GobiGear Hobo Roll ReviewToday I’d like to tell you guys a bit about the Hobo Roll by GobiGear, a small company run by fellow adventure traveler and entrepreneur Chez Brungraber. It’s a stuff sack that provides compression for items and helps you keep your pack organized. I won’t adventure without it, and here’s why: 

To really give you guys an idea of just how functional and amazing the Hobo Roll is I’ve created 2 video reviews showing you how I’ve packed it, how easy  it is to compress it, and how much it compresses down as well.

  • In the first video, you’ll see how I packed a category of gear in 1 hobo roll – my fitness gear – and kept it all organized.
  • In the second video you’ll see its compression ability  when I pack 3 pairs of shoes for the various outdoor sports I do into 1 Hobo Roll.

If you have any questions about the Hobo Roll, feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll be sure to get back to you!

Volume Reduction

The Hobo Roll can reduce your pack volume up to 50%. You know the storage cases that let you suck the air out of the plastic case with a vacuum, compressing everything down to a pancake? The Hobo Roll basically does the same thing with compression straps and draw strings minus instead of the vacuum! It let’s you cram a whole lot of stuff into its 5 compartments, and then compress it down into a small, easy-to-carry, easy-to-pack roll.

Check out the video below:


Easy and Efficient Packing

Organization with 5 Compartments

There are 5 separate compartments of the Hobo Roll. In the video below, I show you a bit about how I took advantage of these 5 compartments by organizing my workout gear in the 5 sections. Base layers in one, sports bras in another, running shorts in another, and so on.

It Can Take a Beating

The Hobo Roll is made of tough, lightweight nylon that maximizes durability but doesn’t add much weight at all at a mere 3.5 ounces. Its 15″ long and 10″ in diameter and can hold 19 literes worth of packing. You can either place the Hobo Roll inside your backpack, or you can use it’s shoulder strap to carry it around in and of itself. Because of the compression and the draw strings, everything will be secure and it can act as a single bag.

Summing It All Up:

I love this piece of gear. I’ve done my fair share of lugging backpacks around, searching for headlamps in the dark, trying to find my underwear in a hostel shower attempting not to drop my clothing onto the drain (I hate it when that happens!). And through those experiences, I know how helpful it is to stay organized and stay efficient. Just this past weekend I took it with me on a 3 night camping trip to Zion National Park and it came in such handy keeping my day-hike clothes separate from my sleeping and camp-relaxing clothing.  I couldn’t be happier with such a simple and functional addition to my gear shed. Check out the pack and their story at MyGobiGear.com.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received The Hobo Roll for free from GobiGear as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations.

About The Author

Lauren Rains is the editor at large of Outdoor Minded Mag. She is struck by wanderlust, and spends most waking hours of her life either exploring the outdoors around the globe or working on various passion projects be it film to microadventures to cooking chili. You can read about her adventures in life, biz and travel on her blog TheMadToLive.com, and catch up with her on Twitter at @LaurRAINS.