Gear Review: Rollnband

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Are you the type of packer who throws their clothes in a bag hoping everything will be okay? Or perhaps you roll your clothes yet find things a mess when you reach your destination?

If that’s the case, you might be interested in Rollnbands.

Rollnbands are heavy-duty non-rolling woven elastic bands that will  keep rolled clothes secure, organized and snag free. They also come with a unique feature.

 

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On the front side of each band is a yellow tag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When reversed, the tag is gray.

Why two color tags? According to the manufacturer, it’s to allow you to roll all your clothes and tell which are clean and which are dirty.

Yellow for clean and gray for dirty.

 

Each pack of Rollnbands comes with 5 large (10.5″ circumference) and 5 small (9″ circumference) bands.  Their width is 3/4″.  The weight of each band is 8 grams and 7 grams, respectively.  (That’s so low in ounces my scale won’t give me an exact measure. Just between 0.3 and 0.2 ounces each.)

I tried them out and they do what they claim. My clothes stayed rolled up and didn’t  wrinkle.

But I have to be honest; I have a problem. Not so much with the product itself but with the concept.

I’m not a backpacker or camper. My idea of roughing it is a hotel without room service.

When I travel, I like to put my dirty clothes in some type of laundry bag to separate them from my clean clothes. I really don’t care if my dirty clothes wrinkle because I’m going to wash them before  I wear them again.

Do backpackers really not mind mixing dirty and clean clothes without some type of barrier between them?

That said, If you are:

a) someone who rolls their clothes and puts them directly into  your one bag or

b) someone who has a top loading bag where other packing devices might not use space efficiently,

then you might want to look into this product.

 

Rollnbands  retail for $19.95 and are available directly from the manufacturer. Made in the USA.

Disclaimer:  Rollnbands provided the product for review.

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4 Responses to Gear Review: Rollnband

  1. Paula Bag Lass says:

    Hmmmm, last time I rolled dirty clothes, I used elastic bands (nice thick ones used on our rolled newspapers). I was returning home so I really didn’t have too many clean clothes left. I might add, this was before I started handwashing and drip drying.
    My back pack was the LL Bean Turbo, a bottom horizontal compartment and two separate vertical compartments, easy for keeping clean and dirty clothes apart.

  2. Jennifer says:

    I usually find that I have to “pack” my dirty clothes anyway. You could always roll the dirty clothes and then put them inside a laundry bag if you want to keep them separate.

  3. Lomo says:

    For the weight and the price, I would rather have a second Eagle Creek Specter Packing Cube. I am clever enough to know which one of my 3 travel “outfits” is dirty. It is the one I wore yesterday…not the one I am wearing now, and not the one that is slightly damp-and on the schedule for tomorrow. I could easily put the dirties in another 7 gram packing cube (like the Specter)….because I don’t care so much about my dirty clothes getting wrinkled.

    I cannot imagine how this might be used as a dual purpose item–Belt? Pant leg clip for bicycle riding?

    For me, it would be dead weight-no matter how light -I’d much rather have a $20 bill.

    For a “backpacker” $20 is three days food!

  4. KF says:

    While it’s an interesting idea, I can’t see too many people willingly spending $20 on it. Yes, I carry a backpack and yes I roll my clothes, but I haven’t had too much of an issue with wrinkling or unrolling. I usually either pack a plastic bag for laundry or grab one from the hotel I am staying in. For the $20, I would rather get another packing cube (as a previous poster mentioned) or if I wanted to use a band to secure my things I’d either grab a few that came with my bags of coffee (I’ve used them in a pinch as a bumper on an ipod touch) or spend a couple dollars and get some hair elastics.