By CM, Seattle, WA, January 4, 2016
I was looking to replace a shoulder bag that I use for my daily commute to work and occasional traveling with a sturdy backpack that could serve both duties and look nice/professional but not over-designed. I've owned and traveled with a Safari Beanos PR5 bag for years, and so Red Oxx's outstanding quality was well known to me. Given that, I decided to give the Mini Ruck a shot and could not be happier with the decision.
The bag this one replaces had many more zippers, pockets, and flaps to secure small items which prompted a rethink of how I pack this bag. Despite that, everything has a place and there's a place for everything. At first I wasn't sure if I'd like the drawstring-and-flap top, but it's really grown on me. The single large pocket holds a large laptop, an assortment of books, notebooks, etc. and a jacket with ease. Plus, the top opening, makes it very easy to see and access everything, even from under an airplane seat.
The other zippered pockets are ideal for smaller items that should be stored separately (laptop charger, mouse, small notebook, etc.). I find the straps to be comfortable for a backpack, though it should be noted that they may dig into your sides if you have a wider frame (the bottom ends are stitched to the bottom of the pack instead of the side).
The only additions that I made to the bag to make it ideal for my needs was a pin mount key clip (sold by Red Oxx), web dominators (to keep all the extra strapping from flapping around), and a Cocoon Grid-It to keep many small items organized in the front zippered pocket (the CPG4BK fits perfectly). As with other Red Oxx products, it's fantastically well-made and durable, and I look forward to many enjoyable years of toting this bag around!
Great bag in a smaller size
By TAG, JAX Ar, December 18, 2015
I bought the airborne rucksack several years ago the wife wanted her own backpack but in a smaller size so I picked out the roadmaster rucksack and she just loves it, same quality as the bigger one , in a slightly smaller size, she's traveled with the bag twice and loves it, says the gray color is easy to keep clean . And made in USA huge plus!!!
By Eric , West hartford, CT, September 3, 2015
Other than the fact that this backpack is just awesome!...I am very proud to wear it. I constantly look for American made products and the roadster mini ruck rucksack is what I choose. It is perfect for many traveling situations.
By Dan, Palo Alto, CA, February 12, 2015
Like everything Red Oxx makes, the bag is solid - so I won't bother commenting on the high quality materials, construction, etc.
I wanted a medium sized backpack that could serve duty on hikes, day trips, carrying books to class, business travel - basically everything. I was afraid that this bag would be too big and rugged looking to do all that, but I gave it a chance, and I wasn't disappointed. It certainly isn't a briefcase, but it's a reasonable size and (in dark colors) manages to look both casual and professional (enough) as needed.
The Daniel Day Lewis of Packs
By Eric, Marquette, MI, July 31, 2014
Where do I start. This pack is the perfect travel pack. The quality is unmatched by any other product I have ever used. The bag is rock solid and the fit and finish is awe inspiring. Yet even more astounding is the functionality of this pack. It is the end all be all travel pack. I go to school in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan but have family in the Lower Peninsula. So I have to travel back and forth a lot. This pack is all I ever need to bring. It can store enough gear to last me indefinitely so long as I have access to laundry, which in all actuality is about five days worth of gear. Only to accentuate the greatness of the pack is its fit. It is almost like this pack was custom tailored to me. The fact that it is a rucksack and has very simple main compartment and pocket designs make it very easy to organize for any purpose from travel to a short camping or hunting trip. Also I can't forget to mention it looks really cool, it's one of the best looking packs I have ever seen. In conclusion this is the last travel pack I will ever need. It has enough cool to chill the North Pole and will probably outlive me. It is just perfect.
Solid, Functional, but not Perfect
By Eben, Cupertino, July 15, 2014
I purchased this bag because I wanted something big enough to fit my computer and my camera, yet small enough to fit under an airplane seat. The retro rectangular shape allows it to fulfill both these requirements - I have had no trouble fitting it underseat on multiple trips, and it fits my 15" laptop just fine.
