Red Oxx Gator Compact Carry On and Padded Gadget Bag - in Coal. Choose from 12 colors.

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 I could not believe it!!
By Melinda, Maryland, May 2, 2012

I purchased this bag early to try out as a "small" carry on bag for my trip to Paris. Boy did it exceed my expectations. I got my Nikon DSLR with kit lens, a 55-300 lens, iPad, Kindle, wallet and tickets, and I STILL HAD ROOM. Simply amazing. Great job guy, and great product.
 Great Little Travel Case
By Scott, Danville, CA, April 30, 2012

Just as advertized -- well made and pretty-much right sized. My iPad fits perfectly inside the inner, padded pocket. It was just a bit short to fit a writing portfolio inside it, but otherwise it's great. The two outer pockets are easy to fill and close. I'll definitely take onboard on my upcoming flights to keep all my important stuff handy.
 Nice Choice for a Day Bag
By Shelley, anaheimFullerton ca, April 22, 2012

Nice, compact, fits well on my shoulder, on my lap, next to me. I read a review denoting its great features when commuting on public transport, i.e., fitting easily under the seat, and not being cumbersome. Yes, to all of those things. So far I've used it as a day trip bag, albeit a more heavy duty one than say, a work day. I carried a digital book reader, wallet, foldable headset, and a folded up light weight jacket in the main compartment. In the back pocket I snuggly fit a pack of wipes. No documents yet, but I can see that this is a useful spot for them when my gator becomes a carry on bag. The snap pockets in front held my two phones, a small cosmetic bag I use for money and credit cards, and a larger cosmetic bag I use for writing paper, and a couple of pens. The thing that I was interested in when receiving the bag was the gussetted pockets on the sides of the bag. Some reviews point out that items fell out of the pockets. It must be the way they were packed, I had no trouble with these pockets. One pocket holds a small water bottle, it may be that the bottle sits lower in the pocket, evenly distributing its' weight. It's probably a twelve ounce bottle, stainless steel, well weighted with a full supply of water. The other pocket held a stainless steel travel mug, approximately sixteen ounces. I also, forgot to say, put an extra folding cane in the main compartment since I use one to walk with and have trouble finding bags to hold foldable canes. All my Redoxx bags fit them nicely. Guess the military influence is just what I need!

I've used many bags over the last twenty or so years and have found these to be the best built and functional, and colorful.

I will be running errands on my days off work and will be bringing the gator along with me. I need a compact bag that I can easily fit in small places. This wil do the trick, nicely.

And, oh yeah, I really do love the d-rings, and the shoulder straps. My biggest complaint about other bags is the hardware used to secure them. No problems here. Love the d-rings, or small clips, and the zippers, of course.

Looking forward to many more uses for my gator.
 Amazing bag for every occasion
By Anonymous, London, UK, April 5, 2012

I got the Gator to fulfil the role of the smallest bag I could get that would still fit a 13" laptop plus video equipment and various peripherals. I was not disappointed. I had thought that I might need the Metro bag, but hoped that a Macbook Air 13" would fit in the Gator, although I expected I'd have to forgo a padded sleeve to get it to fit. I was happy to be proved completely wrong. The Gator comfortably holds a Macbook Air 13" (2010 edition) in a thick padded sleeve.

Not only does the Gator hold a Macbook Air 13", but it also holds a digital camcorder, a digital compact camera, a digital audio recorder, a Contour helmetcam / bulletcam, a Gorillapod Zoom SLR tripod, an external WiFi range extender, an external WiFi large antenna, a Minigorilla external power pack, a camera bracket along with various chargers, spare batteries, cables and adaptors. It also accommodates useful bits and pieces such as a large Moleskine notebook, various pens, mirror, toothbrush and case, travel towel, and with careful packing, 2 pairs of lightweight travel underwear, 2 lightweight travel T-shirts and a lightweight travel shirt.

Even with this equipment, it was not uncomfortable to carry.

