I recently got to try out my new Roam packable backpack. This daypack folds up and packs into one of its own pockets, making it super convenient for travel. I thought it held up great, and was well worth the purchase. Read on for a complete review of the Roam Packable Backpack.
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Roam Backpack Overview – A Great Travel Day Pack
To be short about it, I love my Roam backpack after taking it on two trips. My wife and I went to the San Bernardo Islands and then my mom joined us on a trip to Colombia’s Amazon and Bogotá. The Roam packable backpack was perfect for throwing into a bigger bag and using as a daypack.
For a fairly cheap price and the awesome convenience, the pack is also quite spacious and even comes with a few bells and whistles.
Specs of the Roam Packable Backpack
- Capacity – 25 L
- Water Resistant
- Tear Resistant Nylon Weave
- Lightweight – 10 ounces (0.63 pounds/0.3 kg)
- Storage Compartments/Pockets:
- Main pocket with laptop sleeve
- Top front pocket
- Mini front pocket easy access pocket
- Bottom front large pocket
- Mesh side water bottle pockets
- Tiny mesh pockets on straps
- Breathable Mesh Straps
- Side Compression Straps
- Colors Available: Black, Navy, Ocean Blue, Purple, Red
- Lifetime Warranty
What I Like About the Roam Packable Backpack
Easy to Pack
It folds up into the reversible bottom front pocket in an 8 by 8 inch square. It takes up about the same space in a bag as a light sweater since it will compress a good bit.
It Feels Quality and Sturdy
I really feel like this bag is quality made. The zippers don’t get stuck and feel like they will hold up to time. I also really appreciate the mesh straps. The mini pockets on them are also a nice touch and could hold a flashlight or perhaps your sunglasses. I honestly didn’t even use them, but they just make the bag seem better made.
Also, while lightweight, the material isn’t paper thin and is reinforced on the bottom and back. I feel like you’d have to really abuse it to get it to tear.
The lifetime guarantee offered is also nice, especially for a product under $20.
Pretty Spacious for Its Size
You’re not going to pack a week’s worth of clothes here, but that’s not what it’s intended for either.
I was able to pack a book, towel, small notebook, sunscreen, bug spray, and some snacks in the main compartment along with my camera in the top front pocket. I felt like I probably could have come close to doubling that.
While I wouldn’t want to go too crazy since the straps are pretty thin, you should be able to pack all you need here for a day out sightseeing, hiking, or heading to the beach. You could also use it for an overnight or maybe, if you’re a light packer, a weekend trip.
It would be nice if there was a slot or two in one of the smaller pockets to stash a pen or perhaps a hook or mesh pocket to put your keys. These are pretty small tradeoffs though.
The only other drawback is the pack doesn’t have a “backbone” to it so to speak, so it doesn’t always hold its shape perfectly. I found this solvable by sticking my book in the the laptop sleeve (I didn’t try carrying a laptop as that’s just now why I bought this bag, but I would feel comfortable using it in a pinch). I definitely wouldn’t want to overpack it as I imagine it could get bulgy and uncomfortably on your back. Again, though, for the price and the purpose as a travel daypack, this is pretty minor.
Conclusion – Awesome Travel Day Pack
I’m quite happy with this purchase. I wanted something that I could have to carry around if I used a backpack for a short trip. My wife brought it back to me from the states and I had been hankering to try it out. It was exactly what I wanted.
It would be especially useful for those backpacking (hence not able to carry another smaller backpack) or those with only a carryon. Just slip this in and you’ve got another whole pack you can carry around with you.
In conclusion, I highly recommend the Roam Packable Backpack for those that like to have a small backpack to carry around their personal items while traveling but already are carrying a larger one or don’t want to carry one while in transit.
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There you have it, a complete review of the Roam Packable Backpack. If you’re considering get one, I hope it helped you make your decision.
Cheers and Happy Exploring!
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