Bolt Laptop Backpack
Bolt Backpack for Work or Travel
Sturdy full-grain leather bottom. Plenty of organizational pockets.
Bolt Backpack overnight gear
TSA-friendly for business travel
Secret zippered pocket for private documents
Spacious interior for work items and after-work gear
Built-in padded pocket for laptop and iPad
Bolt Backpack
Super comfortable straps and padded back mesh
Slips onto luggage handle
See more User Reviews below
Waxed Canvas with Chocolate Leather
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Bolt Backpack

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The flexible Bolt Laptop Backpack accommodates both tech gear and travel essentials for work-to-weekend activities. An easy-access laptop compartment speeds airport security and thoughtful pockets keep your backpack organized.

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


  • 1050 Denier Ballistic nylon or brown waxed canvas
  • Premium full-grain leather accents
  • More details here

Dimensions & Weight:

  • One size:
  • 12.5” L x 5.25” W x 16” H; 3.2 lbs.
    31.75 L x 13.34 W x 40.64 H cm; 1.45 kg
    Volume: 17 liters


  • Leather-lined comfortable grab handle.
  • Spacious, gold-lined interior for visibility. 
  • Ergonomically-designed straps distribute weight evenly.
  • Front zippered pocket with rain-guard flap for documents.
  • Two additional front pockets with leather tabs and magnetic closures.
  • Two exterior side pockets for water bottle or other quick-access items.
  • Two open-topped, interior hand pockets for storing chargers, cords, pens, etc.
  • Thick, leather bottom provides structure and enhances water-resistance and longevity.
  • Anti-sweat mesh cushion also slides over rolling suitcase handle for breezing through airports.
  • Two padded compartments - one for laptop, one for tablet - both easily accessible through a separate waterproof zipper for easy access at airport security.
  • OPTIONAL: Martexin Original Wax can be used to touch-up and and freshen the wax on your bag.

The Bolt Backpack is part of the Bolt Collection of bags.

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

Customer Reviews

Based on 228 reviews
Geoffrey C. (California, United States)
Perfect Backpack

I've had a number of Waterfield bags and backpacks including the Pro Executive and Mezzo. The Bolt Backpack by far is my favorite for work and play. It stands on its own, not as well as the pro executive but good enough. It is the perfect size and is very comfortable. The two front pockets are tighter than I would like but serve their purpose. Highly recommend!!

Charles C. (Ohio, United States)
You will not regret this purchase

I carry this backpack everywhere. This is probably one of the nicest things I own. Not pricey at all once you have it in your hands you will understand the investment. Just buy it already.

Jay S. (Georgia, United States)
Love it. Superly Made and Very Useful for general travel and Macbook Pro M1

Keep coming back to Waterfield for all my storing/carrying/lifestyle needs. I started with the Executive leather messenger (also love) for work and then decided to get one of these for general travel.

Everything is just so well made and that is not even an exaggeration. This was my first canvas item from WF and it's just beautiful. The handles, materials, and overall size are really great. Plus, I love the fact that I can put this on top of my rolling suitcase when I am travelling.

My 14-inch MacBook Pro in a WF Neopreene sleeve fits well in the laptop slot and there is still enough space for a toiletry bag, change of clothes, a gear pouch, and more. Love the leather accents and bottom as well- very smooth and supple.

It's a little pricey, but once you feel it in your hands, you'll know why. I expect to keep this for years to come. It may just be the last bag I need.

Don't think, do it, get one.

Dale (New South Wales, Australia)
Bolt Backpack - 5 star

The bag is great, I purchased this as a gift for my fiancé and it was well received.
The bag is well crafted with a spacious interior, able to fit 16 inch MacBook Pro.

Justin K. (California, United States)

Best backpack I’ve ever purchased!!!!

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This Backpack Traveled Over 100,000 Miles With Me

Tech.Co - November 15, 2017

”The Bolt Backpack offers the perfect combination of durability, well thought-out function, and style. This product is also made in America with care, and it shows.”

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Waterfield Designs Bolt Backpack review: High quality professional backpack made in the US

ZDNet - July 28, 2017

”Millions carry items to and from work in backpacks every single day and it may be one of the most used bags you own. Waterfield makes all of its bags in San Francisco and they are built to last for years.”

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Built to Last: Bolt Backpack by Waterfield

MacDirectory - June, 2017

”The Bolt is intended for travelers or anyone who tends to be away from their home all day and needs to be prepared for any situation.”

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Waterfield backpacks are an expensively acquired taste

The Verge - April 7, 2017

”The Staad and Bolt backpacks from Waterfield Designs are pricey and peculiar, but ultimately worth it”

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MacSparky - September 29, 2016

”If you carry a lot of gear or are looking to use a backpack for travel, you should probably step up to the Bolt.”

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Carry Your Apple Devices in Style With the Bolt Backpack From WaterField Designs

AppAdvice - September 23, 2016

”The Bolt is something I can see carrying for years and holding up wonderfully. And that’s more than I can say for other backpacks.”

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WaterField Designs Bolt backpack review

The Gadgeteer - September 13, 2016

”Waterfield has made a backpack that can easily fit into just about any lifestyle, whether it’s corporate, weekend or—dare I say it?—hipster. The Bolt is stylish without showing off, rugged yet classic looking and quite comfortable to lug about.”


The Bolt Backpack has a built-in padded laptop pocket and a built-in padded tablet pocket: 


  1. Laptop pocket fits laptops up to 15" x 10":
    • 14" MacBook Pro M2
    • 16" MacBook Pro M2
    • 13" MacBook Pro M2
    • 13" MacBook Air M2
    • Dell XPS 15
    • Surface Laptop 5 (13.5" & 15")
    • Lenovo X1 Carbon
  2. Tablet pocket fits tablets up to 13" x 9":
    • 12.9" iPad Pro M2 with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Pro M2 with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Air with Magic Keyboard
    • Pixel Slate
    • Surface Pro 9 with Type Cover
  3. Customer-vetted Devices - From Customer Reviews:
    • Dell XPS 15 fits in Laptop Padded Sleeve (William T., Torrance, US)

NOTE: The water bottle pocket can hold up to 2.75" diameter (6.98 cm) water bottles.


Roomy interior holds a surprising amount of items. Pack it for an overnight business trip, taking around campus, or your daily work routine.


"It's one of those bags where I can always fit one more thing." - John, Morgan Hill, US


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. 


You can get Martexin Original Wax here


The full grain leather on your Bolt backpack will develop its own beautiful patina over time without you having to do anything to it. We recommend this approach.  However, if you want to freshen it up a bit, you can apply a leather conditioner, a bit of wax, or mink oil to it. 


Be sure to test on a not-so-obvious spot first; some waxes may alter the look of the leather. 

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