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Red Oxx Air Boss Carry-on Bag - pictured in Red. Available in 12 colors for $225

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4.8 Average Rating
 (730 Reviews)

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 It's like magic!
By , York, PA, January 25, 2013

I'm not sure how this bag swallows all of my XXL clothing and other necessities for a 4-5 day business trip while still fitting into the tiny overhead on a regional jet, but it does just that. It must be some sort of magic! Viva Red Oxx!
 Air Boss
By , San Antonio, TX, January 24, 2013

I really like this bag it is very much like one I used for years and had to look long and hard to find a replacement.

The only thing that would make it better for me is to loose the snap pocket and add a zipper as I don't care for the open pocket.

I got more than one comment on how good the bag looked while waiting to board an airplane.
 Truly Amazing
By , Connecticut, January 24, 2013

I needed a carry-on bag for my trip to Europe that could actually hold a good amount of clothing and one that I could live out of comfortably. I also needed it the next day. I am happy to say that this bag and the service from Red Oxx far exceeded my expectations, which were pretty high. I also required that the bag could easily pack a suit, and this bag succeeded with minimal wrinkling in a fraction of the space other bags required. I will continue purchasing product from Red Oxx and I am happy that they make it here, in the good ole' USA.
 Top Notch!
By , Fairfield, CA, January 24, 2013

After quite a bit of researching the options, I opted to take the plunge and buy the Air Boss. The product arrived quickly and I am most impressed with the quality of the material; it exemplifies the adage, "You get what you pay for." I've already gone on one trip and am impressed. The bag took all my clothes, running shoes, toiletries, paperwork, etc and still fit easily in the overhead bin on a full flight. I sense that this bad boy is going to last me a long time! Thanks, Red Oxx!
 Thankfully... NO WHEELS
By , North Sea, January 23, 2013

I see a lot of negative comments about there being no wheels or the bag being too heavy.

Bottom line - there are hundreds of bags on the market with wheels and how much do you expect a bag to weigh when you carry everything you need to live out of.

I work offshore for a month or 6 weeks at a time. I have no access to shops to get anything else I need. This bag is perfect for me.

Wheels add an extra kilogram to a bag and I have a weight allowance of 12kg all in. That's less than 30lbs to take everything I need to live for a month: toiletries, loads of clothes (including suitable for arctic conditions), a computer and peripherals, kindle, etc.

So, I needed a bag that could cope with it all, be robust, this is the one.
 Solid Performer
By , Vancouver, BC, January 22, 2013

I bought this bag after just 1 hr of online searching... After 2 years of living out of it, I am qualified to say it does a fine job. I was moving, on average, every 4 days so I packed and unpacked over 360 times without any visible signs of wear. Minimal shoulder strap use but comfortable when the occasion arose. Laptop fit in center pocket with shorts rolled up under it for added protection. My life's possessions fit in this Air Boss, Nomad Shave Kit tucked vertically in center pocket, and the Gypsy Suit Cover. This was 90% car travel, 10% plane/bus. Worth every penny.
By , CAPE COD, MA, January 22, 2013

The Air Boss carry-on is perfect, big enough, not bulky. Made in the USA.
 air boss
By , Amador County, CA, January 17, 2013

Haven't taken bag on air trip yet - but found it holds more than I thought. Strapped pockets keep pants and shirts from wrinkling. Could use an outside elastic pocket for water bottle.
 My wife wants mine
By , Memphis, TN, January 7, 2013

I've had mine for about 8 months, been on the road with it and found it to be exceptional. Just went on a 9 day vacation where my wife had the opportunity to observe firsthand this particular bag's utility and compactness--and now she wants one for herself. Good thing I have my name on mine.

If you are considering buying, believe me that this bag truly has the perquisite value for the money.
 Real travel room
By , Virginia, January 3, 2013

Holds so much more than any rolling case! Was able to fit everything for a 7 day business trip to Europe including shoe shine gear. Carry-on luggage all the way. There is much more room than I had originally thought -- two pair of dress slacks, 6 dress shirts, leisure clothes, sandals - all toiletries.

