Had dozens of packs in my lifetime...the Watson is my all time fav...its like having a portable office on your back! I understand I bought an early version and support the IRL development path they've chosen...But in the meantime, it's an amazing asset, and I'm on the road weekly, often 2 cities a week...(also it doesn't hurt that it gets great comments everywhere!)
I started looking for a new backpack simply because I just wanted one that can stand up on its own and found Watson. I'm so glad I did. They even solved the dangling straps problem, so it just looks clean. In addition, the interior feels very high quality, open/close mechanism is so much fun to use, and it is very sturdy.
So happy with my Watson Backpack, I use it every day to every occasion, could be happier
Great looker with a rich finish. Lot of curious faces around, particularly when it stands effortlessly and swings down to open up. This one was totally worth the wait. Good decison.
Wonderfully constructed. Great bag that does everything advertised. Unfortunately, it is not big guy compatible. The straps do not extend far enough for me to wear it comfortably and when I do put it on it looks like a matchbox on the back of a grizzly bear.
Coming into a meeting with the Watson Backpack, placing it on the table, pressing the button and watching the door smoothly opens revealing all the necessary items for your journey. Eyes gaze at the clean and smooth lines, wondering how is it possible. Marvel at how easy it is to get everything you need without shifting items. No need to figure out which zipper to open. Just press the button and see all your items neatly organized and easily accessible.
I was one of the early few who got my hands on the Watson, and have been happily using it since. It's functional yet stylish. Water resistant, easy access, stands on it's own, everything is organized inside. It has become a core part of my daily habit and makes my life a bit easier, which in my opinion goes a long way.
You wouldn't think a hardshell pack would be that comfy. But this outdoes any backpack I've ever owned by far. The thick memory foam on the back and straps are a delight. All the other features are super cool - but the comfort really stood out.
After a couple of months of being out and traveling for the job, I finally had time to review the Watson Backpack. Came very well packaged, with elegant wrapping paper and bag.
Appearance was as expected. Very elegant, solid, and surprisingly light for a hard case.
The opening mechanism opens well. Opens itself easily (when release is pushed) with its mechanism in the upright position; needed some assistance when flat on the straps. Mechanism arms and controllers feel very rigid and solid. Worth the delay to correct issues from manufacturer to achieve this rugged a feel.
Lock was very subtle. Would like to see a screw (something that can be opened with a coin edge/random key/screwdriver,) to hold lock secure. Could be on strap side of pack, where it's hidden from prying eyes. Would not use key that could be easily lost.
I was able to fit all that I would travel with for vacation or short term business/leisure trips, and fit almost everything I usually travel with for long term business trips (>4weeks.) Pockets are adequate to store computer (13" MacBook Air,) iPad, iPhone in case, all the support cables/chargers, writing utensils, flashlight, batteries, and some personal hygiene products (toothbrush, dental floss, toothpaste.) One fo the things I didn’t find on primary survey is a clasp to hold onto a keyring. Understand size constraint to be compliant with FAA and carryon baggage requirements, but for long term travel I would like to see it closer to the maximum size limitation. Being slightly taller and wider will accommodate larger, more powerful laptops that have become needed as of late.
External hard pocket is good for holding pens and smaller items. A glasses case wouldn’t fit. Glasses bare work fine.
Wearing pack was comfortable. Padding was adequate for me, and shoulder straps felt good over shoulders.
Overall, very good execution. Think it was worth the wait. Improvement notes listed.
Very early days with the backpack but really pleased. The ability to open and close one handed and for the par to sit up right is really useful. The internal storage pockets are large and accommodate what was in the messenger bag without any problems, but with improved accessibility. Received positive comments from others at work - "It looks from out of Men in Black"
It's almost exactly what I imaged. The design is sleek and I get a lot of comments on it.
The box was pretty beat up by the time it arrived, but no damage inside. I travel for business a lot and a luggage sleeve is not always easy to find in a backpack that also looks professional. I found this trick where I place it under my knees as kind of a lower leg rest on flights to create a recliner kind of setup. It fits well under the seat and is easy to get in and out of in economy where the seats seem to get smaller every year. It would be great if it also came in a larger weekender size, but overall it fits my needs. It seems like they had some fulfillment issues early on since I waited several months for it to arrive, but overall a good experience.
Wow, this is REALLY comfortable. I didn't know what to expect with a hardshell, comfort-wise, but the support and padding are really well done. The straps were a bit stiff-looking on the first wear, but they broke in after a week or so.
I was skeptical about this. I didn't love my backpack but it was fine. After testing Watson for a week, I have to say this is a whole different experience. Like they improved things I didn't even think about - like having it stand open on it's own. Now dealing with my old backpack seems tiresome. The only downside is it doesn't expand, but it forced me to carry less stuff which was actually kinda nice.
I definitely underestimated the standup feature. Having my stuff easily accessible by my side throughout the day felt like I had my own little assistant. They've really thought of all the little annoyances and solved them on another level.
This is a fantastic backpack; great design features, very functional. I love the sturdy shell exterior and the futuristic opening; it is a head turner! I was thrilled to see the added luggage sleeve because I use this at the airport all the time! However, I do find it to be overall somewhat narrow and small for all the things I like to carry (snacks!).
Love this backpack. It's incredibly sleek and functional. Overall really happy with it!!
I never thought that I would call a backpack smart, but this really is such a smart design. The creators have thought of everything! It's extremely functional and organized, stands on it's own, opens with a click, protects my laptop with its hardshell and also looks great! There are so many features, some of which I'm still discovering as the needs come up.
I do get asked about it a lot as I'm wearing it, it's definitely an attention grabber. Some people get taken aback by the price, however, it is such an amazing product I would argue that it's well worth it. I've used my last backpack for over 5 years, daily and never leaving home without it. Would I spend $500 on a product I use this much? Absolutely!
I've been using Watson for about a month and I love it as much as I did on the first day. A huge thanks to the Watson team for creating it.
TLDR: 10/10. Highly recommend this to anyone.
I had been looking for a new backpack since starting a new job and I liked the sleek design. The guys in my office immediately asked about it - like when you're the first person to get the new iphone. There are some really cool features like the standing and the button and the lock, especially on the subway. Downside is it only comes in black. I would have liked a lighter color like gray for summer.
There are a lot of packs out there. How do you choose? I took a chance on this one since they really seem to have taken a fresh approach to designing the features. I will say, they've succeeded on a cool look and ease of use for work. A bit heavy though.
I like that it's unique and fresh looking - I always get asked who makes it. It took awhile to ship since I guess I was an early pre-order but it was totally worth the wait.
The customization is what did it. I got them for the whole team. Made an awesome impression on the new-hires especially.