Sutter Slim Backpack
Black Ballistic or Waxed Canvas
Comfortable, streamlined fit

Sutter Slim Backpack

-548 in stock

Sharp, Compact, Balanced. The Sutter Slim Laptop Backpack packs a laptop, tablet, and accessories in a small amount of space. Convenient external top and front pockets for easy-access items. Full-grain front leather panel ages beautifully. 

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


  • 1050 Denier black ballistic nylon or brown waxed canvas
  • Full-grain leather accents
  • More details here

Dimensions & Weight:

  • One size:
  • 11.25” (l) x 3.75” (w) x 15.5” (h); 2.2 lbs.
    28.57 (l) x 9.52 (w) x 39.37 (h) cm; 1.0 kg
    Volume: 11 Liters


  • Ergonomic, padded shoulder straps.
  • Interior gold liner increases visibility.
  • Leather handle for comfortable grab and go.
  • Compliments any professional or casual wardrobe.
  • Lightweight and compact with efficient use of space.
  • Slim profile is ideal for commuting in crowded spaces.
  • Two external pockets offer easy access from the top or sides.
  • Pockets are evenly spaced to balance the load and distribute contents.
  • Clean, streamlined profile keeps the Slim Backpack compact even when full.
  • Premium full-grain leather panel is pleated to help control bulge and maintain the sleek look.
  • Padded compartments for a laptop and tablet are on one side; organizational pockets on the other.
  • Rear mesh padding for breathability and comfort. Lower panel slips over carry-on handles for easy travel.
  • Stiffened bottom and side panels eliminate sagging and help keep the backpack upright when set down.



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

User Reviews & Stories

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Anabeth G. (California, United States)
Perfect Product

Hello, I bought this backpack for my husband who travels a lot for work and does customer meetings. He loves it! it's the perfect size for what he needs. If there was one thing he could improve, it would be the laptop sleeves, when he carries both laptops they are a little snug in the space.

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Adam C. Sutter Slim Backpack
Adam C. (California, United States)
A terrific every-day carry

I wanted a light backpack, nothing too bulky but still with plenty of space for the essentials, and this is IT. The structure of the Sutter Slim doesn’t allow for tons of extras, but it will fit my 14-inch MacBook Pro, iPad mini, AirPods Max, water bottle, snacks, and glasses comfortably in the main vessel, plus a host of small items in the drop pockets; and the lower front pocket is perfect for Waterfield’s 6x9 Gear Case. I love the top front pocket as a drop pocket for wallet, masks, AirPods, and other small things.

One other thing: Waterfield’s customer support is absolutely top-notch. I emailed to ask if I could order the Sutter Slim in black ballistic nylon with grizzly leather, and they came through with the information I needed to make it happen. I had no expectation that they’d go along with my madcap scheme, but they did, and it’s beautiful.

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Kilian K. (Western Cape, South Africa)
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PZ (Florida, United States)
Solid laptop backpack

Backpack is well made, fits my MacBook perfectly fine, and I like that it stands vertically without falling on the floor

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sevys (England, United Kingdom)
Useful size for minimalist air travel and day to day commuting especially in the winter when a sp...

Really well organised pack, great pocket organisation with good straps. The only missing feature is a chest strap which is useful when carrying small but heavy loads i.e. multiple laptops & chargers.
Finish and construction is beyond reproach, simply excellent.

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WaterField Sutter Slim Laptop Backpack Review: Compact Size with Huge Features

Gear Diary - July 27, 2022

“I’m a huge fan of the WaterField Sutter Slim Laptop Backpack. It’s the right size and has all the features I need without any of the extras I don’t. The bag is already breaking in nicely, and because it is from WaterField, I know it will last for years.”

4.5/5 overall rating from Gear Diary

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WaterField Designs Sutter Slim Backpack review: A compact but capable MacBook bag

Macworld - February 6, 2019

"As I’ve said about other WaterField products, it’s as smartly designed as anything that comes out of Cupertino, and that makes it a perfect companion for any collection of portable Apple gear."


The compact Sutter Slim Laptop Backpack is sized to hold a day’s work and tech gear. There are two easy-access front pockets to separate electronic gear from personal items. Inside are two padded compartments for protecting a laptop or tablet. 


  1. The built-in Laptop Padded Sleeve fits devices up to 14.25” x 10", including:
    • 14" MacBook Pro M1
    • 16" MacBook Pro M1
    • 13" MacBook Pro M2
    • 13" MacBook Air M2
    • Surface Laptop 5 (13.5" & 15")
  2. The built-in Tablet Padded Sleeve fits devices up to 13" x 8.75", including:
    • 12.9" iPad Pro M2 with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Pro M2 with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Air with Magic Keyboard
    • Surface Pro 9 with Type Cover
  3. Customer-vetted Devices - From Customer Reviews:
    • Dell XPS 15 fits in Laptop Padded Sleeve
    • Lenovo X1 Carbon fits in Laptop Padded Sleeve
    • Pixel Slate fits in Tablet Padded Sleeve
    • 15" Lenovo Thinkpad fits in Laptop Padded Sleeve (Douglas S., Goodyear, US)

See also the Sutter Slim Backpack - Magic Keyboard Size for more options.


Staying true to the sleek, minimalist look, every space is smartly utilized to keep contents organized and easily accessible. 


"Very well thought out and impressively executed. Surprisingly trim for what can fit inside, and has a convenient layout." Jeff C., Arlington, US


Keep your bag looking new by applying wax when you think it needs a little refresh. Although any wax is applicable, you can use Martexin Original Wax which was initially used to coat your canvas bag. 



If you have the waxed canvas and chocolate leather version of the Sutter Slim Backpack, Gary shows how you can maintain these materials so they’ll look great over time. We use full grain Roughman Leather for your bag which has oils that respond well to heat.


Although this video is for the AirPods Max Shield Case, the maintenance also applies to your bag.