2 Months of use and counting...
By Wes, Broken Arrow, OK , September 12, 2011
My job has recently evolved and I'm doing more work from the house, which meant I needed a bag better suited to load I needed to carry. I opted for the CPA Briefcase and have been happy with the choice. There is plenty of room for files, electronics, etc... There is great organization for the smaller items. In a perfect world, the bag would have a strap to slip over a rolling carry-on handle and a longer shoulder strap.
By TL, PA, August 18, 2011
Before I found Red Oxx I bought a big laptop bag from a manufacturer in San Francisco for a lot of money. After I discovered Red Oxx, bought a lot of their bags and have been impressed with all of them, I began lusting after this one. While my other bag is nice, it wasn't perfect. When the CPA bag arrived I couldn't believe how perfectly it held my laptop, iPad with case, Lil Roy, Bose headphones, blowout kit and files for travel with room to spare. It also holds my lunch if I am just heading to the office in place of the headphones. Somehow it has more space but takes up less space.
I got mine in Olive and really like it. It looks rugged yet still appropriate for my line of work. All the interior slots are holding my odds and ends securely and I put a Red Oxx key holder inside. I wish the handles were just wrapped instead of the snap closure but that's my only complaint and it turns out to be a minor one. Finally, when Red Oxx changed their site and added the "for CPAs who like tattoos and firearms" I knew it was only a matter of time before I ordered one. I'm not a CPA but the rest of it has me covered!
By Seismic Pirate, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, August 8, 2011
Love the CPA!
Awesome strap, plenty of room and pockets. Pockets well-placed, with wallet, visas, vaccination card and certifications in one of the snapped pockets, odds and ends in the other and my passport and plane tickets between the snapped ones in the center of the large zippered, or tucked in behind one of the snapped ones (I just found the ones behind half way to Nigeria:)
The interior holds a LOT, plus a 15.6" laptop with an extra-large battery. The ruffed, end pockets take a water bottle, or bottles, travel coffee mug, whatever. The only things I would change or add are a zipper on one or two of the interior pockets and a little more padding for the laptop, including a PADDED TOP. I may look for someone to professionally modify my CPA with both.
Nonetheless, this is my briefcase for life and am already wondering if I need to include my Red Oxx bags in my will, insuring they get passed on to my kids and grandkids...
Even Works in the Boardroom
By GaGirl, Augusta, GA, June 9, 2011
I have had my CPA for about a week now and am loving it. I went back and forth between this and the Metro and am so glad I got the bigger CPA. It has room for my laptop, files, notebooks, Lil Roy full of electronics and still plenty of room to spare. A lot of reviews said you couldn't take this in a boardroom, but I big to differ. I purchased my bag in black and have found it more than appropriate at the financial company I work for. My coworkers are all jealous of the lifetime guarantee and I am now buying my boyfriend one as well.
I'm thinking about grabbing the Tom Bihn Freudian Slip just to give it more organization for work files. Plus the slip can be taken out when I'm flying and need more space for other stuff. Great bag RO!
By Anthony, New Rochelle, NY, June 9, 2011
I first purchased the Air Boss and absolutely love it. The Air Boss and the CPA Briefcase are excellent bags if you don't want to check luggage at the airport. The both fit easily in overhead bins and are extremely spacious. I had no problems packing the items I needed to bring on two business trips so far. The quality of both bags is excellent. I highly recommend!
By Lawrence Johnson, Cedar City, UT, May 20, 2011
I absolutely love this bag! It was recommended to me by a friend and it is worth every penny I spent. Lightweight, durable, and in my fave color: black! And I loved that it is guaranteed for life - the bag's life, not mine! And to be sure to will the bag to someone! Best purchase I've made in a LONG time!
By Joe, Crystal Lake, IL, May 19, 2011
I admit it. When I travel I carry too much - laptop, Bose noise canceling head phones, magazines, work product, 2 phones, a couple of other electronic gadgets - and need a bag to suit. This bag fits my style. Unlike my other laptop bags, this one allows me to carry the laptop and the other bulky items without bulging or needing to stuff in items. I don't have any complaints just a wish list. I wish there were a couple of dividers for thinner files to sit straight up in and the two pockets directly under the strap hinges could be easier to access. This bag is not the perfect one for me, but much closer than any others I own or have tested.
By Anonymous, ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, May 16, 2011
I spent a very long time searching for a bag that would not only fit what I need to carry (a big, metal thermos for one thing) but also one that was sturdy, well made, and attractive. The CPA Briefcase met and exceeded all my needs. I purchased it in January 2011 but have wited until now to review it as I wanted to test it out first. It is very functional with strong seams and hardware. If you are looking for a reasonably priced, durable bag to carry about anything you can think of, this is it:-)
By Darrell, Washington, DC, May 9, 2011
Mostly pluses, with a few negatives. This was my first Red Oxx purchase. I bought the CPA briefcase as a replacement for my well-traveled, 10 year old bag. The first trip was a two week trip to Europe carrying a 4 inch binder, laptop plus computer gear, portfolio, camera and travel goodies. Even fully loaded, the bag was well-balanced.
