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Red Oxx Chica iPad, tablet and Kindle Mini Messenger Bag - shown in Khaki. Choose from 12 colors.

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iPad Tablet bag on the fly?

And yet big enough to hold the belongings you need.

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
  • NetBooks
  • Phablets

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, Phablet, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

"No Bull" no question's asked Lifetime Warranty.
Designed AND handmade in Billings, Montana USA.
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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 quarterly email newsletter. Your email address is secure.

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Dimensions: 13.5"L (bottom) x 3.5"W x 9"H
Capacity: 600 cu. Inches
Weight: 1.01 pounds
Pocket measurements:

  • 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"!

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4.64 Average Rating
 (56 Reviews)

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 3 years later....
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.
 Love the Chica!
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!
 Just what I was searching for.
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. is a bit tomboyish, but it suits me perfectly! Worth every penny!
 Just my 2 Rappen
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.
 Great Purchase
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.
 Daily Commute Crossbody
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.
 Wife and I both love it.
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

 Love my bag
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!
 Chica bag
By Patricia Oriet, United States, January 9, 2014

Excellent product for 2 daughters that travel frequently.
 Perfect for my iPad
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.
 perfect size
By Mark Frank, Fl, November 21, 2013

Love it!

Perfect size for around town or air travel. Can hold more than you think but not awkard if you are carrying just the basics
 Was helpful for travel
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.
 A likeable man-bag
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.
 My everyday bag!
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!
 Excellent Performance
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.
 Awesome Bag!!!
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.
 Works for me.
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.
 Love my Chica!
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!
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Chica Specs Sizing Chart

  • 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
  • Black
  • Bordeaux = Dark Red
  • Coal = Grey
  • Forest = Green
  • Khaki = Tan
  • Mariner = Blue
  • Midnight = Dark Blue
  • Olive = Military Green
  • Red
  • Saffron = Yellow
  • Safari = 1940s Olive Drab

Keep in mind: Chica 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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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.