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Airborne Carry-on Ruck Sack (C-Ruck)
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C-Ruck: the do-it-all carry-on legal rucksack.
WHY CARRY A RUCKSACK?
Rucksacks were used by WWII paratroopers. Comfortably molded to their backs they did not add hassles to their already perilous days. Our modern version of the rucksack works just as well--without the added weight and bulk of an internal frame.
Called the "C-Ruck" for carry-on use, the Volara foam padded backing on the main compartment cushions your back. The deep and wide main compartment will hold more than enough belongings for a dawn to dark hike.
This rugged rucksack features an interior slip pocket that will safely stow your CamelBak, laptop notebook computer, or tablet. Underneath the C-Ruck pack, we've added Fastex straps to hold your jacket in the middle of your day hike, or your yoga mat when you're heading off to class.
EASY ON, EASY OFF.
No more squirming for the straps--soft UniSuede articulating shoulder straps provide surprising all-day comfort, rotating freely at the base of the shoulder. Far stronger than stitching into the bag. The rings provide a keen workable solution to the weakest part of a backpack, the shoulder strap seams, and are much stronger than stitching into the bag.
PLACES FOR YOUR BELONGINGS.
Loaded with plenty of daisy chain loops on both the ruck itself and both straps, you'll never be short for hanging keys, flashlights, iPods, smartphones and anything else you may need quick access to.
Double drawstring top closures and handy external front and side zippered pockets add almost another 1,000 cubic inches of carrying capacity making it easy to organize your belongings. All external pockets feature our tough #10 YKK zippers that conveniently zip halfway down the pocket sides so you can dig deep if you need to. These tall pockets are also the perfect size for wine bottles in case you plan to pack for a picnic.
Use the C-Ruck as your vehicle bug-out bag loaded for bear and ready to ramble. Since this is a fairly large knapsack, smaller framed folks might try the Roadster Mini Ruck.
Tested across the European theater by our Red Oxx Roughneck Bag Testing Crew, the C-Ruck knapsack loaded on and off trains and intercontinental flights without a hitch (and flagged a few taxis along the way). Packing a week's worth of clothes left room for souvenirs and the external pockets kept our goods organized.
BUY IT ONCE, BUY IT FOR LIFE.
Because Red Oxx backs our bags with our "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty, you won't feel guilty about filling up your local landfill with cheap imported junk every season. Buy it once, own it forever, and pass it on. Join the "pack" and buy a military inspired, combat-tough rucksack and stand out from the ordinary backpack crowd.
PLACE YOUR ORDER TODAY.
Due to high demand, we encourage you to place your Airborne C-Ruck order now to get your rucksack on our production schedule. It will then be delivered in under 30 days. Like retirement, it's worth the wait.
If you're a railroader, we recommend our larger ballistic nylon Rail King Rucksack.
Exterior Dimensions: 18"L x 12"W x 7"H (excludes pockets).
Capacity: 1,428 cu. inches (2,400 including external raised pockets).
- Exterior dual raised side zippered pockets: 12"H x 7"W x 2"D
- Exterior dual raised side zippered flat slip pockets: 7"W x 6.5"H
- Exterior raised front pocket: 8"L x 7"W x 2"D
- Exterior zippered flat slip flap pocket: 10.5"W x 9"H
- Interior slip pocket: 14.5"H x 11.5"W
"No Bull" Lifetime Warranty.
Designed AND handmade in Billings, Montana USA.
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Online orders will receive an order confirmation email, a UPS tracking information email and a review request follow-up email eight weeks after delivery. Backorders beyond a dozen days may receive an order follow-up assurance email. Your email address is secure.
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Rave Reviews from the Pros: About.com's Go Europe travel advisory gives the C-Ruck Rucksack a smashing 5 stars. Check out his Rucksack review.
