By DKL, Madison, WI, June 20, 2016
I have been happily using my Air Boss for the last nine years and will continue to do so when I can. However, with the awful state of airline carry-on being what it is, I needed a capable bag that:
1. Is slightly smaller than the Air Boss so that it fits under a regional jet seat but could leave enough room for my feet.
2. Is easy to schlep with at O’Hare, Heathrow, Munich, Hong Kong, or any other “rambling” airport.
3. Will handle up to ten days of travel with business attire (and careful packing).
4. Has gravitas and style but;
5. If necessary, can be tossed in the luggage compartment at gate-check without worry.
I travel with two bags, a “suitcase” and a business case. My business case is a Glaser Designs Day Bag, which handles my needs perfectly for business, electronics, some travel necessities, and gives me quick overnight capabilities. My Air Boss has been my go-to suitcase. These two bags balance the carrying weight and provide me extreme flexibility. But the Air Boss is so flexible that others believe the Air Boss can be mashed and squeezed in an overhead compartment so that they may fit in their overstuffed roller bag. Rather than fight, I have taken to using the Extra Small Aviator Bag in place of my Air Boss.
The Extra Small Aviator gives me almost the same load capabilities as the Air Boss, but it is efficiently sized, so it looks small. People don’t seem to feel the need to ball it up like a pillow to squeeze their bag into the overhead. People tend to leave the Extra Small Aviator alone and move on.
Although the Extra Small Aviator works as is, it would be nice if Red Oxx gave it outside pockets like on the Air Boss and extended the zipper, so the bag truly opens flat – loke the Air Boss. I don’t use shoulder straps so for me; the Aviator is fine without them. Also, I pack with cubes, so a single main compartment is great (because it allows me greater packing flexibility). I have experimented with and own expensive leather weekender bags, stylish leather-trimmed canvas duffels, rollaboards, and backpacks. All have their place but for short business trips, it is hard to get better value, freedom of movement, and style than what Red Oxx offers.
By Steve Frie, Burlingame, CA, May 24, 2016
I originally bought the large duffel and was so impressed with the quality of the construction that I bought the other three. Great for road trips and car camping.
By Brad B, DFW, Texas, May 4, 2016
I packed this bag up with 4 dress shirts, 4 t-shirts, a couple of polos, a pair of dress pants, 4 pair of sock, 4 pair of boxer briefs and my dope kit for a 5 day business trip and had room to spare. I also used Red Oxx packing cubes for the first time on this trip. I have too many bags from my constant pursuit of the perfect bag, and other than the missing d-rings, this bag is my favorite, go to bag for 5 day business trips. I actually bought the Small Aviator for this trip, but found it to be too big for a 5 day trip.
Red Oxx quality is as good as it gets. I love the fact that all of their products are US made and the fact that Jim Markel is a vet is great too.
By Gary, Delaware, January 8, 2016
I just used this bag for an overnight trip. It is the best. I could easily use it for a weekend trip especially with packing cubes. The size works very well for such an adventure.
The only improvement to the bag I'd recommend would be D-rings in order to use it with a claw shoulder strap (which is also an excellent product looking for a couple of D-rings on the extra small aviator bag).
By Steve, DFW Area, November 19, 2015
Since getting the bag, I have used it once and my wife has used it once as well. In short: both of us do very much like it. FYI, it fits nicely under the seat on a Frontier airline plane we were recently on, an A319. (Flight agents did not question its size; hence, it works as a free personal item fitting with Frontier's published maximum size of 18x14x8 inches.)
In my case, I am able to pack it with room to spare with 2 pants, 5 shirts, 5 sox, 5 underwear, t-shirt, rain jacket, 3-1-1 zip-loc, a small ziploc with my meds, and misc. other such as phone charger. Packing cubes and folders work very well with it.
If you are looking for an uber-durable, no frills bag, then this is it.
By Douglas, Utah, November 12, 2015
I already have a flying boxcar for my railroad grip that I love. I use my aviator for personal items stored at my away from home terminal so that I don't have to carry them back and forth every trip. It has the same great quality and durability as my other bigger bags. I love red oxx. Thank you
By ML, Florida, August 29, 2015
Outstanding little bag. Arrived just in time for a great weekend getaway. I love all my Red Oxx products.
