RōM Outdoors RōM Pack

Reviews

The RōM Pack is a convertible backpack that can unfold…

Disclosure: The author of this review received a sample of the product from the brand or its representative in exchange for a review.

Rating: rated 1.5 of 5 stars
Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (I kept the product after testing.)

Summary

The RōM Pack is a convertible backpack that can unfold into a poncho or a blanket....but ultimately it is this idea that is the reason the product fails. This isn't something that solves a need and even if it did, the execution was poor.

Pros

  • Good build quality
  • Warm blanket

Cons

  • Not a great backpack
  • Not a great poncho
  • Poor concept

The RōM Pack is a convertible backpack that can unfold into a poncho or a blanket. 

As a backpack…
What I like:

  • It is stylish
  • The material quality is heavy duty

What I didn't like:

  • It is very heavy…when empty
  • The main pocket isn't very large due to the excess material needed for the poncho/blanket

As a poncho…

What I like:

  • It is a poncho

What I don't like

  • The snaps don't stay snapped
  • It is too short in the front
  • It is too warm….it has a fleece lining
  • The hood is small
  • It looks a bit funny when you wear it with the backpack straps and the flaps. I was laughed at by my family.

As a blanket…it is great. It is warm, large enough, and water resistant.

Overall, the concept doesn't seem practical. If I'm hiking and I expect rain, I'd pack a raincoat or a lightweight poncho to wear over my regular clothes. I'd dress for the weather. I'd never need a fleece lined poncho. I likely wouldn't need a blanket either...and if I did I could roll up a blanket and put it in a regular backpack.

The RōM Pack is also quite expensive at $120. The build quality is very good, but the execution and the concept are where it fails. The best "mode" is blanket mode, but I can recommend any number of cheaper blankets. I wanted to like this, but I'm afraid I can't recommend it.

 

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this pack, Jimmy.


1 year ago

This pack seems to work better as a “tailgating”…

Disclosure: The author of this review received a sample of the product from the brand or its representative in exchange for a review.

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (TheDyrt / RoM Outdoors)

Summary

This pack seems to work better as a “tailgating” pack rather than a camping pack. It is overall big and bulky. It transitions pretty smoothly after a few times but originally it was a little awkward.

Pros

  • Warm blanket
  • Sturdy material
  • Great inner pack

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Bulky
  • Not convenient

A 3-in-1 system, the RōM Pack is a backpack you can fully transform into either a wearable poncho with a hood or a blanket that’s soft on one side and water resistant on the other. I received this product and I brought it on a campout when I planned to “cowboy camp” and then I broke one of the clips on the pack.

I contacted customer service and they sent my a new clip to fix it right away—even though I told them I was the reason it broke—It was not the fault of the pack. For Customer Service, they get 5 stars for sure. The pack worked great on this outing.

It is a bit heavy and rather bulky to carry on a hike, however, I knew the conversion technique on this pack would come in handy while sleeping under the stars. I was correct. The poncho/blanket is heavy and warm and kept all the dew off of me in the morning. The pack has an inner pack that is great for holding gear and can be used all on its own.

This pack seems to work better as a “tailgating” pack rather than a camping pack. It is overall big and bulky.  It transitions pretty smoothly after a few times but originally it was a little awkward.

Experience

I used this to cowboy camp on a weekend campout. The blanket was warm and the poncho kept the dew off my body.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for sharing your experience with this pack, Pwells.


6 months ago

The RoM Pack delivers in durability and diversity.

Disclosure: The author of this review received a sample of the product from the brand or its representative in exchange for a review.

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (I kept the RoM Pack.)

Summary

The RoM Pack delivers in durability and diversity. If you're looking for a twist on a daypack, the RoM Pack is hard to beat.

Pros

  • This 3-in-1 combo offers a pack for storage, a warm, fleece lined blanket, and rain repellent poncho in one.

Cons

  • While its design is unique, it's somewhat bulky and slightly heavier than any of the daypacks I've used.

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I had the opportunity to review the RoM Pack. The RoM pack offers a durable daypack that transforms into a fleece lined blanket and water resistant poncho. This pack also includes a drawstring stuff sack as an added bonus. 

The pack weighs in around 4.6 pounds, slightly heavier than most daypacks I've worn hiking, but could be worn on a shorter hikes without much extra effort. The straps are adjustable and fairly well-padded. However, I am shorter, 5'2", so this pack tends to be a somewhat bulky fit for my frame. I will use it though to store gear for camping and hiking trips especially given the outer, rain repellent material. 

