“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 has been hand building this duffel style Grip for locomotive railroad engineers here in Billings, Montana since 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, 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 CORDURA® Nylon (available only in BLACK). Originally developed as a flak jacket material, ballistic nylon is one of the strongest and durable flexible textiles available.
FITS YOUR RAIL GEAR.
Sized to fit the large GCOR rule book 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 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. 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 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 product reviews from satisfied engineers, conductors, and railmen who have tried them all, some of them have burned through several competitors' bags within a year.
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 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. 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 lettering only - located on top zipper panel only. Because there are many Grips with owners 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.
Designed AND handmade in Billings, Montana USA.
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UPS or USPS Priority International Shipping to Canada is $30.00. More information on International Shipping here.
Witness the birth of your bag and learn about the many steps it takes to handcraft your Grip.
Meet the thundering herd who build your gear with pride.
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 10 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.
Dimensions: 24"L x 12"W x 12"H
Capacity: 3,456 cu. inches
Weight: 4.7 pounds
- 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
- 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.
Best Railroad Grip I've Seen !
By Murray, 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.
By Seth thomas, 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 Anonymous, 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!
By Greg, Evergreen Park,Il, January 25, 2013
been through many grips in 30+years on B&O railrod. this is the last. Best grip yet.
By Adrian Littlejohns , 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
By Anonymous, Louisiana, January 13, 2013
Bought this bag for my Railroad bf. He loved the bag and said that it was everything that he needed. He loved the bag so much I'm thinking about investing in one of my own.
Also, the customer service from this company is amazing. I ordered this bag during the Christmas holidays and there was a possibility it wouldnt arrive for Christmas. They shipped it out and I received it on Christmas Eve!
Exactly what a railroader needs
By Rick, B.C., January 10, 2013
Saw a few on the property, and asked a few questions to see how the guys liked the bag. It has everything you need. Lots of space for all your gear, books, clothes, utensils, and whatever else you need to pack. Very sturdy and well built. Not bulky to carry, unless you loaded it that way.....
I look forward to still having it even after I retire, to haul my gear on bike trips! You have made an awesome product that I am very pleased with. Wish I had one of these the first 30 years of my career!
By Shelley, FullertonAnaheim, December 30, 2012
Every few months I come and see what others are saying about this bag. I still love this bag! After using it for almost two years I can say its strengh is putting up with all the stuf I put in it. And, the size of the pockets! Every time I think of using another bag, I say...no. this is still the one I want to carry with me because it just simply fits everything. I've noticed others have also pointed out the pockets as a strong point. I like to pack things that I don't need right away. I don't want to open my bag and find them but I may need them so I stash them away in one of the pockets.
I own other Redoxx bags and this one is the one I carry the most. I pack one of my Lil Roy bags with my phone and charger and headset ad stash it in one of the side pockets. I also carry two travel mugs and various clips and flash lights and things stacked neatly in other little organizing bags. The long flat pockets are for wallets, I.D. writing material, keys, and whatever small item I need at the moment. The main compartment is used for jacket, sweater, towels, or a quick trip to the store on the way home.
In a word, it's just awesome! And the zippers can't be beat. Wish I could find a parka with these zippers! And, I love the all around double stitching. The bagt still looks brand new and gets the most compliments and comments from people I meet or my friends. Never carried a bag that got so many comments. Thanks, Redoxx.
By R. M. Gray, Brewer, Maine, December 29, 2012
Shipping was very fast. The quality of the Railroad Grip is everything Red Oxx said. Strong, high quality and all my gear fits! Great product!
By Anonymous, buffalo ny, December 27, 2012
I bought this bag as a gift for my rr engineer husband. I was skeptical because he goes thru bags every other month and these are not inexpensive bags! When I opened the box I was pleasantly surprised...everything about the bag says durable. From the heavyweight fabric to the zippers and stitching! Even empty the bag weighs several pounds. Well he opened it xmas morning and was thrilled..its on the road with him today. He says he'll retire with this one....time will tell.
By C. G. Vesely, Portage, WI, December 24, 2012
The best grip I have ever seen....period! Worth every penny!
By hard degnan, london, ontario. canada, December 20, 2012
great railway grip. perfect for any railroader. just wish i would have bought one of these 23 years ago when i hired on. durable, tough fits all your gear and looks great doing it. it will definately out last me. great value for the price. good job dudes
By Anonymous, , December 19, 2012
Solid Grip, Price was high, but value per dollar spent was worth it.
The bag is nice and tall; but not very long.
It easily fits insulated coveralls, lantern, sweater, jacket, vest, radio, with room for another change of clothes easily.
By Jeff, Texas, December 13, 2012
I wish I had this grip years sooner. Very rugged as advertised, more than enough room for several changes of clothes. All the extra side pockets are more than adequate for rule books, radio, and all the garb railroaders are required to have. Very pleased with my purchase!
By Kevin, California, December 12, 2012
I love the large center area for my clothes and all the pockets around for all my books, gloves, radio, etc. I love the heavy duty zippers on this since that is the first ring that went out on my tuffbag.
By Montanan, Missoula, Mt, December 6, 2012
So far so good. Made in Montana just like me! Tough, rugged, and long lasting! Recommend it to any railroader out there! Thanks for the good grip!
By Eric, Indiana, December 5, 2012
I've had my grip for almost 2 months and its everything they advertise and more!! More room than any other bag I've owned in my ten years on the railroad. My only regret is that I didn't buy one sooner!!
By Anonymous, SouthWest Indiana, November 28, 2012
Bought this grip over a year ago and it's still like new. Heavy built and lots of room. And with 30 years left on the rails the cost figures out very low per year. Recommend it to any and all. Now seeing more of them around terminals and not a bad word said about them. Great USA product.
By Anonymous, Revelstoke, BC, Canada, November 27, 2012
I bought this grip four years ago, and it still works like the day I got it.
I don't remember putting in a review back when I got this, so I figured I'd give one now that I'm back looking at the Rucksack version (wasn't available then). The workmanship and materials is as close to perfect as could be achieved. Everything has lasted. The design allows for easy organisation (I do use some mesh bags inside the main compartment to keep things like my cooking kit all separated). The shoulder strap does an excellent job of not slipping (great for getting on/off the unit).
I'm planning to get a Rucksack version now, since the extra capacity and "backpack style" carrying would be nice.
By Anonymous, , November 25, 2012
Great Grip! Size is just right for most railroaders. The zippers are much better than those found on bags made by other companies.
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Designed AND made in U.S.A.
- 1050 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified Ballistic CORDURA® 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: #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 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 Himilayas, 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.
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 CORDURA® 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 CORDURA® Nylon?
Ballistic CORDURA® 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 CORDURA® nylon 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 CORDURA® 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 Nomad toiletry kit
and/or Lil Roy Gadget bags
to organize your belongings inside your Grip. 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 it's 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.