By Daphne, Manassas, VA, July 23, 2016
I've had this bag for 2.5 years now and I'm just as in love with it as I was the day I found it. I searched for the right bag for years and finally found it here - THIS is the bag I'd been searching for! Literally, if I'd described exactly what I wanted rugged, reasonably priced, soft sided, no wheels, fully locking, a couple extra inches, American-made, etc. it would be THIS bag - the Monkey Fist knots are an awesome plus. It even matches my Jeep. The only thing I'd like to change is the strap length. The strap is excellent - lives up to ALL of it's selling points - but as a 5'2" woman I find it uncomfortably long to carry the bag long distances even at it's shortest length. The fabulous no-slip feature has the trade-off that you can't pass the adjustment buckle through the padded area the way you would to shorten a lesser strap. Sadly (for me) this means that I end up swapping it out for an inferior shorter strap for long travel. If there were a strap purchasable at a foot shorter in length (or more for those even smaller than I am) but the same in all other ways, it would totally be worth the additional purchase and would complete the perfection. Thank you for making the best bag.
By Mike Wheeler, Illinois, July 22, 2016
Purchased the PR 5.5 bag for my first trip to Africa. We have just returned and the bag was great. Held plenty of gear (I over packed) and was tough enough to withstand abuse from airport handlers. The ability to lock gave me confidence.
By M Browne, Texas, June 23, 2016
Purchased the PR 5.5 for my second trip to South Africa on a Buf Hunt. Previous trip used a competitor's bag and was not happpy with it. PR 5.5 appears to be a quality well built bag. Love the YKK Zippers. Looking forward to wringing it out in the field. Hope I don't regret not buying the PR 6.
By Ellen Peacock, Elyria, OH, June 9, 2016
I love my safari-Beano bag. I can get so much stuff in it. Love the end pockets, big enough for socks, undies, regular shoes, you name it! The heavy zippers that lock closed are amazing. I'll never have to worry about them. I recently spent a week in the Smokey Mountains and I was able to pack a week's worth of clothes into this one bag! I've recommended it to other family members and when they see mine, they are ordering them too. A really great product and a really reliable one too.
By Nancy, Wisconsin, May 17, 2016
This is one great product! I purchased this bag for my husband after his duffle bag of 15 years finally gave out. He is thoroughly happy with the Red Oxx5.5. He figures this bag will last a lifetime! It is an extremely durable bag with lots of room. He easpecially likes all the pockets, which make it easy to organize his belongings. He also likes the flap with closures that cover the zipper; that way if the zipper should happen to break (which I highly doubt), the items will still be secure in the bag. The lifetime warranty is also a plus! In addition, receiving a call from the company to make sure we received the bag and were happy with it was an added plus. You don't find many companies anymore that make personal contact with their customers to make sure they are satisfied. Hats off to you, Red Oxx
By Matt, PA, February 11, 2016
This bag was purchased for a couple of hunting trips. It holds a ton of gear plus the pockets on the ends are big enough for boots and socks! Very pleased. Red OXX bags are heavy duty!
By ALY, So.Cal., January 14, 2016
PR5.5 is an excellent duffel bag. It is head and shoulders above all of the soft luggage alternatives currently available on the market. I have tired in stores and purchased (and returned) on-line many of the Red Oxx competitors products and can assure you that not a single one is even close to design, materials and craftsmanship. Red Oxx makes a classic American product.
For Christmas, my son asked for a real duffel bag, that is similar, but not exactly the same as the one I use (teenagers have this tendency). I have the Railroad Grip - the coolest/toughest/most practical bag ever made. After some research we settled on the PR5.5. It is a little lighter, has some design adjustments for 'normal' travel and is just as worthy of the Red Oxx name. When the bag arrived, it was everything Red Oxx said it would be. My son loves it, I am sure it will be his favorite duffel bag for years to come.
I also would recommend a Tri-fold Shave Kit (my favorite) and/or Nomad Shave Kit to go with the bag. They fit perfectly in the end pockets and are very practical way to organize all the little things one takes along. I like the contrasting colors, especially the Saffron.
