The Waterfield Staad Backpack Received and Examined


The day the new Waterfield Staad backpack was announced, Dan and I placed our orders. Yesterday I received my Stout Staad in black on black; Dan had received his Stout in brown on black the day before. Does the Staad live up to our expectations? It’s too soon for a full review, but we thought you’d enjoy some initial impressions.

I don’t know if Dan is going to want to admit it or not, but when he first received his brown and black Staad Stout, he told me he didn’t love it. I’m not sure if it was because he hadn’t really explored the bag’s compartments and started loading it yet, or because it looked slimmer than expected after being mailed. Who knows? I couldn’t really comment at that point, because I hadn’t yet received mine.

But yesterday my Staad came in, and I told Dan that his initial impression was crazy-talk; I love mine! I am convinced that the Staad Stout will prove to be my perfect backpack, an opinion that will stay the same unless some completely bizarre manufacturer’s defect manifests itself between now and when we finish our review. This is, of course, highly unlikely due to Waterfield product’s excellent quality.

So take a look at this video; in it Dan talks about wearing his Staad yesterday, and he also comments upon whether or not he enjoyed the experience …

Dan and I will have a full joint review up in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, you can learn more about the Waterfield Staad here.

As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. If you are shopping on Amazon anyway, buying from our links gives Gear Diary a small commission.

About the Author

Judie Lipsett Stanford
Judie is the co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of Gear Diary, which she founded in September 2006. She started in 1999 writing software reviews at the now-defunct; from mid-2000 through 2006, she wrote hardware reviews for and co-edited at The Gadgeteer. A recipient of the Sigma Kappa Colby Award for Technology, Judie is best known for her device-agnostic approach, deep-dive reviews, and enjoyment of exploring the latest tech, gadgets, and gear.

12 Comments on "The Waterfield Staad Backpack Received and Examined"

  1. Yeah well… that was a PRIVATE personal first impression. (But hey… thanks for sharing. ) 🙂

    And… come clean now… I told you I was dead wrong and loved the bag after using it for a day AND before I even KNEW yours had arrives. So there. lol

    I’m a big enough person to admit when I was dead wrong. Yeah, my initial impression was dead wrong. This backpack is awesome.

  2. entropy1980 | October 17, 2013 at 9:33 pm |

    So glad you posted this early review! My Stout Staad, canvas + Grizzly will be arriving tomorrow! This just got me even more amped for its arrival!

  3. You are going to love it. Used it tonight again and, for the second day in a row, got rave comments on it!

  4. Ha! Whatever! You knew I would bust you on it. 😉 But only because you had such a massive opinion turnaround. The Staad is awesome! =)

  5. It is the best organized and best looking backpack I’ve ever used; it’s a home run for Waterfield! =D

  6. Yes I totally knew you would. 🙂

  7. I already have a unhealthy relationship with Waterfield (I have a muzetto, large cargo, sleeves for iPad mini, macbook air, iPad full size, city slicker for iPad mini, PS Vita city slicker, Macbook Air Travel Express, iPad Travel Express, and a Finn wallet) so I how could I **not** get the Staad?

  8. The person who has not used a Waterfield product will surely be “huh???”. Those of us who have used their products totally get it.

  9. I mainly get a hard time from the wife that I have more bags than she does, makes for a good laugh 🙂

  10. Okay that’s funny.

  11. Waterfield Designs | October 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm |


  12. But what can you do with your morning coffee?

Comments are closed.