By frank headley, wilmington, nc, June 24, 2010
Yup, had 14 days worth of stash in the AirBoss. It worked, using the bundle packing and it did not kill my back AND it fit in all airline overhead bins.
I had a separate backpack for my computer, travel books, maps, and (3) jackets and glasses.
Did several things to maximize and organize my space in the AB:
a. Used the Tom Bihn strap instead of the Claw. It is really an improvement (sorry RedOxx).
b. Used some Rick Steves travel organizers for underwear/socks and some Eagle Creek organizers for my electronics.
c. Used smaller, light-weight underwear that could compress and roll-up into tighter bundles.
I wore a pair of jeans on the plane along with a long-sleeve golf shirt. In the AB, I packed 15 days of clean underwear and socks, two light-weight shoes with socks rolled inside of them, a small toilet zipper kit, (4) zipper organizers for my GPS, camera, cellphone, and adapters, (1) light-weight pair of Columbia pants, (2) long-sleeve polyester tee shirts and (2) short-sleeve tees of polyester, (4) long-sleeve shirts from Columbia/REI/Northface and (2) long-sleeve golf shirts.
We usually stayed two nights at various B+B's, so I had to repack every other day, but it was not an issue. Between the bundle method and type of clothing, most clothes had minimal wrinkling.
I highly recommend the Air Boss, along with diligent use of organizers and using materials that resist wrinkles.
----------- Red Oxx replies: thanks for the tips and compliments, have you tried using a Red Oxx Lil Roy as a packing cube or electronics organizer?
Makes traveling much easier
By Mark, New York, June 24, 2010
I have been searching for the perfect piece of luggage for a long time. I am a frequent traveler and find most luggage does not meet my needs. I finally found the best alternative in the Air Boss. It has the flexibility, size, and design to suit the business traveler. I have used this on many trips so far and am extremely pleased with it. It is rugged, stylish, and easy to deal with at the airport. If you are searching for the best option available today search no further - buy one now.
it's hard to say what would be perfect
By juanb, Mountain View, CA, June 23, 2010
I've tried these bags:
Tom Bihn Aeronaut
Red Oxx Air Boss
So far I have used them for leisure travel where no formal clothes need to be packed as well as leisure travel where I need to pack a suit. I have had to walk long distances in air ports. I try to pack light.
I like the MEI for its simplicity and comfort when carrying as a backpack. If you end up packing more than you need (as usually happens), then you are likely going to be carrying it on your back, and this one is very comfortable especially if you need to walk for longer stretches.
Tom Bihn Aeronaut
Well made and a little fancy. If you like compartments, you'll like this bag. Using the bundle packing method doesn't work as well on this bag because it has one smaller center main compartment. I would not want pack my suit in here. I want to like it more, but the layout is not ideal.
I like carrying my bag with the handle, and I like the three compartment layout. If you pack too much, it can get a little heavy and uncomfortable on the arm, or the shoulder strap, though. But I can carry my suit on a transatlantic flight and have it ready to wear with no noticeable wrinkles.
You can't go wrong with the Air Boss, specially if you pack light. I haven't had to check it in, and it fits well in any overhead compartment. If you need to walk a lot between terminals or to get to your hotel, then you will miss the backpack straps.
There's no perfect bag for all situations, but if you pack light this comes pretty close.
By Greta , Kentucky, June 23, 2010
...well, that may be extreme, the Air Boss has not changed every aspect of my life, but it has changed the way I think about, pack for and execute travel, especially to Europe.
Last year, while still in Eastern Europe, I began researching better travel bags, since I had overpacked, used a roller bag, and generally made my life miserable with my luggage choices.
I found the Air Boss on line, did some more research and finally bought one. And I LOVE IT!
I worried that it would be too heavy to carry through airports and large train stations---I am in my mid-50's, female--but I found that, while it was a bit heavy, this bag was still easier to manage than a rolling suitcase. I agree with one reviewer that the Claw shoulder strap can be very uncomfortable over long distances, but still, ease with which I get on and off trains, trams, and planes is worth it the few minutes of discomfort.
