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- 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
- 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.
- Tech Pocket to fit extra tech gear.
- Martexin Original Wax can be used to touch-up and and freshen the wax on your bag.
I’ve had the Sutter Slim for over three years now, and I keep going back to it as my go-to bag. Occasionally I’ve tried to break up with it and use bags that are roomier or look a bit different, but those bags always find their way to the back of my closet.
But not the Sutter Slim. Its main compartment is roomy enough to hold the 16-inch MacBook Pro, iPad, notebooks, and headphones I take to work every day, and even with all that, it still has a tidy bit of room left over. Sometimes, yes, I wind up bringing home stuff that won’t fit in the bag, but I keep a canvas Trader Joe’s bag neatly wrapped up in the bottom of the bag for that very purpose. I also find the secondary compartments perfect for my needs: the top one gives me easy access to commonly used items and the bottom one is a perfect spot for battery packs, sunglasses cases, or portable umbrellas.
This is all great for convenience, but the real reason why I keep coming back to the Sutter Slim is that it feels so comfortable on my back regardless of how much stuff I cram in it. This is important as I live in SF and don’t have a car—so I almost always have a bag on me. The wear is never overbearing, and I like how the slim profile allows me to navigate crowded downtown spots with the comfort that a bigger bag isn’t being a nuisance.
It’s tough, too, and generally looks like it did on the day I got it. I have, however, replaced two of the zipper pulls with sturdier ones as the metal ends of the native ones fell off long ago. (Admittedly, this is partly because I usually handle them a little roughly.) The fabric in the top pocket is also starting to come unstitched, but this doesn’t affect the use of it. Indeed, I’ve thought about dropping my AirTag in there as I know it will be well-hidden. (There’s an idea: hidden AirTag pockets.)
I consider these minor issues. This is just the wear and tear of three years of almost constant use. In fact, I’m a little terrified of Waterfield discontinuing it, and I’ve considered buying an extra one just in case. I really do love it that much.
I am a big fan of the Staad slim backpack, which has been discontinued. I needed a little more space to carry workout clothes one day a week, so I got this Sutter Slim.
My context: long daily commute on a bus with WiFi. The commute is my most productive time of the day and I keep working to the last minute, then rapidly put everything away just in time to hop off the bus.
- definitely fits a 13” MacBook Pro laptop, tablet, three phones, chargers and cables, umbrella, and my workout clothes
- looks great — smoother profile than the Staad
- more pockets
- same great yellow lining
- The Velcro strap seems unnecessary to me. Thinking about cutting it off. Slows me down and risks scratching the laptop.
- The zipper closure takes time to close and I’m always nervous about scratching the laptop as I slide it in. The Staad has a flap closure and no zipper. Much faster.
- can’t easily just put everything in the bag and hop off the bus, as stated in other points in this section. Carrying with the zipper open doesn’t work of course whereas the flap on the Staad can be folded over without actually snapping it in place.
- the key ring is in the side pocket. I keep my phone in there and would prefer having the keys inside the bag. Maybe an additional key ring inside would have helped?
- the tech bag (optional) is too bulky.
Build quality from WaterField is incredible. The only thing I wish I did was order the size up from this backpack.
Sutter Slim Backpack
This bag not only looks great and seems to hold more than you’d think. I've gotten an 11” iPad, t-shirt, two small kit bags, an orange, banana (really!), water bottle, and a frozen dinner for lunch at work. Yes, it was a bit tight, but it worked!
I had a smaller bag from another company that didn’t have the height, or the front pockets of this one. That makes all the difference. For days when I can use a smaller bag, this is going to be perfect.
With that being said, I’d make just two changes: 1) add pockets on the sides for a water bottle and one for an umbrella.; and 2) make the front to back width of the main compartment about ½” bigger- from 3.75” to about 4.25”. That little extra space would be great.
Gear Diary - July 27, 2022
“I’m a huge fan of the WaterField Sutter Slim Laptop Backpack. It’s the right size and has all the features I need without any of the extras I don’t. The bag is already breaking in nicely, and because it is from WaterField, I know it will last for years.”
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."
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.
- The built-in Laptop Padded Sleeve fits devices up to 14.25” x 10", including:
- 14" MacBook Pro M1
- 16" MacBook Pro M1
- 13" MacBook Pro M2
- 13" MacBook Air M2
- Surface Laptop 4 & 3 (13.5" & 15")
- 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 8, Go with Type Cover
- 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.