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by Diane Spicer
This pack organizer review focuses on the inevitable time sink of packing and unpacking your gear.
If you've ever cursed quietly (one would hope it was quietly) while digging through your pack in search of a small item near the bottom, you know the pain involved in a disorganized backpack.
To alleviate this pain, I decided to look for a backpack organizer, something I've never used before.
This particular organizer is designed to fit into 30 liter packs.
Hey, I own a few of those!
So let's jump right into this pack organizer review.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this pack organizer for free from PackGear as coordinated by Outdoor PR in consideration for review publication.
No affiliate relationship exists between Pack Gear and myself.
As usual, I'm all about getting the best hiking gear into your hands by using it first!
If you visualize the main internal compartment in your largest backpack, you know it's just one cavernous space waiting to swallow your hiking gear.
Now visualize the disorganized and frustrating jumble that robs you of precious time each morning and evening.
But what if you had one organizing unit, consisting of smaller compartments, that fits neatly within that main compartment?
The Pack gear backpack organizer contains 4 compartments which function together as one unit, able to be hung by lightweight metal hooks so you can reach into every space.
It also stands up pretty well by itself when filled with your clothes and gear.
Buckles and straps on each compartment keep everything contained within the organizer.
Hikers need anything designed to ride in a backpack to be:
This pack organizer hits it just right. Let's take a look.
Lightweight: 9 ounces, or negligible weight.
Compact: 18" x 9" x 7" when stuffed full of socks, toothpaste, shirts and whatever else spells hiking joy.
Easy to handle: Even when you're worn out and just want to get to your gear, it's going to be easy to pull this organizer out of your pack and have everything you need at your fingertips.
The large hooks make hanging this up really easy.
And the horizontal and vertical straps make sure nothing falls out.
Built to multi-task: I used this pack organizer for a non-trail trip, meaning that it kept me organized during a week long leisure trip and looked great hanging on the bathroom door.
I've devolved into carry-on luggage only, and this organizer really helped consolidate my stuff into one nice package. No more keeping track of a multitude of small zippered pouches!!
However, I'm looking forward to using it on my next backpacking trip because it fits nicely into a larger pack.
Fairly priced: $44.99 (at the time of this review) seems like a reasonable amount of money to pay to be organized.
Because of the durability built into this pack organizer, I'm guessing your investment will be minimal when you divide this price by the number of years you'll use it.
I found the divided compartments worked well to keep small, irregularly shaped grooming items like brushes, creams, lotions and solutions organized.
I also appreciated the amount of room between the hanging straps and the first compartment.
If you can set up a system in your head, it will be super easy to use this organizer: personal items in the top compartment, socks and underwear in the second compartment, etc.
One hard-earned tip: Make sure everything is buckled up tight before you lift this unit out of your pack, or everything you organized so carefully will tumble out!
For more rugged use, I'll pack up this organizer and slip it into a sturdy resealable plastic garbage bag to keep my gear dry and clean. It will be easy to throw it into the tent in the evening and know that everything I need is within reach.
I'll post a revised pack organizer review once I do.
One caveat for outdoor usage:
I'm also toying with the idea of using it as a backpacking kitchen organizer.
Since I really liked most of the features of this pack organizer, I'll close with a few little things that were less than appealing, just to balance things out.
All in all, a worthy new piece of travel and hiking gear!
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Here's to your next uber-organized trip!