By F. Wu, San Francisco, October 20, 2016
have had an Air Boss for maybe a decade. It has held up very well. It's roomy and durable. The zippers in particular are over-engineered. That's great. I have had problems with other luggage -- zipper failure is a real risk, especially with the coil design. There are zero downsides to this.
My wife, who is a harder critic than me, has remarked on how much use I have gotten out of this product. So that's an endorsement.
I recently bought the CPA briefcase. It has been in almost daily use. Likewise, a wonderful design. The snaps are especially thoughtful, with the loop to allow one-handed closure.
And then I decided to add a Gator bag for times when I am out and about with a camera but no laptop.
Two observations, not criticisms.
First, they use Cordura (except a few items available in ballistic nylon). It doesn't seem as upscale as ballistic nylon. So if you have to have that Tumi look, you should buy a Tumi.
Second, speaking of appearance, these are what you would expect from a company that markets itself as appropriate for guys with guns. These have a rugged style. If you took a briefcase camping, this is the brand. In an uptight corporation, it might not go over as well.
By Mark V, Long Beach CA, May 19, 2016
This briefcase is going to last forever. Very well made. Great design. Tough material and the zippers are the best. Glad a friend told me about Red Oxx.
By George M., Huntsville, AL, August 6, 2015
What a great bag. I really love this CPA Briefcase. It is sturdy and made so well, looks professional, and can hold a ton of stuff. The rubber strap never comes off your shoulder. Ordered a separate rubber strap to use with other bagss. Am so happy with my purchase. The CPA Briefcase shipped so quickly after ordering. Very impressed with Red Oxx craftsmanship and quality.
By Michael O., California, July 14, 2015
I searched exhaustively on the internet to find a bag that would meet my needs as a high school teacher. I needed room for a laptop, iPad, and stacks of papers to grade that never fit well in any other bag I purchased. Luckily at the last minute I came across Red Oxx and narrowed my search between them and one other company.
In the end I really wanted to go with Red Oxx because I admire the company's business ethics, but I couldn't decide between the metro or the CPA. The CPA just seemed too big. In the end I went with the CPA and I couldn't be happier. Yes, it's big. But finally I have a quality bag that will easily fit everything I need it to. And the build quality is the best I've ever seen to date.
Also, I want to give a shout out to the people who helped me with my order. To my shame I don't remember their names, but I called just before closing. The woman who answered the phone transferred me to someone else to pay for my purchase while she boxed it up so it could go out that day. I wasn't in a rush, but that's service. Within moments I had an email confirming shipment.
Buy from these people!
By Kevin, Houston, TX, July 8, 2015
The CPA Briefcase was my first purchase from Red Oxx in late 2014, and it won't be my last. I did a TON of research over several weeks when looking for a new computer/work bag, but my search kept bringing me back to the Red Oxx CPA. I wanted something durable that would last; I'd had 2 cheapo computer bags break on me over the last 2 years.
The functionality of the CPA is great; the outside "Gator" pockets are perfect for keys, cellphone, sunglasses, etc. There's plenty of room inside for my laptop, various gadgets, and lunchbox; it's even served as a "weekender" bag on a couple of occasions. My only *minor* complaint would be that this bag is a bit on the large size for my daily commute needs.
But overall, the quality and craftsmanship can't be beat, it looks nice (the Safari color combo is classy and stands out), and I know it will last for as long as I need it to. I'm just looking for an excuse to buy another Red Oxx item (Dopp Kit, maybe?).
By Anonymous, Cincinnati, Oh, June 23, 2015
This is perfect for all railroad books I carry. Has room left for a large size disinfecting wipe container too!
By Zeno, Austin Texas, June 8, 2015
I honestly can't remember when I was so pleasantly surprised by the quality of a product. And I never bother to write product reviews. This bag is extremely well made. I carry tons of stuff in it every day, and every day I am more glad I bought it. Anything I ever need that Red Oxx sells, I'll buy it from them.
