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
Super comfortable straps and padded back mesh
Slips onto luggage handle
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Waxed Canvas with Chocolate Leather
Ballistic with Chocolate Leather
Ballistic with Black Leather

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.

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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

Dimensions & Weight:

  • 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


  • Two padded compartments - one for laptop, one for tablet - both easily accessible through a separate waterproof zipper for easy access at airport security.
  • Additional waterproof zipper to access main compartment contents.
  • Spacious, gold-lined interior.
  • Two open-topped, interior hand pockets for storing chargers, cords, pens, etc.
  • Two exterior side pockets for water bottle or other quick-access items.
  • Front zippered pocket with rain-guard flap for stashing sensitive documents.
  • Two additional front pockets with leather tabs and magnetic closures.
  • Anti-sweat mesh cushion also slides over rolling suitcase handle for breezing through airports.
  • Ergonomically-designed straps distribute weight evenly.
  • Thick, leather bottom boot provides structure and enhances water-resistance and longevity.
  • Leather-lined comfortable grab handle.

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

Customer Reviews

Based on 179 reviews
Quality craftsmanship, even during the holiday rush.

With a big trip coming up, I wanted to take my new Bolt backpack with me, but not even considering that they would be swamped with orders for the holiday season. They sent out an email informing me that my bag may take another week to get to me, which would be too late. I emailed customer service and Gary managed to respond with alternative options... but I decided to wait for my waxed canvas Bolt and accepted the fact I wouldn't have it for this trip. Lo and behold I get a surprise shipping notice that same day and managed to get the bag the following day. Thanks Gary and their amazing customer service, the bag is fantastic and unlike any quality I have seen before. I am already planning what my next Waterfield purchase will be!

Backpack I’ve Been Waiting For!

I’m what some people would say is a “backpack connoisseur”. I have Peak Design, Triple Aught Design, Boundary Supply, and Eberlestock backpacks. The Waterfield Bolt Backpack is a well thought out design that looks great when I head to the office. I like the interior material that lets you rummage around in your bag even in low light. I like that I can put a larger water bottle in the side carrier and a compact umbrella in the opposite side and they never slip out.
I never really sorry about rain while moving from my office to the car. The waxed canvas looks great with the leather accents.
I'm very happy with this addition and am looking forward to traveling with it in the near future.

The special backpack

I received the backpack one week ago and used it twice: once on an overseas flight and once on a continental train trip. It provides all what I have expected: comfortable carry, easy to pack and use, various options for dedicated storage.
In addition an special outer appearances, which looks different from the black bags we usually see at the airport.
Of course, there is always room for improvements:
Spontaneous, I would add to one of the left/right outer bags a lock. No need for bottles or umbrellas, but very useful for other things. In addition I prefer zipper instead of the used hook-and-loop fastener at the inner two small bags. Simple, because the h-a-l fastener easily damage woolly jumper etc, if they get in touch with the fastener.
That's my 1st impressions.

Excellent quality and practical backpack

I have the Bolt in waxed canvas with chocolate accents. I like the look of it very much and more importantly, it’s also comfortable and ergonomic. I’ve been using this backpack for about a week now after prompt shipping and delivery. Like other reviewers I’ve read, I appreciate the quality of the workmanship and the pale lining which makes it easier to find things. The convenience of the pockets and zips is also very good. I love having the zip directly above the laptop compartment. The two pockets in the main compartment are just right for keeping a notebook and pen and my laptop charger. The front exterior pockets are brilliant for phone, music player, earphones, tissues, wallet, comb etc. It’s also great to have two bottle-sized side pockets, which has become a dealbreaker for me when choosing backpacks. Having a bag that can translate between everyday commute and overnight/weekend trip without looking too bulky was the goal I had when looking for a backpack and the Bolt is fulfilling its purpose brilliantly so far.

Excellent material excellent color Excellent every thing

I never met so wonderful backpack. Size, material,color,interior every thing prefect.
I will buy other products again. Maybe one more bolt backpack but canvas material.

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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":
    • 16" MacBook Pro
    • 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
    • 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Air Retina
    • Dell XPS 15
    • Surface Book 2 (13.5" & 15")
    • Surface Laptop 3 (13.5" & 15")
    • Lenovo X1 Carbon

  2. Tablet pocket fits tablets up to 13" x 9":
    • iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard Folio (11", 12.9")
    • Pixel Slate
    • Surface Pro X, Pro 7, Go


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

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