A recent trip underscored the functional superiority of Red Fox’s Traveler series of rolling travel packs.
The goal was to fly back home to visit family for the Thanksgiving holiday with a minimum of hassle. Traveling during the holidays is a formula for disaster because more people travel then than any other time of year. In the northern hemisphere, it also increases the likelihood of storms that can shut down airports and make connecting flights difficult to rely on. Thus, to minimize potential inconvenience you don’t want to check anything in; you want to go light and keep everything with you.
My strategy was to carry a bare minimum of clothing but leave nothing essential behind. That meant carrying my laptop, a tablet, iPhone, a few folders of critical papers, a Red Fox Flight Lite down jacket for extra warmth, a Vinson jacket for shedding rain in the forecast, a couple changes of clothing, a book to read, and toiletries. I still had room to spare to carry back anything extra I might pick up on my visit.
- Oversized, replaceable 3" wheels
- Strong frame
- Extendable/collapsible handle
- Handles on top, side, bottom
- #10 YKK U-shaped main zipper
- Lots of organizational sleeves/pockets
- Metal buckled compression straps
- Internal straps hold contents snugly
A Red Fox Daily 3 pack carried all the electronics, with room to spare for a jacket, a puffy, and snacks. The Traveler 45 held all my clothing with plenty of zippered compartments for organizing, two outside and two inside on the main flap that opens up with a bomber, U-shaped main zipper with dual pulls so you can open it from either side. There is also an expansion zipper if you’re trying cram a few extra items inside. In that case, you’ll appreciate the compression straps on the sides that, even though you’ve expanded the main compartment another few liters, you can squish things back down so it still fits in the overhead compartment on a plane.
There are lots of travel bags that do this, but few that include the details that separate Red Fox’s Traveler 45 from the amateur imitations. The cinch straps on the side have a metal female half on the buckle, so they can withstand abuse if you check the bag in. The male side is still plastic, but that can be easily replaced. The female side is sewn in, but if broken, renders the strap useless. Our metal buckles eliminate that worry.
Every rolling travel bag has wheels, but most use small wheels that cannot be easily replaced. Red Fox uses larger, 3½” diameter wheels with bolted axles so they can be replaced if damaged.
The extendable handle works clean, extending easily or collapsing by pushing a button in the center of the handle. When you need to lift the bag, there are strong handles on the top, side, and bottom of the bag. All the zipper’s have easy to grab, leather zipper pull tabs.
You might find an equivalently bombproof travel bag, but it’ll cost you. Why pay more? Check out Red Fox’s Traveler series of rolling travel bags.