By Don C, Arizona, September 26, 2013
Great product. Purchased two for my wife and my trip to Europe. Almost everything was perfect. Would recommend that you consider adding a caribiner clip in the inside of the outer zip pocket to allow you to clip your keys and travel flashlite - instead of having them tumble around in the pocket - with the potential of them getting lost over the trip. Otherwise, simply a great product
By Christy P., , September 16, 2013
Used this as my primary bag for a 2-week trip through 4 European countries that involved both work and recreation. Easily carried everything I needed with the backpack straps and no struggling to wheel a bag over cobbled streets or on stairways. I would prefer smaller backpack straps as an option. For my size of a person (5'5" woman) I had to cinch them all the way in and then daisy-chain up the extra so that it didn't catch on things.
By Anonymous, San Francisco, California, September 5, 2013
These are awesome bags. We have five, one for each family member and each in a different color. We took them on family trips over the summer on safari to Africa and in the USA for river rafting. They are sturdy, easy to use, come in many colors to keep separate, are comfortable holding via either of the handles or as backpack. I would bias more towards the darker colors because when checked as luggage the lighter colors get a bit dirty. I would also suggest the option of smaller backpack straps so younger kids can use them more easily. Overall, these bags are strong, easy to use, well organized, elicited many compliments from other travelers. We look forward to many years of use. We also got a bunch of the nomad shave kits which was a great way to keep organized. What an awesome company. Way to go!
A "surprise lightening strike"
By R. Shaffer, Florida Panhandle, September 1, 2013
Used my "SkyTrain" on two one-week trips; it largely lived up to suggested expectations. However, "bundling method" of packing on one occasion was a drawback when a waitstaff member dumped a plate of food on me (before my destination and before my "SkyTrain was unpacked, un-bundled and hung on closet hangers). UN-"bundling" to expeditiously retrieve an entire change of clothing (and then re-packing) was an unfortunate and difficult restroom process to say the least. Having learned the "roll method" of packing while in the military, I suspect I will lean more towards including that method to make expeditious emergency clothing retrieval a more simple process (and include 'packing cubes' where possible) in the event "lightening strikes twice"...
By Anonymous, Kansas, August 28, 2013
great backpack for travel; easy to organize; pack and it holds a lot of stuff easily. There are
only a couple things could have made it better for me: the chest strap was way too big--would have been perfect had there been more adjustability. and wheels--there were times it just would have been great to have been able to roll it. It held up great all over Greece--happy I had it!
By Gearóid Ó Chaomhánach, Ireland, August 23, 2013
Well, here we go;
myself and the boss had Japlanned the trip of a lifetime; just over three weeks traveling the length and breadth of Japan. After considerable research (helped by Doug Dyment) we arrived at Red Oxx. I was stunned by the level of craftsmanship. I was also impressed by the design factors taken into account for each bag but most of all I loved the company ethos and the confidence they had in their product (life guarantee!!!). I dillyed and dallyed over the Air Boss but eventually decided on the Sky Train (for the back straps).
The trip was going to involve some hiking (on Hokkaido), a lot of city time (Tokyo, Osaka) and most of all an awful lot of train travel - think Sapporo to Tokyo in one night (1200km), multiple shinkansen trips, lots of buses, cable cars (we stayed in a monastery on top of Koya-san), and plenty of different hotels/guesthouses/hostels.
We also wanted to buy as much Japanese stuff as we could (we had to send our hiking gear home by post to make room).
This bag is a thing of beauty, a work of art, a labour of craft.
Every tiny thing that would annoy me about another bag was fixed here.
The zips are heavy duty, the stitching is heavy duty, the fabric, the straps, the carabiners.
Things that seem small, like the ease with which the straps can be tucked away or removed, the pouch that's perfect for passports, the thickness of the padding on the straps, were life-savers on busy subway trains.
The claw strap is sensational and has no drift - my only negative is that my shoulder became slightly bruised from using this side carry - but bear in mind I had 3 weeks of gear in my bag, including hiking boots.
The compartments are so useful and brilliantly designed.
Stats - I'm 6ft tall and weigh 180lbs - the bag was adjustable within my range.
Colours - I bought the silver/grey bag and it's super in real life - not as nice as the yellow my partner bought but still great.
