The Gobi Gear Hoboroll isn’t a concept that’s new to us. We reviewed their previous edition all the way back in 2013, so when the new one came by we were a little curious about what’s actually changed in it. After spending a few hours with it, we’re pretty sure the new one is definitely something to talk about.
What is the HoboRoll?
It’s an innovative packing system that’s perfect for when you want to minimise your luggage and really stuff more into less. Using one of our favourite packing styles – rolling, it lets you compartmentalise your clothes and travel gear so you don’t have to rummage through a million things and then spend half your time packing it all up again. We love their philosophy – We don’t spend enough time outdoors, and this product lets you maximise the quality time you spend outside without having to waste it on fiddling with your bag. It’s sturdy and can be used on its own or placed inside a larger bag. It’s great for a short camping/hiking trip or even as a gym bag. We got the Hoboroll in a nice forest green Pinyon Pine (very nature friendly). It neatly folds itself into a small pouch, making it great to add into other luggage to later use on short day trips.
Breaking down the Hoboroll
It’s got a new Ultralight Nylon material that’s so much more flexible than the old one. The curved yolk and compression tabs let the whole thing become one tight little sturdy package. The tall collar, cord locks and anodised aluminium sliders make it really easy to operate and secure. It’s got 5 compartments radiating around the center and the original cover pouch turns into a secret pocket that can be tucked inside when in use. At 3.5 oz, with a 20l capacity, 10″ diameter and 15″ length this one packs a whole lot into very little.
How much can the Hobroll store?
So I drew up a list of essentials I’d carry for a 3-day camping trip and put the Hoboroll to the test:
3 pairs of shorts
3 pairs of socks
3 pairs of underwear (obviously not pictured)
An extra pair of shoes
A bag of toiletries
A fleece jacket
Packing the Hoboroll
Rolling up each of these sets I was able to slide them one each into the 5 compartments and pull the drawstring on either side. What’s great is that it can be accessed from either side (definitely minimising the rummaging). The buckle can be tightened or loosened depending on how much you’ve packed. Everything you see in the picture above (along with underwear) easily fit into it, with room for a little more.
Carrying the Hoboroll
It looks like a small duffle bag when packed and can be carried easily over the shoulder or on the side. One little addition I would’ve wished for is a sort of rain cover. Maybe a simple elasticised pouch that goes all over the Hoboroll, just so there’s minimal rain that can get into either of the drawstring ends.
Intrigued? Amazed? We think the Hoboroll is great for two reasons. One, it’s possibly the best option to pack a lot into such a compact carrying option. And two, compartmentalisation ensures you don’t have to rummage through stuff to get what you want. Get your Hoboroll at Gobigear.com from $39.99 Got some packing tips of your own to share? Tell us in the comments below!
This post was made possible by Gobi Gear. Opinions, as always are our own.