Meet the Essential Laptop Backpack
Sleek, refined, minimalist profile
Pack a whole day's kit comfortably
Fits laptops up to 16 inches. Zippered interior pocket.
Curved top keeps it looking sleek
Front zippered pocket for easy-access items
Foam inserts distributes the weight evenly
Front pocket for frequently-accessed items
Ergonomic straps and moisture-wicking mesh back
Deep side pockets
Full-grain leather handle for comfort
Pass-through slot for inserting on carry-on handles
Durable ballistic nylon and high performance Forza textile
OPTIONAL: Gear Pouch for cables and dongles (Small $49, Medium $55 sold separately)
All-black Ballistic
Black Ballistic with Blue Forza
Black Ballistic with Green Forza
Black Ballistic with Red Forza

Essential Laptop Backpack


Fits laptops up to 16 inches

-56 in stock

The lightweight, refined Essential Backpack is so compact and comfortable that you'll find yourself using it every day. Light foam inserts add structure, provide protection, and help distribute the weight so it's comfortable to carry all day. Fits up to 16" laptops. 


Part of the Essential Bags Collection, a new line of lightweight bags with features that focus on a bag's functional essence. See also the Essential DuffelEssential Messenger, Essential Crossbody Pouch, and Essential Crossbody.

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



  • 1680 denier black ballistic nylon and forza nylon
  • More details here


Dimensions & Weight:

  • One Size:
  • 15.75” (h) x 11” (l) x 6” (w); 1.5 lbs.
    40 (h) x 27.94 (l) x 15.24 (w) cm; 0.68 kg
    Volume: 17.03 liters


  • Made from durable abrasion- and water-resistant ballistic nylon.
  • Foam inserts add structure and evenly distribute the weight.
  • Exterior zipper pocket includes two interior pockets.
  • Two side hand pockets can fit a 2'' water bottle.
  • Plush-lined laptop compartment can fit devices up to 14.5'' x 10''.
  • Interior zipper pocket includes an integrated key hook.
  • Gold interior liner illuminates the inside.
  • Mesh liner on the back wicks away moisture.
  • Handle is wrapped in full-grain leather for a more comfortable carry.
  • Passthrough slot for slips over a suitcase handle.
  • Straps are padded with moisture-wicking mesh.
  • YKK waterproof zippers protect contents.


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

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Neal L. (Connecticut, United States)
I really like this bag

Being a confirmed bagaholic, I have a pretty large number of bags, including several from Waterfield Designs.

This bag is superb. Well constructed, solid, comfortable to carry. The front pocket is nicely sized to carry quite a bit of items that I want to access quickly (keys, AirPods, and so forth). The interior is spacious with a nicely functional laptop pocket. There is one inside zippered pocket; if I had one change to make, it would be for a second inside zippered pocket below the first one.

This has become my everyday carry bag when using a backpack, which is most days. Definitely happy with this purchase!

Kee H.N. (Singapore)
Love the bag

The bag is good in every way. The magnetic buckle is great. But when you have a full bag, the flap cover is very stiff so it goes not close neatly.

WNK (Rhode Island, United States)
All the little extras I’ve wanted in a regular carry bag

This is great. I’ve had it now for a couple of weeks. I love the size. It’s sleeker than the larger travel bags I’ve purchased from Waterfield but has plenty of room for my daily stuff. (I don’t think it will work as well on a long trip.)

I like the large pockets on either side for my water and my umbrella. I like the two unstructured pockets (on the front and the interior) - it gives me more flexibility than having specific places for glasses, pens or wallets.

I like the little clips at the end of the carry straps that keep the straps from flying around when I’m walking. I like that the bag is structured enough that it can stand on the own beside my seat in a meeting. Like I said, it’s the little features that I appreciate.

Looking forward to using this for a long time.

William F. (Michigan, United States)

Essential Laptop Backpack

Mike C. (Ontario, Canada)

LOVE this bag. It gives me all the space I need without all the bulk!

Thanks Gary!


The Essential Backpack can fit devices up to 14.5" x 10". These devices can fit in your Backpack:

  1. MacBook:
    • 16" MacBook Pro M2
    • 14" MacBook Pro M2
    • 13” MacBook Pro M2
    • 13" MacBook Air M2
  2. iPad:
    • 12.9" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Air with Magic Keyboard
  3. Microsoft Surface:
    • Surface Laptop 4 (13.5")
    • Surface Laptop Studio
    • Surface Pro X, Pro 8, Go with Type Cover



The contoured back fits your frame for ultimate comfort. The sloping top is ergonomic and looks elegant on your back. 


We added dense, lightweight foam inserts on the front, back, and bottom to give the Essential Backpack structure, provide added protection, and help distribute the weight evenly.


Whether your bag is full or empty, it will maintain its sleek, minimalist profile.  



The Essentials Collection is a line of lightweight bags with a streamlined design, smart detailing, and features that focus on each bag's functional essence. The minimalist design delivers high impact. 


For durability, we use our custom-made abrasion- and water-resistant ballistic nylon which stays looking new for many years. It withstands prolonged sun exposure so your bag will stay looking fresh and new. 


These multi-functional, everyday bags are available as a Duffel, Messenger Bag, a Backpack and Crossbody Bags in three different sizes for the 11-inch iPad Pro, iPad Mini, or iPhone.

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