WaterField Designs - Cargo Bag Run-through with Gary (12/2010)
WaterField Designs - Cargo Bag Sizes Overview with Gary (1/2011)
Buckle Up! Cavernous main compartment. Tons of oversized pockets. Highly organized. Our signature bag comes with a black, anodized aluminum buckle used in para-gliding harnesses for easy & quick access. The biggest, boldest bag we make. Flaps come in eye-catching Indium or distinctive leather, and the buckle will have you dreaming of your next flight.
The Large Cargo is now available in two styles - standard or with a padded internal stiffener. Click for more information.
The camlock is only included on the Large and Medium Cargo bags.
All Cargo bags include a non-slip Shoulder Pad.
If you plan to carry a laptop in your Cargo, head over to our SleeveCase page to help you find the protective sleeve size that will fit like a glove. Your checkpoint friendly laptop system will help you get quickly through airport security.
Dark Grey Leather
I have had my bag for about two weeks. It is everything promised and much more. Comfortable, roomy, tough as iron and nice looking. Each time I use it I discover another clever hiding place or way to be better organized. I look forward to using the in case laptop sleeve with the TSA folks. Thanks for thinking so hard and producing such an outstanding product value. SFBAGS...RULES.
One year-ish and 100K+ miles of air travel with the large cargo, laptop sleeve, gear pouch, cableguy, and 6x9.
Shame on you for making a bag and accessories that hold up so well. Your bankers will not be happy I won't be buying another bag in this size for a while.
I'd also like to congratulate you on the bags' ability to compress dimensional space. NASA will be keen on that aspect, I'm sure. It's perfect. Laptop, cables, phones, mice, moleskines, business cards, keys, wallet, Clif bars, memory sticks, noise cx headset, inflatable travel pillow...and the list goes on.
It all fits. It's like a magic hat you just keep pulling things out from. Fits under aircraft seats with not even a notice from a flight attendant. It looks brand new. I've contemplated dragging it around on the floor just to earn some scratches and wear for street cred with my peers. Rides over the handle of my carry-on like a Bedouin on camelback.
Awesome service up front. Jeez, now I want another one in a different flavor. Mission accomplished. Customer for life.
My brother gifted me the medium red leather cargo bag about 3 years ago. I was DELIGHTED with your product. As the years went by, and as I upgraded laptops, I saw that all I needed to purchase was a corresponding sleeve, which, of course, I made sure would fit the cargo bag. Safe to say, this time of my laptop upgrade, I went and made sure, before even purchasing my current laptop, it would both fit the sleeve and the cargo bag. This tells you how much I love love love and rely on your product.
Thanks so so so much!
I just got my new Cargo bag at the doorstep (with the Mambo combo, duh) and ran outside in the rain like a little kid to open it. You guys don't disappoint.
From the exceptional, personal customer service to the amazingly beautiful product, I'm sold. For good. This is the bag I've been begging the world to make, and little did I know you guys were here all along. Can't wait for my new bag to accompany me around the country this year. Thanks for taking such good care of me and my MacBook Pro, and giving me the bag I've been waiting for.
Hey there Gary, I just wanted to drop you a note and give a long overdue testimonial to the quality of your product.
I purchased a large Cargo bag in 2000 when I was working as a government contractor. It was the perfect bag for lugging my laptop and numerous other things around the planet as I visited government offices in several countries. The bag never ripped, scuffed, broke a zipper,or cracked a buckle no mater how many over head bins it was stuffed into, or how many train or airplane seats it was stuffed underneath.
Flash forward eight years and a major career change, and now I'm working as a nurse, but the cargo bag is STILL the best bag for carrying all of things I need to take care of patients: Bandages, stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, paperwork, etc. all have a place in this bag. It truly is one of the best purchases I have ever made. And the bag itself still looks like new. Not a tear, scratch or scuff anywhere on it.
If I had one complaint about the bag, it is that it is so well made, and has held up so well, that I can't justify buying the large Vertigo bag I've had my eye on!
Keep up the great work, and keep making those great products!
After Hurricane Katrina, I replaced my lost briefcase with your Cargo bag. I carried my life in that bag - from place to place until I could return home.
Now I load it down everyday with either my hefty laptop or a grad-student load of papers and books. The bag is as strong and good looking today, as the day I got it. I am only ordering another one for vanity reasons. You should be proud of your work. It's simply the best.
1st of all i must say that the customer service experience from you guys has been, to put it mildly, astonishingly good. I can't remember the last time I was personally thanked for buying something online that wasn't a cookie cutter form letter. A very nice surprise was the handwritten "Thank You" note on the invoice. I mean COME ON...who does this these days?????? Again, wow. This kind of hands-on attention is just so foreign to my other buying experiences that it just really impressed the hell out of me. Its like I have been working in an Industrial Revolution sweatshop and William Morris just showed up to give me a drink of water.
