Our New Favorite Duffels Are Bright, Machete-Proof

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

By The Editors
August 7, 2018 9:00 am

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.


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