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One Bag Travel! Air Boss.
The only carry-on bag you'll ever need.
Designed for the business traveler, our most popular five star-rated carry-on travel bag is a must-have for anyone who enjoys the advantages of traveling light. Peruse over 600 customer reviews right here from hundreds of satisfied Air Boss Carry-on customers to get an honest idea of whether this is the best travel bag for you.
Red Oxx worked with Internet author and carry-on travel expert, Doug Dyment, guru of OneBag.com fame to develop this all-in-one carry-on bag.
EXPERT DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT.
Follow this link to learn Doug Dyment's bundle wrapping technique so you can fit everything you need and nothing you don't in your Air Boss airline carry-on bag and become a more organized traveller. Thanks to guideance from Onebag.com, here's a fantastic luggage packing diagram, showing you how to easily "bundle wrap" your clothing in the Air Boss.
WRINKLE FREE TRAVEL.
Designed with three large main compartments, our Air Boss carry-on bag also features two outside zippered pockets; one full-length, one for your airline tickets, an outside sleeve pocket, and tie downs inside the two outer compartments to keep your slacks and dress shirts in position and wrinkle-free until you can unpack and hang them up in the hotel.
A PLACE FOR YOUR BELONGINGS.
The center compartment is spacious enough to hold your Toiletries, extra shoes, work-out gear, business briefcase, etc. Volara closed-cell foam padding is sewn into the sides, so you've got a rigid, yet flexible, piece of carry-on luggage that still protects your valuable belongings.
NEVER SLIPS OFF.
Includes detachable nonslip Claw Shoulder Strap that keeps your bag where you want it - on your shoulder.
DISCOVER HOW TO PACK IT.
Watch the Air Boss Packing Video posted in the Videos tab at left where CFO Amanda Markel shows how to use many of the bag's features.
PROTECT YOUR LAPTOP.
Looking for extra protection for your laptop? We recommend using a neoprene Laptop sleeve. A "macho" option is to put it in a Metro Briefcase, which will fit in the center compartment of the Air Boss, adding further protection and giving you a "one bag" travel option...with two bags inside one. Note that this can become a very heavy bag to carry if you decide to try this. Adding an extra Claw Shoulder Strap from your Metro and then carrying the Air Boss "backpack style" (one strap over each shoulder) can help offset this added load.
ANOTHER CARRY BAG OPTION IS.
Looking for a similar carry-on bag with retractable backpack style shoulder straps? Try our other popular travel bag, the Sky Train.
Join the fleet feet crowd and travel carry-on with the Commander of the ship: the Air Boss!
PLACE YOUR ORDER TODAY.
Due to high demand, we encourage you to place your order now to get your Air Boss on our production schedule. Your bag will then be delivered in under 30 days. Like retirement, it's worth the wait.
Dimensions: 21"L x 8"W x 13"H.
Capacity: 2,184 cubic inches.
- Matching dual exterior zippered full length side flat pockets: 13"H x 20"W each
- Exterior flat snap pocket: 9.5"H x 20"W
- Exterior zippered side flat passport / map pocket: 12.5"D x 7"W
- Dual zippered tie down side compartments: 2"W x 20.5"L x 12.5"H
- Main center compartment: 4"W x 20.5"L x 12.5"H
"No Bull" Lifetime Warranty.
Designed AND handmade in Billings, Montana USA.
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Online Air Boss orders will receive an order confirmation email, a UPS tracking information email and a review request follow-up email eight weeks after delivery. Backorders beyond a dozen days may receive an order follow-up assurance email. Your email address is secure.
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Air Boss Trivia: On the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, the Air Boss is in charge of all the operations of the flight deck. He controls the moving of planes on deck, landing of aircraft, launching aircraft, ordinance handling, and safety of all the personnel occupying the flight deck. The Air Boss oversees from the command tower. Orders are communicated with the flight deck via megaphone. Ex: "Hey greenshirt. Get out of that checked baggage line and on the plane, now!"
By Iain, London, UK, November 10, 2011
Ordered on Sunday for international shipment to the UK. Arrived as scheduled Friday lunchtime, packed and boarded the plane 4 hours later on Friday afternoon just as the carrier was refusing any more roller cases as carry-ons. Brilliant, thanks Red Oxx, made my trip!
By Derek, Atlanta, GA, November 8, 2011
It's been over 5 years now with my AirBoss and it's still holding up strong.
