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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 7, 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 163 reviews
The best

I got an all black one. It's great for work. I think the chocolate would look better though but not as professional. But the black is very discreet and professional.

Great Everyday Bag

I was searching for a very long time considering my different Waterfield options for bags. My current work laptop is a goofy size for a 15in computer so it doesn't fit in a lot of the 15in compartments that these bags have. I am typically a shoulder bag person but i know in my old age I need to balance weight better on my body so I decided on a backpack style. Let me tell you, this bag looks and feels great. Feels like it will stand up to daily abuse very well. I had three criteria going in - 1.) Place for water bottle (I hate having to put it in the main compartment) 2.) Key Tether so my keys have a secure location while traveling and 3.) A slot to place it over a luggage bag. This bag has all that. This is a 5 star bag from me but I'll still put in my criticism since even small things can make or break a bag for some people (like my silly 3 criteria). There is no slot for pen/pencil. There's two larger pockets in the main compartment that they can fit in but I would have liked at least one slot so a pen is easy to grab. The front pockets are tight to get into but roomy once in there. This may change over time and use but just getting my hands into the pockets is a little difficult, even beyond just seeing what's inside.

A great daily carry

I'd previously bought a sling/pouch from Waterfield that I use every day to carry my phone, wallet and other essentials. It has freed me up to having empty pockets that just feels good. So when I was looking for a new backpack my first destination was Waterfield again. I'm very happy with this backpack, it's smaller and denser than than my old bag but fits everything better and more organized. The material oozes quality, everything feels so nice and the wear feels great as well. All in all this is the perfect bag for me to carry a laptop, a tablet, along with accessories and other necessities. A great daily carry.

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.

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.