GOT BAG ROLLTOP Review

The GOT BAG ROLLTOP is sustainably sourced, has internal organization, and can hold a ton of gear. However, some important features are awkward to use.

Our Verdict

6.9 /10
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Form

73/100

Design

63/100

Value

70/100
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Pros

  • Durable, water resistant, and sustainable materials
  • Ample padding and aeration on the back panel for a comfortable carry
  • Fair amount of internal organization for small gear

Cons

  • Rolltop fastener comes loose extraordinarily easy
  • Removable laptop sleeve lacks a closure and is hard to detach
  • Closing the pack can be awkward when fully packed or near empty
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Technical Details

90 %

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14 %

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  • Capacity

    31l

  • Weight (lb)

    2.49 lb (1.1 kg)

  • Dimensions

    17 in x 13 in x 6 in (43.2 x 33 x 15.2 cm)

    Expandable to 26"

  • Notable Materials

    rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate), Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU), Polyurethane, Duraflex Hardware, YKK Zippers

  • Manufacturing Country

    China

    Also manufactured in Vietnam

  • Laptop Compartment Size

    15"

  • Warranty Information

    Warranty

Buying Options

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GOT BAG
$159.00 

Full Review

Here at Pack Hacker, we’re big fans of recycling and sustainability, and GOT BAG is a big proponent of that as well. We thought we were doing our part by leading an in-office recycling campaign, but GOT BAG outdid us by setting up a clean-up site on the ocean and dedicating their brand to sustainable sourcing from that site. If you can’t tell—we like these folks already. However, can they make a high-functioning backpack? Let’s find out.

External Components

The GOT BAG ROLLTOP is, yup, you guessed it, a rolltop backpack. Without compression, it boasts 31 liters, making for a large daypack or a small travel backpack, depending on how you frame it. The exterior is crafted from Ocean Impact Plastic, or recycled polyethylene terephthalate, transformed into a 600D yarn. It feels like a boat cover, which isn’t the softest to the touch but is durable and looks rugged. The interior has a TPU coating which adds an extra layer of protection from the elements. The material offers a neat look but gets marked up fairly easily.

GOT BAG ROLLTOP Outdoor Back
GOT BAG ROLLTOP | Out on the town.

Let’s dive even further into how GOT BAG manufactured this rolltop. They have a clean-up site in Indonesia where they harvest plastic from the ocean. Then, they turn that material into the yarn we just mentioned. That yarn is eventually woven into a fabric, which is manufactured into the bag you see here. It appears that their products change depending on what they’re able to harvest, but at the time of writing, the bag is produced from 59% Ocean Impact Plastic fabric, 17% other recycled material, and 24% non-recycled materials. The quarter of the bag that isn’t recycled materials is mostly hardware.

The pack uses YKK zippers, but there aren’t many of them due to the rolltop. The pull is colorful, so you can find it quickly against the dark fabric, and it shares the same design as little tabs placed throughout the bag.

GOT BAG ROLLTOP Full Studio
GOT BAG ROLLTOP | The pack looks professional yet unique.

The rolltop secures using a Duraflex buckle. The closure works as we’d expect it to, but the strap loosens easily. If you grab the bag by the strap to move it, it becomes limp and unravels. Additionally, it can be hard to tighten if you don’t stow a ton of gear inside. Once you pack it out, this isn’t an issue.

The sternum strap and shoulder strap adjustors are Duraflex too, and we haven’t had any issues with either of them.

Both sides of the pack have two compression straps to make it easy to cinch the bag down when you don’t have as much gear inside. There aren’t any water bottle pockets, but we can use the compression straps as a makeshift water holder for bottles with a removable cap connected to the bottle.

GOT BAG ROLLTOP Strap 2
GOT BAG ROLLTOP | One of the compression straps.

With a Nalgene, we take the cap off, slid it through the top compression strap, replaced it on the top, and slid the bottom of the bottle through the lower strap. After cinching both down, it hardly moves, even when filled with 32 ounces of water.

The back side has a luggage pass-through, and the top has a small handle. Neither are fancy, but they both get the job done.

Fit Notes

GOT BAG ROLLTOP Side By Side
Left: Eric Hergenreder, Height: 6’0″ (183 cm), Torso: 18.5” (47 cm) | Right: Kristyne Defever, Height: 5’5” (165 cm), Torso: 17” (43 cm)

The back panel has a fair amount of padding and is very structured. There’s mesh for aeration and channels that divide up the padding, which helps with airflow. For such a large backpack, it keeps things fairly cool.

The shoulder straps have a similar makeup—they have structured padding and mesh, which helps them stay pretty comfortable. They’re fairly easy to manipulate, so they will form to your body reasonably well.

