“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.
By PL, California, May 28, 2012
Best boarding bag / small briefcase I have found to date. Good fit for commuter airliner seats. I carry a netbook, iPad, camera, and there is room to spare. Padding is perfect; just enough protection / rigidity without giving up too much volume. Like the fact it stands on its own. Fits upright under most plane seats.
Great for iPad / Small Laptop
By MWebb, San Francisco, CA, May 24, 2012
I have purchased 2 Gators so far; one in all black, and one in dark gray with black accents (the one usually pictured on the landing page on this website). I gave away the first to my niece who wanted it as a make-up bag/overnight bag; I bought the gray one to replace it.
I only have one regret: I wish I had stuck to all black!
The Gator is NOT an ultralight bag - it is about a pound heavier than some travel bags. BUT it organizes much better, and the "U" foam wrap-around which forms the main compartment (bottom and both of the wide sides) adds a LOT of protection for your contents. It is high density foam, similar to the foam used in sleeping pads for camping, and protects cameras and iPads and laptops from bumps and potential damage. This high density foam also gives the basic shape to the Gator, so that unlike other "flight bags," this one won't sag out of shape when loaded.
In fact, it is just this important foam padding that brought me back to my Gator after side-lining it for a while in favor of a lighter, un-lined bag. I noticed that my iPad (and netbook, when needing a keyboard) were not as well-protected from set-down shocks and accidental kicks and slams against counters and door edges as I wanted, even when they were in their own padded slip cases.
So I pulled out the Gator and liked the carry-around experience better. Plus, the Gator doesn't shout out that it has electronics inside - unlike some iPad specific solutions.
I also rediscovered that I really like the outside snap pockets. Perfect for easy access to my cellphone and reading glasses!
I'm still not keen on the low-height water bottle pockets on the ends. The elastic at the top of the pockets is good at keeping small items in the pocket, if the small items are shorter than the pocket itself, but not so good at keeping a taller water bottle in place. I just duck the issue by using a Platypus 1 pint plastic film water bottle on the inside. Many other water bottles will fit inside too, just make sure to double check the cap to avoid spills!
I made one modification to the Gator since converting it to an iPad bag: I VERY carefully cut the bottom seam away from the inside organizing panel. Now my iPad (and 10.1" netbook) will fit that slot perfectly! Before, my iPad (in Rickshaw Bags slipcase) stood too tall in that slot. Now, the height is matched up perfectly, and the organizing panel keeps the iPad from tilting over within the bad. (Please note that if you use your iPad with only a thin-shell back cover that snaps on, and an Apple Smart Cover on the front, you won't need to make this "surgical alteration" - it will fit in the panel slot just fine without modifications.)
I'll make one other confession: I'm not a big fan of the "Claw" strap that comes with the Gator. At first I loved it, because it really, truly is "non slip," and that can be really important. Unfortunately, it has two downsides: The strap is heavy, due to the dense, thick rubber on the shoulder portion and due to the heavier (than average) chromed steel snaps that connect to the big o-rings on the Gator; and the dense, thick rubber on the shoulder portion doesn't "mold" to your shoulder so much as - lol - claw it's way down. After a while, if you have a bony shoulder, you get tired of that "bite." So I searched around for a strap from another bag that I could use on the Gator (it was a little hard, since the fat "o" ring on the Gator precludes the use of straps with narrower snaps) and finally found a simple flat webbing strap with an anti-slip patch over the shoulder. It doesn't look as cool as the Gator's wonderful Claw Strap, but it's just a little easier on my shoulder (I wish RedOxx would "down size" the o-rings on the Gator slightly - they are repurposed from RedOxx's larger bags and are a little out of proportion on this smaller Gator, plus preclude the use of many substitute straps.)
The absolutely BEST NEWS I got from reading the other reviews is that a Macbook Air 13" will fit this "modest" looking little flight bag! Wow, that takes care of any future growth in my electronics collection, because I certainly have been eyeing the 13" Air for myself!
Finally, while I often "trade out" my EDC (every day carry) bags, without a doubt this is HANDS DOWN the best "flight bag" for keeping at your seat on an airflight. I never get scowls from gate agents when I carry this Gator along with a daypack for my emergency stay-over-night items (toiletries, shirt change, etc.).
The daypack always goes overhead, and the Gator goes down by my feet. It is perfectly sized to fit under the seat in front of me and if I shove it under length-wise, I have plenty of room to stretch a leg on either side of the bag. If I land a bulkhead seat, I'm in even better shape.
As my "seat side" bag on airflights, I keep the Gator filled with reading glasses, water bottle, iPad, cellphone, neck pillow, watchcap to roll down over my eyes for sleeping, and even a puff vest (I recommend the ones from REI and Patagonia for their compressibility) in case the flight is running cold. At my destination, the Gator makes a fine EDC bag, and I have even used it in lieu of a regular attache bag for business meetings.
One caution about all black: to some eyes, the all black edition looks a lot like a range bag. If you want to look less "tactical," choose a colored edition.