Customer service - we were ordering a bit closer to the trip than we should've been and considering the bags had to ship to Ireland we were slightly worried. We called the company who assured us that they'd ship the next day (even though the yellow was out of stock - they even reallocated us a yellow bag) and we had our Sky Trains with a week to spare.
For people with a backpacking mindset - this bag isn't expensive - it's a large purchase but pays for itself every minute of your trip.
If you are into traveling without hassle - staying in hostels, catching trains, making snap decisions to take overnight buses, getting caught in typhoons, never stressing that your bag will bust open - this is the bag for you.
By Anonymous, Australia, July 30, 2013
I have owned the Sky Train for about a year now. I prefer backpacks for travel but was frustrated with always having to unpack and repack to access stuff at the bottom and I also didn't really like looking like a 'backpacker'. I did a lot of research looking for a backpack-style bag that opened like a suitcase, and decided on the Sky Train.
I have used it as a carry on for domestic flights and it was also my main bag for a 2 month trip overseas. In that journey, the Sky Train took a real beating - pulling it on and off an adventure bus storage bay countless times onto gravel roadsides; shoved around long airport queues; used as a seat in stations, etc. I was able to pack enough clothes (using a rolling method) for 2 months away, in radically different climates, though part of that trick is packing clothes that can be worn wear in layers, and mixed around, rather than bulky jackets, etc. The Sky Train was filled to the brim by the end of my trip but held up through all the abuse and still looks new and the seams and zippers and fabric are still perfect. (apart from minor scuffing from aforementioned gravel roads).
It is surprisingly comfortable most of the time when worn as a backpack but, being a short female, I did start to ache when it was over packed. I left the claw strap behind but I will take it with me next time, just to give my back a rest. The handles are very comfortable too for carrying the bag short distances.
This is an extremely tough bag and I would not hesitate to recommend it to any one looking for a rugged bag that fits a ridiculous amount of stuff and allows versatility in carrying .
By Phil, Duarte CA, July 13, 2013
We like the Sky Train so much that we have 3 of them in our family now. We bought our first Sky Train for my wife because she thought the backpack would be easier for her to handle than my Air Boss. She was right, loved the Sky Train. We recently bought 2 more Sky Trains for our kids (girl age 11, boy age 9). They also love the backpack configuration.
I am trying to train my kids to be responsible for their own baggage on trips, pack lightly, etc. The Sky Train is perfectly suited for this. It was really easy for them to just walk through the airports and down the aisles on the aircraft with the Sky Trains on their backs (both squeeze into overhead bins easily where roll-along suitcases cannot).
The straps and hardware are VERY sturdy. They do add some weight compared to my Air Boss, but the Sky Train is still easy to carry and the cubic inch capacity is very close between Air Boss and Sky Train. Now when the kids go to stay with the grandparents, go to summer camp, or anyplace overnight, they take their Sky Trains.
By Len Dillon, Bassett, VA, July 1, 2013
I pondered this purchase for a very long time. When my SkyTrain finally arrived I was very pleased to find it met all of my expectations. I remained unphased, even after my bride of 28 years exclaimed "you paid how much for that small bag? " I have car traveled once with the bag packed for three days of golf. The SkyTrain performed as advertised. Later this month we travel to Austin, TX for a long weekend. That will be a good test for both the SkyTrain and my one bag packing techniques! If you are on the fence, purchase sooner rather than later. You will not be dissappointed.
By Brian, Palatine, June 27, 2013
This is one tough bag, but be careful with it. RedOxx melts the edges of the internal tie down edges to keep the webbing from unraveling, and the edges can be SHARP! I was fishing for the tie-down strap under my clothes bundle the second time I used the bag and sliced my index finger pretty good. Lots of blood and several weeks to heal. CS didn't suggest I send the bag in for repair but rather to "take a lighter or soldering iron and melt down that edge".
By Jay, Los Angeles, June 20, 2013
If you are like me, you have probably spent a lot of time reading reviews and have narrowed your choices down to the Sky Train or Air Boss. As an owner of both bags I can tell you that you really can't go wrong. Both bags have the same rugged construction that Red Oxx is known for and you will be very happy with your purchase. However, there are some differences to be aware of.
