By Greg, Waltham, MA, February 17, 2012
I've looked for the perfect laptop bag for years. Typically, I would choose big bags thinking that I needed all the space - and then I would end up carrying more than I really needed. This bag is ideal. Not too big, so I'm forced to think about what to bring, yet big enough to hold everything I actually need and then some. Stylish without being fancy, rugged, well-designed, and versatile. I would only suggest two changes in a future model. One would be to include a pin mount key clip, or to build in a key clip. The other would be to replace one of the webbing dividers on the inside with a solid, less flexible divider; it would make it easier to slip the laptop in and out.
----------Red Oxx Replies: Thanks for the great review Greg, we sell a Pin Mount Key Clip that you can attach any where you like.
By Bill Roach, Iowa, January 19, 2012
Finally, a brief case that can hold my laptop and books; close securely, and look good. Rugged look but not unbusinesslike. I am very happy.
By Nelson, Tampa, FL, January 19, 2012
This bag holds my laptop, a leather portfolio, portable hard drive, charging cord, cables and a couple of files as well. Great padding, and love the fact that it stands up even when it's empty. I was looking for something more substantial than a sleeve that would protect my laptop - this is that bag. This is my 4th Red Oxx bag- Airboss, Sunchaser, Lil Roy and now the Metro. Bottom line, you can't go wrong with anything Red Oxx makes.
By Paul L., Orange County, CA, January 4, 2012
Received my 1st Metro and carried it for a couple of weeks. I thought it was the way I was packing it but it tended to lean to one side and tip over at times. Then I realized that it did this even when empty. I contacted customer service, they immediately got back to me and had me ship the bag back. Within a week I had a new bag minus the leaning issue.
Like others have said this bag does hold quite a bit of stuff for its size. More importantly, it makes you think about packing lighter and more efficiently. It doesn't have a mess of flaps and pockets for things to get lost in, or for you to cram extras that you don't need.
Everyday I carry a 13" Macbook Air in a sleeve, an iPad 2, a Red Oxx Lil' Roy (love that little bag) full of cables, adapters and jump drives, and a slimline lunch container. I never have any problem making it all fit easily.
The claw strap is a huge bonus and it really does stay locked onto your shoulder comfortably. the bag carries very well on the shoulder, and it's plenty long enough (I'm 6'4").
My only small gripe is I don't like the carrying handles. I feel that they are just a bit too long and I don't like carrying the bag by hand. The way they snap together can be somewhat cumbersome at times. This is typically a non-issue since I almost always have it slung over my shoulder. I rarely even notice the handles.
I also have an Airboss and tried packing the metro in the center compartment. With some creative packing, it really did work. Very cool if you have to get down to one bag.
Red Oxx rules. I've become a big fan of the products and a bigger fan of their customer service.
By Josh, Garland, TX, November 4, 2011
The Air Boss I've had for the last couple of years set my expectations for the Metro: rugged, comfortable to carry, and a surprising amount of storage in all the right places. I'm pleased to say that the Metro exceeded those expectations. If anything, the Metro is even more rugged, even more comfortable to carry, and holds considerably more than you might guess by looking at it.
If you're reading these reviews and wondering whether the Metro is worth the money, my answer is an unqualified yes.
By Consort, Cleveland, OH, October 25, 2011
Pressed this puppy into service on a business trip just hours after receiving it. Made the journey a breeze keeping all my essentials organized and accessible. Glad I learned about Red Oxx on Youtube !!
By Weylan Deaver, Texas, October 13, 2011
I've had a hard-shell briefcase, which you could not carry on your shoulder. And I've tried a messenger-style bag which had a shoulder strap, but which was so floppy as to be formless unless something was in it. I finally tried the Red Oxx Metro Briefcase and found perfection. It is soft-sided, but firm enough to stand up on its own--even empty. And it can be carried either by hand or on shoulder. The khaki and black pattern looks rugged and fits well with the antlers and bearskin rug in my office. I look forward to using this for years to come.
By Janet, WV, September 24, 2011
This is a wonderfully well made briefcase. The workmanship is excellent. High quality fabric and stitching. I have the dark blue. It gives some color without being unprofessional. There is plenty of room for the materials I carry without the bag being too big and heavy. The shoulder strap works great. I put it on my shoulder and it stays there! No sliding off whatsoever. This briefcase will give many years of use. Thanks RedOxx!!
