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
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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

-21 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.


  • 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


  • Splash-proof YKK Zippers
  • Hidden magnetic closure

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


  • 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.

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

Customer Reviews

Based on 285 reviews
Bolt Medium Briefcase

It’s everything I expected. Perfect size, wonderful workmanship, great design. Wow!

The Bolt Briefcase "Gets Me"

In all honesty, I've been searching for the "perfect" bag for a while. I wanted something durable, but allowed me to stay professional. After a LOT of bag researching and various Youtube video reviews I decided to take the leap on the Bolt Briefcase. The materials, the quality, and the overall "feel" of the bag is exactly what I had been yearning for in a bag for a long time. I've used so many other companies, and they just never felt "right." This bag just "gets me." It's exactly what the business professional and everyday bag user needs. I couldn't be happier and I get compliments on it everywhere I go. Love it. I'll be a Waterfield customer for life.

Very nice

Very nice looking and lots of attention to detail. I really enjoy this bag. The only thing that could be better is the main zipper flap makes getting the laptop in and out of the case a little difficult. I have to use two hands to hold back the flap and insert or remove the laptop. I suspect over time the material may relax and this problem may go away, but this minor issue is the only issue I have with the bag. Overall, I am very impressed.

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!

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.

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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 - 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 - 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.”


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


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.

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