I was skeptical about the glowing reviews of the shoulder strap, but I am now a believer. It does not slip off my shoulder, no matter what I am wearing.
The red interior makes it easy to find items that might otherwise get lost in the bottom of the bag.
The zippered side pockets are very accessible for storing books and newspapers.
Now a few negatives. The front snap pockets can only store bulky items because the gap at the top allows small items to fall out. I like to keep pens and highlighters handy, but I can only store them in the zipper outside pockets where they get lost with papers and books or inside the bag which means unsnapping the handles then the zipper to get in the bag.
I have yet to find a use for the elastic side pockets. Why not make one of them a zippered pocket for securing small items on the outside of the bag?
When I am not traveling I use the bag for commuting. At times it seems too large, but I enjoy it when I have to pack it with a laptop and papers for evening or weekend work. It is roomy enough to keep an umbrella permanently stored on the bottom of the bag. I also carry my Lil Roy inside the bag as my lunch bag (see separate review).
Looks like this will be my last bag.
By Dan, Houston TX, March 2, 2011
Generally well built with very good materials and workmanship but poorly designed. External pockets on front are not secure. Bottle holders on ends are hard to get things in & out of due to rings where shoulder strap hooks. Internal pockets don't hold things so items find their way to bottom of the bag. The main top zipper needs to be longer, since the bag is wide it can be hard to get larger items in & out of bag. Bag could stand to be 1-2 inches higher and 2-3 inches wider. It appears this bag was an after thought to the Metro brief case.
By Andrew, Anywhere someone is drilling for oil., December 17, 2010
This bag is almost perfect. It's built to last forever and look good doing it. The build quality is second to none. There are two things I would change though. I would love a zippered pocket on the inside, and the outer bellows pockets need a more secure closure. As they are now, small items can fall out when the bag tips on its side. Otherwise this bag is great, I expect to use it for the next 30 years.
By GaylM, Canada, December 15, 2010
I have wanted to get a computer bag from here since I bought my Sky Train a few years ago (which I adore). My friend bought one of these bags at the same time & I've been envious every time we travel together.
After purchasing numerous other bags which let me down in one way or another, I finally broke down and got a CPA on my last trip to the U.S..
What a difference in travelling with this! I can get rid of the extra tote bag I carried with my Lil'Roy & a wrap or sweater because it all fits in here with my computer.
The best part of all for me is that it feels secure & balanced when carrying it...especially combined with the Sky Train...both of them grip & sit fantastically while you're slogging from one end of the airport to the other. I've even slung this across like a messenger bag & had my Sky Train on my back & have been amazed at how much less tiring it is to walk.
As with all Redoxx products, the quality product you purchase far outweighs the extra cost that you pay. These are products that you will only pay once for and use forever.
By Duke, Airplanes, December 7, 2010
As a laptop bag, it's great. As a smallish carry-on bag, it's great. As a laptop travel bag to go along with an Air Boss (my other bag) it's pretty annoying.
I've recently been using the Air Boss with another random laptop backpack when actually traveling, since I'm like 6' wide if I put a bag over each shoulder when walking through an airport. Since I do like this bag a lot, though, I'm going to pick up a Sky Train so the heavier of my bags can be the backpack and take a little stress off one of my shoulders.
I still give it 5 stars, though, since impracticality introduced because of another product that I happen to use it with should not count against it.
By Bob, Minnesota, October 11, 2010
This bag was my second Red Oxx purchase this year. Great bag, holds all you need plus more. If you are a minimalist, you can get by the Metro. Selling my fancy briefcase on eBay!
By Alpha Actual, Bicoastal, June 10, 2010
It's all been said, and it ain't hype. I've had the bag a little over a month and already know it's the most durable, accommodating, flexible bag I've ever seen. I bought a Red Oxx travel bag a year ago for occasional use, but this one I load up every day with 20 pounds of computer, papers, books, and other crap... and it performs like a champ and is comfortable to carry in hand or over the shoulder. I'm a "creative executive", and particular about form as well as function. I've run through the Tumis, Vics, et al. -- none stand up to the no-nonsense superiority of the Oxx. Big. Black. Badass. 'Nuff said.
By Cindy, Texas, April 13, 2010
Super quality and USA made. Appears to be exactly what I have been looking for- roomy, plenty of pockets, good hardware and zippers. Good investment.
