Gear, clothes, air, land - does it all
By KM, Oakland, CA, November 2, 2015
I got this a couple months ago, but wanted to put it through its paces a bit before submitting a review. Just in the past two-and-a-half weeks, I used this bag to lug my music gear to 3 separate shows (I'm a performing musician), and used it as a weekend bag for 2 very different trips - one by car for a conference, and one by plane down to LA to visit family.
This bag simply does it all, regardless of what you're carrying, where you're taking it, or what mode of transportation you're using to get there. All while being rugged, indestructible, stylish - and really kind of badaxx (hah hah) at the same time.
It holds LOTS - might be the first bag ever to underestimate just how much fits in here in their specs. I guess if there's any "negative" to the thing, it's that you can easily overpack it to the point where it's a bit heavy to lug around. Certainly not the bag's fault though - and the bag won't have the least bit of trouble with whatever you put in there.
The thing is overbuilt and could certainly take loads more abuse than I'm dishing out in my non-adventure travelling. The bit of padding on the bottom makes me feel better that my microphone and guitar pedals have a cushioned landing when I set the bag down, while also lending it a bit of shape. The 2 outside pockets are well-sized - I put large over-ear headphones in the larger one with plenty of room for phone, wallet, keys and a snack. (It also happens to be the perfect size for a novel.)
Not much else to say except I intend for it to last me way way way beyond most of the other gear it carries, and definitely beyond other cases/bags that I've used or have. Great stuff all around. I took a long time to pull the trigger on this because of the price. But now that I have one, I get it. This could possibly be the last bag you need.
By Andy, Arizona, May 14, 2015
I actually meant to order the RailRoad grip and did this one by mistake, but the quality is so good I kept it and ordered the right bag the next time. Awesome bag!.
By Kim, Kalispell, MT, February 12, 2015
I bought this bag for my husband for Christmas to replace the RedOxx bag he's been using daily for the last 12 years on the railroad. He wanted a smaller travel bag, and this was the one, so I surprised him with it.
It's perfect as it's made of the same super durable cloth as his other one, has the incredible zippers, and also has the roomy interior for his clothes. The nice thing about this one are the outside pouches for easy access to his other stuff.
The fact that his other RedOxx has lasted through 12 years of abusive use made our purchase of another RedOxx bag a no-brainer. No regular bag would have gone through all of that.
I got the mariner blue, and he loves it!
By Anonymous, Alabama , January 8, 2015
I bought this bag as a present for my mom to take on a trip to Europe. Even though it was back ordered, it arrived in time and was the perfect carry-on.
By Brad McBride, Houston, Tx, December 4, 2014
Bought my first Red Oxx bag (Flying Boxcar) 6-7 years ago. It's an awsome bag, and people are amazed when they see how much I've got packed in a "carry on".
That first purchase sold me on Red Oxx quality.
I recently bought the Sun Chaser for long weekend getaways and could not be more pleased. I love this bag.
My Flying Boxcar is khaki but I decided to go with the safari color on this one. The website pictures do not do this color combo justice. It looks great!
Thanks again Red Oxx.
By Anonymous, Honolulu, HI, August 21, 2014
Bag makes a good over-night or casual weekend bag. Very well built...materials and hardware, however it is on the heavier side. Make's a great camera bag that does not look like a camera bag.
By Paul Walker, Argyle, TX, July 17, 2014
Over the past 6 years I have given 9 Sun Chaser bags as graduation presents. The response has been unanimously positive and still get great comments from those folks as they have been using and I suspect abusing those bags for all things travel in their post high school years. It's a gift I know they love and know they will have forever!
By Bruce, Rochester, NY, March 17, 2014
I used to travel "one bag" style. Now that I fly with my toddler son, I carry a second bag.
I'm glad I got the Sunchaser instead of a PR4, because of easy access to the side pockets or to the main compartment when under an airline seat (tested on A320 and 737 in window, aisle, & center seat positions). I carry a dSLR in a Think Thank Photo holster, iPad, as well as books, food, and spare clothes for my son with room to spare.
I have a Gator that I purchased years ago, but find that I don't use it when traveling now that I have to carry for two. I use the Sunchaser with a Patagonia MLC or a SkyTrain which goes in the overhead.
