Cargo laptop bag
A new look for our classic Cargo Bag
Half moon pocket for one-hand access
iPhone pocket
External Dimensions
The same buckle used in paragliding harnesses
Slips onto wheelies
Padded laptop and tablet compartment
Cargo laptop bag
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Grizzly Leather
Chocolate Leather
Black Leather

Cargo Laptop Bag

Going on hiatus
Back September 2023 — The 25th Anniversary Limited Edition.

The Cargo Messenger Laptop Bag was the first product the company launched in 1998. After 24 years, it will go on hiatus. Stay tuned in September 2023 for the 25th Anniversary Limited Edition. 

The iconic Cargo has two built-in padded pockets for laptops and tablet. The multiple pockets under the flap, on the flap, and interior keep you ultra organized and makes everything easy to access. The gorgeous full-grain leather flap and paragliding buckle gives a classy, distinctive look.

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


  • 1050 Denier Ballistic nylon body for durability
  • Full-grain, premium leather flap and handle covers
  • More details here

Dimensions & Weight:

  • One size:
  • 16” (l) x 4” (w) x 12” (h); 3.4 lbs.
    40.64 (l) x 10.16 (w) x 30.48 (h) cm; 1.54 kg
    Volume: 12.5 liters


  • Full-sized backside open pocket.
  • Double-sided full-grain leather flap.
  • Gold, water-resistant liner to light up interior.
  • Backside slot for putting over wheelie handles.
  • Two-inch comfortable, adjustable shoulder strap.
  • Two, deep interior hand pockets & pen holder pockets.
  • Includes removable, non-slip bottomed, shoulder pad.
  • Front angled, moon-shaped pocket with interior phone pocket.
  • Padded, built-in laptop & tablet compartment protects your devices.


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

Customer Reviews

Based on 199 reviews
Patrick M. (Washington, United States)

Excellent customer service. couldn't be happier with the new bag. big upgrade from my 20 yr old beater.

Hasan N. (District of Columbia, United States)

Cargo Laptop Bag

shawn p. (Missouri, United States)
My Waterfield bag

I was able to use my bag on a work trip for a week immediately after receiving it. It worked wonderfully! As it happened, My work latop crashed the Friday before my trip. So I took it and my personal laptop on the the bag. Even with all the extras for the laptops it worked great. My work associate who suggested the bag showed me his bag he bought ten years was in perfect I'm super excited my bag will last for years!
Thanks Gary!

John K. (Texas, United States)

Very impressed with the personal customer service
Before my bag shipped I asked a question via email and it was responded to timely

Thank you!!

Selma K. (Arizona, United States)
Absolutely perfect!

Gorgeous, spacious, and high quality- the Cargo bag is a perfect investment for anyone looking for a good work or school bag. I’m a college student and I find that I have enough room for all of my essential items and even more. It easily holds my laptop, iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard, stylus pencil case (also from SFbags, definitely recommend if you have an Apple Pencil), calculator, and a few notebooks with room to spare. The top zipper is much more convenient than a flap and allows for easy access to your items. The front pocket allows me to conveniently store my keys and phone while I’m walking, and the pocket below the front flap is the perfect size for my AirPods Max with SFbags carrying case (highly recommend for anyone with those headphones as well). Even with all of these items in the bag, it does not feel particularly cumbersome due to the well-contoured shoulder strap, which says a lot considering I’m relatively petite. All in all, this is a bag that is durable, beautiful, and highly convenient.

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Product Review: WaterField Designs Cargo Laptop Bag

Events for Gamers - October 30, 2017

"Have you ever wanted to feel like an undercover agent, maybe an adventurer, or a world traveler (maybe you already are one or more of these things)? As soon as you pick up and take a good look at the WaterField Cargo, you’ll immediately feel something akin to those sorts of roles when you hold the bag or sling it over your shoulder."

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Not Just Another Messenger Bag: The Cargo Review

HisPotion - September 24, 2016

"As someone on the go, I love the messenger bag. I use one every day. For the past several weeks, I’ve been sporting The Cargo by Waterfield and loved every moment."

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Big cargo bag makes light of your heavy load [Reviews]

Cult of Mac - May 20, 2016

"From now on, the Cargo Laptop Bag is my go-to when I’m looking at taking a few more things with me, especially when I need a carry-on or bike bag that looks as good on my back as it does near my feet while I work."

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Hands-on: New 2016 WaterField Designs Cargo bag improves upon a best-selling classic

ZDNet - May 11, 2016

"I picked up my first WaterField Designs Cargo bag 10 years ago. This new model offers improvements that make it a compelling choice for the commuter and business traveler."

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Review – WaterField Designs Cargo laptop bag

Windows Central - February 11, 2015

“In addition to durability and usefulness, WaterField Designs' Cargo laptop bag just plain looks great.”


The Cargo messenger has a built-in padded laptop pocket - and - a built-in padded tablet pocket: 


  1. Laptop pocket fits laptops up to 14.75" x 10":
    • 14" MacBook Pro M2
    • 16" MacBook Pro M2
    • 13" MacBook Pro M2
    • 13" MacBook Air M2
    • Surface Laptop 5 (13.5" & 15")
    • Dell XPS 15
    • Lenovo X1 Carbon
    • Dell XPS 13"
  2. Tablet pocket fits tablets up to 13" x 9":
    • 12.9" iPad Pro M2 with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Pro M2 with Magic Keyboard
    • Surface Pro 9 with Type Cover
    • Pixel Slate
    • reMarkable (paper tablet)


Gary's first product combines the convenience of a messenger bag with the organization of a briefcase. 


"The design is genius and quality outstanding. It can be small when I need it to be and stuffed when I need it to be." - Hensley Michael B., Lexington, US.


The original WaterField Cargo Bag used a real seatbelt buckle — the kind found on airplanes — and industrial-grade upholstery material when it first hit the market in 1998, the height of the Dotcom era. 

Modeled after Gary's original bag that he used to deliver packages when he was a bike messenger, the Cargo Bag is indestructible and designed with multiple organizational pockets. Today, customers write and tell us how well their Cargo is holding up, or that they've gifted it to their kids or grandchildren. 


The bag has evolved to its current form, yet it still holds true to its original intent — a reliable, stylish carry for those who chart their own paths. And, we're proud to claim it's still made in San Francisco, here in the good ol' U.S.A. 


The Cargo Bag — built to last. 




"After a life on the bike, I got an office job that required me to carry a few items to work. I was never comfortable with standard-issue office bags, so when I struck out on my own, I had an idea of what my first product would be. 

I remember how much I loved my own bike messenger bag when I delivered packages for a living in Boston. But its open, cavernous interior wasn't ideal for the office. So after several modifications, the Cargo Laptop Bag came to be.  To stand out, I chose the airline seatbelt buckle and the eye-popping Indium textile (even though it's supposed to be for upholstery) because they can withstand the rigors of business travel and still look distinctive in corporate settings.


I was lucky to be living in San Francisco during the dotcom years when tech entrepreneurs, looking to make their mark, were ready for a work bag that was more in line with their character.  Thanks to them,  the Cargo Bag had a receptive market."

- Gary

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