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Most useful item that I pack!
Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2015
With Eagle Creek's new "Specter" line, which is lighter and brighter, the original line is becoming obsolete. In fact, the Clean Dirty cubes are becoming hard to find, except online. I have several pieces in both original and Spector and here's my comparison:
-U-shaped zip on cubes, not inconvenient L-shape
-LinkSeal mesh material is waterproof mesh!
-considerably cheaper than Specter line
-L-shape zip so you must unpack everything to get to bottom
-water-resistant ripstop nylon
-fun colors like tangerine, beet, strobe green, white/strobe, etc.
-33%-50% more expensive than the original line
The only reason to get the Spector line is if the weight difference is a factor, for e.g. when backpacking. Otherwise, the original line—while less sexy—is the more practical bet.
And another thing, these Clean Dirty cubes ONLY come in the original line. Of all the pieces I own, these are the most useful. You can fill the entire cube with clean clothes at the beginning of your trip, and gradually shift some over to the dirty side as you progress on your trip. The dirty side is made of the waterproof LinkSeal mesh material and kept quite contained. This division makes ALL the difference. I have both larger and smaller sizes, the former for clothes and latter for inner garments.
I'm happy with my mixed collection of original and Spector lines; when something has sharp edges, zippers or is especially heavy I use the original line. For lingerie or finer items I use the Spector line. Also, I try to fill my backpack with only Spector sacs because they are on average 50% lighter.
Hope this helps!