Rucksack is German for Backpack. Der Rücken (Ruck) refers to the back part of the body and translates as "to move". Sack means "pack". To move a pack. Surprising similarities exist in other European languages such as Rucksack is Rygsæk in Danish, Rugzak in Dutch, Ryggsäck in Swedish, Ryggsekk in Norwegian, and Rugsak in South Afrikaans. A Rucksack (or Ruck Sack) is also commonly called a Haversack, Knapsack or Packsack. We call it the Airborne C-ruck because it's airline carry-on legal.
By Mark M, New York, July 11, 2014
Highest quality - a beautiful product. Thanks to the folks at RedOxx for superfast delivery. It's gone across the Balkans with me over the past month as carry-on in small planes, boats, taxis and on my back and it has held everything I needed. Robust and comfortable: I won't be looking for another rucksack.
By Pete, San Diego , July 4, 2014
I leave in August for three weeks in china studying tai chi and Taoist thought. This is perfect for a traveling light in busses and trains and such. Might not be big enough if I needed to get dressed up or if the weather was cold, but perfect for these plans.
By rick davison, United States, May 29, 2014
Very good bag holds my 17inch. laptop and other gear in it also is very comfortable carrying on back all around great bag!
By Ron crichton, Fenton MI, May 12, 2014
VERY sturdy build. Point where top straps attach are the wrong angle (for me, at least) to allow straps to lay flat on my shoulders. Also I will need to add some padding between this connection point and my shirt.
By Forest Mckenzie, Charleston, SC, April 10, 2014
I received my Ruck Sack and two days later I was off to Ceiba, Puerto Rico with it for a week long field investigation for a company project. I am a civil engineer and professional land surveyor and I used the ruck sack initially as a carry on bag, but once I landed in PR I immediately converted it into an everday field pack. It carried my tapes, multi-tool, plans, cameras, GPS, water, snacks, USB cables, extra clothes, rain jacket, etc. The bag is solid and extremely well built. It hauled a ton of gear and was very easy to work out of. I was used to working out of big tool bags, so the ruck sack was quite a positive change for me. It kept me organized and was a pleasure to carry.
Thanks Red Oxx!
if you want the coolest backpack
By magnumdi1, saskatoon, sk, canada, April 10, 2014
and by coolest i mean most practical, most functional, most durrable , and best looking.
By Rick V., Greenville, PA, March 20, 2014
I've purchased several bags from Red Oxx. This one is just what I've come to expect from this company. It's built like a tank. This backpack won't fail after 2 to 3 years, as other companies' products have. It's a first rate product from a first rate company.
By Mike C, New York, January 16, 2014
....my second bag from RO..just great! Built like a tank. Great looks, and made in the USA. It may be a little expensive but worth every penny. If this is what you need....buy it!
By gbiehler, Albuquerque, December 27, 2013
This is a well constructed and good sized bag for long distance travel as a plane bag or a week of travel where you need only casual clothes. It has plenty of room and the side pockets are idealy suited for a book/kindle/extra stuff. The only suggestion I have is perhaps a hole/slit for a camel back tube. Otherwise, great job. I appreciate your listening to other purchasers and adding a chest strap. It works well and was a good addition.
By Anonymous, NEW JERSEY, July 22, 2013
I bought the c-ruck for my teenage sons 3 week trip to Europe for his high schools band tour. It performed perfectly and held up to the abuse only a teenager can provide. He also borrowed my Red Oxx expedition duffle and it was ideal for the frequent hotel stays and bus rides. Thanks Red Oxx!
By Don Karon, Huntington Beach, CA, June 25, 2013
Backpacks are like shoes, one brand may fit you better than another. The buckles that attach the shoulder straps to the bottom of the pack scratch the inside of my upper arms. As a result this pack hangs in my closet, unused.
Lived Out Of For 2 Months
By Anonymous, , April 14, 2013
Use this ruck sack as my only luggage for a two month trip. Easily carried all my electronics and gear, as well as a few mementos gathered along the way. It's now my primary travel bag. Easy to lug around, and I've never had carry-on issues, even on regional flights.
