The Bolt Laptop Briefcase
In ballistic nylon or waxed canvas
Includes matching removable Supreme Suspension Shoulder Strap
Includes matching Supreme Suspension Strap ($39 value)
Bolt Briefcase laptop compartment
Bolt Briefcase Large
Bolt Briefcase Small
Holds two devices in padded compartments
Slips onto carry-on handles
Size Small
Small Silhouette
Size Medium
Medium Silhouette
Size Large
Large Silhouette
See more User Reviews below
Black Leather on Ballistic Nylon
Chocolate Leather on Ballistic Nylon
Chocolate Leather on Waxed Canvas

Bolt Briefcase

16-inch MacBook Pro fits in Medium Size

-50 in stock

Built to Bolt. For commuters or business travelers, the Bolt Briefcase organizes your gear with thoughtfully-placed pockets, padded laptop and tablet compartments, waterproof zippers, and a rolling suitcase passthrough. 

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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 nylon or waxed canvas base
  • Naturally-tanned full-grain leather accents
  • More details here

Dimensions & Weight:

  • Small:
  • 14.5” (l) x 4” (w) x 10.5” (h); 1.95 lbs.
    36.83 (l) x 10.16 (w) x 26.67 (h) cm; 0.88 kg
    Volume: 10 liters

  • Medium:
  • 15.5” (l) x 4” (w) x 11” (h); 2.5 lbs.
    39.37 (l) x 10.16 (w) x 27.94 (h) cm; 1.13 kg
    Volume: 11 liters

  • Large:
  • 17” (l) x 5” (w) x 11.5” (h); 2.95 lbs.
    43.18 (l) x 12.7 (w) x 28.32 (h) cm; 1.34 kg
    Volume: 16 liters


  • Key tether to eliminate your daily key search.
  • Slips over rolling suitcase handle to breeze through airports.
  • Invisible magnets secure front pockets with a satisfying snap.
  • Includes removable, adjustable Supreme Suspension Shoulder Strap for carrying comfort.
  • Built-in padded laptop and tablet pocket to make sure your devices are organized and protected.
  • OPTIONAL: Martexin Original Wax can be used to touch-up and and freshen the wax on your bag.


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

Customer Reviews

Based on 335 reviews
Edison A.S. (California, United States)
Unconventional briefcase

I bought this Bolt briefcase (small) not to use as an briefcase and it works great! Basically I use it for traveling it carries all my gadget (AirPod max and pro ) cellphone. The inside pockets I used to hold my small toiletry kit and charging cables.I don’t have a laptop so I don’t have much use for computer pockets at the moment’ maybe I’ll get a tablet in the future to fill the pocket .Overall it works great for me fit fine under the airplane seat and very lightweight a simple design that works for me . So yes for the casual user I would recommend this bag.

Morgan H. (California, United States)
My favorite EDC bag

This is the bag to end all other bags. I’m super into EDC and this bag fits everything I need. Also best customer service I’ve ever experienced. I highly recommend this company and their quality products.

John W. (Texas, United States)
Bolt briefcase


Mike M. (Arizona, United States)
Great briefcase

I’ve been interested in purchasing this briefcase for about 3 years. I already owned 6 Saddleback Leather briefcases, so I couldn’t really give my wife a good reason why I needed a waxed canvas briefcase. I decided that this would be perfect to bring to Church. I handle the video streaming, and this bag is perfect to carry my iPad, computer and all attachments I needed.

I’m very happy with my purchase.

Taran R. (Pennsylvania, United States)
Great laptop bag

I own several Waterfield bags and this is another great product. I use it with a 2021 16” MacBook Pro. Holds the laptop, iPad, chargers, hub, and assorted cables nicely. Feels and looks great.

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WaterField's Bolt Briefcase can fill a variety of needs

AppleWorld.Today - January 15, 2018

"WaterField Designs' Bolt Briefcase is designed to meet the evolving needs of tech professionals and business travelers."

Apple World Today Rating (Out of Five Stars):

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Bolt Briefcase from WaterField Designs is a stylish bag to carry your Surface Pro (or any other laptop)

On MSFT - July, 2017

"With the Bolt Briefcase, WaterField Designs impresses again – in form as well as function – with excellent craftsmanship and style quotient."

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Waterfield Bolt: A great everyday briefcase

Baker on Tech - November 1, 2015

"After using the Bolt for a few months, it remains my briefcase of choice. It’s the best looking, most durable and small enough to carry everywhere I go."

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Review: WaterField's Bolt Briefcase carries your MacBook and iPad in style

AppAdvice - April 23, 2015

"WaterField Designs always produces stunning products, and the Bolt is no exception. There are few briefcases that look as good and have as much functionality as this one."

The Bolt’s Overall Scores:

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Small States Review: Bolt Briefcase from WaterField Designs is an ideal work and travel companion - February 28, 2015

"The Bolt Briefcase has a clearly intentional design with both businessmen and travelers in mind, it is pretty easy to imagine this bag walking into a meeting in Silicon Valley. I’d highly recommend the Bolt if you are looking for a backpack or leather bag alternative that is well-designed and has a great story behind it."

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WaterField Designs Bolt Briefcase hands-on: High quality functional design for the business traveler

ZDnet - February 4, 2015

“WaterField Designs continues to offer well-designed bags for the professional. The soft Bolt Briefcase looks great at meetings, conferences, and in the airport.”

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WaterField Designs Bolt Briefcase Review - February 15, 2015

“It’s easily the best briefcase-style bag I’ve used. It includes plenty of storage space, looks great in all of its designs and will last.”


The Bolt Briefcase comes in Small, Medium, and Large with a built-in padded compartment for laptops and tablets. The following devices can fit in these sizes: 

Small - Laptop Compartment fits devices up to 13" x 10" 

  • 14" MacBook Pro M1 (snug fit)
  • 13” MacBook Pro
  • 13" MacBook Air
  • Dell XPS 13
  • Surface Laptop 4 & 3 (13.5")

Small - Tablet Compartment fits devices up to 12" x 8.75" 

  • 12.9" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
  • 11" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
  • 11" iPad Air with Magic Keyboard
  • Pixel Slate
  • Surface Pro X, Pro 8, Go with Type Cover

Medium - Laptop Compartment fits devices up to 14.25" x 10" 

  • 14" MacBook Pro M1
  • 16" MacBook Pro M1
  • 16" MacBook Pro
  • Surface Book 3 (13.5" & 15")
  • Surface Laptop 4 & 3 (15")
  • Acer Swift 3 (14")

Medium - Tablet Compartment fits devices up to 12" x 8.75" 

  • 12.9" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
  • 11" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
  • 11" iPad Air with Magic Keyboard
  • Pixel Slate
  • Surface Pro X, Pro 8, Go with Type Cover

Large - Laptop Compartment 

  • Fits devices up to 16" x 10"

Large - Tablet Compartment fits devices up to 12" x 8.75" 

  • 12.9" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
  • 11" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
  • 11" iPad Air with Magic Keyboard
  • Pixel Slate
  • Surface Pro X, Pro 8, Go with Type Cover

Customer-vetted Devices - From Customer Reviews:

  • Dell XPS 15 fits in Medium Size Laptop Compartment (Warner, Nashville)


The preferred everyday carry for professionals toting multiple tech gear. Organizes tech efficiently with plenty of pockets. 


"The bag has honestly changed my productivity, as I'm now able to carry my mobile office with me and react and respond to challenges and opportunities on the go." - James Y.


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 Bolt Briefcase, 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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