The bag is also very well made, quite solid, with suede padded shoulder straps, and plenty of exterior pockets.
Why not 5 stars? Two main reasons: 1) the metal buckles for shortening and lengthening the shoulder straps hit me right on the sides, making them uncomfortable when I'm only wearing a T-shirt. I've been thinking about adding some kind of padding around the buckles, and will do so once I figure out a good way. 2) The pockets don't work that well for small stuff like pens and USB drives, things I carry with me when I use the bag for work and business travel. (The big pockets are too big, everything gets jumbled, and the small pockets too small for easy access.) I ended up fabricating something for the front pocket with loops for holding pens, and a velcro inner pocket to keep small stuff from getting lost.
Note: one earlier review from a few years back lamented the lack of a sternum strap. My bag has one, so they must have added that feature along the way. It is very helpful when carrying heavy loads.
By Anonymous, , March 20, 2014
This product is built very well and suits its intended purpose. Red Oxx has earned another customer.
By johnbeard, currently cancun, December 19, 2013
Ideal bag. Extremely well made of high quality material with pleasing esthetics. I am on a several month trek of US and Latin America. The mini easily fits every thing I need. The outside pockets do make the the overall dimensions a bit larger than if everything was internal. But since it is the mini, as a carry on that makes not a bit of diference. And I find the pockets very accessable and convenient.
I am 70 years old so this bag will likely be passed on to the neext several generations.
By Adrian Littlejohns , UK , December 5, 2013
Exactly what I wanted - well made and perfect as always
By Sean in Dufferin County, Dufferin County, ON, October 25, 2013
Fantastic...plenty of room for my "boat anchor" of a lap top, plus power cables, and other business electronics. Easy to adjust straps for comfort and nice chunky zippers that won't get stuck. I may have to buy one for personal use too!
By Christopher, Lewiston N.Y., October 24, 2013
If you are thinking of buying this, just do it. Don't wait and waste more time with inferior products. You will NOT be sorry you purchased this. Can't wait to order the matching railroad bag, (for Christmas)!!!
By Anonymous, CA, September 26, 2013
Very high quality product. Holds plenty and comfortable to wear.
By DENNIS MARK, Northeastern Pa., September 19, 2013
Both this Rucksack for a hunting trip to Africa. It served a dual purpose as a carryon bag for the flight and as a field pack. It served both purposes extremely well. It's very rugged and looks good with plenty of room. This is the real deal. Wouldn't think of taking another pack into the African bush.
By Blair Calvin, Australia, June 27, 2013
As with all my Red Oxx purchases this is a tough, quality piece of kit.
It get 4 stars rather than 5 because of two things:
As I will use it as my primary carry on piece it REALLY needs an attached organizer in one of the pockets to hold pens, boarding pass/paperwork/passport readily available.
And the grab handle while strong could do with improvement and have a padded grip.
By Christian, Shanghai, China, February 28, 2013
Very good quality, after 2 beano bags, flat dog, my next piece of kit. Fully satisfied, thanks guys.
By Darin, Pennsylvania, December 27, 2012
I needed a smaller rucksack—some time back I purchased the larger C-Ruck and travel with it all the time—for shorter trips, day hikes, and generally schlepping about. The Mini Ruck is perfect for my individual outings and when I go with either my son or daughter or both on a day hike. Cameras, light jackets, extra clothing, lunches, water, maps, etc. all get stuffed into this pack. My 11-year-old son uses it when we travel (and tries to keep it when we return).
Great construction, durability, rugged style, space, usability. It’s all here.
Not cheap but much more useful than that month’s worth of half-caff-skinny-soy-upside-down caramel macchiatos from Starbucks you never hesitate to buy.
