The Bolt Laptop Briefcase
The Bolt Laptop Briefcase in ballistic or waxed canvas
Includes matching removable shoulder strap
Bolt Briefcase laptop compartment
Bolt Briefcase Large
Bolt Briefcase Small
All Bolts come with additional Padded Tablet Sleeve
Slips onto wheelies
Matching straps and leather shoulder pads
Small Specs
Small Silhouette
Medium Specs
Medium Silhouette
Large Specs
Large Silhouette
See more User Reviews below
Black Leather on Black Ballistic
Chocolate Leather on Black Ballistic
Chocolate Leather on Waxed Canvas

Bolt Briefcase

16-inch MacBook Pro fits in Medium Size


-20 in stock

Built to Bolt. For commuters or business travelers, the Bolt Briefcase organizes your gear with thoughtfully-placed pockets, padded laptop and tablet compartments, waterproof zippers, and a rolling suitcase passthrough. 

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All our products are crafted locally in our workshop by the most skilled sewing team in San Francisco.


Material:

  • 1050 Denier Black ballistic nylon or waxed canvas base
  • Naturally-tanned full-grain leather accents

Dimensions & Weight:

  • Small:
  • 14.5” (l) x 4” (w) x 10.5” (h); 1.95 lbs.
    36.83 (l) x 10.16 (w) x 26.67 (h) cm; 0.88 kg
    Volume: 10 liters
  • Medium:
  • 15.5” (l) x 4” (w) x 11” (h); 2.5 lbs.
    39.37 (l) x 10.16 (w) x 27.94 (h) cm; 1.13 kg
    Volume: 11 liters
  • Large:
  • 17” (l) x 5” (w) x 11.5” (h); 2.95 lbs.
    43.18 (l) x 12.7 (w) x 28.32 (h) cm; 1.34 kg
    Volume: 16 liters

Hardware:

  • Splash-proof YKK Zippers
  • Hidden magnetic closure

Features:
  • Slip over rolling suitcase handle
  • Includes removable shoulder strap
  • Invisible magnets secure front pockets
  • Built-in padded laptop and tablet pocket
  • Key tether

FEATURES

  • Slips over rolling suitcase handle to breeze through airports.
  • Includes removable shoulder strap for varied carry options.
  • Invisible magnets secure front pockets with a satisfying snap.
  • Built-in padded laptop and tablet pocket to make sure your devices are organized and protected.
  • Key tether to eliminate your daily key search.

SHIPPING 
  • Domestic: Flat rate 2-day shipping.  Details.
  • International: 2-3 business day delivery. Country duty/tax calculated at Checkout. Details.

Customer Reviews

Based on 282 reviews
91%
(256)
7%
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R
R.D.
Now my favorite bag

My new Bolt briefcase is amazing. It is simple and very well constructed. I love the relative lack of zippers and the quiet of not having metal zipper pulls always clanging around. The compartments are brightly lined. The size (medium) is perfect for my day-to-day use.

After being a "black ballistic nylon guy" forever I decided to try out the Waxed Canvas. It is fantastic. It has a great feel and I love the look.

Thanks for the great bag!

M
M.H.
Simply Outstanding!

Needless to say, the craftsmanship is stellar and there's so many features that make the Bolt Briefcase outshine other options on the market. The organization is simple and effective. I can see everything packed inside at a quick glance, but what I truly love is there's no fiddly velcro or zippers which allows me to quickly and quietly retrieve items. I just returned from a trip, and the briefcase (medium size) was able to stand upright. The handles are another feature that really shine because they allow you a lot of room to grab and carry. This is the perfect addition to my Pro Executive pack. Gary and the team continue to create outstanding products that simply work and look amazing.

R
R.C.
One of the best bags ever!

I have a bit of a bag fetish. I own a closet full of messenger bags, backpacks, and briefcases — many purchased from Waterfield. I have a feeling I will use the Bolt Briefcase for a long time. It has space for everything I need and is stylish — yet simple. Most people will likely be pleased to own this bag.