By Doug , Midwest, May 8, 2015
I live in two places and fly regularly for work. The strap is great no matter how far the walk in the airport. On the plane whether up right or laying down it fits.
On the move I always gave what I need and know where to find it in the bag. The front pockets and snaps work well.
With the purple color I can always easily pick out my bag.
I use this everyday and constantly with no worries. It also still looks as good as the day I received it several months and thousands of miles ago. Very high quality.
Whether it is a 17" laptop, top laptops or papers to support a far off meeting of 15+ physicians, this bag works everyday.
No tattoos or guns but I highly recommend this bag.
By Josh, Ventura, CA, March 24, 2015
This bag serves many roles. I'm not sure how many physical therapists are reading this, but I've used this bag both as a clinician and a business owner. It can fit many treatment and evaluating tools, plus paperwork and laptops. Even with all that I feel like I'm only using half its capacity. A don't forget the most important part for any therapists: a coffee travel mug holder! Or... A water bottle holder, whichever is your preference.
By Anonymous, Cincinnati, February 26, 2015
I bought this as a grip to carry all my railroad books in. It's perfect for the job. I am extremely pleased with the size and durability
By Anne, Kentucky, January 22, 2015
Although I love, love, love this bag, I have to carry quite a bit of office stuff with me, and if I'm carrying it for a period of time, it can get rough. (This is what's in it now - a laptop (with sleeve), two 1" binders, a 2" red weld with papers, a couple of notepads, electrical cords/etc, a pencil/pen/post-it note pouch.) I ordered it (along with the Skytrain) a year ago. I travel weekly, and needed quality luggage, and I hate luggage with wheels. A year later, and it still looks brand new - with as much wear and tear I put this thing through, that's saying a heck of a lot. It will fit under an airline seat (unless, perhaps, it's busting with stuff - then it may be more difficult), which is so nice, don't have to worry about battling with others for the overhead space.
I do agree with others that some kind of internal, zippered enclosure would be nice. If you have long hair, it will get caught in the strap and you'll do the whole head-over bit.
Getting back to the weight - one of the nice things is that it is a monster at how much it can hold.... But this is also one of the not great things - if you actually put that much stuff in there, it can get pretty darn heavy (I've weighed mine a couple of times, anywhere from 15 pounds to 35!), which can get rough on my back/shoulder while traipsing through airports (I know, just put less in there - but if I have it, I need it). So, I'm looking at backpacks, thinking of getting the K-12 one, but not sure if it's going to hold everything I need.
By Shane, Prescott AZ, October 15, 2014
I commute to Los Angeles from AZ every week; this bag is the real deal, and the ONLY thing I take. Large enough to hold a computer, 3 days of clothes (use a packing cube!), food, water bottle. Small enough to carry on a turboprop, the train, whatever. Letter-size documents fit perfectly in outside zippered areas for easy access, expanding pockets are quick and great for odds and ends. Inside layout is flexible and works well. It's a super tough bag that will not look out of place at the range, on the ramp, in the classroom, or in a boardroom. Especially if you get this animal in Black. Whether I'm in jeans or a suit, it just works. Backpacks might do the same job, but would be a silly option in business settings. Shoulder strap and handles are comfortable even for heavy and long hauls.
By heagan, Texas, September 18, 2014
Spent many years with backpacks and messenger bags to carry my daily grind. I got really tired of digging through those types of bags and wanted something more like a briefcase. I stumbled on this bag online and ordered the standard version first. I liked it but it was too small, so I ordered the CPA. Perfect size and well thought out pockets on the inside. I have everything for my laptop, including an external hard drive with plenty of room for folders, sunglasses and other stuff. Super easy to access everything, no more digging.
I really wish Oxx would make a led strip light that you could pin up near the zipper from the inside. That way it would illuminate the inside for better night time visibility. That would make this bag beyond perfect.