By Melinda, Maryland, May 2, 2012
I purchased this bag early to try out as a "small" carry on bag for my trip to Paris. Boy did it exceed my expectations. I got my Nikon DSLR with kit lens, a 55-300 lens, iPad, Kindle, wallet and tickets, and I STILL HAD ROOM. Simply amazing. Great job guy, and great product.
By Scott, Danville, CA, April 30, 2012
Just as advertized -- well made and pretty-much right sized. My iPad fits perfectly inside the inner, padded pocket. It was just a bit short to fit a writing portfolio inside it, but otherwise it's great. The two outer pockets are easy to fill and close. I'll definitely take onboard on my upcoming flights to keep all my important stuff handy.
Nice Choice for a Day Bag
By Shelley, anaheimFullerton ca, April 22, 2012
Nice, compact, fits well on my shoulder, on my lap, next to me. I read a review denoting its great features when commuting on public transport, i.e., fitting easily under the seat, and not being cumbersome. Yes, to all of those things. So far I've used it as a day trip bag, albeit a more heavy duty one than say, a work day. I carried a digital book reader, wallet, foldable headset, and a folded up light weight jacket in the main compartment. In the back pocket I snuggly fit a pack of wipes. No documents yet, but I can see that this is a useful spot for them when my gator becomes a carry on bag. The snap pockets in front held my two phones, a small cosmetic bag I use for money and credit cards, and a larger cosmetic bag I use for writing paper, and a couple of pens. The thing that I was interested in when receiving the bag was the gussetted pockets on the sides of the bag. Some reviews point out that items fell out of the pockets. It must be the way they were packed, I had no trouble with these pockets. One pocket holds a small water bottle, it may be that the bottle sits lower in the pocket, evenly distributing its' weight. It's probably a twelve ounce bottle, stainless steel, well weighted with a full supply of water. The other pocket held a stainless steel travel mug, approximately sixteen ounces. I also, forgot to say, put an extra folding cane in the main compartment since I use one to walk with and have trouble finding bags to hold foldable canes. All my Redoxx bags fit them nicely. Guess the military influence is just what I need!
I've used many bags over the last twenty or so years and have found these to be the best built and functional, and colorful.
I will be running errands on my days off work and will be bringing the gator along with me. I need a compact bag that I can easily fit in small places. This wil do the trick, nicely.
And, oh yeah, I really do love the d-rings, and the shoulder straps. My biggest complaint about other bags is the hardware used to secure them. No problems here. Love the d-rings, or small clips, and the zippers, of course.
Looking forward to many more uses for my gator.
Amazing bag for every occasion
By Anonymous, London, UK, April 5, 2012
I got the Gator to fulfil the role of the smallest bag I could get that would still fit a 13" laptop plus video equipment and various peripherals. I was not disappointed. I had thought that I might need the Metro bag, but hoped that a Macbook Air 13" would fit in the Gator, although I expected I'd have to forgo a padded sleeve to get it to fit. I was happy to be proved completely wrong. The Gator comfortably holds a Macbook Air 13" (2010 edition) in a thick padded sleeve.
Not only does the Gator hold a Macbook Air 13", but it also holds a digital camcorder, a digital compact camera, a digital audio recorder, a Contour helmetcam / bulletcam, a Gorillapod Zoom SLR tripod, an external WiFi range extender, an external WiFi large antenna, a Minigorilla external power pack, a camera bracket along with various chargers, spare batteries, cables and adaptors. It also accommodates useful bits and pieces such as a large Moleskine notebook, various pens, mirror, toothbrush and case, travel towel, and with careful packing, 2 pairs of lightweight travel underwear, 2 lightweight travel T-shirts and a lightweight travel shirt.
Even with this equipment, it was not uncomfortable to carry.
Whilst that is the fully loaded configuration I have used for inter continental air travel, on a day to day basis when away, I normally don't need to carry all the cables and chargers, so that frees up some space, and makes the Gator seem deceptively more roomy. Also, for general walking around, negotiating public transport etc whilst commuting or traveling around, the Gator is a perfectly sized bag for carrying a laptop and A/V equipment without drawing attention, and without being large enough to be cumbersome.
The Gator can fit papers, documents and magazines. Some of the previous reviews mention that ideally they should be in some form of file, and that's my experience too. Like with anything, if you fit things in carefully rather than just force them in, you won't have many problems with papers.
The Gator is like the Dr Who's TARDIS of bags. It hits the sweet spot of being sufficiently small to easily be a personal carry on item, yet positively cavernous in terms of what can be fitted in it. It is a very compact yet useful size. Smaller than the average messenger bag or laptop bag, but generously sized for a camera gadget bag, and a snug fit for using as a combination camera bag and a laptop bag.
I thoroughly recommend the Gator, not only as general shoulder travel bag, but as an inconspicuous laptop bag (for laptops up to around 13"), and as a camera bag.
By Dan King, Nekoosa, WI., March 30, 2012
I use the Gator Bag for my gear when I compete in trapshooting. It holds everything I need for a 100 round shooting event. I can fit 4 boxes of shotgun shells,shell box holder,shooting glasses,spare trigger and trigger tool kit in the bag. In one of the water bottle holders I keep spare ear plugs. The rubber strap works great for carrying over your shoulder. Much more compact then what I previously used.
