I recently won a Hoboroll from a giveaway that Clint was running over at TripHackr and was really stoked about it because I’m always looking for gear to help keep things organized and consolidated. I didn’t have any upcoming backpacking type trips so I thought I’d test it out on my recent trip to California. It wasn’t the most ideal situation as I still brought a suitcase for it, but I made sure I used it to pack clothes for my 3 day trip.
What’s a Hoboroll?
So the guys at GobiGear invented this crazy thing called a Hoboroll. It’s essentially a travel organizer of sorts for anything travel related, but mostly for your clothes. It contains two straps to really allow you to compress the clothes into a smaller form factor while the drawstrings at the end make sure nothing falls out.
“The Hoboroll features 5 internal compartments to separate your items and is made of lightweight yet durable material. With two compression straps and drawstring end closures, the Hoboroll is perfect for any traveller.” – Gobi Gear
The Hoboroll also has the option of slinging it over your shoulder if you truly want to travel hobo-style but I foresee this as something that makes more sense in a backpack.
Why Would You Need a Hoboroll?
When you’re packing for a trip, it often times becomes pretty challenging to bring all the clothes you want. Space is a luxury you don’t have when you’re travelling for multiple weeks and so maximizing what you carry is critical. Currently you have options to either:
- Just mash it all in your bag/suitcase
- Garbage/grocery bags (ghetto but hey I’ve done that before)
- Buy packing cubes to organize your clothes
- Compression bags
- Get something different like a Hoboroll
Compartments are key because you always want to make sure you can separate clean clothes from the dirty.
How to Use the Hoboroll?
When I first got it and played around with it, it seemed like a perfect packing device to really promote and encourage the rolling of clothes which I do anyways. The compartments allow you to separate your clothes and other travel gear while the drawstring closes it up really easily.
Using the Hoboroll is super easy. It’s not very complicated which is the genius of it all. I think the trickiest part was cramming things into the compartment once it became kind of full. Sometimes I’d end up pushing the other things already inside out so I definitely had to be careful. The space in each compartment definitely fills up pretty quickly.
However if you roll your clothes up nice and tight, you can fit in quite a bit of stuff in there. Check out the progression of photos I took for you guys to give you a really clear picture of what can fit inside.
Pros and Cons
Overall I can say that I was quite pleased with it. It gave me some versatility of using it almost as a standalone bag but also embeddable in a larger bag. I love compartments and organizing my stuff so that was nice as well.
The only gripe I had with it was that the bag was open ended on both ends. There were times when I would really try to jam and push something on one end of the compartment and it would cause something out to spill out. There’s also not a lot of stretch to the material so once a compartment gets more than half full, you really have to work your dexterity to get the remaining pieces in. The last bit is about the compression straps and how at first I was a bit confused with where the straps needed to go because when you unbuckle it, the straps comes out of the various loops that keeps it together so I had to figure that out.
A few suggestions:
- Flexibile material at least on the inner parts that create the compartments would be awesome
- Make one end close ended perhaps
- Why not allow the Hoboroll to be fully rolled out flat first when packing before rolling it up and compressing it. That might actually make a bit more sense
Despite some of the cons, I still feel like this is a solid product that I’m looking forward to using on my next trip out. I’ll be using this in combination with my Eagle Creek packing cube and clothes rolling skills to make sure I maximize on limited space I have in my backpack.
I would totally recommend it to any other traveller’s that’s looking to get a little more organized. 4 stars out of 5.
Pick up the Hoboroll today from Gobi Gear for $27.99 USD.