Overall, I am very happy with every single product purchased from Red Oxx. Top notch.
By Anonymous, Los Angeles, January 1, 2016
This is an absolutely excellent duffle bag. Tough, very intelligently designed, beautiful to look at and `operate' - I love the zippers and the handle. It is worth every penny redoxx asked for it!
By Susan, Houston, October 8, 2015
My husband and I purchased these bags to take on a safari in Africa. Because of the durability and size, they worked great for traveling and were easy to transport in small planes. We definitely recommend them! We loved the side pockets and the large main compartment!
By Connie Farmer, Denver, CO, August 20, 2015
We bought two of these bags for our trip to Tanzania in July. They are well made and tough as nails! I was replacing a duffle that I have had for nearly 30 years that was just worn out. The S-B Bag PR5.5 had similar features so I was willing to give it a shot and I was not disappointed. I know these bags will last us another 30 years!
By Karen, NC, June 14, 2015
We bought two of these bags specifically for our African safari trip......they met the no wheels, no hard bottom requirements and are WELL made. Tough zippers and durable fabric make them worth the cost in our opinion.
By PR4, Kansas, May 14, 2015
I recently purchased this bag to take on a hunting trip to Argentina. It held two hunting outfits, 3sets of different thermals, 2 pairs of jeans, 2 sweaters, shoes, underwear, socks, t-shirts and several other things. The pag holds all you need for multiple days, practically indestructible and fully stuffed weighed just 37 pounds. I own 2 PR6's and 2 PR4's. They've gone all over Africa, Argentina and the U.S. I never travel without them.
By Anonymous, Minnesota, December 16, 2014
I travel every week for business, so my Safari Beanos PR5.5 gets lots of use. I love the zippered pockets and the spacious main compartment. The bag is ruggedly constructed, so I'm confident that seams, zippers, and the shoulder strap will all function without failure.
By Eric M, , September 15, 2014
Very durable bag, I love the unconditional warranty. The bag more than serves it's purpose. I'd buy another if I had the need for it. And recommend it daily to coworkers.
By getnrailedclass1, Nd, August 28, 2014
Awesome bag, worth every penny. My only regret is I should have went one size up from the 5.5, the end pockets are a bit narrow for folded clothes and the material is so damn strong there is no give like a regular duffle bag. Get the size right and you'll be a happy camper.
By Hoges, SW Turkey at the moment, May 1, 2014
We live on our yacht so luggage needs to be foldable/squashable to be put away when not needed, and at the same time strong and durable.
This stuff works!!
By Frank, Utah, January 30, 2014
Theirs no doubt you get what you pay for. I got the best and I'm going to enjoy it, as well as my grand kids will when I'm long gone.
By Doris, Iowa, August 6, 2013
Our family of four just returned from a two week trip to London. We each carried a 5.5--to the airport, on the rail system, through the Tube, in hotel elevators, a rental car, and up B&B stairwells. Can't speak highly enough of these bags. Now we're thinking about getting a set of four 5.0 bags as well, for trips when we don't want to check luggage or don't need so much space.
By Phil from Mass, Medway, MA, July 18, 2013
I was hesitant at first to purchase the Safaru 5.5. A duffle? I heard myself say. I haven't used one of those since PeeWee Hockey and dragging my smelly hockey equipment from the rink decades ago. I thought luggage needed wheels and retractable handles. Au Contraire!
The RedOxx bag was delivered quickly and was surprisingly light. When packed (I rolled everything) I had it pretty full (2 pairs of shoes, 2 pants, 5 t-shirts, 2 polo shirts, 5 pair underwear, 5 pair socks, PJ bottoms, bathroom diddy bag full of meds/shave cream/razor/toothpaste/brush and other accoutrements, etc), all the electronic charging cords, maps, travel books).
The good news was I also had quite a bit of room for gifts and mementos from the trip including the mandatory British chocolates and the Irish Whiskey. The bag strap was comfortable while waiting in line at the airport for a cab and the bag was sturdy and easily seen on the luggage carousel. All in all it is a solid investment and I plan on using it again in a few months when my wife and I head off to China!