I have travelled with the Air Boss for several years. Recently, my wife needed a bag and I went with the Sky Train and that has become my "go-to" bag. I am about 5'8" and I find the Sky Train easier to carry and definitely easier to get in an out of overhead storage on flights. The multiple plastic handles are fantastic and big improvement over the Air Boss snap handle. I almost never need to use the backpack straps but it is helpful to know that they are there. The Air Boss is still my choice when I need to carry a lot of equipment and clothing. At first I found the Sky Train a little more difficult to get into on the run but now I use the large, built in, zipper pouch more frequently for quick access items.
If you are on the smaller side and spend a lot of time on planes or in airports, go with the Sky Train. If you want maximum flexibility and have a tendency to overpack, go with the Air Boss. Thanks Red Oxx for continuing to innovate!
By David O, Thailand, June 18, 2013
The build quality on this bag is terrific. It will probably outlast me. The well padded straps make wearing as a pack very comfortable. In general, I love everything about this pack except for the two compartment design. When i bought it, I did not have a feel for how the design would impact its use. I compare it to my Rick Steves convertible carry-on with its one large compartment which, to me, is much more packing efficient.
For example, with the smaller Sky Train compartment unzipped, I have to zip it closed before I can flip it open to access the larger compartment. If i don't, the items in the small compartment tend to unpack themselves. With the single compartment, I don't have to do that.
Also, with the single compartment, I have a lot more options and control concerning what I fit where in order to optimize the space utilization. Because of this, I will probable be carrying the Sky Train on shorter trips where space is not as critical and will carrying my Rick Steves bag on longer trips that require more packing flexibility.
What would make the Sky Train perfect for me, especially for multiple month trips, would be this build quality on a single compartment bag like the Rick Steves convertible carry-on. If you guys ever do a redesign like that, I'll probably be at the head of the line to buy one.
By Shelley, Hudson Valley, NY, June 16, 2013
Let's start with the bad news: I overpacked for a 3.5 week trip to Europe (not by much, but every little bit counts), rendering my beautiful purple Sky Train just a bit too heavy for carrying via shoulder strap, and slightly too heavy for backpacking. I had to buy a rolling bag (boo), transfer everything to it, and send my Sky Train back to the US.
Now, let's cut to the good news: This bag is beautifully made, tough, durable, well worth the extra $$ you pay for it, and baby, lookie-lookie at those crazy zippers. There's no way I'm going to part with my Sky Train, and will use it on shorter trips as much as possible.
Finally, the best news of all: Red Oxx staff is personable, knowledgeable, patient, and darned funny, to boot. They underpromise and overdeliver. I'm a fan (you can check out my reviews for other products). Buy with confidence!
By Will, Mississippi, June 1, 2013
Performed a thorough search for a new piece of luggage for a trip to Europe. Decided on sky train. Just got home from the trip. You can use packing cubes and fit seven days worth of clothes no problem. Bag fit in overheads totally stuffed with a little pushing. Easy in underground while other struggled lugging roll on bags up and down the stairs. Tough as nails construction. Interior red makes items easy to see. Love the heavy duty buckles and straps. I would leave the shoulder strap at home. Hope to use it on lots of other adventures. This is a great one bag solution.
What are you waiting for?
By j warner, harrisonburg,va, May 11, 2013
Let's get straight to the point. The Sky Train is very well made and feels very durable, right down to the thick rubber luggage tag! I bought this bag for an upcoming 10 day trip to the U.K. So far I am able to pack 6 pair of pants,eight t-shirts/polos,all necessary underwear,socks,small first aid kit,rain hat and jacket,as well as toiletry supplies. Love the heavy duty zippers and shoulder strap. Can't wait to get going with my new Sky Train. Buy one now!!
By Philip, UK, May 9, 2013
I own more bags than my wife. I am an avid fan of one bagging and am almost compulsive about what I take when I travel. In fact, that's a lie. I AM compulsive about it: I have a packing list which is actually a spreadsheet with quantities, weights and volumes. This is because I work offshore and am often only allowed one bag at 10kg (25 lbs) to last me for a 4 or 8 week journey and this has to include a lot of stuff both work related and personal.