Normally I would use a mid-size (not carry-on size) rolling case but the Air Boss made this a dream. It fit in the smaller trunks of European cars with ease. I wish I had one years ago. The quality is exquisite and the zippers a dream. Well thought-out and intelligently designed. Have just ordered a CPA case to go with it.
By , Ontario, Canada, January 3, 2013

What an unbelievable product you have created. Upon arrival, I must add after the unbelievably quick processing and delivery process (even at Christmas time) we opened up our order which was packaged with such care we were not left with the concern that anything would be wrong. We started pulling out our order and it was flawless. The quality far succeeded our expectations. The colours were pure and crisp and exact the quality of craftsmanship was outstanding and the product was outstanding. Thank you so much for creating something you should be so proud to put your name on.
 Look no further
By , South Africa, January 3, 2013

This bag was relatively expensive for me due to the exchange rate and shipping to South Africa. The service I received was exceptional and the product is of the highest quality. I travel extensively in Africa and the Middle East and this bag has replaced all others. I'm not too fussed about the premium as I see myself using this bag for quite a while.
 Looking back
By , the Netherlands, December 28, 2012

Looking back and i'm thinking:

"Why did i ever, bought those other bags".
 Simple and exceptional
By , Memphis, December 27, 2012

I took the Air Boss on its maiden voyage for holiday travel in late December and it made the air travel portion of the trip a pleasure. The construction and simplicity of this bag are second to none. If it hadn't been packed to near full on my return with acquired items, it might have gone in the overhead bins of a CRJ-200 but even so, it still fit easily under the seat in front of me.

Red Oxx makes a superior product, and I'm glad to support and travel with a Montana-made bag that performs as advertised and meets or exceeds expectations. I'm ready for the next trip with the Air Boss. Love the claw shoulder strap. Pack light and it's a joy to carry.

I still think a sewn-in interior key loop would make the Air Boss perfect. I'm hesitant to screw the offered key clip through the fabric or webbing anywhere on my bag. If that were to result in a fabric tear, would it still be included under warranty?
 The BAG!
By , Live: Moses Lake, WA ... Travel? You name it., December 26, 2012

For years, I searched for a single bag alternative. I played with BrandX... impossible to deal with during security check-in. I played with BrandY... poor execution of design (hard to pack).

And then, a few years ago I stumbled on Red Oxx. And oh the places we have been together.

Why is this bag special? Easy access, magnificent design, tough and tolerant. Enough juice to handle three weeks at at time in China, complete with clothes, laptop, heck even dress shoes and a tie.

Why has it taken me so long to write a review... well this bag had to prove itself to me. And it did.
By , Arkansas, December 26, 2012

I echo all the hundreds of positive reviews on this bad *ss bag.
 Even good for women
By , Caribbean Island, December 25, 2012

I packed for a 5 day trip to visit my daughter and her family in Charlotte, NC for Christmas. I took 2 quilts that I made for the grandkids (bunk size). Also packed a lightweight parka, hat, gloves, pants (wore the other pair), pajamas, the usual underwear and socks, 4 long sleeved tees, and a stuffed moose for the baby. I took my Lil Roy with toiletries, chargers, and other little things. It fit just right in the middle compartment along with my coat and doubled as a camera bag when we went to the hockey game. The bag weighed in at 18 pounds. I took my backpack (non-RedOxx) with the essentials needed for a 4 hour flight.

I didn't find it too heavy at all. I'm a 5' 6" tall, slim built grandmom. The bundle method of packing gets everything packed without wrinkles and the cable locks provide a measure of security in the overhead bin.

The only things I would change to improve the bag for my travel style is a separate pocket for my bottle of water (maybe on the end of the bag), a lanyard for my flashlight, and an organizer pocket. I also didn't like the strap. While it didn't move at all, it wasn't all that comfortable. The metal connectors are also heavier than they look. I would prefer heavy duty nylon/plastic type material which is less bulky.

I live on an island and the shipping was a little high but I was determined not to check my bag for a holiday flight and the Air Boss fit the bill. (I do not trust baggage handlers--especially if they may go Christmas shopping in my bag.)

Overall, the bag is very well made, lightweight, the zippers are high quality and move easily. The bag is easy to pack and not too large for women to carry. I enjoyed walking easily down the aisle of the plane and effortlessly lifting it up into the overhead bin. My Air Boss is bordeaux which is a pretty color not likely to show dirt easily. I also scotch guard all of my luggage and bags before using them to make any spills roll off--and who doesn't stop for coffee at the airport?
 just what the Dr. ordered
By , los angeles, December 13, 2012

First off, customer service was amazing. I ordered and paid for two day shipping over thanksgiving, not taking into account the dead day. Called and they upgraded my shipping for free.

