New! Packable Backpack
Folds into its own case
Convenient and easy to put away
The Packable Backpack good enough for everyday use
Water-resistant, structured textile with a natural feel
Available in four colors
Front pocket expands for bulky items
Keyhook included for faster retrieval
Two wide side pockets
Inside is lined with durable nylon. Internal pocket secured with waterproof zipper.
Expands to fit more items
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Wide, ergonomic strap lined with breathable mesh
Black
Olive
Burgundy
Khaki

NEW! Packable Backpack

 

The collapsible backpack for everyday use


7 in stock

This Packable Backpack won't stay packed up for long. It easily folds into its own pocket and unfolds into a crisp, clean backpack that you can take into a meeting without looking like you just came from a hike. Super lightweight, durable, and water-resistant. Perfect for work, school, or short urban strolls.


This is a community-designed product with input from customers. See process from start to finish here. See the Packable Bags Collection here

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  • Details
  • Reviews

All our products are crafted locally in our workshop by the most skilled sewing team in San Francisco.


Material:

  • Custom-made technical material with added structure, anti-wrinkle, and water-resistant properties
  • Ripstop nylon lining (400 x 300 denier)
  • More details here

Dimensions & Weight:

  • One size:
  • 11" (l) x 6” (w) x 15" (h); 12 oz.
    27.94 (l) x 15.24 (w) x 38.1 (h) cm; 340 gm
    Volume: 16 Liters

  • Folded:
  • Backpack folds into a 9x9 square pocket

FEATURES

  • Made of technical material that has structure, doesn't wrinkle, and looks professional. 
  • Micro-porous breathable coating repels water.
  • Silver, diamond ripstop nylon lining adds tear strength and better visibility of contents.
  • Built-in collapsible pouch: Fold into its own pocket and zips up with its double-sided zipper.
  • Metal zipper pulls can be locked for extra security.
  • Secure splash-proof zippers keep gear dry.
  • Secure, zippered, front pocket provides easy access and includes a sewn-in keyfob.
  • Waterproof zippers and custom metal zipper pulls can be locked together.
  • Two pockets on either side store water bottles or additional items.

A COMMUNITY-DESIGNED PRODUCT 

This product was designed with customers who gave input from idea to production. See the process here.

 

SHIPPING: 

  • Domestic: Flat rate 2-day shipping. Details.
  • International: 2-3 business day delivery. Country duty/tax calculated at Checkout. Details.
     

Customer Reviews

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Michael M. (South Carolina, United States)
Performed admirably

I've never used a packable bag before... but when the situation called for one of course the first place I looked was sfbags.com and wow this was fantastic. It performed extremely well in a week in Cancun. It remained in its' packed state in my larger backpack until we started doing excursions and spending time on beach where it got wet, got sandy, had items in it with sharp corners such as electronic gadgets, goPros, laptop, accessories, etc and both the inside and outside zippered pouches were in the perfect places that suited where we needed to stash things. For the first time using a bag, it was just intuitive which you wouldn't normally think is a big deal but it makes it so satisfying to use. Thanks!

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Chris S. (Alberta, Canada)
My Walking Backpack

I find this backpack is great for walks that I go for, it is light to carry even with heavier objects packed in it. The straps are comfortable and do not dig in to your shoulders like the rope ones do and the backpack looks nice and full even when it is not. I highly recommend it.

A suggestion for future version of this backpack would be adding a sleeve inside to handle carrying papers or a magazine while other items are in the bag.

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Billy S. (California, United States)
Perfect for Disneyland

I used my bag the day after it delivered. Small enough to pack and kept the shape. Even water rides didn’t damage anything internally. Can’t wait to use it for my next trip.

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BT G. (Alabama, United States)
New EDC

The package aspect is a bonus for me. i recently switched from my Macbook pro to the ipad pro (almost) exclusively. I needed a lighter more compact backpack for my edc & I love it. The pockets are well placed & the material feels (and sounds) great. I can’t wait to see the red & green duffles we ordered. I’m trying to get my hands on an olive Sling before they sell out too. Thanks for the quality. I’m gonna leave this to my children.

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Vincent H. (New York, United States)
Just perfect!

This truly is the best packable backpack I've ever purchased. No surprise coming from Waterfield.

1. The material is SO *wrinkle free* that it looks clean and professional after pulling it out of it's pocket.

2. It's got just the right size for a "carry stuff around town" and nice pockets.

3. The zippers are effortless, which you think isn't a big deal until you spend time and time again opening the zippers on your other bags

I was so happy when I used this the first time I followed through with buying the packable tote and packable duffel as well. The packable sling is on the list, but I'm waiting for a blue color to be added way later this year. I love Waterfield's products, always so thoughtfully and carefully crafted for me to give it a 10/10 and want to tell my friends about it :)

SIZE GUIDE

The Packable Backpack is your perfect travel companion or EDC. 
 

