Skip Hop Duo Signature Review
Pros: Inexpensive, lightweight
Cons: Small, ineffective pockets, uncomfortable to carry
Manufacturer: Skip Hop
Our Analysis and Test Results
We like the Skip Hop Duo Signature. There is no hiding what it is, which is not a problem unless you are looking for a bag that does not resemble the classic look of a diaper bag. It does not have a lot to offer in terms of extras, but the necessities are there.
Storage and Ease of Use
We awarded the Skip Hop a score of 5 of 10 for Storage/Ease of Use. It was one of the smallest bags we tested and we found the bag quickly filled once we packed all the items we deemed necessary for a successful outing. It has little in terms of bells and whistles but it does include a small changing pad (sized OK for infants, toddlers will not fit). There is no insulated pocket for a bottle but there are two exterior side pockets suitable for this purpose.
The internal pockets were helpful with keeping things organized, however, the front external magnet-close pockets were not as useful. We found ourselves only trusting those pockets to carry dispensable items such as snacks because the magnets just could not keep the tops closed in order to contain the contents. On a more positive note, we like how easy it was to clean the materials with a damp cloth.
One of the lighter bags we tested, the Duo was easy to carry and could easily switch from being carried over the shoulder as a messenger bag to a hand-held briefcase which is why we awarded it a score of 6 of 10 in this category. Our primary complaint when it came to carrying the bag was how tall it was. We found this extra height lends it to being carried in an somewhat awkward/uncomfortable manner.
We found the quality of the materials used on this bag to be decent, so we awarded it a score of 6 of 10 here. The mesh on the side pockets is not very thick and will likely wear out over time. It has plastic clips for the messenger strap and stroller straps which tend to break more quickly than their metal counterparts. Thankfully, we did not encounter any issues with the zippers.
The Duo is an OK looking bag and we awarded it a score of 5 of 10 for style. It definitely looks more like a traditional diaper bag but the grey coloring does a good job of keeping it classy at least. Dads we surveyed thought the bag was OK, but when ranked, preferred almost every other bag with the exception of the Diaper Dude Original Messenger.
We found this to be a good bag for parenting duos that only want to have one diaper bag between them. It is gender neutral enough that we think you can get away with it and keep everybody happy.
The Skip Hop Duo is a nice bag for a decent price. What it has to offer in terms of value is on par with other bags at the same price. Plus the Skip Hop warranty is unbeatable: a whopping 10 years against manufacturing defects.
When compared to its counterparts in our testing, we think you get more for the same price (or slightly more), which is worth it. We would encourage dads to also take a look at the Obersee Rio and our award winner for best value the Boken Every Day Bag.
— Natalie Hale & Juliet Spurrier, MD
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