Yet Another Great Addition
By Dick Hahn, On The Road, April 6, 2010
I just added the CPA Briefcase to my arsenal of Red Oxx items. Everything I can say about it would be repeats from others but here goes-like each Red Oxx items it is made to ride under steamrollers and come out unscathed. Although called a briefcase, it is a wonderful overnight bag for a quick trip. With any of the duffles, my Air Boss or the Gator, I can live for an extended period if rocks and running water are available to wash clothes. Over engineered? I think not. My major problem now is pulling out all my Red Oxx gear and deciding which ones to use.
Great Bag - Tons of Space
By jdmitch, Olathe, KS, April 5, 2010
This is a great bag with more than enough space for everything. The only suggestion for improvement is to move the computer sleeve to the front panel... when you lay the bag on it's back (like when sliding under the seat in front of you on a plane) all the weight inside the bag (and with the space that weight can be significant) lays on your computer. Now, I realize this actually goes contrary to nearly every computer bag maker, however I feel with the capacity of this bag it's worth noting.
Oh, and in retrospect I wish I had gotten black rather than the dark blue. Don't get me wrong, the dark blue is very cool, the black would've been a touch more professional for what I do.
By sr, Illinois, February 22, 2010
Thanks Red Oxx - you make me look good!
I bought the CPA briefcase as a Valentine's Day gift for my husband this year. On his most recent briefcase, not a Red Oxx, the handle wore through. I can tell how much he likes something I give him, by how quickly he converts over to it.
The day after receiving the briefcase, he was carrying it to work! He rides the commuter in to Chicago daily, and needs to pack light entertainment as well as lunch, plus his normal work gear. On heavy snow days, emergency over-night gear also needs to be stashed in too.
On the inside, the Red Oxx CPA center-section has enough room for him to carry his 6-ring Daytimer (8 x 9-1/2 x 2-1/2), a small nylon lunch box (8 x 10 x 3-1/2), plus there is room for the small paper back to read on the train (4-1/4 x 7 x 2). He puts all the pen/pencil slots to good use, and even has room for the commuter train schedule, all neatly organized next to the pen slots. There is even room for the custom-programmed work laptop, which he occasionally brings home, in the center section.
The red lining allows for easy finding and placing of items inside the briefcase, as soon as you unzip it.
The outside-end pockets, elasticized and 7-inches high on either side, hold his collapsible umbrella, on one end, and his Wall Street Journal, folded, on the other end. Nice touch, those! I suppose even an occasional water bottle or sunglasses would fit in those, too.
Outside front, the two front flap-snap-pockets, 7 x 5 each, hold car keys, commuter-rail pass, and cell phone, among other things. These pockets are deep, and the special way the snaps are affixed, so you can easily snap them, is a nice touch.
These front-snap pockets, stylish and functional at the same time, remind me a bit of the old leather Ghurka briefcase he has around at home (with a broken top handle!). They lend style and a bit of 'British' functional elegance to the front of the briefcase! These provide quick access to small items.
Behind the front snap-pockets is another zip pocket, extending all across the top of the bag, used for an 8 x 11 yellow legal pad.
Outside back, there is a large zip pocket, across the top, for the weekly newsmagazine he picks up.
The handles on the top of the briefcase won't be wearing through any time soon - there are actually TWO handles - one each coming in to the center of the bag top, from each side of the briefcase. They are held together by snapped fabric, so once snapped, they function as one handle.
And last, but certainly not least, is that wonderful wide-and-comfortable shoulder strap, which, because of the center portion, does not slip off his shoulder.
For the overall picture, he is 6 ft 2-inches - and the dimensions of this briefcase make him look balanced. Previous briefcases were very much dwarfted by his size, and almost looked like 'large shoulder bags' on his tall frame, instead of a briefcase. He looked out of balance - I suppose only a wife would notice that!
The quality of this briefcase is obvious, from the box it arrived in, through to the workmanship and materials used in the briefcase itself. It "signals" quality to the casual observer! I am picky and critical when it comes to the style, design, functionality, and quality of workmanship on the items I buy for him - because they reflect back on me, and ultimately on him.
Well - this briefcase is a winner --- Nicely done. And I'll bet I won't be sending this one back for repairs, anytime soon. Thanks Red Oxx.
Briefcase ideal for commuting
By David Killick, Christchurch, New Zealand, January 23, 2010
I liked the C-Ruck so much I thought I would try the CPA briefcase as a replacement for my old leather briefcase which was looking rather frayed. "Looks like a rat's been at it," said my wife. I'm a journalist, and smart casual is fine -- I don't think this case would suit more formal business attire (probably not if you really are a Certified Public Accountant). But then times have changed and quality is always in fashion! Name aside, it's an excellent bag, as robust as I'd expect from Redoxx. So far I have taken it to work on my Vespa. It's carried lunchbox, books and once or twice I overloaded it by adding more books and a couple of bottles of wine on my way home. That rugged Claw strap and the stainless steel lugs perform admirably. I still don't want to overburden the bag, though. So far I haven't struck rain.
