“I have a big appetite for adventure.”
Gator Carry On Bag
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Behold! The Gator.
A compact carry-on bag with a big appetite.
We can tell you how others have used this multi-purpose carry-on bag, but we're sure you'll think up something new. Just like its hungry namesake, this tough-skinned beauty will swallow up everything you need for travel. Ideal as an compact airline carry-on, a shooting bag for the range, SLR bag, diaper bag, C-pap bag, take it to work; you get the picture.
WHAT ABOUT POCKETS?
Secure your delicate equipment in the Gator's rigid-formed, shock-resistant main compartment. No need to carry separate hydration, the Gator features dual elastic beverage end pockets. The expandable gusseted side pockets help you to keep track of gadgets like cell phones, iPods, sunglasses, and more.
These pockets feature the exclusive "Red Oxx finger loop snap closures" which are Mil-Spec stainless steel snaps with thoughtfully designed thumb loops that make closing these handy pockets a "snap." This allows one-handed snapping closure. Simply slip a finger into the loop under the snap post and use your thumb to press the post in place. A simple genius solution that prevents crushing items under the snaps. Behind each gusseted pocket are hidden flat slip pockets for that little extra bit of storage.
Inside the Gator carryall bag, there's a full-length mesh divider with four slots for pens and pencils and two mesh pockets. Located on the back is another full-length zippered pocket. 4lb. Volara closed cell padding envelopes the bag in the front, bottom, and back, protecting your precious contents from damage.
A HANDY MULTI-PURPOSE BAG
Fully adjustable Claw Shoulder Strap will not slip. Or carry it with the wraparound handle handclasp. Popular with the demanding business crowd and all the rage with the adventure travel crowd, Gator Travel Bags are durable companions for many uses: SLR camera bags, diaper bags, NetBook or Tablets, C-pap bags, pistol range, you name it, the Gator will eat it. Consider it your "bag of all trades."
PLACE YOUR ORDER TODAY
Due to high demand, we encourage you to place your order now to get your Gator on our production schedule. Your bag will then be delivered in under 30 days, many times much less. Like retirement, it's worth the wait.
"No Bull" Lifetime Warranty.
Designed AND made in Billings, Montana USA.
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Dimensions: 12"L x 6"W x 9"H
Capacity: 648 cu. inches
- Dual exterior gusseted pockets: 4.5"W x 7.5"H x 2.5"D (at opening)
- Dual exterior flat slip pockets: 5"W x 7.5"H
- Exterior zippered side flat pocket: 12"W x 6"D
- Twin end elastic bottle pockets: 6"W x 6"W x 4"D (at opening)
- Interior mesh pocket: 12" x 6"
- Interior dual mesh slip pockets: 4"W x 4"D
- Main compartment: 12"L x 6"W x 9"D
Gator Trivia: When Red Oxx President Perry Jones had young children he didn’t want to look like he was carrying a diaper bag. After they were out of diapers he wanted a decent range bag to take with him shooting. The name Gator was selected because a Gator is sly and stealthy and can quickly consume large prey, sometimes larger than itself, with it's enormous mouth.
Tips for Making Best Use of Your Gatorbag
By Rich, Tampa, Florida, February 14, 2013
I've taken this mighty bag all around the city and burbs and it has performed as well as other readers have described. But even the best product can be made just a little bit better:
1. The main interior storage compartment is so large at 6" of thickness that it is easy to lose things as they pile up; removing items near the bottom can drag along a string of incidental items.
Solution: The local hardware department store carries 3-packs of colored strong canvas bags,ranging from about 3" to 8" wide with a see-through panel to view the contents. Perfect for chargers/batteries, first aid items, and other small items. It really helps organize the main compartment.
2. Beverage carriers being too short to hold even medium water bottles: Check with your local fitness or camping outlet for 6 - 10 oz flask-shaped bottle flexed at the neck. They are intended for use with a running belt but you only the refill bottle itself, about $10.
3. Hit and run theft: when you set your Gator down on the next chair or any other public place where your attention might wander, thieves will be watching you, at least in some areas of the world. Solution: A very thin security cable intended for motorcycle helmets and their bikes might be the answer. I like it with a small combination lock and attached it to the handle straps and D-ring. If a nap is unavoidable while out and about (e.g. airport), I have even wrapped the cable around my belt loop or wrist to discourage lurking hit-and-run artists.
