By Grace C., Brooklyn, NY, February 23, 2010
Thanks to the other reviews I bought this bag for my fight gear. This bag holds it's shape so I can load, unload, and find items easily. I love the mesh, it allows my fight gear and gi to dry but it's dark enough that it is quite discreet. It's really well made. Zipper and material is strong. Definitely no frills. The only additional feature I would have liked is an optional shoulder strap but other than that it's a great bag.
By jman, so. cal, January 3, 2010
this bag is great for kids soccer, it will fill with shoes, ball, goalie gloves, water bottle, wallet, keys, etc. we use it for basketball games too. its nice that it breathes. great bag.
By Michael W., Northern California, August 18, 2009
My favorite feature:
The zipper won't open accidentally if you don't zip it all the way shut - it will only open when you pull the tab.
Second favorite feature(s):
Well obviously the price, but did you know you still get a nice luggage i.d. holder(same one from the "real" bags) & the little "dog tag" cable that you can convert into a key ring?
Ok the previous reviewer nailed it, this makes a great gym bag, if you don't like the droopy "tube" style duffels. Also this has tough but breathable mesh so stuff has a chance to dry out.
Especially good for my boxing gear, since I leave my gloves and focus mitts in there to keep them away from the toddler, and they still dry out without hindrance.
And no, the bag isn't a miracle drying machine, so don't leave a wet swimsuit in there unless you like nasties. And don't assume the air circulation is enough to dry out a wadded up judo uniform when the air can circulate into the wad.
Like I said though, it's perfect for letting boxing gloves and mitts dry out, and will probably handle a sweaty tee shirt too.
BTW I'm ordering the "non-mesh" version today. This "extra small" is a perfect fit for Rick Steves Packing Cubes (my favorites!) and will make a great carry-on piece when I am checking a larger bag. Based on my trial packing at home, this will swallow up the Steves Packing Cubes with plenty of room left over for a toiletries kit and TSA pouch on the side.
Keep in mind that this bag and the non-mesh version have NO slots or pockets. If you like or organize your packing using cubes, ditty bags, or bundlewrapping, that's not a problem (in fact it's an advantage, with no extra volume or weight from "built in" pockets), just keep in mind that this bag provides "just the space ma'am" and no frills.
Finally, the extra small is probably better for carry-on that their designated carry-on Aviator, the "Small". Simply because none of these no-frills suitcase style duffels have attachment points for straps. I have the Small Aviator (non-mesh) and will be using it as my modest "checked" bag on my next flight to Thailand; I will use the "Extra Small" as my cabin carry-on.
(Since I'm small, I can stick my arm through the handle loops and carry either the Small or Extra Small on my shoulder, but if you are 6 foot and beefy that might not work as well for you. Anyway I don't mind carrying these bags the way the designer intended, by hand or on a cart.)
By Anonymous, Bozeman, Montana, August 12, 2009
I just returned from a trip to Colorado doing some camping and off-roading. I was told these mesh bags make great laundry bags and I couldn't agree more. I ordered the extra small mesh kit bag and it was more than enough for a weeks worth of dirty clothes.
I soaked at one of the springs in Wyoming so I just wrung out my wet shorts and damp towel, laid them in the sun and then tossed them in the bag when we were ready to leave. Next day they had fully dried. The mesh is very tough and the big handle makes carrying the bag easy. I think Red Oxx bags definitely are "ideal offroad" soft luggage and these are perfect laundry bags, traveler or not.
By Anonymous, New Jersey, April 1, 2009
I had been looking for gym bag for a while. The typical sports store gym bag offerings had useful features but typically were too big or 'styled' or 'teched out' for what I wanted to carry to the corporate gym. Okay, if I am carrying sailing equipment for the America's Cup but too much for my purposes. And if you needed the feature of 'mesh panels', you eliminated almost all of them as possibilities (shouldn't all gym bags have this?).
This XS Aviator Kit Bag caught my eye since it was simple, black, with mesh panels and was the perfect size for just carrying gym clothes and toiletries to the gym. The tough Cordura and handle webbing alone are enough to give it structure without having to rely on the typical nylon covered cardboard 'floor' so it not does flop around when laid flat. So I'm happy that for the price of a typical gym bag I got something that is tough, discrete and really functionally well designed to carry damp clothing from the gym. And if I forget it to take it out of my car trunk one night when I return home, i won't return to a soggy, ammonia smelling mess.
I thought about giving it 4 stars since this bag is so bare bones (no straps, strap hooks, pocket, key chain retainers, etc). But in the end this would only mess with the simplicity and versatility of the design and triple the price. I think Red Oxx was smart to keep this one cheap, tough and simple for the minimalists out there.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the size difference between the Aviators?
