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Santa Barbara, Ca

I'm a full-time rambler and contract designer with as many skill sets in my quiver as there are plane tickets in my passbook. I've worked in ornamental iron, jigsaw puzzle design, bookmaking, glass engraving, and a variety of other mediums. I'm currently living out of a backpack as I trek my way around the world.


Travel Gear Essential: Gobi Gear's Hoboroll

Zak Erving

Quoth Hansel: "It's so simple!"

Quoth Hansel: "It's so simple!"

Travelers and vacationers often have their own packing techniques and preferences, but often they fall into one of two camps:

  • cram-happy loonies who roll/fold clothes as tightly as possible and stuff their luggage until it’s bursting at the seams
  • OCD organizers who feel that suitcase compartments are the ultimate packing accessory

In years past, I’ve been more of the former, maintaining that all I needed for a 2-month trip was a 50-liter backpack and a camera bag, when in reality there was 75 liters of gear that was magically vacuum-packed into my poor Osprey Atmos. Unpacking at the hostel dorm often resulted in an explosion of smelly t-shirts and wrinkled pants.

Love at first sight is for the birds, but Gobi Gear’s Hoboroll made a believer out of me: this nifty little ditty is the olive branch between the two warring factions of travel packers (see above), because it acts as both a stuff sack and a compartment organizer. It’s even got a shoulder sling!

Hoborolls will be the new standard before too long

Hoborolls will be the new standard before too long

Evidence of a Gobi Gear brainstorming session is also included on the tearaway tag, and the Hoboroll team has done all its homework so you don’t have to. Additional uses of the Hoboroll (other than solo use) include:

  • Makeshift pillow at a campsite (my favorite option, because I’m tired of sleeping on my shoes)
  • Hers-and-his gear separation for short trips (usually, the girl gets four of the compartments, and the guy gets whatever is leftover ;)
  • Clean and dirty laundry organizer
  • Daisy-chain the Hoboroll to a backpack (or another Hoboroll!…things just got real)

Next week I’ll be hosting a giveaway for one of these bad boys, so check in Monday, June 11 for a shot at your own Hoboroll.