My husband and I picked up a pack of these tonight and played with them in preparation for my two month trip between two very different climates.
I found the medium bags to be the most useful. The large ones are best used for a large, flat suitcase, which is not what I'm going to be bringing with me.
The clothes, we found, flatten best when they're folded flat instead of wadded up. If you do have a flat suitcase, I found that it was very effective to get as much air out without rolling the bag/clothes, then stand on top of it with a flat surface. This produced a very flat and packable result. Do it at your own risk though! You'd want to make sure that you didn't burst the bag.
I have no problem with the zipper… it seriously isn't hard to get the yellow tab back on if it comes off. Just slide it back on the end? I'd take them off the bag after its all closed up and store them somewhere they wouldn't be lost during transit.
It does do amazing things for fluffy items! Wool and dense fabrics aren't as good, but overall, I had a lot more room in my suitcase after using the bags. I was able to pack almost everything that I needed for my trip between all three bags. I'll get another set of 3 so I can put less in each bag, which allows for more effective packing.
I hope that they'll be durable, but honestly, if they'll save me the trouble of checking luggage for my upcoming trip, they'll have more than paid for themselves.
Overall, when I used the bags, I had a lot more room in my suitcase left over. That space could easily be filled by many things! The pictures are the same items, first condensed into the small, medium and large bags, then just folded in the suitcase. Judge for yourself if they're the best choice for you!
Great for long trips
I bought this set as well as additional medium size bags for a long trip to Europe. Since I have major neck issues, I wanted to take my own pillow, and the large bag was perfect for a std size foam pillow with case. I used the other sizes for bulky items (bathing suit (small bag), jeans, down jacket(med. bag)), and the bags saved a lot of space. You do have to watch for weight limits because when you compress space there is a tendency to increase weight.
The yellow slider did fall off of my bag when we were packing to return home, but I was able to put it back on without too much trouble. I agree with the other reviewer that you could close the bag without the slider, though. If you leave about 1" of head space before closing the bag, it works better.
Another tip - label the bags when you pack at home so you can remember what you put in them for your return. I put labeled masking tape on the bottom seam.
I loaned my bags to a neighbor who also loved them for her overseas trip.
Good for carry-on luggage
I've found the medium size works best for carry-on roll-aboards. They fit well into the usual 22"X14" case. You can put about 4 shirts into one medium bag. If you fold your clothes carefully and flat, they don't wrinkle up and in fact are protected from scrunching by the stiff shrink-wrap. Allows you to cram more into a carry-on, especially bulky cold weather clothes like sweaters. Works well and the material seems rugged. The closure is a zip-lock so the yellow band is only a convenience item to make it easier to seal up. It does pop off once in a while, but is non-essential and to replace it you just thread it back on. Takes about 2 seconds. The large size is more "suitable" for checked luggage.
Great but cab puncture and tear.
This is simple and effective. But be careful when packing the compressed items; you cannot put them on the bottom of a duffel bag where they could get punctured during careless handling or tossing aroud in a cargo hold. Makie sure you put something solid around it.
On the plus side, you can simply use some good packing tape on the outside to fix any small holes, but be sure to clean the area with isopropyl alcohol before you apply any tape and make sure it is COMPLETELY FLAT.
These space saving bags are really excellent for backpacking, car camping and flying. I have used them on several trips and LOVE them! I usually start out by packing one or two with clean clothes and then as things get dirty I start another one to keep things separate. I read reviews that said the yellow slide fell off a lot and while I haven't experienced that I agree that it's not critical to the functionality of the bag if that was to happen.
I purchased these bags for my son's trip to Australia. We needed to get 17 days worth of clothes and personal items into one suitcase. The bags were fantastic. We put winter clothes in one bag, since it is winter there now. We put the rest of the shirts and shorts into another bag. Because they were traveling from Canberra to Darwin, and onto the Great Barrier Reef the bags worked great to separate the clothes for each area of travel.
What a Concept!!!
Superb quality in the materials allow these compressible bags to retain their strength under excessive compression. Easy to use. A usual suitcase full of clothing was able to accomodate twice the amount (if not more) without having someone sit on it while zipping up. TSA inspectors have to love not have things explode (pun intended) out of overly compressed baggage when doing searches. Price may be a bit more than competitor products, but the material strength is worth the pennies.
Makes packing a cinch
Purchased these Eagle Creek Compression bags before a recent 8 day trip to Ireland. I fly with a major airline so am used to packing, however for a multiple day trip I needed some assistance & these did the trick. I now use them every day... whether for dirty or wet clothes while traveling or just needing some extra space in my 22" rollaboard, these make my travel life SO MUCH EASIER.
I've had these sacks for more than 1 yr....they are great. I pack very light so these help cut down on the volume.one suggestion: avoid buying the knock-offs at . I tried those and they ripped on my 1st trip. these eagle creek seem to hold up well.if you're a serious traveler, these will help out a lot. i'm a big fan.
A great way to pack bulky items like pillows, fleece and capilene undergarments, waders and other layering items. Yellow closure tab can come loose and get lost. Company provided replacements gratis, quickly. Closure tab comes loose frequently but is remarkably easy to reinstall. My two bags have held up through a half a dozen trips, so far.