J
J.M.
The Good and the Bad

The Good: This appears to be a solid, well-made bag. It holds what it promised to hold (the small handles the 13” MacBook Pro and the 11” iPad Pro just right) plus a reasonable amount of other stuff (notepads, letter-size file folders, portable HD, power brick & cable, pens, etc.).

The Bad: This is disappointing…

First, the pictures on the site make the “chocolate leather on waxed canvas” bag look brown/tan, but the bag I received looks very much army-fatigues-green. That’s not a bad color in general, but it is most definitely not the color that I wanted or expected.

And because the bag isn’t the “right” color, the provided shoulder-strap doesn’t match well with the bag. It’s a reddish-brown, which probably works with a brown/tan bag, but it looks mismatched with an olive-green bag.

And not to be nitpicky, but… For all the attention to detail SF Bags professes, my bag arrived without a front-zipper leather pull. SF Bags sent me a set of leather pulls, which solved the problem; but given that that was right there on the front of the bag, impossible to miss, it doesn’t inspire confidence in what other issues might’ve been missed when the bag was assembled and checked for quality-control.

If I had picked this up at an outlet store for $50, I couldn’t complain. But for $270, with all of the talk about “quality”, I am not impressed, and I would be reluctant to recommend that anyone else roll the dice on a Bolt briefcase from SF Bags. Two out of five stars.

M
M.v.D.

Very nice bag, albeit a big heavy.

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WaterField's Bolt Briefcase can fill a variety of needs

AppleWorld.Today - January 15, 2018

"WaterField Designs' Bolt Briefcase is designed to meet the evolving needs of tech professionals and business travelers."

Apple World Today Rating (Out of Five Stars):


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Bolt Briefcase from WaterField Designs is a stylish bag to carry your Surface Pro (or any other laptop)

On MSFT - July, 2017

"With the Bolt Briefcase, WaterField Designs impresses again – in form as well as function – with excellent craftsmanship and style quotient."


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Waterfield Bolt: A great everyday briefcase

Baker on Tech - November 1, 2015

"After using the Bolt for a few months, it remains my briefcase of choice. It’s the best looking, most durable and small enough to carry everywhere I go."


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Review: WaterField's Bolt Briefcase carries your MacBook and iPad in style

AppAdvice - April 23, 2015

"WaterField Designs always produces stunning products, and the Bolt is no exception. There are few briefcases that look as good and have as much functionality as this one."

The Bolt’s Overall Scores:


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Small States Review: Bolt Briefcase from WaterField Designs is an ideal work and travel companion

9to5Toys.com - February 28, 2015

"The Bolt Briefcase has a clearly intentional design with both businessmen and travelers in mind, it is pretty easy to imagine this bag walking into a meeting in Silicon Valley. I’d highly recommend the Bolt if you are looking for a backpack or leather bag alternative that is well-designed and has a great story behind it."


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WaterField Designs Bolt Briefcase hands-on: High quality functional design for the business traveler

ZDnet - February 4, 2015

“WaterField Designs continues to offer well-designed bags for the professional. The soft Bolt Briefcase looks great at meetings, conferences, and in the airport.”

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WaterField Designs Bolt Briefcase Review

Notebooks.com - February 15, 2015

“It’s easily the best briefcase-style bag I’ve used. It includes plenty of storage space, looks great in all of its designs and will last.”

PROTECTS LAPTOP AND TABLET

The preferred everyday carry for professionals toting multiple tech gear. Organizes tech efficiently with plenty of pockets. 

 

"The bag has honestly changed my productivity, as I'm now able to carry my mobile office with me and react and respond to challenges and opportunities on the go." - James Y.

