What is a Dirty Daves Hobo Bag? It is a bag that makes things easier when you exit a cave after a long, hard day of exploring. The first things to enter your mind might be food, home, or a shower. Before any of that can happen, you have to shed that dirty cave gear and change into your dry clothes. You would love to kick your boots off first, but that means you would be standing on the wet ground or in the mud and getting your feet dirty before you put your clean clothes on. As cavers do, we have adapted to this problem over the years and have accepted these issues. Well not anymore; the Dirty Daves Hobo Bag is a 60 inch diameter pad that you throw down after that trip and strip. Everything lands on the very durable 200 denier polyurethane-treated pad. No more wet or muddy feet! Once changed, collect the loops, slip the handle through the loops, and clip the side squeeze buckle, no drawstring. You are ready to go! No more losing gloves or socks. It's all in the bag until you get home and thoroughly clean everything. You can even wash the bag. I have been using this bag for three years now, and I have loved every minute of it, just as I know you will. It has been a life saver on those cold January cave trips when I just could not get in the warm car fast enough.
Posted by Me on 13th Feb 2018
Simple, clean, well made and as described. I like it as a gear sheet in dirty or grassy areas but a drawstring would make it easier to pick up. So I installed one. works great.
Facilitates clean caving
Posted by Lee at Columbia SC on 17th Apr 2014
How it works:
The product is a tarp with webbing loops evenly spaced and one longer loop with a Fastex buckle. You lay all your gear on the tarp, then thread the tail of the long loop through the other loops capturing the cave gear in a neat bundle and clip the Fastex shut and you are good to go.
Pulling the long tail through the loops while avoiding the muddy cave gear is a real pain in the butt and a backache for those who do not want to bend over to the ground. I have used both a carbineer and a rope as substitutes and the rope worked best. So, I am going to redo the long strap and replace the tie system with a rope.
easily fits all your cave gear and more and draws tight (with added rope)
can stand on it and shed dirty gear
easy to dress into clean gear on it
easy to clean
light weight, sturdy
waterproof bottom, I add water, soak n scrub, dump water by lowering sides.
Separates our gear from others