Whilst that is the fully loaded configuration I have used for inter continental air travel, on a day to day basis when away, I normally don't need to carry all the cables and chargers, so that frees up some space, and makes the Gator seem deceptively more roomy. Also, for general walking around, negotiating public transport etc whilst commuting or traveling around, the Gator is a perfectly sized bag for carrying a laptop and A/V equipment without drawing attention, and without being large enough to be cumbersome.

The Gator can fit papers, documents and magazines. Some of the previous reviews mention that ideally they should be in some form of file, and that's my experience too. Like with anything, if you fit things in carefully rather than just force them in, you won't have many problems with papers.

The Gator is like the Dr Who's TARDIS of bags. It hits the sweet spot of being sufficiently small to easily be a personal carry on item, yet positively cavernous in terms of what can be fitted in it. It is a very compact yet useful size. Smaller than the average messenger bag or laptop bag, but generously sized for a camera gadget bag, and a snug fit for using as a combination camera bag and a laptop bag.

I thoroughly recommend the Gator, not only as general shoulder travel bag, but as an inconspicuous laptop bag (for laptops up to around 13"), and as a camera bag.
 Great gear bag.
By Dan King, Nekoosa, WI., March 30, 2012

I use the Gator Bag for my gear when I compete in trapshooting. It holds everything I need for a 100 round shooting event. I can fit 4 boxes of shotgun shells,shell box holder,shooting glasses,spare trigger and trigger tool kit in the bag. In one of the water bottle holders I keep spare ear plugs. The rubber strap works great for carrying over your shoulder. Much more compact then what I previously used.
 Outstanding style and function
By Rob, Sturgis, MI, March 23, 2012

I've tried a number of different briefcases and shoulder bags but have yet to find one that just fits... Until now! This may sound funny, but the best feature, other than overall functionality, is the shoulder strap! Made from a rubber material that grips my shoulder. No more constantly slipping around as I traverse the airport or out on the visit! A great "everything" bag.
 This bag is AWESOME!!!
By Nicholas, Salt Lake City, March 22, 2012

I bought this bag for use as an all around carry on for my nerd gear. Initially I wanted something that I could put my 13" MacBook Air in with a little room to spare. This thing is so bad ass that I can fit my MacBook Air, my Canon 5d body and one or two lenses!

It's the perfect size -- not too big -- not too small!

Plus the bag is unique, yet humble. Allowing for a resourceful way to keep a low profile.

Pure awesomeness!!!
 Perfect 'personal bag' for travel
By Don P., Toronto, October 21, 2011

I was holding off on this review until I was able to put the bag to the test (same for my Sky Train review); I just got back from 20 days of travel in mainland China which, besides the round trip flight, included 2 more flights and a train ride.

This bag was brilliant as my personal carry-on....holds a lot of gear and does it in stride and style. Contents included: 11" mac air in sleeve, ipad, 2 books, headphone case (main compartment); phone, wallet, wires, gum, first-aid (side pockets); travel documents (back compartment).

This bag is very well built, and I've been recommending it to everyone I know. Thanks, Redoxx and your friendly staff.
 Great Bag
By Todd G., Bozeman, MT, October 20, 2011

This is a great bag and useful for so many things. It can carry an amazing amount and helps me keep things organized like power adapters and computer related items. It even carries my netbook nicely with room to spare. I do wish it had one more divider inside but that is really a small matter. Nice job!
 Not roomy enough
By Anonymous, Alberta, October 20, 2011

I ordered this bag online and was thrilled with the speedy delivery. It is a very high quality product, however, I was concerned that the bag wasn't quite big enough but decided to try it out to be sure. I have come to the conclusion that it is not large enough for my needs. Sadly I can't return it because I used it for a few days. I should have gone with my gut feeling and sent it back right away.
 Great bag
By Kim L., Missoula, October 13, 2011

Bought this bag for work and to use as a camera bag. It is fantastic. Well made, durable and a perfect size for everyday toting. The look is great as well. Great price for the utility.
 Perfect size
By Anonymous, Austin, TX, October 13, 2011

