By Teresa, Michigan, August 30, 2012
I am using this bag mainly as a gym bag. The only thing I would change is to add a little outside pocket to keep my padlock in - it usually ends up at the bottom of the bag and I have to dig through everything in order to find it. Otherwise it is perfect. I have also used it as a weekend getaway bag twice already - you can really fit a lot more in it than it appears!! Am loving it - Thanks for making such a great product!
By Jeremiah Reilly, Cambridge MA, August 16, 2012
This is the 6th Aviator duffel bag I've purchased. I keep finding more and more uses for them. Each bag is durable, well made, and discrete. It is my go-to bag for travel. I employ the minimalist packing strategy promoted by Onebag.com. I just returned from a trip to California and pack 3 changes of dress clothing, every day wear, swim wear, gifts, a hardback book to read, a laptop---all in the small aviator. Wow.
By Joe S., Nova Scotia Canada, July 17, 2012
I bought this bag in hopes that its rugged simplicity would be perfect for my needs --- I was not disappointed. I bought this bag and a medium size at the same time. The small will fit the ticket perfectly for its intended use, and the medium will get used as a gear bag for the weekends at the cottage and camping.
I have an LL Bean Quickload that was my entry into the one bag travel arena, but I wanted something "simpler" --- no extra pockets, no straps just a bag to hold stuff. I use packing cubes and this keeps my stuff organized and gives structure to the bag.
The size will pretty much fit any carry-on dimensions going, so this is perfect for the travel I prefer. Even though it is close to half the weight of the Quickload, it feels more durable.
I have recommended this bag to numerous people, since my purchase. Great build quality, super value for your money and fast shipping makes this one of the best deals available.
Buy one because I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
By S. H., MA, July 5, 2012
One of the best bags I´ve ever owned. Just got my second one, although (and because) there´s nothing wrong with the first one. It has lots of miles on it, and I often use it as my primary luggage, as it´s so light.
By Tartan Bear, Seattle, WA, June 14, 2012
Ordered this bag and extra small mesh bag to use either as a gym bag.
Fell in love with the mesh bag.
The contruction is military tough, industrial quality! I'm using this bag for my tent, tent footprint, and sleeping bag gear for my camping expeditions. Like these bags so much that will order the larger sizes as well. They fit and compliment my Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Great expedition bags or a BMW motorcycle adventur tour across Afica!
Love the Red Oxx patch in red and the dog tags! Have gotton great compliments on the bags.
By Shelley, Fullerton/Anaheim, May 15, 2012
Ok, so I love all my Redoxx bags. For twenty years I've had all kinds of bags: duffels, backpacks, stachells, hoboes, whatever you want to call them, wheeled bags. But I haven't found any bags as well made as these or as versatile. I have this medium duffel bag and thought I would only use it for clothes. It would pack clothing nicely, but so far I haven't used it for that purpose. I tend to put all my day items in smaller bags, I always have, and my assortment of small and medium items I need for a day fit nicely. Nothing rattles around and I always make sure, especially when I have smaller items, that I put them in bags. I can put my shoulder bag in this bag so that I can just take that with me and leave everything else at work, on lunch hour, for instance. I found it a little hard to pack because of the flexible construction, but it's one of its best features, light, sturdy, and compact.
I don't think this bag needs shoulder straps, I think the construction of it would tend to make the bag heavier with a strap, and sofar the clasp handles are fine for carrying the bag. Keep up the good work Redoxx.
I do have one use for this bag. I have two cats and I've been thinking of putting together a kit for them in case we have to move quickly or get out of the apartment. This bag will be perfect for carrying a small supply of cat food and dishes and a small box of sand, and I mean small. That would get heavy. The cat kit is one of the many plans I have for this bag. Thanks for making such a versatile product. It's it's best feature.
By Jeremiah Reilly, Cambridge MA, May 1, 2012
I keep buying these handy, well made bags, including the mesh edition. I use the XS for travel. With careful packing I can manage a two week trip out of an XS Aviator. I browse the other Red Oxx bags. I love the idea of pockets, straps, colors. But I keep coming back to the Aviator: small, light, sturdy, inexpensive, roomy.
By Robert, Vancouver BC, April 19, 2012
This is the best bag I have ever purchased. Great quality of materials and workmanship in a rugged minimalist bag. This bag is large enough for several weeks for my kind of travel and small enough to be my only carry-on bag.
By Aaron, Livermore, January 5, 2012
My wife and I use this bag as a carry on. It works great, holds a ton and fits in the small overhead bins on commuter planes.
By Amy, United States, January 5, 2012
We recently added this bag to our ever growing collection of Red Oxx bags. As with all the Red Oxx bags, this product is beautifully made, is reasonable priced, and is extremely durable.
