WaterField Introduces the Packable Duffel – an Indispensable, Expandable Travel Bag

WaterField Introduces the Packable Duffel – an Indispensable, Expandable Travel Bag

Made from custom, high-tech, water- and wrinkle-resistant textile, the lightweight WaterField Packable Duffel expands or contracts to fit variable load sizes, remains nearly wrinkle-free when unfolded, and slips over a wheeled suitcase for hands-free transport through the airport. Third in the company’s new community-designed Packable Bag Collection, the Packable Duffel is ideal for general use or as a “just in case” bag tucked into a suitcase for summer travel.

Packable Duffel - four colors

San Francisco, CA — June 22, 2021 — WaterField unveils the versatile Packable Duffel, a 15 oz. lightweight yet substantial duffel that packs into an interior pocket for stashing into a suitcase or bag. The Packable Duffel is the third of four lightweight, durable, community-designed travel bags in the company’s Packable Bag Collection.

Cinching mechanisms allow the Packable Duffel to expand or contract from 30 to 24 liters to fit various size loads. A beautiful liner adds durability and is easy to clean. Pockets with waterproof zippers keep small items organized and protected from the elements, and the bag’s custom high-tech fabric remains unwrinkled and sleek enough to take anywhere.


“Most packable duffels lack water-resistance or durability and can look like a crumpled mess when unpacked,” said Gary Waterfield, company owner.  “Our custom Taslan textile is lightweight, waterproof, rugged, and structured, so it stays pretty much wrinkle-free when you unfold it. The Packable Duffel folds into itself and takes up very little space in your suitcase, so it makes a great insurance policy in case you end up heading home from your next trip with more than you came with.”

Two weatherproof, zippered pockets safeguard valuables — one on the front that includes a sewn-in key hook and another inside the duffel. There are four ways to carry the versatile Packable Duffel: comfortable straps are long enough to wear over the shoulder and short enough to hold by hand, a rear strap slides over a wheeled suitcase handle for a hands-free carry through airports, and the interior zippered pocket compactly stows the folded duffel so it can be carried within another bag.

“I travel everywhere now with my Packable Duffel,” said company owner Waterfield. “I can scrunch it down to fit into a crowded overhead bin or even stuff it underneath the seat in front of me when it’s not packed to the brim.”

The new foldable duffel is made from a custom combination of soft-to-the-touch, fine-textured Taslan nylon, laminated with tricot fabric for structure.  A custom micro-porous coating repels water and wrinkles but allows breathability, and a silver, diamond-patterned, ripstop nylon liner illuminates the interior and is easy to clean.


 Features at a Glance:

  • Custom-designed, water- and wrinkle-resistant, high-tech fabric is lightweight, breathable, and strong.
  • An elegant, diamond-patterned, silver ripstop nylon liner adds an extra layer of strength and water-resistance, is easy-to-clean, and illuminates the bag’s interior.
  • An interior zippered pocket for valuables doubles as the duffel’s stuff sack.
  • A secure, zippered, front pocket with a sewn-in key hook keeps quick-access items handy.
  • Comfortable straps are long enough to carry over the shoulder and short enough to carry by hand, and a rear strap slides over a wheeled suitcase handle.
  • Waterproof zippers maintain the bag’s clean lines and can be locked together with a small luggage lock.
  • Custom matte black metal zipper pulls are easy to use and can be locked together with a small luggage lock (not included).
  • Reinforced stitching at stress points bolsters longevity.                                 

WaterField incorporated input from over 1,000 design participants as it developed its new Packable Bag Collection. Based on participant survey responses and real-world testing, WaterField created three additional packable bags to address users' needs: the Packable Backpack, Packable Tote, and — coming soon — the Packable Sling. The WaterField Packable Bag Collection joins a full line of WaterField bags designed for work, travel, and leisure.

Availability & Pricing

WaterField Packable Duffel
Price:   $129.
Colors:   Black, Burgundy, Khaki, Olive.
Materials:   Custom Taslan nylon laminated with tricot fabric and lined with water-resistant, rip-stop nylon. Waterproof zippers. Custom metal zipper pulls.
Dimensions:   One size. Cinched: 18 x 10 x 8 inches; 24 liters. Expanded: 18 x 13 x 8 inches; 30 liters. Folds into a 9.5 x 8.5 inch pocket.
Weight:   15 oz.

About WaterField Designs 

WaterField Designs is an innovative San Francisco designer and manufacturer of bags and cases for tech-savvy consumers who want to stylishly and responsibly transport their technology. WaterField manufactures custom-fitted, high-quality cases and bags for a full-range of laptop computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming devices, and other digital gear. All products are manufactured to exacting standards entirely in San Francisco. More information at "Our Story.”

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