About.com Student Travel Rates Gator Best Pick

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Review by Kathleen Crislip, About.com

Red Oxx’s "Gator" travel shoulder bag isn’t inhabiting the same planet as other travel bags. It’s that superior. As Red Oxx advises, write it into your will… it will outlive you. Provided you survive the airlift.


  • Beyond heavy duty construction
  • Elastic exterior water bottle pockets are handy on hikes and in airports
  • Stainless snaps will never, ever rip out of fabric
  • Padding provides excellent laptop protection


  • None. Zero. Nothing. Okay, so it’s a little heavy. Haul bags are.

. . .Has a shoulder strap and uber-snap carry handles. . .Four lb. closed cell foam padding — this means heavy-duty walls, not heavy weight.

You know how people who should know better are always saying that the mysterious "they " don’t make "them" like they used to? Well, they never made bags like this at all.

Trotting the Globe Without a Scratch

On seeing the Red Oxx "Gator" travel shoulder bag, one tester said, "I could stand in this and be airlifted." We didn’t try airlifting, but we did drag it around Wyoming and two other countries, up mountains and through airports: not a scratch. Red Oxx’s owner is a former paratrooper; their travel bags show the airborne influence — feel free to sail the Gator off chicken bus roofs without qualm. It can handle worse.


For example, the shoulder strap passes through welded D-rings. Most manufacturers use bent metal for these sort of rings. These are welded, capisce?

And the carry handles, which run all the way around the bag, are not ever going to come unstuck; if your travel takes you to Krypton and gravity is increased, the Gator’s the right bag — you can pack it with vast amounts of ludicrously heavy stuff. And the zipper pulls are hand-tied in monkey fist knots. Monkey fist knots are used for heaving sea cables. That’s correct.

Even the luggage tag is heavy-duty, for crying out loud. And the hang tag doubles as an especially stiff beer coaster.

Get a Red Oxx bag and conquer the world one train station at a time with baggage that won’t drag you down.

Read the full Gator Product Review here at studenttravel.about.com

Thank you Kathleen for another round of praise from About.com. We hope you stumble upon some of our other great travel gear.

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