By Thom, Melbourne, Australia, September 24, 2011
Good size, fits laptop & accessories, papers & books in an organized way. Obviously built to last. Only improvement would be if it opened a little wider to make it a bit easier to access the contents, but it's not too narrow as it is. The stainless hardware is kind of overkill, but I don't mind that.
Only taken it on 2 trips but it suits me perfectly, very happy with it.
By Jay L Sperl, Prosser, WA, September 9, 2011
I travel 2-3 weeks each month. I never check bags and had used a roller bag for a number of years. I wanted to go lighter, so purchased my Air Boss along with a Metro Briefcase. The Metro is smaller than my previous briefcase, but holds everything I need in an organized fashion. I think I would prefer the two outside pockets were instead one larger pocket. I think the bag would look more professional with a larger single pocket and would provide more packing options. I also wish the center zipper extended down each side further. This would allow my 15" laptop to slide into the bag easier.
By Clyde Miller, St. Louis, September 8, 2011
This a great bag! My one complaint and why I didn't give it the full 5 points is because I do have some trouble sliding my laptop in and out of the bag if I don't completely open the zippers due to the way the opening is made. This is more a function of my being lazy, but I still find it a little annoying.
People will make jokes about the bag (I have the red one to match my red Air Boss). I had one client that thought it was a defibrillator.
I am an Systems Engineer and I carry my laptop, iPad 2, external hard drive, charging cables for the laptop, iPad, iPhone, as well as a VGA adapter and Targus Travel power strip. So I have a fair amount of stuff.
When I go out of town I can also fit a gps, notebook and magazine in there.
I didn't get the larger bag because I am the kind of person who will pack extra stuff I don't need. So I like that this bag isn't giant.
This bag is perfect for my needs. I use it everyday back and forth to the office, and it is a great companion for my Air Boss when I fly. I have never had to check a bag and always have enough room to get both bags in the overhead compartment if I desire. However, I have been keeping it on the floor with me since I have my iPad in there. It is small enough that it doesn't take up to much of your leg room.
The sides and bottom of the bag are padded and the bag its self has a nice rigid frame so that it protects the contents of the bag.
The inside of the bag has two dividers making three basic compartments. The middle one has little pockets that hold all of my cables. When everything is in there it is a little snug. One of the dividers is not attached to the bottom and gives you a little more space. This is were I put my laptop. The other one is stitched to the bottom and a little smaller and securely holds my iPad, which I really like because it is so thin.
I highly recommend this bag.
By Brian DeShazer, Indianapolis, IN, June 24, 2011
PERFECT size for my work laptop and the massive amount of additional things that go with it and my job - charger, mouse, hard drives, cables, notebook, pens, etc.
Love the extra pockets on front, where I store my phone, keys, etc when I'm in meetings. The one handed closure is very nice.
Good number of pockets inside, for all the loose items. I also put my cables, etc. into eagle creek quarter cubes to organize the interior a little more.
Whether travelling by plane, car, or just at the office, this bag transports my portable office around very protected, stylish, well organized. I recommend it to everyone that needs to carry their office with them.
Some suggestions. The mesh fabric for the laptop sleeve catches on the corners of the laptop everytime I put it in. I forsee ripping soon in the future. Maybe a solid piece of fabric? Also, the hardware for the strap is way overkill. I'm sure I could tow a car with the rings. Past bags I've used for many years had much thinner rings and hooks and never broke, I'm sure a little weight could be saved on my shoulder by downsizing these by maybe 30%.
I also hate the strap. I've read many praises for your strap, but I personally found it very uncomfortable, actually painful. I replaced with a strap I bought for my previous bag.
By Judy, Michigan, June 7, 2011
Love this briefcase! I already own a Gator, so knew what great quality it would be. I ordered mine in "Midnight" because I'm a little sick of plain black but still wanted something business-like and it definitely is. I have other cases, but none are padded for a laptop. I had the Metro sitting on my credenza with laptop in it and moved a couple of things around and the Metro took a nosedive to the floor. Laptop didn't even notice! I really like the organization with the two zippered flat pockets outside and all of the mesh pockets inside. The red lining with the blue exterior looks really sharp, too. Once again, Red Oxx comes through with a fantastic product!
