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

Designed for the business traveler, our most popular five star-rated carry-on travel bag is a must-have for anyone who enjoys the advantages of traveling light. Peruse over 680 customer reviews right here from hundreds of satisfied Air Boss Carry-on customers to get an honest idea of whether this is the best travel bag for you.

Red Oxx worked with Internet author and carry-on travel expert, Doug Dyment, guru of fame to develop this all-in-one carry-on bag.

Follow this 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 and become a more organized traveller. Thanks to guideance from, here's a fantastic luggage packing diagram, showing you how to easily "bundle wrap" your clothing in the Air Boss.

Designed with three large main compartments, our Air Boss carry-on bag also features two outside zippered pockets; one full-length, one for your airline tickets, an outside sleeve pocket, and tie downs inside the two outer compartments to keep your slacks and dress shirts in position and wrinkle-free until you can unpack and hang them up in the hotel.

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

Watch the Air Boss Packing Video posted in the Videos tab at left where CFO Amanda Markel shows how to use many of the bag's features.

Looking for extra protection for your laptop? We recommend using a neoprene Laptop sleeve. A "macho" option is to put it in a Metro Briefcase, which will 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. Note that this can become a very heavy bag to carry if you decide to try this. Adding an extra Claw Shoulder Strap from your Metro and then carrying the Air Boss "backpack style" (one strap over each shoulder) can help offset this added load.

Our customers 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 carry-on bag, they are built tough. Starting with the most durable soft textile material available, 1000 weight Cordura nylon, we use super strong UV resistant thread that is double stitched into every seam.

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, or binding, that prevents the pieces from unraveling on the inside of the bag, or gives it a clean finished look if on the outside of the bag.

In addition, each exposed 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 wear will have a thicker nylon binding. All of our binding material is vertically woven to prevent fraying, peeling or splitting that you may commonly see in less expensive bags that brag of "binding" their edges.

Each stress point, such as where the handles attach to the bag, is double box stitched - which is where we get the "double xx" in our name, Red Oxx; a stitching practice we adapted from our time as parachute riggers.

The reason Red Oxx uses the largest zipper we can afford, 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.

Red Oxx has occasionally been accused of "overdoing" our hardware. But once you've had a cheap piece of plastic hardware break in the middle of a busy intersection, airport or other inconvenient locale dumping your precious belongings all over the ground, having a heavy-duty nickel-plated or stainless steel D ring or attachment swivel that weighs just a little more, or might make a little noise, 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 bag break down?

Looking for a similar carry-on bag with retractable backpack style shoulder straps? Try our other popular travel bag, the Sky Train.

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

Due to high demand, we encourage you to place your order now to get your Air Boss on our production schedule. Your bag will then be shipped in under 14 days. Like retirement, it's worth the wait.

Dimensions: 21"L x 8"W x 13"H.
Capacity: 2,184 cubic inches.
Weight: 3.4 pounds.

Pocket measurements:

  • Matching dual exterior zippered full length side flat pockets: 13"H x 20"W each
  • Exterior 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 side compartments: 2"W x 20.5"L x 12.5"H
  • Main center compartment: 4"W x 20.5"L x 12.5"H

"No Bull" no question's asked Lifetime Warranty.
Designed AND handmade in Billings, Montana USA.
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Concerned about out of stock items, back orders, products in production and delivery time? - Check out this personal message from CEO Jim Markel.

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Meet the thundering herd who build your gear with pride.

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. Your email address is always secure.

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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 greenshirt. Get out of that checked baggage line and on the plane, now!"

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 air boss in china
By gavin herbert, Reading berkshire uk, September 11, 2014

Spent three weeks in china the air boss was a godsend 7 flights In 3 weeks and everyone I just walked off the plane no luggage collection all in the overhead storage only once was I asked to luggage check it due to the plane being packed and I was one of the last on the plane. Packed one suit with waste coat pair of boots for hiking and 7 set of cloths that could be mix together so appeared wearing something different each day and still had room for more stuff. I was over the weight capacity but nobody checked as it's the right size to take on board very happy and pleased with the boss
 Love it !
By Bill from Cardiff, Cardiff California, August 28, 2014

I have owned this bag for a little over 2 months and have logged 6 trips with it ranging from overnight to 4 days. It's now my favorite piece of luggage and does everything I want it to do. I describe it as the Swiss watch of luggage with all of the packing possibilities. I use the Eagle Creek pack system for dress and casual shirts and they fit just fine.