Hope these Gator (and general) tips are useful.
By Bob Ivers, Australia, January 31, 2013
I have been searching for the perfect carry on bag and have several. This is my second Redoxx purchase and I like the robustness and design. The Gator is new and I am mainly using it at work. I have 2 major overseas trips this year. I am happy with the Gator but I feel that the inside divider could be better designed. With pens and a phone in the pockets, the divider tends to fall into the bag. This makes it difficult to retrieve objects from the main compartment. I wonder if some sort of clip would prevent this. Overall, though, a champion bag. Regards Bob
By Colt H Powell, Star, MS, January 17, 2013
Great quality bag like always. It is a lot smaller than I had in mind, but I blame that on my self, the dimensions are listed. I work on the rail road and have a rail king rucksack. It is great for travel or road jobs. I was looking for a bag that would carry lunch and my books for local or industry jobs. It's just big enough for lunch and a decent amount of snacks.
By V. Arnold, Miontana, January 11, 2013
this bag was for my son for Xmas-he had it picked out and reports it is above and beyond his expectations. Thank you for the good quality of your products.
By MB, Pasadena, CA, January 10, 2013
Superior quality and service. Glad I found you online. I will order again.
By AOM, Halifax, December 23, 2012
Best bag ever. Everything bag for a city day hike, on a bike rack, a shoulder bag carry-on (besides the regular carry-on).
Cons: (close your eyes, RedOxx). The bag handle straps are unnecessary and really get in the way of the great top loading zippered main compartment. They also make some paranoid airline agents think it's a real "bag" besides your carry on. I cut them off and made the bag perfect. Never regretted it. Also, the bottom padding is a wee bit too thick. To be comfortable under the arm for hours, the bottom has to partially collapse (fold a bit) AND still be stiff enough to stand flat when on the ground. A hard order to fill. I just crushed my bag until the bottom naturally folded, when I wanted it to.
Oh, yes...and, you can have a leather guy put a snap along the ribboned top edge of the inside net pocket to hold it snug to the side of the bag so it doesn't lean out into the main compartment when full, or Red Oxx could do this ;-) .
Need no other shoulder bag but this. Just wonderful.
By Ricky D., Boone IA, December 6, 2012
as a train conductor i carry alot of paperwork and have a filing system for myself... this bag holds all of my paperwork and is small enough that it doesnt get tossed around everything is where i put it so i find it every time, the quality is excelent and i love everything about this bag does what i need and want for this purpose.
By Gary, Illinois, December 6, 2012
I purchased this bag to haul my camera gear and am very pleased with the construction and space. I can hold my DSLR camera, point and shoot comera, an extra lens, all of my supplies and will even hold my notebook computer. So far I am very pleased with this product. The Safari style also looks great.
By Anonymous, , November 25, 2012
Great bag for carrying books and reference materials! Just the right size and the zippers appear to be quite durable.
By Sophia, Australia, November 19, 2012
I love this bag. It is so convenient. I use it as a camera bag/ gym bag (it's great to be able to fit the water bottles on the side) / day bag and of course carry-on bag, I think I could even use it as an overnight bag, it eats up everything! I chose midnight blue (it looks way better than the photo) it looks professional and goes well with my business attire.
I have given up the handbag to move over for this multi-purpose bag. I bought this from Australia which our dollar was more at this time so happy with the price and delivery cost. I have also bought the skytrain which is excellent for few day trips. On another note I found the staff here refreshingly friendly and helpful, I would definitely buy from here again. Thank you Red Oxx.
Red Oxx = Fantastic, UPS = Poor
By Ian, Lincolnshire, UK, November 13, 2012
The bag itself is 100% great. So glad I got it in red. I'm using it as hand luggage / DSLR bag. A Mountainsmith padded Kit Cube fits really well to keep my photography kit protected.
Beware UK buyers !
UPS "demand" payment of import taxes on delivery. They don't accept anything apart from cash and don't carry change. I was out when this was delivered and my parents were visting. The driver made it clear to them that it would cause a lot of problems if the duty was not paid there and then. In the past I have paid using an on-line system before the carrier finalises delivery to the end destination. Much easier and simpler.
I will order again from Red Oxx as the products are so good, but next time I will ensure I am in for delivery and will pay their driver with a large bag of 1p coins !