By Donald M., Pacific Northwest, December 29, 2011
This bag is exactly as described...it's a big open single-compartment duffle. No exterior or interior pockets, just a solid, well-built BAG. I would think that a barely-filled Aviator would have items moving about, but if you use packing cubes or fill the bag, everything will stay in place. It does take up some room in another suitcase, but it provides the durability to protect whatever you put inside. I wouldn't worry about the bag opening or breaking and having your possessions strewn about.
Heavy-duty zipper, well stitched handles, and monkey-knot pulls.
If you want pockets, dividers or other features, look to other RedOxx models. But if a simple durable "bag" is what you want, you can't go wrong with this.
By Gerard, North Dakota, November 12, 2011
I have been looking over your products for some time and thought I would try the Medium Aviator Bag, WOW! it's what you said and then some, I really didn't think it would be as good as it was but this bag is "Top Of The Line", I have bought a lot of duffel bags from Wal-Mart and K-Mart so that is what I expected to get, low end with a label. But this bag is well made and bigger then I thought it would be and built like a tank, I'm in for the long haul boys. Thank you Red Oxx
By MI, New York, NY, September 24, 2011
Small Aviator + packing cubes make the perfect carry on. Rectangular shape provides maximum storage space - no wastage from curves, while packing cubes provide organization. Fits easily into overhead bins - was able to even stow a computer bag right on top of the Aviator in a small commuter jet bin. Looks sharp for business - I am a banker and carried a full load of pitch books and documents into a board presentation in this bag, ditching the Tumi roll-on. Over-engineered specs - I don't think I can wear this out.
Now for the gripe. The bag really needs a couple of D rings for a shoulder strap. Nearly every other reviewer has mentioned this. The zippers go all the way around, but you can offset the D ring attachments - or have two on each side, with reinforcing straps stitched underneath and around, parallel to the zippers.
I knew about the lack of attachments for shoulder straps before going in, and still bought it. Why? Because, even after research I couldn't find any bags comparable to the Aviator, with or without shoulder straps, from any manufacturer at any price. Solid 1000D material, robust zippers, clean minimalist design and great American workmanship. Five stars.
By Sean, China, August 10, 2011
This bag is amazing. I do wish it had a shoulder strap, but it's an Aviator bag, and it's already great. Price is fantastic too!
By kjm3579, Glassboro, NJ, May 16, 2011
I bought this bag as a gift for my son. He goes through duffel bags about one per year so I figured he was a good candidate for the Red Oxx quality and life-time guarantee. He has used this bag for over night and weekend trips and it still looks brand new. It actually measures a little smaller than his last bag but because it isn't divided up into lots of smaller pockets he has a lot more usable room in it. The quality and construction is first rate. The only thing lacking is a place to attach a shoulder strap. My son is pleased with it and I won't have to keep buying duffel bags in the future.
By J-Money, Alabama, March 31, 2011
This bag is the perfect size. It has tackled everyday duty back and forth to the gym as well as two and three night trips. This is my second bag from Red Oxx and third in the house. Do the smart thing and get rid of your "other" luggage.
By Mike, St. Louis, February 18, 2011
Absolutely love this bag. Bought a simple bag for work. Work 48 hours shifts on the ambulance and this has more than enough space for everything. Was impressed the minute I opened it. Bag is built like a tank! Great materials, zipper, and workmanship. A testament to American craftmanship.
By Anonymous, Zapopan, Mexico, January 6, 2011
This is a very basic bag, very well made with first class materials. I wasn't too convinced about the adequacy of the size, thinking that something like 20"x 13" x 8" would be better, however now I see that I can fit a filled 15"x 10" Eagle Creek folder, plus a pair of slippers and rolled slacks at one end, and two 6.75"x 11" eBags packing cubes on top of each other filled with the rest of my clothing and electronics in the other end. The folder and cubes give enough body so the bag won't sag, and still leave space for a few ziplocks with odds and ends. A shorter and wider bag wouldn't adapt so well to this arrangement.
My only regret is that there are no attachment points for a strap, which is a convenience when you need both hands free, but adding D rings shouldn't be difficult, and I intend to do so. Otherwise a great bag.
By Anonymous, NYC, December 31, 2010
Absolutely great bag that lives up to all of the great reviews here. It's simple, which is what makes it great.
By Anonymous, toronto, ontario, canada., December 30, 2010
a great bag for shopping and all around use. one thing that would be nice if red oxx could change this would be some kind of softer gel like material for the handles. when you have snapped up the two buttons on the handle, the edges of the loops kind of dig into your palm when carrying a heavy load. a very minor problem but just something that i had to mention. something like poron. all in all though, a solid bag. also, don't let the small size name fool you, it's pretty darn big. and the near all around zipper is amazing, makes putting in stuff inside the bag so easy. i got all three sizes, so i am ready to just about anything.
very nice touch of red oxx to include a luggage tag with each bag.
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.