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Red Oxx Railroad Grip Duffel Bag - shown in Black Ballistic

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4.88 Average Rating
 (373 Reviews)

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By , la crosse wi, March 22, 2012

Tough bag with a lot of room. You can tell it was made very well, only wish it had back pack straps, so all of the weight isn't on one side. I know there is a backpack version but don't need it to be that big. Overall great product made in the U S A
 Great Grip
By , Glendive, MT, March 20, 2012

I bought this grip a year ago and I am glad I spent the money on it. It is extremely durable, and seems to be able to take anything. A year on the railroad has left it with some scuff marks and dirt, but it has held up remarkably well. All the zippers still work well, and I have had no problems with it. It hold more than it seems possible, including all my equipment, rule book, tools, clothes, and a spare coat in the colder months. This is a great value, and I highly recommend it.
By , Clever MO, March 8, 2012

Love the bag, I was amazed at how much gear it can hold, I used to have to take two bags with me to carry everything but now all I need is one. Great bag.
 Trainmans Review
By , Orangevale Ca UPRR Roseville , March 7, 2012

UPS dropped it off this morning and I decided to load it up with everything that I had to throw at it. I am absolutely blown away by how much gear and tools I have managed to fit with ease into this one bag.


Main Compartment

Sorell Snow boots, Snow Pants, Winter Jacket, Rain Gear,Running shoes, Deadhead clothes, Shave kit, medicine bag. Change of clothes. Zip Ties, Bailing wire

Left Compartment:

Radio, spare battery, Lantern, Spare battery, reverser, maglite, Airgauge

Left Front:

PPE Supplies, Spare trash bags. Babywipes

Right Compartment:

Fog Charts, SSI TimeTable, Logbook and Track Warrant book and 8620 GO's and Bulletins, and the new small GCOR Rules books.

Front pocket:

Pens highlighters Iphone and charger, ear buds. Copenhagen.

Right front:


Back Compartment:

Laptop PC, Charger, Nook.

Loaded down with all that gear it is a bit heavy, but the Shoulder strap distributes the weight nicely and comfortably. It is no less awkward loading it on the power, than it was carrying two bags and a SCBA.

Overall I am thoroughly impressed with the craftsmanship of this grip. I will be posting on Facebook with pictures throughout the year to highlight how it handles our tough conditions.

Thank you Redoxx!

Herb Favichia

 Best Bag So Far!
By , Ohio, February 24, 2012

I can't say I have any complaints about this grip. Plenty of room and stands up to the brutality of being out on the rails.
 Love My Grip, Still!
By , Fullerton/Anaheim, February 5, 2012

Loved this bag the moment I got it the first time. I'm not a railroader but I have friends who are and I keep sixteen hour days so this bag is perfect for me, I've had a lot of bags and this one is great because I still have room after I put all my stuff in it. Now if I can get my hands on a rule book :): I've got to try it in these pockets, they're awesome!

The bag had some unravelling threads and since everyone else said there's was fine I decided four months after using it that I really needed to send it in. It was performing with excellence.

The company said they would replace it because of faulty material, i said wow if that was faulty what's the new one like? It is awesome! I don't know how else to describe it! Everyone else has pointed out its features and I agree one hundred percent. I don't think the bag needs a key clip or inside zipper pockets. I use my front pocket for keys and things I need right away. Has lots of room for putting things that I don't need right away but need quick access to. Of course I pack bags inside my bags that are all organized. I really like the side and front pockets. I'm showing it to the rr crews I meet. Thanks for such great customer service, prompt, friendly, and right on. They sent back a Disney key and a rr crossing gate trinket I had forgotten about. Can't wait to make my next purchase. Happy Grip Owner and Very Happy!
 UPs and downs
By , UPR St. Louis service unit, January 29, 2012

Saw ad for bag in crew room. Purchased grip despite high price. Blew out seam in bag and tweaked one of the zippers inside 4 months. Company wanted me to mail bag back to them for repairs despite being informed that I use my grip on a daily basis. Company finally sent new grip so that I can continue to have all of my gear in one place and will send broken bag back for inspection or whatever. Customer service did finally come through after several misteps, but for a bag that claims to be built lifetime tough and the CIT manages to break it inside four months? Perhaps an improvement in QA?

