Bag stays balanced
Meet the NEW! Air Duffle, your Personal Item Carry-on
Spacious main compartment
Main compartment stores neck pillow, head phones, a change of clothes, etc.
Key tether keeps keys from getting lost
Work compartment for electronics
Deep side pockets are secured with two zippers
Holds travel documents for quick access
Top flap holds small easy-to-lose items
Large items stay in place
Full-grain leather handle wrap for a comfortable grip
Air Duffel Carry-On
Balanced pass-through slot
Convenient back slot hooks
Includes rings for attachment (Tech Pocket sold separately)
Includes removable, adjustable shoulder strap
Sturdy hardware for attaching shoulder straps
Optimal sized personal item
OPTIONAL: Air Caddy for placing in the seat back pocket
Air Caddy (sold separately) holds in-flight essentials
Zips open 3/4 for easy access
Compact profile with self-locking zippers
Black Ballistic with Black Leather
Black Ballistic with Chocolate Leather
Canvas with Chocolate Leather

Air Duffel Carry-On

A Community-Designed Project

-90 in stock

Working with customers who travel frequently, we set out to optimize the personal item allowed on most airlines. The result: the roomy, highly-organized Air Duffel for carrying headphones, neck pillow, water bottle, snacks, jacket, magazine, etc. A separate work compartment holds a laptop and work gear. 


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



  • 1050 Denier black ballistic bottom panel
  • Brown #10 Cotton Duck tan Waxed Canvas with leather bottom panel
  • Naturally-tanned full-grain leather accents
  • More details here

Dimensions & Weight:

  • One size:
    16" (l) x 8.25" (w) x 10.25" (h)
    Volume: 22 Liters
    40.64 (l) x 20.95 (w) x 26.03 (h) cm

  • Weight: 
  • Black Ballistic: 2.7 lbs. / 1.22 kg.
    Waxed Canvas: 3.25 lbs. / 1.47 kg.
  • Optional Air Caddy: 
    12 (l) x 1.25 (w) x 8 (h) inches; 5 oz.


  • Splash-proof YKK Zippers
  • Two N35 rare earth magnets



  • External D-rings for attaching accessories.
  • Rear slots for quickly hooking glasses or pens.
  • Stands upright under airline seat leaving some legroom.
  • Expandable end pockets hold travel documents, water bottles. etc.
  • Three carry options — removable strap, leather handles, suitcase-handle passthrough.
  • Office compartment lays flat for TSA screening with: padded laptop compartment, wide foam-backed pocket for papers or tablet, open-topped pockets, pen slots, and a central area for files.
  • Main compartment for personal items opens with half-moon zipper into large chamber with: open-topped pockets, mesh zippered pockets, key fob, and gold lining that lights up interior.
  • Pleated front pocket with interior pockets closes with leather flap secured by N35 rare-earth magnets. (Fits optional Air Caddy.)
  • OPTIONAL: Martexin Original Wax can be used to touch-up and and freshen the wax on your bag.



This product was designed with customers who gave input from idea to production. See the process here.

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

Customer Reviews

Based on 76 reviews
J.S. (Maryland, United States)
Perfect for traveling and everyday use.

The design of these bags is exceptional. Quality of the product is top notch and I highly recommend!

Joseph B. (New York, United States)
Well thought out and holds a ton.

I recently used my new air duffel bag instead of a roller bag as a carry on item for a multi-day business trip. The main compartment can hold a lot of clothes and I like that even when I filled it to capacity the side pockets were still usable (aka they weren't squished tight against the bag). In my case TSA still asked me to take my laptop out of the sleeve instead of just unzipping it (this was at JFK); but I still loved how easy and accessible the laptop was.

Big fan of the gold lining making it easy to find things inside the bag and all the seams and hardware were high quality and solid. It's a very nice looking and robust bag. Thoroughly enjoyed using it on my trip.

Carl C. (Texas, United States)
Excellent Diffell

Gary thank you for making such a great duffel. I recently went on a 3 day vacation and everything fit well and accommodated my 13 inch MacBook Pro. My only recommendation would be to make the bag just a little taller to accommodate larger packing cubes, other than that it is great.


