By Victor Wong, Ottawa, ON, October 22, 2013
The thing to remember about so-called "man-purses" is that they perform one function: to carry things too big for clothes pockets. And in today's laptop-toting age, there's no shame for a man to have one.
The trick is to get one with a sense of man-style. And that's what the Chica has: it's the evolution of that canvas bag Harrison Ford carried in the Indiana Jones movies. It's the same size, in terms of height and width, but because it's a bit wider it can carry more. An iPad or tablet will fit quite easily, and letter-sized documents will go in with little fuss.
I will echo the complaints of others in that the strap could be replaced by the rubberized Claw that RedOxx uses in its other products.
By Jo, Illinois, October 22, 2013
I was undecided between the Chica and the Gator, but when I saw them both, I decided on the Chica. So glad I did! This bag has become my everyday purse and a travel staple. I have a 4th-gen iPad with a ClamCase Pro (hard-shell keyboard case) -- fits perfectly in the Chica. My cell phone goes in the zipper pocket on the flap (not ideal, but I can live with it until RedOxx comes up with a better idea). Checkbook and sunglasses go in the zipper pocket inside the main pocket. The Chica goes everywhere with me, and I have no problem with the style or appearance. The strap is a little rough -- I have to be careful when wearing knits or thinner fabrics -- but overall, the Chica is wonderful. Thank you, RedOxx!
By Anonymous, Memphis, TN, July 4, 2013
The chica performed with excellence. It held everything from little to large quantities and is very sturdy. I will definitely be using instead of a purse on all my trips.
By Dave Sellens, Independence, MO, November 9, 2012
I bought this bag for my wife and a girlfriend as an everyday purse after they looked at it online. I already own the railroad duffel bag and the tri-fold shaving kit bags and knew all about the quality of your products. Needless to say, they are both incredibly happy with it. It holds all the useless crap that women have to carry in their purses and still has room left over to hold stuff they are handed by our kids.
After talking to both of them, they would absolutely buy another one (or several) in various colors and would recommend these to other women. According to them, the only thing that would make this bag better would be a checkbook wallet that matches the color of the bags. In short, they love these bags.
By Terri, North Carolina, November 8, 2012
The Chica was a last minute purchase before a trip to Guatemala. I had been traveling with the Air Boss and was impressed with the design and construction. When the Chica arrived I thought it was too big. I put it back in the box disappointed with my impulsive purchase. Long story short...the bag went to Guate with me and is now my favorite travel bag.
It was designed to perfection. Just enough pockets to be useful but not too many that you lose track of where you put things. I wore the shoulder strap across my body so the bag was always secure against my body and my hands were free.
I had everything I needed for the day including rain jacket and bottled water. The bag that I initially thought looked too big never felt cumbersome. My search for the perfect day bag is over.
Great bag for women or men
By Elizabeth, Berkeley, CA, October 18, 2012
I've used this bag every day since I received it. I am extremely pleased. I was looking for a durable, everyday purse with a cross-the-chest strap that could be shortened to a shoulder strap. I wanted a durable material but didn't want the weight of leather. The Chica is exactly as described.
I like the way the strap is attached to the bag; it doesn't twist because there are no d-rings. The front zipper pocket is perfect for my cell phone, keys, and little odds and ends that I want quick access to. The pocket with the snap is good for snacks, earphones, lists. The main compartment holds my camera, wallet, scarf, 18 oz water bottle, etc. I'm sure I'll use the slot pocket towards the back at some point for separating things.
By C.A. Barton, NW Arkansas, October 14, 2012
I've had my Chica about 3 months. I had to revise my expectations of what and how to pack the Chica. One reason I bought the Chica, is that I will eventually get a tablet computer. Right now my Nook stands in for the tablet.
For folks that lamented the lack of a key clip, may I suggest the handy wire ring that comes with the dog tag? I strung the ring around the metal clip holding the strap. Et Voila! My keys do not drop into the bag. I bought pencil bags to segregate my gear, much nicer than digging through a bag. I take my Chica everywhere and it still does not show wear.
There are a ton of pockets and ways to arrange the Chica to meet your needs. Experiement!
Good, but not without flaws
By Anonymous, Texas, September 16, 2012
I bought this bag a few months ago. Now that I've had it awhile and have used it quite a bit, I finally feel comfortable writing a real review.
I love Red Oxx products. They really hold up to abuse and look good doing it. They are even "Autism Tough," which isn't easy to find.
