By Pete, Northern Virginia, September 8, 2012
I would give this bag five stars for both quality (its Red Oxx so that almost goes without saying) and style. It really is a very cool looking bag and I have used it for business travel and even as a diaper bag. It survived Disney World much better than I did!
So why did I knock off a star? When I carried it around Disney for ten to twelve hours a day for five days I noticed that the single strap didn't provide quite as much support as a traditional backpack. It also isn't designed to be able to switch between shoulders.
You can wear it on your right shoulder like a traditional backpack strap or you can put your head through the strap and wear it like a messenger bag strap on your left shoulder. I found the latter to be the most comfortable but after several long days loaded down as the family mule my left shoulder definitely paid the price.
The pockets are very simple, two large compartments and the front pouch....which I much prefer to some bags with all the small specialized storage spaces. When I travel it fits nicely under the airplane seat and I can easily find all my junk when I need it.
All in all this is one cool sack and if you want something with an extra bit of style that isn't your traditional messenger bag or backpack then this just might be for you.
By Bill, Texas, August 1, 2012
I purchased the Rockhopper as my wife nabbed my usual daypack for her computer on this trip. The capacity and ease of use was great. My only issue with the bag was that it is configured for one's right shoulder. My personal inclination is to carry day-packs on my left shoulder, leaving my right arm free. I worked around this by slinging it cross-body or wearing it on the front.
A left-shoulder variant would be a nice option. Possibly a small inner pocket in the outer pocket up off the bottom of the back so certain items of import aren't all in the bottom of the pack.
Great complementary bag with my Beanos PR5 and SkyTrain.
By Andrew, Arizona, July 6, 2012
This bag is awesome. I transferred everything from my old bag and it doesn't seem nearly as heavy on my shoulder. I have absolutely no concerns that the bag will rip, tear or otherwise fail to function. I would have a few suggestions for the next iteration of the bag, including some type of small pocket on the outside for a cell phone, perhaps a water bottle pocket on the side and a little padding on the bottom. Still, this bag is exactly what I needed. I've already ordered my Air Boss based on the quality of the Rock Hopper. Can't wait to travel now.
By Jason Henderson, Saint Joseph, MO, May 16, 2012
This is the perfect bag for day hikes, college or high school, and work. I work on the railroad and using this bag for day to day use was perfect and held everything I needed. It is also a great bag for college classes and the strap is comfortable to wear between classes.
By Robin Hill, Billings, MT, May 2, 2012
I have used this bag for years...for everything from day hikes, bike rides, as a flight bag, and on vacation. It is the perfect size and it always amazes me how much stuff I can get in such a low profile, compact bag. It is has a simple design, not so many pockets that you have to spend a lot of time looking for something. When less is more...The RockHopper is the perfect choice!
By David, Massachusetts, March 29, 2012
I own enough Red Oxx gear that I can use multiple combinations of bags for any travel contingency. I travel very light, and I travel frequently. The Rock Hopper is a deceptive bag. It is small enough, and comfortable enough, to use as a walk around day bag. I've used it to carry a little food, a jacket, my iPad and camera. But I have also used the Rock Hopper as my "main" bag on quick overnight trips. At 1000 cu inches it is no slouch. I use it in combination with the Chica. Laptop and iPad plus several other items in the Chica, spare clothing, toiletries and other sundries in the Rock Hopper. It's my ultralight combination and it works beautifully. Like all Red Oxx gear, the Hopper is built like a tank but is still a light bag and feels very comfortable slung over the shoulder or over the top of the head. I highly recommend this versatile bag.
By Bill Roach, Iowa, March 1, 2012
I love RedOxx stuff and the quality of this bag is up to their high standards. For me, the verdict is still out on the unusual design. I loved the idea but in practice, I feel like the bag fits a little funny when it is just slung over my shoulder. It fits great when I wear it across my chest however. I will use it more to see better how it works out.
By Matthew, Modesto, California, January 26, 2012
This bag has become my constant companion. I can grab it and go, knowing that all my essentials are at hand and secure. Working inside petrochemical plants means that the bag needs to be able to take abuse and whatever the weather throws my way.