By Deke, Los Angeles, January 2, 2014
1. Great 3-4 day bag, fits my running shoes & 4 days of shirts, socks & underwear.
2. Fits perfectly under the seat in economy and I can still put my feet under the seat.
3. Super rough construction feels like it will last forever.
4. Even with its tough exterior it is still fairly light weight.
5. Love the safari color scheme.
Only one. No offense but the double zip pass thru panel for wheeled luggage is very badly designed. It is loose and flimsy on every roller bags I have tried it on. I have a wheeled computer bag and it always embassingly flops over while I'm walking at the airport. To the point where I stopped using it all together. The whole is the entire length of the bag which is 2x larger then any handle. This is such a bummer as the rest of the bag is so well designed except this one part.
Instead I bought one of those bag bungee straps on amazon to hold my Sunchaser on top of my computer roller bag. Redoxx should try making this part out of some elastic material which can expand & contract based on different handle sizes.
The only weekend bag you'll ever need
By Benjamin, Boston, MA, July 29, 2013
I routinely head to the North Shore of MA for beach weekends, so the RedOxx Air Boss is a bit excessive for a weekend trip.
Enter the Sun Chaser. It fits one pair of shoes, the always necessary Travel Basket and Tri-Fold Shave Kit, and all the clothes you'll need including a suit if need be. The two outside pockets are the perfect size for a book and your mp3 player and headphones.
Sun Chaser and Flying BOX CAR
By Rick, North Carolina, June 6, 2013
I travel most weeks from Sunday night through Wednesday. I am able to use the Sun Chaser to pack enough clothes for the smaller regional flights without checking the bag, it fits in the overhead easily. The Flying Boxcar fits well on bigger aircraft overhead storage. Your luggage saves me a lot of time waiting at baggage claim on every trip. So far the durability is excellent. The Sun Chaser is full because I always take a suit but it works.
By Chris , Chattanooga, February 21, 2013
Awesome bag! I travel a lot for work and have tried at least 15 or 20 different bags over the past 10 years. I have definitely found a 'keeper' with the SunChaser.
I fly a lot of CRJ's and I can load this bag up with 3 or 4 days of clothes and still fit it easily in the small overhead. This bag is built like a tank and I'm certain it will give me many years of good service.
By woody, Wisconsin, November 8, 2012
My first Red Oxx bag, but not my last...perfect carry on size for camera gear and some basic necessities...
By Paul Haynie, Waukegan, IL, September 20, 2012
I am now on my second Sun Chaser. The first lasted a year and a half, and showed zero signs of wear after daily use and much kicking around. I would still have it, but the thief had other ideas.
By Dex, San Francisco, June 23, 2012
For a number of years, I have been lugging around a much larger duffel bag for weekend trips, and always found myself packing and lugging around way too much gear. The standard round duffel bag might look roomy (they aren't) and with the single top zipper you can never really see all your gear anyway.
Was initially attracted to the SunChaser because of the way the top opening is designed, which gives you a quick view of all your gear plus makes packing a breeze. And the bag is square, so theoretically will take more gear than a larger round duffel. Couldn't decide between the SunChaser and the Safari Beanos PR4, finally went with the SunChaser because of the slightly larger main compartment and padded bottom, even though it had fewer outside pockets.
Glad I went with the SunChaser. The large, 19 x 9 inch main compartment allows me to pack at least a weekend's worth of gear, with room left over for an iPad, book and other diversions. Side pockets fit cell phone, flask (or two), playing cards/dice, and the large pocket will even fit an iPad if need be.
One of the things I most love about the bag is that the Eagle Creek packing cubes that I use to pack underwear, socks, and tees fith the Sunchaser PERFECTLY. I can toss in tow medium and two large packing cubes, toss a third medium in the large side pocket, and I still have enough room for toiletries, shoes, and a sweater or sweatshirt. I can easily pack three days worth of clothing and gear in the cubes, and it all arrives at my destination neat and wrinkle free.
I think this is the perfect bag for trips of two to three days duration. I'm ordering a Flying Boxcar for longer trips, as I think the SunChaser might be a tad small for week-long trips.
Now if Red Oxx only made packing cubes to fite their bags . . . (hint hint)
----------Red Oxx Replies: Thanks for the great review Rex, we do make bags that work great as packing cubes - our Nomad, Lil Roy and Tri Fold all work well as cubes.
By Farron Brougher, Orange County, CA, June 14, 2012
I "converted" to Red Oxx when the tour operator strongly suggested that I not check bags to Tanzania. The first two bags have since been to Europe and South America.
The Sun Chaster fits under the seat of the smaller regional jets and still serves as my bag for essentials that I'd never check. Camera, flash, chargers and accessories, a netbook or iPad, reporter's notebook, etc. The larger front pocket holds a Kindle Fire in a case. The smaller pocket is for a transoceanic supply of cleaners for glasses and screen.
