Gobi Gear’s Hoboroll – And that’s a wrap!

After lugging a 15kg carry on duffel bag (without wheels) through CDG-DEL-BOM (That’s Paris-Delhi-Mumbai) we promised to never overpack again. We’ve made a solemn oath to only carry the essentials, leave room for shopping, or simply do without. Which makes finding the ideal sized bag, or even packing it for that matter, a bit of a task. (But oh, such a relief when you’re walking about the airport hands-free)

But we’re not the kind to carry backpacks around. That’s just not our style. Now how do we manage to fit everything in?

So when Gobi Gear asked us to review their Hoboroll, we couldn’t help but be intrigued. Could Gobi Gear’s Hoboroll be the solution to our baggage issues?

What arrived was a nifty little parcel in a manila envelope. What? How could there possibly be a bag in there?

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There’s a luggage organiser in THAT??

We couldn’t wait to try it out, so we used it at the first opportunity we got, on our long weekend getaway to Kerala. We were flying there and back, and would be transferring between different areas, so we could use all the compression the Hoboroll promised.

What did we pack?

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That’s a lot of clothes!


  • 1 pair of night shorts
  • 1 pair of day shorts
  • 5 tee shirts
  • 1 pair of swim trunks


  • 1 pair of day shorts
  • 1 maxi dress
  • 4 sleeveless tank tops
  • 1 pair of denim shorts
  • 1 jumpsuit
  • 2 bikini cover-ups
  • 1 pair of tights

Also carried:

  • 1 toiletry case with all our essentials
  • Underwear and swimwear (not shown in pictures for aesthetic reasons)

All we had to do was divide the clothes into equal volume piles. Then roll them up neatly along the length. Then slide each roll into one of the 5 surprisingly large compartments.

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Slide each roll in one by one

Pull the ends, and tie.

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All packed and ready to go!

And that, ladies and gentlemen, brings us to a weight of 3.5 kilos total.

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Not too heavy eh?

The Verdict:

I was shocked. The bag, the shoulder straps, everything seemed really durable. The colour was also a really nice forest green. It kept our clothes relatively wrinkle free. (the trick is in rolling them neatly) Really looking forward to using it again.

The Hoboroll from Gobi Gear is a luggage organiser that claims to compress packed volume by 50% and is made from tough yet lightweight nylon. It is 15” long with a diameter of 10”. Available in Alaskan Blue, Bristlecone Pine & Sonoran Sun. Prices start at 28$

Gobi Gear USA


(619) 940-6402

SPECIAL OFFER exclusively for Different Doors’ readers!
Get a 20% off when you buy your Hoboroll using this coupon code: DIFFERENTDOORS13
Valid until 09/30/2013

5 Discussions on
“Gobi Gear’s Hoboroll – And that’s a wrap!”
  • Thanks for the discount code! I just ordered a Hoboroll in blue, looks very intriguing. I can just see my husband shaking his head when I pack for my next trip. He doesn’t share my love of packing lite and being organized for travel.

    • Hey Wendy! You’re going to love your HoboRoll, and we hope that once your husband sees the wonders it can do for your packed volume, he may just begin to share your organisation passion! Happy travels!

  • Hi Revati. Thanks for the great review! I’m heading to Mexico for the next year and am going to give this a try. It looks like it could be a great way to keep everything organized and taking up little space.

    I emailed Gobi Gear with a question and they sent an email back answering the question and indicating they’ve extended the discount code!

    “We also have good news for you and your readers, we have extended the discount code’s validity time to the end of 2013 (12/31/2013 @ 11:59 pm PST).”

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