‘HoboRoll’ Ends The Dreaded Pack Explosion

The temp plummets as you search for those base layers in the bottom of your pack. By the time you pull them out, gear is strewn across the trail like a busted piñata.


We’ve all been in this situation, but there is a solution to the common pack explosion: Gobi Gear’s HOBOROLL.

The HOBOROLL is a bag with internal dividers to keep gear and clothing organized and separated. Instead of clothes and small gear items floating around your bag, the HOBOROLL keeps everything in its place.


Sleeve With Dividers

“Why didn’t I think of that?” The nylon sleeve with internal dividers and compression straps is simple and useful. It really changes the way I packed the bag.


The 20-liter stuff sack opens on both ends, each has a drawstring closure. The interior is divided into five sections. Compression straps hold everything in the bag and help scrunch it down.


Traveler’s Dream

A GearJunkie tester used the HOBOROLL while on a recent trip to Costa Rica. Along with keeping his entire wardrobe and toiletries organized during the trip, it prevented those random small items from hiding in odd corners of his backpack. It was a real time saver.

He used one compartment for dirty clothes as the week passed instead of the usual plastic grocery bag, which was tidy (if not a tad bit smelly).

Hobo Roll contents

It also worked as a great day bag and fit a beach towel, camera, sunscreen, and a few cold beverages without any issue.

hobo roll feature

Backpack Organizer

The 3.5oz HOBOROLL serves as an organizer for minimalist backpacks that don’t sport as many small pockets. Instead of having my toothbrush drift to the far corners of my pack, it was easily located and accessed when stored in the HOBOROLL.

After serving multiple functions over a few different trips the HOBOROLL proved useful. And at just $40, it won’t kill your pocketbook. The pack is available on Gobi Gear’s website.

Eric Lemke

Eric is a contributing writer based in Bozeman, MT. An avid climber, mountain biker, backpacker, and snowboarder, he earned his degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota - Duluth. When not living the GearJunkie life, he can be found exploring the Montana backcountry.