Currently my list of most used bags includes: RedOxx Sky Train, RedOxx Air Boss, Victorinox Standard Issue (a more executive looking hybrid with the straps of the Sky Train and the organisation of an Air Boss), a Tom Bihn Aeronaut, a Rohan 50 litre reversible backpack (the whole back reverses to change it from a full on backpack to a duffel bag) and various standard types of duffel bags specifically designed for offshore use.
All of them were good for some stuff and not so good for other stuff.
I have had the Air Boss for about 6 months and it is great, but not quite right for offshore use which I was disappointed about because I love it. It is now used more by my wife for various trips.
The Victorinox is very similar to the Air Boss in layout, but has backpack straps. This also didn't quite work for me and it looks too much like an executive bag. It is excellently made, but just makes me feel like an accountant or something else corporate and distasteful and the zips, handles and furnishings, while very high quality and strong, are a little dainty and sometimes hard to access.
The Tom Bihn Aeronaut is also an excellent bag and the end compartments are great for shoes/toiletry bags, etc. But it leaves an internal central compartment that is makes accessing certain things in transit not that convenient, especially electronics and the like.
The Rohan 50 litre reversible backpack is great for clothes, but is not great for a mix of all kinds of stuff and is basically a backpack with straps that can be hidden.
Having owned the Air Boss and loving the strong, no nonsense construction I figured that after the last few years of intensive experimentation and investment in bags the best solution for me was the construction principles, materials and quality used by RedOxx but in something with one large compartment but with another full length/width compartment, a couple of extra smaller pockets and detachable backpack straps.
So, despite some groans from my wife, I ordered the Sky Train.
My first attempt at packing it and everything worked easily. I use packing "cubes" and segment all items into smaller lightweight bags within the bag. This adds not much weight but makes overall management a lot easier.
Everything I need for an 8 week trip fitted in perfectly, logically and easily and came to 9.65kg out of a maximum of 10kg. In fact, The bag could easily take another 30% in volume on top of what I have packed before it would start to bulge. Everything feels secure and well padded and protected and the bag has a great balance between structure and flexibility.
The backpack straps (despite not being "curved and ergonomic") are incredibly comfortable with a full load for an extended period whilst walking from one end of a major international airport to another, or waiting by the side of a quay for the ship to dock up, etc. They pack away easily and this makes stowing the bag a lot easier.
Personally, I don't bother taking the shoulder strap with me, but the one provided is built to last a few lifetimes and is now a spare for the Air Boss. We'd only need the spare if we lost one as I can't see them wearing out in the next millennium or so.
All in all it's pretty easy to pack about 20 litres or so into the main compartment and still feel like you could squeeze another 10 in.
In the secondary compartment I have an 11" MBA in a leather sleeve and it fits in sideways at the bottom easily leaving a lot of space. You could probably fit 4 of them in that compartment (2 stacks of 2) without any trouble at all and the bag would not look stretched. In fact, it would probably just look nicely squared.
This is by far my go to bag for travel. This is the one bag solution to beat so far as I am concerned.
For those who want to want to know roughly what I can fit in, my usual list comprises of:
5 pairs of trousers, 4 T-shirts, 2 full sleeve shirts, 6 * underwear and 6 * pairs of socks, thermal vest, thermal/windproof jacket, waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers, 6 handkerchiefs, 1 pair of trainers, thermal hat, thermal gloves.
2 months of daily contact lenses, spare glasses, sunglasses, TSA compliant toiletry set, 11" MacBook, iPod with CLAS -dB and RX Mark III, custom in ear monitors, and then about 1.5kg of cables, adaptors, logbooks and paperwork I need.
There's probably a few other bits and pieces, but all of this fits in comfortably with a lot of room to spare and it is easily and clearly a cabin bag regardless of airline (so far).
I also have an emergency 30 litre packable duffel bag that weighs about 160 grams and I can throw some of the packing cubes into if I am confronted with the check in staff member from hell and this would take me about 10 seconds and drop the weight to under 6kg and all I would lose is half my clothing.
(I get my tough, ultra-lightweight clothing from Rohan.co.uk and if you are a one bagger... you'd be dumb not to take a look).
So, RedOxx for the win!