By Darin, Pennsylvania, December 27, 2012
I needed a smaller rucksack-some time back I purchased the larger C-Ruck and travel with it all the time-for shorter trips, day hikes, and generally schlepping about. The Mini Ruck is perfect for my individual outings and when I go with either my son or daughter or both on a day hike. Cameras, light jackets, extra clothing, lunches, water, maps, etc. all get stuffed into this pack. My 11-year-old son uses it when we travel (and tries to keep it when we return).
Great construction, durability, rugged style, space, usability. It's all here.
Not cheap but much more useful than that month's worth of half-caff-skinny-soy-upside-down caramel macchiatos from Starbucks you never hesitate to buy.
Stop wasting your time...
By Matt Barlow, San Diego, November 29, 2012
...reading these reviews and just hit the "Buy Now" button.
This is an OUTSTANDING, well built, mid range pack. Yes, there are a number of valid, "how to make it a pinch better", comments below but most of them are focused on people trying to use this pack in lieu of a larger one.
As for customer service, I almost can't wait to buy something else from them. I ordered this item mid-afternoon requesting 2-day shipping assuming that since I was on the left coast the "clock" wouldn't start until the following day. Instead I received a phone message the next day from a cheerful young lady "apologizing" for not getting the order into the system until that day and letting me know that the shipping would upgraded to overnight with no additional cost.
By Laryssa, Philadelphia, October 4, 2012
This backpack is great. It's well made and comfortable and fits everything I need to throw in my bag. I use it on a regular basis when biking through the city but can also stuff so much stuff in there I use it for most of my traveling trips. The only drawback is it's weight and how bulky it is. With all the pockets and zippers and straps, even when there's very little in the bag, it can look like you're packing a lot.
By Chans, Texas, September 27, 2012
I waited a long time to buy, I thought it was a little expensive. I was 100% wrong, best back pack I have ever bought. Thank you for making a awesome product.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between Roadster Mini Rucksack, K-12 Kat Pack Backpack, and the Airborne C Ruck?
The Roadster Mini Rucksack is the little brother to the Airborne C Ruck. It's two inches narrower and one inch shorter. These smaller dimensions are also reflected in the side pockets, front raised pocket and cover flat pocket. See the Specifications Tab for further dimension details. The K-12 is a rectangular style school backpack that zips open down the top and sides.
Will the Roadster meet personal item carry-on standards?
Certainly, the Mini Ruck will easily fit into any overhead bin and even under a few airline seats.
What's the best way to pack the Roadster?
Since 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 our Red Oxx Packing Cubes
. Some people also use the Nomad Shave Kits
and Lil Roy Gadget Bags
as packing cubes. This way you can compartmentalize everything by color coding. Bundle wrapping would require pulling the entire bundle out to access anything.
How many days worth of supplies will fit in the Roadster Rucksack?
Depends on how good a packer you are. Most people can get a weekends worth of clothes in the Roadster. We'd estimate two to three days.
Will a laptop fit in the Roadster? What size laptop?
Virtually any laptop or tablet with up to a 15" diagonal screen and two inches thick will slide into the padded sleeve inside the rucksack.
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.
Does the Mini Rucksack have a belly strap?
Because the Roadster does not have a bulky built-in frame, 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 the rucksack.
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.
“I come with everything except a ripcord.”
Roadster Mini Ruck Rucksack
In stock orders ship same day if received by 4:00 PM Mountain Standard Time!
Small is Big! Small is beautiful.
Mini on the outside, wide open on the inside.
The Roadster Mini Rucksack is the scaled-down version of the classic Airborne Military Style Rucksack (like our C-Ruck). All the same great features, only smaller (narrower by two inches). Load up the Mini Ruck Rucksack for a day of shopping or hiking on the trail in the mountains.
PLACES FOR YOUR BELONGINGS.
You want pockets? The Roadster Rucksack has handy exterior zippered raised pockets (6"W x 7"H x 2"D on the front and 12"H x 6"W x 2"D on each side) to give you plenty of room and keep your belongings organized.