I bought this bag for me, to be used in travel--specifically to Walt Disney World. I needed something that would be easy to carry, use and would hold a lot. I always need essentials for my ASD son, my toddler and still wind up with things for/from my other 2 boys and husband. I didn't want to look or feel like a pack mule. I also wanted something that was OK for water rides and sudden downpours. In this, The Chica fit the bill perfectly.
I've been also using it for when I was working day camp during the summer and for many day trips/festivals. I am mostly happy with it.
I am able to toss in my phone, my iPad, rain ponchos, small books, water bottles, snacks, sunscreen, digital camera, pocket camcorder, baby wipes, noise cancelling headphones, wallet and many other miscellaneous items with ease--depending where I am at or what I need (almost all those things at once when at Disney).
Where The Chica failed: I found the strap did slide a bit. I am on the look out for a way to slip something around it for a bit more comfort, but really, it's not something I noticed too terribly. I do wish the straps were removable. I kept losing my iphone. There is an interior pocket, but my phone kept getting lost. I'd like a small smartphone pocket that is easy to reach. This is not a deal breaker though. I really wish there was a side pocket on each side for a water bottle. I ended up attaching a carabiner that has a water bottle clip, but it moves around and hits me which is uncomfortable. This is close to a deal breaker, as I find this a big need and inconvenience. The BIG problem though, is the rubbing. For the most part, it lays as any crossbody bad lies and is quite comfortable. However, what I have noticed is that the super-tough material rubs against my clothes. When I returned from Disney, I realized I had ruined several shirts. In that 5 day trip, I probably ruined $300 worth of clothes. My use is now limited to when I am wearing clothes I don't care about (day camp "uniform" t-shirts), if I will have a stroller that I can toss it into or any other time that I will not have it on my person for 14 hours a day.
----------Red Oxx Replies: thanks so much for the feedback, we have a smartphone holster that clips neatly to the webbing on the side of the bag. That way you have a secure way to carry your phone and you can easily access it.
Update - Awesome Addition
By GaylM, Canada, September 2, 2012
Thought I'd add to my original posting as I've now done 2 train trips with my Chica & it is as good as I'd hoped. I find that I use these reviews a lot to make decisions so I wanted to let people know some details of this bag.
I fit my iPad, with a protective sleeve, in the back slot of the main compartment with a bit of a squeeze but nothing that would endanger the iPad - it is more that my sleeve is a little bulky. On its own, the iPad slides easily into the slot.
In the rest of the main compartment, I was able to put all the cords & extras that I travel with (chargers, headphones, extra [large] battery for apple gear, small purse, scarf & large metal water bottle). There's a small zippered section in the front of the main section which is where I transferred my passport to for safety when I was through security/customs.
Under the front flap (which ingeniously snaps at the bottom to the rest of the bag) is another section that has a middle snap & is perfect for easy access to snack bars, kleenex, chapstick, etc...
The front flap has a zipper for quick access to your tickets & id. I found it the perfect place for my iPhone, as well.
This bag is extremely well thought out. It's more stylish than the gator bag & that's what I wanted. If I was going on a trip where I would be roughing it more then the gator bag would be my preference.
Personally, I don't want water bottle holders at the end of this bag. It would be neat to have some sort of an add-on for water bottles that would attach, look like part of the bag, but that you could put on or off as you need - I would be all over that. I sort of like the idea of a back slot but I also know, from experience, that items tend to disappear more easily & so I much prefer the front zippered section on the front flap.
I can't think of much more that I would want for this bag. It's about as perfect as can be, for my needs. I do like the idea of an add-on water bottle holder though....hmmmm.....
By Anonymous, California, August 23, 2012
This is the perfect bag. It is extremely well made, fits my "look", and is the perfect size for all my purse items plus a book. I use it everyday and love it!
By Randall, Omaha, Nebraska, August 9, 2012
I purchased this along with my Sky Train and Nomad bags, but didn't take it on my first journey. I like the size for carrying multiple small to medium size items that would otherwise be hard to manage.
It fits my first generation iPad perfectly, and still has room for a smaller frame camera and whatever else one might need to have handy. I look forward to using it. The only caveat is the lack of a light-colored lining to make things easier to see. I would also add a small carry handle and small pad on the shoulder strap.
By GaylM, Canada, July 18, 2012
I was pleasantly surprised, for several reasons, when I recently received my new Chica. I had ordered it in a khaki color (which I assumed was a beige color) but it appears more of a really light green - which I love because it looks great with my olive Skytrain, CPA computer bag & market tote. Also, it was larger than I had envisioned - not too large - but definitely bigger.
