Bag stays balanced
Meet the 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
Includes Supreme Suspension Shoulder Strap
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

-103 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. 


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 secured leather flap (Fits optional iPad Mini and iPad 11'' Air Caddy ). Optional 12.9'' Air Caddy for the iPad Pro fits in the main compartment.
  • Includes removable, adjustable Supreme Suspension Shoulder Strap for carrying comfort.
  • 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 95 reviews

Beautiful, except for the orange lining showing at the edges of the flap.

Marco N. (Overijssel, Netherlands)
Love the duffel bag!

I had my eye on the Air duffel carry-on for a while and finally decided to order one since the number of short 1-2 night work trips that are upcoming.

I am very pleased with the bag. Great quality and ergonomics. I am looking forward to bring it as my travel companion :).


Common Sense Duffle Bag

Someone has common sense of how to improvise and maximize bag space. Can't wait to use this through TSA Xray lines. And show off my new traveling bag!

Erica L. (Minnesota, United States)
He Loves This Bag!

Got this bag for my husband because I want him to love traveling more. He took it as his weekend bag to a family reunion this weekend and it worked great! This is his fourth Waterfield bag and highly unlikely to be the last; appreciate how well made it is and thoughtfully designed. We are both over packers and he was able to fit the three pairs of shorts, 5 pairs of socks, five pairs of underwear, four t shirts, Bluetooth over the ear headphones and his Waterfield Nintendo Switch City Slicker case designed for the Skull & Co. case ( he loves that too) all in the main compartment and all our chargers for the weekend went nicely in the magnetic front pouch while he had his glasses and air pods in the side pouches. If it wasn’t a busy family reunion weekend he would have had more then enough room for his laptop in that designated pocket but he didn’t need it. He can’t wait to take it flying next month! Buy with confidence.

Michael F.

I regularly air travel for work and this bag is the perfect for traveling!

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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
    • 16" MacBook Pro
    • 14" MacBook Pro
    • 13" MacBook Pro
    • NEW 15" MacBook Air
    • 13" MacBook Air
    • 12.9" iPad Pro M2 with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Pro M2 with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Air with Magic Keyboard
    • Google Pixel Slate
    • Surface Pro 9
    • Surface Pro 7+
    • Surface Laptop 4 (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





The bags and accessories in the Air Travel Collection are designed to be carried on board. Some can fit under the seat in front, in the seat back pocket, or in the overhead bin. They meet most airlines' carry-on size requirements so you can avoid checking in luggage.

All have dedicated compartments for holding tech gear so they stay separated from clothes and accessories. The Collection includes the large Air Travel Backpack, the smaller Air Porter Backpack, Air Duffel, Air Porter-Carry On, and the Air Caddy


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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