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Pro Executive Laptop Backpack
Pro Executive Laptop Backpack
Spacious main compartment
Spacious main compartment
Premium full grain leather grab handle
Premium full grain leather grab handle
Available in four leather accent colors
Available in four leather accent colors
Quick access top pocket
Quick access top pocket
Streamlined profile
Streamlined profile
Quick-access large side pockets
Quick-access large side pockets
Easy to grab commonly-used gear
Easy to grab commonly-used gear
Deep enough for a water bottle
Deep enough for a water bottle
Stands upright on its own
Stands upright on its own
Mobile office-ready
Mobile office-ready
Quick access front pocket
Quick access front pocket
Convenient swing-around access
Convenient swing-around access
Convenient slot for carry-on luggage
Convenient slot for carry-on luggage
Top pocket for small items
Top pocket for small items
Super comfortable straps
Super comfortable straps
Looks great against your back
Looks great against your back
Matching Executive Folio (sold separately)
Matching Executive Folio (sold separately)
Matching leather accent colors
Matching leather accent colors
Premium full grain leather pocket
Premium full grain leather pocket
Protects laptop or tablet from scratches
Protects laptop or tablet from scratches
Executive Folio available in two sizes
Executive Folio available in two sizes
More customer reviews below
More customer reviews below
Black Leather Accent
Black Leather Accent
Crimson Leather Accent
Crimson Leather Accent
Chocolate Leather Accent
Chocolate Leather Accent
Grey Leather Accent
Grey Leather Accent

Pro Executive Laptop Backpack


Optional Executive Folio

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The Boardroom Backpack.  The Pro Backpack blends sophisticated style with serious functionality.  It's highly organized with two compartments, strategically-placed pockets, and a removable Executive Folio for taking to short meetings. The optional Executive Folio ($89) holds a laptop, documents, and pens. The Pro Backpack stands upright, so it can be set down without falling over. Premium leather accents give the backpack its character and develop a luxurious patina over time. 

 

NOTE: The Pro Backpack was developed in collaboration with customers. Our goal was to create a professional-looking backpack that balances functionality with style elegant enough for the boardroom.  See the journey from idea to product here


 

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


Material:

  • 1050 Denier black Ballistic nylon
  • Full-grain leather accents (no skimping on the leather)

Dimensions & Weight:
Pro Executive Backpack:

  • One size: 13.5" (L) x 16.5" (H) x 7.0" (W), 2.9 lbs.
  • Volume: 25.5 liters
Executive Folio (optional):
  • 13” size: 10.25” (L) x 13.25” (H) x 1.75” (W), 1 lb.
  • 15” size: 11.0” (L) x 15.0” (H) x 1.75” (W), 1.2 lbs.

Features:

  • Crowd-sourced design with customers to create a stylish and functional backpack for professionals.
  • The optional executive Folio is easily removable to take for short meetings.
  • Stands upright when it’s set down.
  • Two main chambers: back chamber zips down to carry laptop or tablet, documents, and the Executive Folio. Front chamber is spacious enough to hold other items needed for a day at the office.
  • Premium full grain leather front panel and handle.
  • Two zip pockets on the front panel to quickly access items when swinging the backpack from the shoulder.
  • Two large side pockets for water bottle and small items.
  • Top front pocket that’s deep enough to hold items securely.
  • Back slot for slipping onto suitcase handles.
  • Top handle is premium leather for a more comfortable grip.
  • Comfortable, padded shoulder straps.
  • Sleek, waterproof zippers throughout.
  • Built to last.
  • Lightweight.
The Pro Backpack is available in one size, divided into two chambers: front chamber is spacious enough to hold items needed for a day at the office. The back chamber zips down to carry laptop or tablet, documents, and the Executive Folio.

The Padded laptop/tablet compartment fits devices up to 15" x 10"
      • 15" MacBook Pro Touch Bar, Retina
      • Surface Book 2 (13” & 15”)
      • Lenovo X1 Carbon, Yoga 720 (13")
      • Dell XPS 13, 15
      • Surface Laptop 2
The 13” Executive Folio can fit devices up to 13" x 9"
    • 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar, Retina, Air
    • iPad Pro (11" & 12.9”) with Smart Keyboard Folio
    • reMarkable (paper tablet)
    • Surface Book 2 (13.5")
    • Pixel Slate
    • Surface Pro 6 with Type Cover
    • Dell XPS 13"
The 15” Executive Folio can fit devices up to 14.75" x 10"
    • 15" MacBook Pro Touch Bar, Retina
    • Surface Book 2 (15")
    • Dell XPS 15"
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Waterfield Pro Executive Backpack Review

BagWorks - October 8, 2018

“The Pro Executive Backpack from Waterfield Designs is an exceedingly great bag for any of you business-y type people out there.”


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WaterField's Pro Executive Laptop Backpack: The Best You Ever Designed

MacDirectory - August 18, 2018

"We never thought we’d use the word “breathtaking” to describe a backpack, but that’s the only word that really describes WaterField Designs Pro Executive Laptop Backpack.”


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Waterfield Pro Executive Laptop Backpack review

Gadgeteer - August 12, 2018

"Waterfield’s crowd-sourced, collaborative effort has hit the mark, creating an exceptionally functional, nicely laid out backpack with a sophisticated look suitable for any business situation.”