By Anonymous, Oklahoma, April 4, 2013
Has a very durable feel - great quality. Very comfortable to carry. I would highly recommend this bag.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the differences in size of the Beanos bags?
The PR5.5, a step up from the PR5, was not designed for legal carry-on travel. The PR5.5 is sized between the PR5 and the largest of the series, the PR6.
Is the PR5.5 carry-on legal?
The PR 5.5 was not designed to be carry-on legal.
How many days of travel will fit in the PR5.5?
The PR5.5 was designed to hold a weeks worth of clothes, or around 50 pounds. Some proficient packers could stuff it for two weeks. Obviously, it really depends on what you pack and how you pack it.
Can I fit my laptop in it?
Most 15 inch and under notebooks should fit in the main compartment.
Is the PR5.5 padded on the bottom?
Our Sun Chaser and Flying Boxcar are padded on the bottom. The Safari Beanos series is not padded.
Why are there two zippers on the back pocket?
This is a special "pass through" pocket that allows you to mount the bag over the handle 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 are the D-Rings for at the end of the zippers?
The D-rings allows you to lock your zippers closed. Again, one can still cut open the bag with a knife.
Are there any interior pockets?
The Safari Beanos series has exterior flat and raised pockets only.
What's the best way to pack the PR5.5?
We recommend the bundle wrap method developed by Doug Dyment of Onebag.com fame. Which brings us to the next question.
Will packing cubes fit in the PR5.5?
We developed a line of lovely packing cubes
that were designed to work with all our bags. Many people also like to use our Lil Roy
and Nomad Dope Bag
as packing cubes. You can color code your belongings and use the handles to hang them in your room for easy access.
Is this the Railroad Grip?
The Railroad Grip is a different bag. It's sized differently to accommodate the lamp, rule book, radio and is built with a heavy-duty ballistic nylon. While the PR5.5 is a strong bag and is warranted for life, the Grip is the bag of choice for railroaders.
How does the PR5.5 compare to the Sky Train or Air Boss?
The PR5.5 is a duffel style bag with a main center compartment and two raised end compartments, whereas the Air Boss
is a carry-on bag with three main central compartments. The Sky Train
is a double main compartment carry-on bag that has retractable backpack straps. All three bags are carry-on legal.
Will my shoes fit in the end pockets?
Depends on the shoe! A child's shoes would fit as would most women's average foot size, perhaps (7-8). Boots will not fit and most men's shoes would be too large.
Are there any interior pockets?
The PR5-5 features a main compartment, flat side pockets and dual end pockets. It does not have interior pockets.
Will the PR5.5 meet checked luggage standards?
Yes, the PR-5.5 is designed for checked travel.
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 during checkout and we will adjust your billing accordingly.
“When a little extra is more than enough.”
Safari-Beanos Bag PR 5.5
In stock orders ship same day if received by 4:00 PM Mountain Standard Time!
Larger than Life! Go ahead, pack it as full as you can.
A safari duffel that easily holds up to 50 pounds.
This size in the Beanos Series Safari Duffel Bags was developed after the new weight restrictions limited travelers to 50 lbs on domestic flights. This is the travel duffel bag to take out into the world for your seven to ten day trip!
8. REASONS TO OWN A PR5.5 DUFFEL
1. LARGE POCKETS.
The large end pockets can hold your hiking boots on one end and your Tri-fold Shave Kit along with your flip flops in the other. A zippered front flat pocket keeps your passport handy. The pass-through panel on the back side is designed for use with wheeled luggage as a docking sleeve. Unzip top and bottom zippers and slip the panel over the wheeled bags telescoping carry handle. Or leave the bottom zipper closed and it doubles as a second flat exterior pocket. See the photos tab at left to see what this looks like.