Sky Train is, in my opinion, the best piece of cabin baggage in the world today.
being a backpack had it's advantages
By Bob, canada, May 5, 2013
I was surprised by the advantages of carrying it as a backpack. When it was over my shoulder, it was not taken from me and stored out of my sight, as when I boarded boat taxis in Venice, Eurotrain, etc.
On the busy subways in Paris and London, it was nice to have both hands free to hold on.
Although I hadn't planned on it, the backpack gave me two free hands to carry the new luggage I purchased in Europe, filled with new purchases. It's a keeper.
So far a wonderful work bag
By Sean, Chicago, May 2, 2013
So far this bag has been great to use on multiple work trips. The craftsmanship is incredible and you can tell it's made for a lifetime. I really enjoy the clamshell opening to reach my clothes quickly and keep things organized while minimizing dead space. I'm currently using a packing folder and haven't had any trouble with bringing enough clothes for 4 days of work and running as a solo bag.
I haven't used the shoulder straps yet aside from around the house, but they seem very well made. I do find the shoulder strap's lack of any sort of movement a bit irritating as it often sticks on my suit and pulls the suit awkwardly on my shoulders. That said, the strap is also made for a lifetime, if I can't adjust to the stick, I might just look into an alternative strap.
Great product, glad it might be the last carryon I ever buy.
One well thought out and made carry on
By John Lowry, Johnson City TN, April 18, 2013
It is wonderful to find a carry-on with this much room to pack. Your company was great to deal with. My Sky Train arrived on the day you said it would, it is an extremely well built piece of luggage, very functional to use. I just wish I had found your company years ago. Another selling point for me is IT IS MADE IN THE USA. Anyone who travels would benefit greatly by having a Sky Train. The only thing that would make it better would be to include a laminated "packing / folding instruction sheet". Keep up the good work!
-----------Red Oxx replies: John, you can easily download the diagram and print it out. There's a link to the PDF file on the product page.
Great bag - always great quality
By regan wright, fort worth, texas, April 4, 2013
Sky Train is a replacement for an Air Boss that recently was stolen during a home burglary. My connection to my Air Boss was pretty deep - over 300,000 miles traveled, 4 continents, countless great memories. I wasn't sure that any new bag could elicit the same types of feelings that my previous bag did - but i was wrong.
The Sky Train, in Safari colors, right out of the box was unique and wonderful.
Typical of Red Oxx - it seems totally indestructible. In just a few weeks, I've lugged it all over the country, into overhead bins, onto hotel beds, into the back of taxi cabs. Still looks brand new.
I like the Sky Train and Red Oxx in general because it's different. I'm not a typical corporate traveler and I don't want to look like one. Roll-aboards and briefcases just don't fit with me.
The Sky Train offers just the right amount of room so that you don't carry too much, but have plenty of ability to get it all there, comfortably and easily.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Sky Train carry-on legal?
Yes, the Sky Train is designed to be carry-on legal
on continental flights and most international ones as well.
What's the best way to pack the Sky Train?
We recommend using our Red Oxx Packing Cubes
. They're designed to work with the dimensions of the Sky Train. You can build your own personal custom packing cube kit. Not into cubes? Try the bundle packing method. Watch the packing video under the Videos tab or download the Sky Train Packing Diagram
What's the difference between the Air Boss and the Sky Train?
There are two principle differences between the Air Boss and the Sky Train: The Sky Train has retractable backpack straps and opens flat lengthwise and has two packing compartments whereas the Air Boss opens flat like a book with three compartments and is carried with the Claw shoulder strap. The Sky Train was also developed with smaller stature travelers in mind.
Will the Sky Train Carry-on fit under the seat in front of me?
Cramming the Sky Train under the seat is not recommended.
Will the Eagle Creek packing cubes fit?
Why bother with cheap imported packing cubes when you can build your own Red Oxx Packing Cubes Custom Kit designed to work in conjunction with your Sky Trian. Or try our Nomad Shave Kit, Lil Roy Gadget Bag as packing cubes. You can color co-ordinate them to your preference and they come with useful carry handles. The Tri-fold Toiletry bag is also a brilliant shave kit or makeup organizer due to its three individual zippered mesh pockets and unique fold open flat hanging design.
