Bolt Cross Body
- Product Info
- What Fits
WaterField’s comfortable Bolt Crossbody vertical laptop messenger keeps gear secure and quickly accessible for the modern traveler with a built-in padded laptop-tablet compartment and thoughtfully-placed pockets.
All our products are crafted locally in our workshop by the most skilled sewing team in San Francisco.
- 1050 Denier Black ballistic or brown waxed canvas
- Full-grain leather accent
Dimensions & Weight:
- Small: 11" x 9.25" x 2.25"; 1.35 lbs. Volume: 3.5 Liters
- Medium: 12.5" x 9.5" x 2.25"; 1.65 lbs. Volume: 5.5 Liters
- Large: 14.25" x 12" x 2.25"; 1.85 lbs. Volume: 6.25 Liters
- Front pocket with magnet closure
- YKK zipper
- Fully-padded compartment for protecting laptop or tablet
- Secure splash-proof zippered main compartment
- Locking YKK zippered rear pocket
- Ultrasuede phone pocket under front pocket fits up to iPhone XS Max
- Invisible magnet secures front pocket
- Rear leather grab handle
- Small: built-in padded sleeve fits devices up to 10” x 7.5”
- iPad Pro 11"
- reMarkable (paper tablet)
- Surface Go with Type Cover
- Medium: built-in padded sleeve fits devices up to 12" x 8.4”
- 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar
- 12" MacBook
- iPad Pro 12.9” with Smart Keyboard Folio
- Surface Pro X, Pro 7 with Type Cover
- Pixel Slate
- Large: built-in padded sleeve fits devices up to 14" x 10”
- 15" MacBook Touch Bar
- 13" MacBook Pro Retina, Air Retina
- Surface Book 2 (13.5")
- Surface Laptop 3 (13.5")
AppAdvice - November 29, 2017
"Overall, I’m in love with the Bolt Crossbody laptop bag."
DroidHorizon - November 7, 2017
"The time and money spent in making this bag means that it will probably outlive me and is made to last. The design is timeless and won’t ever look out of place."
Best Leather - July 19, 2017
"The Bolt Crossbody Laptop Bag is my favorite though. It is built with the same quality I’ve come to expect from Waterfield, and it also matches the utility I’m looking for—without any excess."
MyMac - June 15, 2017
"The new Bolt Crossbody bags from WaterField Designs offer some features that add a welcome layer of convenience to your day-to-day life."
MyMac Reviews rating is 8 out of 10.
Medium Bolt Crossbody ordered.
Verdict: A perfect bag for carrying minimal tech to/from the coffee shop/work. The inclusion of a sizeable front pocket was what led me to select it over the muzetto bags WaterField offers
Uses: I use it daily to transport my iPad Pro along with a few cables, iPhone, and documents. Fulfills that purpose wonderfully.
Feedback: The medium is a bit snug carrying my MacBook Pro with Apple’s leather sleeve - it fits, but it’s tight.
FTF (For the Future): I would love a small, compact crossbody design that somehow incorporated space for a pair of over-ear headphones, but without the rectangular size of a briefcase or messenger bag.
Waterfield makes great bags - I have a few of them now and over the years they hold up well. I was preparing for a trip and needed a messenger type bag to take with me. Waterfield shipped the bag to me the same day I ordered it (thanks!). I take lots of photos on my trips and use my iPad Pro to store and edit my pictures. I also like to have my iPad with me around town for those dead times -- for photo or video editing or surfing the web. I guess it is kinda like a man purse for me.
I noticed a few people comment that there is no should pad included. I have a Billingham SP40 shoulder pad and it works well when I need more cushion / for heavier loads (pic included).
I will probably order the small bag too - the medium is the largest version of this bag that I would want to carry around all day.
Great bag! amazing quality! Needed in a hurry, Chris was great and got the bag out immediately. Highly recommend Waterfield Bags.
The bag is a quality product with a lot of attention to details. Shipped door to door from San Fransisco to Oslo, Norway in 48 hours!
Firstly, I must say how pleasantly surprised I have been with the speed with which this bag arrived. I ordered it on a Saturday and received on Monday in Australia. Impressive stuff for a very reasonable shipping cost. The bag itself is as advertised. Looks great and feels quality.
Things I would change:
-The bag is noisy when I am walking. This is due to the contact points where the straps meet the bag hoops. I used some WD40 (!) and the problem is much less of an issue. To be honest, it may have been better if the strap was removable for when the bag is trasported (say in a car or on a wheelie bag). This may solve the squeakiness too; 2 birds 1 stone.
-The handle at the bag (whist useful) would be more functional if it was a bit wider to accommodate looping through the handle of my carry on bag whilst travelling.
Obviously these are minor annoyances.
The bag is awesome!
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.
What is the advantage of a vertical bag?
The vertical positioning of the Bolt Crossbody bag helps to make your load feel lighter and less cumbersome, making your tablet more comfortable to carry.
What are splash proof zippers?
Both black ballistic and waxed canvas hold up well in rainy conditions. YKK's water repellent zipper enhances water resistance further protecting your gadgets in the main compartment.
Why is the bag lined gold?
The gold liner allows you to see the contents of your bag more easily and locate items more quickly. (With black or patterned liners, contents tend to blend in an be difficult to identify.)
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.
Have a question about this product? Contact us at HeyGary@SFBags.com.
"Just what the doctor ordered...light, accessible, capacious, stylish."
"Great functionality— stylish without being pretentious."
"The leather is thick, stitching is sturdy, and despite its slim size, I can carry everything I need comfortably."
"I'm amazed at the small profile even when fully loaded with all my gear!"
"Thoughtfully-designed for tablets and related gear."
"The design is very good and it's not too heavy. Best bag I've owned so far."