“I have a big appetite for adventure.”
Gator Carry On Bag
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Behold! The Gator.
A compact carry-on bag with a big appetite.
We can tell you how others have used this multi-purpose carry-on bag, but we're sure you'll think up something new. Just like its hungry namesake, this tough-skinned beauty will swallow up everything you need for travel. Ideal as an compact airline carry-on, a shooting bag for the range, SLR bag, diaper bag, C-pap bag, take it to work; you get the picture.
WHAT ABOUT POCKETS?
Secure your delicate equipment in the Gator's rigid-formed, shock-resistant main compartment. No need to carry separate hydration, the Gator features dual elastic beverage end pockets. The expandable gusseted side pockets help you to keep track of gadgets like cell phones, iPods, sunglasses, and more.
These pockets feature the exclusive "Red Oxx finger loop snap closures" which are Mil-Spec stainless steel snaps with thoughtfully designed thumb loops that make closing these handy pockets a "snap." This 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. A simple genius solution that prevents crushing items under the snaps. Behind each gusseted pocket are hidden flat slip pockets for that little extra bit of storage.
Inside the Gator carryall bag, there's a full-length mesh divider with four slots for pens and pencils and two mesh pockets. Located on the back is another full-length zippered pocket. 4lb. Volara closed cell padding envelopes the bag in the front, bottom, and back, protecting your precious contents from damage.
A HANDY MULTI-PURPOSE BAG
Fully adjustable Claw Shoulder Strap will not slip. Or carry it with the wraparound handle handclasp. Popular with the demanding business crowd and all the rage with the adventure travel crowd, Gator Travel Bags are durable companions for many uses: SLR camera bags, diaper bags, NetBook or Tablets, C-pap bags, pistol range, you name it, the Gator will eat it. Consider it your "bag of all trades."
PLACE YOUR ORDER TODAY
Due to high demand, we encourage you to place your order now to get your Gator on our production schedule. Your bag will then be delivered in under 30 days, many times much less. Like retirement, it's worth the wait.
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Designed AND made in Billings, Montana USA.
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Dimensions: 12"L x 6"W x 9"H
Capacity: 648 cu. inches
- 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 didn’t want to look like he was carrying a diaper bag. After they were out of diapers he wanted a decent range bag to take with him shooting. The name Gator was selected because a Gator is sly and stealthy and can quickly consume large prey, sometimes larger than itself, with it's enormous mouth.
By Orlando I4 driver, , November 26, 2013
This bag has done everything for me. I have used it as a diaper bag, a carry on bag, a flight bag, a work bag, a tool bag, and briefcase. Tough as nails and always get compliments.
By Mike H, Virginia, November 18, 2013
The Gator is the best all-around field bag I have ever owned. I bought it two years ago to replace a Filson wax camera bag who's strap ripped out within five days of a three week safari. I have used the bag on two African Safaris and any number of fly fishing trips around the US and Alaska. I use it as a briefcase on airplanes and as a field/camera bag in the bush. On the plane it carries a a 14" Mac Air, iPad, iPhone, Sat phone, inReach, cord bag, meds kit, passport/travel wallet, book, recharger pack and usual assortment of pens , notepads, etc. Still have room. In the bush it carries two full size SRL's, camera accessary bag, sat phone, inReach, first aid kit, water bottle, flask, cigars, pens, notepad and other toys. It handles getting bounced around and hauled in/out of land rovers, small airplanes, rafts and other similar vehicles.
The heavy rubber strap is great if I have to walk with it and the zips always close. The only issue I have with the bag is the internal mesh pouch. It serves no real purpose and gets in the way of the camera's. I tried adding Velcro to hold it closed but that did not work. Finally, while on a recent Safari I simply cut the mesh out. I lost a monkey pull to some critter who liked the taste of it while in the African bush. I also own the Safari PR6 bag that ranks right along with the Gator. I typically go for three weeks and have never filled it. I love the side pockets that work well to haul a montopod and/or fly rods.
I bought the Metro bag this year and was going to use it to replace the Gator but it just did not handle the SRL's as well so it has yet to make a bush trip. I do use it as a briefcase when I need to haul more than one laptop.
Quick word on how I got introduced to Red Oxx. I was standing in a security line at Bozeman airport and saw a fellow with a Gator. I has instant bag envy. I did something I never do and walked over and asked who made his bag. He was more than happy to tell me about Red Oxx. I have had the same experience twice when people have approached me and asked who made my Gator. Tells you something about the quality of the bag. Love the customer service.