SIZE GUIDE

The Bolt Briefcase comes in Small, Medium, and Large with a built-in padded compartment for laptops and tablets. The following devices can fit in these sizes:

Small - Laptop Compartment fits devices up to 13" x 10"
  • 13” MacBook Pro Touch Bar, Air Retina
  • Dell XPS 13
  • Surface Laptop 3 (13.5")
Small - Tablet Compartment fits devices up to 12" x 8.75"
  • iPad Pro (11" & 12.9”) with Smart Keyboard Folio
  • Pixel Slate
  • Surface Pro X, Pro 7, Go with Type Cover
Medium - Laptop Compartment fits devices up to 14.25" x 10"
  • 16" MacBook Pro
  • 15" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
  • Surface Book 2 (13.5" & 15")
  • Surface Laptop 3 (15")
  • Acer Swift 3 (14")
Medium - Tablet Compartment fits devices up to 12" x 8.75"
  • iPad Pro (11" & 12.9") with Smart Keyboard Folio
  • Pixel Slate
  • Surface Pro X, Pro 7, Go with Type Cover
Large - Laptop Compartment
  • Fits device up to 16" x 10"
Large - Tablet Compartment fits devices up to 12" x 8.75"
  • iPad Pro (11" & 12.9”) with Smart Keyboard Folio
  • Pixel Slate
  • Surface Pro X, Pro 7, Go with Type Cover

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Customer Reviews

Based on 282 reviews
91%
(256)
7%
(21)
1%
(2)
1%
(2)
0%
(1)
R
R.D.
Now my favorite bag

My new Bolt briefcase is amazing. It is simple and very well constructed. I love the relative lack of zippers and the quiet of not having metal zipper pulls always clanging around. The compartments are brightly lined. The size (medium) is perfect for my day-to-day use.

After being a "black ballistic nylon guy" forever I decided to try out the Waxed Canvas. It is fantastic. It has a great feel and I love the look.

Thanks for the great bag!

M
M.H.
Simply Outstanding!

Needless to say, the craftsmanship is stellar and there's so many features that make the Bolt Briefcase outshine other options on the market. The organization is simple and effective. I can see everything packed inside at a quick glance, but what I truly love is there's no fiddly velcro or zippers which allows me to quickly and quietly retrieve items. I just returned from a trip, and the briefcase (medium size) was able to stand upright. The handles are another feature that really shine because they allow you a lot of room to grab and carry. This is the perfect addition to my Pro Executive pack. Gary and the team continue to create outstanding products that simply work and look amazing.

R
R.C.
One of the best bags ever!

I have a bit of a bag fetish. I own a closet full of messenger bags, backpacks, and briefcases — many purchased from Waterfield. I have a feeling I will use the Bolt Briefcase for a long time. It has space for everything I need and is stylish — yet simple. Most people will likely be pleased to own this bag.

J
J.M.
The Good and the Bad

The Good: This appears to be a solid, well-made bag. It holds what it promised to hold (the small handles the 13” MacBook Pro and the 11” iPad Pro just right) plus a reasonable amount of other stuff (notepads, letter-size file folders, portable HD, power brick & cable, pens, etc.).

The Bad: This is disappointing…

First, the pictures on the site make the “chocolate leather on waxed canvas” bag look brown/tan, but the bag I received looks very much army-fatigues-green. That’s not a bad color in general, but it is most definitely not the color that I wanted or expected.

And because the bag isn’t the “right” color, the provided shoulder-strap doesn’t match well with the bag. It’s a reddish-brown, which probably works with a brown/tan bag, but it looks mismatched with an olive-green bag.

And not to be nitpicky, but… For all the attention to detail SF Bags professes, my bag arrived without a front-zipper leather pull. SF Bags sent me a set of leather pulls, which solved the problem; but given that that was right there on the front of the bag, impossible to miss, it doesn’t inspire confidence in what other issues might’ve been missed when the bag was assembled and checked for quality-control.

If I had picked this up at an outlet store for $50, I couldn’t complain. But for $270, with all of the talk about “quality”, I am not impressed, and I would be reluctant to recommend that anyone else roll the dice on a Bolt briefcase from SF Bags. Two out of five stars.

M
M.v.D.

Very nice bag, albeit a big heavy.