Posted: Feb 2, 2015
Review by The Plus Size Backpacker
One of the most interesting feature of those bags is that, compared to many similar product from Eagle Creek's competitors, those bags don't require any kind of "appliance suction" (aka Vacuum) to remove the air efficiently from the bag. It takes a little more work than other products, but worth the effort. (Who carries a vacuum while on vacation anyway!)
On the other hand, those can be tricky and give you the impression that you don't over-pack when you often do. It's not because the air is removed from your clothes that they are less heavy, they just take less space, allowing/influencing you to pack more and risk "busting" your luggage weight allowance. (And we all know that airlines are not playing with that!)
Once the bag filled and the air removed (mostly by rolling from the top, hand-sealed end to the end that has the "exhaust" hole, the bag will unfold/unroll and sometimes, the shape it takes can be a bit bulky/unpractical for luggage (I'm the backpack type, probably doesn't cause the same issues to suitcase travelers).
Also, make sure you don't lose the little yellow clip that seals the bag, because you will spend A LOT of time trying to seal the bag properly before expelling the air.
I would recommend this mostly for road trips/camping/RV'ing, considering that space can be an issue for those outings, but weight is rarely. It's is a great product to pack your big fluffy winter coats, duvets and other puffy blankets, clothing or pillows and also offers great protection against dust.
Posted: Nov 23, 2014
Review by Cynthia
I bought the three pack, but only find the Large useful. I haven't even needed the Medium and Small. The Large however is great for dirty laundry. I've always hated the amount of space I've used for dirty laundry, until I used the Large sac during a recent trip. My husband and I spent a week in Scotland. I put all of our laundry in one Large compression sac. It took up about as much space as a sweater. Awesome. If you buy one compression sac, buy the Large for laundry.
Posted: Oct 27, 2013
Review by patricia
I bought these sacs over 10 years ago, and only recently did one of them get a tiny hole in it. I patched it up with Duct tape, and although it still leaks a bit, it would work just fine for packing and going on an average trip of 6-8 hours. These are very durable, and when there are no holes, are great for keeping things packed flat for easily 6 months or more.
Posted: Sep 18, 2013
Review by Peter
These sacs will let you pack almost everything in even your carry on!
It's perfect for winter and more "puffy" gear, it will make it completely flat!
As I unpack out of my carry on bag on which I only take on most trips people are amazed by how much I can fit while they are stuck checking in luggage!
I haven't had any issues with the sacs puncturing, the material seems very strong and durable.
Posted: Jun 11, 2013
Review by Elaine
I often visit ski hills during the winter season, and packing a giant puffy winter jacket with snow pants can take up a LOT of space (especially if you're crammed in a small car with other people!) - these compression bags will be a HUGE help, as it will literally flatten the jacket into a pancake. These sacs are also great for storing winter gear during the off-months, also saving a ton of closet space.
My only minor concern is the plastic material of the bag - it definitely seems durable, but I'll have to be careful about not puncturing it. Overall, I'm incredibly happy with the product!