A little too small for me
By Eric, NE Ohio, November 8, 2013
Pros: Price, build quality, decent overall design, nice styling, great color, excellent strap, water bottle pocket fine for airport-sized bottles, rugged as hell.
Cons (IMO): Bought this to replace a nearly perfect old REI carry-on flight bag that has (sadly) been discontinued. I tried the Bihn Co-Pilot but it was too small and inflexibly structured for my needs. After reading reviews of the Gator I bought one and just took it on a weekend trip. For me, it's just about an inch or two too small in length and height for comfortable use, though the width is perfect. Also, I didn't like the fact that the inner mesh pocket doesn't stretch at all (not even sure why it's mesh)-- it's difficult to slide a regular iPad into it even with a thin leather case on it. I concur with those who've said the rings are too large; the rings, handle, monkey fists and strap all combine to get in the way somewhat on a bag this size when you're in a hurry trying to get something out of it (like a passport or boarding passes). Smaller rings would help significantly.
If you can live with the size-- and many travelers probably can-- it's a great little bag. If the Oxx comes out with a slightly larger version I'll buy it in a heartbeat. Meanwhile, mine will probably go up on eBay.
A great Daily and Travel Carry
By Richard B, Southeastern NC, September 26, 2013
I have used the Gator for a few weeks now and have just returned from a multi-day visit to a professional conference. The Gator has met the vast majority of my needs for a daily carry and for travel. It is ideally sized for a personal item to go under the seat in front of you on a plane - leaves plenty of leg room while carrying what I needed on board. For the meeting it easily held all meeting materials as well as the electronics I was using (iPad, separate keyboard, phone, external battery for charging devices on the fly). For daily needs, the Gator holds what I need most days - on those few days when I need more space, I need a lot more space.
If I could change things about the bag I would add about 0.5 - 1 inch in height and length to more easily hold folders and a laptop (the depth is fine just as it is). I would also stiffen up the divider a little as it tends to sag if anything is in the pockets.
I like this bag and have no qualms about recommending it to others.
Safari Gator - A good traveler
By Gerry, Blue Springs, MO, September 15, 2013
Just purchased my second Gator to match my new black Tres Hombres. My old safari Gator has been a great travel companion. I originally purchased it with a Safari Beano. I've taken it on business trips, deer hunts, fishing trips and just general around town. Even took it to the hospital while my Mother was in having surgery and then recovering. It has carried books, my Nexus 7 inch note pad, smaller cameras, meds and assorted items. I think the Gator is a super bag.
Made for the security line and the airplane
By Benjamin, Boston, MA, July 29, 2013
As the security apparatus at every airport has become cumbersome, you need to move quickly for the sake of the other passengers' sanity. As a business traveler, I've had near meltdowns myself ehn I had to tear through my main bag (the Air Boss) looking for my 3 oz. liquids, 1 quart bag. When I'm at the gate I have to scramble for my book, headphones, ticket, mp3 player, etc. and then juggle them onto the plane while producing my ticket and putting my Air Boss in the overhead bin. This product covers everything. It has space for your liquids so you don't have to tear through your main bag to find them. It has slots for pens, a copy of a monolithic Russian novel, and most anything else you'd want on a flight. Finally, it fits WAY underneath the seat in front of you so you can still stretch your legs.
By Patrick, United States, July 28, 2013
Read through these reviews and it is quite obvious that Red Oxx and the Gator have a lot of fans. However, even though most of the reviews are complementary, a great many of them point out defects that the reviewer would like to see changed… and you will see the same complaints over and over again: the water bottle sleeves are too short; the interior divider is poorly designed; the bag could hold folders if it was just a bit larger; and (my personal favorite) the outside snap pockets are a thieves delight, rendering them useless for anything that you may wish to still have in your possession after a slog through a busy airport of train station!
You would think that one of the benefits of dealing with a small company is that they could be light on their feet and more responsive to their customer’s needs. I, like others, appreciate the quality construction, and simple straightforward design. Just wondering if Red Oxx will live up to my hopes and make changes for the better. If so, I’ll buy a T-shirt and join the “clique”. If not, oh well, just another manufacturer among many.
