Sutter Slim Backpack
Sutter Slim Backpack
Black Ballistic or Waxed Canvas
Black Ballistic or Waxed Canvas
Comfortable, streamlined fit
Comfortable, streamlined fit
Full grain front leather panel
Full grain front leather panel
Hidden, zippered side pocket
Hidden, zippered side pocket
Easy-access top pocket
Easy-access top pocket
Weather-resistant YKK zipper
Weather-resistant YKK zipper
Padded pockets for laptop and tablet
Padded pockets for laptop and tablet
Slim profile even when packed
Slim profile even when packed
Breathable mesh padding
Breathable mesh padding
Slides onto carry-on handles
Slides onto carry-on handles
OPTIONAL: Tech Pocket (sold separately)
OPTIONAL: Tech Pocket (sold separately)
Waxed Canvas with Chocolate Leather
Waxed Canvas with Chocolate Leather
Black Ballistic Nylon w/ Black Leather
Black Ballistic Nylon w/ Black Leather

Sutter Slim Backpack

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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 168 reviews
Jes T. (Central Jutland, Denmark)
Sleek and spacious

The best backpack I ever had. It is so well balanced and keeps the compact shape also when it is stuffed to the limit. Even then I can adjust the straps to make it fit perfectly on my back, both when walking and riding my bike. The craftsmanship and the quality of the materials is second to none, and after a couple of weeks it looks even better than it did out of the box.

Dylan E. (Pennsylvania, United States)

Great for my work,holds everything neatly

robin l.

This is a nice backpack. I use it for work and need to carry a Mac Air plus files and folders. When I first unpacked it I thought it a little small but it actually works really well. The interior pockets hold pens, cards etc and I find it comfortable to wear. The materials are good and the workmanship is excellent. Nice Job.

Tony J. (California, United States)

I purchased this Sutter Slim Backpack because I wanted something a little larger than my Field Backpack. As usual, SF Bags met all expectations. By the way, I am not a small dude and I have no issues with the wings that are attached to the lower part of the shoulder straps. As a customer since the early 2000's I am always impressed by the designs and attention to detail by the entire SF Bags line.

Torben B.A. (Capital Region, Denmark)
The best backpack (Denmark)

The best backpack I´ve ever had for my computer. Everything fits perfectly inside and together with the Tech Pocket everything is organized. It’s a bag that I use every day for school, and the kids think that my bag looks cool.

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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:
    • 16" MacBook Pro
    • 14" MacBook Pro
    • 13" MacBook Pro
    • NEW 15" MacBook Air
    • 13" MacBook Air
    • Surface Laptop 5 (13.5" & 15")
  2. The built-in Tablet Padded Sleeve fits devices up to 13" x 8.75", including:
    • 13'' iPad Pro M4 with Magic Keyboard
    • 11'' iPad Pro M4 with Magic Keyboard
    • 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. 

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