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.
Perfect Carry On luggage Made in the U.S.A
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.
The Product and the People are Great!
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.
really nice personal item
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.
By Orlando I4 driver, Orlando, florida, October 20, 2013
Not sure where this got its name but don't think it's an a aviators bag. I use it as an extra bag to bring home dirty clothes or extra things on trips. It packs inside my carry on nicely and can use it on my return trips. The closest thing I have seen to a true aviators bag is the gator. Great bag to hold my flying supplies and small enough to use in small cockpits
By AS, NJ, October 5, 2013
First, I have to say this is one of the best, simplest bags on the market from any manufacturer.
The simple rectangular shape allows more to be packed than bags that appear larger. The one large pocket design also works well for places like South East Asia where there's a lot of rampant pickpocketing. It's common to check bags when entering stores in South East Asia these days, and the single pocket makes it easy to lock up all your valuables if you need to check your bag.
However, there is one thing that stops this bag from being perfect. Redoxx should reconsider their design decision to add optional D rings. I understand that adding D rings would take away from the "aviator bag" simplicity and heritage, but I would highly encourage Redoxx to make it an optional add on.
The reason I say this is because I've witnessed villagers, incredibly poor people, who rely on bags for survival (ie: food, water, medicine). What I mean is, they rely on their bags to be durable enough to last year after year through daily use and harsh environments (like monsoon season). They NEED D rings so they can attach straps to carry two bags on each shoulder and leave their hands free to carry more things. The D rings would also allow them to secure the bags during transportation (for example on the roof racks or in the bed of the trucks).
The most evident experience was when I witnessed a group of villagers unload water from a Toyota Hilux in the Himalayan hills, and the nylon bag they were using to transport the water containers ripped. I couldn't see exactly how many containers broke, but from the commotion, it seemed serious. Given that it had taken me 6 hours with a private driver to get to the village, I would predict that it had taken the villagers over 16 hours with multiple busses, oxen, and finally a transportation Hilux to get to the same spot.
The affordable price of the aviator bags (which is still expensive for poor people) would make this bag perfect for villager who really need a solid, high quality bag. Having used the XS Aviator extensively, I can attest to the fact that Redoxx makes their gear with the utmost emphasis on quality.
However, if Redoxx could reconsider adding D rings, they could genuinely help people in need and help improve lives. As long as the cost of the Aviator bags remains affordable (no need to include a Claw Strap for example), these Aviator bags could help hundreds if not thousands of poor villagers in South East Asia.
Thanks for reading my review.
By Dan B, Charlotte, NC, August 4, 2013
Our daughter (20 yr) spent 10 months in Malewi, Africa. She needed a carry-on that would 'fit' and a bag that would serve well while on her mission trip. I gave her my bag (small aviator) and she loved it!! Needless say, the bag is serving her well. She said it is "very rugged" and "takes a beating" yet still looks great. She is always getting offers from people wanting to buy the bag. There is a saying that 'everything has a price'..well, she said she won't put a price on this bag. Needless to say, I had to buy another one (small aviator - great for a 3 or 4 day trip) along with the metro bag..would recommend these bags to any traveler, parent, student, etc.
By Valerie, Canada, July 4, 2013
Exceptional quality for a very reasonable price. It's a bit bigger than I expected. The only thing I would suggest is a photo of a person carrying the bag to give a better perspective of it's size. It's a wonderful product. Thank you!
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 gifts 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.
Made in U.S.A.
Red Oxx Bags are handcrafted in Billings, Montana. U.S.A.