As a p.s. to my review below
By Lisa, Venice CA, June 17, 2010
One of the things I'm always wrestling with is the laptop going through security lines. I've used my Mini-Ruck, and as much as I love that bag, getting a laptop out of it is kind of a pain. I have a Gator, and it only fits small laptops. The PR-4 is a great solution for this -- the laptop fits nicely along the side, it's easy to access and slide in and out. Makes the whole security check a lot smoother.
By Lisa, Venice CA, June 17, 2010
I'm a big Red Oxx fan and have the Skytrain, the PR-6, the Mini-Ruck and the Gator. All of these are great bags; it's just a question of matching up the right luggage to the type of trip I'm taking.
This time around I was doing a book tour with a number of early flights and at least one tight connection. I didn't want to check anything but I didn't want to be weighed down either, and I had books and other promotional materials to bring with.
I used my Skytrain and my brand new PR-4. I had heard criticism that the PR-4 was overbuilt for its size, too small. I totally disagree. The PR-4 is the perfect "personal item" -- big enough that you can pack a lot of stuff in it but not unwieldy. It fits neatly under the seat in front of you, even in small commuter jets. I loved having enough space in my two bags so that packing wasn't a puzzle-piece operation that took a lot of planning -- it's just roll and go.
I still kinda want to snag a PR-5 for other types of trips, but I think I'm going to get a ton of use out of the PR-4. It's an awesome bag.
Great Carry-On and SkyTrain Mate
By Dave, Arlington VA, January 18, 2010
A very good to great carry-on. If you have a few extra items on a longer trip, do what I did: SkyTrain for the overhead, and the PR-4 for under the seat. I'm a big Gator fan but this bag is nice because it's a bit bigger and you can shove it under an airline seat and still easily access an end or main pocket w/o pulling it out all the way.
I stuff one end pocket with Clif bars and maybe an iPod,noise CANX phones,and a paperback and I'm set.
It's also good for a 2 or 3 day trip by car, where you have the flexibility to use a laptop or larger bag for business materials. It's well-made as is everything from Red Oxx. It is also a great 1-bag option for a short airline trip if you aren't carrying a big laptop. I don't used it as a gym bag because I just don't need all the pockets. Finally, the material is plenty sturdy and rigid, and even though not foam-panel lined like the Gator, stands upright pretty well. It does not "collapse" on itself when not fully packed, which makes it a lot easier to organize your packing. I am a big Filson fan and have been for years but this bag is a very good and much more useful alternative to the Filson Sportsman's bag which I also have. The PR-4 is less expensive and in many respects a better product. I use it often on road trips as a passenger seat "organizer" with the end pockets holding electronics and water bottles. (The Filson Sportsman bag "collapses on itself" and is more like a range bag and not that great for travel)
By George, Phoenix Az. U.S.A., December 2, 2009
Nice to see a product still made in the USA. Even nicer to see the quality of the workmanship. I couldn't be happier with your product. Well Done!!! I will be back for sure. Thank you for your eye to detail, G.L.
By JGT, Canada, USA, November 26, 2009
I have reviewed another RedOxx bag and this review will be similar. To start I will say that I own many of their products, have given many as gifts, but I do not have any other interest in the company. My philosophy is to buy the best, no matter where it is made. The Safari Beano is among the best of its type. I will briefly review and comment on each feature.
FABRIC. Very strong and tough. Still will abrade if it bounces around in the bed of a pickup on gravel roads for 18 or so hours, rubbing against a sharp edge of a metal dog kennel. Actually fabric not that important except for long term life. Short term, in the middle of a trip, duct tape can usually rescue fabric failures. Down side of the heavy duty fabric is that it adds weight.
ZIPPERS. The strongest available on the market. Maybe not, there may be one size that is substantially larger, but I have never seen it used by any luggage manufacturer. Zippers are important, failure in the middle of a trip is usually a disaster. The quality of the zipper, its reliability, is the most important feature on the whole bag. Zippers will work themselves open after being subjected to vibration, so I usually use twist tabs to hold them closed if I am checking the bag with an airline. This is not unique to RedOxx products.
HARDWARE is strong, but heavy.