By Christy Pierson, United States, April 5, 2013
I work for a railroad and I already own the larger railroader grip for when I need to go out of town. Recently my smaller back pack failed on me and I needed a replacement so I came here. This rucksack is awesome and allows me to bring what I need for those days when I have a local job instead of lugging that big duffel around.
Great ruck sack for railroaders
By Jonathon, colorado, March 21, 2013
This bag is a great alternative to the larger rucksack that red oxx offers. I work as a locomotive enginer and we don't have to carry as much as the conductor. On your back you can easily move on and off the locomotives. Feels great for those long walks to the train. The only thing that I would like to see are some more smaller storage pockets inside for the little odds and ends that I have to carry.
By Anonymous, pembroke nc, March 14, 2013
excellent backpack, well organized and carefully planned when creating this backpack. Well built with plenty of pockets inside and out.
C-Ruck rocks, but needs a sternum strap.
By Myron, Michigan, USA, February 14, 2013
I bought the C-Ruck as a replacement for a 20-year old Continental Rucksack from LL Bean. The latter bag hadn't actually failed, I just decided to retire it. I love the C-Ruck, and its construction is top-notch. Its design incorporates many thoughtful features and functions. However, this bag *needs* a sternum strap. This is literally the only thing I like better about my old LL Bean rucksack. Lack of sternum strap notwithstanding, I will definitely be buying other Red Oxx products in the future. If you're on the fence because of cost, take the plunge on the Red Oxx. You won't regret it.
A travel companion you'll bring every time
By Anonymous, Oregon, January 3, 2013
I searched and shopped for two months for a new all-purpose travel bag, and inevitably came back to the C-Ruck. I love it and I'm glad I waited and made the quality choice.
The main compartment is larger than it seems in the photos, and the inner laptop sleeve is roomy enough to slip a packing cube into. I put all my small clothes items like undies and socks in one and the compartment kept them out of the way of everything else and easy to access. Great! The back straps are much more padded than they appear to be in the pictures, on par with a backpacking pack or better.
I've never had a pack with ALICE straps before, and I love em! So easy to adjust! My biggest suggestion though, and reason for leaving off a star, is that there is no chest or waist strap to help distribute load for long walks. It wouldn't have to be very substantial. I might try to run a chest strap through the daisy chain loops on the back straps and see if that works.
I do think that the front pocket could be taller, and I love the beefy zippers though they are awkward to get around the pocket corners. But I'm just being picky. A spectacular pack! I am a light packer and can get a weeks worth of clothes and personal gear in the pack no problem. Went through the airport and on the plane without a hitch. Bonus! Run an elastic cord across the front of the pack between the daisy chains, shoelace style, and boom, a place to strap on more gear!
By Brendan, Northeast, January 2, 2013
Excellent bag would have got 5 stars but the bag got penalized a star for not being able to use the straps at the bottom to carry my sleeping bag. Spent two weeks in Montana with this bag and I had it packed to the brim. Even with 50lbs of gear the bag performed flawlessly and was comfortable doing so. Red Oxx please keep me posted when a weather cover becomes available for this bag.
By Kurt, Missouri, December 22, 2012
Before ordering the C Ruck I have owned two other Red Oxx products, SkyTrains, which both I and my wife use. I use the SkyTrain for business and vacation travel, and decided to purchase the C Ruck for daily use. So far the ruck is excellent. If you were ever former military, you will recognize the feel of the Alice pack with the draw strings and the quick release straps. This really is an excellent bag and very durable; perfect as a day bag. I'm considering purchasing the smaller version for my wife.
The only suggestions I have for the product would be to add two additional snaps for the top flap and I would place them lower and on the bag to allow a tighter fit when the ruck is not very full. I would also make the top flap just a little wider to accommodate larger note pads.
Overall, excellent bag and I would purchase it again.
By Scott W., Billings, MT, December 5, 2012
I purchased this earlier this year as I needed to replace my backpack. I work as an archaeologist and am frequently out in fairly rugged terrain. I needed something that could endure the rigors of heavy use and abuse while working out in remote areas.