By Matt, North Carloina, June 29, 2015
This is a great little bag. I bought the bag for use as my personal item to carry on flights. The bag fits the bill perfectly.
By Michael H., Florida, June 11, 2015
We travel to out of the way locations which translates to needing lightweight, dependable luggage. Red Oxx Rocks! This piece of luggage, even fully packed, fit beneath the seat of a DH-6. Most lightweight luggage we have used was poorly constructed and didn't last more than a few trips. I know we will be using this bag for years to come. Thank you Red Oxx, made in the U.S.A. and the best piece of luggage we have EVER PURCHASED!
By Robert T. Bruce, Valparaiso, IN, February 11, 2015
Excellent item, infact this is the second one that we have purchased.
By JD, Tennessee, October 16, 2014
I use this Extra Small Aviator Bag as a overnight bag. It is well made of heavy material and has a very good zipper. I am very happy with this purchase.
By Doug, North Carolina, August 4, 2014
The bag is very sturdy and made of substantial canvas. It seems like it is waterproof. I sewed on 2.5" metal D rings using black webbing. I use a shoulder strap saved from another piece of luggage. It should work fine for a variety of uses and will likely fit under the seat of a plane. It is a good product from a good company.
By Anonymous, Colorado, May 13, 2014
Gosh, I can’t say enough about Red Oxx. I’ve ordered a number of products over the past few years and their stuff is truly outstanding!
But even better than the products, these folks are fantastic to work with in the unlikely event you have a problem with your order.
Recently, I ordered two small Aviator Bags and when the box came, it contained only one. I thought, “gee, how am I going to convince them the box was short a bag?”
Absolutely no problem! I just called, told the rep about the situation, and voilà, the missing bag was shipped out the same day. They even asked if I needed immediately (as likely they would have shipped it overnight!)
You can’t ask for more. The products and the people are truly top notch!
By Chris, North Carolina, May 9, 2014
I bought "His-and Hers" bags for two small trips we were taking, one involving Spirit Airlines. The bags hold a lot of clothes and "stuff" for our trip. They are so well made they can be called Heavy Duty. Great product, very well made, I am looking forward to getting more bags from Red Oxx.
By Anonymous, Ithaca, NY, May 1, 2014
This great little bag, is heavy duty and fits a lot of stuff in a small space! Shoulder strap would be nice but no biggie. Haven't tried yet to fit it under the seat as personal item on an Allegiant Airline flight, so we can avoid the carry-on bag fee. They are strict about size. we shall see.
By Timothy Foutz, Troutville VA , April 11, 2014
The bag is very high quality and is really 9 inches wide and 12 high making it 36 ci not 34. I am having webbing d rings installed next week. Awesome bag only one like on the market.
By Paul N, Wisconsin, March 1, 2014
I bought this to travel light and be able to carry on my baggage anywhere. It just works!!! I tried various straps and ideas with it and just ended up using the handle as it is designed to do the job. I have traveled 4-times since getting it and it fits anywhere on any jet. The bag fully loaded weighs in about 15# for me, so it works...and that included EVERYTHING!! I used ebags packing cubs (3-of the slim) and a bigger packing cube on the bottom from Travelon. They fit perfect in the bag. Highly recommended for the price!!!
By Ewan Stoddart, Australia, December 12, 2013
I bought this having read the reviews.
The bag was exactly as described and is well made.
It does not have a shoulder strap or a small pocket for phone/wallet/keys.
I knew that and didn't think it would make a difference.
Shoulder strap - can live without.
A small pocket...most annoying thing. I use the bag for swimming with the kids. Where do I put my keys/phone/sneaky chocolate biscuits?
Quality 10/10 but with practical use 6/10.
----------Thanks for the feedback Ewan, have you tried putting such goodies into our Lil Roy, it's perfectly suited as a "packing cube" with pockets (and a handle) for packing inside the XS Aviator.
