By Lungs McGee, Mining Country, Australia, August 6, 2014
So, shortly after I purchased the Air Boss, Red Oxx invited me to leave a review. I thought "Hold your horses, I gotta try it out first...". Here I am, 8 months later, reading reviews that people have left after owning this bag for 5 years! Well sorry, I can't wait. I've had this bag for 8 months, I can't wait any longer.
This bag is the real deal. I'm a fly in fly out coal miner in Australia, and most of my stuff stays at a mining camp. Still, being away for a couple of weeks at a time requires certain necessities, and without wanting to waste time checking baggage, these necessities all have to fit in my carry on. This is where the Air Boss comes up trumps. If I can fit it into the Air Boss, I'll get it into the overhead locker, even on the regional carriers I usually fly with. I've lost count of the times I've seen travellers struggling to get a "regulation size” hard case into the overhead locker on a small plane, while in truth it's probably half empty. My Air Boss is always full, and always fits.
I have to be honest though, when I first received this bag, I thought "where are all the pockets?". Think about it, every bag you buy these days has a million little pockets for this and that. You feel obliged to fill them with something, so in reality the luggage company is saying "Hey, you need these pockets, fill them with something useful, or something not useful, but fill them!".
The Air Boss is a fairly simple bag, a bit ordinary looking even, though very well made. However, it puts you back in charge of how your bag is packed. I get more into my Air Boss than I have ever gotten into any other carry on bag. The best thing is, however full it is, it doesn't look like a monster bag that will be picked out as oversized carry on. Unless I start travelling on steam ships with an entourage of servants, I don't think I'll ever need another bag.
One of the reasons I held off for a while posting this review was to see how well it held up physically. After 8 months of hard Australian outback commuting, I'm kinda surprised. I reckon it's gonna take a few more years to wear this bag out, and I can see now why folks are posting reviews after 5 years of ownership.
In 5 years, if I'm not rich, retired and travelling with an entourage of servants, I'll let you know how my Air Boss is going. Don't hold your breath though, I'll probably be just saying "Yep, still going".
The Air Boss is a legend amongst bags.
By Deborah Meehan, Illinois, July 28, 2014
Fell in love with this bags look and the idea of packing light. Actually used it for the first time and it is even better than expected. It holds nice amount and stays light. Must be careful not to overpack. Love it!
By Janise, El Paso, July 24, 2014
I am a seasoned traveler who hates to check my bags! The Air Boss traveled beautifully, was easily accessible to pull out necessary items, stored perfectly in the overhead bin, and was a breeze to carry through the airport. In fact, I brought home extra clothing that I had not worn, in spite of changing outfits at least daily. The Air Boss is undoubtedly the best made and easiest carry-on I have owned!
By Anonymous, USA, July 18, 2014
I've had this bag for 2 1/2 years and it's the best piece of luggage I've owned. I take 4-5 international trips per year and often need to fly with a laptop, work materials and clothing to deal with assorted climates. The Air Boss has a surprisingly large capacity and despite all the miles, still looks great. I love that it doesn't have wheels. This is a carry on, not a roll on. If you pack more than you can carry, check the bag and don't run over my feet with your little wheels. I'm looking forward to many more years with this bag. Thanks Red Oxx for a quality product.
By Debra L. Taylor, Duluth, MN, July 3, 2014
I have had too many checked bags delayed at critical times, I can't stand messenger bags that slip from my shoulder two times a minute, and I am fed up with the small capacity of wheeled bags that are "legal" carry-on size. My new Air Boss has solved all three problems. I recently packed it for eight days in Nevada -- a combination of outdoor and more dress-up activities -- and my new Air Boss held all that I needed, and stayed on my shoulder, and allowed me to escape the checked bag worries. Bravo!
By Jake Abbott, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 26, 2014
I love this bag! I bought one for myself when I became a professor six years ago and knew I would be traveling frequently to conferences. I will never check a bag again; this one always fits in the overhead, yet has plenty of room. I recently bought two more of these for my graduating PhD students. I've now seen three different colors, and they all look beautiful.
By JAS, North Dakota, June 19, 2014
I travel by air weekly for my job and I bought the Air Boss as I wanted to quit using a bag that was just a "tad" oversized. It took a couple of trips to learn how to pack the bag but I'm finding that I have plenty of room for work clothes, shoes and all the miscellaneous items that I carry. While I miss the wheels for the airport, I find I never have an issue getting it up into the luggage compartment even on RJ's. I would recommend this bag to anyone. It's lighter than any previous bag that I've used in the past and hold more than the wheeled bags also.