By Anonymous, Arlington, Virginia, June 6, 2011
My second RO--the first a Gator. Got this for times when I need to carry files and it meets the airline requirements of a briefcase. Really like the outside pockets. Agree that a second (bottom) zipper on the back side of the bag so that you could slip it over the handle of your rolling carry-on would be useful. A little big for my frame, but all briefcases are if they can actually carry anything. Purchased the bag recently, so I'm not sure yet about the design of the inside compartments/dividers.
By Lowell Billings, Coronado California, June 3, 2011
I bought this travel brief case to compliment my safari backpack. Both traveled across Zimbabwe and Botswana for a month. Great travel gear for the serious hunter/traveler.
By BeemerBoyTx, Beaumont, TX, June 2, 2011
One terrific bag - been using for just a few weeks and already convinced it will outlast all of the other bags I'm been using for the past 35 years. I'm sure I could have found a lesser expensive bag, but I will never need to by another one after my Red Oxx
By kjm3579, Glassboro, NJ, May 16, 2011
I bought my first laptop about 1-1/2 years ago and have been looking around for the perfect case for it. I tried several from different manufacturers always returning them for one reason or another. When I saw that this one could fit into the center section of my Air Boss, I decided to try it. It easily holds my laptop and all of its accessories as well as a few pens and pencils and extra items and still has more space for me to fill. I tested the fit in the Air Boss and it easily slid into the center section just as they say it will. As with everything I have bought from Red Oxx, the construction is very good and heavy duty.
By Jerry, New Mexico, April 1, 2011
You will always be satisfied with any purchase from Redd Oxx. This also is my 3rd bag, and I have been very pleased with all of them. Great looks, durability, and design. The zippers are fantastic. I chose to order this one instead of the larger model because of the smaller size, and it is more than adequate for my needs when traveling. It always amazes me how much stuff you can pack in a well designed Redd Oxx Bag!
By Sarah, Rochester NY, March 31, 2011
I asked for this bag for my birthday but did not receive it as a gift, so I opted to buy it for myself. The shipping was extra fast, despite my error in carrier selection at checkout. I am pleased with the bag and have been using it daily since its arrival. My husband is also a huge Red Oxx fan and I think he's a little jealous he doesn't have a Metro Briefcase of his own!
By Mark, Rhinebeck, NY, March 2, 2011
Great Bag. It's my third Red Oxx bag so you can guess what I think of the quality of the materials. I like that the bag stands up straight even when nothing is loaded. All of the pockets are well-designed and can be used for a variety of gadgets. My only concern (if you can call it that) is that I wish for a smaller version of this bag. And if that smaller version also fit into the smaller side of the Sky Train (to be removed when on the plane), I'd be in travel heaven. Since this bag is a little larger, I will probably be using it more for business than travel. Going up and down the aisles of the smaller commuter planes (or on the subway) with a Sky Train or Ruck Sack on my back and this on my shoulder is quite difficult. But as a medium sized everyday business bag, I can't see how you'd want anything more.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between the Metro and CPA?
The CPA Briefcase is three inches thicker than the Metro.
Will the Metro hold a laptop? What size?
The Metro was designed to carry virtually any laptop notebook up to 17 inch screen and three inches thick.
Will the Metro Briefcase meet personal item/carry on standards?
Absolutely. It will fit any overhead bin and under most any airline seat.
How are the internal pockets configured?
The backside has a full length slip mesh pocket that is anchored to the bottom of the bag. In front of this pocket are six smaller cordura slip pockets. On the other side is a full length mesh divider not anchored to the bottom. In front of the divider are two cordura slip pockets and five pen pockets. Both of the full length interior pockets include buckle closures to help keep your office items organized.
Can I fit my C-pap machine inside?
The Metro is a hair too narrow to fit your C-pap. We recommend using our Gator
for your C-pap machine or moving up to the larger CPA Briefcase which will easily hold a C-pap.
Is there a way to securely lock my briefcase?
Sure, you can use any TSA approved bag lock
or try our Cable Lock
for a simple, semi-secure solution. Watch this video where CEO Jim Markel demonstrates how you can use the cable that comes with the product Dog Tag
price tag to secure your bag
. Keep in mind, any determined thief can still cut open a soft sided bag with a sharp knife.
My zipper broke. The teeth have separated. Do I send it in for warranty repair?
No need for warranty repair, try to fix it yourself. Check out this video where CEO Jim Markel shows how easy it is to do it yourself.
Can you ship USPS?
Yes, Red Oxx will ship USPS upon request. Simply state, "Please ship USPS" in the cart comments during checkout and we will adjust your billing accordingly.
