Meet the Sutter Slim Backpack
Black Ballistic or Waxed Canvas
Comfortable, streamlined fit
Full grain front leather panel
Hidden, zippered side pocket
Easy-access top pocket
Weather-resistant YKK zipper
Padded pockets for laptop and tablet
Slim profile even when packed
Breathable mesh padding
Slides onto carry-on handles
OPTIONAL: Tech Pocket (sold separately)
Waxed Canvas with Chocolate Leather
Black Ballistic with Black Leather

Sutter Slim Backpack



-382 in stock

Sharp, Compact, Balanced. The Sutter Slim Laptop Backpack packs a laptop, tablet, and accessories in a small amount of space. Convenient external top and front pockets for easy-access items. Full-grain front leather panel ages beautifully. 

 For more options, see also the Sutter Slim Backpack - Smart Keyboard Size.

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


Material:

  • 1050 Denier black ballistic nylon or brown waxed canvas
  • Full-grain leather accents
  • More details here

Dimensions & Weight:

  • One size:
  • 11.25” (l) x 3.75” (w) x 15.5” (h); 2.2 lbs.
    28.57 (l) x 9.52 (w) x 39.37 (h) cm; 1.0 kg
    Volume: 11 Liters

FEATURES

  • Ergonomic, padded shoulder straps.
  • Interior gold liner increases visibility.
  • Leather handle for comfortable grab and go.
  • Compliments any professional or casual wardrobe.
  • Lightweight and compact with efficient use of space.
  • Slim profile is ideal for commuting in crowded spaces.
  • Two external pockets offer easy access from the top or sides.
  • Pockets are evenly spaced to balance the load and distribute contents.
  • Clean, streamlined profile keeps the Slim Backpack compact even when full.
  • Premium full-grain leather panel is pleated to help control bulge and maintain the sleek look.
  • Padded compartments for a laptop and tablet are on one side; organizational pockets on the other.
  • Rear mesh padding for breathability and comfort. Lower panel slips over carry-on handles for easy travel.
  • Stiffened bottom and side panels eliminate sagging and help keep the backpack upright when set down.

ADD-ONS

 

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

Customer Reviews

Based on 129 reviews
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Paul J. (Georgia, United States)
Quality Materials, Great Communication

I had a few questions about the bags they had. Fantastic communication that guided me to buying this one. Quality is excellent as usual. You can tell they care about putting out a quality product. As a customer since 1999, I love their products and have yet to have one fail!

C
Christopher B. (California, United States)
Quality product, fast shipping, great prices

I'm a happy camper

K
Khalifa A.S. (Al Asimah, Kuwait)
I Absolutely love it!

I’ve been a satisfied WaterField customer for many years, I always come back whenever i need a new bag or sleeve or pouch to carry my gear, This time i needed a new Backpack to carry my 16 Inch MacBook Pro along with my 12.9 iPad Pro i wanted a slim backpack that looks chic and can be used for both work & daily life i choose Sutter Slim Backpack, I I absolutely love it possibly the best looking backpack ever! Very comfortable to ware, Holds all my gear, Fine grizzly leather beautiful waxed canvas i just love it I think it’s a positive product it doesn’t just look good I actually feel good wearing it.

R
Ryan O. (South Carolina, United States)
Perfect Every Day Bag

I ordered the Sutter Slim sling before and it just wasn’t quite the size I was looking for. I sent the bag back and got a refund and I purchased the Sutter Backpack. I absolutely love this bag. It’s ability to stand up on its on with its fortified base, the material of the ballistic nylon and black leather juxtaposed beside of the gorgeous dark orange/gold interior make this bag beautiful to the eyes. But the form is just as good as the fashion. The colors contrasted makes it easy to find things in your bag because of the interior color. It holds my laptop, my iPad Air in a magic keyboard folio, all chargers, Apple Pencil, and portable power bank. I carry this bag everywhere and always have what I need as it fits all my everyday carry items.

T
Toussaint C. (California, United States)
Sublime Simplicity meets Sophistication

Keep doing what you're doing - I already own one of your Satchel bags. My wife bought it for me over 6 years ago because I work in Silicon Valley and I needed something cool yet mature and not tech geeky and I also always loved the leather bags Clint Eastwood used to wear in his classic spaghetti westerns. So she got me the simple satchel-looking briefcase with the snap buttons in front but shoulder straps for easier transport. I love it on Caltrain & You have no idea how many times someone stopped me or commented on my bag while standing in the boarding line at the airport because i had it slung over my shoulder. This latest buy was a gift for my daughter's boyfriend. He spent the holidays with us so we thought we'd get him something nice. He's a programmer super smart engineer guy also looking for something cool & techy but simple and with great utility. He liked the slim bag but wanted something bigger. So we purchased the bigger caramel colored back pack and he was in heaven. Started using it right away. Problem: What to do with the slim pack? Guess who's smiling twice now? I live in San Jose and zip around town on my 2-wheeler white Segway. Now I get to do it with a super light should bag. Everyone once in a while somewhere looks at me like "Whoa." I'm not the show-offy type but it's still kinda satisfying. Better yet I can go to the park with my iPad and a few things without lugging an albatross around. Life is Great!