2. NO SLIP STRAP.
Think lightweight, forget those clumsy wheels and telescoping handle that waste space and add weight. This is not technically a legal carry-on bag, per se, but if packed light and carried by a larger person, you might be able to sneak one on board. Speaking of carry, the sturdy detachable and adjustable padded no-slip Claw shoulder strap is the perfect blend of reliability and function.
3. TOUGH ZIPPERS.
Easily zip open or closed any compartment or pocket with our exclusive proprietary Monkey Fist Zip Knots and the toughest, biggest zipper for duffel bags available: the #10 YKK auto-locking nylon zipper. The reason Red Oxx uses the largest zipper we can find, 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.
4. 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 duffel bags that weigh 50 tons and have three inches of armor plate, still the comparison is valid. For a duffel bag, they are built tough. Starting with one of the most durable soft textile materials available, 1000 weight Cordura nylon, we use super strong UV resistant thread that is double stitched into every seam. Rugged, reliable and tough.
5. 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. 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.
6. RIGGER CHECK.
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 we learned from our service as parachute riggers.
7. 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 for everyone to see (and steal), 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 you down?
8. EASY ACCESS.
Handy flip open lid allows unencumbered access to the spacious main compartment. Stainless double turn-snaps secure your gear. With such a roomy main compartment, you can pack all you'll need for your much needed vacation and still have room to bring all of your souvenirs home. When a PR6 is too big and a PR5 is too small, the PR5.5 fits the "travel light" philosophers ticket.
U.S.A. Dimensions: 27"L x 11"W x 11"H.
Capacity: 3,267 cubic inches.
Weight: 4.05 pounds.
Metric Dimensions: 68.6cm L x 27.9cm W x 27.9cm H
Capacity: 53.4 Liters
Weight: 1.84 Kilos
- Dual end compartments: 10"W x 10"H x 4"D
- Dual end zippered flat pockets: 10"W x 10"H
- Front exterior zippered flat pocket: 17"W x 7"H
- Back exterior twin zippered flat pass-through pocket: 17"W x 7.5"H
- Main compartment: 11"W x 20"L x 11"H
"No Bull" no question's asked Lifetime Warranty. Red Oxx lasts longer.
Designed AND hand made in Billings, Montana US.A..
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Witness the birth of your bag and learn about the many steps it takes to handcraft your Safari Beanos PR5.5.
Meet the thundering herd who build your gear with pride.
Red Oxx is a Veteran owned and operated US 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 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.
"Beanos" Trivia: Named after our friend "Beano" who needed a gear bag that could carry his clothes and still be carry-on legal. Named after his grandfather, a bean farmer in the midwest, whom he looked like as a kid. Formerly the Super Beano, the bag is now available in several sizes and is in it's 4th stage of design revision.
Safari Beanos PR5.5 is a Red Oxx "Staff Pick" favorite.
- Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified Cordura nylon
- Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
- All zippers #10 YKK VISLON® self-locking
- Thread: #92 bonded SolarMax Nylon
- All seams double stitched and bound
- 304 welded stainless V rings
- Stainless steel Mil-Spec snaps with Red Oxx logo
- Claw No Slip Shoulder Strap
- 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
- Double box stitching on all stress points such as carry handles
- Pass-through panel to use with wheeled luggage; can double as an extra pocket
- Dual turn locks on zippered top flap panel
- Twin D rings for locking zippered flap panel
- Choose from 12 vibrant colors
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Designed AND hand made in the U.S.A.
- US Dimensions: 27"L x 11"W x 11"H
- Metric Dimensions: 68.6cm L x 27.9cm W x 27.9cm H
- US Capacity: 3,267 Cubic Inches
- Metric Capacity: 53.4 Liters
- US Weight: 4.05 Pounds
- Metric Weight: 1.84 Kilos
Safari Beanos PR5.5 Color Translator
- Amethyst = Purple
- Black = Raven
- Bordeaux = Dark Red
- 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 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 Himalayas, Red Oxx Manufacturing is infallible.
Red Oxx Bags are guaranteed forever, be sure to include them in your will.
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Red Oxx Bags are handcrafted in Billings, Montana. U.S.A.