The biggest challenge, of course, has nothing to do with the bag. It has to do with really considering what is necessary and not necessary to pack. But I was able to take everything I needed for a three week trip, plus bring back two new pairs of shoes, some new hiking gear and gifts for family.
I have the bright saffron bag---it got marked up, but cleaned up easily, good as new.
GET ONE OF THESE BAGS!!!
By kallman, australia, June 22, 2010
The bag is well made with good fittings. However on a 5 day international trip loaded up to total weight of only 7kgs the bag was very heavy after a moderate walk through Beijing airport and was already at the 45 inch size limit for a carry on. If you want to check the bag you need to be careful how you pack it and carry 3 locks for the 3 compartments. I usually do "carry on only" with a 20 or 21 inch rollaboard and a brief case and I will be returning to this approach in the future. I had to buy a cheap trolley bag to make the return trip bearable.
By Lynn, Columbus, OH, June 13, 2010
I dragged this bag all around Europe, and it looked as good when I got back as it did before I left. I had to take some medical equipment with me that I stashed in the protected center compartment and it was safe and secure. It expands nicely to accommodate extra stuff, but be careful - if you overstuff too much it will no longer fit in overhead bins. (I know - I stretched it to its utmost limits and it still held up great!)
By Sera, Peak of Good Living, NC, June 11, 2010
Got this bag in prep for a six-day business trip. Very happy with the speed of delivery and the bag itself. I was pleasantly surprised when my clothing bundle fit easily into one side, leaving room in the middle section for shoes/toiletries (I carried my laptop separately). Got a compliment from a fellow traveler on the sturdiness of the zippers :-). My one issue was self-created; coming home with souvenirs and Innovate conference handouts, I stuffed the bag so full that it got very heavy -- still fit into the overhead bin easily, but was a challenge for me to lift it up there. I wanted a bag that could handle leisure AND business travel -- this bag worked perfectly.
By M.D., Burlington, ON, Canada, June 10, 2010
Jun 11, 2010
I work in a city other than where I live, so I am a weekly commuter on Air Canada. For a five-day trip I used to carry one laptop bag and one full-size suitcase (checked-in) for my clothes, slippers and CPAP machine.
I researched carry-ons and bought the Air-Boss upon reading favourable reviews everywhere; hoping to be able to do the one-bag thing. Well, I almost succeeded.
My laptop (loose, no laptop bag) and toilet kit go in the centre compartment along with assorted cables (in a separate packing cube). This barely fits in there, but it is still easy to go through security.
My clothes, usually just one pair of trousers (because I wear the other) and four shirts go in one side pouch and my underwear, night-clothes, an extra t-shirt and bathroom-slippers go in the other along.
All this makes the bag quite heavy, but not as heavy as my old suitcase. I still had to learn to make do with fewer clothes; plus I do not carry a suit for this job.
The one reason I did not quite succeed in the one-bag attempt is my CPAP. I was unable to fit it inside the Air Boss, so I have to carry it separately in its own bag.
The claw-strap is amazing, it feels as though nothing in the world could dislodge it from my shoulder.
As to size, let me narrate an incident: on one of my return flights I was on an early-standby and so boarded last, with my seat somewhere in the back of the plane (economy). Needless to say, all overhead compartments were taken. There was one narrow spot available. This bag fit vertically into that narrow spot without needing to be squeezed - and fit comfortably!
The one and only not-so-positive thing I can say about the bag is: I am short (5'8") and I wish I could make the strap shorter. At absolute minimum length the bag still hangs a little too low on my side. This makes the bag swing more than I would like when I am walking and this is quite disconcerting.
By the way, once I reach my destination I carry my laptop on my shoulder suspended by a $1 luggage strap I bought at the Dollar Store and carry the packing cube around for the cables.
It feels good to be able to walk on by without waiting at the baggage carousel!
By Kai, Victoia BC Canada, June 5, 2010
I received the bag promptly and have done a few trial runs, packing and adjusting the amount in the bag.
