In celebration of my recent return from Turkey, here’s a flashback to last year’s trip. I’m in the process of editing more than 20gb of photos from this year’s trip, so you can expect to see new shots later this week.
This photo was captured in the storied city of Antalya along Turkey’s southern coast as the last rays of sunset cast a golden shadow on the peaks across the bay. As luck would have it, one of the local sailing ships was in the midst of a sunset cruise, and in so doing lent its silhouette to this photo. The colors were incredible, especially as the rays of light cut between the mountain peaks and filled the valleys with a plethora of different colors, all filtered through the slight haze brought about by the cool ocean air mingling with the warm afternoon sun.
The Hoboroll – Product Review
Just before I left for my Austria and Turkey trip, the folks at Gobi Gear reached out to me and asked if I’d try out a complimentary version of their Hoboroll product after seeing a piece where I talked about using plastic bags to help organize and separate clothing inside my backpack. Somewhat skeptical that it would be significantly better than my trash bags, I decided to give it a try on my most recent trip. The Hoboroll is basically a lightweight fabric tube with cinch cords on both ends and which is divided into a series of interior compartments. It also has several straps around the outside and reminds me a bit of the bag you put a sleeping bag into. In short, it’s a simple and clever idea and a great solution to the problem most of us have. Especially those of us using backpacks that only open at the top.
After using the Hoboroll on my 23 day trip, I’m happy to say that it’s a great product. I kept and used it throughout the trip, and found it made life easier. Especially when it came to getting access to the bottom of my pack. I was able to pull the Hoboroll out, and then access large and less used items such as my snowboarding pants, sweater and spare jeans without needing to re-pack my entire bag. It also made sorting and separating things like shirts, underwear and socks much easier. I’ll definitely use it again on future trips, and the light weight nature of it and study construction makes it durable and backpack-friendly.
While it’s not a necessary purchase -you could, after all, continue to use plastic bags – it is a much cleaner and more efficient option. Depending on how you use your backpack, it may make sense as an addition to your packing list.
You can find out more about the product on the GobiGear website.