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
Wide, ergonomic strap lined with breathable mesh

Packable Backpack


The collapsible backpack for everyday use

-59 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.


  • 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


  • 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.


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



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

Customer Reviews

Based on 12 reviews
JEFF G. (Michigan, United States)
Great Backpack!

I purchased the packable back pack for my trip to Disney World. Looking for a lightweight bag that was big enough to hold the essentials throughout the day. This bag was perfect for that. The outside side zip compartment held my (Fin) wallet and a few other items I would need regularly throughout the day. The inside zip compartment held those smaller items I would occasionally need and wanted to find quickly. The main compartment held my eyeglasses case, padded gear pouch, rain poncho and snacks. The two outside pockets held my water bottle and sun screen. Full loaded this bag was very comfortable to wear. Would never know this was a packable bag and not a standard backpack. This bag will be my go to bag for vacation and day trips where I need to have to carry more than what I normally carry in my daily Sutter Tech Sling. I have never been disappointed with any of my Waterfield purchases and look forward to what Gary and Company comes up with next.

Bryan (California, United States)
So far so good

I've only been using this backpack for a month but it really does check all the boxes for a lightweight backpack. It has been the perfect upgrade/replacement for my Matador FreeFly 16. It's fashionable, has an inner and outer pocket, and high quality zippers. And it's semi rigid structure is much more comfortable than my FreeFly while keeping it easily packable into my 40L backpack when not in use. Always happy to support a company that designs and makes its products in the US too. Keep up the good work Waterfield!

Jon P. (Iowa, United States)
Air Duffel and Travel Backpack to Europe

Hi Gary,

The air duffel and backpack worked perfectly for our recent trip to Europe for a two river cruise. The both worked as advertised!

The main suggestion on the air duffel would be to consider making an option to turn it into a backpack for carrying across airport terminals. Filling them full as our only carry on luggage made them heavy for longer treks.


Ronald J. (Florida, United States)
Lightweight - But Carries A Lot of Gear!

Very nice looking bag - portable (you can fold it when not in use). The work on this bag is amazing - every detail is completed with excellence! Highly recommended.

Alex N. (Florida, United States)
Great Packable Backpack - Disney World 4 park proven

Great backpack. Used it this past weekend in Disney World. Handled 4 parks in 5 days. Kept everything inside dry even during the Orlando thunderstorms. Was easy to clean off food messes and other spills from the kids. Highly recommend it!


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:
      • 14" MacBook Pro M1, 16" MacBook Pro M1, 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


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.   


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. 



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.


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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