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WaterField Designs Sutter Slim Backpack review: A compact but capable MacBook bag

Macworld - February 6, 2019

"As I’ve said about other WaterField products, it’s as smartly designed as anything that comes out of Cupertino, and that makes it a perfect companion for any collection of portable Apple gear."


SIZE GUIDE

The compact Sutter Slim Laptop Backpack is sized to hold a day’s work and tech gear. There are two easy-access front pockets to separate electronic gear from personal items. Inside are two padded compartments for protecting a laptop or tablet. 

 

  1. The built-in Laptop Padded Sleeve fits devices up to 14.25” x 10", including:
    • 16" MacBook Pro
    • Surface Book 3 (13.5" & 15")
    • Surface Laptop 4 & 3 (13.5" & 15")

  2. The built-in Tablet Padded Sleeve fits devices up to 13" x 8.75", including:
    • 12.9" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Air with Magic Keyboard
    • Surface Pro X, Pro 7, Go with Type Cover

  3. Customer-vetted Devices - From Customer Reviews:
    • Dell XPS 15 fits in Laptop Padded Sleeve
    • Lenovo X1 Carbon fits in Laptop Padded Sleeve
    • Pixel Slate fits in Tablet Padded Sleeve
    • 15" Lenovo Thinkpad fits in Laptop Padded Sleeve (Douglas S., Goodyear, US)


See also the Sutter Slim Backpack - Magic Keyboard Size for more options.

NEVER LOOKS OVERSTUFFED

Staying true to the sleek, minimalist look, every space is smartly utilized to keep contents organized and easily accessible. 

 

"Very well thought out and impressively executed. Surprisingly trim for what can fit inside, and has a convenient layout." Jeff C., Arlington, US

HOW TO FRESHEN UP YOUR CANVAS

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. 

CARING FOR YOUR LEATHER AND WAXED CANVAS

 

If you have the waxed canvas and chocolate leather version of the Sutter Slim Backpack, 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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Customer Reviews

Based on 129 reviews
90%
(116)
7%
(9)
2%
(3)
1%
(1)
0%
(0)
P
Paul J. (Georgia, United States)
Quality Materials, Great Communication

I had a few questions about the bags they had. Fantastic communication that guided me to buying this one. Quality is excellent as usual. You can tell they care about putting out a quality product. As a customer since 1999, I love their products and have yet to have one fail!

C
Christopher B. (California, United States)
Quality product, fast shipping, great prices

I'm a happy camper

K
Khalifa A.S. (Al Asimah, Kuwait)
I Absolutely love it!

I’ve been a satisfied WaterField customer for many years, I always come back whenever i need a new bag or sleeve or pouch to carry my gear, This time i needed a new Backpack to carry my 16 Inch MacBook Pro along with my 12.9 iPad Pro i wanted a slim backpack that looks chic and can be used for both work & daily life i choose Sutter Slim Backpack, I I absolutely love it possibly the best looking backpack ever! Very comfortable to ware, Holds all my gear, Fine grizzly leather beautiful waxed canvas i just love it I think it’s a positive product it doesn’t just look good I actually feel good wearing it.

R
Ryan O. (South Carolina, United States)
Perfect Every Day Bag

I ordered the Sutter Slim sling before and it just wasn’t quite the size I was looking for. I sent the bag back and got a refund and I purchased the Sutter Backpack. I absolutely love this bag. It’s ability to stand up on its on with its fortified base, the material of the ballistic nylon and black leather juxtaposed beside of the gorgeous dark orange/gold interior make this bag beautiful to the eyes. But the form is just as good as the fashion. The colors contrasted makes it easy to find things in your bag because of the interior color. It holds my laptop, my iPad Air in a magic keyboard folio, all chargers, Apple Pencil, and portable power bank. I carry this bag everywhere and always have what I need as it fits all my everyday carry items.

T
Toussaint C. (California, United States)
Sublime Simplicity meets Sophistication

Keep doing what you're doing - I already own one of your Satchel bags. My wife bought it for me over 6 years ago because I work in Silicon Valley and I needed something cool yet mature and not tech geeky and I also always loved the leather bags Clint Eastwood used to wear in his classic spaghetti westerns. So she got me the simple satchel-looking briefcase with the snap buttons in front but shoulder straps for easier transport. I love it on Caltrain & You have no idea how many times someone stopped me or commented on my bag while standing in the boarding line at the airport because i had it slung over my shoulder. This latest buy was a gift for my daughter's boyfriend. He spent the holidays with us so we thought we'd get him something nice. He's a programmer super smart engineer guy also looking for something cool & techy but simple and with great utility. He liked the slim bag but wanted something bigger. So we purchased the bigger caramel colored back pack and he was in heaven. Started using it right away. Problem: What to do with the slim pack? Guess who's smiling twice now? I live in San Jose and zip around town on my 2-wheeler white Segway. Now I get to do it with a super light should bag. Everyone once in a while somewhere looks at me like "Whoa." I'm not the show-offy type but it's still kinda satisfying. Better yet I can go to the park with my iPad and a few things without lugging an albatross around. Life is Great!