WE have cases for Apple's NEW iPad Mini
The Bolt Laptop Briefcase in ballistic or waxed canvas
The Bolt Laptop Briefcase in ballistic or waxed canvas
Includes matching removable shoulder strap
Includes matching removable shoulder strap
Bolt Briefcase laptop compartment
Bolt Briefcase laptop compartment
Bolt Briefcase Large
Bolt Briefcase Large
Bolt Briefcase Small
Bolt Briefcase Small
All Bolts come with additional Padded Tablet Sleeve
All Bolts come with additional Padded Tablet Sleeve
Slips onto wheelies
Slips onto wheelies
Matching straps and leather shoulder pads
Matching straps and leather shoulder pads
Small Specs
Small Specs
Small Silhouette
Small Silhouette
Medium Specs
Medium Specs
Medium Silhouette
Medium Silhouette
Large Specs
Large Specs
Large Silhouette
Large Silhouette
See more User Reviews below
See more User Reviews below
Black Leather on Black Ballistic
Black Leather on Black Ballistic
Chocolate Leather on Black Ballistic
Chocolate Leather on Black Ballistic
Chocolate Leather on Waxed Canvas
Chocolate Leather on Waxed Canvas

Bolt Briefcase

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  • What Fits
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Built to Bolt. The streamlined Bolt Briefcase augments your productive lifestyle. As a carry-on for business travelers and a carry-all for commuters, the Bolt organizes and protects your gear with thoughtfully-placed pockets, waterproof zippers and a back side that conveniently slips over rolling suitcase handles. Padded laptop and tablet compartment keep your thousands of digital docs safe and ready. Toss on the removable shoulder strap to dash through airports or grab the leather-lined handles and stride into the conference room with authority. Part of the Bolt Collection.

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


  • 1050 Denier Black ballistic nylon or waxed canvas base
  • Naturally-tanned full-grain leather accents

Dimensions & Weight:

  • Small: 14.5 x 10.5 x 4 inches; 1.95 lbs.
  • Volume: 10 liters
  • Medium: 15.5 x 11.0 x 4 inches; 2.5 lbs.
  • Volume: 11 liters
  • Large: 17 x 11.5 x 5 inches; 2.95 lbs.
  • Volume: 16 liters


  • Splash-proof YKK Zippers
  • Hidden magnetic closure

  • Slip over rolling suitcase handle
  • Includes removable shoulder strap
  • Invisible magnets secure front pockets
  • Built-in padded laptop and tablet pocket
  • Key tether

The Bolt Briefcase comes in Small, Medium, and Large with a built-in padded compartment for laptops and tablets. The following devices can fit in these sizes:

Small - Laptop Compartment fits devices up to 13" x 10"
  • 13” MacBook Pro Touch Bar, Air Retina, Retina
  • Dell XPS 13
Small - Tablet Compartment fits devices up to 12" x 8.75"
  • iPad Pro (11" & 12.9”) with Smart Keyboard Folio
  • Pixel Slate
  • Surface Pro 6, Go with Type Cover
Medium - Laptop Compartment fits devices up to 14.25" x 10"
  • 15" MacBook Pro Touch Bar, Retina
  • Surface Book 2 (13.5" & 15")
  • Acer Swift 3 (14")
Medium - Tablet Compartment fits devices up to 12" x 8.75"
  • iPad Pro (11" & 12.9") with Smart Keyboard Folio
  • Pixel Slate
  • Surface Pro 6, Go with Type Cover
Large - Laptop Compartment
  • Fits device up to 16" x 10"
Large - Tablet Compartment fits devices up to 12" x 8.75"
  • iPad Pro (11" & 12.9”) with Smart Keyboard Folio
  • Pixel Slate
  • Surface Pro 6, Go with Type Cover

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WaterField's Bolt Briefcase can fill a variety of needs

AppleWorld.Today - January 15, 2018

"WaterField Designs' Bolt Briefcase is designed to meet the evolving needs of tech professionals and business travelers."

Apple World Today Rating (Out of Five Stars):

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Bolt Briefcase from WaterField Designs is a stylish bag to carry your Surface Pro (or any other laptop)

On MSFT - July, 2017

"With the Bolt Briefcase, WaterField Designs impresses again – in form as well as function – with excellent craftsmanship and style quotient."

