The rope pod acts like a compression bag and allows for you to fill it and then shrink it down for travel. It's made of durable material, has clips for your gear (lots of it), and has a little pouch the perfectly fits phones, wallets, keys or whatever else you have. Not only is it extremely nice for storage it carry's very comfortably. I would HIGHLY recommend this product, perhaps even give it 6 stars if possible. Hope you make the purchase, and hope this review was helpful!