By Kathleen, New York City, June 12, 2014
I bought this bag for my husband for a recent trip to France, to replace an old Tumi that was falling apart. I wanted something equivalent. (We both prefer carry-on bags sans wheels.) Well, the Air Boss is both sturdy and stylish. I like it way better than the Tumi! It fit tons of stuff and yet is compact. Plus, it's great to buy a Made in USA product. I covet his new bag and plan to buy another one for myself! Well done, Red Oxx.
By Josh, Fort Worth, June 12, 2014
Not much to say that hasn't already been said. I honestly had no idea how to pack or travel light before taking the plunge on the Airboss. I'm a business traveler, and while it isn't elegant like Tumi or Travelpro, it is distinctly masculine and has a classically manly feel. It is overbuilt and should last forever, but with a warranty like that I'm not really worried about it anyway. It's an awesome bag and will never give you trouble as a carry on. I even slid it under my seat on a very full flight. If stolen I would purchase it again without hesitation. I plan to be a repeat customer in the future. Thanks Redoxx for the awesome product and the great buying experience.
By Nathan Meehan, Texas, our Texas!, May 26, 2014
I purchased the Air Boss a little over five years ago after many trips with a rolling type bag that hit one too many bumps. I found the rolling bags were often being carried up and down stairs and as I traveled to Asia and got local they didn't go on buses, tuk-tuks, etc. The original strap is great and won't slip off your shoulder but I replaced mine with a better padded one (The O*/T**h one that is similar to the T*m B**n A******e strap). I think the ideal strap is a merger of the Red Oxx ad the better padded one. Anyway I often carry suits and many items. I made a "one bag" trip of more than 10 days and multiple countries many times. Now I still use a rolling bag (the R***a T***s S*****th) fairly often and sometimes combine the two. But when you see another passenger with the Air Boss you both exchange a knowing glance...this is the gear the real travel Ninjas use...
By DELTA SEGMENT FLYER, TRI CITIES TN/VA, May 3, 2014
I fly over 140 segments a year. This bag fits in a CRJ200! (Sometimes you have to bang it in there if you have a weeks worth of clothes) I do not have to pink tag this bag. Thus when you have that tight connection, you grab the bag (while others are waiting for theirs) and make the airport dash with a great shoulder strap and make your next flight. Even if I did not need it to fit in a CRJ this would be my bag of choice so much easier to get around with than a roller bag. I bought mine about 15 months ago and my wife just bought one for her. We plan on travelling to Hawaii for 10 days with just these two bags. @deltasegmentfly
By Geza, Minneapolis, MN, May 3, 2014
As others, I was concerned about the time it might take to get the bag before my trip. I did get it on time about 3 1/2 weeks after ordering it. I wish there was someway I could have tracked the progress of my order.
I had a similar bag before but not this heavy duty. That had two compartments and two side packets and one large one for magazines. I miss those but I was always afraid that it was going to rip at any time (lived though 20 years and countless trips). I still need to figure out the packing with three compartment but I can say, I'm not concerned about the construction! I'm looking forward to many trips with it.
By Brett, Middle TN, April 29, 2014
As many others, I found this bag on onebag.com. I'm not a frequent flyer, taking a trip or two per year so I waited to purchase when my latest trip came up.
This is my first shoulder bag. The shoulder strap literally hangs on for dear life. Couldn't be happier about it staying put. I've decided to try and pack even lighter next time though! You can easily over-pack this bag both in weight and girth. I had a difficult time getting it to fit in the overhead compartment of a small jet. My shoulder also got tired at my home airport when walking to my car.
Build quality is unbelievable and the Safari color is better than the photos. Very happy about it. I'm sticking with the AirBoss. It will be perfect once I get my pack refined.
BTW the "bundle packing" method works wonderfully at keeping away wrinkles.
Bottom Line: Yes, it's that good. Just heed the warnings about over-packing and you'll be a happy traveller!
By Rich, Raleigh, nc, April 24, 2014
I cancelled, when I saw how long it took for delivery; but my husband was insistent that he still wanted it. Now, he loves it for short flights where they store all wheeled luggage under the plane. He can carry it on and off, then make tight connections.
By Jared, Boston, MA, April 11, 2014
Completely, totally, righteously awesome bag. Never had a problem fitting it into an overhead bin -- the dimensions of this thing are just genius. I'm able to get the bag into most overhead bins when upright. Haven't tried it yet, but I'm very confident that I'd be able to fit 2 weeks worth of outfits into this guy, including business, casual, and workout gear. I absolutely love showing it off to my friends and colleagues as well.