By John, Shelton, CT, August 30, 2014
Great quality, roomy, lightweight. This is third bag I bought in last 18 months (others not RedOxx)and I finally got it right. RedOxx is the best. Tired of cheaply made goods from overseas. I'm not a CPA but I do carry lots of work related stuff with me each day and this bag fits the bill. It's well balanced because there are two centered handles instead of one off centered handle as on cheaper bags. This makes it easy to carry or lift. Shoulder strap is comfortable and stays in place. Other reviewers are suggesting an interior zippered pouch, which makes sense and would be practical but I love this bag as is. Handmade in the USA!
By R Shepard, Western NY, May 23, 2014
Years ago, I bought the PR5 Safari-Beanos bag and it has STILL been my go-to piece of luggage for any trip. When it came time to get a proper shoulder bag for school (I'd been using a backpack prior), I did look at other companies as well as Red Oxx. My wife owned the Metro briefcase, which I dug -- but it wasn't roomy enough. The obvious choice? The CPA.
To give you an idea of what I'm hauling around: a Macbook with sleeve, four thick folders of paper, a couple of spiral notebooks, a couple of average-size textbooks, Clif bars, pens/pencils, chargers for my cell phone and laptop, a small umbrella, and a Nalgene bottle. The CPA handles all of this with room to spare for a crammed-in lightweight jacket, should I need it. The shoulder strap is diesel and DOES NOT SLIDE, as advertised. It stands on its own beautifully.
I gave this five stars, but there are a couple of small caveats/suggestions that I have. Firstly, the CPA is not waterproof. I'm not sure many bags are; I got caught in one rainstorm and a little water got in. Nothing major, but it's something for you to keep in mind. (I didn't expect a waterproof bag; just sayin.) The only suggestion I'd have is to put some sort of tread/feet on the bottom to protect the bottom. I'm sure it's durable, but this would increase the life of the product and I'd be happy to pay a little more for something like that.
The bag already comes with monkey knots on the zippers and a luggage tag, so you're set in that department. Overall, a quality product that's worth purchasing.
By Anonymous, Alabama, April 24, 2014
I use this as a local bag on the railroad and I love it!!!! Durable, light weight, and easy to use. I have it stuffed with rule books, timetables, general and system bulletins, pens, lights, and everything else I have to have and still have room. The only thing I wish it had was a clip for your keys, other than that, it's the perfect bag.
----------Red Oxx Replies: Thanks for the great review! We sell a Pin Mount Key Clip that you can mount anywhere you like in or on your CPA.
By Steve F, MN, April 21, 2014
Excellent. I needed a bag that could hold a large laptop. One small suggestion for future design change. If possible (??) a water proof durable bottom for the case so I I set it down on water the case and contents would be protected. Also, wider front pockets to hold the larger cell phones. I think that this case is almost perfect. And I have purchase many different cases
By John H, San Antonio, TX, April 10, 2014
I really wanted this to be "The One". I routinely travel with 2 computers, iPad, chargers etc.
I own the Air Boss and think its truly the best.
I will start with Pros:
Roomy - plenty of space for 2 computers
Sturdy - typical Red Oxx overconstructed. Durable fabric.
Nice features like dual bottle pockets and 1 handed snaps.
Handles are thin and floppy. Hard to corral
Not enough discrete storage - 2 snap pockets outside. Inside organizer panels not much help keeping accessories organized. Everything winds up in bottom and tangled.
Claw strap stays on shoulder but bag doesn't "hang" well.
Top zip opening is awkward - unlike Air Boss that zips around, zipper only goes around top. Hinders access.
Overall its a good material and construction just doesn't match my ideal bag ideas. I could recommend it, but will likely watch for next offerring from Red Oxx.
By Todd , Asheville, NC, March 27, 2014
Big , good looking , and one of those products that just oozes handmade, quality construction. My CPA is literally a mobile office for me, and carries everything from office supplies, paperwork, laptop, iPad, etc.
For me personally, I would have liked to have one hidden zippered pocket. Not a deal breaker, but something I miss from my previous inferior bag. I think you need to love your red oxx bags, cuz' you certainly aren't going to kill them!!