It's so nice that I can feel so goos about made in America!
 Deserves my time to give awesome review
By Simon Chan, Los Angeles, CA, USA, August 28, 2014

I am a busy entrepreneur and NEVER take time to write reviews... except for this one time. .. Cause the Airboss is AWESOME! One of the best purchases I have ever made in my life. Makes traveling so convenient and easy. The bundle technique is awesome and works well for suits. Initially was worried but everything turned out great. I've already posted on social media and told thousands about this awesome bag already. I highly recommend it
 In my next life I want to be this bag!
By Lungs McGee, Mining Country, Australia, August 6, 2014

So, shortly after I purchased the Air Boss, Red Oxx invited me to leave a review. I thought "Hold your horses, I gotta try it out first...". Here I am, 8 months later, reading reviews that people have left after owning this bag for 5 years! Well sorry, I can't wait. I've had this bag for 8 months, I can't wait any longer.

This bag is the real deal. I'm a fly in fly out coal miner in Australia, and most of my stuff stays at a mining camp. Still, being away for a couple of weeks at a time requires certain necessities, and without wanting to waste time checking baggage, these necessities all have to fit in my carry on. This is where the Air Boss comes up trumps. If I can fit it into the Air Boss, I'll get it into the overhead locker, even on the regional carriers I usually fly with. I've lost count of the times I've seen travellers struggling to get a "regulation size” hard case into the overhead locker on a small plane, while in truth it's probably half empty. My Air Boss is always full, and always fits.

I have to be honest though, when I first received this bag, I thought "where are all the pockets?". Think about it, every bag you buy these days has a million little pockets for this and that. You feel obliged to fill them with something, so in reality the luggage company is saying "Hey, you need these pockets, fill them with something useful, or something not useful, but fill them!".

The Air Boss is a fairly simple bag, a bit ordinary looking even, though very well made. However, it puts you back in charge of how your bag is packed. I get more into my Air Boss than I have ever gotten into any other carry on bag. The best thing is, however full it is, it doesn't look like a monster bag that will be picked out as oversized carry on. Unless I start travelling on steam ships with an entourage of servants, I don't think I'll ever need another bag.

One of the reasons I held off for a while posting this review was to see how well it held up physically. After 8 months of hard Australian outback commuting, I'm kinda surprised. I reckon it's gonna take a few more years to wear this bag out, and I can see now why folks are posting reviews after 5 years of ownership.

In 5 years, if I'm not rich, retired and travelling with an entourage of servants, I'll let you know how my Air Boss is going. Don't hold your breath though, I'll probably be just saying "Yep, still going".

The Air Boss is a legend amongst bags.

 Better than thought
By Deborah Meehan, Illinois, July 28, 2014

Fell in love with this bags look and the idea of packing light. Actually used it for the first time and it is even better than expected. It holds nice amount and stays light. Must be careful not to overpack. Love it!
 Best Bag I have Ever Owned!
By Janise, El Paso, July 24, 2014

I am a seasoned traveler who hates to check my bags! The Air Boss traveled beautifully, was easily accessible to pull out necessary items, stored perfectly in the overhead bin, and was a breeze to carry through the airport. In fact, I brought home extra clothing that I had not worn, in spite of changing outfits at least daily. The Air Boss is undoubtedly the best made and easiest carry-on I have owned!
 My favorite bag
By Anonymous, USA, July 18, 2014

I've had this bag for 2 1/2 years and it's the best piece of luggage I've owned. I take 4-5 international trips per year and often need to fly with a laptop, work materials and clothing to deal with assorted climates. The Air Boss has a surprisingly large capacity and despite all the miles, still looks great. I love that it doesn't have wheels. This is a carry on, not a roll on. If you pack more than you can carry, check the bag and don't run over my feet with your little wheels. I'm looking forward to many more years with this bag. Thanks Red Oxx for a quality product.
 this is the One!
By Debra L. Taylor, Duluth, MN, July 3, 2014

