EzPacking Clear Packing Cubes Starter Set Review
The EzPacking Clear Packing Cubes make it easy to see what you’ve packed; however, their size and weight make them unsuitable for some trips.
- Can see gear stored inside
- Materials are durable
- Top handle is handy
- Transparent material smudges easily
- Heavier than other models
- Zippers feel cheap
1.25 lb (0.6 kg)
16 in x 10.3 in x 4 in (40.6 x 26.2 x 10.2 cm)
large cubes | 1 in x 10.3 in x 4 in - medium cube | 10.3 in x 6 in x 4 in - small cube | 6 in x 6 in x 2.5 in - extra small cube
Nylon, PVC, Vinyl
Have you ever thought…I want a packing cube, but I want full visibility of my clothing? Well, the EzPacking Clear Packing Cubes Starter Set is one step ahead. This set comes with four, and they’re all transparent so that you can see what’s inside. However, we’re curious about how well they work. Let’s dive in!
These packing cubes are crafted from nylon, PVC, and vinyl. They’re hefty compared to other models we’ve tested, but the materials feel more durable than most we’ve gotten our hands on.
The front and sides of the cubes are clear, so you can see what you’ve got stowed inside. That can be good or bad, depending on how you view it. You can see what’s inside to grab that shirt you were looking for quicker and know you didn’t forget something. However, if you want to change quickly after a redeye and take the packing cube to the bathroom, everyone in the terminal can see your underwear and those footy pajamas you can’t sleep without.
In addition to being transparent, the materials are rigid. The larger sizes don’t fit well in smaller travel backpacks or daypacks because the materials don’t have much give. However, their durability and rectangular shape does well inside rolling luggage, a duffle, or the trunk of your car. Plus, you can see what’s inside, so grabbing the right cube is easy, no matter where you pull it from.
There are four different sizes to choose from. At the time of this review, the small size is 6.25 x 6.25 x 2.25 inches, the medium is 10.3 x 6 x 4 inches, the large is 12 x 10.3 x 4 inches, and the extra large is 16 x 10.3 x 4 inches.
The small size is advertised as a TSA-friendly toiletry bag, so you can use it to get your liquids through airport security. However, it isn’t completely waterproof, so if you have a spill, it could leak out of the pouch and get the rest of your pack all goopy.
All four sizes come with the starter set; however, you can also purchase them separately, and other sizes and products are available on EzPacking’s site.
Each size has a top handle, which is handy for carrying and loading the packing cubes. It isn’t padded or aerated, but we didn’t expect it to be. It stays out of your way when you aren’t using it, which is a bonus—there when you need it, out of your way when you don’t. Bravo!
The zippers are unbranded. They haven’t had any pitfalls yet; however, they feel pretty cheap and not very durable. A cheap zipper isn’t ideal, even on something you aren’t stuffing completely full, but this is especially true for a packing cube you want to get the most out of. As stated above, we haven’t had any real issues yet.
Inside The Packing Cubes
Ah, finally inside. Time to party! Wait…where is everyone?
Jokes aside, there isn’t much to go over here. There’s no internal organization or much of anything to write home about inside these things. After all, they’re packing cubes. However, we can chat about what each size is good for.
The extra large size is too big for a small travel backpack (under 35 liters) or a daypack but works inside rolling luggage or in your trunk. If you change a lot at work, like to hit the gym in the morning or at night before going home, or want to keep extra clothing on you just in case for medical reasons or your children, these work well.
The large size will fit into most travel backpacks and larger daypacks but will monopolize the back panel area. This size will also work well inside rolling luggage or in the car with a smaller pack out.
The small and medium-sized cubes are good for storing smaller articles of clothing or being used as organizers inside your pack. You can see what’s inside, which is ideal for knowing which clothing is where to grab the right cube.
At 4 inches deep, the largest three cubes are big enough to have two layers of clothing, depending on the individual items. For thicker things, you might only be able to fit one. Regardless, you can store a lot of gear inside these cubes.
The set of four comes in at 1.25 lb, which is quite heavy. On the other end of the spectrum, the Osprey Ultralight Packing Cubes come in a set of three and weigh just 2.2 ounces, or 0.1375 lb. You get more space with the EzPacking set; however, the difference in weight is shocking.
So, who are these cubes for? Well, certainly not the ultralight traveler. However, they still serve a purpose. Seeing the gear inside is a nice feature, and they can be easily used inside drawers at your accommodations if you’re worried about bugs. They’re sturdy, too, which is commendable. With this set, you get a wide variety of sizes, which we dig.
- We’re curious how easily the PVC will get smudged up
- Zippers don’t feel durable—we’ll put them through the wringer
- We’re digging all of the size options
- Materials feel durable but weigh you down significantly
- No issues with the unbranded zippers
- Cubes don’t have any modularity options