The RockHopper isn't so big that it becomes unwieldy, but I can keep all the gear I need with me at all times.
The RockHopper is built tough and it's made to perform. And it's made in the good ol' US of A.
By Alex, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, December 15, 2011
Every weekend I cary some "stuff" to around with me: my IPad, headset, a purse, cell phone, etc. Now with the RockHopper, I can not wait till it is weekend to get out and have the hands free, no backpack has that cool feel to it. The RockHopper looks cool and is unique, I can also carry some things I shop in the second compartment. The gear I bought from Redoxx have a cool look and feel to it and are very well designed.
By R.C. Frick, Richmond, Va, November 2, 2011
This bag rocks! I ride Harley's and I go to the gym. That's a difficult combination unless you want to look like a tool with a "book bag / back pack" on your back or you want to wear you gym clothes. The Rock Hopper keeps my workout gear, and holds it tight to my body, when cinched up. No wind movement and nothing flying around my face. Big enough to hold my gym shoes, towel, shorts, sweats, water bottle and lifting straps. Hell of a bag. I also picture this complimenting my Air Boss on business travel.
By Steve Curry, ON, Canada, October 6, 2011
Nicely designed pack - could be a little wider at the top to accommodate binders. Great design all around - the 2 big pockets work very well, and the shoulder strap system is perfect.
This is a great bag for a student, or anyone who rides on public transit. It's not so big and bulky that you continually bump into others on the bus.
By Rus L, Bethesda, MD, July 21, 2011
I used it on a family trip and it delivered. Nice product.
By Bill K., VA, USA, June 15, 2011
Seems very well made (only time will tell how long it'll last as a ammo carrier), and very non- mil looking. I use this bag as a go-bag, so it carries 10 M4 mags and 5 pistol mags in addition to extra medical kit and food/water. So far, I really like it and it can double as a general purpose carry bag due to it's low pro appearance. The single strap is long enough to go over level 4 thickness vest and Rhodesian carrier.
By willo, Boston's north shore, May 21, 2011
I've had my iPad2 for about a month, and I started shopping for a new everyday bag to accommodate the device a month prior to that. I'm a mom who carries her own stuff plus some kid stuff and a little bit of emergency stuff, so I like a mid-size bag made of lightweight materials to keep the purse as light as possible while holding everything I need but discouraging the carrying of random junk.
I've been waiting eight days for my Rock Hopper to arrive, and I was SO SURE I'd ordered the right one... But it was not to be. The workmanship is great and I could easily (trivially!) get all my stuff into the Rock Hopper. The slot pockets in each large section are precisely what I wanted for the iPad2, and it fits just as I hoped--only a small sliver of the device available to grab at the top of the slip pocket when I want it; most the iPad2 safely behind a layer of nylon to protect it from crayons, lollipops, etc., rolling around loose in the large section.
The problem for me is that I had so much extra room that I didn't need (I could overlook this) while the bag felt very bulky on my back (a deal-breaker.) I am a short (5' 3") person who also has a relatively short torso for that petite size. Trying on the bag, over a single shoulder or my preferred cross-body style, I kept feeling like the narrow tip of the bag was poking up into the nape of my neck. Lengthening the strap let the load flop away from my body and was uncomfortable to my back and shoulders, even with just the contents of my everyday purse inside. The belly strap made a load more comfortable and the bag felt solidly close to my back, but still not enough so that I'd want to walk around like this all the time.
My old bag was only 325 cu. in., so the 1000 cu. in. Rock Hopper could have clued me in. For me, I would just carry a 2-shoulder backpack if I wanted a bag this large, and I'd get one sized for a student or a woman. If this bag could be scaled down in height and depth to about 60% the current size, it might work for smaller women, too. (Keep the full width, though, to squeeze those paper inside!)
Also, I'd strongly prefer two smaller pockets on the front instead of one flat-but-very-deep pocket. I like to keep quick-grab items like tissues and lip balm and hand-sanitizer at the ready, but also have a dedicated wallet-only pocket right there. Very deep but shallow pockets get too hard to access when a bag is stuffed full.