Also bag could afford to be slightly bigger in all dimensions especially side pockets for having to carry traction overshoes in winter and shoulder strap could use some inprovement as if you have to sling the bag to avoid getting snagged when getting on/off engines, adjustment buckles bite your shoulders up pretty badly.
By , S. St. Paul, Mn, January 26, 2012

I was using a traditional duffle for my grip, thought I'd look online and see if there was something else out there that was made for rough duty and will last. I stumbled upon RedOxx and saw the railroad grip and read the reviews along with description of the item etc. I ordered it right away. I received it a few days ago and like it a lot. It fits my GCOR, SSI, timetables, foreign RR DOCUMENTS, along with radio, lantern, change of clothes etc. everything I need for an over night trip and back. I strongly suggest this product for any railroader. The embroidery was spot on as well. All around VERY satisfied.
 Red Oxx Rocks!!!
By , Berkeley Srings Wv., January 19, 2012

great product, excellent craftsmanship, made in the USA....
 Christmas Gift
By , San Antonio, Tx, January 9, 2012

Bought this Grip bag for my nephew working in Denver Co. and all I've heard from him is great reviews. This was something he really needed to fulfill his job. He said the monogram and the grip bag are "Awesome"!
 Best value for your money
By , Shallowater, TX, January 5, 2012

Looking at the bag you know immediately that it was built for a lifetime. It may still be in service well into my retirement. The zippers are so tough and sturdy that it is almost unbelievable. The weight of the bag tells you that it was made to last. The large side pockets are perfect and the interior has much more room than you can imagine. The bag is the best and worth every penny and the customer service is amazing.
By , kansas, January 4, 2012

great bag. i have no doubt it will last me the rest of my railroad life. only wish it had an inside zipper pocket or two.
 Railroad Grip
By , Swindon UK, December 29, 2011

I had been contemplating purchasing a Red Oxx railroad grip for a while after deciding that my well-worn & battered Delsey duffel bag needed to be retired from front line service. Since puchasing the grip it's been used on a four day trip back home to Scotland & I'm very pleased with it. As per the instructions on the inside of the box it came in I will be arranging to leave it to my grandson in my will. I also believe I'm the only railwayman in the UK with a Red Oxx bag. My next purchase will be a CPA briefcase then all my UK & Europe travel/work requirements are met.
 the best
By , GA Division, December 29, 2011

This is the best grip out there. I did my research before buy. A lot of guys at my job had the bag. So i decided to get it even with such a high price. Well worth it
 Awesome Grip
By , Regina,Saskatchewan,Canada., December 29, 2011

Finally, a grip that looks like it will last the test of time. Iam so glad i stumbled across redoxx. Also a special thanks to Lisa Miller who pointed me in the right direction, thanks again.
By , Virginia, December 22, 2011

Very impressive bag that remind us of the old RR bag my husband's father carried when when worked for the C&O first as a Fireman then as an Engineer. As my hubby said..."no wonder they last a life time... so well made and sturdy and US made at that!" I know my Engineer son-in-law and Conductor son-in-law will be so pleased with these bags.
 Best Railroad Bag for this industry
By , Spring, Texas, December 22, 2011

I have gone through a lot of different travel bag for our industry. We are very hard on out luggage. Lots of them just fall apart on the first trip. This bag is so well made that I will probable have it as a travel bag well after I retire. Thank you.
 Premium grip
By , Macon Ga, December 16, 2011

Ive had all the others and they didnt make it a year.Finally found RedOxx and Im a believer now.Real tuff stuff they make it out of.
 !st thing a new hire should buy
By , Peoria IL, December 15, 2011

I have been getting some student conductors and one of my first recommendations to them to save money and aggravation is to order a grip from Red Oxx. I spent a lot of $$ on several grips that just did not hold up well on road travel and needed replacing after just a few years. Get this one and be DONE.
 Stop looking, buy it.
By , Michigan, December 13, 2011

There's no question, it's worth the money... after seeing trainman after trainman toting these around, I decided to ditch my old backpack and get one... No regrets.

Big enough to hold whatever you could possibly need, and the last time I saw something this tough, it came out of my mom.

Good work, RedOxx.
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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.
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Railroad Grip $225.00

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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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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

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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