Is a Red Oxx UK distributor planned ?
By Patrick, Vallejo, CA, October 28, 2012
Most reviews of this product are very complementary. and although I am happy with my purchase, I must say that the Gator Carry On Bag fell short of my expectations.
I bought this product because I needed a new shoulder bag in this size range, and since I was so totally happy with my Sky Train, I figured the Gator would be a safe bet.
As with all Red Oxx products, the materials and craftsmanship are suburb, so no problem there. Plus, I appreciate the fact that it is made in the USA by people who really care about what they do. I like the size, the fact that it is padded, the heavy-duty zippers, and the well-designed strap.
Here's what I don't like: The design of the interior sleeve/divider needs a little work. It will hold my iPad (in its cover) but just barely, and it doesn't really allow it to seat very well. Maybe replace the heavy mesh fabric with a lighter-weight, smoother fabric. Also, the sewn in slots for pens and whatever else, really miss the mark, at least for me. I fill the main internal area with my Bose headphones, camera, accessory zipper bag (which stands in for the lack of any internal pocket), iPad/iPhone charger cables, reading material and a baseball cap. With all of that, it is nearly impossible to get to the pen sleeves (which actually get in the way).
The zippered pocket on one side is very flat, and only deep enough for your boarding pass (which is fine). The two snap pockets on the other side, however, are a bit odd. For most travel these days (and especially international travel) security and protection from pick-pockets is really a big deal. For this reason I can never see keeping anything of value in these pockets. They are a nice size for a phone or small camera, but I would never use them for that. I've used them for snacks or other low value items, but it is really a waste to have storage space that you can't use any way you wish. I'd much rather see a single zipped bellows pocket that could be secured. Maybe this would be a better place for the pen and accessory pockets.
The water bottle pockets also could have been executed better. They are heavier that they need to be, are a bit too shallow and wide, and without a flat bottom, they just don't work very well. I see many complaints in other reviews about these pockets, so I am somewhat perplexed that a small "light on their feet" company like Red Oxx hasn't made a change already. I'd also rather see just one, with a zippered multipurpose pocket on the other side.
All in all, I will continue to carry and enjoy this bag, even with these foibles, and will accept them. Haven't seen a bag that I would rather have. but if Red Oxx did some evolutionary changes, I'd be quick to purchase the upgrade.
By JF, Minnesota, October 4, 2012
The Gator in Safari colors is just amazing. Lighter in weight than I expected. Nicely organized. The best shoulder strap I have ever had on any bag. Great detailing. Just what I wanted in a funky, non-corporate-briefcase travel bag.
Minor suggestions: Add a few inches to the length of the strap for us tall guys. Add a bit of a gusset to that the internal organization panel has a little depth to it. But these are minor!
Perfect for 13" Macboook Air
By Anonymous, Arizona, August 31, 2012
Great Addition to our Air Boss. Perfect carry on for our trip to Europe. 13" Macbook Air, iPhones, camera, passports, adapters and room to spare. Love the Gator!
By Jeff, Washington, DC, August 23, 2012
For what it's built to do, it does well. Easily the best carry-on bag I've ever used. Fits everything I could possibly need, and it still easily fits under the seat. If you're an avid tablet user, the specs are perfect (an iPad or other small form-factor electronics can get lost in a larger messenger bag) - more than I needed for international travel.
I was a little worried about the purchase based on some reviews saying that 8.5x11 paper is a tough fit for the bag. For the record, the paper fits - but oversized folders do not. If you intend to put some work papers and the like in the bag, invest in a small portfolio (I'd suggest no more than 9x11.5), and you're golden. Some of the reviews also say that the side pouches don't hold a bottle in well enough - I haven't had this problem.
Two minor gripes. First, the internal mesh divider seems 'loose'. It would have been better if it were largely snug against one side, but that's not how it turned out. It sort of 'bows out' in the middle. Second, the 'hidden' pouches behind the external pockets are a bit too small - would have preferred a single wider pouch than two smaller ones. All things considered, great product.
By Anonymous, Green Bay WI, August 4, 2012
Very Good Product Love the grippy shoulder strap..
