I have been using Eagle Creek packing cubes since I left for Mexico four years ago. While I have spent those years contemplating the ultimate packing list, Eagle Creek cubes have been one of the few constants:
I’ve been using the same packing cubes for 4 years and they barely have any signs of wear and tear. But that didn’t stop me from taking Eagle Creek up on the offer to review more of its gear.
Gear Warrior Wheeled Duffle 32
I normally travel carry-on or with a backpack but I’ve never purchased online. I actually love the videos that come with each product because bags have a lot of features that I don’t really understand but watching the video I was surprised that I wanted a wheeled duffle. But it’s really lightweight and was great for places like Jasper where I needed to bring some heavier clothes that wouldn’t fit into carry-on.
Tarmac AWD 22
My experience with carry-on luggage has been one disappointment after another. My luggage takes a lot of abuse through the winter, cobblestone streets, muddy roads…I’ve spent more money on carry-on luggage than I’d like to admit – mostly because I really like 4 wheels instead of 2 and that comes at a premium price.
I’ve been using Eagle Creek’s Tarmac AWD for a couple months now and I think it may outlast anything I’ve had to date. Two things I love about the exterior are big, rugged wheels and the back of it is a hard polycarbonate shell so as I rolled it down slushy winter streets the backside didn’t get wet.
I also like how the interior can be separated into two pieces and I’ve used that feature a few times. The zipper is big and looks a bit clunky but with all the travel I do I just want something that is going to last and I think this is the bag.
Pack It Specter Cube Set
I wasn’t a fan of these when I first started using them. They do help organize packing but they aren’t as structured as my beloved packing cubes. But I used them on an overnight trip in a yoga bag and realized because they are so light they’re perfect for shorter trips with small bags.
So I haven’t used this yet but I’m so excited to have it because it’s perfect for me. I actually don’t travel with a daypack – ever. I think backpackers look stupid (sorry it’s true) with a big back on their back and one on their front so if I make sure I can fit it all on my back. That means I’m usually only with a purse, which isn’t really practical for a full day out. I like that this is super small and the black is sleek looking. It will be going everywhere from now on.
Pack-It Clean Dirty Cube
I have including packing cubes as my number one recommendation for travel so many times and thought it would be good to check out one with two sides. Basically they are the same as the originals but you can pack on both sides or use one for dirty clothes.
When I first started traveling I used the full cube, half, and quarter but found that eventually I was only using the halves because they were smaller, easier to pack and I could keep all my tops in one and bottoms in the other with underwear and socks in the quarter cube.
These cubes are essentially the halves but you can pack on two sides, this makes them twice as thick. I’d rather have two singles and just pack as needed. Packing is like Tetris and so I’d prefer the flexibility of singles.
I cannot rave enough about this product. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. For the past four years I’ve been keeping my electronics in socks and scarves in my packing cubes, praying I didn’t break anything. These are studier, padded cubes that are fleece-lined with interior dividers. My Olympus OM-D E-M5 is small enough to fit in it along with another lens, charger, and other gadgets. It has made my life so much easier. I also have the small version which I put in my purse to keep things organized if I’m out for the day.
Overall I’m really impressed with the durability of Eagle Creek. While I still prefer the original packing cubes it’s a bit of a personal preference as I’m sure others would lean toward the light-weight Specter cubes or the ease of the double cubes. But it’s been enough of a view of Eagle Creek gear to know the quality is there, so much so that I’ve got my eye on the Adventure Weekender Bag, which is perfect for my goal of packing lighter.