The three-piece Eagle Creek Pack-It Original Cube Set keeps a week’s worth of clothes organized and moves easily from suitcase to hotel dresser. The full-size cube is great for shirts, shorts, and insulating layers. The half-cube and quarter-cube are perfect for underwear, socks, and other thin fabrics, such as stockings or sleepwear. These cubes are made of 300-denier polyester (a strong fabric) and stay upright when empty, so they’re easy to pack. The Pack-It cubes’ windows are made of the tightest mesh link we tested—better for resisting snags—and the smooth zippers close easily around all corners, even when a cube is overstuffed. We also like that these cubes open all the way, so you can easily access everything inside if you place them in a drawer. Pack-It cubes are available in black, blue, red, and occasionally a few limited-edition prints.
The Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Tech Cube Set is a good, ultralight packing-cubes set that weighs half as much as our other picks. Like Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Original Cube Set, the Specter Tech set includes three cubes—extra-small, small, and medium. A medium Specter Tech Cube weighs less than 2 ounces; the same-size Eagle Creek Pack-It cube weighs about 4 ounces. The Specter Tech set’s translucent, 30-denier ripstop nylon exterior looks fragile, but it holds up well over time. It’s both tear- and water-resistant, and we’ve used the original version of these cubes for four years now with no issues. Aside from these cubes’ higher price, the only trade-off is that the thin sides mean the cubes can’t stand up on their own, which makes them more difficult to pack.
The REI Co-op Expandable Packing Cube Set (which includes three cubes: a large, a full-size, and a half-size) holds more than our other picks, but it takes up the least amount of space in your suitcase when fully compressed. This set’s compression system, however, can be a little fiddly to use. To compress the cube, you press down on it and then close the compression zipper. This squeezes the cube down to half its size, but it takes some practice to work smoothly. Like the Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Tech cubes, these cubes are made of lightweight, tear-resistant ripstop nylon. They’re a touch lighter than the Pack-It Original cubes, but not as lightweight as the Specter Techs. Unlike the Pack-It Original cubes, this REI set does not have a mesh window to let you see what’s inside.
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