Meet the Essential Messenger
Compact, secure, and lightweight
Sized for daily essentials
Padded pocket fits up to 14-inch laptops (shown: MacBook Air M2 14-inch)
Two deep interior side pockets holds accessories
Foam inserts add structure when compressed against your body
YKK water-resistant zipper on front flap
Exterior flap pocket for frequently-accessed items
Convenient built-in key tether
Secure, self-finding magnetic fidlock buckles
Strap is removable for right- or left-shoulder carry
Easy-glide adjustable cam lock on strap
Back mesh wicks away sweat
Convenient grab handle
OPTIONAL: Gear Pouch for cables and dongles (Small $49 or Medium $55 sold separately)
In ballistic nylon + durable Forza textile
All-black Ballistic
Black Ballistic with Blue Forza
Black Ballistic with Green Forza
Black Ballistic with Red Forza

Essential Messenger Laptop Bag


Fits MacBook Pro 14-inch and similar sizes

-15 in stock

Handcrafted from durable textiles, the lightweight Essential Messenger Laptop Bag holds your daily essentials. You'll love the security, convenience, and comfort of this compact everyday carry.  Two self-finding, magnetic Fidlock™ buckles secure the bag's contents, and the short flap stores frequently accessed items in its zippered pocket. A padded compartment fits laptops up to 14-inches (e.g. MacBook Pro 14-inch or similar). 


Part of the Essential Bags Collection, a new line of lightweight bags with features that focus on a bag's functional essence. Check out our Essential BackpackEssential Duffel and Essential Crossbody Pouch, and Essential Crossbody.

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



  • 1050 Denier Black ballistic nylon and Forza nylon
  • More details here


Dimensions & Weight:

  • One Size:
  • 14” (l) x 4” (w) x 12” (h); 1.5 lbs.
    35.56 (l) x 10.16 (w) x 30.48 (h)cm; 0.68 kg
    Volume: 11.4 liters


  • Made from abrasion and water-resistant durable ballistic nylon.
  • Lightweight foam inserts that give structure and helps the bag compress against your body for a more comfortable carry.
  • The strap can be removed (using the gated G-hook) and flipped for left or right-handed carry.
  • Wide zippered front pocket with two interior pockets and a key tether.
  • Adjustable, self-finding magnetic Fidlock buckles. 
  • Gold liner illuminates the bag's interior.
  • Plush-lined laptop compartment (fits devices up to a 14'' MacBook Pro M1).
  • Spacer mesh on the back for sweat-wicking.
  • Nylon rear grab handle or suitcase handle passthrough.
  • Self-contained strap with cam buckle for quick adjustability. 
  • YKK waterproof zippers.
  • OPTIONAL: Cycling Strap for Messenger Bags.


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

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Jon N. (Ohio, United States)
Just what the doctor ordered

I have been looking for a light, compact bag to carry the majority of days into the hospital. I rely on my iPad for 99% of my day, and no need to carry much else. Still, a bag that also holds wallets, keys, etc. is needed. The Essential Messenger Laptop Bag meets all my needs. I use the executive carryall for travel, but this will be my daily bag.

Dan S. (California, United States)

Essential Messenger Laptop Bag

Andrew M. (Washington, United States)

My bag fits my surface, books, notepad, chargers, keys, water, phone, and still has room for some more! I love the magnetic clips and the awesome shoulder strap! Thank you for the amazing bag!!

Tina S. (Texas, United States)
Messenger laptop bag

I love this bag quality

Lyle A. (Alaska, United States)
No Latch Instructions

As simple as the magnetic latch is, it would have saved a lot of anguish if there had been a simple picture indicating to slide the latch instead of pull or try to push what looks like a button. Great bag though. Note that the latches open easy if you jostle them just right.

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Your MacBook needs a brand-new bag

ZDNet - September 19, 2022

“Review: WaterField's new Essentials Collection offers streamlined designs such as a messenger bag for your laptop, with more affordable prices than the brand's usual, while still offering high-quality materials and construction.”

8.7/10 - Outstanding


The Essential Messenger Bag can fit devices up to 12.43'' x 9.4''. These devices can fit in your Messenger:

  1. MacBook:
    • 14" MacBook Pro M2
    • 13” MacBook Pro
    • 15" MacBook Air M2
    • 13" MacBook Air M2
  2. iPad:
    • 12.9" iPad Pro M2 with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Pro M2 with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Air with Magic Keyboard
  3. Microsoft Surface:
    • Surface Laptop 4 (13.5")
    • Surface Pro X, Pro 8, Go with Type Cover


We use super lightweight foam inserts that give the Essential Messenger structure and helps the bag compress against your body for a more comfortable carry. 


Whether the bag is full or half empty, it will have a sleek, compact, organized profile.



The Essential Messenger Bag expands to fit daily work essentials, including laptops up to 14-inches. 


The flap can be adjusted to accommodate the bag's contents so your gear will always be securely covered. 



The Essentials Collection is a line of lightweight bags with a streamlined design, smart detailing, and features that focus on each bag's functional essence. The minimalist design delivers high impact. 


For durability, we use our custom-made abrasion- and water-resistant ballistic nylon which stays looking new for many years. It withstands prolonged sun exposure so your bag will stay looking fresh and new. 


These multi-functional, everyday bags are available as a Duffel, Messenger Bag, Backpack, and Crossbody Bags in three different sizes for the 11-inch iPad Pro, iPad Mini, and iPhone (or similarly-sized devices). 

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