“I outlast PCs 100 to one.”
In stock orders ship same day if received by 4:00 PM Mountain Standard Time!
Bring your business along with you.
Carry your laptop, portfolio... you name it.
The Red Oxx Metro Laptop Briefcase, a fully padded business briefcase with the heart of a rugged adventurer. This rugged CORDURA® nylon padded briefcase can take a beating and still look great at your next meeting.
DESIGNED TO PROTECT.
Volara closed cell foam padding on front, bottom, and back, keeps it standing tall while protecting your belongings. Our Metro Briefcase features internal mesh file dividers on the front and back sides inside the bag. On one side the divider is sewn down to the bottom to keep your files, brochures or magazines in place, while the other side is left open at the bottom so you can secure your laptop notebook out of the way using the Fastex snap buckle. The Metro will fit laptops with a screen up to 17 inches and three inches thick. The dividers have eight pockets total for CDs, a smart phone, and slots for up to five pens, pencils or pointing devices. Each inside mesh flap uses Fastex snap buckles at the top to hold everything in place.
PLENTY OF POCKETS.
There are six pockets on the exterior of the bag, including two expanding bellows pockets with exclusive 'Red Oxx Finger Loop Snap' closures. These side pockets feature the exclusive ROFLS -- "Red Oxx Finger Loop Snap" closures which utilize our Mil-Spec stainless steel snaps and thoughtfully designed thumb loops that make closing these handy pockets a "snap." ROFLS allows one-handed snapping closure. Simply slip a finger into the loop under the snap post and use your thumb to press the post in place. ROFLS is a clever solution that prevents crushing items (like your precious sunglasses) under the snaps.
Hidden behind each bellows pocket is a flat slip pocket for papers, boarding passes, etc. The bellows pockets work well for laptop batteries or power supplies. The other two pockets are full-length flat zipper pockets for documents or magazines. Also, there are dual water bottle pockets on each end to keep you hydrated during your journey. Confidently carry the Metro using our nonslip Claw Shoulder Strap or by the reinforced nylon carry handles.
6 REASONS TO OWN RED OXX GEAR
1. A BRIEFCASE BUILT LIKE A TANK?
Our customers like to define our gear as "built like a tank". While obviously you're not going to be toting around a briefcase that weigh 50 tons and have three inches of armor plate, still the comparison is valid. For a breifcase, the Metro is built tough. Starting with one of the most durable textile material available, 1000 weight CORDURA® nylon, we use super strong UV resistant thread that's stitched into every seam.
2. BOUND AND BAGGED.
Places where two separate pieces of fabric are stitched together are then bound, that is, we take a long piece of one inch wide nylon webbing and fold it over the edges of the two pieces and stitch them together, this creates a strong seam, or binding, that prevents the pieces from unraveling on the inside of the briefcase, or gives it a clean finished look if on the outside like with the Metro pockets.
3. BINDING INSIDE / BINDING OUTSIDE.
In addition, each exposed fabric edge, such as on a pocket flap, is also bound using a thicker binding material. Inside edges typically receive a thinner nylon webbing, whereas outside corner edges that are exposed to wear will have a thicker nylon binding. All of our binding material is vertically woven to prevent fraying, peeling or splitting that you may commonly see in competitors briefcases that brag of "binding" their edges.
4. WHY DOUBLE BOX STITCHING?
Each stress point, such as where the handles attach to the case, is double box stitched - which is where we get the "double XX" in our name, Red Oxx; a stitching practice we adapted from our service as parachute riggers.
5. MY, WHAT BIG ZIPPERS YOU HAVE!
The reason Red Oxx uses the largest zipper we can afford, the #10 YKK VISLON® zipper, is that they are easily repairable, even in the field; they will hold their place, that is, they "lock"; they are difficult to penetrate, thereby increasing the security of your belongings; they function smoothly in inclement weather and they can be yanked from a variety of angles without losing teeth or becoming separated.
6. PUTTING THE HARD IN HARDWARE.
Red Oxx has occasionally been accused of "overdoing" our hardware. But once you've had a cheap piece of plastic hardware break in the middle of a busy intersection, airport or other inconvenient locale dumping your precious documents or electronics all over the ground, having a heavy-duty nickel-plated or stainless steel D ring or attachment swivel that weighs just a little more, or might make a little noise, is a travel companion's confidence builder and peace of mind maker. After all, you want to enjoy your journey as best you can. Why worry about having your briefcase break down?