By Luisa G, Menomonie, Wisconsin, July 19, 2012
Took this along on a forced march type of trip to Cuba last week. 14 hour days, on and off an ancient unairconditioned bus. It was super hot and humid - I needed those water bottle pockets. Held up very well. The outer magazine or paper pocket is a tad small but I think I will use this for many years to come. Fit great in the seat ahead of me leaving room for my feet and it was easy to grab stuff out of it since it slid right out.
By Ron, Dekalb, July 12, 2012
The gator does eat everything, in fact I have a smaller bag in it. I bought it in 2002 and use it most every day.
It still looks great and not even one loose seam.
I keep thinking I should get another one someday but I just keep using this one over and over.
It has replaced my backpack.
I would suggest a more squared base, it seems to tip over easy. Sure holds a LOT.
By Greg, Carlsbad, NM, June 14, 2012
Great bag, plenty of pockets and stash locations. Holds my shower bag, meds, full sized head phones, chargers, cell phone, and clean chonies. Edit: sorry failed to mention why I dropped a star. I would like the bag to be just a hair larger for my use, maybe 3" wider (largest dimension).
By Larry Davidson, Irving, Texas, June 3, 2012
My wife and I just came back from a 12 day trip to Europe where we went to London, Wales and Paris. I had the Gator and Air Boss as my "carry on" luggage and both worked perfectly. I had the Gator packed with Camera gear, cords and all kind of electronic stuff and carried it with me every day. I especially like the water bottle pockets on the end, the large zipper pocket on the side for papers etc., and the 2 pockets on the other side for cameras. OK, I really just like the entire bag!!
The bag worked great and is of the highest quality materials. I highly recommend it to anyone for this type of carry on luggage.
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Designed AND made in Billings, Montana USA
- Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified Cordura Nylon
- Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
- 400 weight denier soft red nylon lining
- Detachable Claw no-slip adjustable shoulder strap
- All zippers #10 YKK self locking
- Nylon webbing zipper pull grab loops
- Thread: #92 bonded Solar Max Nylon
- All seams double stitched and bound
- Double box stitched seams on all stress points
- 3250 welded D-rings, nickel plated
- Stainless steel Mil-Spec Snaps with Red Oxx logo
- Wraparound handclasp with Mil-Spec snaps
- 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
- 4 lb. Volara closed cell foam padding
- Includes Cable Lock
- Available in 12 vibrant colors
- US Dimensions: 12"L x 6"W x 9"H
- Metric Dimensions: 30.5cm L x 15.2cm W x 22.9cm H
- US Capacity: 648 Cubic Inches
- Metric Capacity: 10,616.5 Cubic Centimeters
Gator Carry-on Bag Color Translator
- Amethyst = Purple
- Bordeaux = Dark Red
- Coal = Gray
- Forest = Green
- Khaki = Tan
- Mariner = Blue
- Midnight = Dark Blue
- Olive = Military Green
- Saffron = Yellow
- Safari = 1940s Olive Drab
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.
In production: Orders are filled within 30 days. Call 1-888-733-6999 for details.
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 Himilayas, Red Oxx Manufacturing is infallible.
This product is guaranteed forever, be sure to include it in your will.
Made in U.S.A.
Red Oxx Bags are handcrafted in Billings, Montana. U.S.A.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will a Gator meet the airline's personal item standards?
Yes, and you can fit the bag under the seat, too.
Will my laptop fit in the middle compartment?
Most netbooks, iPads, Tablets and "mini" laptops will fit with room to spare, but probably not a full size laptop (17" plus).
Will my work files fit inside?
If you want a briefcase that will hold your files and a laptop, look into our Briefcase line, specifically the Metro
and the wider CPA
Can the Gator double as an SLR camera bag?
Yes, the Gator makes for a perfect SLR camera bag due to it's generous, yet practical size, its full wrap around padding and handy pockets.
What are the differences between the Gator and the Metro and / or CPA?
The Metro and CPA are specifically designed to be laptop business briefcases, whereas the Gator is more of a general multipurpose day bag.
Will the iPad, iPad II or most other Tablets fit inside?
Yes, the Gator makes an ideal Tablet bag.
Will the Gator compact carry-on fit into the Air Boss central compartment?
We don't recommend inserting the Gator into the Air Boss. The results would be too bulky.
Are there any interior pockets?
It has one flat panel pocket with pouches for smaller items and writing instruments.
Can I fit my C-pap machine inside?
The Gator is an ideal C-pap bag.
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.