Sleek, Quality, Compression

We know how Peak Design optimizes its entire travel line to create a solid setup. It works for weekend warriors, full-time backpackers, and every type of wanderer in between.

After testing different Peak Design products, we finally met their packing cubes for travel. And if you’re having trouble organizing your bag every trip, these might be your new besties.

There are many options in the market with what seems like a simple design and purpose. It’s hard to distinguish what makes a packing cube different from the rest. With this PD model, there is a difference.

But can these packing cubes for travel keep up with their expected value? Do they have value with bags other than Peak Design’s own?

We tested Peak Design packing cubes with their line of backpacks as well as with another brand. Here’s our verdict.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.7

Things we like:

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    Made using recycled yet durable materials that auto-heals any tiny tear
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    Not only that it has PU coating, but DWR is also there as well for optimal weather protection
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    They open a lot and compress a lot
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    The pull tabs make it super easy to access
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    There’s a nylon webbing you can hold onto in the expansion/compression zip for ease of use
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    Works great with Peak Design 45L Travel Backpack
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    There’s a separate zippered pocket for dirty clothes
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    You get a lifetime warranty

Things we don't like:

  • check-markWe hope they’re available in more sizes

Where to buy:

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Peak Design Packing Cubes

Specs & Features

  • Materials: 100% Recycled 70D Nylon/Polyester Blend, PU and DWR Coating, UltraZips, UHMWPE Thread
  • Small: 12.6” x 6.7” x 3’1”, 4.5L Compressed Capacity, 9L Expanded Capacity, 3.99 oz.
  • Medium: 12.6” x 12.6” x 3.1”, 8L Compressed Capacity, 18L Expanded Capacity, 5.1 oz.
  • Colors: Black, Sage, Raw
See the complete list of the best Packing Cubes here!

Stay Organized Anywhere You Go

We’ve been going through Peak Design’s travel line, and now, we’ll walk you through another vital member of the ecosystem- the PD Packing Cubes for travel. Available in Small and Medium sizes, keep your travel backpack or luggage clutter-free.

Crafted using a unique auto-healing blend of nylon and polyester, protected with PU and DWR coating, its robust construction seems hard to question.

They compress and expand well and are easy to use with a classic PD sleek and low-profile look.

Construction and Design

We know how Peak Design prides itself in innovating products sure to last for a long time, their packing cubes for travel is no different. With the 70D recycled nylon/polyester blend, rest assured that your purchase will go more than a couple of trips. You can have it in signature Peak Design colors- Charcoal, Sage, and Raw.

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Weatherproofing is another forte of this company. With the polyurethane (PU) coating, the fabric’s got better overall tear- and wear-resistance, and water won’t penetrate inside. These packing cubes for travel won’t fall into pieces even after a hundred washes. Backed with another layer of Durable Water Repellent (DWR), you’re sure that you can walk around downtowns and city squares during downpours without your items getting wet. We see the same protective layers in their 30L and 45L Travel Backpack, 65L Travel Duffel, and Wash Pouch.

The zippers are UltraZips with cord pulls and proved to be smooth sailing. The clamshell opening vamps up its accessibility, and with the pull tabs ready, you can open your packing cubes for travel using light force with both hands.

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These Peak Design packing cubes for travel also have a similar UHMWPE thread to the rest of their travel line. It’s a high-quality and super abrasion-resistant thread, so you can use the zippers without thinking about ripping it off from the fabric.

Although 70D nylon/poly blend isn’t the best, it’s still better than the 30D nylon you’ll find in Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter. Veken Packing Cubes come with 290D nylon if you want a more robust fabric.

There’s a handle, but they’re a bit thin, although they get the job done. Adding a bit more thickness for a more comfortable grip like what we experienced with Travel Dude Compression Cubes will be appreciated.

PD’s Packing Cube vs. Travel Dude Packing Cube

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PD’’s packing cubes have a thinner handle than some alternatives like Travel Dude’s

But all in all, these packing cubes for travel from Peak Design found the balance between eco-friendliness, solid construction, and excellent performance cost-effectively. It’s way better than any entry-level budget-friendly options for overall value.

Compression/Expansion

Like most packing cubes, you can compress or expand these via a side zip. There’s a mesh material underneath the zip, responsible for the extra space when you choose to overload capacity at its fullest. The zip tends to catch the mesh fabric, so be careful. And no, it’s not a deal-breaker given the value you get.

However, if that turned you off, some have a more solid fabric in that section. You’ll see this in Eagle Creek Pack-It Isolate.