ANY OTHER RED OXX BRIEFCASE OPTIONS?
If all this makes the Metro sound too big, try our Chica Tablet Bag. Too small? Move up to the Metro's big brother, the CPA Briefcase, which is nearly twice as wide (Seven inches vs. four inches).
JUST HOW GOOD IS OUR WARRANTY?
Check out this tale of a Metro Briefcase that traveled a million miles.
The Red Oxx Metro Laptop Briefcase, a business briefcase with the heart of a rugged Adventurer.
U.S.A. Dimensions: 17"L x 4"W x 11"H.
Capacity: 748 cubic Inches.
Weight: 3.15 pounds.
Metric Dimensions: 43.2cm L x 10cm W x 28cm H
Capacity: 12.1 Liters.
Weight: 1.43 Kilos.
- Twin exterior bellowed snap pockets: 4.5"W x 8"T x +/-2"D (measured at top of pocket)
- Twin exterior hidden flat slot pockets: 4.5"W x 7"T
- Dual exterior zippered flat pockets:16"L x 10"H
- Interior closed bottom mesh pocket: 16"W x 8"D
- Three interior closed bottom canvas flat pockets: 6"W x 5"D
- Three interior closed bottom canvas flat pockets: 6"W x 4"D
- Interior open bottom mesh pocket: 16"W x 9"D
- Two interior closed bottom canvas pockets: 7.5"W x 5.5"D
- Five interior pen / pencil slots: 5"D
- Main compartment: 4"W x 11"H x 17"L
"No Bull" no question's asked Lifetime Warranty.
Designed AND hand made in Billings, Montana U.S.A..
UPS Transit Shipping Time Map.
Witness the birth of your bag and learn about the many steps it takes to handcraft your Metro Briefcase.
Meet the thundering herd who build your gear with pride.
Red Oxx is a Veteran owned and operated US Manufacturer.
EMAIL POLICY: Online orders will receive an order confirmation email, a UPS tracking information email when your order ships and a product review request follow-up email eight weeks after delivery. In addition, backorders beyond a dozen working days may receive an order follow-up assurance email. During checkout purchasers have the option to opt-out of our other occasional email notifications. Your email address is always secure.
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- Designed AND hand made in U.S.A.
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified CORDURA® nylon
- Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
- 400 weight denier soft red nylon lining
- All zippers #10 YKK VISLON® self-locking
- Thread: #92 bonded SolarMax Nylon
- All seams double stitched and bound
- Double Box stitching on stress points such as carry handles
- 3250 welded D-rings, nickel plated
- Stainless steel Mil-Spec snaps with Red Oxx logo
- Detachable Claw No Slip Shoulder Strap
- 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
- 4 lb. closed cell Volara foam padding
- Classified as a "personal item"
- Choose from 12 vibrant colors
- U.S.A. Dimensions: 17"L x 4"W x 11"H
- Metric Dimensions: 43.2cm L x 10cm W x 27.9cm H
- U.S.A. Capacity: 748 cubic inches
- Metric Capacity: 12.1 Liters
- U.S.A. Weight: 3.15 Pounds
- Metric Weight: 1.43 Kilos
Metro Travel Briefcase Color Translator
- Amethyst = Purple
- Black = Raven
- Bordeaux = Dark Red
- Coal = Gray
- Forest = Green
- Khaki = Tan
- Mariner = Blue
- Midnight = Dark Blue
- Olive = Military Green
- Saffron = Yellow
- Safari = 1940s Olive Drab and Desert Tan (Proprietary Red Oxx Exclusive)
Keep in mind: Colors on your monitor will vary from the actual color of the fabric. The only way to accurately gauge a color is to request a swatch.
If out of stock, back orders are typically filled within 14 working days. Visit our Customer Service Help Desk or call our Toll Free Hot Line: 1-888-733-6999.
Red Oxx "No Bull" Warranty
As time rolls a ceaseless course, only the genuine guarantee remains. The mountains will persist, the oceans are bound to endure and Red Oxx will continue to be rugged, reliable, and tough.
To the depths of the Amazon basin to the peaks of the Himalayas, Red Oxx Manufacturing is infallible.
Red Oxx Bags are guaranteed forever, be sure to include them in your will.
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Red Oxx Bags are handcrafted in Billings, Montana. U.S.A.