Finally, and much more nit-picking here, I got the Safari color scheme mostly to have as little black on the bag as possible. Personally, I would love to see at least one color scheme with a different color webbing. I prefer a softer neutral--brown or khaki--or even gray. I also don't like displaying large logos, but would tolerate it for a superbly crafted bag, which I still believe I could get from RedOxx, if I could only find the right format.
By D L'Roy, Arlington, TX, March 24, 2011
The quality of the Rock Hopper is excellent as are all of the Red Oxx products and it was comfortable to wear. My only issue with the product was the belly strap which fit awkwardly on me. It could be a tad bit wider to accommodate 8.5"materials. All in all, an excellent product which I would recommend highly.
By Anonymous, Tuscaloosa, AL, March 24, 2011
After a bit of research and a lot of experience with messenger bags, I decided to take the plunge and purchase a Rock Hopper sight-unseen. I was a little worried about dropping a large amount of cash on such a small bag, but it's been worth it. Overengineered and fits like a glove on my back... no more stopping to adjust a floppy bag! My one gripe with this bag is that it won't hold an 11" by 8.5" binder without pressing up against the zipper... not a dealbreaker. Overall very happy with my purchase.
By Madawaska Dreamer, Ottawa Valley , March 11, 2011
Well, when two complete strangers in a week ask a middle aged male about his "pack" you are either in a strange place or your Rock Hopper is indeed something: I subscribe to the latter.
Good Points: Comfortable. Well constructed. Does 98 % of the job. Nice zippers. Great pockets.
Quibbles: The front chest strap could use a keeper. The bag could be a touch bigger just to hold pouches and binders just beyond 8.5 X 11.0
Overall: A Steelwool Custom Road Bike for your back
By Richard, Bishop Ga, March 3, 2011
I have been looking for a pack for all purpose, This is the perfect bag. It is very secure and w/out having two straps it allows for complete mobility of the shoulders for paddling my kayak, or shouldering a rifle, no straps across the shoulder. Plenty of room and easy to organize. well made !!!! Great job. I wouldnt hesitate to recommend its pirchase to anyone.
By Michael, SF Bay Area, California, October 28, 2010
What a fantastic bag! The only negative thing I have to say is: Make sure you have a decent protective binder or equivalent when stowing paperwork, because the angle of the bag does allow he zipper to chew up soft folders and paperwork. Once past that little quirk though, I've had a fantastic experience with it. It's very comfortable to wear, looks very sporty and casual, secures excellently with the belly strap and has a surprising capacity. I use this as a day-pack everyday. I highly recommend it!
By Monty, Rock Hill, SC, October 7, 2010
All in All, this bag is awesome. It's obviously well made and durable. It does exactly what I want it to - carry just a few things. It's storage is a bit limited, which I expected when I purchased it. The strap, while comfortable takes a little getting used to. It hangs easily over one arm, but bearing weight in that fashion digs into the muscle just a little between the neck and shoulder. However, wearing the strap across the chest is far more comfortable and stable (especially if using the chest / waist strap). The bag also feels much more balanced this was and is very secure. I'm happy I purchased it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I fit a laptop in the padded pocket of the Rock Hopper?
Your standard 15 inch or larger laptop will not fit. Netbooks and mini notebooks, Tablets, iPads and Kindles will fit.
What's the difference between the Rock Hopper, Roadster and Airborne?
The Rock Hopper is an over one right shoulder bag or cross body bag, whereas the Roaster and Airborne are classic military style rucksack backpacks.
Which shoulder does the Rock Hopper go over?
The Rock Hopper was designed as an over the right shoulder bag or worn as a cross body (front) bag.
Will the Rock Hopper meet airline personal item standards?
Yes, it will meet personal item standards.
Is there a pocket for holding a water bottle?
There is no special pocket for holding a water bottle. Be aware that if you load one in either pocket it might leak on your bag's contents.
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.
My zipper broke. The teeth have separated. Do I send it in for warranty repair?
No need for warranty repair, try to 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.
In stock orders ship same day if received by 4:00 PM Mountain Standard Time!
When a day pack is too small, and a rucksack is too big.
The Rock Hopper Crossbody Shoulder Commuter Sling Bag's "Just Right."