DESIGN is good, and if you don't like the color, pocket arrangements or the size RedOxx has lots of other models. It is not however dustproof. The fine dust that hangs in the air for minutes after a logging truck passes you will find its way into the bag.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
1) There are premium bags available that have linings. This adds to the price of course. The ones available that I have seen or own are only available in limited number of styles and colors, have dark linings and are targeted at a more formal travel market than the RedOxx product line. Still I would love the option of a white fabric liner, to help see what is in the bag.
2) The super strong hardware adds a lot of weight, especially for the smaller bags such as the PR4. Airlines are checking weight more carefully nowadays. A titanium hardware option would drive up the price, but would be great. There must be aluminum hardware that would be strong but substantially lighter.
3) The rubber in the provided shoulder strap is a weak point, if you abuse the bag by loading it up with many boxes of shotgun shells or books. I have broken two, but I am talking about serious weight here. The rest of the bag handles such use routinely.
By Debra D, Iowa, April 18, 2009
I hadn't traveled by air since 1982!Naturally, needed luggage. This bag was perfect! I couldn't believe how much this bag held. I just kept packing in more and more. So, I over packed for my trip. I did take the monkey knots off, just in case, as I did check the bag. Went through everything just fine and really stood out (I got the saffron yellow) at the baggage claim areas. I had many people compliment me on my bags. I also have the Air Boss, the Gator, and the Metro / briefcase bag for my laptop. That bag alone could get me through a weekend trip - with the laptop!
By Dan, Sacramento, CA, March 30, 2009
I own four Red Oxx bags and all are extremely tough. I love the other three, but this one didn't work for me. It has the same super heavy duty hardware as the bigger bags which is way too much for a bag this small.I've never used it, but it's kicked around storage and now I am stuck with it. As a boutique manufacturer I am a little disappointed that return/exchange policy isn't a little more flexible.
----------Red Oxx Replies: Our Return Policy: All unused in new condition bags can be returned for a refund less shipping.
By Cate White, tampa, FL, December 16, 2008
I love my unique purple Red Oxx bag. The pockets are exactly right for whatever I need them for. There is always space for what I need whether a carry on/day trip/sightseeing. Very sturdy, too. Hope I can afford a larger model for my main luggage soon!
By Gary Ustik, , October 29, 2007
Hi, I got the ballistic Beano Safari Bag on Friday. What a bag!!! I love it. The quality you guys put on every piece of work is fantastic. Like I said before, the best in the world includes things like custom ultra light rifles and any bag you guys make. Thanks again, happy holidays and I will be placing another order soon, I'm hooked.Sincerely,Gary Ustik
By Alexander, London, England, October 29, 2007
I'm always impressed with the enduring qualities and the thoughtful design that has gone into your bags. They have accompanied my family to many wonderful fishing outposts, from Mozambique to Madagascar, and we use them eagerly.
By David G. Chestnut, , October 29, 2007
THANK YOU!!! I received my bag yesterday and can't tell you how pleased I am with it. It looks to be built tough and has a place for everything. I'm required tocarry on the road.
By Chuck Long, Jr., Richmond, Virginia, October 29, 2007
I had my first opportunity to travel with my Safari Beanos Bags -- from Richmond out to Colorado, around Colorado and then back home. They endured the indifference and abuse of luggage handlers, cab drivers and the like without a whimper or scar. Now, more than ever, I appreciate the thought and design, not to mention quality and craftwork that went into their making.
By Tom Capra, , September 23, 2007
I bought the PR4 as a gym bag and find it pulls double duty as an occasional overnight bag when I don't need a lot of heavy, bulky clothing. The bag has plenty of pockets for my gear and toiletries, making it easy to find what I need quickly. Six months later the bag has no signs of wear, which speaks to the quality and workmanship of Red Oxx products!Tom CapraDenver, CO
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the differences in size of the Beano's bags?
The PR4, the smallest of the series and the PR5
, a step up in size from the PR4, were designed for legal carry-on travel. The PR5-5
is sized between the PR5 and the largest of the series, the PR6
, which was designed for checked bag travel.
Is the PR4 carry on legal?
Yes, it was designed to be carry-on legal
on most jet airlines.
Will the PR4 qualify as a personal item?
The PR4 is designed as more of a smaller carry-on than a personal item. You could try it as a personal item, but we don't guarantee the results.
What's the difference between the PR4 and Sun Chaser?
The Sun Chaser has a full length main compartment with extra raised pockets located on the side of the bag, whereas the PR4/5 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 reinforced with ballistic nylon, our toughest.
