A new look for our classic Cargo Bag
A new look for our classic Cargo Bag
Half moon pocket for one-hand access
Half moon pocket for one-hand access
iPhone pocket
iPhone pocket
External Dimensions
External Dimensions
The same buckle used in paragliding harnesses
The same buckle used in paragliding harnesses
Slips onto wheelies
Slips onto wheelies
Padded laptop and tablet compartment
Padded laptop and tablet compartment
Cargo laptop bag
Cargo laptop bag
See more User Reviews below
See more User Reviews below
Grizzly Leather
Grizzly Leather
Chocolate Leather
Chocolate Leather
Black Leather
Black Leather

Cargo Laptop Bag

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Still Looking Good. The bag that launched WaterField Designs gets an enhanced look! Our iconic briefcase/messenger Cargo bag takes on a more refined look with a new flap shape, waterproof zippers, and built-in padded compartments for protecting a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, iPad Pro, Surface Book 2Surface Pro 6 and others (see "What Fits" tab). Plenty of organizational pockets, gold liner for visibility, a comfortable adjustable strap, and our signature paragliding buckle (yes, the same one used in paragliding harnesses).

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


  • 1050 Denier Ballistic nylon body for durability
  • Full-grain, premium leather flap and handle covers

Dimensions & Weight:

  • 16 x 12 x 4 inches; 3.4 lbs

  • Volume: 12.5 liters


  • Authentic paragliding buckle closure
  • YKK waterproof zippers
  • Camlock to adjust strap length

  • Double-sided full-grain leather flap
  • Padded, built-in laptop compartment
  • Padded, built-in tablet pocket
  • Gold, water-resistant liner to light up interior
  • Front angled, moon-shaped pocket with interior smartphone pocket. Fits up to iPhone XS Max
  • Two-inch comfortable, adjustable shoulder strap
  • Includes removable, non-slip bottomed, shoulder pad
  • Two, deep interior hand pockets + pen holder pockets
  • Full-sized backside open pocket
  • Backside slot for putting over wheelie handles
The Cargo messenger has a built-in padded laptop pocket - and - a built-in padded tablet pocket:

  1. Laptop pocket fits laptops up to 14.75" x 10":
    • 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Retina
    • 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar, Retina, Air Retina
    • Surface Book 2 (13.5" & 15")
    • Surface Laptop 2
    • Dell XPS 15
    • Lenovo X1 Carbon
    • Dell XPS 13"

  2. Tablet pocket fits tablets up to 13" x 9":
    • iPad Pro (11" & 12.9")
    • Pixel Slate
    • reMarkable (paper tablet)
    • Surface Pro 6, Go
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Product Review: WaterField Designs Cargo Laptop Bag

Events for Gamers - October 30, 2017

"Have you ever wanted to feel like an undercover agent, maybe an adventurer, or a world traveler (maybe you already are one or more of these things)? As soon as you pick up and take a good look at the WaterField Cargo, you’ll immediately feel something akin to those sorts of roles when you hold the bag or sling it over your shoulder."

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Not Just Another Messenger Bag: The Cargo Review

HisPotion - September 24, 2016

"As someone on the go, I love the messenger bag. I use one every day. For the past several weeks, I’ve been sporting The Cargo by Waterfield and loved every moment."

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Big cargo bag makes light of your heavy load [Reviews]

Cult of Mac - May 20, 2016

"From now on, the Cargo Laptop Bag is my go-to when I’m looking at taking a few more things with me, especially when I need a carry-on or bike bag that looks as good on my back as it does near my feet while I work."

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Hands-on: New 2016 WaterField Designs Cargo bag improves upon a best-selling classic

ZDNet - May 11, 2016

"I picked up my first WaterField Designs Cargo bag 10 years ago. This new model offers improvements that make it a compelling choice for the commuter and business traveler."

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Review – WaterField Designs Cargo laptop bag

Windows Central - February 11, 2015

“In addition to durability and usefulness, WaterField Designs' Cargo laptop bag just plain looks great.”

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Review: WaterField Cargo Bag

JetPlane Journal

"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:

The top zip makes it easy to get stuff from the main compartment without lifting up the main flap. The interior fabric is a bright colour, that makes it easy to find things inside. The back pocket is great for your iPad or a folder with papers. 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.