It will definitely hold my iPad & other gear when I'm travelling. I'm taking several train trips in the next few months and I can't wait to try this newest addition out. Of course, all of the other Red Oxx gear comes with me - I have travelled everywhere with it the last few years & received numerous compliments & questions about it.
By Anonymous, Gulf Coast, June 20, 2012
Purchased for recent trip to europe.
Great for air travel with easy access to front zip pocket for tickets, passport, boarding pass, etc.
Snaps are good, but wish it had a zipper to main compartment, and another zip compartment on the back of the bag. Kept everything necessary for multi security check points with ease.
too big and bulky for everyday travel trips.
All in all, good for long hauls, dashing through airports. Cross body is a plus.
Would not use as every day bag. Very utilitarian in appearance.
By Anonymous, Washington, DC, May 24, 2012
I got this as a late-Spring, Summer, early-Fall commuter bag. I also agree with the suggestions others have made for modifications. I would also suggest making the strap the same design as that for the Gator. That said, I think it currently functions much better than most messenger bags. I am using the end loops as a place to carry sunglasses and the flap tabs by the front flap zip pocket make good pen/stylus holders. Note--this bag is not really wide or deep enough to carry files--at least not without crushing or crumpling them.
By Richard, Doha, Qatar, May 24, 2012
I bought this bag in the hope that it would do 2 things--carry my lunch to work, and hold a set of headphones and all the other clutter while travelling. It does the second and will certainly do the first. On top of all, it really does feel strong enough to be used to fell a bag snatcher. Well done all.
PS I wouldn't object to a phone pocket, but it isn't something I'd die in a ditch over.
Request rather than review
By lps, New York, April 20, 2012
I second the requests others have made, including pocket for iPhone and bottle-pockets on the ends. Ideal configuration would be: bottle pockets, both ends; slip pocket across full width of the BACK, with phone pocket inside the *back* pocket. Phone pocket should be large enough for the monster-size phones out there. With iPhones (in particular) being 'Apple picked" out of users' hands, an exterior phone pocket, especially on the end of the bag that would be furthest behind me, is a non-starter. As a pocket-inside a pocket in the back, it would be 1) well-hidden yet 2) accessible on the fly. Pretty-please??
By susan, midwest, April 12, 2012
This is my second Chica bag. I gave the first one to my husband (along with my old iPad) when I got my new iPad. I love this bag. It's roomy but not bulky. Even with my iPad and accessories it's not heavy. Fits easily over the shoulder or as a cross body bag. The inside sections are big enough to hold my essentials but not too big where things get lost. And I love that the iPad slides right into the back inside pocket, even with a cover, as if the bag were made for it. I would not hesitate to buy another bag if I needed to. My husband loves his too!
By Anonymous, Turkey, March 26, 2012
This bag looks to be well made and would probably be great for a day of touring, but it is way too utilitarian looking to be my every day purse.
By Tim , Miami Beach, March 20, 2012
I work as a bartender. This bag is excellent for caring what I need, to and from work. The build quality is far above any bag I have owned in the past. Thank you Red Ox for such a good price / value product.
By Dee, CT, January 28, 2012
I received this product recently so I have not used it for traveling yet. I was split between the Gary Gator and Chica. I'm looking for something to handle my travel needs, not too bulky and smaller than the Gator. This fits the exact things I carry but I will not be able to drop a few extras in. Again I will see how it works when I travel.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I fit a laptop in the Chica?
Standard laptops will not fit in the Chica. Mini laptops, tablets, iPads, eReaders, Phablets, Kindles and netbooks all will fit.
Will this work as a camera bag?
The Chica makes for a handy digital camera bag. If you own an SLR camera, we recommend the Gator
Is this a purse for women?
While designed as a travel purse, we prefer to think of the Chica as a minimalist messenger bag for both women and
men. Both sexes can enjoy its many useful features. See our Chica reviews tab at left for suggestions of many uses from our loyal customers.
Is the shoulder strap removable?
The shoulder strap is attached to the bag via metal rings which are stitched directly onto the bag using double box stitching. For greater flexibility, some customers have converted their bags on their own to use The Claw shoulder strap.
Is this a messenger style bag?
Sure. Albeit smaller, and more compact than your typical messenger bags.
My zipper broke. The teeth have separated. Do I send it in for warranty repair?
No need for warranty repair, learn to 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.
“Insert brick, swing at a bag snatcher.”
In stock orders ship same day if received by 4:00 PM Mountain Standard Time!
iPad Tablet bag on the fly?
And yet big enough to hold the belongings you need.
A SAFE PLACE TO CARRY YOUR FAVORITE ELECTRONICS.
