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Meet the Air Duffle, your Personal Item Carry-on
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Air Duffel Carry-On

A Community-Designed Project

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Working with customers who travel frequently, we set out to optimize the personal item allowed on most airlines. The result: the roomy, highly-organized Air Duffel for carrying headphones, neck pillow, water bottle, snacks, jacket, magazine, etc. A separate work compartment holds a laptop and work gear. 


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



  • 1050 Denier black ballistic bottom panel
  • Brown #10 Cotton Duck tan Waxed Canvas with leather bottom panel
  • Naturally-tanned full-grain leather accents
  • More details here

Dimensions & Weight:

  • One size:
    16" (l) x 8.25" (w) x 10.25" (h)
    Volume: 22 Liters
    40.64 (l) x 20.95 (w) x 26.03 (h) cm

  • Weight: 
  • Black Ballistic: 2.7 lbs. / 1.22 kg.
    Waxed Canvas: 3.25 lbs. / 1.47 kg.
  • Optional Air Caddy: 
    12 (l) x 1.25 (w) x 8 (h) inches; 5 oz.


  • Splash-proof YKK Zippers
  • Two N35 rare earth magnets



  • External D-rings for attaching accessories.
  • Rear slots for quickly hooking glasses or pens.
  • Stands upright under airline seat leaving some legroom.
  • Expandable end pockets hold travel documents, water bottles. etc.
  • Three carry options — removable strap, leather handles, suitcase-handle passthrough.
  • Office compartment lays flat for TSA screening with: padded laptop compartment, wide foam-backed pocket for papers or tablet, open-topped pockets, pen slots, and a central area for files.
  • Main compartment for personal items opens with half-moon zipper into large chamber with: open-topped pockets, mesh zippered pockets, key fob, and gold lining that lights up interior.
  • Pleated front pocket with interior pockets closes with secured leather flap (Fits optional iPad Mini and iPad 11'' Air Caddy ). Optional 12.9'' Air Caddy for the iPad Pro fits in the main compartment.
  • Includes removable, adjustable Supreme Suspension Shoulder Strap for carrying comfort.
  • OPTIONAL: Martexin Original Wax can be used to touch-up and and freshen the wax on your bag.



This product was designed with customers who gave input from idea to production. See the process here.

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

User Reviews & Stories

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Iain M. (Victoria, Australia)
Just superb

Great design and amazing quality. Delighted with purchase of air duffel

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Jon E. (Washington, United States)
Very well-made bag.

I was looking for a flight personal item bag that I could sling across my shoulder like a man purse while exploring new destinations. Unfortunately this bag was a little large for that so I returned it and ordered a small Bolt Briefcase which I hope is a better fit.

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Tony (California, United States)
Well designed and perfectly sized

I started my personal item journey with a multiple backpacks, then a gym duffel, then a tote, and now...the Air Duffel. I appreciate all the features and well thought out designs that Waterfield put into this bag, based on real community feedback. It pairs beautifully with my Briggs & Riley Baseline and will last for many years to come. Can't wait to use it on my next trip.

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Deepak Z. (Michigan, United States)
Great Bag

Great bag. Perfect size, well organized, well built.

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Dan N. Air Duffel Carry-On
Dan N. (Nevada, United States)
First Trip

First Trip - It’s Awesome. My MacBook, iPad, files, and other travel stuff fit perfectly. I take a small commuter jet to a larger airport, and this bag fits UPRIGHT under those seats, so I was amazed at the start. I really like that I can access everything from the top without having to pull it up in my lap. The construction looks a little wonky around one of the zippers, but I checked it and it’s a solid stitch. This bag is heavy duty and it matches my Filson bags well. Highly recommend. (Photo: tucked away under an event table at a trade show)

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Waterfield Air Duffel Carry-On Bag review: Just right-sized

iMore RecommendediMore - November 20, 2019

“Waterfield's Air Duffel Carry-On Bag is perfectly sized to fit under the seat on most airlines, so it can count as your personal bag rather than a carry-on. Yet, you can pack a lot into this small duffel bag, making it ideal for air travel.”

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Review: WaterField Designs’ Air Duffel

The Digital Trekker - November 10, 2019

"In conclusion, I found the bag is made very well and the design is extremely thought out. The bag did great on my trip to Ethiopia with only a few minor hic-ups. I look forward to traveling with it in the future."


The Air Duffel has two sections: a work compartment that includes a padded laptop pocket for storing tech gear, and a roomy main section for storing everything else. Several conveniently-placed pockets hold additional gear. 


  1. The padded pocket in the Air Duffel Work Compartment fits these devices
    • 14" MacBook Pro M2
    • 16" MacBook Pro M2
    • 13" MacBook Pro M2
    • 13" MacBook Air M2
    • 12.9" iPad Pro M2 with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Pro M2 with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Air with Magic Keyboard
    • Google Pixel Slate
    • Surface Pro 9
    • Surface Pro 7+
    • Surface Laptop 4 (13.5")
    • And other similarly-sized laptops
  2. The Air Duffel Main Compartment fits assorted items one needs in-flight, and on an overnighter, like:
    • Headphones
    • Book, magazines, files
    • Lunch, snacks, munchies
    • Jacket, scarf, neck pillow
    • A change of clothes
  3. The Air Duffel Zippered Side Pockets are conveniently located to store small items in a hurry, to quickly access travel documents, to store multiple cell phones, or to hold a water bottle or coffee mug.
  4. The Air Duffel Front Pocket runs the length of the bag and is protected by a leather flap. It can be used to stow newspapers or the optional Air Caddy. Inside, three open-topped pockets organize more small items.

NOTE: The OPTIONAL Air Caddy is custom-fitted for the front pocket of the Air Duffel and fits these tablets:

  • 11" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
  • iPad mini
  • Surface Go
  • And other similarly-sized devices


Meets most airlines' personal item requirements. Multiple easy-access pockets make efficient use of space.


"I like the pocket arrangements. Everything flows in logical order of usage." - Community Design Member


Roomy interior holds 1-2 days' of clothes. Separate compartment protects tech gear. 

"It just seems like a perfect companion for any sort of traveling." - Community Design Member




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 Air Duffel, 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.