I will do another review when I have put the bag to the real test.
By Paul, Vancouver WA, May 30, 2010
I just spent 2 weeks traveling about the UK on vacation with just the Air Boss. It's amazing how much nicer it is to be able to breeze through security checks and pass up baggage claim areas with everything you need slung over your shoulder. I'll be using it again for a week-long business trip and expect it to perform just as well.
By Naomi, Redondo Beach, CA, May 30, 2010
I travel quite a bit, and I took a trip to Japan with a friend and family recently. We had a lot of gifts to take, and we planned a 10-day trip, including a couple of business meetings. I tend to overpack, and knowing we would probably do a lot of walking, I decided to take a TravelPro roller bag and my Air Boss. My husband took the largest Beano bag. It was great to be able to slip the Beano bag over the handle of the roller bag, and then either hook the AB over all that and roll everything, or carry the AB over my shoulder. The long Beano bag's dimensions made it not quite as easy to stow or carry as the AB, because it tended to stick out a bit. Plus, balancing the longer configuration on the roller bags was not as easy as dealing with the more compact dimensions of the AB. The bags were overfilled, so they were a bit heavy. However, others in our group brought their roller bags, so setting our Red Oxx bags on top of them to transport them was very easy! As our trip went on, our packing got a bit less organized, and we got souvenirs. I found that my AB could easily hold more stuff that was difficult to fit into the roller bags. So, we stuffed and stuffed it, knowing the weight would not be a problem with the roller bags to hold it. Its compact size kept it manageable, and the combination of luggage was perfect! I love my AB! It holds everything I need, plus everything I want!
Finally, a bag that keeps me from checking
By PJarvisNY, New York, May 28, 2010
Love this bag. I got so tired of having to check a bag for 1 week of business travel.
This bag holds suits, dress shoes, workout gear and has lots of pockets for storying papers that you need to get at quick (passport, boarding passes).
I may buy a second one for family vacation time.
By Thomas, Denmark, May 20, 2010
I travel a lot, and have used all kinds of different bags from big heavy waterproof rollers to sports bags.
The Air Boss beats them all!
It is a quite simple bag, but when you start using it, you realize how well it is designed.
Placement of a laptop is something I had to get my head around.
But I placed the laptop in a Haglof case inside the middle room, and it works great !
Actually there is even room inside The Air Boss for a separate laptop shoulder bag, if you need to carry a lot of cables etc.
I have to mention the shoulder strap! - if you have ever tried to travel with a bag that keeps slipping off the shoulder, you know how irritation this can be.
The Air Boss strap just works !! - it feels like its glued to the shoulder!
By Tony, Miami, May 14, 2010
Okay, after months of reviewing/considering/stretching out my old bag, I decided to go for the Air Boss. When the bag first arrived, I thought, "This is the bag??". Needless to say I thought it looked smaller than what I expected. Then I did the ultimate test. I transferred everything from my other bag, plus a second bag that I was carrying to take shoes and gym clothes. Everything fit and there was room to spare. I was about to complain in this review regarding a side pocket section (for phones, itouch, chargers) which I did not originally see (Bag color is black) but saw it at the airport and thought "They covered everything." I used it several times around and can pack 5 days of clothes with laptop, gym shoes, books, magazines, etc...I now laugh at the poor souls who wield multiple bags, incur rediculous bag fees, and try to cram it all on the planes. Okay, so it aint cheap...but if you travel at least once a month, you realize that it's actually the best money ever spent.