How many pounds will the Sky Train weigh when packed?
It depends on what you pack. A typical 3-5 day load will weigh about 20-25 pounds.
How many days travel can I fit in the Sky Train?
Most folks can get about 3-5 days with a typical load. Some adventurous types have been able to pack from a week to 10 days! It all depends on how you pack and what you pack.
Where do I pack the laptop?
You can use the back compartment. We recommend that you use a padded neoprene sleeve to secure your laptop.
What's the best way to pack footwear?
Sole to sole to minimize the dirt and placed in either compartment. We recommend placing your shoes in a plastic bag. Or try a Nomad or Meerkat Packing Tube.
Can I change the logo color?
Sure. Simply order your favorite color Logo Patch
and sew it on yourself. Red Oxx cannot change the patch colors for you.
Can I order a bag without the logo?
Logo Patches are centered using a hole punch. If you remove the patch, there will be a hole in the bag that could cause a snag. Red Oxx cannot build a bag without a logo as this would disrupt the efficiency of the production line. Feel free to use a permanent marker to color the patches.
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.
Are there any interior pockets?
The Sky Train Hybrid bag has two generous internal compartments and one small internal zippered pocket.
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.
Why doesn't the Sky Train come with a waist strap?
The bag was not designed to operate with a waist strap. However, you can use a pair of Luggage Compression Straps
to cinch down the bag from the outside. Wrap one strap around the top, about 4-6 inches down, and the second strap further down, about 4-6 inches from the bottom. The top strap, if cinched tighter than the bottom strap, will pull the pack closer to your upper body, relieving excessive weight from the pack on your hips.
Another option is to take a belt, any belt will do, and thread it through the holes in the smuggler's pocket at the base of the bag where the backpack straps attach to the bag. While not a very comfortable way to travel, using a belt this way can also relieve some weight off the hips. The best solution however, is to focus on traveling light and not over pack your Sky Train. Use the internal cinch straps to hold your belongings in place and minimize wrinkles.
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 just say no to checked bag fees.”
In stock orders ship same day if received by 4:00 PM Mountain Standard Time!
Carry-on! On your back.
Our Red Oxx travelers called it awesome! Imagine, a convertible hybrid backpack and carry-on travel bag in one.
Your idea of carry-on perfection? The Sky Train meets your desire for hands-free, easy-on, easy-off boarding of planes or trains. Specially designed for the leisure traveler going to Europe or beyond. Keeps you moving. No waiting for late or lost luggage--it's with you all the way. A bag built for mobility. Once your Sky Train is on, you're gone!
DESIGNED BY TRAVEL EXPERTS.
In 2007 Red Oxx teamed up again with web author and travel expert Doug Dyment of OneBag.com fame to develop this carry-on backpack travel bag. Doug called it the "quintessential dual-purpose bag". Think flexible-- this mobile carry-on bag can be carried five different ways:
1. Carry like a suitcase using the Euro handle on the side.
2. Vertically using the Euro handle on the top of the bag.
3. Over your shoulder like a messenger bag using the Claw Shoulder Strap.
4. Cross body, carried like a messenger bag, again using the Claw Shoulder Strap.
5. Or pull out the retractable backpack straps from the smugglers pocket and travel in hands-free comfort.
The grab loop Euro handles on the sides also help stowing the bag in the overhead bin. Fits continental airline luggage boarding size restriction box and most international ones, too. Includes an adjustable and removeable sternum chest strap.
PLACES FOR YOUR BELONGINGS.
The Sky Train Carry-on features two main interior compartments and one full-length outside zippered flat pocket. The main compartment tie downs cinch down to the closed cell Volara foam, securing your clothing. These tie downs help keep your slacks and dress shirts wrinkle-free until you can hang them up in the hotel. Easily holds three pairs of slacks and three blouses with room leftover for a light jacket.
The secondary compartment has a foam stay and a small pocket for stashing personal items (9" x 12") and is spacious enough to hold your Toiletries, shoes, or workout gear... The rigid sewn-in Volara foam padding protects your belongings, but is still flexible enough to shove into a cramped overhead bin.
HOW TO PACK IT.