I have had too many checked bags delayed at critical times, I can't stand messenger bags that slip from my shoulder two times a minute, and I am fed up with the small capacity of wheeled bags that are "legal" carry-on size. My new Air Boss has solved all three problems. I recently packed it for eight days in Nevada -- a combination of outdoor and more dress-up activities -- and my new Air Boss held all that I needed, and stayed on my shoulder, and allowed me to escape the checked bag worries. Bravo!
 Perfect Bag for Business Travel
By Jake Abbott, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 26, 2014

I love this bag! I bought one for myself when I became a professor six years ago and knew I would be traveling frequently to conferences. I will never check a bag again; this one always fits in the overhead, yet has plenty of room. I recently bought two more of these for my graduating PhD students. I've now seen three different colors, and they all look beautiful.
 Air Boss
By JAS, North Dakota, June 19, 2014

I travel by air weekly for my job and I bought the Air Boss as I wanted to quit using a bag that was just a "tad" oversized. It took a couple of trips to learn how to pack the bag but I'm finding that I have plenty of room for work clothes, shoes and all the miscellaneous items that I carry. While I miss the wheels for the airport, I find I never have an issue getting it up into the luggage compartment even on RJ's. I would recommend this bag to anyone. It's lighter than any previous bag that I've used in the past and hold more than the wheeled bags also.
 I have bag envy
By Kathleen, New York City, June 12, 2014

I bought this bag for my husband for a recent trip to France, to replace an old Tumi that was falling apart. I wanted something equivalent. (We both prefer carry-on bags sans wheels.) Well, the Air Boss is both sturdy and stylish. I like it way better than the Tumi! It fit tons of stuff and yet is compact. Plus, it's great to buy a Made in USA product. I covet his new bag and plan to buy another one for myself! Well done, Red Oxx.
 Excellent bag
By Josh, Fort Worth, June 12, 2014

Not much to say that hasn't already been said. I honestly had no idea how to pack or travel light before taking the plunge on the Airboss. I'm a business traveler, and while it isn't elegant like Tumi or Travelpro, it is distinctly masculine and has a classically manly feel. It is overbuilt and should last forever, but with a warranty like that I'm not really worried about it anyway. It's an awesome bag and will never give you trouble as a carry on. I even slid it under my seat on a very full flight. If stolen I would purchase it again without hesitation. I plan to be a repeat customer in the future. Thanks Redoxx for the awesome product and the great buying experience.
 Air Boss review after 5 years
By Nathan Meehan, Texas, our Texas!, May 26, 2014

I purchased the Air Boss a little over five years ago after many trips with a rolling type bag that hit one too many bumps. I found the rolling bags were often being carried up and down stairs and as I traveled to Asia and got local they didn't go on buses, tuk-tuks, etc. The original strap is great and won't slip off your shoulder but I replaced mine with a better padded one (The O*/T**h one that is similar to the T*m B**n A******e strap). I think the ideal strap is a merger of the Red Oxx ad the better padded one. Anyway I often carry suits and many items. I made a "one bag" trip of more than 10 days and multiple countries many times. Now I still use a rolling bag (the R***a T***s S*****th) fairly often and sometimes combine the two. But when you see another passenger with the Air Boss you both exchange a knowing glance...this is the gear the real travel Ninjas use...
 CRJ200 Approved

I fly over 140 segments a year. This bag fits in a CRJ200! (Sometimes you have to bang it in there if you have a weeks worth of clothes) I do not have to pink tag this bag. Thus when you have that tight connection, you grab the bag (while others are waiting for theirs) and make the airport dash with a great shoulder strap and make your next flight. Even if I did not need it to fit in a CRJ this would be my bag of choice so much easier to get around with than a roller bag. I bought mine about 15 months ago and my wife just bought one for her. We plan on travelling to Hawaii for 10 days with just these two bags. @deltasegmentfly
 upgrade to Air Boss
By Geza, Minneapolis, MN, May 3, 2014

As others, I was concerned about the time it might take to get the bag before my trip. I did get it on time about 3 1/2 weeks after ordering it. I wish there was someway I could have tracked the progress of my order.

I had a similar bag before but not this heavy duty. That had two compartments and two side packets and one large one for magazines. I miss those but I was always afraid that it was going to rip at any time (lived though 20 years and countless trips). I still need to figure out the packing with three compartment but I can say, I'm not concerned about the construction! I'm looking forward to many trips with it.
 Traveling like a Boss!
By Brett, Middle TN, April 29, 2014

As many others, I found this bag on I'm not a frequent flyer, taking a trip or two per year so I waited to purchase when my latest trip came up.