By Rick, Kalispell, March 13, 2014
Have two of these units for hauling gear to fire camp - plans section. Carry laptop computer, portable printer, attachements, and an array of other stuff. Good, rugged, padded to protect gear. Can throw in pick-up or on a plane. Made in Montana!
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between the CPA and the Metro?
The CPA Briefcase is nearly twice as wide as the Metro.
Will the CPA hold a laptop? What size?
The CPA was designed to carry virtually any laptop notebook up to 17-inch screen and three inches thick.
Will the CPA Briefcase meet personal item/carry-on standards?
Absolutely. It will fit any overhead bin and even under most airline seats.
How are the internal pockets configured?
The backside has a full length slip mesh pocket that is anchored to the bottom of the bag. In front of this pocket are six smaller cordura slip pockets. On the other side is a full length mesh divider not anchored to the bottom. In front of the divider are two CORDURA® slip pockets and five pen pockets. Both of the full length interior pockets include buckle closures to help keep your office items organized.
Can I fit my C-pap machine inside?
Yes, the CPA will fit your C-pap. We also recommend using our Gator Compact Carry-on
to carry your C-pap machine.
Is there a way to securely lock my briefcase?
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.
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.
“I'm for CPA's who like tattoos and firearms.”
In stock orders ship same day if received by 4:00 PM Mountain Standard Time!
A durable Padded Nylon Briefcase for when you need more room.
Double the volume of our Metro Briefcase.
Carry-on the CPA Fully Padded Business Briefcase on your next flight and you'll have everything you need securely at your side. Plenty of room for files, a tablet or laptop, a snack, and even a change of clothes-- just in case your checked luggage goes to Barbados, while you're heading to Brooklyn. Volara closed cell foam padding in front, bottom and back keeps your laptop notebook safe and as a nice added touch, it also keeps your briefcase upright. The CPA Briefcase will fit laptops with a screen up to 17 inches and three inches thick.
DOUBLE THE CARRY CAPACITY.
The CPA briefcase has the same features as our popular Metro briefcase, except nearly double the volume capacity. The inside includes two internal mesh dividers on each side of the briefcase. One file divider is sewn down on the bottom to keep your files or magazines fixed in place, while the other is left open to the bottom so you can secure your laptop out of the way using the snap buckle. Both dividers have pockets for CDs, business cards, and writing instruments. Carry your Nalgene bottle in one of the twin gathered-elastic end pockets.
PLENTY OF POCKETS.
On the exterior of the briefcase you have access to six pockets, including two expanding bellows pockets with exclusive 'Red Oxx finger loop snap' closures. 'Red Oxx Finger Loop Snap' closures. These side pockets feature the exclusive ROFLS -- "Red Oxx Finger Loop Snap" closures which utilize our Mil-Spec stainless steel snaps and thoughtfully designed thumb loops that make closing these handy pockets a "snap." ROFLS 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. ROFLS is a clever solution that prevents crushing items (like your precious sunglasses) under the snaps. Behind each gusseted pocket are secret hidden flat slip pockets for that little extra bit of storage.
Hidden behind each bellows pocket is a secret flat "slip pocket" for papers, boarding passes, sunglasses, etc. The bellows pockets work well for laptop batteries or power supplies. The other two pockets are full-length flat zipper pockets for tablets, documents or magazines. Confidently carry your CPA Briefcase using the nonslip Claw Shoulder Strap or by the reinforced nylon carry handles.
6 REASONS TO OWN RED OXX GEAR
1. A BRIEFCASE BUILT LIKE A TANK?
Our customers like to define our gear as "built like a tank". While obviously you're not going to be toting around briefcases that weigh 50 tons and have three inches of armor plate, still the comparison is valid. For a briefcase, the CPAs are built tough. Starting with ione of the most durable textile materials available, 1000 weight CORDURA® nylon, we use super strong UV resistant thread that's stitched into every seam.
2. BOUND AND BAGGED.
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 case, or gives it a clean finished look if on the outside of the bag.
3. BINDING INSIDE / BINDING OUTSIDE.
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 competitors breifcases that brag of "binding" their edges.