With two detachable saddle bags, the pack breaks down easily to transform into the blanket and poncho. Reassembly is quite easy as well. It comes with a step by step booklet demonstrating the how-tos. The booklet also includes identification information on poison ivy, oak, and sumac identification as well as fire-building tips. 

Experience

I used the daypack to store gear for an outdoor women's retreat and the saddle bags to store water and food on shorter hikes. I utilized the blanket for breaks in between sessions during the retreat. I also brought the pack along on a day trip to a national wildlife refuge to store extra clothing and snacks.

While I won't likely use this pack on future day hikes, I will definitely use it to stow gear and will utilize the blanket on chilly nights around the campfire.

RoM Pack is a very versatile, well made, day adventure…

Disclosure: The author of this review received a sample of the product from the brand or its representative in exchange for a review.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (I kept the product after testing.)

Summary

RoM Pack is a very versatile, well made, day adventure pack. Transforms into a blanket or poncho for your exploration needs. This is my go-to bag for sporting events and day trips with my grandkids.

Pros

  • Several uses all in one
  • Water resistant and heavy duty material
  • Comfortable to carry
  • Transforms to poncho or blanket

Cons

  • Limited carrying space
  • Main pocket only somewhat functional
  • 4.6 lbs empty
  • Inner pack has string shoulder straps

I received the RoM Pack to review while out adventuring. I like this pack as a day use, event oriented carry all. It is excellent for excursions to the park or sporting events and has plenty of space to attach necessities.

I used it for a 4.5-mile hike and it was comfortable to carry even without the waist and chest straps. When you dismantle the pack to make it into a poncho or blanket the main pocket is gone. So I put my hydration pack in there so I could carry it on my back if I needed the poncho.

The two front bags detach and can be placed in the inner pack which has string shoulder straps. This would not be comfortable for any distance if it’s heavy. The loss of the main pocket and the inner packs string shoulder straps would be two reasons I would not use this pack as an overnight backpacking pack. 

I don’t hunt, but I think that hunters would like the versatility of this pack. In addition this will be my go-to pack for adventures with my grandkids. The ability to fold it out into a blanket is awesome for sitting on the beach with them or in the grass at the park.

I will suggest this pack to friends.

A backpack that has a few specific applications and…

Disclosure: The author of this review received a sample of the product from the brand or its representative in exchange for a review.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (I kept the product after testing.)

Summary

A backpack that has a few specific applications and performs very well for those situations. Perfect for picnic adventures or a backup car poncho/blanket. The pack is very comfortable and quick to take apart and put back together.

Pros

  • Comfortable to wear
  • Multifunctional
  • Waterproof
  • Durable material

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Limited uses
  • Requires removing gear to use poncho or blanket

I received a sample of this product from the brand or its representatives in exchange for a review. 

I recently tried out the RoM pack on a day trip in Cheaha State Park where we packed in food for the day and planned to stop mid-hike for a nice break and to check out a new campground we were interested in backpacking to. My takeaways from using the combo backpack, poncho, picnic blanket are:

  • The backpack works incredibly well for what it is designed to do. If you are going to be carrying your things somewhere where you will then unpack and hang out for a while this piece of gear does exactly what you need. It held all the items we needed for the day of hiking including a hammock, water bottles, food, and small items (phone, wallet, keys, etc.) and still had plenty of internal space to spare. When we arrived at the campground we set up and unpacked then took apart the backpack so that we could use the blanket to sit on. I can imagine in the future this pack also being very useful for keeping in the car when any one of its uses might come up.
  • It is very comfortable to hike with. I found the strap design and layout to fit comfortably on my chest. They are highly adjustable for different sized individuals. The one criticism I had of the straps is that the cross chest straps are a little too long and I had trouble getting it tight enough since I am a relatively small person. Overall though I didn’t have much shifting around while hiking.
  • Included with a backpack was a small drawstring bag that is designed to fit inside the larger pack and hold your gear when using the pack as a poncho or blanket. I found this to work OK, but felt it was a little unnecessary since anytime I would plan to take about the pack I would want to be at my final destination where I would be OK just taking out my gear.
  • Although I have only had the pack for a short time and not used it many times I can tell the materials used are high quality and it will last a long time. I will update when I have used it more.

Overall, I would say this pack has a few very specific applications and it performs really well for all those situations. Worth checking out if you want to have a multipurpose backup bag in the car or are often in a situation where you are hiking in to picnic locations.

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