This is a great bag for so many occasions. The perfect size, it has beautiful hardware and lots of pockets. I ordered the gator because my friend has one, and it is able to withstand extreme conditions and it will last forever. I love it.
 Stealth carry on
By Orlando I4 driver, Orlando, florida, October 8, 2011

Gator bag is awesome! For those of you who travel regularly for business or pleasure, this is the bag for you. It limits you to only the stuff you need to take but has excess room to stash a few extra things inside. Very easy to maneuver aroundnin airports or public transportation. I own 2 gator bags, one for work, and one for my sons baby bag! I love red oxx products and own several; 2-market totes, 2-gator bags, 1-air boss, 1-sun chaser, 1-lil Roy, and 1-nomad shave kit. All I can saymis these bagsare awesome and they are the best built bags on the planet!
 I Love this bag!
By Terry Johnson, San Leandro, CA, September 11, 2011

I recently bought this Gator Bag to along with the Air Boss Bag. These worked perfectly for a weekend casual business trip.

Loved the quality and the ability to pack everything I needed with room to spare.
By Richard Davis, MAINE, August 22, 2011

The Gator bag just came in the mail today and I have already packed it with a change of clothes for my trip to Peru. I have one pair of shorts, one pair of pants, one thin shirt, one pair of socks, and one book. There is still more room with the pockets on the back. I bought the saffron (YELLOW) so that I can find my bag under the seat. I just ordered another for my friend. One question--How can this great bag be sold for this very low price?
 Well Built and Versatile
By Steve Tomshaw, Philadelphia, PA, August 18, 2011

I bought this bag to replace a backpack as my carry-on. The outside pockets are convenient and the main compartment is roomy enough for an iPad, sunglasses, camera, snacks, you name it. The shoulder strap does not slip! I will be using this bag much more often than I will be flying.
 Great purchase
By Joe, Florida, August 15, 2011

This bag is great. We got it to use it as a diaper bag for our first born son. It is great. It isn't overly large like many bags I see people carrying. It holds diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, pacifiers and has room to spare for other items. Like all Red Oxx bags it's all but bulletproof and looks great. I have no doubt this bag will have dozens of uses when we no longer need a diaper bag.
By Anonymous, Colorado, August 11, 2011

This is a sturdy bag that worked well for carrying my camera to Tazania as well as other needed items that I wanted to have with me at all times. The padding was great. The bag could use an internal zippered compartment, though for carrying a passport. I managed to put cash and credit cards inside the small unzipped pocket; however, since I was in and out of the bag frequently, these items would have been more secure in another zipped pocket of the inside of the bag. So, I recommend adding 2 zipped internal pockets on the sides of inside, leaving the body open for packing cameras, books, binocculars, etc.
 Excellent Bag
By Maggie, Pennsylvania, July 9, 2011

Love this bag. I purchased it to carry by Nook, Ipod, Ipod speakers and my Pen Camera. Everything fits perfect. Not a lot of extra room after that, but I prefer these items fit snuggly so as not to get damaged. I will look to Red Oxx if I need another type travel bag!
 I love it!
By Doug Whipple, Bothell, Washington, April 21, 2011