Featuring two spacious main compartments, you'll have plenty of room for school books, your tablet or whatever else you might need to carry. In both compartments you have flat slip pockets to keep your stuff organized. You could for example, bring your lunch in the top compartment, and your text books or work manuals in the bottom compartment and nary the two shall meet.
The exterior zippered flat pocket works great for keeping your keys, wallet or hand-purse available. Soft 400 weight red lining allows you to peek in your bags inner depths.
WHO NEEDS TWO SHOULDER STRAPS?
The sling shoulder strap is padded and covered with Uni-Suede for advanced comfort and durability. The single strap uses military A.L.I.C.E. style flexibility so you can comfortably carry the Rock Hopper over just one shoulder all day. Besides, when was the last time you saw someone wearing a backpack using both straps?
HYDRATE WITH YOUR CAMELBACK.
Popular uses for the Rock Hopper Crossbody Shoulder Commuter Sling Bag include a:
- hydration daypack to safely store your camelback in
- a cross-city commuter bag
- a messenger bag
- a shoulder bag day pack
- even an extra-large heavy-duty padded purse!
There's a belly strap attached that snaps onto the shoulder strap featuring the same heavy duty o-ring and military grade equipment as our Rucksacks.
ACCESS COMPARTMENTS WHILE WEARING.
The Red Oxx Rock Hopper Crossover Shoulder Commuter Sling Bag is tight with the bicycle, motorcycle, mountain biking, hiking, jogging, climbing, skiing and snowboarding crowds as you can slip it over your head and it will stay secure across your chest, out of the way, yet available for access, "at hand" and in front, where and when you need it.
5 REASONS TO OWN RED OXX GEAR
1. A SLING BAG 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 sling bags that weigh 50 tons and have three inches of armor plate, still the comparison is valid. For a bag, they are built tough. Starting with the most durable 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 bag. All of our binding material is vertically woven to prevent fraying, peeling or splitting that you may commonly see in less expensive bags that brag of "binding" their edges.
3. WHY DOUBLE BOX STITCHING?
Each stress point, such as where the single shoulder strap attaches 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 service as parachute riggers.
4. 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.
5. 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 you down? Rugged, reliable and tough.
The Red Oxx Rock Hopper, a commuter sling bag that looks like a half bag but works like a full bag.
U.S.A. Dimensions: 17"L x 10"W x 7"H.
Capacity: 1,000 cubic inches.
Weight: 1.7 pounds.
Metric Dimensions: 43cm L x 25.4cm W x 17.8cm H.
Capacity: 16.4 Liters.
Weight: 0.77 Kilos.
- Exterior flat zippered slip pocket: 10"W (at base) x 17"T
- Twin interior slip pockets: 9"H x 10"W
- Twin interior zippered main compartments: 10"W (at base) x 17"T x 3"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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Witness the birth of your bag and learn about the many steps it takes to handcraft your Rock Hopper.
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.
Rock Hopper Trivia: Named after a customer who needed a front-mount bag he could access while bouldering and mountain climbing. Rock Hopper is slang for "bouldering".
- Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified CORDURA® nylon
- Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
- Thread: #92 bonded SolarMax Nylon
- All seams double stitched and bound
- All zippers #10 YKK VISLON® self-locking
- Two interior pockets for holding tablets, mini laptops or Kindle eReaders
- 3/8 neoprene rubber blend padding in back
- Fastex side release flap buckles
- Fair trade Monkey Fist Zip Knots on all zippers
- Embroidered Logo Patches
- Includes Cable Lock
- 3250 welded O ring, nickel plated
- Soft red 420 denier weight nylon lining
- Durable Uni-Suede shoulder padding
- U.S.A. Dimensions: 17"L x 10"W x 7"H
- Metric Dimensions: 43cm L x 25.4cm W x 17.8cm H
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Designed AND hand made in U.S.A.
- U.S.A. Capacity: 1000 Cubic Inches
- Metric Capacity: 16.4 Liters
- U.S.A. Weight: 1.7 Pounds
- Metric Weight: 0.77 Kilos
Rock Hopper Shoulder Sling Bag 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.
Questions? 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.