I fly every week for work, usually 140+ flights a year and my AirBoss has held up very well, shows almost no signs of wear.
Because I want flexibly in my travel schedule, I never check luggage and the few times I've boarded the plane and they're out of room for 'other' bags, my soft-side AirBoss is welcomed aboard and tucked in a cozy niche somewhere. I will never use another bag.
Excellent Bag...with a few suggested enhancements
By Steve C., Houston, TX, November 4, 2011
Perfect bag for quick trips. I pack light, but have been able to accomidate enough for a 5-day trip (plus a separate carry-on). Quality = A+. Design = A+.
1. I'd recommend swapping out the heavy metal strap fasteners with something lighter (and equally as strong).
2. The ID carrier is a nice touch, but I'd also suggest figuring out a way of making it lighter.
By Washington, UK, November 4, 2011
I just love this product. I've tried so many bags in the past and non off them have even come close to the quality. And the service of your company has been amazing.
By Bret, California, November 4, 2011
Overall, a good buy! Just got back from London. The Boss held up well as a carry on and as a checked bag. Expandable, and easy to carry. I'm satisfied.
By Paul B., NYC<->LHR, October 31, 2011
I love it. I know thats what everyone else says, but I feel the same way. I think my favorite part is that the center compartment holds a laptop. That means that at the end of the week when I fly straight from the client's office back to home I can leave my briefcase and just use the red oxx. crucial for keeping weight down.
Just like it was adverstised
By Anonymous, Alaska, October 30, 2011
This is an excellent bag that provides a business like look and provides enough room for quick business trips and week-long vacations. The price seems expensive, but when I look at all the pieces of luggage that are broken, torn or I threw away this is worth it. I'll pay for quality and this clearly fits the bill.
I agree with others, that if you over pack and have to carry it a long distance it does get heavy.
I just finished a two week vacation with the family and we did it all with carry on. I'm sold this is the way to go.
No regrets on this purchase. It's not cheap, but the value is outstanding.
By Tero Toikka, Helsinki, Finland, October 30, 2011
I got the Airboss about a month ago and now had done two trips with it. First a four night conference and second was one week in Asia.
The bag is actually bigger than is needed for my clothes, PC and accessories. This has proven useful since having new materials and souvenirs from the distant location.
I am able to pack all clothes on the side compartments. Then running shoes and other things in the middle top loader compartment. From there it is convenient to take out PC for screening.
I also use a light weight PC sleeve on the location. If would need to gate check then collect all important items on it. The shoulder strap feels indestructable and I use it for the PC sleeve on the location.
I would consider another bag only if it would be even lesser weight.
By Peter A. Liron, Melville Western Australia, October 27, 2011
I have had many carry on bags over the years. At last I have the best one ever. I have just given my Air Boss a shake-down trip to Vietnam for eleven days. It carried everything that I needed and still had some room. I resisted the temptation to add more, keeping some space for souvenirs.
I purchased four Eagle Creek quarter cubes of different colours to stow all of my loose items and used the colours to identify what items were in which cube.
I put the cubes in the centre compartment, easy to get to, perfect!
I cannot complain about the shoulder strap. For me it was fine given the short distances that I had to carry the bag through airports. There are always trolleys available at airports if really needed.
The Air Boss is one tough bag and will easily see me to the end of my travelling days. It will be handed down to some lucky friend.
Business trips excluded, my next big trip is to South America next year.
Would not consider going with anything other than my Air Boss. That's it, done deal, no Air Boss, no trip. and that's final.
By Anonymous, Los Angeles, CA, October 27, 2011
Great bag, made things very easy, of course lot's of space for someone who is 6'4'. My wardrobe is a bit larger. I bought the red one in which is made t much easier to spot in the baggage claim area.
The only thing I would like better would be a broader shoulder strap, the weight of the bag made it dig in while walking with it.
By Rich Shadrin, Walden NY, October 27, 2011
Along with the shave kit I purchased the AIRBOSS to compliment the many rollaboards I've accumulated over the many years I had traveled for business.
Though skeptical about losing my wheels, I learned 2 lessons. Firstly the claims made about the bombproof construction is true and finally resist overpacking. The latter was a good lesson as I traveled outbound using all the folding techniques and a few tricks of my own and the back was light and well within its recommended packing dimensions. On the way back, loaded with too much 'stuff' I was still able to overhead rack it, but schlepping it across terminals at O'Hare made me wish for wheels. Mea culpa.