I really love this bag. It is extremely well made, arrived quickly and is all I hoped it would be. It holds a lot of stuff, right now it has 4 hard back books, a note pad computer, pens, pencils and my cell phone. And, there is room for more. One of the best features is the no-slip shoulder strap. Once it is on your shoulder it isn't going anywhere. We are going to be ordering more RedOzz products for sure.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Will a Gator meet the airline's personal item standards?
Yes, and you can fit the bag under the seat, too.
Will my laptop fit in the middle compartment?
Most netbooks, iPads, Tablets and "mini" laptops will fit with room to spare, but probably not a full size laptop (17" plus).
Will my work files fit inside?
If you want a business briefcase that will hold your files and a laptop, look into our Briefcase line, specifically the Metro and the wider CPA.
Can the Gator double as an SLR camera bag?
Yes, the Gator makes for a perfect SLR camera bag due to it's generous, yet practical size, its full wrap around padding and handy pockets.
What are the differences between the Gator and the Metro and / or CPA?
The Metro and CPA are specifically designed to be laptop business briefcases, whereas the Gator is more of a general multipurpose, multi-use everyday bag.
Will the iPad, iPad II or most other Tablets fit inside?
Yes, the Gator makes an ideal Tablet bag. Tablets will tuck nicely into the interior flat panel pocket and are protected by the bag's padding.
Will the Gator compact carry-on fit into the Air Boss central compartment?
We don't recommend inserting the Gator into the Air Boss. The results would be too bulky.
Are there any interior pockets?
It has one flat panel pocket with pouches for smaller items and writing instruments.
Can I fit my C-pap machine inside?
The Gator is an ideal C-pap bag.
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.
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.
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 have a big appetite for adventure.”

Gator Carry On Bag $125.00


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Behold! The Gator.

A compact carry-on bag with a big appetite.

As seen in Men's Journal Gear Lab "Best Weekend Tote", summer 2015 issue. You can read up on how others have used this multi-purpose weekend carry-on tote bag, but we're sure you'll think up something new. Just like its hungry animal namesake the Gator, this tough-skinned beauty will swallow up everything you need for travel. Ideal as an compact airline carry-on and easily classified as a:

Red Oxx Gator: a multi-use, high-mobility, daily use tote bag designed for people on the go.

Secure your delicate equipment in the Gator's rigid-formed, shock-resistant padded main compartment. No need to carry separate hydration, the Gator features dual elastic beverage end pockets that will hold small to medium water bottles (bottles taller than six to eight inches tend to not be as secure and may fall out!).

The expandable gusseted front pockets help you to keep track of your gadgets like cell phones, iPods, sunglasses, wallet, and more. These stylish pockets feature the exclusive ROOFLS -- "Red Oxx One 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." ROOFLS 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. ROOFLS is a clever solution that prevents crushing items (like your precious sunglasses) under the snaps. Don't tell anyone, but behind each gusseted side pocket is a secret hidden flat slip pocket for that little extra bit of storage.

Inside the Gator carryall bag, there's a full-length stiff mesh divider with four slots for pens and pencils and two mesh pockets. This divider is sewn down to snugly secure your iPad or Tablet. Located on the back exterior is another full-length zippered pocket. Our 4lb. Volara closed cell firm foam padding envelopes the bag in the front, bottom, and back, protecting your precious contents from abuse, damage and moisture.


When you read up on our customer reviews, you'll learn our customers like to define our gear as "built like a tank". While obviously you're not going to be toting around personal items that weigh 50 tons and have three inches of armor plate, for what it's worth, the comparison is valid. For a personal item bag, like their wildlife namesake, Gators are built tough. Starting with one of the most durable textile materials available, 1000 weight CORDURA® nylon, we use a proprietary super strong UV resistant thread that is stitched into every seam. Rugged, reliable and tough.

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 bag, or gives it a clean finished look if on the outside of the bag, such as along the gusseted pocket lids on the Gator.

These types of outside edges are bound using a thicker binding material. Inside edges typically receive the 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 handles attach to the Gator tote, 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 available, the #10 YKK VISLON® zipper, is because they're easily repairable, even in the field; they are self-locking; they are difficult to penetrate, thereby increasing the security of your belongings and reducing casual theft; they function smoothly in inclement weather (from 20 degrees below zero to 120 degrees above zero) and they can be yanked from a variety of angles, and still work, without losing teeth or becoming separated. Since they're made of slick VISLON® vinyl, they will never rust or require lubing, unlike brass or other metal zippers.