By W. Novak, Spring Hill, KS, July 17, 2013
I'd like to think I beat this bag to death on a recent 16 day trip to China. I used the bag everyday to carry my camera gear as follows: Canon 50d, a Canon 10-22mm wide angle zoom, a Tamron 28-75mm zoom, a Canon 85mm f2.8, battery charger, remote shutter device, a micro cloth, 2 lens pouches for lenses not mounted on the camera, an umbrella and sunglasses in one of the outside pouches and a water bottle in the other. I also carried a small bottled of antacids.
One could always wish for more room in the main compartment as getting three lenses and a dslr in there was a tight fit, but more room would only encourage me to carry more.
Oh yes, I was also able to cram in noise canceling headphones in their case while aboard airplanes - yes, really.
The bag worked perfectly, and I find the strap to be very comfortable. And my days were very long.
So, why not a five star rating. On an extremely hot and humid day I took a walking tour along the Yangtze River just below the Three Gorges Dam. My new color black Gator bled all over the light colored polo shirt I was wearing that day. Now to be certain I was wringing wet, and I didn't realize what was happening until I got back to my room later that evening. Perhaps it was to be expected given the conditions, but I was a bit surprised. And the laundry couldn't get it out although it looks okay after repeated washings.
Despite this issue I would recommend this bag to friends and fellow travelers. Just about the perfect compliment to my Air Boss.
Fits EVERYTHING...and then some
By Shelley, Hudson Valley, NY, June 16, 2013
I bought this item, returned it, and then thought better of it...glad I stuck with my original decision. This bag holds EVERYTHING you need for a carry-on -- books, iPad, 11" MacBook Air, onboard stuff (neck pillow, eye mask, ear plugs), passport holder, sunglasses..I still had room leftover after adding a change of underwear to the above.
The one drawback: It is heavier than I'd like it to be.
I recommended this bag because of the incredibly fine construction, and because Red Oxx staff are attentive and all about the customer.
By JR, Billings, June 16, 2013
I have owned this bag for just shy of two years now. I purchased this bag, a CPA, and the sun chaser for a vacation. They worked great! The Sun chaser and the CPA still are used whenever I take a trip and the Gator bag I use every week as my gun bag. Two years of hauling muffs, ammo and numerous mags, not a bit of wear! If I had any complaint about this bag, it could only be they need to manufacture a slightly bigger one so I can carry gear for more than one shooter in one rugged bag. Don't let the price tag discourage you these bags are awesome, and worth every penny!
Just returned from San Francisco
By RC Gee, Virginia, June 15, 2013
Very sturdy bag which I filled to the gills for my trip with all the essentials and extras which I wanted kept close. Also used on my day trips. Only bad thing was when I noticed my dog tag with the wire lock and my luggage tag were no longer on my D ring. I had even looped my luggage tag through my wire lock holding my luggage tag on. :( I think the wire screw got loosened.
Good, but could be improved
By Peter, San Francisco, June 4, 2013
Just back from my first trip using the Gator and I found "Patrick - Oct. 28" 's comments pretty apt.
1. The interior pocket is just a teeny bit too small to hold my MacBook Air. This would really be the preferred place, rather than loose in the bag, particularly as I use the main compartment to hold my DSLR and a telephoto lens and I have to sort of stuff the MacBook in alongside them. So, if you do any redesign, perhaps extend the width of the overall bag by an inch or two, to allow that interior pocket to be wider.
2. The exterior snap pockets seem superfluous and not particularly easy to access. I'd happily trade them for one or two open pockets that would be deeper than the zipper pocket on the other side, for easy access to travel documents, etc.
3. It's pretty dark inside the bag (mine is lined in red) for locating small loose contents in dim surroundings. I think you might build them all with yellow (saffron?) lining. My bag is yellow outside and I like the brightness of that color.
4. I'd really like a small D-ring in the inside (at the edge of the inner pocket?) to which I could attach keys.
All that said re improvements I'd like to see, the construction quality, and general design are just about right and it's the best answer to my needs I've yet found, though I'd sure jump at an "evolved" version.
Nice bag, but a bit smaller than I expected
By Keith, Honolulu, June 1, 2013
Not as heavy duty as my Victronix Standard Issue carry on bag, but much lighter as it's not made of ballistic nylon. The Claw strap is amazing; it's so nice that I don't have to make an effort to keep it from sliding off. Gave it 4 stars, but it was my fault because I knew it would't hold letter sized papers. Haven't gone on any trips with it yet, so am using in place of my day pack. Thinking of getting a few Little Roys to keep some smaller items organized.
