Sized for maximum allowable carry-on item on most airlines
Top down vertical view. Convenient top zippered pocket
Top pocket for frequently-accessed items
Zippered front pocket is divided into two compartments
Two pockets are divided by internal seam for better organization
Convenient key hook included
Side water bottle pocket expands as needed
Built-in security for double zipper pulls
Two separate compartments for tech gear and personal gear
Office compartment: padded sleeves, organizational pockets
Mobile office holds two computers
Dedicated compartment for personal items
Roomy interior provides flexibility when packing
Mesh zippered pockets and sturdy straps keep items in place
Comfortable shoulder straps
Back mesh helps keep your back dry
Side profile has minimal bulge
Vertical carry
Horizontal carry
Back view: Secure dangling straps conveniently
Front view
Conveniently slips onto suitcase handles
Pass-through slot in back
Air Caddy holds tablet for in-flight entertainment (sold separately)
OPTIONAL: Air Caddy fits in seat back pocket (sold separately)
Ballistic Nylon w/ Chocolate Leather
Ballistic Nylon w/ Black Leather
Ballistic Nylon w/ Blue Leather
Ballistic Nylon w/ Crimson Leather
Waxed Canvas w/ Chocolate Leather

Air Travel Backpack

-24 in stock

Designed for the maximum size allowed for a carry-on, the Air Travel Backpack lets you pack personal items and tech gear in two separate compartments. A dedicated mobile office section has padded sleeves for two laptops with pockets for accessories. Perfectly sized for remote work escapes and weekend getaways. 

Optional: Air Caddy for storing in-flight entertainment. 

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


  • 1050 denier ballistic nylon or durable waxed canvas
  • Premium full-grain leather accents
  • More details here

Dimensions & Weight:

  • 16” (l) x 7.5”(w) x 22.5” (h); 3.9 lbs. (ballistic), 4.6 lbs (canvas)
  • 40.64 (l) x 19.05 (w) x 57.15 (h) cm; 1.76 kg (ballistic), 2.08 kg (canvas)
    Volume: 45 Liters


  • Padded, moisture-wicking, backpack straps can be tucked away.
  • Two leather grab handles allow a horizontal or vertical carry.
  • Backpack panel slides over a luggage handle for breezing through airports.
  • Removable and height-adjustable, chest compression straps help distribute weight.
  • Main compartment features ample space for travel gear and zippered mesh pockets for visibility.
  • Compression straps and zippered mesh pockets keep gear in place and organized.
  • Office compartment features padded laptop and tablet pockets and various organization pockets.
  • Front full-length zippered pocket features one large and one small pocket with attached key leash.
  • Discreet zippered pocket on top is easily accessible when bag stands upright.
  • Expandable side pocket fits up to a 3.5-inch diameter bottle or umbrella.
  • Smooth-gliding, lockable, waterproof zippers can hook to a side D-ring for added security.
  • Gold, water-resistant liner lights up interior and wipes clean easily.


The Air Travel Backpack is part of the Air Travel Collection of 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
Troy (Mississippi, United States)
Innovative Hybrid You Won’t Find Anywhere Else

I have to admit that I was a bit hesitant to order the Air Travel Backpack, but after a weekend trip with it, I’m pleased to report that it fully deserves five stars!

The first thing I noticed is that this backpack is *extremely* comfortable. I am of average height and build but this bag feels like a pillow on my back, even when it is fully packed with clothes, accessories, a MacBook Pro, and an iPad. The adjustable chest strap is a thoughtful feature but I don’t think I will ever need to use it.

Basically this is a hybrid mixing some of Waterfield Designs’ best bags. Think of it as a cross between the Air Duffel, the Bolt Duffel, the Pro Executive Laptop Backpack, and the Bootcamp Gym Bag.

One concern I had was the water bottle pocket. I was worried that a water bottle might fall out if the backpack is carried using the briefcase handle. As it turns out, this is not a problem. The briefcase handle is very wide, so all I had to do was grip the handle closer to the top of the bag, and this tilts the bottom of the bag toward the floor, so my water bottle was in no danger of slipping out.

I chose the waxed canvas and chocolate leather color options and I’m glad that I did. Scuffs and scratches are easily fixed with a hair dryer. The natural oils in human finger tips and palms are the best way to keep full-grain leather moisturized, resolving blemishes over time. The combination is stunning with plenty of Old World charm.