This is my first shoulder bag. The shoulder strap literally hangs on for dear life. Couldn't be happier about it staying put. I've decided to try and pack even lighter next time though! You can easily over-pack this bag both in weight and girth. I had a difficult time getting it to fit in the overhead compartment of a small jet. My shoulder also got tired at my home airport when walking to my car.

Build quality is unbelievable and the Safari color is better than the photos. Very happy about it. I'm sticking with the AirBoss. It will be perfect once I get my pack refined.

BTW the "bundle packing" method works wonderfully at keeping away wrinkles.

Bottom Line: Yes, it's that good. Just heed the warnings about over-packing and you'll be a happy traveller!
 I bought for my husband for Christmas on his request
By Rich, Raleigh, nc, April 24, 2014

I cancelled, when I saw how long it took for delivery; but my husband was insistent that he still wanted it. Now, he loves it for short flights where they store all wheeled luggage under the plane. He can carry it on and off, then make tight connections.
 love, Love, LOVE!
By Jared, Boston, MA, April 11, 2014

Completely, totally, righteously awesome bag. Never had a problem fitting it into an overhead bin -- the dimensions of this thing are just genius. I'm able to get the bag into most overhead bins when upright. Haven't tried it yet, but I'm very confident that I'd be able to fit 2 weeks worth of outfits into this guy, including business, casual, and workout gear. I absolutely love showing it off to my friends and colleagues as well.
 Best Bag Ever
By Todd B, Magnolia, TX, April 9, 2014

So I have had my Air Boss for 4 years now and am constantly amazed at what I can pack in it. I am an endurance athlete and am always traveling to trail runs, bike races, etc. Multiple times, my Air Boss has come through, allowing me to stuff into it day packs, trail shoes, cycling shoes, etc. along with my "civilian" clothes for long trips. No checked baggage for me! The last trip I took, I tried an old rolling suitcase only to scrap that and go back to my Air Boss. Thanks for making a great travel bag! Construction is bomb proof.
 Amazing Bag!!
By Nick F. , Ohio, April 3, 2014

I am what you call an over packer. Usually taking a large wheeled suitcase and a garment bag for my suit on a 4 or 5 day business trip. I was able to fit everything in this one bag! It is built with quality in mind. The shoulder strap can hurt if you have to constantly carry, but stays in place as described. I did not believe this bag was worth the price. Upon taking it over 20k miles in three weeks, I have changed my mind. This bag is worth every penny. Do yourself a favor. Stop comparing- buy this bag! You won't regret it.
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Air Boss Spec Size Chart

  • Designed AND made in the USA
  • "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
  • US Dimensions: 21"L x 8"W x 13"H
  • Metric Dimensions: 53.3cm L x 20.3cm W x 33cm H
  • US Capacity: 2,184 Cubic Inches
  • Metric Capacity: 35.7 Liters
  • US Weight: 3.4 Pounds
  • Metric Weight: 1.54 Kilos
  • Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified Cordura Nylon
  • Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
  • 420 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: #92 bonded SolarMax Nylon
  • All seams double stitched and bound
  • Stainless steel Mil-Spec snaps with Red Oxx logo
  • Nylon webbing zipper pull grab loops
  • 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
  • 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, orders are typically filled within 14 days. Call 1-888-733-6999 or email for details.

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Air Boss carry-on legal?
Yes, the Air Boss is carry-on legal on most jet airlines.
What's the best way to pack the Air Boss?
The bundle packing method is recommended. Watch the packing video under the Photos and Videos tab or download the printable 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.
Will the Air Boss fit under the seat in front of me?
Cramming the Air Boss under the seat is not recommended.
Will the Eagle Creek packing cubes fit the Air Boss?
We recommend that you use 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 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 the laptop?
You can use the center compartment. We recommend that you use a padded 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. We recommend placing your shoes in a plastic bag first.
Can I change the logo color?
Sure. Simply order your favorite color Logo Patch and sew it on yourself. Red Oxx cannot change the 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 patches.
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. 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, 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.