My only suggestion is to find a way to add a water bottle carrier that is taller than the one on the Gator bag. I've had countless 1/2 liter bottles fall out of that one.
By Paul Walker, where ever the winds and my will takes me!, May 31, 2012
This is about my 8th Sun Chaser purchase - Each member of my family has one and I've bought 4 as graduation gifts. Everybody loves em for airline carry on's or for quick overnight get aways! I actually keep 1 on hand for that I need a great gift now event. You can cram em full of stuff or gear and they just carry on as if that's what they were designed to do - funny because I figure that's what the Ox boys had in mind when they manufacture all their gear. I've bought a briefcase, a gator, a PR 5 and suit bag - All of it the best bags I've ever owned. They've travelled to Africa, Europe, Mexico and South America and they are solid travel luggage. I even own an early bag from Red Ox that they no longer make but is my favorite small gear catchall/go bag. Keep up the great work Red Oxx and best wishes for the new facility!
By Scott, Danville, CA, April 30, 2012
I got this for carry-on and love it. It's very well made and the double zipper top is great for access. My 8x42 binos fit well in their case in the outside pocket and using the rolling method of packing it will hold plenty of clothes. Not too big and not too small -- Just right. Another "well done" to Red Oxx.
Fantastic little carry-on
By Mike S., Denver, CO, April 26, 2012
This Sun Chaser is a fantastic little bag. I keep it as my go bag for any of the quick trips I must take for work with little to no notice. It holds a full compliment of 3+ days of clothing (mixed business casual and personal casual), change of shoes and sandals, toiletries, water bottle and still has room to spare. Even fully loaded it easily fits in the overhead and has not even been considered at the gates as an item needed to be gate checked.
Solid , sturdy bag, superior workmanship, simply a high quality bag well worth the investment.
By Anonymous, woburn, ma, April 5, 2012
i travel a lot between the east coast and the midwest on weekend trips. I wanted something that would fit underneath my seat on the plane. This bag works perfect. I can put plenty of clothes in it and lay my laptop on top of them without any issues for space. No more having to check my roller because all the space above has been used up on the plane. The only issue I have, similar to others, is the strap begins to dig in to my shoulder after carrying it for a while. I either switch shoulders, carry it by the handles, or put it down. The build quality is fantastic. So glad I finally found the nearly perfect carryon bag.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between the Sun Chaser Duffel and Safari Beanos PR4?
The Sun Chaser has a full length main compartment with extra raised pockets located on the side of the bag, whereas the PR4
have a shorter main compartment and the pockets on both ends. The Sun Chaser also features grab handles on the ends and a padded bottom.
What's the difference between the Sun Chaser and the Flying Boxcar?
The Flying Boxcar is a full five inches longer and one inch wider.
Will this bag meet personal item sizing?
You can use it as one but we don't market it as such. So long as it wasn't fully packed you might slip one by. Certainly works well as a carry-on bag.
Why is the bottom padded?
The padding was requested by photography enthusiasts to protect their camera gear from impacts.
Why are there two zippers on the back of the bag?
They are for a pass-through panel so that the bag can be mounted over the handles of a wheeled bag.
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.
What's the best way to pack the Sun Chaser?
We recommend the bundle packing method. Watch the packing video under the Videos tab on the Flying Boxcar
product page (a slightly larger but similar in design duffel bag). Not fond of bundle packing, build a custom set of your own Red Oxx Packing Cubes
How many days worth of clothes will fit in the Sun Chaser?
The Sun Chaser was designed to hold a weekend's worth of clothes, like for a beach trip or road trip ... thus the name.
Are there any interior pockets?
The Sun Chaser two raised side pockets and one flat side pocket. There is only the one large main compartment without interior pockets.
My zipper broke. The teeth have separated. Do I send it in for warranty repair?
No need for warranty repair, try and 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 and we will adjust your billing accordingly.
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SLR Camera bag in hiding!
Sure! Carry-on duffel for a short trip to the Caribbean? Why not?
The smallest in our Expedition series of duffel bags, the Sun Chaser is the latest in incognito camera bags. The main compartment is roomy for all your photo gadgets like SLR zoom lenses, camera bodies, and short tripods. The closed cell Volara foam padded bottom helps to protect your precious fragile photo gear from impact. Secure the double zippered lid with the twin turn locks. The two raised side pockets are handy for when you need fast access. Both pockets zip halfway down the sides for easy access to buried equipment like data storage, adapters, manuals, etc.
