By Sean Murphy, Phoenix, AZ, April 9, 2013
Never has a product been so appropriately named, Air Boss.
Simply put, if you are looking for the ultimate carry-on bag, this is it.
Quality construction, light weight, thoughtful design, and downright cool!
I have a hard time filling it up for a weeks worth of business travel. If you feel the urge to stuff it, beware that it will hold a lot which can get heavy. I have learned to resist the urge and take only what I need. The result is a easy breeze through any airport and stress free travel.
I cannot recommend this bag strongly enough. The only thing better than this bag is the customer service from the Red Oxx staff.
By Bob Kelly, Virginia, April 4, 2013
I am too large for this bag. Most of my trips are two week vacations and at 6'6" and over 250 with big feet there is no rational way to pack enough clothing and shoes for the duration.
I am sure that there are a long list of compromises I could make to condense my load, but shoes are the deal breaker. So no.
No problem with quality or delivery.
By Ben, , March 31, 2013
Purchased the Air Boss for myself as I have been traveling more for work. My old wheeled carry on was starting to feel heavy and cumbersome. So in comes my new Air Boss, makes getting through security to through terminals a breeze. Nothing to worry about dragging behind me. Fitting this into over head bins is no problem at all. Plenty of room to spare. The Claw strap is amazing, there is no chance of it slipping off my shoulder. Love this bag, I can no longer be tethered to wheeled luggage.
By Anna Hade Duncan, Connecticut, March 28, 2013
A very well constructed bag, and every piece is of the highest quality. I was amazed at how much I could pack in this bag.....and actually remember what I put where. It is very intuitive. I got a red one and the color is rich. Love it. Contacted the company and begged for some "wheeled" choices in larger bags.
By Mario, U.S., March 28, 2013
I'm tall so a roller bag is a headache to wheel around. The Air Boss is my new favorite and very good bag; easy to pack and holds more than it may seem at first sight. Difficult to overpack as well - a very good trait. The non-slip aspect of shoulder strap is great - however the strap is too narrow and needs to be wider . . . I would still recommend the bag to all.
By Anthea Matley, Central Victoria, Australia, March 21, 2013
This bag is so good my husband expressed 'Air Boss envy, so I bought him one too!
By Kolja Kassner, Hamburg, Germany, March 11, 2013
I just received my Air Boss two days ago and traveled back from Berlin by train. So my opinion is based on just the first impression and a single trip of two hours.
The Air Boss kept all my luggage I traveled with for a week visiting a trade show and spending the weekend privately. So it had to fit business attire (two suits, three shirts, pair of shoes etc.) and casual.
Yes it ended up being heavy on the shoulder but what else should I expect packing that much. I liked both, shoulder strap and handles. Everything is solidly built and as other more experienced users write, I expect it to be a long time travel companion. Happy to have it bought and already began recommending ;-)
By Scott, Midwest, March 9, 2013
Great bag.. quit doing the research.. I researched for almost two years.. kept thinking about buying.. didn't but.. researched, etc... they bought the Metro briefcase and loved it so much finally pulled the trigger. Great purchase. thanks!
By Eric, Greenwich, CT, March 7, 2013
It's exactly the size of the standard carry-on dimensions. The two outside flap compartments work great for packing clothes. Inner pocket is awesome for toiletries, laptops, and other things of that nature. Very masculine, carrying it is easy. Wheels are for chicks and effete men. The strap works really well. Overall, get this bag to be a gentleman traveler.
By Anonymous, NYC, March 4, 2013
It holds everything you need for a week-long business trip, from your suits, after-work clothes, to your workout clothes and toiletries. It doesn't cost a fortune, lasts forever, is light to carry, and looks good. Complete package. Stop reading the travel forums and buy this bag.
By Jason, Nyack NY, March 2, 2013
Like everyone reading these reviews, I travel-- alot. Also, like everyone, I did the comparison game between the Tom Bihn, Patagonia MLC and Air Boss. Here is one key difference, I actually owned and used each of these for about a year or more on trips ranging from surf jaunts to Mexico (Patagonia bag), to cross country drives (Bihn)-- to 3 week | 4 country business trips (Red Oxx).
The winner is: Air Boss. Hands down. No debate. Nothing to hedge, no if's or but's. Nothing. 520,000 miles, 82 cities and 11 countries in 3 years and 2 months-- with Patagonia or Aeronaut. I cannot imagine how I ever managed that without the AirBoss. Its that good of a bag.
By Morgan, Pennsylvania, February 28, 2013
I researched forever to find the perfect bag. I was headed to South Africa to two weeks and only wanted to carry on. Thus, I needed a compact bag that held a good amount of stuff. I finally narrowed down my search to the Air Boss and one other bag. I couldn't decide so I purchased both with the intention to send one back. I honestly thought it would be the Air Boss because of the cost, but once it arrived, I knew what I paid was well worth it! The construction is top notch and the amount it holds is phenomenal.
I kept one week of business casual clothes in one side of the bag, one week of safari/travelling clothes in the other side, and other misc. items in the middle. It all fit wonderfully and wasn't burdensome to carry. The only problem was that I had to check the bag because of the weight. (South African Air is much stricter). But, it came through being checked just fine and didn't end up being a problem at all. My plan is that this is the last piece of luggage I will ever purchase. I would HIGHLY recommend it!