Lesson learned is pack much lighter than you need. Learn to be agile and since the whole world has gone casual that task has bccome easier. KI just had to learn the hard way. So pack, smart, light and use the AIRBOSS - I'm a convert.
By Chandler, Colorado, October 27, 2011
I got this bag anticipating a trip to China. And I am sure glad I decided on it. I was able to get a month of travel gear into it.
My trip was supposed to be Denver > Seattle > Tokyo > Shanghai > Zhengzhou
But it ended up being:
Denver > Seattle > San Fran > Taipei > Shanghai > Zhengzhou
So I am sure glad I didn't have to figure out checked luggage at the same time. I would of sure had a bag get lost. Also I was bumped off my flight in Shanghai and had to hit a hotel. But I had everything I needed with me.
I got great service, bag is very well made and it was a perfect buying experience.
By Dave, Colorado Springs, October 25, 2011
I have tried a variety of bags for traveling. I hate most of them. The one I've kept coming back to is one that I got 20 years ago for free for answering a survey at a conference. It's 16x12x7, quite a bit smaller than the Air Boss, two zippered pockets on one side and a large open pocket on the other. There is one main compartment that unzips only about halfway. Its handles are uncomfortable on the hands and its shoulder strap is not much better. But it is convenient. It easily fits under the seat or in the overhead even of the miniature airplanes I frequently find myself on. I can pack clean business casual clothes for a week using it.
I read about the Air Boss on OneBag.com. I told my wife I wanted it and she and my daughter bought it for me for Father's Day. I haven't used it yet, but I've looked it over. It is assembled very well. It looks rugged.
I like the way it opens all the way so it won't flop closed when trying to use both hands putting clothes in. I like the tie-downs in the clothes compartments to keep my clothes tidier especially for a short trip when the bag is only lightly packed. I like the center compartment where I can stash my electronics; computer, GPS, iPod, headphones, chargers, etc. and get to them without opening the whole bag. I like the snap-wrap on the handles to give my hands some relief when carrying it. We'll see how the shoulder strap works, but it's fine when the bag is empty. :-)
It's bigger than I'm used to, so I'll need to be careful not to overpack.
OK. I've waited to post this review until I had actually used the Air Boss. I just completed a four-day business and pleasure trip. Once I had packed I weighed the bag and found that it was just under 23 pounds, but all I was taking was in one bag. This was four days worth of business casual attire (including shoes) plus netbook, GPS, camera and battery chargers for all.
My observations (YMMV):
I found the shoulder strap awkward, but it might improve with practice. I was wearing a jacket, but not zipped. The strap would start to grip lower on my shoulder than I wanted and it was difficult to get situated where it was comfortable and not pulling the jacket shoulder off of my shoulder.
Carrying the Air Boss in my hand was less comfortable than I'd hoped. I found that if I used the grippy part of the shoulder strap as a cushion my hands were happier.
I would lose things in the Air Boss's many pockets. I dropped my cell phone into a pocket before TSA and it took me ten minutes to find it again after screening. I still need to figure out where to put things so that I can easily locate them again.
Packing and unpacking are as easy as I had expected. I pack shirts, pajamas, underwear and socks in an Eagle Creek Pack-It Folder. It allows me to neatly fold and compress my clothes. I put the folder into one side and strapped it down. Then I folded pants, put then on the other side and strapped them down. The center section got shoes and the detritus of business travel plus the quart zipper bag of liquids and gels. There was still much more space ... I *was* trying to travel light. I could have packed for a week or more, but I'm not sure I would have been able to lift it. (When I got home I found that my local Costco store has a "personal hand truck" that weighs 7.5 pounds, can carry 150 pounds and folds flat for $20. Bungy cords from Lowes completes my set-up.)
Earlier I said the Air Boss is larger than the "free" bag I've used for 20+ years. It fits under the seat in front of you, but barely. All of my flights were completely full so there was no overhead compartment space. I'm a pretty big guy; 6'2", 250+ pounds. This cramps my foot room. I need to figure out how to deal with my computer and other high-value gear so that I can gate check the bag when needed.
So far I'm pleased.
By E.H., Minnesota, October 24, 2011
I like the "Air Boss" design, and the construction seems top-notch to me. My only area of disappointment was the strap.
