Left to right:  the Red Oxx Air Boss, Safari-Beanos PR5, and Safari-Beanos PR4. (Click for close-up)

Key Stats:

Air Boss

  • 21″L x 8″W x 13″H
  • Capacity:  2,184 cubic inches
  • 3.9 lbs
  • 3 compartments, zippers on all 3 sides so bag lies flat for packing
  • Practical Hacks review:  Bulletproof “one bag” workhorse

Safari-Beanos PR5

  • 24″L x 10″W x 10″H
  • Capacity:  2,400 cubic inches
  • 3.4 lbs
  • Duffel style; 6 additional smaller pockets, one of which can serve as a pass-thru panel for use with a wheelie

Safari-Beanos PR4

  • 19″L x 9″W x 9″H
  • Capacity:  1,539 cubic inches
  • 3.35 lbs.
  • Same configuration as PR5
  • Practical Hacks review:  Bag Lust

My goal is to take the PR4 on our 10 day trip to Italy later this year.  I’ve done some trial packing and think it’s possible, even with a netbook and a pair of racing flats in the bag.  As we get closer, I’ll undoubtedly post about packing lists and approaches.

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7 Comments on Photo comparison: 3 Red Oxx bags

  1. Till says:

    Wait! So you want to go on a ten day trip to Italy with your wife (means can’t completely slouch :) ) taking a 36 linear inch bag? And you want to pack a netbook with PSU and an extra pair of shoes in there? Will this be your absolute only bag? Nothing packed in the wife’s 30″ monster? :D No cheating? No, buy it there?

    Now that is one hard challenge if that’s what you want to do. 36 l.i. is the size of a normal briefcase for those who don’t have spatial linear inch representation built in.



    Kevin Reply:

    Yes. I have no doubt it can be done.

    To do so requires compromises – the other pair of shoes, for instance, and the need to ship back anything I buy there. Too, I never bring sink stoppers and clotheslines and stuff like that, and not knowing exactly what I’ll find in the hotels we’ll stay at, I worry that I might actually need them.

    But I’ve no doubt it can be done, particularly if I wear the right sports jacket and slacks while en route.

    At worst, I end up with the PR5 and not the 4… we’ll see. I trial packed the PR4 and had a little room left over. The bag did weigh 18 lbs., however.

    As we get closer, I’ll update my plans, and will likely do a “what’s in the bag?” post.


    Till Reply:

    Awesome. I am looking forward to seeing your packing list and especially to read your debriefing afterwards. By the way, I think your itinerary sounds really good. That will be one sweet trip.


    Mike Reply:

    I don’t bring a sink stopper or clothesline either. I usually put a plastic bag in the sink, like you get anytime you buy anything, and wash my clothes in that. Usually with a little ingenuity you can find places to hang the clothes: the backs of chairs, on open cabinet or bathroom doors, or in the worst case, flat on the bed.


    Kevin Reply:


    Thanks for the reminder – the plastic bag idea is a great one – and you’re right: you can usually improvise something for drying clothing.

  2. Ian says:

    Lots of European airlines have an eight inch max for the smallest dimension of your carry-on so even the PR4 is too fat to meet this requirement.

    You also have to watch out for the low weight limits – many airlines have limits as low as 7kg (15.4 lbs).


  3. I’ve been doing 2-week business trips to Europe lately, carrying only a bag very similar to the PR4 plus a small laptop case.

    This has worked out fine for business: I bring about 4 no-iron shirts, two pair pants, and one pair shoes in addition to whatever I wear on the plane.

    As Ian mentioned in a comment, there’s some risk of weight issues…I usually fly Lufthansa and my bag is right at the carry-on weight limit. I also recently had to take a London-Munich flight on EasyJet, and they required that the bag be checked-in…and nailed me with baggage fees.

    Though above works fine for business, it would be a stretch to make this approach work for a vacation trip to Europe. Key issue is my DSLR camera, which needs to be in separate bag (i.e., that I can also carry while on the ground.) If you’re only carrying a small point & shoot, then you could probably make it work with just one carry-on bag.


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