No packing issues. I coil them, correctly, and have a padded flight case. They just aren't quality cables.
Maybe I should have phrased it simpler. I need to get better cables, what are people using?
I normally buy ProCo or Rapco/Horizon cables, and I like the cables that have a soft jacket, they handle and store more easily. That said, I needed some extra XLR cables for our band PA and happened onto a sale at my local Peavey dealer. They had cables in several colors (VERY handy on a dark stage) and were on sale. They had a lifetime guarantee and I've never had a problem with any of the 6 that I bought. That's been several years and a lot of gigs ago, though.
I quit doing a lot of gigging but they are very handy in my home studio and when I do live remote recording. It's so easy to keep track of which mic is on which input when the cables are a different color.
I've used lots of different types and the cheap ones always die on me. You shouldn't have to babysit your cables--they get dragged around on the floor, beat by the sun, beer spilled on them, etc. Now, I use almost all Whirlwind mic and instrument cables. They are made in the USA, usually $20-30 each. After years of gigs and short tours I haven't had a problem with a single one.