Waterfield Tech Rolltop Backpack Review

"Heritage Vibes."

Simple, classic aesthetic. Great materials. Simple, classic aesthetic. Great materials.

The Tech Rolltop from Waterfield is soft and dense and lovely to feel due to the waxed canvas. Boasts some solid external access as well.

  • a rolltop with easy access to external pockets
  • excellent feeling waxed canvas outer
  • a simple bag well executed

Waterfield Tech Rolltop Backpack Simple, classic aesthetic. Great materials.

Simple, classic aesthetic. Great materials.

The waxed canvas feels so good to the touch. It will break in and patina beautifully over time.

Magnetic clip at the top of the bag is nice to use once you get the hang of it.

The 1″ webbing it’s on, however, often feels in the way. But you got that expandability the rolltop offers.

Waterfield Tech Rolltop Backpack Rolltop offers a smidge of extra space.

Rolltop offers a smidge of extra space.

Capacity on this is a little tight. I’d say 3-4 wool sweaters.

Everything in the main compartment is accessed through the top of the bag. Some visibility issues since it’s so tall/deep.

Waterfield Tech Rolltop Backpack A few great external pockets.

A few great external pockets.

External water bottle sleeve on each side of the bag.

Magnetic pocket on the top front. The magnets are strong. Theft-worriers should prolly not go for this bag if they’re gonna worry about that pocket too much.

Zippered pleated pocket on front-bottom. Nice to have a little dimension built into this. Thanks, Waterfield!

On the inside of the main compartment there’s one small zippered pocket.

Waterfield Tech Rolltop Backpack 16

16" laptop compartment.

Super fuzzy stuff on the inside feels great to your hand.

But the computer isn’t very robustly protected (solid padding and material all around, but no frame sheet or suspension of laptop).

Waterfield Tech Rolltop Backpack Available in 2 sizes.

Available in 2 sizes.

I’ve been using the compact size. The full size looks awfully large.


Material Choice:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Build Quality:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Water Resistance:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

External Access:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Internal Organization:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Capacity:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent

Carry Comfort:Sub-Par Satisfactory Excellent