Using Air Boss for my RTW trip
By Seann H, , May 13, 2010
I just began a Round-The-World (RTW) trek a few weeks ago, and when planning for this trip I came to the conclusion that Carry-On was the only way to fly. It takes a bit of planning, and you have to compromise by removing a lot of stuff you might normally take... but the simplicity is wonderful. Naturally, since FlyerTalk and Onebag spoke so highly of the Air Boss that I had to check it out. I was impressed, especially the easy clothes organization using the outside pockets. However, I was hesitant about the lack of wheels, and the idea of not having seen the bag yet. But since I hadn't found a wheeled carry on that I liked yet, I figured I would risk it. I am psyched that I did! This bag, plus a small backpack, fit everything I needed for the road. This included enough clothes for a week and a half between washes, as well as all my misc items, medications, chargers, etc. Note that if using the center pouch for non-clothes items, you really need some sort of organizing bags to keep the misc items from rolling all around. Gallon ziplock bags can work, but I found that the Nomad Shave Kit is actually perfect for this task. You can fit three stuffed Nomads in the center pouch, and still have a little room left to stuff items in there like a travel towel and sandals. Don't be put off by the title, you can put anything in (socks, medications, gloves, towel, whatever!). Weight-wise, you can really over stuff your Air Boss. I'm 6'1, 225, so 30 pounds of baggage is not a big deal, but that Claw strap definitely is! It will utterly kill your shoulder/neck over long usage. Tom Bihn's Absolute Strap is a must-buy if you are carrying more than 15 pounds; It's $35 to vastly improve your carrying comfort, especially over the neck. All in all, a month on the road and I am very happy about this Air Boss purchase. Everyone who sees my bag literally wonders out loud how I can live with so little baggage. Thanks Red Oxx, for a bag that perfectly fits my lifestyle on the road.
By Anonymous, , May 11, 2010
I started looking for a better carry-on bag after taking an interest in packing and traveling efficiently. I checked out a few websites on the subject and eventually found my way here. I've only been on one flight with the Air-Boss so far, but it was one of the most enjoyable vacations I've had because I took so little with me. This bag packs great and is wonderful to travel with. I'd recommend it to anyone that wants to travel smart.
By M Johansson, Sweden, May 9, 2010
The very best bag I ever bought. I used it for my trip to Florence and just sailed through the four airports on my way. Not to mention not having to drag a wheeled bag on the cobble-stoned fiorentine roads. I could also take the bus to the city center instead of a taxi. No problems carrying the bag on my shoulder even when fully loaded (and I'm a petite size female) This is the only bag I'll ever need!
A superb bag for my travel needs
By TL, PA, April 30, 2010
I spent countless hours looking for a new carry-on bag once I realized my Boyt rollaboard weighs almost 12 pounds EMPTY and only fits 2-3 days of business clothing. I wanted a high quality product so I was looking at Red Oxx and other US manufacturers. What sold me on the Air Boss was the design since I have settled on cubes and folders for packing. I have tried several packing tools and solutions, and honestly I have not had good success with bundling packing. At least traveling on the way out, I do use it on the way home when wrinkles don't matter since it is pretty quick and does save space. Rather than rehashing other reviews, I will simply tell you my experience with the Boss.
I use the Air Boss for business travel and my dress is business casual, occasionally with a sport coat. I use an Eagle Creek 18" packing folder for my shirts and it fits perfectly in an outer compartment with a pair of pants or two wrapped around the folder. I pack my undershirts, underwear and socks along with lounge or workout clothing in a large eBags packing cube. This also fits perfectly in the other outer compartment. This leaves the middle for shoes, if I take another pair, the Red Oxx toiletry kit (I'll review that shortly) and my 3-1-1 bag in a Minimus caddy. I have also fit the sport coat in an outer compartment with the packing folder.
This fit-out weights in at about 20 pounds for a 4 day, 3 night trip. I find the Claw strap to be comfortable as long as my shirt doesn't slide around. The strap stays put.
I waited a while to write this because my big question when buying it was "will it fit in the regional jets I fly on?" The answer is a big YES! I have packed this for a full week of travel and still easily fit it into the overhead bins of an ERJ-145, CRJ and Dash 8. The gate agents almost always pass right by when handing out gate check tags. I put the bag in handles first since the shape of the packed bag more closely fits the shape of the bin, but it goes in either way. In the normal aircraft (Boeing, Airbus) the bag will fit in with room for a jacket on top.
