This trendy piece of luggage has me pumped to travel again
Baboon to the Moon’s Go-Bag is as attractive as it is reliable.
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A few months ago, while lugging around an overpacked wheelable suitcase on a family trip to Mexico, I thought: Wow, I’ve been using the same luggage for over a decade. Up until that point, I never paid much mind to my go-to carry-on. It was a cheap bag my mother bought for me from Target that I used for almost every trip since 2011. Despite my loyalty to it, I thought it was so ugly that I always made sure to store it in odd places around the house to ensure it was out of my sight until I needed to pack for the next trip. (For the record, gray, black, and salmon is a terrible color combination.) So, it was a bittersweet event on our return flight home from a vacation when a baggage handler permanently flattened one of its wheels by throwing it a little too hard onto a conveyor belt, and the handle later fell apart on my walk to the parking lot.
Since my last bag wore out, I’ve been itching to grab a more permanent replacement. I want something that won’t punish me for overpacking, is quick to open, and, most importantly, attractive.
One day, while scrolling through Instagram, I started seeing ads for a luggage company with a strange name: Baboon to the Moon. As the days went by, those ads kept coming up more frequently, following me wherever Ad-Blocker wouldn’t, and enticing me with a variety of shiny, bright-colored duffel bags that claim their materials are so hardy, they’ll “get you to the moon and back.” The algorithm worked its magic; I bought the company’s most popular piece, the Go-Bag, in the small, carry-on size (40L) for $169. I decided to try it out as a weekender for a visit with my parents. The results? I’m a fan.
What is Baboon to the Moon?
Baboon to the Moon is a bag company co-founded by creative designers Michael Kushner and Trey Sisson, along with former COO of luxury retailer Opening Ceremony, Andy Person. It’s been selling bags since 2018. Although Baboon to the Moon is relatively new to the luggage scene, it’s found success through social media with an eye-catching array of vibrant, monochromatic duffels. Initially launching with its line of duffels called Go-Bags, the company has since introduced a wider range of luggage, ranging from backpacks and fanny packs, to sling bags and small pouches. Every bag features recycled materials, a waterproof shell, and fabrics that do not contain any phthalates, which are a harmful group of chemicals used to make plastic more durable. Baboon to the Moon claims its products “will survive anything you throw at it,” but in case they don’t, it offers a lifetime warranty.
The Go-Bag, its prime seller, is a multi-handle duffel bag that comes in three sizes: Mini (32L), Small (40L), and Big (60L), costing $139, $169, and $199, respectively. The first two work as carry-ons, according to TSA regulations, but the Big size would be a checked bag. Every Go-Bag is available in 10 colors, including green, orange, and blue, but the company also offers as many limited-edition prints, which means zany patterns on the inside of each bag’s one-color exterior.
What I Like about the Baboon the Moon Go-Bag
I considered grabbing a Mini Go-Bag to bring along for short trips to visit my parents, but I decided to go a size up to have something larger to use for future trips. Boy was this bag bigger than expected. It turns out 40 liters is a lot of space—enough for me to overpack and not feel annoyed about the extra weight I was carrying, yet small enough to be TSA-compliant.
To give an idea of how large this bag is, my packed items comprised of: three pairs of pants, just in case the weekend Orlando weather dropped below 90°; two pairs of shorts to lounge around and sleep in; two additional pairs of shorts for my morning runs; three bucket hats because I can’t be seen in public otherwise; three pairs of socks; four pairs of boxers; three T-shirts; a MacBook and charger; a notebook and pen; a toothbrush, deodorant, and toothpaste; six bottles of various serums and moisturizers so I can keep up with my skincare routine; a spare pair of eyeglasses in case they somehow break and I’m stuck in weekender limbo until someone can pick me up; and one book. I still had space for more.
In typical me fashion, I didn’t neatly fold or organize everything that I packed. Most of my clothing fit inside the Go-Bag’s main zippered compartment, which is located near the backpack straps on the duffel’s rear. The toiletries, notebook, and pen had their own smaller pockets to slide into. This bag has four interior pockets and one zippered one on the exterior, but its largest compartment takes the main stage for packing items like clothing and electronics. The Go-Bag doesn’t feature any organizational dividers or larger pockets (though Baboon to the Moon offers small pouches called Org Bags on its site). I actually dig the larger open space, as it gave me more room to play with and supported my chaotic packing style.
Baboon to the Moon’s website claims that the Small bag will carry “3 to 5 days worth of clothing,” but I’m convinced it can hold enough garments for a an individual's weeklong trip, or a weekend if packing as a couple.
The amount of handles this bag has is another reason why I think it’s so nifty. You can carry it like a briefcase using one of the handles located on each of its sides, or as a backpack, with the main compartment’s zippered opening leaning against your back. Sorry, no wheels here. I liked the versatility and went back and forth between the two carrying styles when I went house hopping.
It’s also obvious from the Go-Bag’s soft-yet-durable nylon shell that it’s built to take a beating. The monochrome blue exterior is eye-catching and attractive, and it’s made of nylon, which gives it a plastic-like shell. It’s tough, but its color makes it appear gentle and fun. It looks like a Starburst that’s ready for war. The bag’s fabric is double-stitched for extra enforcement. Baboon to the Moon claims its products are weatherproof, tearproof, and weirdly, “machete-proof.” While I didn’t test the bag’s strength with a knife, I can say it can take a hefty amount of water and sand, and a dash of Coke Zero on its shell. A wipe of a cloth is all it needs for easy cleaning.
What I don’t Like about the Baboon the Moon Go-Bag
If the Go-Bag is missing anything, it’s a laptop sleeve. When packing for my weekend trip, I placed my laptop on top of my pile of clothing. I wasn’t worried about my MacBook accumulating any scuffs or scratches, but I know it wasn’t very secure because I felt the device promptly drop down toward my butt and tug at my straps when I shifted the duffel to the backpack position. I suppose the bag’s zippered compartment located on its flap could hold a laptop, but it could still shift around within the pocket while the bag is in movement. This isn’t good for those who travel without cases for their pricey electronics.
Another downside: the cost. While I’m one to throw down an extra $20 to $40 on something that I deem aesthetically pleasing, the prices on these bags aren’t too friendly. The Small Go-Bag I used costs a hefty $169. There are two Baboon to the Moon alternatives I can think of: The North Face’s Base Camp duffel bag, which holds 50 liters, and Patagonia’s Black Hole Duffel, which holds 40 liters. They both cost $129. And as it turns out, those both come in stylish colors, too. If you’re considering a Baboon to the Moon Go-Bag, keep in mind that you’re paying extra for the trendy monochrome colors.
Is the Baboon to the Moon Go-Bag worth it?
For a stylish piece of luggage that’s tough enough to ward away elements, rips, and (possibly) machetes, it doesn’t get much prettier than a Go-Bag from Baboon to the Moon. These softshell duffels are as hardy as they are a trendy fashion statement. The Go-Bag is my new favorite travel companion.
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