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On-the-go minimalist bag
On-the-go minimalist bag
Zip Brief holds just the key tech essentials
Zip Brief holds just the key tech essentials
Front pocket carries small gadgets without bulging
Front pocket carries small gadgets without bulging
Charge the laptop while in its case (small)
Charge the laptop while in its case (small)
Charge the laptop while in its case (large)
Charge the laptop while in its case (large)
Three different sizes
Three different sizes
Stays compact and slim profile even when fully loaded
Stays compact and slim profile even when fully loaded
Includes comfortable, removable straps
Includes comfortable, removable straps
Zip through the airport
Zip through the airport
Also available in durable ballistic nylon
Also available in durable ballistic nylon
Small fits 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 10.5" iPad
Small fits 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 10.5" iPad
Medium fits 15" MacBook Pro Touch Bar and 12.9" iPad
Medium fits 15" MacBook Pro Touch Bar and 12.9" iPad
Large fits 15" MBP Retina and iPad Pro 12.9"
Large fits 15" MBP Retina and iPad Pro 12.9"
On-the-go
On-the-go
See more User Reviews below
See more User Reviews below
Waxed Canvas with Chocolate Leather
Waxed Canvas with Chocolate Leather
Black Ballistic with Black Leather
Black Ballistic with Black Leather
Black Ballistic with Chocolate Leather
Black Ballistic with Chocolate Leather

Zip Laptop Brief

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Your go-to minimalist laptop bag.  The Zip lets you carry more tech gear for your thin MacBook Pro or Surface without adding bulk. Fully lined interior pockets keep your laptop and accessories protected and organized, keeping the case compact when zipped. Unzip completely and the bag lays flat for faster TSA airport screening. 

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


Material:
-Long-lasting, durable ballistic nylon or waxed canvas
-Naturally-tanned, full-grain leather accents
-Splash-proof zippers


Dimensions & Weight:

  • Small: 13.75 x 9.5 x 2 inches; 1.45 lbs.
  • Volume: 4.25 Liters
  • Medium: 15.25 x 11 x 2.5 inches; 1.65 lbs.
  • Volume: 6.75 Liters
  • Large: 16.75 x 12 x 2.5 inches; 1.85 lbs.
  • Volume: 8.25 Liters

Features:
  • Two carrying options: Top leather grab handle or removable shoulder strap
  • Splash-proof double zipper that quickly opens the Zip flat
  • Discreet front pocket with a hidden self-locking zipper for stowing quick-access items
  • Specifically-placed Ultrasuede® pocket for holding phones
  • Gold-lined interior reinforced with foam and soft material
  • Dedicated padded laptop compartment for cradling your MacBook, Surface, or similarly-sized PCs
  • Mesh pockets for small accessories like a SuperDrive or charger
  • Dedicated slot for Apple Pencil or Surface Pen
  • Removable shoulder strap with metal D-rings that recede when not in use
  • Back slot for slipping onto a carry-on handle
  • Waterproof-zippered pockets
  • TSA-Friendly: unzip the bag flat for faster screening.

The Zip Brief comes in Small, Medium, and Large with a built-in padded compartment for laptops and tablets. The following devices can fit into this padded compartment:

Small Laptop Compartment fits devices up to 12" x 8.5"
  • 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
  • 12.9” iPad Pro with Apple Keyboard
  • 12" MacBook
  • Surface Pro 6, Go
Small Tablet Compartment fits devices up to 10” x 7.5”
  • 11" iPad Pro
  • reMarkable (paper tablet)
  • Surface Pro 6, Go
Medium Laptop Compartment fits devices up to 14" x 9.75"
  • 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
  • 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display
  • 13" MacBook Air Retina
  • Surface Book 2 (13.5")
  • Surface Laptop 2
Medium Tablet Compartment fits devices up to 12” x 8.75”
  • iPad Pro (11” & 12.9”)
  • Surface Pro 6, Go
  • Pixel Slate
  • reMarkable (paper tablet)
Large Laptop Compartment fits devices up to 15.1" x 10.2"
  • 15" MacBook Pro with Retina Display
  • Dell XPS 15 (2017)
  • Surface Book 2 (15")
Large Tablet Compartment fits devices up to 12” x 8.75”
  • iPad Pro (11” & 12.9”)
  • Pixel Slate
  • Surface Pro 6, Go

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    WaterField Designs MacBook Bag Review

    MacHow2 - January 11, 2018

    “If you're looking for something high quality, protective, durable but stylish to carry your MacBook in, the WaterField Designs Zip Laptop Brief fits the Apple aesthetic perfectly.”

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    The Perfect MacBook Bag

    Home Technology Montreal - May 19, 2015

    “This cool bag is everything that I have come to expect from the folks at Waterfield and the perfect MacBook Bag.”

    4.8/5 stars ★★★★★

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    Waterfield Zip Briefcase for 12″ MacBook Is Small, Light and Easy to Carry

    Gear Diary - June 16, 2015

    “I like the Waterfield Zip Briefcase. I like the small size. I like the good protection it offers. I like the fact that it holds enough without holding too much.”


    Customer Reviews

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    L.T.
    Amazing bag!

    Great quality. I’ve never seen such a nicely made bag! The pockets, inside, and zippers are extremely high quality.

    They were very flexible and got me my bag in time for my job assignment. Thanks WaterField!

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    D.S.
    Very happy with this bag

    I bought this bag to use as a slim version of the AirPorter, which I also own and love. I tend to pile things into bags, and the Zip Laptop gives me enough room for everything essential and a couple things more. Having used both on trips now, I use the AirPorter when I am largely stationary (in a meeting room all day) and I use the Zip when I am on the go, meeting in different places in one day. The Zip forces one to be economical with devices, which works perfectly when I am carrying this bag to meetings and receptions. An excellent choice for a great looking, well made, durable laptop bag/briefcase.

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    J.Y.
    Just the right size for zipping around

    I'm a big fan of the Waterfield products.
    They are built to last and look good.
    The Zip Laptop Brief doesn't disappoint. Just the right size for zipping around with only my laptop and a few items.

    R
    R.C.
    Love this bag

    I couldn’t be happier, this bag is perfect.

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    J.S.
    I wish it had a dedicated place for usb keys in the front pouch.

    Overall great design, would love a slightly smaller one that only fits a 12" macbook instead of the 13" macbook pro.

    Would also pay extra for one done entirely in soft black horse leather.

    The larger pocket is perfect for my kindle oasis the smaller pocket holds my checkbook and passport. the outer pocket currently functions as a "spare change" pocket that loosely holds my usb keys and hub. I use the phone pouch to protect my phone from them. This is the only weak link, IMO.

    I'll probably get a gear pouch that will hold my phone charger, my laptop charger, my cords, and my usb hub. I may get a switch pouch as well, but it seems fine in there unprotected.