There’s also a nylon pull tab you can hold onto to make expansion/compression a piece of cake. It can take a lot of abuse (and it will, for sure), but with the seatbelt-like rigidity of the material, it won’t rip apart.

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Utilize the nylon pull tab whenever you adjust the capacity of these PD packing cubes.

Here’s one trick we do when we use packing cubes– after loading it up (expanded), we compressed it down again. This way, we pack more and have lots of extra room for other gear. Doing so might take a toll on the compression/expansion zipper, especially its stitching.

But with these Peak Design packing cubes for travel, the durable UltraZip, and strong UHMWPE thread can deal with the stress.

Capacity

Before anything else, we’d like to point out that Peak Design considers its small packing cube as one packing unit while the medium-sized one is two packing units. So, let’s say you’re rocking with the 45L Travel Backpack. It can accommodate a total of three packing units. Whether that’s one medium and one small or three small packing cubes is up to you. If you’re carrying the 65L Travel Duffel, you can sneak in four packing units with lots of spare room.

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The packing cubes fit perfectly into the 45L Travel Backpack. When compressed, there’s room on top for additional items.

The small packing cube comes with a compressed capacity of 4.5 liters. You can max out up to 9 liters- that’s roughly ten shirts in a pretty small space. If you’re pairing it with the medium version, that’s another 8 liters of compressed room, expandable up to 18 liters (around 20 shirts!).

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Pack up your needs without wasting any space in your bag.

These Peak Design packing cubes for travel are excellent space-savers. It’s a must-try if you have a terrible relationship with organizing your pack.

Summary

Although there might not seem like there’s anything special about these packing cubes, Peak Design’s always does a good job of thinking their products through. These cubes have small, but surprisingly functional features that make them a stand out in a boring field. With their recycled materials that auto-fixes tiny tears in the fabric, there is quality that elevates these items atop cheaper alternatives. And even if they ought to complement Peak Design bags such as the 45L Travel Backpack and 65L Travel Duffel, these organizers and space-savers still work well with any carriers.

We wished that PD would have them in more sizes, but

But other than those, these packing cubes for travel are a total steal for around $30-$40. Robust construction, with an extra pocket for dirty clothes or small valuables, expandable/compressible, and covered with a lifetime warranty. If all of these didn’t convince you to get them, you’d miss out on many good things.

Buy this packing cube if:

  • You’re trying to complete PD’s entire travel line ecosystem
  • You want to have durable packing cubes for travel while helping out nature
  • You like stuffing clothing into sacks but can’t always get them to fit your packs.
  • You just like Peak Design gear.

Related Reviews

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.7

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    Made using recycled yet durable materials that auto-heals any tiny tear
  • check-mark
    Not only that it has PU coating, but DWR is also there as well for optimal weather protection
  • check-mark
    They open a lot and compress a lot
  • check-mark
    The pull tabs make it super easy to access
  • check-mark
    There’s a nylon webbing you can hold onto in the expansion/compression zip for ease of use
  • check-mark
    Works great with Peak Design 45L Travel Backpack
  • check-mark
    There’s a separate zippered pocket for dirty clothes
  • check-mark
    You get a lifetime warranty

Things we don't like:

  • check-markWe hope they’re available in more sizes

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FAQ

Frequently asked questions

How do I use packing cubes for my travel?

It depends on your preference.

You can opt to group your formal clothes in one packing cube, casuals in another, and undergarments in another.

Or! Have them separated according to purpose- all your workout gear go together, a dedicated packing cube for wet/beach gear (like a changing robe, if you’re keen on taking a few dips), or a night out OOTD.

You can also use packing cubes for travel and load them as much as you would need for each day- four packing cubes for a four-day trip (for example).

Roll or fold your clothes, sneak them inside the packing cube, and throw it inside your bag and you’re good to go.

Why should I use packing cubes?

No BS answer- you save lots of space.

Plus! You stay organized, add security to your belongings and minimize wrinkling. Once you reach your destination, unpacking is way easier and quicker. Your dirty laundry can remain separated from the clean ones too.

What’s the difference between packing compression cubes and vacuumless compression bags?

Packing cubes have built-in compression/expansion zip on the side. Load it as an expanded version, and once packed, compress it down again by zipping them. On the other hand, vacuumless compression bags typically use ziplock plastic bags. After putting your clothes inside, seal it properly and start rolling (from the sealed lid to bottom) to push out any air and compress your items.

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