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by Diane Spicer
This Gobi Gear Review focuses on two compartmentalized stuff sack options.
Before we get to the good stuff, a few disclosures:
Gobi Gear, located in Bend, OR, provided this hiking gear to Hiking For Her and asked for an honest review.
All of the opinions, facts and photos in this Gobi Gear review are based on Hiking For Her's use of these stuff sacks.
Rest assured, nothing is recommended on this website that doesn't mean high standards.
Now on to stuffing you full of facts in this Gobi Gear review.
Wow, nice small footprint in my already stuffed gear locker!
And are these stuff sacks ever lightweight (see exact weights below).
But you may be wondering why a hiker wants a stuff sack for anything other than a sleeping bag.
Here's your answer:
Trail fact: it's your secret weapon as a hiker.
In my experience, you can get on the trail in one of two ways.
Let's start by using Disorganized Diane's approach to packing for a hike:
Now let's give Organized Ophelia's method a chance:
If you resonate with Ophelia, read on for details in this Gobi Gear review.
Again, there are two ways to approach getting ready for a day hike.
But let's channel Organized Ophelia right away by using the Hobo Roll's vertical compartments.
To give you all the details that any self respecting hiker wants to know, here are the Hobo Roll technical specs:
Bottom line for the Hobo Roll?
I used it in my day pack for this review, and found it to be the perfect solution to the perennial problem of staying organized on the trail.
also tried the shoulder strap carrying method, and realized how
convenient it will be when I'm in the back country and don't want to pack an extra day pack but do want to carry gear, food and my ten
essentials when leaving base camp.
And here's a small but important fact that might be a "girl" thing: The color combo (Midnight and Lava) is one that you don't see anywhere else. I like it!
See what you think:
Packing the Hobo Roll is something of an art, especially if you want to utilize the "secret" pocket inside. Luckily, Gobi Gear provides a 3 minute packing video which I highly recommend for two reasons:
So feel free to use this stuff sack for carrying your gear on multiday hiking trips as well as day hikes.
Take a glance at the photo below for an idea of how small the Hobo Roll cinches down when fully loaded, via the magic of compression straps.
And see how easily it will fit into my 34 liter backpack, leaving me lots of precious space for camping gear?
But what if you want more volume?
Let's keep going...
This segmented stuff sack is a bit different than the Hobo Roll above, although it's also made of feather weight, durable 30D nylon.
Usability specs for comfort and convenience:
Note the lack of compression straps or carrying strap, and the larger capacity with one less compartment.
used this Seg Sac for a little contest I had with myself while writing this Gobi Gear review: trying to
fit all of my gear (pictured below) for an upcoming 3 day snowshoeing trip into it, in 5 minutes or less.
It only took me 2 1/2 minutes to load up the sack, probably because I had segregated my gear into logical piles already so I didn't have to think it through as I was loading.
As you can see, everything fit easily, with a bit of room for last minute additions.
That's the great thing about stuff sacks!
And then you can stuff the stuffed sack into your backpack, and know that you're organized, prepared and ready to roll.
The fully loaded Seg Sac also slid into my smaller 24 liter pack (not pictured) with no problem.
I noticed a few things that could become issues on the trail with these stuff sacks.
One was a minor problem I noticed when I took the Seg Sac out of its package:
Tip: Always take a moment to check out little details like this before you start loading up any new stuff sack, to avoid frustration.
I also noticed that the nylon is gossamer thin, which is good for saving weight.
NOTE: I will update this Gobi Gear review after a few hiking seasons of using these stuff sacks, so check back for more insights into performance and durability.
Two avid outdoors aficionados started this company, and have demonstrated deep insight into a perennial problem for hikers:
I also like the fact that no plastic is used in their packaging or shipping processes.
They are also a company that gives back to Planet Earth.
Here's a thought:
Why not combine these 2 stuff sacks into a packing system for your larger backpacks?
Another idea: You can wash these sacs after hiking, and use them for travel packing.
I know that I'll be doing just that for upcoming trips that combine day hiking with checked luggage.
I can finish up this Gobi Gear review by telling you that Gobi Gear makes useful, durable products with thoughtful designs.
If you're still not sure if these stuff sacks would be useful for your hiking plans, send me your questions.
I read, and answer, all of my emails and would love to hear from you!
If you need information on great backpacks to use with your Gobi Gear, get started here.
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