Highly Recommended"

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WaterField Designs Cargo Bag Review

Gadgetmac - August 21, 2011

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Review: The WaterField Cargo

Expedition Portal

"...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."

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Review: Hands On: WaterField Designs Cargo 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."

Customer Reviews

Based on 152 reviews
New Cargo bag

It's a perfect mashup of my ancient Cargo bag with the blue fabric and seat belt buckle and my more elegant fine leather bag builder's pure leather messenger bag. It's a bit smaller than my OG Cargo, which is perfect, and a step up in elegance and refinement. I'm loving it.

Anywhere anytime

The elves bring me for Christmas this bag. It s perfect to put all my stuff and also more. Find the front zipper to put the phone and small stuff perfect and very handy.
I definitely recommend this bag that feels very good quality

Amazing Top Quality Bag

First off I would like to say this is an amazing bag and the support I received once I placed the order was phenomenal. This is a great bag for situations where I need a little more room than my Muzetto. Great for times when I need to carry more than just my laptop and the essentials. I use the Muzetto (which I also love) when I am in the office and the Cargo for day trips or traveling.

totally worth the investment

What a bag! The aesthetics and build quality could not be better. The leather flap is the highest quality and the water-resistant zippers keep my gear dry.

I love the half circle shaped zippered pocket under the flap. I can fit my Apple TV case and small gear case in the pocket to keep my cords, charging block and dongles organized.

The main compartment is roomy enough for my 13" MacBook Pro, 12.9" iPad in a Logi case, all my folders and papers, pens, business cards, and even a water bottle. I also use the umbrella holder on the outside of the bag to carry a compact umbrella.

I can't say enough good things about this bag! It looks great- on top of everything else- and I have received several compliments on it.

It is a little pricey but for Waterfield quality and service it is totally worth the investment as I am sure this bag will last for many years to come!

Way to go again, Gary and crew!!!

Always Top Quality

I’ve a few items from WD and it’s of an unmatched quality!

Do I need to put my laptop in a sleeve when using the Cargo?

No. The new Cargo includes a full-padded laptop compartment that keeps up to a 15-inch MacBook safe and secure. A small nylon flap keeps your laptop in place.

What type of leather do you use?

We use 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.

How do you suggest I clean the ballistic nylon?

The ballistic nylon is *very* durable and will take scrubbing with a stiff brush and mild soap. Blot with towels/rags and let the case dry out. This should have the case looking good as new.

How do you suggest I clean the waxed canvas?

Waxed Canvas isn’t the easiest item on the planet to clean - part of the character-building process with Waxed Canvas is how it ages with scuffs, dirt, stains and all. Still, there are things you can do. This article gives you a good idea of how to clean and re-wax if and when you are ready. They suggest using dish soap and soft brush to clean, then drip dry, then take a hot hairdryer to heat up the wax and redistribute it. This will soften any blemishes and help with the dirt. The lines and crinkles on the waxed canvas are actually normal, and happens in shipping sometimes. All you have to do is use a hair dryer and you can flatten out the wax with your hand.

How do you suggest I clean the leather?

Actually, we suggest not doing anything. Part of the beauty of highly distressed leather develops as it gets used over time— with rain or getting bumped around. Leather conditioners will darken and alter the leather, maybe not something you desire. If at some point you want to condition the leather - we suggesting using Mink Oil. This will darken a bit at first - but will keep the leather very nice. You can also spread the oils around and smooth them out a bit with a hair dryer and your hand. Any leather discoloration or marks are straight from the actual hide itself; it's part of the character of the leather. That’s how you know it’s the real thing. Each hide has it own look; it's unique just like you. With naturally tanned leather, there's always going to be a bit of character on it that's hard to control. It's one of the reasons we like it so much, you'll always be getting a one-of-a-kind bag.

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  • My Cargo - my worldwide travel companion!
    - Colin R., California
  • Cargo excites years later - Bulletproof! Versatile!
    - Glenn H.
  • "Still rocking the Cargo I've had for 5 years. Still no cuffs or tears. Really impressive!" - Jeremiah S.
    - Jeremiah S.,
  • In deepest Africa, a functional tool.
    - John M., Somewhere in Africa
  • Large Cargo. Home away from home.
    - Mark L., Australia
  • Cargo Bag delivers me in style!
    - Patrick M
  • Cargo Bag is Best Bag Ever!
    - Tom P.