Aviators come in four sizes. Look under the specifications tab for the measurements.
Why are some Mesh?
We liked the idea of a breathable bag, especially for damp clothes and beach or swimming accessories.
Do you have a comparison chart?
There's a photograph of all the bags side by side located under the Photos tab.
Why isn't there a shoulder strap?
The Aviator style kit bag does not work with a shoulder strap as the break-over zipper configuration is designed to open the bag fully. Our prototype also twisted and flopped around. Our bag testing team hated it. However, check out this review written by a fan for a simple solution
to this question in the section titled: "Simple Modifications to an Aviator Bag Improves Use."
Can you tell me what a "break-over zipper configuration" is?
The zipper goes over the top and down the sides of the bag.
Are they a lesser quality than the rest of your bags?
All Red Oxx Bags are made to the same high quality standards and are covered by our lifetime warranty.
Why is the price so much lower?
Our Aviator line represents refined simplicity. By having fewer features such as pockets, heavy-duty hardware and being made in one color with fewer pieces to be cut and stitched, and less time to make each bag, we can charge a much lower price.
Are there any interior pockets?
To keep the price down, we did not include interior pockets. Don't need pockets when you build a custom set of Red Oxx Packing Cubes.
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.
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.
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 breathe, therefore I am.”
Extra Small Aviator Kit Bag Mesh
In stock orders ship same day if received by 4:00 PM Mountain Standard Time!
Substitute worry with action. Bag your swimming gear here.
Packs damp, pulls out dry.
Just like its fraternal twin, the Extra Small Aviator Kit Bag, this is one tough piece of gear. The mesh model is the perfect size for a swimming session at your local gym or beach. Featuring the 3/4 wrap (top and ends) Leno "Stiff Mesh" zipper panel, your wet towel and swimsuit can dry out a little bit instead of mildewing and turning all stinky before you get it home. This is a perfect mesh throw bag for an few dozen feet of float rope and all kinds of marine gear.
LAUNDRY BAG IN DISGUISE.
Also makes for a handy laundry bag - the rectangle shape contributes to maximum capacity efficiency and the mesh venting keeps you from gagging when you unzip the bag.
The Aviator line of storage and carry gear bags were developed for the budget minded. Featuring the same sturdy materials like 1000 weight CORDURA® nylon fabric and heavy-duty hardware as our regular Red Oxx bags, the Aviators are simplicity by design. They don't have a shoulder strap or attachments, mostly because the "break-over" zip open design does not condone itself with using a strap. Nor do they have any pockets or padding. Just a good old basic bag to serve basic simple needs without the extravagance. Rugged, reliable and tough.
The reason Red Oxx uses the largest zipper we can find, 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.
Measuring 15 inches long, nearly a foot tall and eight inches wide, the 3/4 wraparound break over #10 YKK heavy-duty zipper configuration mesh panel opens up this rectangular wet/dry bag nearly flat. Enveloping 1.5 inch wide webbing handle wraps all the way around the bottom of the bag. It's also double box stitched to the bag. It will fold flat so you can stuff it in your carry-on and use it to bring home wet beach towels, sandals, a soggy raincoat, and the like. Because it has a solid nylon bottom, you won't get any sand in your belongings when you set it down on the beach. Buy two or more, you'll always find a use for them.
No tearing mesh here, or anywhere, ever. Available in Black only.
U.S.A. Dimensions: 15"L x 8"W x 11"H (Qualified legal carry-on bag).
Capacity: 1,320 cubic inches.
Weight: 1.1 pounds.
Metric Dimensions: 38.1cm L x 20.3cm W x 28cm H.
Capacity: 21.5 Liters.
Weight: 0.50 Kilos,
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Designed AND hand made in Billings, Montana U.S.A..
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Every great bag needs cool accessories.
- Fabric:1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified CORDURA® Nylon
- 3/4 Leno Mesh zipper panel
- All zippers #10 YKK self-locking
- Thread: #92 bonded SolarMax Nylon
- All seams double stitched and bound
- 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
- Wraparound handclasp with Mil-Spec snaps
- Available in Black only
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Designed AND made in the USA
- US Dimensions: 15"L x 8"W x 11"H
- Metric Dimensions: 38.1cm L x 20.3cm W x 27.9cm H
- US Capacity: 1,320 Cubic Inches
- Metric Capacity: 21.5 Liters
- US Weight: 1.1 Pounds
- Metric Weight: 0.50 Kilos
Questions? Visit our Customer Service Help Desk or call our Toll Free Hot Line: 1-888-733-6999.
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