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Red Oxx Railroad Grip

Railroad Grip $200.00

Embroidered Monogram Patches:

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

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WANTED... Railroader's Grip that lasts! And lasts...

This is the bag you've been hearing about and spotted out on the tracks.

Red Oxx has been hand building this 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 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) that will not shred, rip or tear. Originally developed as a flak jacket material, ballistic nylon is one of the strongest and durable flexible textiles available.

Sized to fit the large GCOR rule book in one end pocket, your 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. There are plenty of places to stow smaller things in the zippered flat pockets located on all sides of the bag. 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 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. 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.

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 two hundred and fifty product reviews from satisfied engineers and railmen who have tried them all, some of them have burned through several competitors' bags in a year.

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 tear a regular bag to pieces. The Red Oxx Railroad Grip: "stronger than Armstrong."

We encourage you to place your order today to get your Grip on our factory production schedule. In other words, the bag is not a stock inventory item. You must place your order to get your new Grip on our production schedule. Your finished bag will then ship (under normal circumstances) in under 14 working days. During the holidays, it may ship within 21 working days. Like retirement, it's worth the wait.

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 so many Grips now with personalized embroidery, it's a great idea to think up something a little more personal than just your name or initials. For example, think about a favorite nickname, TV show, band, game, animal, hero, car, 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Custom Embroidered Monogramming your grip adds an additional 5-7 business days before shipping.

"No Bull" no question's asked Lifetime Warranty.
Designed AND handmade in Billings, Montana USA.
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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 14 working days may receive an order follow-up assurance email. During checkout purchasers have the option to opt-out of our quarterly email newsletter. Your email address is always secure.

Dimensions: 24"L x 12"W x 12"H
Capacity: 3,456 cu. inches
Weight: 4.7 pounds

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 bag needs Railroader accessories.

Download this free collectable Railroad Grip and Rucksack PDF Brochure (3.7MB).
Download this free collectable Railroader Accessories PDF Brochure (3.4MB).

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 bag
  • Roping bag
  • Halter bag
  • Trainers bag
  • AMR Pack
  • FIFO Miners Bag
  • Construction worker bag
  • NRC tool bag

Fun GRIP Trivia: It's called a Grip as this comes from the rail line term for a 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.

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4.87 Average Rating
 (305 Reviews)

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 plenty of room
By Gayl, North Dakota, October 7, 2010

The grip has plenty of room for all the stuff I carry and looks to have room for my winter gear, too! I only wish the strap were a little wider. I am really happy with this gift from my wonderful family!!
 This is the grip
By Anonymous, UPRR Oregon, October 7, 2010

Look, all the old heads got em - there's a reason for that. Stop buying a cheapie special every year. Stop spending half as much for a quarter the bag every two or three years.

Tired of your zippers blowing out? Tired of the pockets ripping out? Tired of the shoulder strap not strapping?

Do the smart thing and get the only grip you'll ever need. This thing is built industrial tough. It's better made than the military rucksacks that don't even last on the railroad.

If there were anything I'd change about the grip, it would be to maybe add some interior dividers and some internal pen and small item compartments. Other than that, don't do like I did - get it personalized so you can tell yours apart from all the others.
 Name Here
By Anonymous, UPRR Big Spring, Tx, September 30, 2010

This bag is everything "positive that is" that all the other reviews say it is. I'm a conduct in Texas and one thing I can say is, if "ahem" when you order this grip spend the extra bucks to get your name on it. I got my name on mine and I've gotten a lot of comments on it, plus it looks cool, unless you've gotta nerdy name. BUY THIS BAG YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!!
 The Perfect Railroad Grip
By Anonymous, Houston,TX, September 23, 2010

I have finally found the perfect grip. After using several different grips through the years I now have the last one I will ever need. My last grip was a tuffbag which started having zipper issues after 2 weeks of use. When I recieved my redoxx grip I loaded all of my stuff in it with no problems and since have been pretty tough on it. This bag has taken some heavy abuse already and still has no problems. I also have had many co-workers ask about it and they all want to get one now. I have 20+ years left to work and it will be with a redoxx grip, nothing else!!!
 Expect more Orders
By Anonymous, Canada, September 16, 2010

Quality made from the get go. The hardware is outstanding, and is necessary for the day to day abuse I give a grip. I was a little scared off by the price to start with being I couldn't inspect the bag before buying. I can tell you though it is definately worth the money and is deceptively larger than i thought. The warranty is awesome (if I ever need it).

