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Jansport Watchtower Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

based on 93 reviews

We have checked tens of reviews and found 12 reasons to buy the Watchtower - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.

85% of the reviewers give the Jansport Watchtower a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (76%)
Good (9%)
Average (1%)
Poor (9%)
Bad (1%)


Reviews Summary

Here's what the reviewers think about the Jansport Watchtower:

Reviewers like these things about the Jansport Watchtower

  • According to users, the Jansport Watchtower backpack is spacious, attractive, sturdy, and water resistant.
  • Reviewers noted that it is super comfortable and stylish.
  • Other reviewers said that it has tons of pockets making it more convenient making to use.
  • Testers found out that it has lots of compartments to organize things.
  • Other testers discovered that the pack includes space for two large water bottles for easy access.
  • Reviewers noted the presence of an insulated area that can keep breakfast hot or cold without heating or cooling other contents.
  • Reviewers pointed out it is easy to fill and easy to get something out without other things falling out.
  • They noticed that its chest strap helps hold the bag on and is adjustable to a variety of body sizes.
  • Several testers also felt that the bag is sturdy and well-made.
  • Several users noted it holds everything needed without feeling too big or bulky.
  • Other reviewers also found that it is the perfect travel bag for adventures around the globe.
  • Users discovered that the bag has a big inside space with special and padded pockets.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A reviewer thought that loft compartment is nearly impossible to get into while the bag is on his back.
  • A tester said that the flaps on the front could make the pockets a little annoying to get into.


Crowdsourced specs across all Jansport Watchtower models and sizes:

Weight iconWeight1 oz (0.5 kg)
Laptop iconLaptop SizeMax. 15 inches

The bag is recommended for these activities:


Feature Summary

Many sources mention these Jansport Watchtower features:
  • Insulated
  • Sternum strap
  • Carry-on size
  • Hydration bladder
  • Hydration compatible

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.


vs Jansport Bags

The Jansport Watchtower ranks #12 compared with the other Jansport bags.

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vs All Bags

The Jansport Watchtower ranks #1186 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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Vs Other Bags

Crowdsourced comparison of the Jansport Watchtower vs the Jansport Hatchet.

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Jansport Watchtower vs Jansport Hatchet

Jansport Watchtower
Jansport Watchtower


Based on 93 reviews
Weight: 1 oz
Price: $$

Jansport Hatchet
Jansport Hatchet

Based on 1,033 reviews

Capacity: 3 l
Weight: 1.25-1.8 oz
Price: $$

  • The Watchtower is rated a little bit worse than the Hatchet.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 1,126 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Watchtower is 80% lighter than the biggest Hatchet (1 oz vs 1.8 oz).

Carry-on size
Compression straps
Hydration bladder
Hydration compatible
Organizer panel
Sternum strap
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:

Only the Watchtower is available in these colors:

Only the Hatchet is available in these colors:

Treat yourself with these two multipurpose backpacks that are meant to maximize your backpacking experience.

The Hatchet pack features unique fabrics and a versatile sleeve tailored to fit three liters hydration system. It also has a deluxe organizer panel, water bottle pockets, and tablet pockets. The pack has one large main zip compartment where you can pack all your daily essentials.

Jansport Watchtowers, on the other hand, features some inner and outer pockets that allow for quick stash and accessing items. It also has a tablet pocket and another pocket where you can keep your snacks and beverage. It features a side water bottle pocket and a carabineer key clip that you can use to hang extra travel gear.

They are both great packs, especially for laptops.

Bag ID 31810. Images from Amazon Product Advertising API and shop datafeeds.

Last updated on July 03, 2019