By Al, Port Washington, Wisconsin, October 29, 2010
I have been a long-time user of packing cubes (Eagle Creek & L.L. Bean) in various sizes. I like the fact that the aviator bag is rectangular and accepts the various cubes so easily. I'm packed for a three-day road trip and I still have room for more "stuff". However, I attempt to follow the advice of Antoine de Saint-Exupery: "He who would travel far, travels light". Thanks, Red Oxx, for a well-made, straight-forward piece of gear.
By obform, Red Sox Nation, October 21, 2010
In the month or so I have had this bag it has accompanied me on a 3-day trip to DC and a 2 week trip in Northern Italy. Filled with rolled clothes enough for the casual traveler, toiletries and a book or two it hardly weighs more than an empty rolling suitcase of similar capacity.
By David B, Madison, WI, October 7, 2010
I took a 10-day trip through Germany and the Czech Republic with two of these bags. One was stuffed full of clothes, the other only mostly full of electronics, shoes, and other misc stuff. Both bags fit perfectly in the overhead compartments or under the seats, both on international jets and tiny shuttle flights.
These things are lightweight, durable, and simple. I've never been a fan of lots of compartments, so these were great for me. Even without packing cubes or compression, I was able to pack as much as I wanted because I didn't have anything in the way, and the bags themselves weigh next to nothing.
If you pack light and hate baggage claim, I can't recommend these enough.
By Rob, , September 27, 2010
My small bag has seen duty as a camping duffle getting kicked around in the dirt, as well as a carry-on for a week-long trip to Italy where it held its own, both as a carry-on (the small bag is almost the maximum legal carry-on size) and as checked luggage. These days I keep a sleeping bag and camp pillow in the extra small (!) and throw it in the car when I know I'll end up sleeping outside or on someone's floor. The bags zip all the way open allowing you to pack them sideways, like a suitcase, which is nice for laying out clothes and shoes. The zippers on these bags are nice, smooth, and non-catching; which is essential for stuffing my sleeping bag. The bags are guaranteed for life, and it is easy to see why; they are simple and well-done.
By Alan, North Carolina, February 18, 2010
Remember the KISS principle? --Keep It Simple Stupid!! Thankfully this bag follows that line of thinking!! The only improvement I can think of is the addition of clip holders so I person could add a carry on strap if they wanted to. Otherwise, it's simplicity at its best.
By Anonymous, San Francisco, July 6, 2009
Think "duffel but shaped like a suitcase, with a wrap-around zipper" and you'll have a clear idea what this minimalist carry-on is all about. ....To keep weight and price down, there isn't a shoulder strap or even shoulder strap attachment points for an accessory shoulder strap. No problem, the snap-together handle with wrap is really comfortable, unless you stuff it with bowling balls. ....NO extra pockets or slots. Just a good shape for stowing overhead or underseat; a sizeable interior; and minimal weight. Ideal for the canny minimalist or ultralight traveler. Also ideal for folding compactly and stowing in another bag, to bring back souvenirs. ....A nice gift as "starter luggage" for a niece or nephew who might otherwise make their funky bookpack or backpack serve double-duty as their luggage. ....Good "trunk bag" or "go bag" for cars, boats, planes - stuff it with warm clothing, sleeping bags (choose the right size bag!). ....In the "mesh" (the 3 "edge" panels on the zipper line are mesh) version, makes a good gear bag. ....Classic RedOxx quality. No corners were cut in materials or workmanship! Astounding value! ....Great for vegans, no leather used at all.
By Michael W., Oakland CA, July 1, 2009
This is a great bag, a throwback to minimalist (by modern standards) "soft-sided luggage" from the 70's and 80's.
This is basically a small fabric suitcase with a high quality YKK self-locking zipper (won't open on its own) that runs around 3 sides of the bag for easy packing, since the top flops back out of the way.
The fabric is the same top quality Cordura nylon canvas used in other RedOxx bags, albeit currently available in black only (I'm fine with that!).
The webbing handles run all the way down and across the bottom of the bag - they aren't going to be pulling loose from the bag any day soon.
The handle wrap uses snaps not Velcro to close, so there is no Velcro to snag on my clothing, pick up lint, or wear out.
There is no shoulder strap or even attachment points for an optional shoulder wrap - I applaud RedOxx for taking this bold step in the direction of minimalism, since this means the bag is that much lighter, that much more compact if I need to stow it in another bag. I'd rather carry this bag by hand (what a retro concept!) than have to deal with the extra weight and nuisance (always getting caught on something!) of a strap.
The rectangular "suitcase" (as opposed to "duffel") shape is optimal for packing and stowing. Plus it looks like luggage which is better for my travel..