I can't shorten the strap as much as I like. The bag hangs near my butt or lower, not up on my lower back.
Also, the rubbery shoulder padding is too(!) grippy. My clothes get pulled around and bunched up every time I try to adjust the position of the bag.
I've been entirely happy with the bag itself, and would still strongly recommend it (although I may replace the strap).
By Dan V, Bossier City, October 22, 2011
By far the best bag I have ever owned. You can pack everything you need for a long trip and still have room for the running shoes and shaving kit.
By E. Cardinal, San Jose, CA, October 21, 2011
First off, the bag is expensive but I believe in paying for quality that will last -- and so far I think this bag will be with me for a long time to come. My wife was originally quite unhappy with the cost but is now a fan as well.
I'm trying to be a "One-Bag" traveler. The Air Boss holds a lot for its size, especially without the superstructure required for wheels and handles. It looks terrific (I got the Safari colors) and it looks and feels tough and well-made. I never had any trouble getting it into an overhead bin.
One goal this trip was to minimize the number of different individual items on the TSA conveyor belt, to prevent 'disappearing' or forgotten items. In the center section the Air Boss held my 15.6 laptop (inside a sleeve) 5 days of socks and underwear in a small bag, and a CPAP respiratory medical device, which is approximately 7x7x5". (The hose and mask went in the outside zipper pocket.) This made it a snap to pull out the laptop and the CPAP out for TSA inspection, then re-zip and drop the bag onto the conveyor.
Shirts, trousers, and sundries were distributed between the sides on the way down, but all were packed to one side on the way back to accommodate 10 Lbs. of Costa Rican coffee and other gifts :-)
Carrying the Air Boss held lengthwise in front of me down the airplane aisle was easy because of the comfortable handle. I like not being a rude passenger dragging my slightly too wide wheely-bag down the aisle smashing the arms of all the seated passengers.
Unfortunately, the bag was a bit too heavy for me to carry without wheels or shoulder straps (particularly on the way back) but that is primarily because I'm in terrible physical shape and ended up crossing the length of Houston airport 3 times to get through customs, etc. In retrospect, I probably should have gotten the Sky Train instead of the Air Boss specifically for the shoulder straps. In the future I think I may distribute some of the load (like the laptop) into a backpack. Heavy as my bag was, though, the "Claw" shoulder strap never slipped an inch and did spread the load so it wasn't cutting into my shoulder.
(On a side note, I also got a Scott-e-Vest Essential Jacket. Twenty pockets held everything I needed under the seat so I never had to get the Air Boss out of the overhead until it was time to disembark. I'm not associated wit them, just a fan.)
By Pete Burres, Addison TX, October 20, 2011
My Air Boss was purchased for my first travel vacation in many years.... a nine day trip to Nova Scotia. The construction of the bag is outstanding and seems like it will be something that one of my kids will carry well into the future. Despite reading many of the reviews, I was still astounded by how well the shoulder strap held the bag on my shoulder without slipping. I used the bundling system of packing and think that I need some more practice at it as the packed clothing settled and there was space that could have been utilized. Overall, I am extremely pleased with my purchase.
well thought-out and practical
By Bill Leighton, Sydney Australia, October 20, 2011
My new bag hasn't been to the front line yet, but it looks 'the one to have'. The layout of the external pockets and storage cavities has been devised by someone who travels a lot. I packed for a two-night three-day trip and it came in at just under 7 kilos, our official cabin baggage limit in Australia. I was amazed how much clothing and gear fitted into one bag.
This bag will save me a lot of time at check-in and baggage carousels. I can turn up closer to departure time, go straight through security and to the aircraft. Check-in queues can consume twenty minutes or more at peak times, I can't afford to miss planes.
Not the cheapest carry-on bag but money well-spent. It's solid, padded in all the right places and built from quality components. My new travel buddy . . .
By Sean, Brooklyn, NY, October 9, 2011
I've owned expensive Boyt and Tumi luggage. The "Air Boss" was even more rugged and better-designed than those companies' products. Following Doug Dyment's (OneBag.com) bundle-wrapping technique my cotton dress shirts, wool jacket & wool trousers are wearable after unpacking without being pressed, so long as they are packed securely but not too tightly. Even fully-stuffed the "Air Boss" fits easily in overhead compartments. Doug Dyment's recommended 2.5 lb. luggage cart even fits in the central compartment. I'll be buying more luggage from Red Oxx and following more advice from OneBag.com.