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Waterfield Bolt: A great everyday briefcase

Baker on Tech - November 1, 2015

"After using the Bolt for a few months, it remains my briefcase of choice. It’s the best looking, most durable and small enough to carry everywhere I go."

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Review: WaterField's Bolt Briefcase carries your MacBook and iPad in style

AppAdvice - April 23, 2015

"WaterField Designs always produces stunning products, and the Bolt is no exception. There are few briefcases that look as good and have as much functionality as this one."

The Bolt’s Overall Scores:

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Small States Review: Bolt Briefcase from WaterField Designs is an ideal work and travel companion

9to5Toys.com - February 28, 2015

"The Bolt Briefcase has a clearly intentional design with both businessmen and travelers in mind, it is pretty easy to imagine this bag walking into a meeting in Silicon Valley. I’d highly recommend the Bolt if you are looking for a backpack or leather bag alternative that is well-designed and has a great story behind it."

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WaterField Designs Bolt Briefcase hands-on: High quality functional design for the business traveler

ZDnet - February 4, 2015

“WaterField Designs continues to offer well-designed bags for the professional. The soft Bolt Briefcase looks great at meetings, conferences, and in the airport.”

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WaterField Designs Bolt Briefcase Review

Notebooks.com - February 15, 2015

“It’s easily the best briefcase-style bag I’ve used. It includes plenty of storage space, looks great in all of its designs and will last.”

Customer Reviews

Based on 232 reviews
Excellent bag

A well though-out bag with just the right amount of pockets and storage.

Anyways happy with SF Bags

Over the years, I have probably purchased most of the various products from SF Bags.
I love the look and quality. Have received favourable comments.
My wife hates Gary because of this. lol
After awhile I give my bags away in order to buy new ones.
Would like to suggest you offer a monogram service.

Perfect Bag for Me

The bag suits my commuting needs perfectly...transporting a 15" laptop, papers, headphones and various small items on a 45 minute train commute. Slim but holds more than one would think, very rugged waxed canvas and great leather trim (and great leather smell). Looks terrific and distinctive. Outside flap pockets perfect for train ticket and work ID badge. Definitely a keeper!

Love this briefcase

When I first received my canvas/chocolate leather Bolt briefcase I was disappointed at how much darker it appeared compared to the pictures on the site. After using it a couple weeks and taking it on a trip, it’s grown on me a lot. Not sure if I’m biased or it really has started to age well, but loving its look.

It does stand on its own, but I can’t get it to stand straight; it keeps leaning toward the direction of the pockets to the point that I always think it will tip over.

I ordered the medium and it fits my 15” Mac perfectly. Plenty of space for my needs, which include a water bottle, a book, and two notebooks in the main compartment, along with a couple chargers in the interior pockets.

Overall very satisfied.

Best Bag Ever

I have been looking for the perfect bag forever. Finally found it. I can't say a single negative thing about this bag. I use it every day!

What are splash-proof zippers?

Ballistic nylon and waxed canvas hold up well in rainy conditions. Splash proof zippers add additional water resistant protection for your gadgets.

Should I go with Ballistic Nylon or Waxed Canvas Bolt?

Both are extremely durable materials. Ballistic nylon is a bit more formal and will keep the same appearance years down the line. Waxed canvas takes on character with time, a "around the world" look. You can't go wrong with either option.

Why use full grain leather?

Full-grain leather has a super tight grain so it resists moisture very well, and it's strong and durable. We believe in making products of the highest quality—we never skimp on materials. Full-grain leather is ideal for handles; your fingers will feel the difference. Of course, leather lines the bottom to help the Bolt Briefcase withstand various surfaces. The leather also develops a beautiful patina so it will add to the Bolt's character over time.

Why use a gold liner?

First, the liner adds a bit of protection for the different items you carry inside. Second, we chose gold because this lighter, brighter color makes it easier to quickly see the contents inside your pouch.

What size Bolt should I get?

Consult our "What Fits" tab to make sure your laptop will fit comfortably with the size you select. Typically we suggest going with the smallest size bag for your needs. For additional sizing questions, email HeyGary@SFbags.com.

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.

Have a question about this product? Contact us at HeyGary@SFBags.com.

  • Practically perfect, in absolutely every way.
    - Amy S., California
  • The bag heated up my marriage.
    - Jeff H., Texas
  • Bolt canvas gorgeous awesome retro looking
    - Kai C., England
  • The Bolt is another WaterField hit!
    - Michael C., New Jersey