By Turkey traveler, Virginia, February 28, 2013
I just returned from a two week trip to Turkey. I did some research before I bought a carry on and decided on Air Boss. I was very pleased with the bag, from its quality construction, to its capacity and appearance. I liked that the strap stayed on my shoulder but the bag did get heavy on long walks through airports and I will take a look at the replacement strap mentioned in other reviews. Overall an excellent choice.
By mparrott, oregon, February 17, 2013
I'm a medical student and also in the military. For rotations I need to take all the normal clothes one would need plus uniforms. Couldn't fit it all in one bag; but the AirBoss is amazing. It will be used for residency interviews next year as I'm sure I can get 3-4 days with uniforms no problem. For a month rotation I used this bag and a Sky Train which worked perfect; although I had to check bags.
By Shane Day, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, February 15, 2013
I've had my own Air Boss for about 6 months now and have used a borrowed one for occasional travel before that. Simply put, for single-bag travelling, it's the best product I've ever used. Everything about it is designed to be used and (if necessary) abused in the real world. The zippers won't break or jam, the outside won't scuff, the strap won't slide off my shoulder, and I can easily put a full week's worth of clothing and gear inside of it for marathons. It's capacity has actually gotten me into trouble with Lufthansa as I was able to place far more into it than I thought was possible. :)
Overall, great product and one I'd happily recommend to others.
By Philip, UK, February 14, 2013
I work offshore and travel a lot around the world. In many instances I can take a maximum of 12kg (25 lbs) for a 28 day trip.
This means that well designed luggage is critical for me.
The Air Boss bag is excellent. There are perhaps 3 or 4 items on the global market that hit the spot of being capable of ticking all the boxes for a guy who has to live out of carry on for 6 months a year.
I interchange between the Air Boss and my Victorinox Standard Issue. The Victorinox is perhaps a little more corporate looking, a little tougher feeling, but weighs more when every ounce counts and does have a much higher price. (It is worth it though, if you can find one).
Over the last decade I have bought and tried perhaps 30 or so bags and almost all of them fail in design, durability or functionality almost immediately leaving me feeling very disappointed... again.
This is NOT one of those bags. It hits the spot.
If you are clever enough to realise that it doesn't have wheels and a bag you fill with things will weigh as much as the total of the things you put in the bag and the bag itself (a lot of people have complained about how heavy the bag gets) and you know what you are buying and why you are buying then this is highly recommended.
There are a million carry ons with wheels. There are few worth using that conform to cabin regulations and don't have wheels.
If you specifically don't want wheels and want a true CARRY ON bag, this has to be one of the few you should give the time of day to.
By Mark, Northwest Indiana, February 12, 2013
The bag is very rugged and durable, with strong zippers, fixtures and fastenings. It is very well constructed and will take a pounding. I would suggest that the central compartment could contain some inside pockets and/or dividers; this way, it will be easier to organize office/work stuff for business trips.
By Adrian Denegar, Victoria, BC, February 7, 2013
I like this bag.
It's practical because it is the largest legal sized piece of luggage that can be brought with you on an airplane.
It's practical because you can pick about three to five days' worth of clothing and personal items within its dimensions.
It's a time saver because it helps you avoid having to check-in luggage, thereby saving you at least 15 minutes at the luggae carousel! I mean, I think of a million other things that I'd prefer to do than hang out with the other schleps waiting for their luggage.
My only gripe is that the luggage tag needs to be embedded within and top of one the side pockets. That would reduce the risk of your all-important luggage tag being RIPPED OFF in some over-worked robot luggage sorter at the airport.
Also, the shoulder strap needs to have more cusheon. Carrying all your shit in this one bag is going to make your shoulder sore, even if you're a middle aged guy likemyself who is in relatively good physical shape. Extra shoulder strap padding wouldn't detract from the value of this bag.
All in all, worth the money if you're willing to forgo the physical comfort of having more luggage. I think it is.
I like this.
By Colin, Continental US travelling, February 3, 2013
I bought this bag as a classical musician who travels often for gigs and auditions. Since my instrument is always my "personal item" I wanted the largest possible carry-on with no wasted space. This bag managed to carry my clothing for a week PLUS white tie attire, a suit, two extra pairs of shoes (formal and running), and my laptop/charger. While packed THAT full it didn't quite fit in an overhead, but honestly attempting to fit that much in a carry-on was folly to begin with. Nonetheless, it all fit and was easy to carry through the airport. I'm confident that when I only need ONE set of formal attire I'll easily be able to go a few weeks out of this bag. Great design, great feel, great service.
By Richard, New York, NY, January 31, 2013
I found out about the Air Boss via OneBag.com. After extensively checking reviews, I decided to give the Air Boss a chance. I have a bad back, so this was really a leap of faith.
The Air Boss has more room than I expected - so much so that I actually overpacked. Despite that, and even though I dreaded picking it up each time, I was pleasantly surprised every time that the bag was so well balanced that it wasn't a problem to carry.
Construction is as good as they say. And it was a revelation to have everything in one carryon that was smaller than most rollers. I couldn't be more pleased with this bag and I couldn't recommend this more highly to anyone. You'll be shocked at how much it accommodates.
FYI: I deducted one star (would have preferred if I could take away 1/2 star) because the strap was a bit of a letdown. But I had followed recommendations to buy an Op/Tech strap as a replacement -- perfect.
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
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, 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.
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 here as 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 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.
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, and 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. 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!
22"L x 8"W x 14"H.
Capacity: 2,352 cubic inches.
Weight: 3.9 pounds.
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.
- 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.
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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 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: 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
- 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.
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