It is possible to overpack this bag and have the sides bulge out, but since I can fit 5 days of clothing in it without that happening I'm not concerned about it.
The Air Boss has made my travel so much simpler. It took a leap of faith to leave the wheels behind, but now I wonder what the hell took me so long! Oh, and with the way I pack, there is always room for the extra things I might pick up on a trip. With my rollaboard, it was so packed and unflexible that a binder from a training session could not fit and had to be shoved in my computer bag. Which brings up another point, the whole one-bag thing sounds great, but I can't swing that. I'm 6'3" and 225 and have two shoulders, so one gets the Air Boss and the other gets all my computer gear. That bag isn't a Red Oxx, but might be replaced by one...
As far as room for improvement is concerned, the only thing I would ask for is grab handles on the side. I love the zippers, the monkey's fists, the strap and most of all, the warranty. I might wish there were wear strips on the bottom, but I don't see it wearing through. If it does, I'm covered, but I hardly ever put it down since it's so comfortable on my shoulder.
Bottom line, it's money well spent. I highly recommend it. I even feel a little high-and-mighty as I cruise up steps and onto trains, buses and planes while my fellow travelers struggle with rollaboards tipping over, getting stuck in gaps, nearly falling down escalators, etc. No more of that for me!
----------- Red Oxx replies: great review TL. Thanks for the tips and compliments, have you tried using a Red Oxx Nomad or Lil Roy as a packing cube? Your Air Boss will thank you.
By Bill, Kansas, April 29, 2010
Everyone says this bag is made well and that is the absolute truth! I'm very pleased with my purchase and would recommend Red Oxx to anyone willing to pay for quality - I am, but then I'm an old man who came to believe in quality over price by making a lot of stupid decisions. . . My only small objection is that the computer pad is an "add on" item. It should be included.
----------- Red Oxx replies: thanks for the tips and compliments, Alas the pad is no longer available. We recommend purchasing a padded neoprene case for your computer.
By M. Thrall, Los Angeles, CA, April 21, 2010
I bought my Air Boss in anticipation for my recent trip to Germany. The bag seemed ideal for my style of travel: one bag, ultra-efficient. After packing the bag with 2 pairs of jeans, 12 shirts, 12 undies, 12 socks, and an extra jacket, I was stunned that I'd barely used up half of the bag. The entire middle compartment was still empty! I was going to have plenty of room for goodies on my return trip! Unfortunately, that return trip was going to be delayed by the great, crisis forming natural disaster of April 2010, the volcanic ash cloud.
Arriving to depart in Frankfurt, there was nothing but flight cancelations. I was worried. My Boss was with me, so I wasn't encumbered. I saw other travelers toting around massive rolling luggage, getting stuck in lines, cussing as they rammed other people, and other sorts of luggage inspired mayhem (some people had their checked bags on flights that already departed). The Boss, with its monster capacity, had afforded me not only plenty of room for my belongings, but also, it gave me the maneuverability and flexibility to limit my stress and help get me home: literally.
During my wait for European airspace to open, my Boss provided a comfortable pillow in the Frankfurt (and later Chicago) airport. The real life-saver, I have to say, was the scramble for the checkout when Lufthansa finally announced their first flight out of Germany. One flight- just one- would leave in 3 hours. My Boss allowed me to agilely move through the crowd, race to the ticket counter (I got speedier service due to my lack of checked baggage too!), and get one of the coveted tickets.
So, not only is this the best-built bag I've ever owned, with a deceptively high amount of storage space and unprecedented durability, but it's also a travel companion that helps you sleep when stranded and keeps you ahead of the pack when scrambled. I couldn't be more thankful! Oh, the Olive is great color too, and in a sea of sad, black luggage at the Frankfurt airport, it was nice to provide a little color for the weary-eyed stranded passengers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Air Boss carry-on legal?
Yes, the Air Boss is carry-on legal
on most continental jet airlines and many international ones as well. Our bags fit!
What's the best way to pack the Air Boss?
