I’m constantly on the hunt for multi-purpose travel gear that lightens my load and works well with an adventurous lifestyle. It should come as no surprise, then, that the ROM Pack caught my attention from the moment I found it online. It’s a 3-in-1 system that is a backpack you can fully transform into either a wearable poncho with a hood or a blanket that’s soft on one side and water resistant on the other. In concept, it’s the perfect fit for my life but in reality there are a few design flaws that need some tweaking. I bet in a couple years, ROM Pack will be a common name.
As a backpack, the ROM Pack is designed well. It’s a little heavy but it has multi pocket spaces and a place to put water bottles. I love the added carabiner; the bold red color stands out on the pack and the storage space is amplified when you think of all the things you could attach with the carabiner. The front removable pouch is a good idea when you want to convert the backpack into a poncho or a blanket. It’s a great place to put small items like glasses or keys when the pack is converted. Athena and I went for a hike in Laguna Canyon and I packed the backpack with two sweaters, two water bottles, keys, my phone, snacks, and my camera and there was plenty of space. It fit nicely on my back and the side pouches made it easy to get to our water when we were thirsty. With the hot temperatures in southern California, I might have been better off choosing the tan color rather than the black that holds heat but there is a tan option.
As a blanket, one side of the ROM Pack is a soft fleece. The other is a durable, water resistant fabric. We went sailing out of Marina Del Rey yesterday and brought the ROM Pack along. Although it was sunny, the breeze off the ocean was cold and Athena’s sweater dress wasn’t doing the trick. We opened up the ROM Pack and converted it into a blanket. The soft fleece felt nice against her bare legs and quickly warmed her up.
On the sail back to Marina Del Rey, Athena used the ROM Pack as a poncho and we sat on the front of the boat and let the spray from the waves splash over the poncho. She was warm and cozy even with the cool water temperature. The ROM Pack ended up being the perfect addition to our day on the Pacific Ocean.
When we got back to shore, I tried to convert the ROM Pack back into a backpack to store our stuff. It wasn’t as easy to get it back together as it was to open it up. I’m sure after multi uses, I would get the hang of it but it wasn’t as straightforward as I would have liked. If ROM Outdoors figures out how to make the same multi-purpose pack a little lighter and a little easier to put back into a pack, I think it will be added to my list of essential travel items. It will definitely be joining us on our next sailing adventure already.