The monographing comes in red which is very striking on a black bag. My bag is now the envy of other grip in the terminal.
 Great Bag
By Anonymous, KCMO UPRR, September 2, 2010

This bag is great! Had no problem fitting all my stuff in it. Rugged material and heavy duty straps, zippers and clasps are great. No worries of anything tearing or breaking even after loading at the last 30lbs of stuff in it. The only things I would change would be to put on heavier duty bottom material to resist fraying from sliding it across the diamond plate on the front of a locomotive walkway and a key ring inside one of the pockets to hang your switch keys from. Other than that it has been a great bag.

----------Red Oxx replies: thanks so much for the review. You can pick up one of our Pin Mount Key Clips and then you can put your key ring any where you want it!

 the best railroad grip money can buy
By JUSTIN, arkansas, August 13, 2010

you get what you pay for. i had a tuffbag for 5 years and was satsfied with it until the zippers started coming apart. called tuffbag to repair and was told it would be 8 dollars per zipper and freight both ways. total of 68 to 72 dollars. i only paid 96 for the bag. i saw a redoxx at work not long after that and put my order in. by far the best grip i have owned.
 As close to perfect as you can get
By Tim, Kansas City, August 12, 2010

Have used the railroad grip for 1 month and would buy again...perfect size for an engineer and zippers work best by grabbing ends of monkey knots, which seems like common sense but I was so use to grabbing the tiny zippers on old grip I continued doing same. Only thing I would suggest is a key ring holder inside of the grip to keep thieves from taking switch lock keys...and maybe some internal pockets...excellent product.

----------Red Oxx replies: thanks so much for the review Tim. We now carry a Pin Mount Key Clip you can mount anywhere you like!
 Worth Every Cent
By Norris Kasey, Roanoke, VA, August 8, 2010

I needed a grip for my job as a conductor that can take the abuse of being moved on and off a locomotive. I constantly get caught on the small doors all the time. my old grips would tear or brake zippers. lasting about 5 to 6 months. not this one it can take a beating and show no signs of it. you get what you pay for. great bag.
 Great R.R. Grip
By Conrad, Escanaba, MI, July 29, 2010

I am a Locomotive Engineer in Upper Michigan and i've been fed up having to replace grips every year or two. When I received this Red Oxx grip, I was a bit worried because it looked small but after transferering all of my crap into it, theres still plenty of room for half as much more stuff. I'm impressed with the quality of the zippers, straps, and hooks. The material appears that it will last for many years. The only problem I can see is that there is no kind of reinforcement material on the bottom of the bag, and since railroaders are always tossing thier grips on and off of locomotive walkways, I can see the possibility of the material fraying over time on the bottom. All in all, I am very impressed with this grip and i'm confident that it will outlast anything i've purchased in the past.
 Best Grip Ever!!!!!!
By Jon Kephart, Richmond,VA, July 29, 2010

This is by far the best grip money can buy. I had no problem spending the money on a bag that has a Lifetime Guarantee. I recommend this grip to everyone.
 Nothin' fancy
By Pete, Fort Fun, CO, July 20, 2010

I'm not a railroader, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. I travel 30 weeks a year as an underpaid, overworked, sleep deprived consulting engineer in the power industry and I'm pretty hard on my equipment, but hey, so are baggage handlers. I currently roll with the CPA Briefcase and Trifold Shave Kit so admittedly, I'm a bit of a Red Oxx fan.

I needed a truck bag that I could wedge into the extended cab of a Tacoma or bungee cord to a flatbed Blue Heeler-style when I drive. I needed something bulletproof to use as luggage that could also comfortably pull double duty in the field when I fly. What I really needed was to get over to the Red Oxx webpage and see what treasures they had for me. I found the railroad grip accidentally in a section of the webpage away from the more "civilian" products and fell in love with it. Heck, I've only had it for a few days and I'm still basking in the afterglow while smoking a cigarette.

I believe it was the great warrior poet Colonel Hannibal Smith who once said, "Overkill is underrated." The boys from Red Oxx know a little something about overkill and they don't make crappy stuff. Read the reviews. Yeah, it's spendy, but when that box comes off the big brown truck and you lay your filthy paws on your new bag(s) for the first time you'll get over it quickly. Plus you gotta love them no nonsense Montana guys who, in our carbon-neutral, mush-mouth, fast-paced, flip-flopper, dead-tech, hope-and-change 21st century world still have a no-BS one-sentence lifetime warranty. Not that you'll need the warranty, mind you, unless a toddler or hungry Grizzly or pissed off Great White gets ahold of your bag. Even then they'd prolly fix it, no questions asked, just for the great story.

I buy from these guys because I'm supporting a small business owned by former Marines and native Montanans who make top shelf products by hand with love in every stitch. This way I'm not contributing to those bonuses for Evil Corporate America we've all heard so much about. I slave hard for my pittance so when I spend money, I shop hard and buy good food, good booze, good tools, and good gear. I avoid cheap China-made crap (which is increasingly difficult to do) and like it when folks like the Red Oxx boys answer the phone on the second ring and have instant answers to my questions.

