I was recently sent over a new duffle bag to review here at RMK by the folks at Red Oxx. I have always wanted to get my hands on one of their packs due to the materials and attention to detail in their work. Red Oxx is a quality bag manufacturing company based out of Billings, Montana since 1986. If you have ever read a review of mine here at RMK you know how much I try to support any company that is willing to produce their products here in the US. +1 for Red Oxx. Ill throw in a quote here direct from the Red Oxx website. “Since we live here in Montana, our bags are handmade in Montana instead of offshore. This is our dream to build local jobs for regular people. We looked at redevelopment of our blighted neighborhood. This meant more local jobs and the capacity to grow. There’s only so much time in life to do good work. There’s the heart and soul of Montana in the hands-on touch of the people that work for us that goes into every one of our bags.” says Jim.” The Tres comes in at $295 which is not cheap, but for being made in the US and with top notch materials I believe it is a fair price.
The Tres Hombres is a Medium-Large duffle option from Red Oxx coming in at 50L of space. I will list a full spec sheet from the Red Oxx website below. The Tres comes in many different color ways, the one I have is the Khaki/Black.
- Padded, retractable adjustable back pack shoulder straps
- Foam padded bottom
- A.L.I.C.E. pack strap adjusters
- 1 1/2" wide heavy-duty #1 Finish Nylon Compression Straps wrap around bag
- Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified CORDURA® Nylon
- 1050 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified Ballistic CORDURA® Nylon bottom skid plate
- Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
- Detachable Claw No Slip Adjustable Shoulder Strap
- All zippers #10 YKK VISLON® self locking
- Break-over zipper configuration for the main central compartment
- Thread: proprietary #92 bonded SolarMax Nylon
- All seams double stitched and bound
- Stainless steel Mil-Spec snaps with Red Oxx logo
- 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
- Dual end grab loop handles
- Choose from 12 vibrant colors
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Designed AND made in the USA
U.S.A. Dimensions: 20"L x 14"W x 11"H
U.S.A. Capacity: 3,080 Cubic Inches
U.S.A. Weight: 5 Pounds
Metric Dimensions: 50.8cm L x 35.6cm W x 28cm H
Metric Capacity: 50.4 Liters
Metric Weight: 2.27 Kilos
As you can see Red Oxx takes no shortcuts in the materials or attention to detail they put into their bags. Cordura Nylon is the best in the business and the #10 YKK zippers are never going to let you down. The Duffle is also double stitched all around to ensure it will last.
For me, the best feature aside from the materials used in the Tres was it had a pocket for everything I carried while using the bag. I normally would use the center largest compartment for storing all of my clothes in packing cube. The main compartment could get somewhat tight when I had the side pockets completely stuffed which is expected and not a big deal for me to work through. Utilizing three packing cubes from Eagle Creek I was able to fit my normal station workout clothes, shoes, out wear and a spare set of station backup uniform.
I used the first outer compartments for all of my binders, books, and toiletries and other slim items while shifting at the Firehouse. The pocket is a great size for notebooks and other like items due to its shape. These pockets also expand out from the main compartment to make sure the storage in the middle stays consistent.
The furthest outer pockets would store my multivitamins, chargers, and other small items. These pockets don't have much room but will help keep all the little items safe that you don't want in the main compartment of the duffle.
The zippers on the Tres Hombres are as heavy duty as they come. Any bag without YKK zippers is not one worth using. Red Oxx utilizes #10 full size YKK lockable zippers. These zippers glide effortlessly with just one hand but will never unzip without you wanting them to. The black color also goes well with the bag. Having heavy duty zippers on a duffle bag like this is a must for what I use the bag for. I have my whole two days worth of gear and clothes in this pack for when I shift at the Fire Station and I cannot afford to have it fail on me. Each zipper is also paired with a paracord pull to help find them and use.
The Tres Hombres also comes standard with stainless steel attachment points and buckles. The included “Claw” shoulder strap is amazing. It is a rubber strap with cut outs to add flexibility and grip. While having this duffle fully loaded it got pretty heavy, and there is nothing worse than a fully packed out duffle that won't stay on your shoulder. The Claw strap is not the most comfortable strap I have used however, it is the best strap for keeping the bag on my shoulder without even trying. I will be purchasing a few more of these straps for other bags as well.
The Tres comes with a feature I keep finding on newer duffle bags nowadays, included backpack style straps on the back side of the duffle. There is a separate compartment on the Tres that houses these backpack straps. This feature can be used when traveling with just the Tres Hombres for long distances when you don't want to have the strap on for too long. They are padded and comfortable straps that when pulled out atach on via stainless clips at the bottom of the pack. I normally don't utilize this feature because I don't have too far of a trek with the duffle however, I would totally use this feature if traveling with the Tres.
One thing different the Tres Hombres has is the ability to compress the duffle down using the included compression straps. I love having this feature not only to make the bag smaller if I don’t need the extra room, but it is a great way to attach other items to the outside of the bag like bulky jackets.
The Tres Hombres from Red Oxx is a tough, excellent built, and thought-out duffle. I have loved using this duffle as my overnight shift bag with its many storage compartments and no fuss design. The guys over at Red Oxx know their products and back them 100%, all bags from them come with a lifetime “No Bull” warranty. The customer service that was paired with the Tres Hombres was also second to none, Red Oxx is a company I will continue to use and support.
- Built in the US
- Cordura nylon
- YKK lockable zippers
- Great customer service
- Compression straps
- Backpack straps
- Claw Shoulder strap
- Paracord zipper pulls
- Plenty of different compartments for all your gear
- Side grab handles
- Stainless steel hardware
- Different Color ways
- Can get bulky if fully loaded
Find the Tres Hombres here - TRES HOMBRES