Best Switch Lite Cases are here
A new look for our classic Cargo Bag
A new look for our classic Cargo Bag
Half moon pocket for one-hand access
Half moon pocket for one-hand access
iPhone pocket
iPhone pocket
External Dimensions
External Dimensions
The same buckle used in paragliding harnesses
The same buckle used in paragliding harnesses
Slips onto wheelies
Slips onto wheelies
Padded laptop and tablet compartment
Padded laptop and tablet compartment
Cargo laptop bag
Cargo laptop bag
See more User Reviews below
See more User Reviews below
Grizzly Leather
Grizzly Leather
Chocolate Leather
Chocolate Leather
Black Leather
Black Leather

Cargo Laptop Bag

  • Video
  • Product Info
  • Specifications
  • What Fits
  • Press
  • Reviews
  • FAQs

A San Francisco Original. The iconic Cargo Laptop Bag sports built-in padded laptop and tablet compartments, abundant organizational pockets, gorgeous full-grain leather, and our signature paragliding buckle. 


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

Dimensions & Weight:

  • 16 x 12 x 4 inches; 3.4 lbs

  • Volume: 12.5 liters


  • Authentic paragliding buckle closure
  • YKK waterproof zippers
  • Camlock to adjust strap length

  • Double-sided full-grain leather flap
  • Padded, built-in laptop & tablet compartment
  • Gold, water-resistant liner to light up interior
  • Front angled, moon-shaped pocket with interior smartphone pocket. Fits up to iPhone XS Max
  • Two-inch comfortable, adjustable shoulder strap
  • Includes removable, non-slip bottomed, shoulder pad
  • Two, deep interior hand pockets & pen holder pockets
  • Full-sized backside open pocket
  • Backside slot for putting over wheelie handles.
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":
    • 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Retina
    • 13" MacBook Pro Touch Bar, Retina, Air Retina
    • Surface Book 2 (13.5" & 15")
    • Surface Laptop 2
    • Dell XPS 15
    • Lenovo X1 Carbon
    • Dell XPS 13"

  2. Tablet pocket fits tablets up to 13" x 9":
    • iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard Folio(11" & 12.9")
    • Pixel Slate
    • reMarkable (paper tablet)
    • Surface Pro 7, Go with Type Cover
{ diy['media9_title'] }}

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."

{ diy['media8_title'] }}

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."

{ diy['media7_title'] }}

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."

{ diy['media6_title'] }}

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."

{ diy['media1_title'] }}

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.”

Customer Reviews

Based on 166 reviews
2019 Cargo Bag

The Cargo Bag Is great! Thoughtfully designed and functional. The flap pocket is convenient for phones. The half-moon pocket under the front flap holds my small gear pouch and calendar. Well done! Customer service is responsive.

Still Haven't Received My Bag

I await the arrival of my bag which was shipped 7 days ago. I was notified it was scheduled to be delivered on Wednesday and was not. I was notified it was scheduled too be delivered the next day and was not. Apparently, SF's chosen shipper Fed Ex, views delivery as more of an option than a service. It is scheduled for a third day....we will see.

Disappointed so far.

Great, just as I've come to expect

This is my third Waterfield product, and I am hooked. The bag is well-made, well-thought-out, and looks great, too. I love that it can carry both my laptop AND a tablet at the same time. I wish the main compartment was just a bit bigger, or at least the sides of the bag spread a bit more to allow me access. But overall I'm extremely happy, and honestly can't wait until I get to buy another Waterfield product!

Loved my bag so much, I came back for another

I bought the original Cargo Laptop bag about 8 years ago. I didn’t need it for the last couple of years so, I handed it down to my son.

Now, I needed a new work bag and, I loved my Cargo bag so much, I just had to come back and get a new one!

I really liked my original bag and, was a bit disappointed when I saw that the bag had changed a bit from the old design. Once my new bag arrived though, those thoughts vanished.

This bag is still the best made, best designed out there. The new leather flap, the new weather resistant zippers, the new angled zipper and pockets on the flap all serve to improve what was, already, a great product.

Looking forward to using this bag for years to come!

Didn’t Even Consider Any Other Brands...

So after 20 years I decided it was time to get a new bag. It is older than my kids (17 year-old twins) and has survived without a single issue other than the shoulder pad, which I replaced. The large Cargo bag has had a great life, but is starting to fray on the bottom and in the interior laptop pocket. I didn’t even consider any other brands, I just had to decide which Waterfield Designs bag I liked the most and the Rough Rider looked amazing – beautiful leather, convenient pockets and flexible size. It is supposed to arrive tomorrow and I can’t wait to see it in person.

Thanks for making a great product. I expect my new bag to last me another 20 years.

Do I need to put my laptop in a sleeve when using the Cargo?

No. The new Cargo includes a full-padded laptop compartment that keeps up to a 15-inch MacBook safe and secure. A small nylon flap keeps your laptop in place.

What type of leather do you use?

We use naturally-tanned, lightly treated leather. Each piece is one of a kind and displays the natural texture of the hide. Over time the leather should show character like a good leather bomber jacket.

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

  • My Cargo - my worldwide travel companion!
    - Colin R., California
  • Cargo excites years later - Bulletproof! Versatile!
    - Glenn H.
  • "Still rocking the Cargo I've had for 5 years. Still no cuffs or tears. Really impressive!" - Jeremiah S.
    - Jeremiah S.,
  • In deepest Africa, a functional tool.
    - John M., Somewhere in Africa
  • Large Cargo. Home away from home.
    - Mark L., Australia
  • Cargo Bag delivers me in style!
    - Patrick M
  • Cargo Bag is Best Bag Ever!
    - Tom P.