Never have I spent money on a piece of luggage, ever, until I decided to try Monos. For years, I’d just use whatever dusty luggage had been in my parents’ attic for an eon. For what felt like way too long, I went back and forth between Away and Monos and ultimately went with Monos because of the more appealing design and the fact that I already have a portable phone battery. I love the attention to detail on this piece of luggage, both inside and out — from the compression straps to the included luggage tag/shoe bags and everything in-between. I cannot wait to take this on my 7 day vacation next month — hoping to fit all I need in here, alongside a smaller bag! I’m the littlest bit bummed that the luggage seemed to incur a few small scuffs from shipping, but that’s what happens when a big piece of luggage has to make it from the west coast to the east coast bouncing along in the back of a truck, I guess. Monos includes a scuff sponge, much like the Mr. Clean magic sponges, so I’ll hit the scuffs with that and see what happens.
(PS. The black color is gorgeous. I went back and forth between the black and white colors and am happy I chose the black. I feel like everyone touts the Away bags in white and I’m happy to have chosen an alternate color.)