All rolled up

Ask anybody what they like best about traveling and the answer isn’t likely to be packing. Even for neat and tidy types, packing and living out of a bag can be frustrating. Inevitably, that folded shirt you’re looking for gets buried underneath other folded items and everything ends up in a heap. That’s why Chez Brungraber, an avid traveler and the founder of Gobi Gear invented a packing organizer called the Hoboroll. With five separate storage chambers, the Hoboroll lets you easily separate and organize your outfits, shoes, and other items. Use it all on its own like a rucksack for short trips and outings or place one or more Hoborolls inside a larger bag to create even more compartments for longer getaways. The Hoboroll also has two compression straps on the side so you can reduce the volume of the bag by up to 50%. And, it opens from both ends with drawstring closures making it simple to get your hands on that shirt whether it’s on the top or the very bottom of your bag. Even though the Hoboroll was originally designed with backpacking in mind, our testers found many other uses for it. It’s great in a gym bag, carry-on, or even in a traditional suitcase. Parents at The Grommet have even used it to help their kids organize their dance and swim bags. Why rummage when you can roll?

Hoboroll

Segmented Travel Bag

All rolled up

Ask anybody what they like best about traveling and the answer isn’t likely to be packing. Even for neat and tidy types, packing and living out of a bag can be frustrating. Inevitably, that folded shirt you’re looking for gets buried underneath other folded items and everything ends up in a heap. That’s why Chez Brungraber, an avid traveler and the founder of Gobi Gear invented a packing organizer called the Hoboroll. With five separate storage chambers, the Hoboroll lets you easily separate and organize your outfits, shoes, and other items. Use it all on its own like a rucksack for short trips and outings or place one or more Hoborolls inside a larger bag to create even more compartments for longer getaways. The Hoboroll also has two compression straps on the side so you can reduce the volume of the bag by up to 50%. And, it opens from both ends with drawstring closures making it simple to get your hands on that shirt whether it’s on the top or the very bottom of your bag. Even though the Hoboroll was originally designed with backpacking in mind, our testers found many other uses for it. It’s great in a gym bag, carry-on, or even in a traditional suitcase. Parents at The Grommet have even used it to help their kids organize their dance and swim bags. Why rummage when you can roll?
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Chez
    Chez

    Hi everyone, I’m Chez of Gobi Gear. As a field biologist and avid traveler, I needed a better way to keep my gear organized. I was tired of always upending my messy bag to reach the item I needed, and went out to search for something better.

    I wanted a product that all travelers could enjoy – from the carry-on luggage weekend warriors to the world travelers living out of a backpack. So, I developed and tested the Hoboroll, which takes the value of a stuff-sack and enhances its usefulness by adding compartments.

    I am available to answer any questions you may have, and look forward to hearing all of the creative uses you all come up with for our product!

  • Donna
    Donna
    1/10/2014 12:32 PM

    How well do tennis shoes fit into this?

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/10/2014 12:45 PM

    @Donna depends on the size - my feet are a little big so I have found success putting one shoe in each compartment, and then putting a few other items around the shoe if there is space left over. Great question!

  • Helaine
    Helaine
    1/10/2014 1:16 PM

    How long is the shoulder strap? I'm 5'4", can it be worn cross-body?

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/10/2014 2:06 PM

    @Helaine the shoulder strap adjusts based on how much is inside the bag. When empty the strap is rather long, appx 35". When the bag is full the strap is reduced to a handle. Several customers have added an external strap of their own choosing to the bag!

  • Ruth
    Ruth
    1/10/2014 1:24 PM

    I love this idea but I need to use it as a backpack. Any plans to make it convert to a backpack?

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/10/2014 2:06 PM

    @Ruth W. hi Ruth, as much as we'd love that too, we have no plans to go into the backpack route right now. It's quite a complex market!

  • Anne
    Anne
    1/10/2014 1:54 PM

    Can you machine wash/dry the hoboroll? I'm thinking that my son's stinky camp gear might leave an aroma that will need to be taken car of. :)

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    1/10/2014 1:56 PM

    Keep the questions coming, all. Chez will be right back to answer everything.

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/10/2014 2:07 PM

    @Amy definitely!! I wash mine all the time. Especially after my shampoo bottle had a go inside one of the compartments...

  • Laura
    Laura
    1/10/2014 2:33 PM

    Are there any zippered compartments? How do you keep from losing items that may fall out?

