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Gobi Gear Hoboroll

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Gobi Gear Hoboroll compression sack

Love my Hoboroll! It's become my most important companion for snowboarding in the winter (holds my thermals, goggles, gloves, extra socks, wool cap, and shirts), and boating/beaching in the summer! Perfect carryall for weekend getaways, camping, or just traveling light. Easy to use and fits anywhere! Buy one now!


  • Compact
  • Easy to use
  • Durable
  • Recycled materials


  • Plastic buckles
  • One size only

I had known about the Hoboroll for some time while it was still in development and I jumped at the opportunity to get one for myself when Chez (Gobi Gear owner/creator) offered me a chance to promote it. The Hoboroll has lived up to every expectation!  

I primarily use it in the winter as my snowboarding companion since it is compact and holds all of my extra gear (goggles, gloves, extra socks, thermals, t-shirts, sunblock, wool hats) making it easily accessible in the mornings when I'm in a hurry to hit the mountain.  

In the summer the Hoboroll is great for camping and trips to the beach. I have also taken my Hoboroll on vacation several times and it makes an awesome addition to my carry-on luggage which makes packing a million times easier.  

The only real drawback as far as I can see are the plastic buckles. I had one break on me once, but I sent it back and it was replaced within a week, no hassles, so that was a great experience. Great company, great product is all I have to say, can't wait to see what Gobi Gear comes up with next!!

Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (Kept it and bought an extra)

Product facilitates the stowage of similar items into different sleeves, thus providing easy and faster access to desired items. The compression of the roll reduces bulk and allows more content to be placed in the larger luggage container.


  • separation of items into sleeves for easy retrieval compression of roll to reduce bulk in luggage alternate usess such as short term carrying unit for sports wear


  • needs more substantial snap buckles
  • could be larger

While I was at first uncertain as to how I would use the product as I am not a back packer or "hobo," I found on several recent trips that it was extremely helpful in allowing me to pack similar items together in the different sleeves and to be able to compress it and thus get more room in my suitcase.

It is easy to use and appears to be very well made with the exception of the buckle snaps which could be stronger. I don' know of any other similar products on the market and thus feel it has great potential for a myriad of users.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $28

Extremely easy for quick, organized packing on the go. The simple compartmentalization and access from both ends makes this unique and very helpful!


  • Organization ease
  • Compression


  • Longer strap for shoulder carriage
  • Optional back pack straps

I've loved my Hoboroll since the day I received it. I've used it every time I've gone on a trip, whether for a week or overnight. It's cut my packing time down considerably because the compartments take the guess work out of what's going where in a larger travel bag or backpack. I also keep one in the car for emergency change of clothes should I (or someone else) ever need it for any reason. THANK YOU!!! Life more simplified.

Source: received it as a personal gift

Invaluable for organization and volume reduction while traveling. Well-made and easy-to-clean.


  • well-made
  • nice colors
  • easy to clean
  • excellent for volume reduction


  • clasp sometimes slides along rope

Very useful product! My husband and I use them every time we travel for organizing things (our things and/or baby things) in the suitcase.  No need to completely unpack the suitcase to find something since you can separate the small things so easily.  

Quickly compresses its contents. Seems optimal also for camping, but we just haven't done it yet. It would also work great as a diaper bag!  Still like new after 1 1/2 years.

Source: bought it new

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Price MSRP: $28.00
Historic Range: $27.01-$46.99
Reviewers Paid: $28.00
Weight 3.5 oz / 100 g
Length 15 in / 38 cm
Diameter 10 in / 25 cm
Capacity 1160 cu in / 19 L
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