By MJ, Minnesota, November 27, 2013
I bought the bag because I travel a lot via SpiritAir and they have a policy of a very small bag, otherwise you pay a lot in fees. Sometimes the airline people gets nasty and most backpacks don't fit the size required. So I called mine "The Spirit Killer", with more than enough room for a weekend set of casual clothes. Only thing missing is a strap. Quality is excellent and I was really surprised to see everything fitting (Clothes, iPad, chargers, GPS, Radar detector, toiletries).
By Sam, Missouri, November 23, 2013
Sturdy as all Red Oxx products; I used this as my "extra" carry on/personal item. Used it for extra clothes, electronics, passports, souvenirs and anything else I didn't want to risk losing/breaking when my main carry on was gate checked. Holds a lot more stuff than it looks, but it may be too small for the one-bag-only types.
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 with a strap twisted and flopped around. It was ungainly. 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. This allows the sides of the bag to fall away, making it easier to pack.
Are the Kit Bags waterproof?
All Red Oxx bags are water resistant, not waterproof. The stitching puts holes in the fabric.
Are they a lesser quality than the rest of your bags?
All Red Oxx Bags are made to the same high quality company-wide standards and are covered by our unconditional 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 stitch, 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.
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'm extra small. The new big.”
Extra Small Aviator Bag
In stock orders ship same day if received by 4:00 PM Mountain Standard Time!
"Extra Small" in name only.
Capacity can be a deceptive beast.
Based on the Aviator Kit Bag from our days in military service, this rectangular shaped bag is perfect for stowing sleeping bags, emergency roadside assistance supplies in the trunk of your car or even as a short trip laundry bag. This is the smallest in the Aviator Kit Bag series. Which, frankly isn't saying much because it can carry A LOT. However, folded flat and tucked into your regular carry-on bag on the trip out, the Extra Small Aviator can return home filled with souvenirs and presents as your "personal item" on the plane.
The Aviator line of storage and carry gear bags were developed for the budget minded. Featuring the same sturdy materials like 1000 weight CORDURA® Brand 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 the D-ring attachments 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 hand carry 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.
Just 15 inches long, this rectangular kit bag stands at eight inches wide and nearly a foot tall. The 3/4 wraparound break-over #10 YKK heavy-duty zipper configuration opens up the bag nearly flat. Enveloping 1.5 inch wide webbing handle wraps all the way around the bottom of the bag, these handles will never tear off. It's also double box stitched at all stress points.
Lots of folks like to pack them along inside their luggage because it folds flat. Also makes an ideal CPAP machine bag, roadside emergency kit for your car's trunk, a tool bag, a motorcyle helmet storage bag or stuff your work or muddy sports boots in it. Buy two or more Extra Small Aviator Kit Bags, you'll always find a use for more than one!
The Red Oxx Extra Small Aviator Bag, built to the same heavy-duty exacting standards as all our bags. Available in Black only. In stock, ready to ship.
Sometimes simplicity rules.
U.S.A. Dimensions: 15"L x 8"W x 11"H (carry-on).
Capacity: 1,320 cubic inches.
Weight: 1.1 pounds.
Metric Dimensions: 38.1cm L x 20.3cm W x 30cm H
Capacity: 21.6 Liters
Weight: 0.50 Kilos
"No Bull" no question's asked Lifetime Warranty. Red Oxx lasts longer.
Designed AND hand made in Billings, Montana U.S.A..
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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.
Every great bag needs cool accessories.
- Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified CORDURA® Nylon
- Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
- All zippers #10 YKK VISLON® 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
- Stainless steel Mil-Spec snaps with Red Oxx logo
- Available in Black only
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Designed AND made in the USA
- U.S.A. Dimensions: 15"L x 8"W x 11"H
- Metric Dimensions: 38.1cm L x 20.3cm W x 27.9cm H
- U.S.A. Capacity: 1,320 Cubic Inches
- Metric Capacity: 21.6 Liters
- U.S.A. Weight: 1.1 Pounds
- Metric Weight: 0.50 Kilos
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.