In common with other Waterfield bags, the Air Travel backpack looks and feels so good it may end up replacing furniture in your home. I store clothing in both sizes of the Bolt Duffel at home. When it’s time to travel it’s easy to grab what I need, cords and chargers conveniently stowed in a Waterfield gear case. My family loves the Outbound Canvas Totes for carrying clothes and any non-tech items. I can’t think of any other company on Earth that literally offers a life hack for nearly every carry and storage need.

This backpack was a delight to use, and I can’t wait to put it to work on the next outing. Thank you Gary & Team for another life-changing, life-enhancing treasure!

Dirk B.
Air Travel Backpack - this is my final one, no more experiments

I have tried several travel packs before and now I am pretty sure, the Air Travel Backpack will be my last one! Quality is top, the design well thought out. Enough space for a MacBook Pro, an iPad and essential accessories plus clothes for one or even two overnights. This is may third product from SFBags after a case for the AirPods Max and a Laptop bag. I have never been disappointed! So happy with it.

kevin (Virginia, United States)
Bun Drye

Can’t wait to travel again. The bag is super practical. Another winner.

Charles V. (Minnesota, United States)
Beautiful/versatile luggage, but not perfect

Overall, I love my new air travel backpack. I especially love the fact that I can pack my clothes and technology into a single easy to carry bag. While I love that I can fully open the cover on the technology side of the bag, I do find that the zippers bind up while closing the cover at the bottom corners. I'm taking a longer trip in the coming weeks, so can't wait to put this bag to the test.

Jeffrey S. (Ohio, United States)
Almost Perfect

This bag is your typical Waterfield Design bag. Excellent quality, classy design. Great for domestic carry-on, but just a smidge too big to be compliant for international carry-on. Going to have to go back to the 33L AER travel pack when I head out of the country next time. Don't worry, though. I am already preparing for my next SF Bags purchase. I am hooked.

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Waterfield Air Travel Backpack review: Briefcase and backpack in one

iMore RecommendediMore - August 25, 2021

“This classic and elegant carry-on bag can be used as a tech backpack or briefcase.”


The Air Travel Backpack is sized to meet the maximum allowable carry-on on most airlines. It has two main sections: a mobile office compartment for your tech gear and a spacious compartment for personal items. The mobile office compartment organizes gear in multiple pockets and two padded pockets protect two laptops, or a laptop and a tablet. These devices can fit in these padded pockets: 

  1. Laptop pocket fits laptops up to 15" x 10":
    • 14" MacBook Pro M1
    • 16" MacBook Pro M1
    • 16" MacBook Pro
    • 13" MacBook Pro
    • 13" MacBook Air
    • Dell XPS 15
    • Surface Book 3 & 2 (13.5" & 15")
    • Surface Laptop 4 & 3 (13.5" & 15")
    • Lenovo X1 Carbon
  2. Tablet pocket fits tablets up to 13" x 9":
    • 12.9" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Air with Magic Keyboard
    • Pixel Slate
    • Surface Pro X, Pro 8, Go

NOTE: An optional Air Caddy can be stored in the padded compartment or airline seat-back pocket. It is custom-fitted for these tablets:

  • 12.9" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
  • 11" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
  • iPad Mini
  • and other similarly-size tablets


A dedicated compartment for your tech gear holds everything you'll need to work remotely. Multiple pockets organize your cords, cables, charges, pens, and stylus. 


Your electronics are easily accessible and stay separate from your personal gear. 


Keep your personal items in its own dedicated compartment. The roomy interior's bright yellow liner helps light up the contents so you can quickly scan for quick retrieval. The open space lets you assemble your items in the most efficient way possible. 


Two sturdy straps keep everything in place so your apparel stays neat and organized. Zippered mesh pockets keep small items easily accessible. 


For peace of mind, we've added an extra challenge for any unwelcome hands that might try to open your Air Travel Backpack. Double zipper pulls hook to a D-ring on one side of the bag so they're secured until you are ready to open your bag. 


For even more security, you can lock the zipper pulls together with a small lock (not included). 


We love involving customers in community-design projects because their input often lead to entire new collections. When we set out to design the Next Generation In-flight Carry and the In-flight Personal Item, we ended up with two types of carry-on bags: the Air Porter (stands up underneath an airline seat) and the Air Duffel  (maximum personal item carry-on size). 


Customers also wanted third type of carry-on for longer trips: a backpack. Meet the Air Travel Backpack, a bag that meets most airlines' carry-on requirements. Like the rest of the Air Travel Collection, the Air Travel Backpack includes details for making travel easy, organized, and more convenient.  

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