Most importantly, this bag kicks ass. I don't need to tell you about the quality & so on (you make them, you already know that) But I will say that i see where my $254 went. This thing is built like a sexy, soft and rugged tank. It looks insanely cool, it feels really good and well made, hell, it even SMELLS good.
The buying experience has been exceptional. The product is 1st rate. As a designer I see a formula for good design mixed with good business in your company.
A testament of sorts to the protective properties of the Cargo.
At our annual NY's Bash I tend to have a private supply of Vodka stashed-no point wasting the good stuff on the Lite Beer guzzling types.... who would not appreciate the finer qualities of Swedish 80% proof.
I also had my Powerbook wrapped up safe in in its distinctive blue indium Cargo loaded with fine Depeche Mode, New Order and other Rave like Lullabies.
In the very early hours of New Years Day I was navigating the dark back-garden to retrieve said Vodka supply with Cargo on my shoulder when suddenly, I must have run afoul of some back garden Trolls as I felt myself flameout and rapidly depart controlled flight the pull of gravity pulling me into the inky blackness..... With vague detached horror no doubt attributed to said 80% I noted my Cargo was flying off my shoulder and heading rapidly downrange. Next thing I know, am lying prone on the lovely wet grass, after a moment or two I began a routine check of all flight control surfaces and determined I was still more or less airworthy. I then began Search and Rescue Operations to recover the Cargo, Not having the heart to try and determine its status right then after its own departure from controlled flight I waited until I got back home. I'm very very happy to report that apart from the exterior being a little damp the Powerbook ensconced within a sleeve suffered no damage whatsoever!!
Thank you muchly!
Waterfield Cargo Bag Overview - SchneiderStudios
"...bag with a seemingly magical ability to swallow up gear while simultaneously making it easier to load and unload."
"This is a bag that will easily last a lifetime—a good thing, as the Cargo has become my all-time favorite bag."
TechBurgh - January 2013
"The WaterField Designs Cargo Bag is a quality bag that is made in the United States...and will last you a long, long time."
The Waterfield Cargo looks like fairly typical messenger-style bag at first. ...But there are ton of nifty design touches that make the bag very practical in everyday use:
Unlike other messenger bags that I've owned, that have all started to fall apart at the seams after a few months of owning them, this bag feels as though it will give me a good few years of use.
The main difference is that the Large Cargo comes with the option of a padded internal stiffener that allows it to keep its full shape and to stand up on its own. Without the stiffener it is considered a soft bag and will hang more like a traditional messenger bag, though we do use a very substantial custom made ballistic nylon to help give it nice shape. The Large is about 2" deeper than the medium and gets wider and longer at the top allowing the user to insert bigger items. It will hold more gear--it is a large bag. The Cargo bags without the internal stiffener will get smaller/flatter as you take contents out.
The Large Cargo has a pocket in the back of the main compartment to keep small laptops secure. Larger laptops that don't fit into this rear pocket can fit securely end to end within the main compartment. The Medium and Small Cargo do not have this rear internal pocket because they are small enough to compress around their contents and hold the laptop securely.
The Padded Stiffener adds protection to the Large Cargo and allows it to stand on its own and to keep its full shape. The standard Large Cargo, while also substantial, is more like a traditional messenger bag. The standard Large Cargo is just like the Medium and Small Cargo...only bigger. It will get smaller/flatter as you take contents out of it.
It's big. If you are a petite person, it could be rather large for you.
Each has its own distinct style. The Cargo has the functionality of a briefcase and the look of a messenger bag. It includes a number of organizational pockets and compartments. The Large without Stiffener, the Medium and the Small Cargo bags are soft like a messenger. The Large Cargo with Stiffener has the padded internal stiffener that allows it to stand up and keep its full shape. The shoulder strap is not detachable; One side is sewn down and the other is attached to a quick-adjust Cam-lock so you can quickly shorten or lengthen the strap.
The Cozmo has a more streamlined style, stands up on its own, is a bit lighter in weight and comes with the Suspension Shoulder Strap that is removable.
The Medium and Small Cargo do not have this pocket because they are small enough to compress around their contents and hold the laptop securely.
We recommend the use of a SleeveCase to protect your laptop when inserted inside any bag because the SleeveCase gives you added protection from bumps and scratches. However, with our bags, you don't HAVE to use the SleeveCase; it just depends on how much protection you want. The bag itself if not padded specifically for a laptop - that way you can use it without one as well.
The Cargo comes with a non-removable 'static' shoulder strap and a comfortable, no-slide Shoulder Pad. The Shoulder Pad is designed to move along the shoulder strap so you can place the pad on your shoulder even if you move the Cargo from your side to your back.
We used a naturally-tanned, lightly treated leather. Each piece is one of a kind and displays the natural texture of the hide. Over time the leather should show character like a good leather bomber jacket.
Have a question about this product? Contact us at HeyGary@SFBags.com.