The sternum strap is on a rail, so you can make micro-adjustments and find the perfect spot for your setup. The rail is broken up into three sections, so you can attach things to the two sections you aren’t using for the strap. Attaching a carabiner is easy and is a handy addition.

GOT BAG ROLLTOP Strap
GOT BAG ROLLTOP | The harness system.

While wearing it, the pack feels large. Even on a bigger frame, it feels like you’re wearing a sizeable, yet lightweight, brick on your back. The rolltop is pretty tall, so when you look over your shoulder, you can see it peaking out. It feels like you’re a Blastoise that just popped out of its Pokeball with a cannon on both shoulders—but without the hydro pumps.

These issues are worse for those with a smaller frame because the pack is even larger by comparison. It’s comfortable enough—but it can look a little silly. We all love a little kid with a backpack that’s too big for them, though it isn’t as cute on a grown adult. Throw a sling into the mix, and you’ll really be weighed down.

Inside The Pack

There’s just one quick access pocket, and it’s on the front side of the pack. It opens vertically and isn’t the largest spot for gear; however, you can easily fit your phone and wallet inside. The material doesn’t have any give, so you can’t stretch it to fit more gear. It’s hard to access when you’re wearing the pack, and it’s hard to get things inside when fully packed out.

GOT BAG ROLLTOP Pocket
GOT BAG ROLLTOP | The front pocket isn’t very quick.

The main compartment has some organization, but most of your gear will be on its own.

There’s a small zippered pocket on the front side that hangs like a pesky t-shirt tag. It’s pretty little—but it’s nice to have a place to lock things down that you don’t want swimming in the pool that is the rest of the main compartment. When you open the pack when it’s sitting on the back panel, it hangs down in the way—which is worse when there’s gear inside it.

GOT BAG ROLLTOP Interior
GOT BAG ROLLTOP | Gear inside the main compartment.

The back side has a removable laptop sleeve that secures itself using two hook and loop fasteners. Getting it back inside when it’s empty or stuffed is difficult, but it’s easier without a laptop inside. The case can fit up to a 15-inch computer and has a zippered pocket on the exterior that acts as another pocket for the pack when it’s in place.

GOT BAG ROLLTOP Laptop
GOT BAG ROLLTOP | The laptop sleeve.

When removed from the GOT BAG, we aren’t the biggest fan of the sleeve. It doesn’t have a closure, so your laptop could fall out if you have a smaller model and the hook and loop fasteners on the bag are prone to snagging specific clothing or furniture fabric. It’s nice to have the option to remove it while traveling for quick trips, but we won’t be using this one separately unless we absolutely have to.

The rest of the pack is open space—you can fit a ton in here. We’ve only gone over two small pockets and a laptop sleeve, and this thing is 31 liters, so there’s quite a lot left over. When the rolltop is open, it’s quite tall—you could fit your entire arm inside. You’ll be all set if you’re good at organizing your gear with packing cubes, pouches, and organizers. If you typically rely on the internal organization to save the day, this might not be the pack for you.

GOT BAG ROLLTOP Outdoor Side
GOT BAG ROLLTOP | Sometimes you need to stop and smell the flowers.

Closing the main compartment can be awkward depending on what kind of gear and how much space it takes up. The nature of the material doesn’t breathe at all, so folding the roll top can be a bit like when you roll your tent up the wrong way, and the air can’t escape. It can make the pack look awkward, and sometimes it will crease weirdly. We’re able to combat this by pushing down on the main compartment as we started rolling it, though this can lead to even more awkward creases.

On the positive side, the airtightness of this pack demonstrates it’s extreme water resistant qualities. We don’t have any issues with the gear inside the ROLLTOP getting wet, even in heavy precipitation. There may be a few not-so-flattering creases, but the bag will keep your items safe and dry.

GOT BAG ROLLTOP Carry Handle
GOT BAG ROLLTOP | One last look at the pack.

Overall, we’re happy with how much gear we can fit inside the GOT BAG ROLLTOP and love the sustainability aspect. A few things are a little odd, adding to a somewhat awkward carry. For most intents and purposes, it’s not a huge deal, but we wouldn’t recommend relying on this pack to be your daily driver or travel companion.

Usage Timeline

Initial Usage

Condition: Excellent

  • The recycled plastic feels highly durable and water-resistant
  • Welded seams offer a sleek look and add to water resistance
  • PFC & PVC free coating is an excellent shout in terms of being environmentally conscious
2 Weeks of Use

Condition: Excellent

  • The exterior marks up reasonably quickly, but the materials are durable and water resistant
  • We find the back panel and harness system comfortable, even with how large the pack is
  • The hook and loop fastener on the removable laptop compartment can do damage to certain fabrics
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By Eric Hergenreder
Created September 28, 2022 • Updated September 28, 2022
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