We recommend you build your own packing cube kit. If you're not into cube packing, the bundle packing method is handy. Watch the packing video under the Videos tab or download a printable Air Boss luggage packing diagram
What's the difference between the Air Boss and the Sky Train?
There are two principle differences between the Air Boss and the Sky Train: The Sky Train
has retractable backpack straps and opens flat lengthwise whereas the Air Boss opens flat like a book and is carried by a shoulder strap.
Will the Air Boss fit under the seat in front of me?
If it will fit, you can go ahead and cram your Air Boss under the seat, just be sure to slip the Claw Shoulder Strap inside the bag so it won't get caught on anything, (or anyone).
Will the Eagle Creek packing cubes fit the Air Boss?
Skip those cheap imported packing cubes and create your own custom Red Oxx Packing Cube Kit
. Or try our Nomad Shave Kit
, Lil Roy Gadget Bag
or Tri-fold Toiletry bag as packing cubes? You can color co-ordinate them to your preference and they come with useful carry handles. The Tri-fold Toiletry Kit
is also a brilliant shave kit organizer due to its three individual zippered mesh pockets and unique fold-open-flat hanging design.
How many pounds will the Air Boss weigh when packed?
It depends on what you pack. A typical 3-5 day load will weigh about 20-25 pounds.
How many days of travel can I fit in the Air Boss Carry-on?
Most travelers can get about 3-5 days with a typical load. Some adventurous types have been able to pack from a week to ten days! It all depends on how you pack and what you pack.
Where do I pack my laptop?
You can use the center compartment. We recommend that you use a padded neoprene sleeve to protect your laptop.
What's the best way to pack footwear?
Sole-to-sole to minimize the dirt and placed in the middle compartment inside a plastic bag.
Can I change the logo color?
Sure. Simply order your favorite color Logo Patch
and sew it on yourself. Red Oxx cannot change the logo patch colors for you.
Can I order a bag without the logo?
Logo Patches are centered using a hole punch. If you remove the patch, there will be a hole in the bag that could cause a snag. Red Oxx cannot build a bag without a logo as this would disrupt the efficiency of the production line. Feel free to use a permanent marker to color the red patches black.
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.
Are there any interior pockets?
The Air Boss has three large internal compartments. In the interest of simplicity, there are no internal pockets.
My zipper broke. The teeth have separated. Do I send it in for warranty repair?
No need for warranty repair, try and fix it yourself. Check out this video where CEO Jim Markel shows how easy it is to do it yourself.
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 make other carry-on bags nervous.”
In stock orders ship same day if received by 4:00 PM Mountain Standard Time!
One Bag Travel! Air Boss.
The only carry-on bag you'll ever need.
Designed for the business traveler, this popular five star-rated airline carry-on legal shoulder bag is a must-have for anyone who enjoys the many advantages of traveling light:
- freedom of movement -- mobility = power
- less of your time wasted waiting in baggage and boarding lines
- never any lost luggage
- easy and quick access
- overall travel simplification
- lighter load = less fatigue
- arrive fresh
- no wheels to break or get you dirty
- fits in the overhead bin
- hands-free carry
Don't believe it? Peruse over 700 customer reviews right here from satisfied Air Boss Carry-on customers to get an honest idea if this is the best travel lite bag for you.
CARRY-ON TRAVEL REBORN.
Red Oxx worked hand-in-hand with famous carry-on one bag travel expert, Doug Dyment, guru of OneBag.com fame to develop this all-in-one inclusive mobile carry-on bag.
EXPERT DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT.
Follow the link to learn Doug Dyment's bundle wrapping technique so you can fit everything you need, and nothing you don't, in your Air Boss airline carry-on bag to become a more organized and happier traveler. Thanks to guidance from Onebag.com, here's a fantastic luggage packing diagram, showing you how to easily "bundle wrap" your clothing in the Air Boss. Not into bundle packing? Now you can pack and still be organized when you build your very own custom Red Oxx Packing Cube Kit.
