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Bolt Backpack for Work or Travel
Bolt Backpack for Work or Travel
Sturdy premium leather bottom. Plenty of organizational pockets.
Sturdy premium leather bottom. Plenty of organizational pockets.
Bolt Backpack overnight gear
Bolt Backpack overnight gear
TSA-friendly for business travel
TSA-friendly for business travel
Secret zippered pocket for private documents
Secret zippered pocket for private documents
Spacious interior for work items and after-work gear
Spacious interior for work items and after-work gear
Built-in padded pocket for laptop and iPad
Built-in padded pocket for laptop and iPad
Super comfortable straps and padded back mesh
Super comfortable straps and padded back mesh
Slips onto luggage handle
Slips onto luggage handle
See more User Reviews below
See more User Reviews below
Waxed Canvas with Chocolate Leather
Waxed Canvas with Chocolate Leather
Ballistic with Chocolate Leather
Ballistic with Chocolate Leather
Ballistic with Black Leather
Ballistic with Black Leather

Bolt Backpack

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Professionals on the Go. The versatile, multi-use Bolt Laptop Backpack accommodates tech gear and travel essentials for airport-to-conference, office-to-gym, or job-to-weekend activities. An easy-access, padded laptop compartment eases airport security. Organizational pockets and a spacious interior organize technology plus personal items for work and travel. Ergonomic straps ease the load. A rear slot slides over a rolling suitcase to close the deal.

Part of the Bolt Collection.

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


  • Durable waxed canvas
  • 1050 Denier Ballistic nylon
  • Premium full-grain leather

Dimensions & Weight:

  • 12.5” length x 5.25” width x 16” height; 3.2 lbs.
  • Volume: 17 liters

What Fits:

  • Padded Laptop pocket fits laptops up to 15” x 10”
  • Padded Tablet pocket fits tablets up to 13” x 9”


  • Splash-proof YKK Zippers
  • Hidden magnetic closure


  • Two padded compartments - one for laptop, one for tablet - both easily accessible through a separate waterproof zipper for easy access at airport security
  • Additional waterproof zipper to access main compartment contents
  • Spacious, gold-lined interior
  • Two open-topped, interior hand pockets for storing chargers, cords, pens, etc.
  • Two exterior side pockets for water bottle or other quick-access items
  • Front zippered pocket with rain-guard flap for stashing sensitive documents
  • Two additional front pockets with leather tabs and magnetic closures
  • Anti-sweat mesh cushion also slides over rolling suitcase handle for breezing through airports
  • Ergonomically-designed straps distribute weight evenly
  • Thick, leather bottom boot provides structure and enhances water-resistance and longevity
  • Leather-lined comfortable grab handle

The Bolt Backpack has a built-in padded laptop pocket - and - a built-in padded tablet pocket:

  1. Laptop pocket fits laptops up to 15" x 10":
    • 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Retina
    • 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Retina, Air Retina
    • 12" MacBook
    • Dell XPS 15
    • Surface Book 2 (13.5" or 15")
    • Surface Laptop 2
    • Lenovo X1 Carbon

  2. Tablet pocket fits tablets up to 13" x 9":
    • iPad Pro (11", 12.9")
    • Pixel Slate
    • Surface Pro 6, Go
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This Backpack Traveled Over 100,000 Miles With Me

Tech.Co - November 15, 2017

”The Bolt Backpack offers the perfect combination of durability, well thought-out function, and style. This product is also made in America with care, and it shows.”

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Waterfield Designs Bolt Backpack review: High quality professional backpack made in the US

ZDNet - July 28, 2017

”Millions carry items to and from work in backpacks every single day and it may be one of the most used bags you own. Waterfield makes all of its bags in San Francisco and they are built to last for years.”

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Built to Last: Bolt Backpack by Waterfield

MacDirectory - June, 2017

”The Bolt is intended for travelers or anyone who tends to be away from their home all day and needs to be prepared for any situation.”

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Waterfield backpacks are an expensively acquired taste

The Verge - April 7, 2017

”The Staad and Bolt backpacks from Waterfield Designs are pricey and peculiar, but ultimately worth it”

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MacSparky - September 29, 2016

”If you carry a lot of gear or are looking to use a backpack for travel, you should probably step up to the Bolt.”

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Carry Your Apple Devices in Style With the Bolt Backpack From WaterField Designs

AppAdvice - September 23, 2016

”The Bolt is something I can see carrying for years and holding up wonderfully. And that’s more than I can say for other backpacks.”

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WaterField Designs Bolt backpack review

The Gadgeteer - September 13, 2016

”Waterfield has made a backpack that can easily fit into just about any lifestyle, whether it’s corporate, weekend or—dare I say it?—hipster. The Bolt is stylish without showing off, rugged yet classic looking and quite comfortable to lug about.”

Customer Reviews

Based on 126 reviews
Another wonderful work of art from my friends in SF

I purchased my first bag from Waterford at the beginning of this year (Cargo Messenger in chocolate) and its the nicest bag I have ever owned. This is actually quite something as I have a closet with dozens of bags from my computing over the years.

A couple weeks ago I wanted to see what they had for Backpacks for those days when I needed to carry more onsite. I fell in love with the Bolt in wax canvas, and when it arrived it was even better than I thought on YouTube.

I don't really know how to put it to words how neat it is to purchase something that was designed to last a life time. My two bags have basically eliminated the need for any other. Im already day dreaming about the Atlas duffle...I'm pretty sure that's my next!

Thanks so much Gary and team for your craftsmanship. I'm proud to carry your bags!

Great Backback

Sounds crazy but there is something special about this backpack. I left it behind on a recent trip for an all in one bag and actually missed it! Can you imagine that?! Missing a backpack?! Best bag I have ever owned.

Best. Purchase. Ever.

I have been a black ballistic nylon person forever. The design, functionality and waxed canvas with chocolate leather has made me throw away my old messenger bag. I like the Bolt design so well I bought the matching briefcase and duffel bag along with multiple gear pouches. I have literally received compliments on my Bolt backpack every single place I have taken it. I have even given Waterfield Design gifts to people that were so taken by the cool, functional design. I am a Waterfield Design customer for life. There customer service and responsiveness is as good as there products. Just buy it and you will not be sorry.

5 Star Products!

Gear Pouch & Bolt Backpack Review (5 Stars Each): Favorite EDC items! Bolt carries looks great and can feel the quality of the leather. Medium size gear pouch can carry a lot of items. These will be my first of many products from Waterfield.

New Bolt Backpack

Just purchased a Bolt backpack. Comments: Solid construction, good feel and positioning on my back, great overall design, luxurious interior lining, dual zipper access at top convenient for electronic device retrieval. Exceeded expectations. Happy with purchase and quality.

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.

  • "Very comfy, well thought out pouches and storage areas. My favorite thing of all: it stands up on it's own perfectly."
    - Chris F.
  • "Quality and craftsmanship are off the charts."
    - Dave W.
  • "Best backpack ever! It is well constructed, sturdy, and comfortable to carry."
    - John R.
  • "Large enough that I don’t have to leave anything out, yet not so massive that I look like a pack animal when I shoulder it."
    - Josepht T.
  • "It’s turning heads. Thanks big time. It’s super practical and handsome."
    - Kevin E.
  • "I need to carry two laptops and an iPad, and the Bolt Backpack is the best bag I’ve had for this."
    - Paul W.