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Topo Designs Pack Bags Review

The Topo Designs Pack Bags aren’t the lightest packing cubes around. Still, durable and sturdy materials ensure they’ll be your travel companion for years.

Our Verdict

7.6 /10
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  • Materials are durable and abrasion resistant
  • Strong zippers can handle heavy loads
  • Easy to grab and carry by top handle


  • Zippers can damage lightweight clothing
  • No compression system
  • Large logo is hard to ignore

Technical Details

  • Capacity


  • Weight (oz)

    5.15 oz (146 g)

    10L Pack Bag | 4.2 oz — 10L Pack Cube | 3.7 oz — 5L Pack Bag

  • Dimensions

    10 in x 14 in x 3 in (25.4 x 35.6 x 7.6 cm)

    10L Pack Bag | 10"w x 7"h x 6"d — 10L Pack Cube | 7"h x 3”d x 10”w — 5L Pack Bag

  • Notable Materials

    Recycled Nylon, YKK Zippers

  • Manufacturing Country


  • Warranty Information

    Topo Designs Warranty & Repairs

Buying Options

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Upon initial inspection, the Topo Designs Pack Bags look like standard packing cubes, albeit with heavy-duty materials and durable hardware. We’re all for using fabrics and zippers that will last—but we’re curious how the extra weight will affect usage and how much we can stow inside them. Let’s dive in and find out!

External Components

The pack material utilized for these bags is 400D recycled nylon. Some of our favorite packing cubes use materials that are a fraction of that denier. The Eagle Creek Pack-It Isolate Packing Cubes are 50D polyester, and the Osprey Ultralight Packing Cube Set is 40D ripstop nylon.

Topo Designs Pack Bags In Bag
Topo Designs Pack Bags | These bags are easy to pack into your pack.

Using lighter materials doesn’t mean they’re better, but it makes them lighter and takes up less space. These cubes don’t pack down as tiny but still fold up relatively small. Most people won’t notice a difference when you’re talking a few centimeters or ounces. Plus, these things are far more durable than their lightweight cousins. They feel as sturdy as some daypacks we test, and that’s saying something.

A few colorways are available, and a reasonably large Topo Designs logo is on the front of the cubes. This might deter some minimalists; however, we don’t hate it, as it contrasts nicely with the colorway.

One of the main durability perks of these packs is the zippers. Massive YKK zippers on every model ensure they won’t pop open and can handle even the largest loads. However, there are a few drawbacks. They can sometimes feel cumbersome, especially if you frequently get in and out of them.

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Topo Designs Pack Bags | All the packs we have at Pack Hacker HQ.

These zippers are large enough to do some damage to lightweight clothing. We have yet to have this experience, but it’s a constant worry if you’ve packed your lucky soccer jersey to cross the globe to watch your favorite team play. You wouldn’t want Manchester United to lose because the zipper on your packing cube ruined your Marcus Rashford jersey, now would you?

The zipper pulls are red, making them easy to see and find quickly. They’re large and bulky, like most things about these packs. In this case, it doesn’t change the weight or size much, so there isn’t much to complain about unless you have erythrophobia.

Topo Designs Pack Bags Zipper
Topo Designs Pack Bags | We dig these zipper pulls.

There’s a handle on the top of the backside of each cube. There’s no padding or mesh, but we didn’t expect there to be. The handle helps you grab them out of your pack quicker and makes trips to the bathroom to change easier if you are utilizing shared accommodations.

Inside The Bags

These cubes come in a few sizes; we have two 10-liter bags and one 5-liter bag on hand. One of the 10-liter models has the same footprint as the 5-liter but is twice as tall.

Topo Designs Pack Bags Stuffed
Topo Designs Pack Bags | Gear stowed inside the bag.

These bags utilize a clamshell opening to get into the nitty gritty of your packing experience. This is common for packing cubes, so it’s exciting to see that the heavier-duty models have it too.

There’s no organization to speak about on the interior, just open space. You want this from a packing cube—room for clothing, gear, or other items you need to bring along.

Topo Designs Pack Bags In Use
Topo Designs Pack Bags | Grabbing gear is easy.

When using the taller 10-liter cube, it can be hard to find the clothing you’re looking for because of the depth. There’s enough room for multiple layers of clothing, so you may have to dig through to find the desired gear. Even if you packed well, you can’t see below the first or second layer, so uncovering what you need can take a little while.

The other two aren’t as deep, so finding what you’re looking for is easy enough. There’s enough space for two layers of clothing, depending on how you pack. If you want to see how we fit everything on our Packing Lists into bags, Pack Hacker Pro Members get exclusive “How We Pack It” videos (as seen on our Digital Nomad Packing List)!

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Topo Designs Pack Bags | We dig these bags!

Overall, these cubes work as expected. Moving the materials and hardware can be a little slower than we’re used to, but there isn’t any difference in using these cubes compared to something much lighter. These bags are a great shout if you don’t care as much about weight and want something more durable. They’re sure to last ages due to the quality materials and hardware Topo Designs chose to use, even if they’re a little heavier.

Just to be sure, you might as well pack two Manchester United jerseys. You know, for good luck!

Usage Timeline

Initial Usage

Condition: Excellent

  • Heavy-duty materials feel capable of far more than just clothing
  • Zippers are large and in charge but feel sturdy
  • With multiple sizes to choose from, you’re never left without the right amount of space
2 Weeks of Use

Condition: Excellent

  • Materials are durable enough to handle the most rugged adventures
  • Zippers feel like overkill sometimes, but they show no signs of wear
  • Lacks internal organization, but that makes using them more accessible, which we dig
By Eric Hergenreder
Created April 20, 2023 • Updated April 1, 2024
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