Alan J. (Indiana, United States)
Perfect Hybrid for Travel

I own several Waterfield bags, such as the Pro Executive laptop backpack and the Bolt duffel bag, which I recently used for an international trip. I love both of these bags and have traveled with them for several years, but both lacked something when accompanying my carry-on roller bags. With the Air Duffel carry-on, I’ve been able to fill the missing gaps. First of all, getting into the bag while sitting in the plane seat has always been a little complicated with the pro backpack and the bolt duffel. I’m now able to get to all my electronics, jacket or sweater, snack etc., without any trouble. My water bottle, passport and other accessories fit in the small side pockets, away from the main compartment. Carrying the air duffel on top of my roller bag is now easier than the Bolt, but also has more space to get to items than the backpack. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my other Waterfield bags, I’ll just use them for other purposes now. I also want to mention the look, my backpack is the mixture of ballistic and chocolate leather, my Bolt is the waxed canvas with grizzly leather. With the Air Duffel, I chose a whole different look with the black ballistic and black leather. This combination looks great with my all black Rimowa suitcase and presents a more polished professional look when teamed together. I can’t say enough about Waterfield products as I’ve also purchased the new packable backpack and the travel light Dopp kit recently, which both also fit in the Air Duffel when traveling. The quality is superb, the price has had me hesitant on the bag for a year, but once I received it I’m wondering why I pondered this decision for so long. I’m a fan for life.

Rainer E. (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
A Dream

All Details perfectly realised. The bag is definitly worth kits price. More of them.

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Waterfield Air Duffel Carry-On Bag review: Just right-sized

iMore RecommendediMore - November 20, 2019

“Waterfield's Air Duffel Carry-On Bag is perfectly sized to fit under the seat on most airlines, so it can count as your personal bag rather than a carry-on. Yet, you can pack a lot into this small duffel bag, making it ideal for air travel.”

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Review: WaterField Designs’ Air Duffel

The Digital Trekker - November 10, 2019

"In conclusion, I found the bag is made very well and the design is extremely thought out. The bag did great on my trip to Ethiopia with only a few minor hic-ups. I look forward to traveling with it in the future."

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WaterField Air Duffel: Avoid the airline overhead space battle, optimize the under seat space

ZDnet - November 7, 2019

"It is clear to me that serious travelers provided valuable feedback in designing this bag and it was a sheer pleasure to use a bag with no frustrations and clear travel optimization. Air travel is rarely a stress-free activity, but having a bag like the Air Duffel sure makes things easier."


The Air Duffel has two sections: a work compartment that includes a padded laptop pocket for storing tech gear, and a roomy main section for storing everything else. Several conveniently-placed pockets hold additional gear. 


  1. The padded pocket in the Air Duffel Work Compartment fits these devices
    • 14" MacBook Pro M1
    • 16" MacBook Pro M1
    • 16" MacBook Pro
    • 13" MacBook Pro
    • 13" MacBook Air
    • 12.9" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Air with Magic Keyboard
    • Google Pixel Slate
    • Surface Pro X
    • Surface Pro 8
    • Surface Laptop 4 & 3 (13.5")
    • Surface Book 3 (13.5")
    • And other similarly-sized laptops
  2. The Air Duffel Main Compartment fits assorted items one needs in-flight, and on an overnighter, like:
    • Headphones
    • Book, magazines, files
    • Lunch, snacks, munchies
    • Jacket, scarf, neck pillow
    • A change of clothes
  3. The Air Duffel Zippered Side Pockets are conveniently located to store small items in a hurry, to quickly access travel documents, to store multiple cell phones, or to hold a water bottle or coffee mug.
  4. The Air Duffel Front Pocket runs the length of the bag and is protected by a leather flap. It can be used to stow newspapers or the optional Air Caddy. Inside, three open-topped pockets organize more small items.

NOTE: The OPTIONAL Air Caddy is custom-fitted for the front pocket of the Air Duffel and fits these tablets:

  • 11" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
  • iPad mini
  • Surface Go
  • And other similarly-sized devices


Meets most airlines' personal item requirements. Multiple easy-access pockets make efficient use of space.


"I like the pocket arrangements. Everything flows in logical order of usage." - Community Design Member


Roomy interior holds 1-2 days' of clothes. Separate compartment protects tech gear. 

"It just seems like a perfect companion for any sort of traveling." - Community Design Member




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 Air Duffel, 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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