Gator and Lil Roy, the perfect combo
By Dee, Maryland, May 30, 2013
There has been much said about the huge cargo space of the Gator, and several adjunct solutions regarding how to organize the space for those OCDers that need everything "in its place", have been offered. I am one of those OCD people.
For decades I searched (meaning I purchased and used,) many utility bags. I have learned, and live by the simple rule that the more bags you use to "organize" the more space you lose for the purpose of carrying the storage bags.
There is complex physics involved, but the simple explanation is that there is always "air" space around the parameters of one solid structure and those adjacent to it. The smaller and/or malleable the solid structure, the less lost space you incur to carry it.
It stands to reason that an object in and of itself, is the smallest structural parameter that a given object can take. So the objective of packing efficiently is to find a bag that is large enough to hold all your stuff, with as few hard dividers as possible, while giving you the "divisions" that allow you to be organized.
My first Red Oxx purchase was a Lil Roy. (It was also my second and third purchase.) It is the perfect combination of organized and malleable. It is, bar-none, the best utility bag I have ever owned.
But this a Gator review, so let me get to the point...
I travel a LOT- by air, by train, by auto and, of course, by walking. I travel for business and for pleasure. The perfect carry bag for me, in all travel modes, is the Gator. It holds my computers, power supplies, various cables and spare batteries. I use the large front pocket to store receipts, one of the long pockets to hold tickets, one elastic side pocket to carry my hand sanitizer and the other to hold water. The rest of the main cargo space holds my Lil Roy, (more on that in a minute,) a thermos® and an empty Platypus collapsible water bottle. And it fits under the seat of even the smallest commuter aircraft.
Few types of travel are trickier than the business trip. Typically we arrive at the business facility early in the morning, and are taken directly to a conference room, where we will spend the day. Amenities are different from one company to the next and it is quite often expected that you will not leave the room except for short scheduled breaks. So for me, it is important to have everything I need to get through an 8 to 12 hour day, without looking like I was prepared to be received by poor hosts.
The hardest part of any business trip is the “lunch run”. For the most part it is rude to pack up your stuff and take it with you when going to lunch. Not only does it mean you have to lug all your stuff to the lunch venue, which can be a long walk, it also implies that you don’t trust your hosts to protect your belongings while you are away. Truthfully, I don’t trust anyone with some of my belongings. Items, such as cell phone, pass-port, credit cards, and thumbdrive, I want in my possession at all times; others- small first-aid kit, hand sanitizer, tooth care, and a few cosmetics, I like to have with me.
So I created a “satellite system”. All those things that I will not be without live in my Lil Roy. The Lil Roy goes in the Gator. (They even match!) And once ensconced in the conference room, the Lil Roy goes with me, where-ever I go. (Coffee, Washroom, Lunch.)
I have an advantage here, because I am female, it is kind of expected that I will take a bag along with me when I leave. So the satellite isn’t a mind-bender. But some of my male colleagues so loved my system, that many of them use the same, they just carry their Lil Roys in a more manly “under the arm” posture rather than carrying it daintily by the straps. (The straps are still handy when the lunch venue is cafeteria style.)
The unexpected thing about the Gator/Roy combo is the number of compliments I get about the bags themselves. (Did I mention that they match?) Many like the utility value of the combo. To me, that is evident. But the true surprise is the number of women that like the “look.”
Anyway, I highly suggest the combo. Although I haven’t stopped looking for a better fit, I haven’t bought a travel bag in years.
By Lawrence, California, May 23, 2013
Great bag, can be used as small carryon or just big enough for MacBook Air 11 and accessories and also can hold file folders, albeit just barely. Great capacity and well built.
By Tom H, Dallas Tx, May 2, 2013
Jim, I love the Gator as all the other products I have from RO. Beano Bag, Dopp Kit, Suit carrier, Bino cases, etc. The Gator is perfect for a computer and accys or as a traveling sundries bag, (meds, creams, shave stuff) Wife kept borrowing for cosmetics so I just ordered one for her. I use as my "small carry on" and combined with the Beano, that's usually all I need for a two week trip. Have had your bags for many years and they still look new. Thanks for a great product.
