By Jim, Reno, NV, November 26, 2016
While traveling with my Small Aviator bag and a carry-on, I needed to consolidate to one bag. I moved my cameras into a canvas shoulder bag, put the carry-on into the Aviator and stuffed things inside the carry-on and the remaining space in the Aviator. It held everything. Haven't used the carry-on together with the Aviator since.
For a carry strap, I use carabiners attached to the front of one handle and the back of the opposite handle. Not beautiful, but fully functional.
By Lee Burk, Tulsa, OK, October 21, 2016
Just got it in a week ago and using it this weekend on a trip for the first time. Glad I bought the Small because it's huge! I've got a pair of hiking boots, a pair of Birkenstocks, an iPad, glasses case, Bluetooth speaker, charging cords, a ziploc bag with bottles of body wash and shampoos and my full Red Oxx shaving bag in it and still have room for more. I bought it to go with my Railroad Grip. Love it already!
By Maule pilot, North Carolina, September 25, 2015
This is a great bag for general aviation pilots. It's just the right size, simple to pack, tough and good looking. Not fancy with lots of strange pockets - just basic but well made.
By Anonymous, Fresno, CA, June 14, 2015
Not too much, not too little. I use with Eagle Creek silnylon packing cubes to organize and compress rolled clothes. Couple with Chica bag for iPad, wallet, etc. Take some woolite soap packets (Amazon) and travel forever.
By Anonymous, Wisconsin, February 12, 2015
Fantastic build quality. The small size is actually quite large. Used it as my only bag for a month long trip visiting family and it was more than enough space. I can definitely see this lasting for decades.
Red Oxx customer service was also fantastic.
By Steve, Greenville SC, February 27, 2014
I see a lot of reviews wanting to get compression straps and attachment for the claw strap. Well, I live close to REI and they sell the compression straps and plastic D-rings. So I set this up for this bag and it works great as long as the bag is full. I now have the 3 amigos, which I use for field work to hold the extra helmet, boots and safety gear. The airboss, which I use for pure business travel, and I am getting the skytrain for the wife to take to Europe. I have put 150K miles on the 3 amigos, these are built to last a lifetome. I shoved it into an overhead compartment so hard, I broke off some plastic on the bin and the bag didn't even have a scratch!
----------Red Oxx Replies: Thanks for the great review Steve, no need to go to REI, Red Oxx now sells Luggage Compression Straps so you can "stay on Brand"!
By John, Memphis, January 30, 2014
The small aviator bag is a work of art and a study in simple, indestructible bag design. This is a perfect weekend bag. It's a great gift too, and an absolute bargain... Don't think twice, buy it and take a trip.
By Anonymous, Missouri, January 23, 2014
My favorite travel bag
By Lise Muia, Montréal, Québec Canada, January 17, 2014
I bought that bag to put it in my Air boss to bring back the things you can not resist buying during a 2 weeks vacation. It is a very practical bag, sturdy and robust. I recommand it.
By David in Phoenix, , January 16, 2014
Really nice, roomy, well constructed, but no frills bag at a really great price. Would buy again.
Two things would make it a great bag: 1) true "clamshell" open to flat for packing ( it gets sort of close to that), and 2) D rings for a shoulder strap.
Just add the rings and charge $5 more, or supply as an option. Let the customer put his own shoulder strap on.
By Lt. K. Stuart, Texas, November 14, 2013
Bag is used at the fire department every shift. It was intended for wild land gear storage, but after seeing it and how well it was constructed, this bag now holds essential extrication equipment. The items inside weigh appx. 40 lbs. and it handles it without a problem. RedOxx is the new standard for well built storage solutions.
By Fox, Minneapolis, MN, November 5, 2013
I use this as my race-day bag for mountain bike races. (Actually, I first bought the medium and needed to downsize; although I still find plenty of use for the large). Typical contents include: cycling shoes, helmet, clothes for during and after race, tools, hydration pack, and multiple water bottles. All fits easily, and the bag looks great with a little mud on it after a good day at the races.
By Patrick K, San Diego, CA, September 12, 2013
This is a perfect travel bag - the right size and proportion for carry-on, incredibly well-built, and it looks sharp. Straight-forward design and solid construction make me confident that I'll travel with it for years.
Well done Red Oxx.
By Dave, Fort Lauderdale, September 12, 2013
I bought this bag for a trip to England where we would be taking a 3 day side trip. Packed flat in my suitcase on the way out, used it for the side trip and packed flat on the way back. Didn't buy enough to use as souvenir bag. Perfect for what it is: simple, sturdy, inexpensive bag. I'm not a fan of lots of pockets anyway, so this is ideal. I kind of would like D-rings and optional strap, and more colors would be nice, but those would add to cost.
By Shelley, Hudson Valley, NY, June 16, 2013
Bought this, and packed it flat in my husband's Eagle Creek wheelie. As soon as we had dirty clothes, schwag, and miscellaneous stuff, out it came. What a champ! We used it as our one overhead bag on the flight home from Europe. It's money well-spent.
By JB, Austin, TX, March 28, 2013
I highly recommend this bag. Well built and very spacious for a "small" bag.
By Mike, PA, January 4, 2013
This bag is really well constructed and was bigger than I anticipated. I bought it to use as a range bag and if anything, it is a little too big (not what I would call a problem). The only improvement that I would suggest is adding D rings so that I could add a shoulder strap. Great value for the price, but I would certainly pay a little more for the addition of a pair of D rings. However, I will buy another soon.
By Rick A, Steamboat Springs CO, November 29, 2012
Used this for a five day trip to Europe and it worked great. A couple of packing cubes helped keep its shape so it didn't collapse on itself. Survived being checked from Austria to OH as well as carry on in Barbie Jets and "real" airplanes.
OTOH, I really missed a shoulder strap schlepping through airports, especially CDG and AMS where if you don't find a baggage cart, it can get a little heavy walking forever between terminals.
By Anonymous, , November 14, 2012
I received this bag as a present and it has been perfect as a carry on for commuter jet and prop plane rides. It fits in all overhead compartments no matter the plane and I have fit it underneath the seat in front of me. Great for a week of clothes and very light to carry. Packing cubes and aids are a must. Highly recommend it.
By Anonymous, , October 19, 2012
Awesome bag...simple, durable, discrete, perfect week or less trip size (more if you are an extreme packer!)
Needs D-rings for over the shoulder straps when carrying a heavily loaded bag...also small nit but while the fabric is very durable the tactile touch is a little lacking. Just doesnt have that heavy duty feel which I assume is a sacrifice in exchange for high durability to weight ratio.
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
Questions? 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.