Outstanding style and function
By Rob, Sturgis, MI, March 23, 2012
I've tried a number of different briefcases and shoulder bags but have yet to find one that just fits... Until now! This may sound funny, but the best feature, other than overall functionality, is the shoulder strap! Made from a rubber material that grips my shoulder. No more constantly slipping around as I traverse the airport or out on the visit! A great "everything" bag.
By Nicholas, Salt Lake City, March 22, 2012
I bought this bag for use as an all around carry on for my nerd gear. Initially I wanted something that I could put my 13" MacBook Air in with a little room to spare. This thing is so bad ass that I can fit my MacBook Air, my Canon 5d body and one or two lenses!
It's the perfect size -- not too big -- not too small!
Plus the bag is unique, yet humble. Allowing for a resourceful way to keep a low profile.
Perfect 'personal bag' for travel
By Don P., Toronto, October 21, 2011
I was holding off on this review until I was able to put the bag to the test (same for my Sky Train review); I just got back from 20 days of travel in mainland China which, besides the round trip flight, included 2 more flights and a train ride.
This bag was brilliant as my personal carry-on....holds a lot of gear and does it in stride and style. Contents included: 11" mac air in sleeve, ipad, 2 books, headphone case (main compartment); phone, wallet, wires, gum, first-aid (side pockets); travel documents (back compartment).
This bag is very well built, and I've been recommending it to everyone I know. Thanks, Redoxx and your friendly staff.
By Todd G., Bozeman, MT, October 20, 2011
This is a great bag and useful for so many things. It can carry an amazing amount and helps me keep things organized like power adapters and computer related items. It even carries my netbook nicely with room to spare. I do wish it had one more divider inside but that is really a small matter. Nice job!
By Anonymous, Alberta, October 20, 2011
I ordered this bag online and was thrilled with the speedy delivery. It is a very high quality product, however, I was concerned that the bag wasn't quite big enough but decided to try it out to be sure. I have come to the conclusion that it is not large enough for my needs. Sadly I can't return it because I used it for a few days. I should have gone with my gut feeling and sent it back right away.
By Kim L., Missoula, October 13, 2011
Bought this bag for work and to use as a camera bag. It is fantastic. Well made, durable and a perfect size for everyday toting. The look is great as well. Great price for the utility.
By Anonymous, Austin, TX, October 13, 2011
This is a great bag for so many occasions. The perfect size, it has beautiful hardware and lots of pockets. I ordered the gator because my friend has one, and it is able to withstand extreme conditions and it will last forever. I love it.
By Orlando I4 driver, Orlando, florida, October 8, 2011
Gator bag is awesome! For those of you who travel regularly for business or pleasure, this is the bag for you. It limits you to only the stuff you need to take but has excess room to stash a few extra things inside. Very easy to maneuver aroundnin airports or public transportation. I own 2 gator bags, one for work, and one for my sons baby bag! I love red oxx products and own several; 2-market totes, 2-gator bags, 1-air boss, 1-sun chaser, 1-lil Roy, and 1-nomad shave kit. All I can saymis these bagsare awesome and they are the best built bags on the planet!
By Terry Johnson, San Leandro, CA, September 11, 2011
I recently bought this Gator Bag to along with the Air Boss Bag. These worked perfectly for a weekend casual business trip.
Loved the quality and the ability to pack everything I needed with room to spare.
By Richard Davis, MAINE, August 22, 2011
The Gator bag just came in the mail today and I have already packed it with a change of clothes for my trip to Peru. I have one pair of shorts, one pair of pants, one thin shirt, one pair of socks, and one book. There is still more room with the pockets on the back. I bought the saffron (YELLOW) so that I can find my bag under the seat. I just ordered another for my friend. One question--How can this great bag be sold for this very low price?
By Steve Tomshaw, Philadelphia, PA, August 18, 2011
I bought this bag to replace a backpack as my carry-on. The outside pockets are convenient and the main compartment is roomy enough for an iPad, sunglasses, camera, snacks, you name it. The shoulder strap does not slip! I will be using this bag much more often than I will be flying.
By Joe, Florida, August 15, 2011
This bag is great. We got it to use it as a diaper bag for our first born son. It is great. It isn't overly large like many bags I see people carrying. It holds diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, pacifiers and has room to spare for other items. Like all Red Oxx bags it's all but bulletproof and looks great. I have no doubt this bag will have dozens of uses when we no longer need a diaper bag.
By Anonymous, Colorado, August 11, 2011
This is a sturdy bag that worked well for carrying my camera to Tazania as well as other needed items that I wanted to have with me at all times. The padding was great. The bag could use an internal zippered compartment, though for carrying a passport. I managed to put cash and credit cards inside the small unzipped pocket; however, since I was in and out of the bag frequently, these items would have been more secure in another zipped pocket of the inside of the bag. So, I recommend adding 2 zipped internal pockets on the sides of inside, leaving the body open for packing cameras, books, binocculars, etc.
- "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.