5 Stars but negative comments?
By Julian, Australia, April 28, 2013
Trying to decide which products if any should be purchased...I have to say it would be a lot easier if people were more accurate with their "star" ratings. I can't see why so many people rate 5 stars, then talk about the negatives such as the shape and height of the drink bottle pouches, the handles, the padding, the weight....Rating 5 stars then commenting negatively about aspects of a product is not as helpful as you might be.
By Falani, TN, April 11, 2013
Used the Gator Bag on recent trip to Europe. Held all of my electronics, accessories along with a change of clothes and shoes. Fits neatly under the seat of most airlines including smaller commuter planes. Would highly recommend this bag to anyone who likes to carry on without the hassle of finding overhead space.
By B Johnson, Savannah Georgia, February 28, 2013
My wife and I are both "one bag" travellers, which means we carry the "one carry-on" and a second "personal item." She has searched for years for the perfect 2nd bag, has bought and rejected several. None were perfect. The right size, water bottle pockets, interior pockets, exterior pockets, a safe place for the Kindle, easy to get into while sitting on an airplane. After buying and using the Air Boss, I talked her into letting me get her the Gator. When it arrived, she looked it over and said, "Wow, this is it. It's perfect!" Happy seat mate, happy traveller.
Perfect for Multi-Faceted Life
By S. Lewis, Garland, TX, February 20, 2013
This was the best hundred bucks I've ever spent!
The Gator Bag has become my daily essential bag. I am a chemo patient and owner of 2 retail stores located about an hour from my home. So I'm usually on the go, in my car, at the stores, or in the chemo room for a lot of time. The Gator is THE answer to keeping my essentials organized and handy.
BG (Before Gator), these essentials were spread between my rolling lap top bag and my over-sized, over-weight, carryall purse. When I needed something, seems like I was always having to go through both bags to locate my item. AG (After Gator) I know exactly where I need to go to find the item, and often only carry the Gator and leave the laptop bag & purse at home. All I need to do is transfer my wallet and cell phone from my now light-weight and smaller purse to Gator and I'm good to go.
Like the other reviewer on 2/14/13, I find it best to use small bags to organize the large inside compartment. I use my extra cosmetic bags to keep a "chemo" bag stocked: various meds for stuff I won't mention here, cough drops, life savors, hand sanitizer, mouth spray, snacks, etc. Then I use a 2nd cosmetic bag to organize ..... cosmetics (go figure). In case I can't make it home from my stores, or choose to stay over iwth my daughter, this cosmetic bag has the stash for emergency face cleaning, teeth brushing, and my makeup application.
My Kindle Fire (with its charger) also fits nicely in the center pocket, with room to spare!
A 16 0z stainless steel water bottle fits nicely in the outside expendable pocket. My sunglasses and their case go in the other expandable pocket.
In the flat zippered outside pocket, I carry cash bills to make change at the retail stores - no more emergency runs to the bank when I drop by the stores.
One snap flap pocket holds technology tools: I-phone car charger with USB cord, Blue Tooth ear piece, ear buds. The other flap pocket has a flashlight and tape measure.
Oh yeah, packed as is, even with my wallet and cell phone, the Gator weighs much less than the huge monster purse I lugged around! And the shoulder straps on the Gator keep the bag in place MUCH better than the purse straps did!
- "No Bull" Lifetime Warranty
- Designed AND made in Billings, Montana USA
- 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 self locking
- Nylon webbing zipper pull grab loops
- Thread: #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
- Double box stitching on stress points such as carry handles
- 4 lb. Volara closed cell foam padding
- Includes Cable Lock
- Available in 12 vibrant colors
- US Dimensions: 12"L x 6"W x 9"H
- Metric Dimensions: 30.5cm L x 15.2cm W x 22.9cm H
- US Capacity: 648 Cubic Inches
- Metric Capacity: 10,616.5 Cubic Centimeters
Gator Carry-on Bag Color Translator
- Amethyst = Purple
- Bordeaux = Dark Red
- Coal = Gray
- 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.
In production: Orders are filled within 30 days. Call 1-888-733-6999 for details.
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 Himilayas, Red Oxx Manufacturing is infallible.
This product is guaranteed forever, be sure to include it in your will.
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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 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 day bag.
Will the iPad, iPad II or most other Tablets fit inside?
Yes, the Gator makes an ideal Tablet bag.
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.
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.