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/10/2014 2:49 PM

    @Laura hi Laura, as of right now there are no hidden compartments (hopefully for version 2.0!) so usually I do not pack super small items inside. The drawstrings hold in a surprising about of items, but it's not meant for keys or items like that. We recommend putting a smaller stuff sack inside one of the compartments - you can even add a waterproof sack and make one compartment a dry-pouch! Many options but sorry we have no zipper :)

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/10/2014 2:50 PM

    @Laura No there are no zipper compartments. The drawstring at the end of each side is very strong and has been tested to hold weight without opening. As long as that drawstring is tight against the Hoboroll, you will be able to keep things in.

    -Ted (Company Manager on Behalf of Chez)

  • Linda
    Linda
    1/10/2014 2:47 PM

    Are the pockets open on both ends?

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/10/2014 3:27 PM

    @Linda Yes, the pockets open at both ends, which is one of the unique feature of this product. The drawstring, along with the clasp is strong enough to hold it down.

    -Ted (Company Manager on Behalf of Chez)

  • Guest
    Guest
    1/10/2014 3:04 PM

    Any reason why it could not be inserted into a backpack? I have always wished for an insert to organize my back pack.

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/10/2014 3:29 PM

    @Guest That actually was the main design for this product. The primary use for this product, for which the design was built was to go inside a backpack. It should fit in most hiking backpacks without a problem. But it can also be attached to one via the tool belt.

    -Ted (Company Manager on Behalf of Chez)

  • Susan
    Susan
    1/10/2014 3:41 PM

    Will be going on a safari and have limited poundage. How much does this weigh? I would like to carry it as a daypack.

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/10/2014 3:47 PM

    @Susan The Hoboroll by itself only weighs 8 ounces, but can carry much more than that. I have personally used mine as a day pack. I hope you enjoy your Safari!

    -Ted (Company Manager on Behalf of Chez)

  • Susan
    Susan
    1/11/2014 8:33 AM

    I was stunned when I saw the name Brungraber. That was my name and I have never seen it or heard it outside my immediate family. Are you related to Ed and Rene?

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/11/2014 11:08 AM

    @Susan small world! I married in, but seems like I am your niece-in-law? I think your cousin is Ben B, my father in law. How very cool is this!??

  • Susan
    Susan
    1/12/2014 1:07 AM

    @Chez I am actually Bobs cousin. But still really cool to meet you.

  • Susan
    Susan
    1/12/2014 7:26 PM

    so,when this is packed full, will it fit under an airplane seat?

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/13/2014 8:29 PM

    @Susan Yep it sure will! You could probably fit 2 actually.

  • KIMBERLEY
    KIMBERLEY
    1/12/2014 9:21 PM

    Can you estimate how many days clothing (average adult size female leisure) each roll would hold?

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/13/2014 8:30 PM

    @KIMBERLEY I use just 1 for about 4-5 days of summer clothes, and 2-3 days for winter clothes. You can really pack a lot in there. I would say one compartment can hold 5 tee shirts, or a large pair of jeans, or two medium weight sweaters... it fits a lot!!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Hoboroll

Segmented Travel Bag

All rolled up

Ask anybody what they like best about traveling and the answer isn’t likely to be packing. Even for neat and tidy types, packing and living out of a bag can be frustrating. Inevitably, that folded shirt you’re looking for gets buried underneath other folded items and everything ends up in a heap.

That’s why Chez Brungraber, an
avid traveler and the founder of Gobi Gear invented a packing organizer called the Hoboroll.

With five separate storage chambers, the Hoboroll lets you easily separate and organize your outfits, shoes, and other items. Use it all on its own like a rucksack for short trips and outings or place one or more Hoborolls inside a larger bag to create even more compartments for longer getaways. The Hoboroll also has two compression straps on the side so you can reduce the volume of the bag by up to 50%. And, it opens from both ends with drawstring closures making it simple to get your hands on that shirt whether it’s on the top or the very bottom of your bag.

Even though the Hoboroll was originally designed with backpacking in mind, our testers found many other uses for it. It’s great in a gym bag, carry-on, or even in a traditional suitcase. Parents at The Grommet have even used it to help their kids organize their dance and swim bags.

Why rummage when you can roll?
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Chez
    Chez

    Hi everyone, I’m Chez of Gobi Gear. As a field biologist and avid traveler, I needed a better way to keep my gear organized. I was tired of always upending my messy bag to reach the item I needed, and went out to search for something better.

    I wanted a product that all travelers could enjoy – from the carry-on luggage weekend warriors to the world travelers living out of a backpack. So, I developed and tested the Hoboroll, which takes the value of a stuff-sack and enhances its usefulness by adding compartments.

    I am available to answer any questions you may have, and look forward to hearing all of the creative uses you all come up with for our product!

  • Donna
    Donna
    1/10/2014 12:32 PM

    How well do tennis shoes fit into this?