Designed with three large main compartments, the Air Boss carry-on bag also features two outside zippered slip pockets; one full-length, one for your airline tickets, and an outside sleeve pocket for magazines, files, or a tablet. Inside the Air Boss are two outer compartments that each have buckled adjustable tie-downs inside to keep your belongings, or packing cubes, held in position and wrinkle-free until you unpack at your destination.
A SPACIOUS PLACE FOR YOUR TRAVEL BELONGINGS.
The center compartment is spacious enough to hold your Toiletries, extra shoes, work-out gear, business briefcase, etc. Volara closed-cell foam padding is sewn into the sides, so you've got a rigid, yet flexible, piece of carry-on luggage that still protects your valuable belongings.
A UNIQUE CARRY STRAP THAT NEVER SLIPS OFF.
Includes detachable padded nonslip Claw Shoulder Strap that keeps your bag where you want it - on your shoulder.
DISCOVER HOW TO PACK IT.
Watch the Air Boss Packing Video posted in the Videos tab where Red Oxx Ambassador Kasey Austin from Austin Adventures shows how to best use many of the bag's thoughtful features.
PROTECTION FOR YOUR LAPTOP.
Looking for extra protection for your laptop? A neoprene laptop sleeve is recommended. A "macho" option is to put it in a Metro Briefcase, which will then fit in the center compartment of the Air Boss, adding further protection and giving you a "one bag" travel option...with two bags inside one.
However, please be aware that this can become a very heavy bag to carry if you decide to try this! To accommodate the extra weight try adding a second Claw Shoulder Strap and then carrying the Air Boss "backpack style" (one strap over each shoulder). This can help offset the added load. See Photos tab for how this is done.
SIX REASONS TO OWN A RED OXX AIR BOSS:
1. A RELIABLE BUSINESS TRAVEL BAG BUILT LIKE A TANK.
Our fans like to define our gear as "built like a tank". While obviously you're not going to be toting around bags that weigh 50 tons and have three inches of armor plate, still the comparison is valid. For a soft sided carry-on bag, the Air Boss is built tough. Starting with the most durable, flexible, and practical textile material available -- 1000 weight CORDURA® Brand Nylon, the Air Boss is built using super-strong UV-resistant thread that's stitched into every seam. Rugged, reliable and tough.
2. BOUND AND BAGGED = STURDY SEAMS.
Places where two separate pieces of fabric are stitched together are then bound -- that is, we take a long piece of one-inch wide nylon webbing and fold it over the edges of the two pieces and stitch them together, this creates a strong seam, known as a binding, that prevents the pieces from unraveling on the inside of the bag, or gives it a clean, finished look on the outside of the bag.
3. BINDING INSIDE / BINDING OUTSIDE, NEVER UNRAVELS.
In addition, each exposed outside fabric edge, such as on a pocket flap, is also bound using a thicker binding material. Inside edges typically receive a thinner nylon webbing, whereas outside corner edges that are exposed to heavy wear have a thicker nylon binding. All of our binding material is vertically woven to prevent the fraying, peeling or splitting that you may commonly see in competitors carry-on bags that brag of "binding" their edges.
4. WHY DOUBLE BOX STITCHING?
Each stress point, such as where the handles attach to the bag, is double box stitched for unbreakable strength - which is where we get the "double XX" in our name, Red OXX; a stitching practice we adapted from our experience as parachute riggers.
5. MY, WHAT BIG ZIPPERS YOU HAVE!
The reason Red Oxx uses the largest practical zipper available, the #10 YKK VISLON® zipper, is that they're 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 from casual theft; they function smoothly in inclement weather, and they can be yanked from a variety of angles without losing teeth or becoming separated.
6. PUTTING THE HARD IN HARDWARE.
Red Oxx has occasionally been accused of "overdoing" our hardware. But once you've had a cheap piece of imported plastic "hardware" break in the middle of a busy intersection, airport or other inconvenient locale dumping your precious belongings all over the ground for everyone to see (and steal), having a heavy-duty nickel-plated or stainless steel D ring or attachment swivel that weighs just a tiny bit more, or might be a little "jingly", is a travel companion's confidence builder and peace-of-mind maker. After all, you want to enjoy your journey as best you can. Why worry about having your favorite carry-on travel bag bust apart and break you down?