  1. One size:
    • Devices in a protective sleeve that can fit in the main compartment:
      • 16" MacBook Pro, 13" MacBook Pro
      • 12.9" iPad Pro, 11" iPad Pro, 10.9" iPad Air
      • Surface Book 3 (15" & 13.5")
      • Surface Laptop 4 & 3 (15" & 13.5")
      • Surface Pro X, Pro 7, Go with Type Cover
      • Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite

        NOTE: If using the Packable Backpack to carry laptops or tablets, they should be protected in custom-fit sleeves and the Switch in Nintendo Switch cases.
         
    • Ideal size for quick overnight trips, or daily outings during longer excursions
    • Two deep side pockets holds water bottles, umbrellas or miscellaneous gear
    • Store your tourist essentials such as souvenirs, snacks, camera gear, or sunglasses

THE MAGICAL MATERIAL

With input from over 1000 customers, we set out to design a packable bag ideal for both travel and every day. 

 

To support multiple uses, we created a custom-made material that combines Taslan — a modern, high-tech woven fabric that feels good and substantial — with a layer of tricot mesh for structure and a water-resistant coating. 

 

This durable, lightweight textile still looks crisp and unwrinkled even after it has been stuffed or folded.   

A PACKABLE BAG FOR EVERY DAY

The Packable Backpack squishes down quickly and folds into its own pocket. Weighing less than a pound, it's designed for using in a pinch or for every day.

 

For extra comfort, you'll find features not found on most packable bag, like a strap lined with moisture-wicking mesh, interior lining, and pockets secured with waterproof zippers.

 

Good luck keeping this Packable Backpack packed up. 

HOW TO FOLD

 

1. Lay the Packable Backpack flat and take out the interior pocket. 

2. Fold into thirds toward the middle. Be sure to include the straps. 

3. Roll from the bottom toward the pocket.

4. Turn the pocket inside out and flip the roll into the pocket.

5. Zip it up and go.

YOU MADE IT HAPPEN

We asked our community what their ideal packable bag would include. They told us they wanted the convenience of a packable bag with the functionality of a regular WaterField bag. 

 

Using the right textile was key, so we set about creating one that combined packability with style.

 

The community also had different ideas of the type of packable bag they wanted, so we created a collection — a Packable Backpack, Tote, Duffel, and Sling. See the process from start to finish here

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Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
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Michael M. (South Carolina, United States)
Performed admirably

I've never used a packable bag before... but when the situation called for one of course the first place I looked was sfbags.com and wow this was fantastic. It performed extremely well in a week in Cancun. It remained in its' packed state in my larger backpack until we started doing excursions and spending time on beach where it got wet, got sandy, had items in it with sharp corners such as electronic gadgets, goPros, laptop, accessories, etc and both the inside and outside zippered pouches were in the perfect places that suited where we needed to stash things. For the first time using a bag, it was just intuitive which you wouldn't normally think is a big deal but it makes it so satisfying to use. Thanks!

C
Chris S. (Alberta, Canada)
My Walking Backpack

I find this backpack is great for walks that I go for, it is light to carry even with heavier objects packed in it. The straps are comfortable and do not dig in to your shoulders like the rope ones do and the backpack looks nice and full even when it is not. I highly recommend it.

A suggestion for future version of this backpack would be adding a sleeve inside to handle carrying papers or a magazine while other items are in the bag.

B
Billy S. (California, United States)
Perfect for Disneyland

I used my bag the day after it delivered. Small enough to pack and kept the shape. Even water rides didn’t damage anything internally. Can’t wait to use it for my next trip.

B
BT G. (Alabama, United States)
New EDC

The package aspect is a bonus for me. i recently switched from my Macbook pro to the ipad pro (almost) exclusively. I needed a lighter more compact backpack for my edc & I love it. The pockets are well placed & the material feels (and sounds) great. I can’t wait to see the red & green duffles we ordered. I’m trying to get my hands on an olive Sling before they sell out too. Thanks for the quality. I’m gonna leave this to my children.

V
Vincent H. (New York, United States)
Just perfect!

This truly is the best packable backpack I've ever purchased. No surprise coming from Waterfield.

1. The material is SO *wrinkle free* that it looks clean and professional after pulling it out of it's pocket.

2. It's got just the right size for a "carry stuff around town" and nice pockets.

3. The zippers are effortless, which you think isn't a big deal until you spend time and time again opening the zippers on your other bags

I was so happy when I used this the first time I followed through with buying the packable tote and packable duffel as well. The packable sling is on the list, but I'm waiting for a blue color to be added way later this year. I love Waterfield's products, always so thoughtfully and carefully crafted for me to give it a 10/10 and want to tell my friends about it :)