By Todd B, Magnolia, TX, April 9, 2014
So I have had my Air Boss for 4 years now and am constantly amazed at what I can pack in it. I am an endurance athlete and am always traveling to trail runs, bike races, etc. Multiple times, my Air Boss has come through, allowing me to stuff into it day packs, trail shoes, cycling shoes, etc. along with my "civilian" clothes for long trips. No checked baggage for me! The last trip I took, I tried an old rolling suitcase only to scrap that and go back to my Air Boss. Thanks for making a great travel bag! Construction is bomb proof.
By Nick F. , Ohio, April 3, 2014
I am what you call an over packer. Usually taking a large wheeled suitcase and a garment bag for my suit on a 4 or 5 day business trip. I was able to fit everything in this one bag! It is built with quality in mind. The shoulder strap can hurt if you have to constantly carry, but stays in place as described. I did not believe this bag was worth the price. Upon taking it over 20k miles in three weeks, I have changed my mind. This bag is worth every penny. Do yourself a favor. Stop comparing- buy this bag! You won't regret it.
By richard whitcroft, Great Falls MT, March 13, 2014
Very impressed with the bag, lots of seperated storage but a person could tend to overpack with it
By Ed, Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada, March 1, 2014
We came across Red Oxx in researching "one bag" travel. We bought two of the Air Boss carry on bags. We used them for the first time on a recent Caribbean cruise. We traveled by air, then aboard ship. These bags are well made in every detail, very sturdy, and easy to handle. We received several unsolicited positive comments on them (one by airport security). It fit the exact dimensions for carry on luggage, as advertized, and it slid into the overhead bin smoothly while others were trying to force their over-sized "carry-ons" to fit. This is the best luggage I have ever owned.
By JB, San Diego, February 20, 2014
By far, this is the best carry-on I've had! The 3-compartment design is great and makes for very easy packing. The durability is very obvious in the quality zippers, hardware and fabric.
This is a great weekend bag, or even a week-long bag if it's combined with a smaller bag for toiletries and such. The center compartment is also big enough for a laptop if you don't have a separate bag or briefcase for this. I pack one side of the Air Boss with dress clothes and the other side with casual clothes, leaving the center compartment for shoes and other items. The Air Boss is an excellent, well-made and well-designed bag that lasts. Thanks to Red Oxx for the American-made quality!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Air Boss carry-on legal?
Yes, the Air Boss is carry-on legal
on most continental jet airlines and many international ones as well. Our bags fit!
What's the best way to pack the Air Boss?
We recommend you build your own packing cube kit. If you're not into cube packing, the bundle packing method is handy. Watch the packing Air Boss video or download a printable Air Boss 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 and is carried by a shoulder strap.
Will the Air Boss fit under the seat in front of me?
If it will fit, you can go ahead and cram your Air Boss under the seat, just be sure to slip the Claw Shoulder Strap inside the bag so it won't get caught on anything, (or anyone).
Will the Eagle Creek packing cubes fit the Air Boss?
Skip those cheap imported packing cubes and create your own custom Red Oxx Packing Cube Kit
. Or try 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 of 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 my laptop?
You can use the center compartment. We recommend that you use a padded neoprene 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 inside a plastic bag.
Can I change the logo color?
Sure. Simply order your favorite color Logo Patch
and sew it on yourself. Red Oxx cannot change the logo 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 red patches black.
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. In the interest of simplicity, 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, try and 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.
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One Bag Travel! Air Boss.
The only carry-on bag you'll ever need.
Designed for the business traveler, the popular five star-rated American made Air Boss airline carry-on legal shoulder bag is a must-have for anyone who enjoys the many advantages of traveling light:
- freedom of movement -- mobility = power
- less of your time wasted waiting in baggage and boarding lines
- never any lost luggage
- easy and quick access
- overall travel simplification
- lighter load = less fatigue
- arrive fresh
- no wheels to break or get you dirty
- fits in the overhead bin
- hands-free carry
Don't believe it? Peruse over 700 customer reviews right here from satisfied Air Boss Carry-on customers to get an honest idea if this is the best travel lite bag for you.
CARRY-ON TRAVEL REBORN.
Red Oxx worked hand-in-hand with famous carry-on one bag travel expert, Doug Dyment, guru of OneBag.com fame to develop this all-in-one inclusive mobile carry-on bag.
EXPERT DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT.
Follow the 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 to become a more organized and happier traveler. Not into bundle packing? Now you can pack and still be organized when you build your very own custom Red Oxx Packing Cube Kit.
Designed with three large main compartments, the Air Boss carry-on bag also features two outside zippered slip pockets; one full-length, one for your airline tickets, and an outside sleeve pocket for magazines, files, or a tablet. Inside the Air Boss are two outer compartments that each have buckled adjustable tie-downs inside to keep your belongings, or packing cubes, held in position and wrinkle-free until you unpack at your destination.