IS THERE ANOTHER CARRY BAG OPTION?
Looking for a similar capacity carry-on bag but with retractable backpack style shoulder straps for hands-free carry? Try our other popular airline travel bag, the Sky Train.
Join the fleet feet crowd and travel carry-on with the Commander of the ship: the mobile Air Boss!
U.S.A. Dimensions: 21"L x 8"W x 13"H.
Capacity: 2,184 cubic inches.
Weight: 3.4 pounds.
Metric Dimensions: 53.3cm L x 20.3cm W x 33cm H
Capacity: 35.7 Liters.
Weight: 1.54 Kilos
Our bags will fit! Currently in stock, all colors, ready to ship.
- Exterior full length zippered side flat pocket: 13"H x 20"W
- Exterior full length flat snap pocket: 9.5"H x 20"W
- Exterior zippered side flat passport / map pocket: 12.5"D x 7"W
- Dual zippered tie-down compartments: 2"D x 20.5"L x 12.5"H
- Main center compartment: 4"D x 20.5"L x 12.5"H
"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.
UPS Ground Shipping in the U.S.A. is $13.00 (orders up to $260.00).
UPS or USPS Priority International to Canada is $30.00. Australia and New Zealand is $55.00. All other International orders are $50.00. More information on International Shipping here.
Witness the birth of your bag and learn about the many steps it takes to handcraft your Air Boss.
Meet the thundering herd here in Montana 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 carry-on bag needs cool luggage accessories.
2009 Winner of the "Best Durable Luggage Award" from Bestcovery.com; "Discover the Best of Everything."
Selected as Kiplinger's Expert Picks The Best List of 2008 for Best Carry-on Travel Bag.
Air Boss Trivia:
On the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, the Air Boss is in charge of all the operations of the flight deck. He controls the moving of planes on deck, landing of aircraft, launching aircraft, ordinance handling, and safety of all the personnel occupying the flight deck. The Air Boss oversees from the command tower. Orders are communicated with the flight deck via megaphone. Ex: "Hey brownshirt. Get out of that checked baggage line and on the plane, now!"
The Air Boss Carry-on bag is a Red Oxx "Staff Pick" favorite.
- Designed AND hand made in the U.S.A.
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- U.S.A. Dimensions: 21"L x 8"W x 13"H
- Metric Dimensions: 53.3cm L x 20.3cm W x 33cm H
- U.S.A. Capacity: 2,184 Cubic Inches
- Metric Capacity: 35.7 Liters
- U.S.A. Weight: 3.4 Pounds
- Metric Weight: 1.54 Kilos
- Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified CORDURA® Brand Nylon
- Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
- 400 weight denier soft red nylon lining
- 4 lb. Volara closed cell foam padding on exterior panels
- Double Box stitching on stress points such as carry handles
- All zippers: #10 YKK VISLON® self-locking
- Thread: proprietary #92 bonded SolarMax Nylon
- All seams double stitched and bound
- Stainless steel Mil-Spec snaps with Red Oxx logo
- Nylon webbing zipper pull tabs
- Detachable Claw nonslip adjustable shoulder strap
- Fair trade Monkey Fist Zip Knots on all zippers
- Free heavy-duty vinyl luggage tag
- Embroidered Logo Patches
- Includes Cable Lock
- Choose from 12 vibrant colors
Air Boss Carry-on Bag Color Translator
- Amethyst = Purple
- Black = Raven
- Bordeaux = Dark Red
- Coal = Gray
- Forest = Green
- Khaki = Tan
- Mariner = Blue
- Midnight = Dark Blue
- Olive = Military Green
- Saffron = Yellow
- Safari = 1940s Olive Drab and Desert Tan
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.
If out of stock, back orders are typically filled within 7-10 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.