4. WHY DOUBLE BOX STITCHING?
Each stress point, such as where the handles attach to the CPA, is double box stitched - which is where we get the "double XX" in our name, Red Oxx; a stitching practice we adapted from our service as parachute riggers.
5. MY, WHAT BIG ZIPPERS YOU HAVE!
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.
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 plastic hardware break in the middle of a busy intersection, airport or other inconvenient locale dumping your precious documents and electronics 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?
WHY THE CPA?
The primary advantage of the CPA over the Metro is space. Nearly doubling the volume in the main compartment (width) gives you flexibility to carry more with you.
The Red Oxx CPA Briefcase keeps you moving, organized, even clothed, and your office goods protected.
U.S.A. Dimensions: 17"L x 7"W x 11"H.
Capacity: 1,309 cubic inches.
Weight: 3.25 pounds.
Metric Dimensions: 43.2cm L x 17.8W x 28cm H
Capacity: 21.5 Liters
Weight: 1.47 Kilos
- Twin exterior bellowed snap pockets: 4.5"W x 8"T x +/-2"D (measured at top of pocket)
- Twin exterior hidden flat slot pockets: 4.5"W x 7"T
- Dual exterior zippered flat pockets:16"L x 10"H
- Interior closed bottom mesh pocket: 16"W x 8"D
- Three Interior closed bottom canvas flat pockets: 6"W x 5"D
- Three interior closed bottom canvas flat pockets: 6"W x 4"D
- Interior open bottom mesh pocket: 16"W x 9"D
- Two interior closed bottom canvas pockets: 7.5"W x 5.5"D
- 5 interior pen / pencil slots: 5"D
- Main compartment: 7"W x 11"H x 17"L
"No Bull" no question's asked Lifetime Warranty.
Designed AND hand made in Billings, Montana U.S.A..
UPS Transit Shipping Time Map.
Witness the birth of your bag and learn about the many steps it takes to handcraft your CPA Briefcase.
Meet the thundering herd 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 14 working days may receive an order follow-up assurance email. During checkout purchasers have the option to opt-out of our other occasional email notifications. Your email address is always secure.
Every great briefcase needs cool luggage accessories.
CPA Briefcase is a Red Oxx "Staff Pick" favorite.
- Designed AND hand made in U.S.A.
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified CORDURA® nylon
- Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
- 400 weight denier soft red nylon lining
- All zippers #10 YKK VISLON® self-locking
- Thread: #92 bonded SolarMax Nylon
- All seams double stitched and bound
- Double Box stitching on stress points such as carry handles
- 3250 welded D-rings, nickel plated
- Stainless steel Mil-Spec snaps with Red Oxx logo
- Claw No Slip Shoulder Strap
- Fair trade Monkey Fist Zip Knots on all zippers
- Free heavy-duty vinyl luggage tag
- Embroidered Logo Patches
- Includes Cable Lock
- 4 lb. closed cell Volara foam padding
- Classified as a "personal item"
- Choose from 12 vibrant colors
- US Dimensions: 17"L x 7"W x 11"H
- Metric Dimensions: 43.2cm L x 17.8W x 27.9cm H
- US Capacity: 1,309 cubic inches
- Metric Capacity: 21.5 Liters
- US Weight: 3.25 Pounds
- Metric Weight: 1.47 Kilos
CPA Briefcase 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 (Proprietary Red Oxx Exclusive)
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.
Questions? Visit our Customer Service Help Desk or call our Toll Free Hot Line: 1-888-733-6999.
Red Oxx "No Bull" Warranty
As time rolls a ceaseless course, only the genuine guarantee remains. The mountains will persist, the oceans are bound to endure and Red Oxx will continue to be rugged, reliable, and tough.
To the depths of the Amazon basin to the peaks of the Himalayas, Red Oxx Manufacturing is infallible.
Red Oxx Bags are guaranteed forever, be sure to include them in your will.
Made in U.S.A.
Red Oxx Bags are handcrafted in Billings, Montana. U.S.A.