How many days of travel will fit in the PR4?
The PR4 carry-on bag was designed to hold a weekend's worth of clothes.
Can I fit my laptop in it?
Most 15 inch or smaller notebooks and tablets should fit in the main compartment.
Is the PR4 padded on the bottom?
Our Sun Chaser and Flying Boxcar are padded on the bottom. The PR 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.
Are there any interior pockets?
The Safari Beano's series has exterior flat and raised pockets only.
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'm ready for two days in Vegas.”
Safari-Beanos Bag PR4
In stock orders ship same day if received by 4:00 PM Mountain Standard Time!
Graduate to minimalism‽
Find traveling peace when less is more.
As Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the author of 'The Little Prince' once said, "He who would travel happily must travel light." As the smallest in our carry-on safari luggage series, the PR4 is perfect for overnight airline travel, as a gym bag, or a passenger seat companion for overland travel.
PLACES FOR YOU BELONGINGS.
Featuring plenty of exterior pockets for organizing your gear and a cavernous interior compartment, the PR4 Safari Beanos Duffel holds more than you thought possible. Handy spacious end pockets allow easy access to your 'must have' gear, especially useful when stuffing the PR4 under the seat, be it plane, train, or bus. Both pockets zip halfway down their sides for easy access to buried belongings.
A zippered front flat pocket keeps your passport handy. The pass-through panel on the back side is designed for use as a docking sleeve with wheeled luggage. Unzip top and bottom zippers and slip it over the wheeled bag's telescoping carry handle (or leave the bottom zipper closed and it doubles as a second flat exterior pocket).
The spacious center compartment has a unique open flap with twin zippers that allow you to peel away the flap for unhindered access to your belongings. Twin steel turn locks keep the flap secure.
6 REASONS TO OWN RED OXX GEAR
1. NO SLIP CARRY.
Like most of our duffel bags, the PR4 includes the famous Claw nonslip padded shoulder strap. Attached using heavy-duty 360 degree "claw-like" swivels, this hardware will endure any abuse you can throw at it. Carry the PR4 on your shoulder or cross body. Quickly detaches for storage inside in case you use your PR4 carry-on for checked luggage.
2. 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 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.
3. 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.
4. RIGGER CHECK.
Each stress point, such as where the handles attach to the PR4, 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 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.
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 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?
USE IT AS A PERSONAL ITEM.
Ladies, if you want to use this on your next flight, stick your purse inside this spacious bag's center compartment and use it as your "personal item" in conjunction with your primary carry-on, such as an Air Boss or Sky Train.
For the men out there, fill it to the brim, and travel in the same carry-on manner.
Designed for the minimalist traveler out there, the Red Oxx Safari Beanos PR4 is still packed to the gills with overbuilt features that will serve you for a lifetime of travel.
Dimensions: 19"L x 9"W x 9"H (carry-on legal).
Capacity: 1,539 cubic inches.
Weight: 3.35 pounds.
- Dual end compartments: 9"W x 9"H x 2"D
- Dual end zippered flat pockets: 9"W x 9"H
- Front exterior zippered flat pocket: 11.5"W x 6"H
- Back exterior twin zippered flat pass-through pocket: 11.5"W x 6.5"H
- Main compartment: 9"W x 14"L x 9"H
"No Bull" no question's asked Lifetime Warranty.
Designed AND handmade in Billings, Montana USA.
UPS Transit Shipping Time Map.
Witness the birth of your bag and learn about the many steps it takes to handcraft your Safari Beanos PR4.
Meet the thundering herd who build your gear with pride.
Red Oxx is a Veteran owned and operated US Manufacturer.
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 PR4 is a Red Oxx "Staff Pick" favorite.
- Designed AND made in the USA
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- 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
- All seams double stitched and bound
- 304 welded heavy-duty stainless V ring
- Stainless steel Mil-Spec snaps with Red Oxx logo
- Detachable 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
- 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
- US Dimensions: 19"L x 9"W x 9"H
- Metric Dimensions: 48.3cm L x 22.9cm W x 22.9cm H
- US Capacity: 1,539 cubic inches
- Metric Capacity: 25.3 Liters
- US Weight: 3.35 Pounds
- Metric Weight: 1.52 Kilos
Safari Beanos PR4 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, 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.
Made in U.S.A.
Red Oxx Bags are handcrafted in Billings, Montana. U.S.A.