Blue Ridge Overland Gear Headrest Bag
Function and Design:
Managing loads of gear on any trip is always high on our list for keeping things efficient, orderly, and in its place. When I was presented the opportunity to test two of the new headrest bags for overland trips, and with my family of four, I was really excited. When we first were introduced to Matt with Blue Ridge Overland Gear I quickly checked out his website to see the offerings and this product jumped out at me. I loved the idea of utilizing that dead space directly behind the front seat headrest giving complete access to back seat passengers and also keeping the seat back pockets open for gazetteers, maps, or coloring books. This is a product that simply and reliably works. It is made of highly durable materials with strict attention to detail in stitching and overall design. The bag clips around the head rest supports and rides at a nice angle to the back of the seat.
On our most recent trip filming Episode 7 we featured the headrest bags in the 4 Runner carrying three occupants. We quickly found use for these bags with the passenger side rear passenger stowing an iPhone, a camera, and an iPad (for route/topo map reference). The other bag was used for an inverter and some spare camera batteries/chargers plus a Bose Soundlink for later use. Even over rocky and rough terrain the bags stayed put and did their job holding essential equipment with quick and easy access. I could also see this bag being used to clip a two way radio too or to hold a rain shell for wet weather.
Family/Day to Day Applications:
When in family mode the 4 Runner holds two car seats and two head rest bags outfitted for any true family adventure. The bags feature my 4 year olds favorite books and stuffed animals ("stuffies") for the day plus a random Elmo video or two. The randomness that can become contents of this bag during day to day travel is endless. Another really unique feature is the built in backpack straps that can be unfolded so the bag can be toted around by your kids, or whoever wants to carry them. We found this feature handy on a recent trip to the beach.
This bag has remained in the 4Runner, or my wife's SUV, since we got them and have been used for all varieties of purpose. Based on the build quality and overall usefulness I don't see them coming out of the vehicle anytime soon. I have used many products over the years that sort of lose their luster after a few months and get tossed to the back of the closet never to be seen again. This is not one of those products. I imagine that we will continue to refine its use on overland trips and on family trips alike. I have even turned the bag around in the front passenger seat when driving solo to keep items handy and off of the floor mats. I've noticed the buckles do need tightened from time to time to keep the bag riding up high in the 4Runner which opens up more leg room for kids in car seats, but this is a very minor detail considering the bags often become footrests for the kids. You absolutely cannot got wrong with this product for increasing organization and stowage in your overland rig, or any vehicle for that matter. Simple, functional, reliable. What else could you ask for?
The Overland Headrest Bag can be found at Blue Ridge Overland Gear and can be purchased for $35 dollars, which in my opinion is a deal!! Check them out today, I am confident that you won't be disappointed!