This more than exceeded all of my expectations, and believe me it went through hell and back. It carried all of my work gear, water, food, and electronic equipment. It survived completely intact, though a bit dirty.
I have recommended this to all of my peers and will continue to do so. I also purchased the Gator carry-on which I use for my camera gear. It too is a real work horse. I highly recommend both. The fact they are right here in Billings is just as awesome as their near-indestructible gear.
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Designed AND made in USA
- Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified Cordura nylon
- Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
- 400 weight denier soft red nylon lining
- All zippers #10 YKK VISLON® self-locking
- Thread: #92 bonded Solar Max nylon
- All seams double stitched and bound
- Double box stitching such as on carry handles
- Fair trade Monkey Fist Zip Knots on all zippers
- Daisy chain loops on ruck body and both straps
- Includes adjustable detachable chest strap
- Embroidered Logo Patches
- Fastex side release buckles
- A.L.I.C.E. pack strap adjusters
- Nickel plated 1/4" O-rings allow articulating shoulder straps
- Grab loop handle
- Mil Spec parachute cord with adjustable Fastex tension locks
- Spurred stainless steel grommets
- Uni-Suede padded articulating backpack straps
- 4 lb. closed cell Volara foam padding in back
- Choose from 12 vibrant colors
- Free heavy-duty vinyl luggage tag
- Includes Cable Lock
- US Dimensions - Main Compartment: 18"L x 12"W x 7"H
Side Pockets: 12"L x 7"W x 2"H
Front Pocket: 8"L x 7"W x 2"H
- Metric Dimensions Main Compartment only: 45.7cm L x 30.5cm W x 17.8cm H
- US Capacity (total): 2,400 Cubic Inches
- Metric Capacity (total): 40 Liters
Airborne C-Ruck Rucksack Color Translator
- Amethyst = Purple
- 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, orders are typically filled within 30 days. Call 1-888-733-6999 or email email@example.com for details.
Red Oxx No Bull Warranty
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To the depths of the Amazon basin to the peaks of the Himilayas, Red Oxx Manufacturing is infallible.
This product is guaranteed forever, be sure to include it in your will.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between the Airborne Rucksack and the Roadster Mini Ruck?
The Airborne C-Ruck's main compartment is two inches wider and one inch taller than the Roadster Mini Ruck. These larger dimensions are also reflected in the side pockets, front raised pocket and cover flat pocket. See the Specifications Tab at left for further dimension details.
Will the Airborne meet carry-on legal standards?
Sure, the C-Ruck Rucksack will easily fit in the overhead bins of most airlines.
What's the best way to pack the Airborne?
Since our Rucksacks are top loaders, the most efficient way to pack one is to pack items you may need easy access to in the raised exterior pockets and rolling each piece of clothing. Another option we recommend is to use the Nomad Shave Kits
and Lil Roy Gadget Bags
as packing cubes. This way you can compartmentalize everything by color coding it. Bundle wrapping would require pulling the entire bundle out to access anything.
How many days worth of supplies will fit in the Airborne?
Depends on how good a packer you are. Most people can get a weekends worth of clothes in the Airborne C-Ruck. We'd estimate three to five days.
What's the red fabric on the inside of the bag for?
Having a bright color on the inside of the bag helps to see what's inside the bag. It also adds an extra layer of weather resistant protection.
Will a laptop fit in the Airborne? What size laptop?
Virtually any laptop with up to a 17 inch diagonal screen and two inches thick will slide into the padded sleeve inside the rucksack.
Does the Airborne Carry-on have a belly strap?
Because the C-Ruck Rucksack does not have a built in frame, therefore a belt strap would not help to balance the load.
Are there any interior pockets?
There is a notebook / laptop stitched-in sleeve located in the back of both the C-Ruck and the Mini Ruck.
Is there a way to securely lock the pockets on my rucksack?
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.
My zipper broke. The teeth have separated. Do I send it in for warranty repair?
No need for warranty repair, 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.