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WaterField Designs Pro Executive Laptop Backpack: A perfect business backpack created with the help of customers

ZDNet - June 4, 2018

"it is clear to me that the WaterField Designs Pro Executive Laptop Backpack gets everything right and is the best bag I have ever tested…”


Customer Reviews

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S.G.
I’ve never felt so organized

I am a longtime fan of Waterfield, but I have not bought a Waterfield bag in many years. The Pro Executive bag is one I just couldn’t resist. I am excited to put some miles on it. I travel heavy and I love the way the bag feels even with my laptop, iPad, portable HDDs, assorted power supplies, two books, and handful of file folders inside. Fully loaded it fits beautifully underneath the airplane seat in front of me (I’m writing this review onboard a small EMB 140). I got the Waterfield tech bag, with magnetic closure, as well as the folio and a few other small organizer bags to keep things from looking a mess. I love the way the bag stands up, it will be my on-the-go office. I like buying quality, and this bag is clearly that.

J
J.M.
Incredible, with Two Minor Quibbles

This backpack is, overall, stunningly great. I was worried it would be too large, but it's just right. Waterfield nailed almost everything.

Almost.

The only two improvements I would make are a bit more organization/detailing inside the bag (like a couple more pockets and a padded tablet pocket), and slightly taller water bottle pockets (my 17oz original Swell fits, but I can zip up fully).

But these are very minor issues overall. This is the best backpack I've ever had (and I've had a lot... too many, really). I would absolutely recommend this bag to just about anyone.

Oh, I guess I do have a third wish: more leather colors. A dark violet would be amazing.

Thanks Waterfield!

M
M.
This brings me joy

I feel a bit unoriginal submitting yet another 5 star review for this backpack.
I absolutely love it. I waited a while to get one because my Cozmo ballistic cloth bag from many years ago still looks brand new- I wish I had made the switch sooner!

The compartments are very well designed and my 15" laptop, notebooks, mouse, pens, box cutter, calculator, corkscrews, water bottle, 10-key, sharpies, headset, pair of wired headphones, another pair of headphones, ID badges, key fobs, power cords, and mousepad all fit inside in easy to find compartments. And there is still plenty of room let me drop in some snacks and papers I accumulate through the day. It's deceptively large without looking bulky.

The material is awesome- the leather trim looked good out of the box and will develop a beautiful patina. I really love that it will stand up on its own. I feel great slinging it with one shoulder- something that isn't true with all backpacks. The pack holds it shape very well fully loaded and standing it upright on the floor is a great feature.

My favorite design element is the side pockets have vertical slots for pens (or one waiter corkscrew per slot) and they're easy to access. They sit so high in the pockets that pens can't slide out when I throw my bag around with the pockets closed- it's very subtle thing but I love finding my pens right where I left them. I thought I'd miss not having a water bottle mesh pouch on the outside; I do not miss it. Because everything sits so well in the bag there is very little shifting of contents and water bottles drop right in.

This backpack is truly one of my favorite things and I love using it every day.

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S.
Beyond Impressed!

Couldn’t be happier with my Pro Exec Backpack. Looks great. Feels great. Perfect design. Don’t think twice. This is the perfect backpack for anyone who wants a stylish pack for work and play.

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M.P.
Review of the Pro Executive Backpack

I purchased the Pro Executive Laptop Backpack January 2019 and I have now used this backpack for more than two months.

The purchase experience was excellent. I live in Europe and within 48 hours from ordering the backpack it was delivered from US to my front door.

In terms of quality and finish this backpack exceeded my expectations. After two months of daily use (at work and in business settings) this backpack still has no signs of wear.

/Mike
In conclusion, I love this backpack and I recommend this to anyone who wants high quality backpack for business and work.

What do you mean by "crowd-sourced design”?

We often work with customers to help us design key products. We refer to this process as “crowd-sourced design”. We received over 2000 replies to our request to help design the next professional backpack. See the journey from idea to product here. Customers who signed up to participate gave us requirements and provided feedback during the process. We love working with customers this way because the end product is something they helped build.

Does the Pro Executive Backpack stand up when I set it down?

Yes. Having the Pro stand on its own is one of the primary features requested by customers. This lets them neatly place the backpack on the floor next to them when they take it to meetings.

What is the purpose of the Executive Folio?

In our surveys, people indicated they used their backpack throughout the day. However, many requested that the backpack be lightweight. Because people spent most of their time at meetings, we figured we can keep things light by having a removable Executive Folio that would contain all the essentials for a short meeting. Leave the backpack in your office, and take the Executive Folio with you to the conference room. You can also buy the Executive Folio separately here.

Why use full grain leather for the accents?

Real, premium leather does look good, doesn’t it? Full-grain leather has a super tight grain so it resists moisture very well, and it's strong and durable. We believe in making products of the highest quality—we never skimp on materials, even accents. Full-grain leather is ideal for handles; your fingers will feel the difference. We love how the leather develops a beautiful patina that adds to the Pro Backpack's character over time.

Why use a gold liner?

First, the liner adds a bit of protection for the different items you carry inside. Second, we chose gold because this lighter, brighter color makes it easier to quickly see the contents inside your pouch.

Have a question about this product? Contact us at HeyGary@SFBags.com.

  • "Once again your backpack project has hit it out of the park!"
    - John G., California
  • "Thank you for letting me be part of multiple focus groups and for listening to your customers."
    - Nikki J., Charleston, SC
  • "Pockets galore. Thoughtfully placed to be very easy to use and access."
    - Peter G., California
  • "It lives up to everything you said it would. It's changed the way I travel."
    - Sean R., Albany, NY