Red Oxx has occasionally been accused of "overdoing" our hardware. But once you've had a cheap piece of imported plastic hardware break on your bag in the middle of a busy intersection, airport or other inconvenient locale, thereby dumping your precious belongings all over the ground for all the world 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 Red Oxx tote break down?

The famous fully adjustable Red Oxx Claw Shoulder Strap will not slip. Or carry your Gator one handed using the wraparound handle handclasp.

Popular with the demanding business crowd and all the rage with the adventure travel crowd, Gator Multi-use Tote Bags are durable daily lifelong companions for many uses.

You name it, the Gator will eat it.

Consider it your mobile on-the-go "bag of all trades."

"No Bull" no question's asked Lifetime Warranty. Red Oxx lasts longer.
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 Gator.

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.

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U.S.A. Dimensions: 12"L x 6"W x 9"H
Capacity: 648 cu. inches
Weight: 2.35 lbs

Metric Dimensions: 30.5cm L x 15.2cm W x 22.9cm H
Capacity: 10.6 Liters
1.07 Kilos

Pocket measurements:

  • Dual exterior gusseted pockets: 4.5"W x 7.5"H x 2.5"D (at opening)
  • Dual exterior flat slip pockets: 5"W x 7.5"H
  • Exterior zippered side flat pocket: 12"W x 6"D
  • Twin end elastic bottle pockets: 6"W x 6"W x 4"D (at opening)
  • Interior mesh pocket: 12" x 6"
  • Interior dual mesh slip pockets: 4"W x 4"D
  • Main compartment: 12"L x 6"W x 9"D

Gator Trivia: When Red Oxx President Perry Jones had young children he was embarrassed to appear as though he was carrying a diaper bag. After the kids grew out of their diapers, he wanted a decent shooting range bag. The Gator held Perry's pistols, magazines, ammo, ear muffs, safety glasses, gloves and targets. When Jim travelled to Africa, he brought along a Gator as his personal item. The name Gator was selected because an (Alli)Gator is sly and stealthy and can quickly consume large prey, sometimes larger than itself, with it's enormous mouth.

Gator Tote Bag is a Red Oxx "Staff Pick" favorite.


Red Oxx Gator Bag Specs Chart

  • "No Bull" no questions asked Lifetime Warranty
  • Designed AND hand made in Billings, Montana U.S.A.
  • Fabric: 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified CORDURA® Nylon
  • Weather resistant (NOT waterproof)
  • 400 weight denier soft red nylon lining
  • Detachable Claw no-slip adjustable shoulder strap
  • All zippers #10 YKK VISLON® self-locking
  • Nylon webbing zipper pull tabs
  • Thread: Proprietary #92 bonded Solar Max Nylon
  • All seams double stitched and bound
  • Double box stitched seams on all stress points
  • 3250 welded D-rings, nickel plated
  • Stainless steel Mil-Spec snaps with Red Oxx logo
  • Wraparound handclasp with Mil-Spec snaps
  • Fair trade Monkey Fist Zip Knots on all zippers
  • Free heavy-duty vinyl luggage tag
  • Embroidered Logo Patches
  • 4 lb. Volara closed cell foam padding
  • Includes Cable Lock
  • Available in 12 vibrant colors
  • U.S.A. Dimensions: 12"L x 6"W x 9"H
  • Metric Dimensions: 30.5cm L x 15.2cm W x 22.9cm H
  • U.S.A. Capacity: 648 Cubic Inches
  • Metric Capacity: 10.6 Liters
  • U.S.A. Weight: 2.35 Pounds
  • Metric Weight: 1.07 Kilos

Gator Carry-on Bag Color Translator

  • Amethyst = Purple
  • Black
  • Bordeaux = Dark Red
  • Coal = Gray
  • Forest = Green
  • Khaki = Tan
  • Mariner = Blue
  • Midnight = Dark Blue
  • Olive = Military Green
  • Red
  • 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 14 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.

Red Oxx Lifetime No Bull Warranty - No Questions Asked. Ironclad. Guaranteed. Forever. Period.
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