Product is great. Quality is readily apparent. Put in four days worth of clothes via bundle packing and carried it all the way thru the tunnels of Heathrow. Never felt like a burden. Love it and would heartily recommend this product, especially if you travel on regional jets. Go Red Oxx
 Minor suggestions for a great bag
By , New Zealand, December 12, 2012

This bag is very well made. It feels like it's going to last for a while.

The only minor suggestions I have after using it a few times are as follows:

1. There is no convenient place to put a pen (which is of course mandatory for international travel). A nice sown-in pen holder would be great.

2. The back of the rivet on top of the passport/boarding pass pocket obstructs that pocket. When inserting my passport / boarding pass in it, it seems to get stuck. Covering the rivet inside the pocket with some kind of fabric would some this. I might have to put a bit of duct tape over mine.

3. It's not obvious where I should put my water bottle. I don't have a specific suggestion here, but a water bottle is essential for long haul flights and it's the only thing that doesn't fit nicely into this bag, so perhaps there's an opportunity to help here.

Also, you will most likely want to combine this bag with a small toiletry bag so that your small items aren't flying all over the Air Boss' big compartments.
 Great Bag
By , Ohio, December 6, 2012

I purchased my Air Boss four years ago when my job started requiring more travel. I did a good bit of research and ultimately decided on this one based on the recommendation of

My Air Boss has been on numerous trips now including multiple flights through LHR without issue. It still looks as good as the day I got it and I have yet to find an overhead that I can't fit it into. The bag holds way more than you would think by looking at it but I still try to keep the weight to a minimum for comfort.

The only thing negative I can say is that I personally don't care for the claw strap on long trips with a lot of walking. The claw works as advertised it is just not padded enough for me.

I have put this bag through its paces in the last few years and I have no regrets about purchasing it. It is overbuilt, you will never have to buy another one. That being said, I have purchased several other Red Oxx products to fulfill other areas of need. I own the metro briefcase, the market tote and I recently purchased the Safari Beanos PR-5 as a gift. All awesome bags!
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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 Air Boss video or download a printable Air Boss luggage packing diagram (Pdf file).
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.”

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One Bag Travel! Air Boss.

The only carry-on bag you'll ever need.

Designed for the business traveler, the popular five star-rated American made Air Boss 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.

Red Oxx worked hand-in-hand with famous carry-on one bag travel expert, Doug Dyment, guru of fame to develop this all-in-one inclusive mobile carry-on bag.

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, 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.

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.

Includes detachable padded nonslip Claw Shoulder Strap that keeps your bag where you want it - on your shoulder.

Watch the Air Boss Packing Video posted here as Red Oxx Ambassador Kasey Austin from Austin Adventures shows how to best use many of the bag's thoughtful features.

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.


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 American made 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.

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, and gives it a clean, finished look on the outside of the bag.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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. Is the Air Boss too big? Check out our compact carry-on bag, the Mini Boss.

Join the fleet feet crowd and travel carry-on with the Commander of the ship: the mobile Air Boss!

U.S.A. Dimensions:
22"L x 8"W x 14"H.
Capacity: 2,352 cubic inches.
Weight: 3.9 pounds.

Metric Dimensions:
55.9cm L x 20.3cm W x 35.5cm H
Capacity: 40.4 Liters.
Weight: 1.77 Kilos

Our bags will fit! Currently in stock, all colors, ready to ship.

Pocket measurements:

  • 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. Because Red Oxx lasts longer.
American designed AND hand made in Billings, Montana U.S.A..
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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.

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2009 Winner of the "Best Durable Luggage Award" from; "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.


Air Boss Spec Size Chart

  • Designed AND hand made in the U.S.A.
  • "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
  • U.S.A. Dimensions: 22"L x 8"W x 14"H
  • Metric Dimensions: 55.9cm L x 20.3cm W x 35.5cm H
  • U.S.A. Capacity: 2,464 Cubic Inches
  • Metric Capacity: 40.4 Liters
  • U.S.A. Weight: 3.9 Pounds
  • Metric Weight: 1.77 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
  • Red
  • 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.

Red Oxx Lifetime No Bull Warranty - No Questions Asked. Ironclad. Guaranteed. Forever. Period.
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