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Bolt Backpack for Work or Travel
Bolt Backpack for Work or Travel
Sturdy full-grain leather bottom. Plenty of organizational pockets.
Sturdy full-grain 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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The flexible Bolt Laptop Backpack accommodates both tech gear and travel essentials for work-to-weekend activities. An easy-access laptop compartment speeds airport security and thoughtful pockets keep your backpack organized.

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


  • 1050 Denier Ballistic nylon or brown waxed canvas
  • Premium full-grain leather accents

Dimensions & Weight:

  • 12.5” length x 5.25” width x 16” height; 3.2 lbs. (Canvas), 2.6 lbs. (Ballistic)
  • Volume: 17 liters


  • 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 with Smart Keyboard Folio (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 160 reviews
Awesome bag

This bag is fantastic. Very unique, useful pockets. Extremely well made. In a sea of backpacks that look similar, it stands out.


* A poem by Michael Weber, written to the Waterfield Bolt Backpack, my sweetheart

Stretched out into planes of tense thread,
An anomaly, a sewn canvas masterpiece,
Through which
A needle treads
with vision of all the right places
Considered and appropriate
With a plan
That happened to be
And kept perfection, neatly packed
with purpose.

Love it!

Holds everything and looks sleek & professional

Great looking and functional backpack!

This is one great looking bag. Note, the bag is much darker in person (waxed canvas version) than in the press photos. This is simply due to lighting differences. It's like a tree bark dark instead of khaki or tan. I really grew to love the color though. Another thing to note right away is that the straps have very little padding and the straps are set for a man's wide shoulders. For smaller framed people or women the straps may did into your under arms. Also, because of how the straps are set for a wide person, this bag may hurt your neck if you carry it with a lot of things for long periods. I purchased myself some strap padding from Z straps to help remedy how it sits on my shoulders. I hope it helps.

Otherwise this is my favorite backpack I've owned! I have the waxed canvas and I can tell it's going to age beautifully! It has so much character in its creases and wear areas. The front hidden pocket is pretty huge. Putting a lot in it will make the internal capacity smaller though. The gold liner is fantastic and really let's you see what's in the bag! This bag has one main compartment only, apart from the hidden pocket in the front. This is GREAT so I don't have to go searching through many partitions. I also like the second zipper added with access to the laptop and tablet sleeves because it keeps me from having to dig back to the laptop and tablet area. Very well thought out!

A very well built and charming bag! I keep coming back for more items from Waterfield! I just wish they allowed an option to set the straps for a smaller frame along with adding more padding.

Superb Backpack!

I'm a bit of a bag junkie. I travel frequently and need the right gear to "get me there." This is much more difficult than it sounds, as I don't travel light. After purchasing this backpack, I've been able to cool my obsession to the next best "bag thing." Waterfield simply makes the best quality, best designed, and best looking bags out there IMHO. The entire Bolt line takes a very highly upgraded bag, and using the best materials, makes me feel more casual, but still look "high-end." This is what I try to "signal" in my everyday work life, and it is not easy to do with practically any other bag or manufacturer out there. Waterfield Designs has a real talent for it, and I now have four bags from them, including the Bolt Backpack, and have my eye on one or two more. These bags are simply the very best for my needs, and I can finally stop buying and returning other makers' bags. These are great! Many thanks Waterfield!

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.

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  • "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.