Oh yeah, the bag. It's all been said in the reviews below. It's a black heavy duty rectangular bag that will swallow a ton of stuff and still fit nicely in confined spaces. Nothin' fancy, just big square pockets and bomber construction. It's not a periwinkle blue Bedazzled manpurse from Linens'n'Things containing yoga pants, a soy latte, and a few The Fray CDs. If that's what you're after, stop reading right now and move back to SoCal. It you need a hard use, buy once/cry once truck bag/luggage/gym bag/range bag from Planet Kickass that your grandkids will fight over when you're dead (and I know you do, you manly man of action, you), find a few pennies between the couch cushions and save up for this action.
 Worth the Money!
By Amber, Arkansas, July 14, 2010

I bought this for my husband as a present. When it first came in we were a little scared because it didn't look very big. Looks can be deceiving! He was able to fit everything he had in his old bag, plus more. And everything is so much more organized now, which he loves. This bag is awesome!
 High Quality
By Anonymous, Canada, May 18, 2010

Great bag, high quality construction. A little on the high price for a bag. But im thinking that it may a once in a lifetime purchase. Will find out how tough they actually are in the years to come. I would buy another one.
By REE, VANCOUVER WA, April 8, 2010

It appears to be rugged enough to do the job for railroaders.
 Good Bag
By Craig Williams, Waterloo, IA, April 1, 2010

So far I really like my bag. It definitely has enough room for all the books needed to travel out of town, plus my clothes. It's just a touch heavy when you get everything in it, but it seems to be built well and should hold up for a long time to come. Nice to go to a one bag system at work.
By Ray Millen, Galesburg, MI, February 26, 2010

I have owned many other bags over the years, and I can tell you that this is the first one I am overjoyed with. I am a Locomotive Engineer with the Grand Trunk and travel out of town for work, and the manual and other stuff I need to carry easily fits this bag, and with a little over 20 years until retirement, I figured a lifetime guarantee is gonna be cheaper in the long run...
 Don't be fooled by "fooled"
By JZ, New Jersey, February 7, 2010

Another response to "fooled"...I dont (know) of any other bag for any railroader out there. I am a passenger conductor and have used my grip for months on overnight assignments. I'm able to carry timetables, a Form D book, rulebook and rulebook binder (for the 2 railroads I operate on) in one end pocket, a small first aid kit and fusees in another end pocket, brake hose gaskets in a side pocket, various paperwork booklets in the front pocket, and a 13-pocket letter file, metal clipboard, pencil case, AND a change of clothes (shirt, jeans, socks, t-shirt). I've had my grip leaning along sidewall heaters in the cab and it didnt phase the Red Oxx Grip where other bags would have melted. The zippers eat through almost anything left in its path. The grip has been so useful to me that I purchased the Airborne Ruck Sack (C-Ruck) for use on shorter assignments. I will never buy anything else but Red Oxx!!
 Railroad Grip
By Dennis Erno, Iola, Wisconsin, January 14, 2010

Railroaders are probably the hardest on grips of any profession. The tight quarters we get into, the height we throw them up to, the small coradors we drag them down, and the way we get in and out of them constantly looking at our rule books (ya right lol). But your grip seems to be able to take it so far(I just got it for Christmas '09). But the reasurance that its guarenteed for life is a relaxing piece of mind. I'll write another review in a year and let you know how its holding up. The only thing I ask is can you come and clean up some of our engines their dirty and I don't want to get my new bag messy. Great product keep up the good work. Engineer Erno in Wisconsin CN
By Scott, Kansas City, December 10, 2009

I'm pleased with this grip so far. My rule book fits in the end easliy. I have plenty of room for my clothes. It's just a little bulky getting in and out of the cab. I just need to get used to it. Instead of using a back pack for so long. I couldn't bring my self to pay that much for the one on steriods.
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  • "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
  • Designed AND made in USA
  • 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 and Rail King only
  • Designed by railroaders for railroaders
  • US Dimensions: 24"L x 12"W x 12"H
  • Metric Dimensions: 70cm L x 30.5cm W x 30.5cm H
  • US Capacity: 3,456 Cubic Inches
  • Metric Capacity: 65.1 Liters
  • US Weight: 4.7 Pounds
  • Metric Weight: 2.13 Kilos
  • Free collectable download Railroad Grip and Rucksack PDF Brochure

If out of stock, orders are typically filled within 21 days. Call 1-888-733-6999 or email for details.

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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 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.
Will my rulebook (US), radio, and 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.
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.