are tough.

No major surprises upon first looking at my new Railroad Grip. I already own a CPA Briefcase and a Beanos PR-4, so I knew what to expect in terms of overall quality and attention to detail. I am impressed with stoutness of the fabric, even though I knew it would be heavier than the other bags. The sizes in the website description don't tell the whole story, though. This bag can hold a lot of stuff.

The optional monogramming was hard to reconcile from a vanity standpoint, but I am glad I splurged. It looks GREAT! I anticipate many years of trouble-free service from this bag, based on my experiences with the ones I already own. Ask me again in 5 years, and I'll provide a follow up.
 30 years ago
By , North Platte, NE., April 1, 2013

Finally got tired of the other bags breaking. Over the years you will be way ahead if you buy one with a lifetime warranty. Wish I would have done that (30) years ago!
 two improvements
By , ohio, March 21, 2013

Should have rubber or plastic bottom but still a very good grip.

Center main compartment could be smaller. Grip a little too long for getting on/off engine. Should clear ladder rungs (shorten 4 inches).
 worth the wait
By , moline,IL, March 21, 2013

I put off buying for years wish i hadn't well worth every dollar
 I wish I had bought this one first
By , Tucson, AZ, March 14, 2013

I have been with the RR for over 30 years, owned a lot of grips. This one is the best, I wish I had started with this one. Yeah, they are spendy, but worth it. You won't be sorry!
 Best money I've spent
By , Washington, March 14, 2013

I can put everything I need for three days in this one bag. This bag is amazing.

Durable, lightweight, organized. I don't know how I lived without it for so long.
By , Arkansas, March 8, 2013

Well getting the bag I was a little worried it wouldn't fit everything I needed. I travel alot. It holds my cloths for 2 days strait. Along with food. And also hold my Xbox computer and anything else I can throw it it. It's amazing if you have to travel daily
By , Indiana, March 7, 2013

I used to carry two bags with me, but now I'm carrying this one and I'm still able to put more things in it if I need too.
 Great bag
By , , March 7, 2013

Really well built bag. Would recommend to anyone who wants a really great bag for anything. Also love the lifetime warranty. Built to last if the company is willing to make an offer like that. Would recommend to family and friends. Would buy another bag from redoxx.
 Superior Grip
By , St. Wendel In, March 7, 2013

Excellent grip! Made withthe railroader in mind. Fits through cab doors with no problem. Small enough to not be a hassel, yet large enough to fit all my grip inside. Excellent choice of bag if you are looking for a RR grip.
 Not worth $200
By , Washington DC, March 6, 2013

Very disappointed. Designed for someone who only caries one very small rulebook; not someone who carries rulebooks for 4 different railroads like myself. Wish the bag had a hard bottom and sides to stand on its own. Main compartment needs dividers for those who have to use it for books ect.
 What can I Say??
By , Eugene Oregon, February 28, 2013

What can I say about the Red Oxx Railroad Grip that hasn't already been said about the wheel, penicillin, or the iPhone.. this is one of the greatest inventions of all time. Made in the U.S.A. and carries a lifetime, NO-BULL warranty... I wish I could hug the designer of this grip and thank them for everything they have done for railroaders across the country.... No, seriously!!
 Well worth the cost!!!
By , Pennsylvania , February 28, 2013

The railroad grip is great! It made of high quality material and the quality of the zippers are amazing. It has more than enough space for all of my work supplies and more. I was hesitant to spend the money on it but it as well worth the cost and with a lifetime warranty you cannot go wrong with this railbag.
By , St Paul, MN, February 22, 2013

After hanging out in the yard for a few years, I decided it was time to spend my last 2+ years out on the road. Problem was my old grips were just flat worn out. After seeing these grips showing up all over the place and conversations with my many friends in Montana who already own these and swear by them I decided that I'd buy once, cry once and have a grip that would last me until well after retirement.

After 3 weeks of use, I'm very impressed with how much this bag can swallow. When I opened the shipping box, my first thought was "I paid 200 bucks for this?" It seemed so small and insignificant all folded up. Once I got my necessities loaded into it, I still had loads of room left over for extra clothing (I'm a big guy so my clothing takes up a lot of room), a pair of walking shoes, reading material and whatnot. This grip will expand to take in whatever you need to carry. You'll get it too heavy to handle before you exceed the capacity.