A SPACIOUS PLACE FOR YOUR TRAVEL 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.
A UNIQUE CARRY STRAP THAT NEVER SLIPS OFF.
Includes detachable padded 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 here as Red Oxx Ambassador Kasey Austin from Austin Adventures shows how to best use many of the bag's thoughtful features.
PROTECTION FOR YOUR LAPTOP.
Looking for extra protection for your laptop? A neoprene laptop sleeve is recommended. A "macho" option is to put it in a Metro Briefcase, which will then 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.
However, please be aware that this can become a very heavy bag to carry if you decide to try this! To accommodate the extra weight try adding a second Claw Shoulder Strap and then carrying the Air Boss "backpack style" (one strap over each shoulder). This can help offset the added load. See Photos tab for how this is done.
SIX REASONS TO OWN A RED OXX AIR BOSS:
1. A RELIABLE BUSINESS TRAVEL BAG BUILT LIKE A TANK.
Our fans like to define our gear as "built like a tank". While obviously you're not going to be toting around bags that weigh 50 tons and have three inches of armor plate, still the comparison is valid. For a soft sided carry-on bag, the American made Air Boss is built tough. Starting with the most durable, flexible, and practical textile material available -- 1000 weight CORDURA® Brand Nylon, the Air Boss is built using super-strong UV-resistant thread that's stitched into every seam. Rugged, reliable and tough.
2. BOUND AND BAGGED = STURDY SEAMS.
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, known as a binding, that prevents the pieces from unraveling on the inside of the bag, and gives it a clean, finished look on the outside of the bag.
3. BINDING INSIDE / BINDING OUTSIDE, NEVER UNRAVELS.
In addition, each exposed outside 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 heavy wear have a thicker nylon binding. All of our binding material is vertically woven to prevent the fraying, peeling or splitting that you may commonly see in competitors carry-on bags that brag of "binding" their edges.
4. WHY DOUBLE BOX STITCHING?
Each stress point, such as where the handles attach to the bag, is double box stitched for unbreakable strength - which is where we get the "double XX" in our name, Red OXX; a stitching practice we adapted from our experience as parachute riggers.
5. MY, WHAT BIG ZIPPERS YOU HAVE!
The reason Red Oxx uses the largest practical zipper available, the #10 YKK VISLON® zipper, is that they're 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 from casual theft; 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 imported plastic "hardware" break in the middle of a busy intersection, airport or other inconvenient locale dumping your precious belongings all over the ground for everyone to see (and steal), having a heavy-duty nickel-plated or stainless steel D ring or attachment swivel that weighs just a tiny bit more, or might be a little "jingly", 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 favorite carry-on travel bag bust apart and break you down?
IS THERE ANOTHER CARRY BAG OPTION?
Looking for a similar capacity carry-on bag but with retractable backpack style shoulder straps for hands-free carry? Try our other popular airline travel bag, the Sky Train. Is the Air Boss too big? Check out our compact carry-on bag, the Mini Boss.
Join the fleet feet crowd and travel carry-on with the Carry-on Commander of the ship: the mobile Air Boss!
22"L x 8"W x 14"H.
Capacity: 2,352 cubic inches.
Weight: 3.9 pounds.
55.9cm L x 20.3cm W x 35.5cm H
Capacity: 40.4 Liters.
Weight: 1.77 Kilos
Our bags will fit! Currently in stock, all colors, ready to ship.
- Exterior full length zippered side flat pocket: 13"H x 20"W
- Exterior full length 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 compartments: 2"D x 20.5"L x 12.5"H
- Main center compartment: 4"D x 20.5"L x 12.5"H
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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 brownshirt. Get out of that checked baggage line and on the plane, now!"
The Air Boss Carry-on bag is a Red Oxx "Staff Pick" favorite.
- Designed AND hand made in the U.S.A.
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- U.S.A. Dimensions: 22"L x 8"W x 14"H
- Metric Dimensions: 55.9cm L x 20.3cm W x 35.5cm H
- U.S.A. Capacity: 2,464 Cubic Inches
- Metric Capacity: 40.4 Liters
- U.S.A. Weight: 3.9 Pounds
- Metric Weight: 1.77 Kilos
- Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified CORDURA® Brand Nylon
- Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
- 400 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: proprietary #92 bonded SolarMax Nylon
- All seams double stitched and bound
- Stainless steel Mil-Spec snaps with Red Oxx logo
- Nylon webbing zipper pull tabs
- 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
- 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
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.
Questions? 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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