Follow this link to learn Doug's bundle wrapping technique. Fit more in your Sky Train airline carry-on bag. Thanks to Onebag.com, here's a handy printable PDF Sky Train Packing Diagram. It covers how to "bundle wrap" for the Sky Train, your ideal backpack hybrid convertible travel bag. Or watch the packing video in the videos tab where professional travel guide Kasey Austin of Austin Adventures demonstrates some of her awesome packing tips.
Don't like bundle wrapping? Build you own custom Red Oxx Packing Cubes Kit. Our made in Montana cubes are designed to work in conjunction with the Sky Train. Ladies, check out the Meerkat Packing Tube, a tube cube sized just right for hair care products.
FIVE REASONS TO OWN RED OXX SKY TRAIN
1. A CONVERTIBLE CARRY-ON 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 bags that weigh 50 tons and have three inches of armor plate, still the comparison is valid. For a carry-on bag, Sky Trains are built tough. Starting with the most durable soft textile material available, 1000 weight CORDURA® Brand Nylon, we use super strong UV resistant thread that is double stitched into every seam. Rugged, reliable and tough.
2. BOUND AND BAGGED TO NEVER FRAY.
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.
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 bags that brag of "binding" their edges.
3. WHY DOUBLE BOX STITCHING?
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 adapted from our time as parachute riggers.
4. MY, WHAT BIG ZIPPERS YOU HAVE!
The reason Red Oxx uses the largest practical 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.
PUTTING THE HARD IN HARDWARE.
Red Oxx has occasionally been accused of "overdoing" our hardware. But once you've had a cheap piece of imported plastic hardware break in the middle of a busy intersection, airport or other inconvenient locale dumping your precious belongings all over the ground for all the world 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. Traveling with a Sky Train Convertible Backpack bag, you'll know it won't bust apart and break you down.
U.S.A. Dimensions: 20"L x 9"W x 13"H
Capacity: 2,340 cubic inches.
Weight: 4 pounds.
Metric Dimensions: 50.8cm L x 22.7cm W x 33cm H
Capacity: 38 Liters
Weight: 1.81 Kilos
Our bags will fit! In stock, all colors, ready to ship.
- Exterior zippered full length side flat pocket: 13"H x 19"W
- 3/4 open flat zippered side compartment: 13"W x 19"L x 1"D
- Interior side compartment zippered flat flap pocket: 11"W x 9"D
- Main compartment with adjustable twin tie downs: 19"L x 13"W x 6.5"D
- Exterior zippered full-width flat smugglers pocket: 13"W x 19"L (Note: this pocket is for storing the backpack straps. Since it has holes in the bottom for steel o-rings to attach the straps to the bottom of the bag, the pocket is only useful for flat magazines, newspapers and storing the straps).
"No Bull" no question's asked Lifetime Warranty. Because 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 Sky Train.
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 carry-on bag needs cool luggage accessories.
Sky Train Trivia: A common European and Asian urban passenger train that rides on raised rails over inner city traffic.
Sky Train is a Red Oxx "Staff Pick" favorite.
- Designed AND hand made in the U.S.A.
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Soft Unisuede padded retractable "hidden" backpack straps
- Dual claw-style 360-degree backpack strap swivel clips
- A.L.I.C.E. pack strap adjusters
- Detachable Claw nonslip adjustable shoulder strap
- Detachable adjustable sternum chest strap
- Dual "Euro" clear vinyl carry handles (top and side)
- Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified CORDURA® Brand Nylon
- Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
- 400 weight denier soft red nylon lining
- 4 lb. Volara closed cell foam padding on exterior back panel
- All zippers #10 YKK VISLON® self-locking
- 1"W Zipper flaps on 2 main and strap compartments
- Thread: Proprietary #92 bonded SolarMax Nylon
- All seams double stitched and bound
- 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
- Choose from 12 vibrant colors
- U.S.A. Dimensions: 20"L x 9"W x 13"H
- Metric Dimensions: 50.8cm L x 22.7cm W x 33cm H
- U.S.A. Capacity: 2,340 cubic inches
- Metric Capacity: 38 Liters
- U.S.A. Weight: 4 Pounds
- Metric Weight: 1.81 Kilos
Sky Train Convertible 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.
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.