My Asian flights put a 15 pound limit on my carryon luggage, and I've exceeded that 3 times in the past. This bag should help me stay within weight limits. First, the bag itself doesn't weigh too much; second, while it provides a generous 1,936 cubic inches of packing space, that is still much less than RedOxx's "one bags," the AirBoss and SkyTrain. I intend to pack only my clothing essentials and toilet kit (except for TSA liquids) here. No laptop, nothing "heavy." (That stuff goes in the Gator, which slips by without getting weighed, as my "personal item".)
The naked main (and only) compartment looks daunting at first - until I realized this isn't the 70's or 80's, when soft-sided luggage got ditched because I didn't know how to pack it. Hey, nowadays there are packing cubes galore to choose from (I use Rick Steves which are more generously sized than many others - a knockoff is sold at Target). Or I can bundle wrap. Personally I like cubes, they keep things from shifting and I can live out of the cubes without unpacking at my destination. For smaller items I used silnylon (ultralight) camping ditty bags, although Ziplocs work too.
This is NOT a carryon that will provide you with shoe pockets, slots, or features. Just maximum rectangular space, minimal weight. If you could travel using only a large shopping bag or tote, this is the bag for you - it will last a lot longer and look a lot better. If you need personal organizer features, think AirBoss or Skytrain or Adventure Duffel (I have my eye on the PR5).
By Nic, Seattle, May 28, 2009
This bag makes carry-on-only air travel easy. It's light, meets carry on size limits, and fits easily into overhead bins. The build quality is excellent - heavy duty zipper and handles that can easily support as much weight as you'll be able to carry. If you're looking for a simple, durable duffel, this is an excellent value.
By John Hodges, Texas, January 17, 2009
I was slightly hesitant to actually purchase the bag because of the lack of a shoulder strap and because the old aviator bags we used on jumps were so awkward. However, it had every thing I was looking for in a weekend travel bag, and the price was just too good not to buy. Once I got it, I realized why I'd always wanted a shoulder strap for a bag, and that's because most bags aren't the right size/shape to carry comfortably by hand. This one is! Now I think a shoulder strap is a cheap way to overcome poor bag design. This is one great weekend bag, and even my wife wants me to buy her one. Thanks guys.
By Peter Bansen, , February 17, 2007
This is a terrific, simple bag and a great deal. Just the right size for a couple of days worth of casual clothes and a shaving kit - much lighter in weight than a "roll aboard" when you don't need one.
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 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 standards and are covered by our "No Bull" 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.
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 your souvenir bag for the flight home.”
Small Aviator Bag
In stock orders ship same day if received by 4:00 PM Mountain Standard Time!
Your bag for souvenirs on the flight home.
Fly out flat, fly home packed.
Carry inside your carry-on. Use the Small Aviator Kit Bag as your "extra" carry-on or personal item when traveling. It folds flat while tucked inside your primary travel bag when heading out on vacation. After you've found all the trinkets and treasures to bring home for gfits and souvenirs, just stuff them in and you can carry this kit bag as your personal item on your flight home.
Dozens of other multi-use uses. Think:
- gym bag,
- gear bag,
- sports bag,
- tool bag,
- roadside emergency kit to toss in the trunk of y our car,
- the list goes on and on.
The Aviator Kit 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. Pack them with a set of Red Oxx Packing Cubes and you'll have no need for pockets.
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 under two feet long, this rectangular 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. Webbing is also double box stitched at all stress points. Rugged, reliable and tough.
The Red Oxx Small Aviator Kit Bag, built to the same heavy-duty exacting standards as all our bags. Available in Black only.
Dimensions: 22"L x 8"W x 11"H (Legal carry-on).
Capacity: 1,936 cu. inches. Weight: 1.4 pounds.
"No Bull" no question's asked Lifetime Warranty. Red Oxx lasts longer.
Designed AND hand made in Billings, Montana U.S.A..
UPS Transit Shipping Time Map.
Witness the birth of your bag and learn about the many steps it takes to handcraft your Small Aviator Kit Bag.
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 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.
Read the rave review from Rob M at KK Cool Tools.
- 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 U.S.A.
- U.S.A. Dimensions: 22"L x 8"W x 11"H
- Metric Dimensions: 55.9cm L x 20.3cm W x 27.9cm H
- U.S.A. Capacity: 1,936 Cubic Inches
- Metric Capacity: 31.6 Liters
- U.S.A. Weight: 1.4 Pounds
- Metric Weight: 0.64 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.
Made in U.S.A.
Red Oxx Bags are handcrafted in Billings, Montana. U.S.A.