By GG Lieuallen, Portland, OR, March 27, 2016
My mom and I both had Chicas for our African safari in Tanzania. These were the perfect size for everything we needed for a day in the bush, and on airplanes to/from. Now that I'm back in Portland, it's a perfect around-town bag and seems to take our rainy climate in stride.
By Anonymous, California, March 3, 2016
Found another use for the Chica, to carry a sketch box and sketch pad. The pencil/brush box is bamboo with dimensions 4" x 9.5"x 1.7", or about half the size of a cigar box. It fits perfectly in the Chica main compartment. A 5"x7" sketch pad also fits easily in the inner slip pocket. The Chica is small in dimension but sturdy enough for the weight of the wooden box and equipment.
By Kathy, Connecticut, October 22, 2015
For a three week, five country, five bush camp
trip to Africa, I paired this with the Safari Beanos Bag PR5. Both bags fit the weight and size restrictions on the small Cessna planes. Both worked well!
For the trip the Chica was missing a water bottle strap which could easily be configured on one side of the bag. Hydration is so important in Africa that this would be a great addition to the bag.
Now that I am home I may try to snip the stitching on one side to try to make a water bottle slot. Thanks for considering this as an option.
By Edgardo, Argentina, July 16, 2015
It is a nice bag,but it was smaller than I thought.I probbably needed the next bigger size.
By Maggie, Whitehall, PA, July 2, 2015
I already have 3 other Red Oxx bags, different sizes, and love them all. I needed a bag for travel to hold my tablet, camera, wallet and a few other things. My stuff fits perfectly. Of course the more you add, the heavier the bag gets, but besides that, it's a great bag. Very comfortable to wear cross body or can shorten as needed. Glad I added this to my collection!
By Anonymous, Fresno, CA, June 14, 2015
I own 2 of these and bought an additional one for a friend. Machine washed the red on cold gentle cycle and hung to dry. Cleaned up well with no fading, shrinking, or damage. The black is my every day purse and personal item for travel.
By Stephan, Tucson, AZ, April 12, 2015
I got this to replace a modular belt bag I had built out of Army surplus materials. While I liked having multiple little bags that I could swap out, there was not any large space. The first time I put a full-sized book into the Chica, I was sold. Water bottles, bagels, and smaller board games are also favorites to stow.
One thing I didn't realize from the pictures is that the corner snaps actually do let you put a thumb and finger on either side, so that you can close the snap easily without crushing it against the bag's contents.
Another nice detail is that you can open just one of the outside flap's straps to get access to something on one side of the bag without lifting the whole flap up.
I am a 6'4" male, and was concerned that the shoulder strap might not be long enough, but I've adjusted it for cross-body wear with room to spare.
This is a winner bag overall.
By GaylM, Ontario, Canada, February 28, 2015
My Chica has been with me on planes, trains, buses, boats & ships for years now and still looks great. It's my 'go to' carry-on item when I'm packing my electronics, water bottle, printed travel info, passport, etc... everything goes into it's place (and there's a surprising lot of everything that can go into this bag!). It's next trip is to Australia for a month & it is a great feeling to never again have to think about what bag/purse/tote to bring because I know my Chica is the only item I'll ever need, as far as I'm concerned, to hold everything I use when travelling.
By Jennifer Campbell, Bermuda, February 27, 2015
Got this as a lunchbag for my husband for Christmas. He loves it! We have other REDOXX bags and love them all!
By Ruby Hancock, Reno, NV, October 15, 2014
I was first introduced to Red Oxx when I bought my Rail Road boyfriend, a new "Grip" for Christmas. He liked it so much that the next Christmas I got an engagement ring! It was a natural choice to turn to Red Oxx when I was needing a messenger type bag, but wanted something a little smaller than the usual size that accommodates laptops. This carries my ipad, and numerous other things a girl needs to have with her everyday. I love the material, the color ( I got charcoal), the super sturdy zippers, the many pockets, and the strap quickly converts from shoulder to cross body. Yes...it is a bit tomboyish, but it suits me perfectly! Worth every penny!
By Thorsten, Switzerland, September 11, 2014
We're using this bag for several years now, and here's what I can say about it:
- Looks like new.
- Holds everything a family needs for a stroll through a foreign city.
- Doubles up as camera bag for a DSLR at times.
- The inner zip is great to protect a wallet and other important stuff. I had to confront a guy in a Torino tram about his hand trying to get into my Chica, but anyway he stood no chance of getting anything important quietly.
- For us, it's one bag to rule them all.
By Sheila, Victoria BC, July 2, 2014
I have just returned from an extended vacation in Europe and I used the Chica as purse/day bag instead of a backpack. Comfortable to carry as a cross over (the body) while walking and exploring while keeping your hands free. Holds quite a bit and is easily the most convenient day bag I have ever had. Am very very happy with my purchase.
By Theresa C, middle Tennessee, April 18, 2014
The Chica has become my everyday crossbody purse which I use on my daily commute to and from work (which is 100 miles round trip). It allows me to be hands free to carry my lunch bag, laptop, umbrella, etc. I love this bag and highly recommend it for everyday use. I have carried it for about six months now and it still looks brand new. Besides being functional, the black looks very professional on the streets of Nashville. Be sure to read my complete story on the Chica in the Adventure Journals--which includes a list of things that mine contains.
By Zach, United States, April 10, 2014
Bought this for the wife to use as a purse when traveling. When she received it she immediately switched out her purse and has carried it ever since. The bag is very well made and tough as nails. I'm sure I'll be ordering a backpack very soon.
By Anonymous, MONTANA, February 14, 2014
WIFE LOVED IT---SUPER FAST DELIVERY
By Nancy, Trimble, MO, January 24, 2014
Love this bag! Big enough for all my stuff and the compartments make everything easy to find. Very comfortable strap and color goes with everything. When this wears out I will buy another one.
----------Red Oxx Replies: Thanks for the rave review Nancy, fear not, should your Chica ever "wear" out, we have you covered with our No Bull Guarantee. But you can buy another one if you want two!
By Patricia Oriet, United States, January 9, 2014
Excellent product for 2 daughters that travel frequently.
By Anonymous, Massachusetts, December 26, 2013
Size, weight and comfort are just what I was seeking. It's thin enough to be sleek, but could expand, if needed. I like the separate pockets inside, and the zippered one keeps the stylus and ear buds from falling out.
By Mark Frank, Fl, November 21, 2013
Perfect size for around town or air travel. Can hold more than you think but not awkard if you are carrying just the basics
By Anonymous, Illinois, November 21, 2013
Worked great for the planes, trains and buses in Europe. I dont have a need for it day to day but will use it when I travel for sure.
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.
SATISFIED CUSTOMER REVIEW
"I was on the fence on this, because what I really wanted was a smaller Rock Hopper. Now that I have it, it is damn near perfect. Right size, right weight, once I adjusted the straps it worked perfect cross body. The front snaps are great because someone can not easily dip into the bag and steal something. It also does not, absolutely does not, look like a murse (man purse) which I was worried about." ~ Joseph McGraith
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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Witness the birth of your bag and learn about the many steps it takes to handcraft your Chica.
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 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.
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.
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Red Oxx Bags are handcrafted in Billings, Montana. U.S.A.