Love the heavy duty zippers and the Monkey Grip shoulder strap. This thing will pull your shirt off before it slips. Just what you need when manhandling a heavy bag up a set of steps and maneuvering through the zigzag on the new GE nose doors.

Best of all, it's made in the US of A by a company started by a veteran with a vision.

I'll try to remember to write a followup review when I retire. I don't think I'll have any complaints based on what I've seen so far...

 Best Railroad Grip I've Seen !
By , British Columbia, Canada, February 14, 2013

With only a few years left until I pull the pin I was hoping my company-issued "Safety Award" grip would carry me through even though it was starting to show some pretty serious wear. However, I noticed a lot of our new hires were sporting these Red Oxx grips and was impressed with the degree of quality in the material, design and construction. I am now a proud owner of a Red Oxx grip and can't wait until a "Weed Weasel" climbs onto my unit for a look at my rule book and cards. The way this Red Oxx grip is built I'm sure it will still look brand new on the day I turn in my reversers and keys.
 All rails need this grip
By , Boone, Ia. , February 12, 2013

I laid off this weekend and used my work grip instead of my civilian one. My grip got stolen Fri. night by some knuckle dragging moron and I'm pissed off that whoever did it probably doesnt know that the grip is worth more to me than anything I had in it. Odds are my grip is in a river or crick or in a ditch someware. I wish I could catch the SOB who stole it. Its not what was in it, its the fact that after all the years on the railroad carring crappy grips I found my true love- the Red Oxx.

I only hope that if its in a crick that some beaver is lucky enough to find it and repair his dam or lodge. I cant say enough about how rugged and hard working these grips are! Oh, by the way. I only had mine for a few months. It was virtualy brand new and now some Jackass that probably loves "Made in China" more than this country has got it, or has thrown it out after going though my stuff. Damn!

Now I'm going to have to order another grip just as soon as I finnish my tirade. Also my shaving kit was in the grip so I know what else Im ordering from Red Oxx. The only problem I have now is I have to use my old "Brand X" grip untill the new Ox gets here.

Yeah, I better tell ya what I like about the grips. They are tough as spikes and wont let engine poop soak through. Roomy and lots of pockets. The zippers almost make you cry as they are so tough, they dont jam or break the first month. The only thing I'd add is a couple of top straps. Best railroad grip on planet Earth and I recomend it to all my Brothers and Sisters in all crafts. Buy Red Oxx for the Quality and Crafstmanship, you will not be disapointed
 Wish I Had Kids To Leave This Bag To.
By , New York, January 31, 2013

I bought this for my Son-in-Law who just became a rr Engineer (after much schooling) as a gift. He LOVES it. Makes his life alot easier. Really well made. He told me he wished he had kids to leave it to because its gonna last that long. Best gift I ever bought!
 what took me so long
By , Evergreen Park,Il, January 25, 2013

been through many grips in 30+years on B&O railrod. this is the last. Best grip yet.
 New Bag!
By , UK, January 24, 2013

My second Red Ox bag lives up to my high opinion of my Skytrain. As strongly made as ever and perfect for a couple of days travelling for work. The team in Billings were great when I decided to add and change things on my order and all arrived exactly as I asked. Once again money well spent
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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.
Are there any interior pockets or dividers?
We recommend using our Red Oxx Packing Cubes and building your own custom personal packing cube kit. Or try organizing your stuff with a Nomad toiletry kit and/or Lil Roy Gadget bags. The Tri-fold Toiletry bag is also a great organizer due to its three individual zippered mesh pockets and unique fold open flat hanging design.
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”

Railroad Grip $225.00

91003On back order225

Embroidered Monogram Patches:

  • One - Three Initials $7.50
  • Four - Ten Letters $10.00


In Stock

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).*

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.

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 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.

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.

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."

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..
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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

Pocket measurements:

  • 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

Questions? 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.

Red Oxx Lifetime No Bull Warranty - No Questions Asked. Ironclad. Guaranteed. Forever. Period.
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Red Oxx Bags are handcrafted in Billings, Montana. U.S.A.

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