Trip Savvy is one of the Internets most trusted guides to the web, relies on the expertise of subject matter experts. Their "Guides" are real people from all over the world who collect useful information about topics and personalize it with their recommendations. It's a great resource, so we at Red Oxx were thrilled to find our name on the Europe for Visitors section of the site. tripsavvy.com European travel guide James Martin got his hands on our C-Ruck and had this to say:
Review by James Martin from tripsavvy.com
As a frequent traveler enamored with rugged, well-designed luggage, I like the very idea of a bag hand made by folks who care about their products--like the friendly folks at Red Oxx...
But my main concerns for rating a day pack or ruck sack are comfort, durability, and versatility. Can I use the bag picnicking, or on a photo expedition, as well as for a carry-on travel bag?
The Red Oxx C-Ruck comes through these tests with flying colors (it comes in 12 of them in fact).
The Carrying Comfort of the Red Oxx C-ruck Carry-on Rucksack
The main idea behind the C-Ruck was to bring back a classic WWII paratroopers pack, updated for today's traveler. When you pick it up you'll know it's not a one of those wimpy sacks folks buy frequently (c'mon, count those worthless "day packs" you've accumulated over the years and tell me you don't have a C-Ruck's worth of dough invested in junk!)
The velour covering the shoulder straps is so cuddly-soft I can only describe the feel of them as sensuous. The thick, padded straps are attached via stainless steel rings to the top of the C-Ruck, and thus are free to spread to whatever angle they need to match your body width.
And here's the neat thing: the shoulder straps don't get tangled when you try to put the pack on quickly--the second strap is waiting for you to put your arm in on the other side. This may seem like a little thing, but it was a revelation to me, a guy who sometimes struggles for countless minutes to find that second strap that's tangled somewhere behind his back, and who must look like a dysfunctional whirling dervish doing so. Bless those who've figured out this marvel of engineering.
Durability of the Red Oxx C-ruck Carry-on Rucksack
We don't have a baggage testing lab here at Europe for Visitors, and I liked the C-Ruck enough not to dump a couple bowling balls into it and drag it behind the car. So this part of the review will have to deal with construction details and materials...
Materials? We're talking 1000 weight urethane coated Cordura, the armor of the baggage industry. The C-Ruck's got huge zippers: overload this bag all you want, since you're unlikely to leave remnants of your journey all over the airport when you stuff it to the max. Shoulder straps adjust via metal mil-spec quick releases.
Red Oxx has sewn on many straps with side release buckles and attachment loops, so you can strap on your bigger souvenirs. Side release buckles are an obsession of mine. I've broken a few and had to throw away good bags because of them. Buckles should mate easily and should not be able to miss-mate (because that stresses the fastener till it gives out). The C-Ruck's Fastex are great buckles, designed to prevent unintentional release and large enough for my big meathooks to manipulate.
Versatility of the Red Oxx C-Ruck Carry on Rucksack
Ok, here's the cool thing: the guys at Red Oxx love pockets, and the C-Ruck has enough that you'd better remember where you put stuff or you could get in trouble later on.
- Going on a big game photo shoot? Those big, deep, side pockets you see on the picture to the left will easily hold an 85-300 f4 zoom lens. You should be able to stuff a 400mm in there if it's not too big (the pocket is 14 inches high).
- Picnicking? Well you can, if you wish, fit a bottle of wine into a side pocket.
- Picnicking with a group? You can get TWO bottles in each pocket and still have room for the silverware!
There is an interior pocket between the main compartment and the foam back padding that will fit a laptop computer...
I've had the C-Ruck a couple of weeks, examined it, used it, and for the life of me can't see what I'd improve.
Wow, James. Thanks for the praise. Now, if we could just get you to take a look at the Safari Beanos for your next crossing of the Atlantic. Cheers, Jim Markel CEO