By Sam, Oxford, UK, October 7, 2011
I've had a lot of bags around this size. A lot. Without exception all of them have had a point of failure due to the strength of the materials used - either the metal clasps for the strap have broken, or the seams split or the zips failed but with the Air Boss I feel I've got a bag designed to hold whatever and however much you can put in it. In short it's a very tough bag indeed.
The shortage of pockets is a good thing as it allows you to organise your packing yourself - I usually put a laptop shoulder bag in the centre compartment for organising paperwork and office bits and pieces (including laptop) and then get a week's worth of clothes in the outer pockets. If you think ahead you'll get the best out of it.
It's not cheap, but as the saying goes you get what you pay for. I rate this bag so highly I may even buy a second one for my other half.
- Designed AND made in the USA
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- US Dimensions: 21"L x 8"W x 13"H
- Metric Dimensions: 53.3cm L x 20.3cm W x 33cm H
- US Capacity: 2,184 Cubic Inches
- Metric Capacity: 35.7 Liters
- Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified Cordura Nylon
- Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
- 420 weight denier soft red nylon lining
- 4 lb. Volara closed cell foam padding on exterior panels
- Double Box stitching on stress points such as carry handles
- All zippers #10 YKK VISLON® self-locking
- Thread: #92 bonded SolarMax Nylon
- All seams double stitched and bound
- Stainless steel Mil-Spec snaps with Red Oxx logo
- Nylon webbing zipper pull grab loops
- Detachable Claw nonslip adjustable shoulder strap
- Fair trade Monkey Fist Zip Knots on all zippers
- Free heavy-duty vinyl luggage tag
- Embroidered Logo Patches
- Includes Cable Lock
- Choose from 12 vibrant colors
Air Boss Carry-on Bag Color Translator
- Amethyst = Purple
- 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
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, orders are typically filled within 30 days. Call 1-888-733-6999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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 Himilayas, Red Oxx Manufacturing is infallible.
This product is guaranteed forever, be sure to include it in your will.
Made in U.S.A.
Red Oxx Bags are handcrafted in Billings, Montana. U.S.A.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Air Boss carry-on legal?
Yes, the Air Boss is carry-on legal
on most jet airlines.
What's the best way to pack the Air Boss?
The bundle packing method is recommended. Watch the packing video under the Photos and Videos tab or download the printable luggage packing diagram
What's the difference between the Air Boss and the Sky Train?
There are two principle differences between the Air Boss and the Sky Train: The Sky Train
has retractable backpack straps and opens flat lengthwise whereas the Air Boss opens flat like a book.
Will the Air Boss fit under the seat in front of me?
Cramming the Air Boss under the seat is not recommended.
Will the Eagle Creek packing cubes fit the Air Boss?
We recommend that you use our Nomad Shave Kit
, Lil Roy Gadget Bag
or Tri-fold Toiletry bag as packing cubes. You can color co-ordinate them to your preference and they come with useful carry handles. The Tri-Fold Toiletry Kit
is also a brilliant shave kit organizer due to its three individual zippered mesh pockets and unique fold open flat hanging design.
How many pounds will the Air Boss weigh when packed?
It depends on what you pack. A typical 3-5 day load will weigh about 20-25 pounds.
How many days travel can I fit in the Air Boss Carry-on?
Most travelers can get about 3-5 days with a typical load. Some adventurous types have been able to pack from a week to ten days! It all depends on how you pack and what you pack.
Where do I pack the laptop?
You can use the center compartment. We recommend that you use a padded sleeve to protect your laptop.
What's the best way to pack footwear?
Sole to sole to minimize the dirt and placed in the middle compartment. We recommend placing your shoes in a plastic bag first.
Can I change the logo color?
Sure. Simply order your favorite color Logo Patch
and sew it on yourself. Red Oxx cannot change the patch colors for you.
Can I order a bag without the logo?
Logo Patches are centered using a hole punch. If you remove the patch, there will be a hole in the bag that could cause a snag. Red Oxx cannot build a bag without a logo as this would disrupt the efficiency of the production line. Feel free to use a permanent marker to color the patches.
Is there a way to securely lock my bag?
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.
Are there any interior pockets?
The Air Boss has three large internal compartments. There are no internal pockets.
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.