Get organized with our mini messenger bag, the Chica (also known as the Chico). This wonderful tablet bag features two interior pockets, one zips, and the other's a flat slip pocket with a padded exterior panel to protect your flat screen electronics such as:
- Apple iPad tablet
- Amazon Kindle, Kindle Fire HDX and Kindle Paperwhite
- Most electronic tablet PCs such as ASUS, Acer, HP and Lenovo ThinkPad
- Most eBook readers
- Nexus tablets
- Windows Surface
- Samsung Galaxy tablets
- Google Android tablets
- Barnes & Noble Nook HD eReader
- Mini laptop notebooks
RIGHT AMOUNT OF POCKETS.
In addition to the main compartment, which can hold your files, a couple textbooks, and paper notebooks or magazines, there's an exterior pocket under the flap with a single snap closure.
The zippered pocket on the outside flap is big enough to hold your keys, makeup, computer power and charging supplies, cell phone, iPhone, Smartphone, iPod, tablet, etc. There are also nylon webbing loops on the sides to clip our smart phone case, or hang emergency pepper spray, clip knife, etc. Folds flat for easy packing and storage.
A MINI MESSENGER BAG 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 a bag that weigh 50 tons and have three inches of armor plate, still the comparison is valid. For a small messenger bag, Chica's are built tough. Starting with one of the most durable textile materials available, 1000 weight CORDURA® nylon, we use super strong UV resistant thread that's stitched into every seam.
BOUND AND BAGGED.
Places where two separate pieces of fabric are stitched together are then bound, that is, a long piece of one inch wide nylon webbing is folded over the edges of the two pieces and they are stitched 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 the Chica's main compartment 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 bags that brag of "binding" their edges.
WHY DOUBLE BOX STITCHING?
Each stress point, such as where the handle of the Chica attaches 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 service as parachute riggers.
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.
The rugged Chica mini messenger tablet bag is sure to keep your tablet or iPad safe and handy and keep you organized while on the move.
"No Bull" no question's asked Lifetime Warranty.
Designed AND hand made in Billings, Montana U.S.A..
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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 secure.
Every great bag needs cool accessories.
U.S.A. Dimensions: 13.5"L (bottom) x 3.5"W x 9"H
Capacity: 600 cu. Inches
Weight: 1.01 pounds
- Exterior zippered flap flat pocket: 11"W x 5.5"D
- Exterior snap flat pocket: 10.5"W x 6.5"D
- Interior zippered flat pocket: 9"W x 5"D
- Interior slip pocket for Kindle or iPad tablet: 10.5"L x 6"W
- Main compartment: 11"L x 3.5"W x 9"D
Chica Trivia: A secretary we know wanted a rugged everyday travel purse. Obviously, a Chica is also Spanish slang for a beautiful teenage girl. It's also been confirmed, Indiana Jones carried a Khaki Chica, how's that for "masculine"!
Chica is a Red Oxx "Staff Pick" favorite.
- Designed AND made in the USA
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified CORDURA® Nylon
- Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
- 400 weight denier soft red nylon lining
- #10 YKK VISLON® self-locking nylon zippers
- Thread: #92 bonded SolarMax Nylon
- All seams double stitched and bound
- Nylon webbing zipper pull grab loops
- Mil-Spec snaps
- Double box stitched seams on all stress points
- Adjustable 1 1/2" wide heavy nylon webbing shoulder strap
- Fair trade Monkey Fist Zip Knots on all zippers
- Embroidered Logo Patches
- Double box stitching on stress points such as carry handles
- Includes Cable Lock
- 4 lb. Volara closed cell foam padding (exterior wall of pocket for Apple iPad / Tablet PC / Kindle DX storage)
- US Dimensions: 13.5"L x 3.5"W x 9"H
- Metric Dimensions: 34.3cm L x 8.9cm W x 22.9cm H
- US Capacity: 600 Cubic Inches
- Metric capacity: 6.9 Liters
- US Weight: 1.01 Pounds
- Metric Weight: 0.46 Kilos
- Choose from 12 vibrant colors
Chica Mini Messenger Bag Color Translator
- Amethyst = Purple
- Bordeaux = Dark Red
- Coal = Grey
- Forest = Green
- Khaki = Tan
- Mariner = Blue
- Midnight = Dark Blue
- Olive = Military Green
- Saffron = Yellow
- Safari = 1940s Olive Drab
Keep in mind: Colors on your monitor will vary from the actual color of the fabric. The only way to accurately gauge a color is to request a swatch.
If out of stock, back orders are typically filled within 7 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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