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The Claw vs. Long Hauler – Which Carry Strap Works Best For You?

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Now that Red Oxx is offering the best of both worlds in the shoulder strap department, the herd frequently calls in with the question: "Which strap will work for me?"

On the one hand, there’s the classic The Claw No-Slip Shoulder Strap that Red Oxx has offered with all our bags as standard equipment for years. Strong, tough, rugged and truly accurately named, The Claw will stick to your shoulder come hell or high water.

On the other hand, there’s the newLong Hauler Comfort Carry Strap, brought to market through consumer demand for a strap that would love your shoulder, not dig in like a… well, a claw.

While the Long Hauler comes with all the usual heavy-duty hardware that the Claw has, like enormous indestructible swivel hooks, wider nylon webbing and a stainless steel slider, the center "comfort zone" is made of soft spongey-stretchy neoprene. This feature, while supremely comfortable, tends to limit the weight capacity of the Long Hauler to just 30 pounds. Which is actually fine, because when the weight does get up there, your bag will start to annoyingly bounce around anyway. Besides, do you really want to carry 30 pounds on one shoulder? Didn’t think so.

So there’s a recommended weight capacity of 30 pounds for the Long Hauler. As such, it’s not recommended, nor sold with, our heavier duty bags like the Grip, the Safari Beanos checked bags like the PR5.5, or the PR-6 or our outfitter’s bags, the Sherpa Jr, and Big Oxx. These bags come with The Claw as standard equipment for a reason. The Claw’s padded center portion is molded directly to the straps webbing. Imagine two pieces of steel welded together and you get the idea. It’s built to withstand heavy weight.

Some folks find The Claw intolerable on some of our Carry-on bags. However, as long as you don’t pack your bags too heavy, it’s still an ideal choice. It really shines on our briefcases like the CPA and Metro or our EDC bag, the Gator, especially because you’re likely carrying an pricey laptop in those. It. Won’t. Slip. Off.

So here’s how the break-out is on bag-to-strap lineups: get the Long Hauler when you’re looking for luxury and your load is reasonably under 30 pounds. You’ll be comfortable and it should last a lifetime. Mini Boss, Air Boss, Sky Train, Lil Hombre, Tres Hombres, PR-4, PR-5, and Sun Chaser all work wonderfully with the Long Hauler Comfort Carry Strap.

Get The Claw when you need "heavy-duty" and you’re carrying bags over 30 pounds, like the Grip, Safari Beanos PR-5.5, PR-6, Sherpa Jr, Big Oxx or bags you want solidly planted on your shoulder, like the CPA and Metro Briefcase and our multi-use EDC bag, the Gator.

As you can see, different straps for different chaps (or lassies). Match the strap with it’s cargo and you will won’t have any problems. Still can’t decide? Watch the video below where CEO Jim explains the differences.

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