MORE THAN JUST A CAMERA BAG.
The Sun Chaser (like all of our Red Oxx bags) is multipurpose – use it for road press, last-minute getaways, or quick vacations where you only need to pack your bathing suit, a few changes of underwear, a few different outfits, and your shoes. It also makes for a handy sports gear bag.
A GOOD BAG IS A SUM OF ITS PARTS.
Our Monkey Fist Zip Knots and heavy-duty #10 YKK zippers make opening the compartments a yankin' cinch, yet the self-locking zipper design prevents accidental openings. The full-length pass-through zippered pocket docking sleeve on the other side allows for stacking on wheeled suitcase handles... or leave the bottom zipper closed and use it as a flat pocket. Heavy-duty 1050 weight Ballistic Nylon, our toughest, on the padded bottom skid-plate signals many years of rough use sliding up and down cargo belts.
HOW TO CARRY THE SUN CHASER DUFFEL BAG.
The nonslip Claw Shoulder Strap allows for easy carrying, while the grab loops on both ends make retrieving this bag from the overhead compartment or yanking it from under other soft-sided luggage a snap. Carry it using the adjustable noslip Claw shoulder strap on your shoulder, cross body or by the handle.
BUILT LIKE A TANK?
Our customers like to define our gear as "built like a tank". While obviously you're not going to be toting around bags that weigh 50 tons and have three inches of armor plate, still the comparison is valid. For a carry-on bag, Sun Chasers are built tough. Starting with the most durable textile material available, 1000 weight CORDURA® nylon, we use super strong UV resistant thread that is stitched into every seam.
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 bag.
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 bags that brag of "binding" their edges.
WHY DOUBLE BOX STITCHING?
Each stress point, such as where the handles attach to the bag, is double box stitched - which is where we get the "double XX" in our name, Red Oxx; a stitching practice adapted from our time as parachute riggers.
MY, WHAT BIG ZIPPERS YOU HAVE!
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.
PUTTING THE HARD IN HARDWARE.
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 Sun Chaser is a multi-compartment, multi-task, carry-on sports duffel bag with a minimalist's design and organizational flexibility.
U.S.A. Dimensions: 19"L x 9"W x 9"H.
Capacity: 1,539 cubic inches (1,854 including raised side pockets).
Weight: 3.5 pounds.
Metric Dimensions: 48.3cm L x 22.9cm H x 22.9cm W
Capacity: 25.3 Liters
Weight: 1.59 Kilo
- Small raised zippered side pocket: 5"W x 7"H x 2"D
- Large raised zippered side pocket: 10"W x 7"H x 2"D.
- Main compartment: 19"L x 9"W x 9"H
- Side pass through zippered flat pocket: 3"H x 17"L
"No Bull" no question's asked Lifetime Warranty. Red Oxx lasts longer.
Designed AND hand made in Billings, Montana U.S.A..
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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 a dozen 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 always secure.
Every great bag needs cool accessories.
- Designed AND made in the U.S.A.
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Detachable no-slip adjustable Claw Shoulder Strap
- 4 lb. closed cell Volara foam padded bottom
- Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified CORDURA® Nylon
- Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
- All zippers #10 YKK VISLON® self-locking
- Thread: #92 bonded Solar Max Nylon
- 1050 weight Ballistic nylon skid plate bottom
- Dual End Grab loops
- Dual turn locks on zippered flap panel
- Twin D rings for locking zippered flap panel
- Pass thru panel to use with wheeled luggage; can double as an extra flat pocket
- All seams double stitched and bound
- Stainless steel Mil-Spec snaps with Red Oxx logo
- 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
- Choose from 12 vibrant colors
- US Dimensions: 19"L x 9"H x 9"W
- Metric Dimensions: 48.3cm L x 22.9cm H x 22.9cm W
- US Capacity: 1,854 cubic inches (including side pockets)
- Metric Capacity: 25.3 Liters
- US Weight: 3.5 Pounds
- Metric Weight: 1.59 Kilos
Sun Chaser Gadget Bag Color Translator
- Amethyst = Purple
- Bordeaux = Dark Red
- Black = Raven
- Coal = Gray
- Forest = Green
- Khaki = Tan
- Mariner = Blue
- Midnight = Dark Blue
- Olive = Military Green
- 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, back orders are typically filled within 14 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 Himalayas, Red Oxx Manufacturing is infallible.
Red Oxx Bags are guaranteed forever, be sure to include them in your will.
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