Meet the Essential Laptop Backpack
Sleek, refined, minimalist profile
Pack a whole day's kit comfortably
Fits laptops up to 16 inches. Zippered interior pocket.
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Curved top keeps it looking sleek
Front zippered pocket for easy-access items
Foam inserts distributes the weight evenly
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Front pocket for frequently-accessed items
Ergonomic straps and moisture-wicking mesh back
Deep side pockets
Full-grain leather handle for comfort
Pass-through slot for inserting on carry-on handles
Durable ballistic nylon and high performance Forza textile
OPTIONAL: Gear Pouch for cables and dongles (Small $49, Medium $55 sold separately)
All-black Ballistic
Black Ballistic with Blue Forza
Black Ballistic with Green Forza
Black Ballistic with Red Forza

NEW! Essential Laptop Backpack

 

Fits laptops up to 16 inches


-32 in stock

The lightweight, refined Essential Backpack is so compact and comfortable that you'll find yourself using it every day. Light foam inserts add structure, provide protection, and help distribute the weight so it's comfortable to carry all day. Fits up to 16" laptops. 

 

Part of the Essential Bags Collection, a new line of lightweight bags with features that focus on a bag's functional essence. See also the Essential Duffel and Essential Messenger

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


 

Material:

  • 1680 denier black ballistic nylon and forza nylon
  • More details here

 

Dimensions & Weight:

  • One Size:
  • 15.75” (h) x 11” (l) x 6” (w); 1.5 lbs.
    40 (h) x 27.94 (l) x 15.24 (w) cm; 0.68 kg
    Volume: 17.03 liters

FEATURES

  • Made from durable abrasion- and water-resistant ballistic nylon.
  • Foam inserts add structure and evenly distribute the weight.
  • Exterior zipper pocket includes two interior pockets.
  • Two side hand pockets can fit a 2'' water bottle.
  • Plush-lined laptop compartment can fit devices up to 14.5'' x 10''.
  • Interior zipper pocket includes an integrated key hook.
  • Gold interior liner illuminates the inside.
  • Mesh liner on the back wicks away moisture.
  • Handle is wrapped in full-grain leather for a more comfortable carry.
  • Passthrough slot for slips over a suitcase handle.
  • Straps are padded with moisture-wicking mesh.
  • YKK waterproof zippers protect contents.

SHIPPING: 

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

Customer Reviews

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WNK (Rhode Island, United States)
All the little extras I’ve wanted in a regular carry bag

This is great. I’ve had it now for a couple of weeks. I love the size. It’s sleeker than the larger travel bags I’ve purchased from Waterfield but has plenty of room for my daily stuff. (I don’t think it will work as well on a long trip.)

I like the large pockets on either side for my water and my umbrella. I like the two unstructured pockets (on the front and the interior) - it gives me more flexibility than having specific places for glasses, pens or wallets.

I like the little clips at the end of the carry straps that keep the straps from flying around when I’m walking. I like that the bag is structured enough that it can stand on the own beside my seat in a meeting. Like I said, it’s the little features that I appreciate.

Looking forward to using this for a long time.

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William F. (Michigan, United States)

Essential Laptop Backpack

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Mike C. (Ontario, Canada)
NEW! ESSENTIAL LAPTOP BACKPACK

LOVE this bag. It gives me all the space I need without all the bulk!

Thanks Gary!

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Roy L. (California, United States)
My 30th bag from Waterfield Designs makes me as happy as the first

iPad mini bag - primarily a catch-all satellite bag for my carry-on backpack-
waxed canvas - love it to death

they make some great gear bags - i never go with anyone else.

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Opus104 (Maryland, United States)
Fantastic Backpack

A perfect light weight everyday tool. The structure that allows for it to free stand is a killer feature.

SIZE GUIDE

The Essential Backpack can fit devices up to 14.5" x 10". These devices can fit in your Backpack:
 

  1. MacBook:
    • 16" MacBook Pro M1
    • 14" MacBook Pro M1
    • 13” MacBook Pro M2
    • 13" MacBook Air M2
       
  2. iPad:
    • 12.9" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Air with Magic Keyboard
       
  3. Microsoft Surface:
    • Surface Laptop 4 (13.5")
    • Surface Laptop Studio
    • Surface Pro X, Pro 8, Go with Type Cover

LOOKS GOOD ON YOU

 

The contoured back fits your frame for ultimate comfort. The sloping top is ergonomic and looks elegant on your back. 

INVISIBLE STRUCTURE 


We added dense, lightweight foam inserts on the front, back, and bottom to give the Essential Backpack structure, provide added protection, and help distribute the weight evenly.

 

Whether your bag is full or empty, it will maintain its sleek, minimalist profile.  

THE ESSENTIALS — SMALL DETAILS FOR BIG IMPACT

 

The Essential Collection uses smart detailing, quality components, and rugged construction to achieve our “less is more” design philosophy. 

 

All Essentials Bags are made from WaterField's custom ballistic nylon that's abrasion- and water-resistant. It withstands prolonged sun exposure so your bag won't fade. For color accents, we use our classy Forza textile with a unique basketweave pattern for a pop of color on your bag. 

 

See the Essential Duffel, Essential Messenger Bag, and Essential Crossbody Pouch.

THE ESSENTIALS FAMILY  

 

The Essentials Collection is a line of lightweight bags with a streamlined design, smart detailing, and features that focus on each bag's functional essence. The minimalist design delivers high impact. 

 

For durability, we use our custom-made abrasion- and water-resistant ballistic nylon which stays looking new for many years. It withstands prolonged sun exposure so your bag will stay looking fresh and new. 

 

These multi-functional, everyday bags are available as a Duffel, Messenger Bag, Crossbody Pouch, and a Backpack.

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