Re the zips: Yes, they're sturdy as hell, but I saw one other design where the two zip-pulls lock together snugly. That way you'd avoid any gap. Just a thought.
A comment re color: I got the burgundy and it's brilliant, but I think you probably have to see them on the bag to truly appreciate how deep and rich the Redoxx colors are, especially the brights. If you are hesitating about what color to choose, just go for it!
I'm planning to take this bag to Europe in a couple of months on a work trip, so more later on the art of traveling light.
We're always happy to send color swatches. ~Minister of Information, Department of RedOxx Affairs
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between the CPA and the Metro?
The CPA Briefcase is nearly twice as wide as the Metro.
Will the CPA hold a laptop? What size?
The CPA was designed to carry virtually any laptop notebook up to 17-inch screen and three inches thick.
Will the CPA Briefcase meet personal item/carry-on standards?
Absolutely. It will fit any overhead bin and even under most airline seats.
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?
Yes, the CPA will fit your C-pap. We also recommend using our Gator Compact Carry-on
to carry your C-pap machine.
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, 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'm for CPA's who like tattoos and firearms.”
In stock orders ship same day if received by 4:00 PM Mountain Standard Time!
A durable Nylon Briefcase for when you need more room.
Double the volume of our Metro Briefcase.
Carry-on the CPA Business Briefcase on your next flight and you'll have everything you need securely at your side. Plenty of room for files, a tablet or laptop, a snack, and even a change of clothes-- just in case your checked luggage goes to Barbados, while you're heading to Brooklyn. Volara closed cell foam padding in front, bottom and back keeps your laptop notebook safe and as a nice added touch, it also keeps your briefcase upright.
DOUBLE THE CARRY CAPACITY.
The CPA briefcase has the same features as our popular Metro briefcase, except nearly double the volume capacity. The inside includes two internal mesh dividers on each side of the briefcase. One file divider is sewn down on the bottom to keep your files or magazines fixed in place, while the other is left open to the bottom so you can secure your laptop out of the way using the snap buckle. Both dividers have pockets for CDs, business cards, and writing instruments. Carry your Nalgene bottle in one of the twin gathered-elastic end pockets.
PLENTY OF POCKETS.
On the exterior of the briefcase you have access to six pockets, including two expanding bellows pockets with exclusive 'Red Oxx finger loop snap' closures. '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. Behind each gusseted pocket are secret hidden flat slip pockets for that little extra bit of storage.
Hidden behind each bellows pocket is a secret flat "slip pocket" for papers, boarding passes, sunglasses, etc. The bellows pockets work well for laptop batteries or power supplies. The other two pockets are full-length flat zipper pockets for tablets, documents or magazines. Confidently carry your CPA Briefcase using the 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 briefcases that weigh 50 tons and have three inches of armor plate, still the comparison is valid. For a briefcase, the CPAs are built tough. Starting with ione of the most durable textile materials 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 case, or gives it a clean finished look if on the outside of the bag.
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 breifcases that brag of "binding" their edges.
4. WHY DOUBLE BOX STITCHING?
Each stress point, such as where the handles attach to the CPA, 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 and 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 bag break down?
WHY THE CPA?
The primary advantage of the CPA over the Metro is space. Nearly doubling the volume in the main compartment (width) gives you flexibility to carry more with you.
The Red Oxx CPA Briefcase keeps you moving, organized, even clothed, and your office goods protected.
U.S.A. Dimensions: 17"L x 7"W x 11"H.
Capacity: 1,309 cubic inches.
Weight: 3.25 pounds.
Metric Dimensions: 43.2cm L x 17.8W x 28cm H
Capacity: 21.5 Liters
Weight: 1.47 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
- 5 interior pen / pencil slots: 5"D
- Main compartment: 7"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..
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Witness the birth of your bag and learn about the many steps it takes to handcraft your CPA 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 14 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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CPA Briefcase is a Red Oxx "Staff Pick" favorite.
- 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
- Claw No Slip Shoulder Strap
- Fair trade Monkey Fist Zip Knots on all zippers
- Free heavy-duty vinyl luggage tag
- Embroidered Logo Patches
- Includes Cable Lock
- 4 lb. closed cell Volara foam padding
- Classified as a "personal item"
- Choose from 12 vibrant colors
- US Dimensions: 17"L x 7"W x 11"H
- Metric Dimensions: 43.2cm L x 17.8W x 27.9cm H
- US Capacity: 1,309 cubic inches
- Metric Capacity: 21.5 Liters
- US Weight: 3.25 Pounds
- Metric Weight: 1.47 Kilos
CPA 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.