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/10/2014 12:45 PM

    @Donna depends on the size - my feet are a little big so I have found success putting one shoe in each compartment, and then putting a few other items around the shoe if there is space left over. Great question!

  • Helaine
    Helaine
    1/10/2014 1:16 PM

    How long is the shoulder strap? I'm 5'4", can it be worn cross-body?

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/10/2014 2:06 PM

    @Helaine the shoulder strap adjusts based on how much is inside the bag. When empty the strap is rather long, appx 35". When the bag is full the strap is reduced to a handle. Several customers have added an external strap of their own choosing to the bag!

  • Ruth
    Ruth
    1/10/2014 1:24 PM

    I love this idea but I need to use it as a backpack. Any plans to make it convert to a backpack?

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/10/2014 2:06 PM

    @Ruth W. hi Ruth, as much as we'd love that too, we have no plans to go into the backpack route right now. It's quite a complex market!

  • Anne
    Anne
    1/10/2014 1:54 PM

    Can you machine wash/dry the hoboroll? I'm thinking that my son's stinky camp gear might leave an aroma that will need to be taken car of. :)

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    1/10/2014 1:56 PM

    Keep the questions coming, all. Chez will be right back to answer everything.

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/10/2014 2:07 PM

    @Amy definitely!! I wash mine all the time. Especially after my shampoo bottle had a go inside one of the compartments...

  • Laura
    Laura
    1/10/2014 2:33 PM

    Are there any zippered compartments? How do you keep from losing items that may fall out?

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/10/2014 2:49 PM

    @Laura hi Laura, as of right now there are no hidden compartments (hopefully for version 2.0!) so usually I do not pack super small items inside. The drawstrings hold in a surprising about of items, but it's not meant for keys or items like that. We recommend putting a smaller stuff sack inside one of the compartments - you can even add a waterproof sack and make one compartment a dry-pouch! Many options but sorry we have no zipper :)

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/10/2014 2:50 PM

    @Laura No there are no zipper compartments. The drawstring at the end of each side is very strong and has been tested to hold weight without opening. As long as that drawstring is tight against the Hoboroll, you will be able to keep things in.

    -Ted (Company Manager on Behalf of Chez)

  • Linda
    Linda
    1/10/2014 2:47 PM

    Are the pockets open on both ends?

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/10/2014 3:27 PM

    @Linda Yes, the pockets open at both ends, which is one of the unique feature of this product. The drawstring, along with the clasp is strong enough to hold it down.

    -Ted (Company Manager on Behalf of Chez)

  • Guest
    Guest
    1/10/2014 3:04 PM

    Any reason why it could not be inserted into a backpack? I have always wished for an insert to organize my back pack.

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/10/2014 3:29 PM

    @Guest That actually was the main design for this product. The primary use for this product, for which the design was built was to go inside a backpack. It should fit in most hiking backpacks without a problem. But it can also be attached to one via the tool belt.

    -Ted (Company Manager on Behalf of Chez)

  • Susan
    Susan
    1/10/2014 3:41 PM

    Will be going on a safari and have limited poundage. How much does this weigh? I would like to carry it as a daypack.

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/10/2014 3:47 PM

    @Susan The Hoboroll by itself only weighs 8 ounces, but can carry much more than that. I have personally used mine as a day pack. I hope you enjoy your Safari!

    -Ted (Company Manager on Behalf of Chez)

  • Susan
    Susan
    1/11/2014 8:33 AM

    I was stunned when I saw the name Brungraber. That was my name and I have never seen it or heard it outside my immediate family. Are you related to Ed and Rene?

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/11/2014 11:08 AM

    @Susan small world! I married in, but seems like I am your niece-in-law? I think your cousin is Ben B, my father in law. How very cool is this!??

  • Susan
    Susan
    1/12/2014 1:07 AM

    @Chez I am actually Bobs cousin. But still really cool to meet you.

  • Susan
    Susan
    1/12/2014 7:26 PM

    so,when this is packed full, will it fit under an airplane seat?

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/13/2014 8:29 PM

    @Susan Yep it sure will! You could probably fit 2 actually.

  • KIMBERLEY
    KIMBERLEY
    1/12/2014 9:21 PM

    Can you estimate how many days clothing (average adult size female leisure) each roll would hold?

  • Chez
    Chez – Special Guest
    1/13/2014 8:30 PM

    @KIMBERLEY I use just 1 for about 4-5 days of summer clothes, and 2-3 days for winter clothes. You can really pack a lot in there. I would say one compartment can hold 5 tee shirts, or a large pair of jeans, or two medium weight sweaters... it fits a lot!!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.