In the spacious main top-loading compartment you could pack your plentiful picnic, the raised side pockets holding your wine, spirits or soda bottles and glasses and the front pocket your cheese, appetizers or dessert and the top flap pocket your silverware. Attach your blanket with the buckled loop compression straps on the bottom.
WILL IT FIT MY COMPUTER?
This durable CORDURA® Nylon Rucksack has an interior slip pocket that holds your Notebook laptop safe against the thick interior Volara back padding. After a great day at the market, tighten down the second drawstring at the top of the rucksack (10" x 6" x 4") and safely tote all your goodies home.
WHY THE BIG SHOULDER STRAP O-RINGS?
The Mini features upgraded durable Synergy Performer Suede padded articulating shoulder straps for carrying comfort. Using articulating straps makes it easier to put on, and take off, your Mini Rucksack. Then you can easily cinch down the straps using the tough Mil-Spec A.L.I.C.E. hardware.
Heavy-duty compression straps on bottom of the Mini Rucksack store your jacket, blanket or bedroll out of the way. When a full-sized Military style Rucksack is too big, or if you are lean in frame and build, try the Red Oxx Roadster Mini Rucksack.
6 REASONS TO OWN RED OXX GEAR
1. A MINI RUCKSACK 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 rucksacks that weigh 50 tons and have three inches of armor plate, still the comparison is valid. For a rucksack, they are built tough. Starting with the most durable soft textile material available, 1000 weight CORDURA® nylon, we use super strong UV resistant thread that's stitched into every seam.
2. 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 ruck.
3. BINDING INSIDE / BINDING OUTSIDE.
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 rucksacks that brag of "binding" their edges.
4. WHY DOUBLE BOX STITCHING?
Each stress point, such as where the shoulder straps 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 adapted from our time as parachute riggers.
5. 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.
6. 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, hiking a trail 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. When you're on the go, a Rucksack that won't breakdown is one less worry. Rugged, reliable and tough.
U.S.A. Exterior dimensions: 17"L x 10"W x 6"H.
Capacity: 1,020 cubic inches (1,896 cu. Inches with exterior pockets).
Weight: 3.35 pounds.
Metric Dimensions: 43.2cm L x 25.4cm W x 15.2cm H
Capacity (total): 31 Liters
Weight: 1.52 Kilos
- Dual exterior zippered side pockets: 12"H x 6"W x 2"D
- Twin exterior zippered side flat pockets: 6"W x 7"T
- Front exterior zippered pocket: 7"T x 6"W x 2"D
- Top zippered flap pocket: 9"W x 9"H
- Interior laptop slip pocket: 9.5"W x 13"D
"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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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 and a review request follow-up email eight weeks after delivery. Backorders beyond a dozen 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.
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Mini Rucksack Trivia:
Rucksack is German for Backpack. Der Rücken 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 Ruck Sack is also commonly called a Haversack, Knapsack or Packsack.
Roadster Mini Ruck Rucksack is a Red Oxx "Staff Pick" favorite.
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Designed AND hand made in U.S.A.
- 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 SolarMax Nylon
- All seams double stitched and bound
- Double box stitching on stress points such as carry handles
- 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
- 4 lb. closed cell Volara foam padding in back
- Synergy Performer Suede padded articulating backpack straps
- Capacity up to 1,896 cu. inches
- Choose from 12 vibrant colors
- Free heavy-duty vinyl luggage tag
- Includes Cable Lock
- U.S.A. Dimensions: 17"L x 10"W x 6"H
Side Pockets: 12"L x 6"W x 2"H
Front Pocket: 7"L x 6"W x 2"H
- Metric Dimensions Main Compartment only: 43.2cm L x 25.4cm W x 15.2cm H
- U.S.A. Capacity: 1,896 cubic inches
- Metric Capacity (total): 31 Liters
- U.S.A. Weight: 3.35 Pounds
- Metric Weight: 1.52 Kilos
Roadster Mini Ruck Sack 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.
Made in U.S.A.
Red Oxx Bags are handcrafted in Billings, Montana. U.S.A.