The Watson Backpack Review

"Jetpack. Killer."

Boxy and very techy aesthetic. Boxy and very techy aesthetic.

A completely hard-shell protected backpack with serious weather resistance and a ton of organization. Materials are actually nice inside. Comfy to carry too. Feeling jetpack-y?

  • stands up wherever you set it down
  • opens like a damn Tesla Model X
  • serious weather resistance
  • lockable opening
  • solid air channeling on the back panel (due to the rigid frame)
  • insanely nice construction
  • lots of internal organization

The Watson Backpack Boxy and very techy aesthetic.

Boxy and very techy aesthetic.

Hard case protects all your stuff. Jetpack looks, tho.

The Watson Backpack Insane organization and build quality.

Insane organization and build quality.

The materials inside and outside really do feel great. There’s plastic, sure, but there’s lots of really satisfying fabrics here also.

Internal organization is bonkers… so much of it.

You can see the hard case classes pocket on the front here.

Setting the bag down and it stands every time, push the button and the lid slides open like a space ship. You’ve got great visibility and access to everything inside.

The Watson Backpack Comfy carriage. Back left hidden pocket.

Comfy carriage. Back left hidden pocket.

Back padding and straps are actually comfortable even though the frame of the bag is rigid. Nice and cushy, lots of airflow.

Back secret pocket showcases their zippers on a rigid frame design.

These zips are flat and can give you a little hand scrapage, but I was very surprised to see how nice it actually works. Not an in-and-out of it every day kind of pocket, but nice to have.

Also notice the luggage passthrough.

The Watson Backpack Lay-flat water bottle holder with elastic clip.

Lay-flat water bottle holder with elastic clip.

Thing actually works for my water bottles, though you may want to go with a slim. Great little design.

The Watson Backpack

"On the go" side access pocket.

When the bag is on, you can just get to this pocket, though you may need to stretch your wrist/shoulder a little bit to get it comfortable.

Small gusset helps keep stuff from falling out (though it’s possible to pinch that gusset back as you put gear into the pocket).

The Watson Backpack Literally lockable.

Literally lockable.

In transit I like to lock it up just in case. Don’t want that front panel sliding open accidentally while I’m in transit. It hasn’t happened. The latch appears to be legit even without the lock turned on.

The Watson Backpack Think you could get away with this look?

Think you could get away with this look?

Many can. If you’re reading this far in the page you’ve probably got something you like about it.

Certainly is a lot of functionality for modern life in a tight little water-resistant and totally protected package.