Nomatic McKinnon Cube Pack review: travel smart

This compact cube transforms into a backpack, providing a lightweight way to transport kit and clothing

Man carrying a Gomatic McKinnon Cube Pack
(Image: © George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This expandable cube pack is perfect for transporting compact camera kit and clothes for a short trip abroad as transforms into a lightweight backpack. You can also collapse it into a cube and store it in a larger camera backpack so that you have access to a much lighter backpack when you reach your destination. Its durable and water-resistant material means you can be confident that the kit and clothes will stay dry during wet weather.


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    Lightweight and compact

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    Fits in a larger backpack

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    It’s a backpack in its own right

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    Saves you extra airline luggage charges

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    No padding on straps

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    Flimsy upper section

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Nomatic produces a wide range of camera backpacks, several of which are designed with input from photographer Peter McKinnon to suit the specific requirements of travel photographers. 

The McKinnon Cube Pack 21L is the latest in the McKinnon branded line from Nomatic and it’s a clever hybrid between a camera cube and a backpack. This dual functionality enables you to pack key photography gear into the Cube Pack and then stow the cube in a larger backpack such as the McKinnon Camera Backpack 25L.  You can then extend the Cube Pack into a lightweight backpack (or ‘go bag’) when you reach your destination. 

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.