Style | August 7, 2018 9:00 am

Our New Favorite Duffels Are Bright, Machete-Proof

Everything good (and bad) about millennials, in one bag

By The Editors

During your travels, there will be times when you don’t know where you’re going or what you’re doing.

If there aren’t, you’re traveling wrong.

A bag that’ll stand up — and stand out — in those situations?

Baboon, a just-launched line of technical duffels that’ll add some much needed color to your gallivanting. These packs are decidedly bold in design, endlessly versatile and they’ll survive pretty much anything — including machetes.

The pedigree at Baboon is solid: CEO Andy Person hails from Opening Ceremony, The North Face and Urban Outfitters, and the other co-founders are established with similarly nameworthy startups and ad agencies.

What they’re peddling? Bags that’ll survive mountains and make a statement (we’ll unpack the latter point in a minute).

Sized by length of excursion (3- or 5-day), Baboon’s Go Bags work as a backpack or a duffel. They’re crafted from OM Stardust Ballistic shell material secured with alpine-grade double-stitch construction — meaning they’re water- and sandproof.

There are plenty of nice details here: compression straps, end-cap pocketing, internal zip and mesh pockets, detachable shoulder straps. And they’ll age well: you’ll just need to spot clean the packs occasionally, and they all come with a lifetime warranty.

The 3-day bag is 45L and TSA-approved for carry-on luggage, while the big one is 60L and should last you almost a week (and will probably still fit in an overhead bin).

And as mentioned, these bags aim to make a “statement.” They arrive in some can’t-miss colors, but nothing garish. Trust that you’ll never lose one on a baggage carousel or in the back of a cab. Plus, we there’s a fun art print inside each pack.

Having said all that, you may be put off by Baboon’s equally statement-conscious website, with its candy-hued color palette and its, shall we say, aspirational ad copy. They claim to be targeting something called the “slash generation” (e.g., “illustrator/train hopper/optimist”), or as we like to call it, “semi-employed with a trust fund.”

But ignore your urge to take a machete to their website, because, well, the bags are solid.

Machete-proof, in fact. Something even an old-timer can appreciate.