The Bolt Laptop Briefcase
The Bolt Laptop Briefcase in ballistic or waxed canvas
Includes matching removable shoulder strap
Bolt Briefcase laptop compartment
Bolt Briefcase Large
Bolt Briefcase Small
All Bolts come with additional Padded Tablet Sleeve
Slips onto wheelies
Small Specs
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Medium Specs
Medium Silhouette
Large Specs
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Black Leather on Black Ballistic
Chocolate Leather on Black Ballistic
Chocolate Leather on Waxed Canvas

Bolt Briefcase

16-inch MacBook Pro fits in Medium Size


-34 in stock

Built to Bolt. For commuters or business travelers, the Bolt Briefcase organizes your gear with thoughtfully-placed pockets, padded laptop and tablet compartments, waterproof zippers, and a rolling suitcase passthrough. 

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


Material:

  • 1050 Denier Black ballistic nylon or waxed canvas base
  • Naturally-tanned full-grain leather accents
  • More details here

Dimensions & Weight:

  • Small:
  • 14.5” (l) x 4” (w) x 10.5” (h); 1.95 lbs.
    36.83 (l) x 10.16 (w) x 26.67 (h) cm; 0.88 kg
    Volume: 10 liters

  • Medium:
  • 15.5” (l) x 4” (w) x 11” (h); 2.5 lbs.
    39.37 (l) x 10.16 (w) x 27.94 (h) cm; 1.13 kg
    Volume: 11 liters

  • Large:
  • 17” (l) x 5” (w) x 11.5” (h); 2.95 lbs.
    43.18 (l) x 12.7 (w) x 28.32 (h) cm; 1.34 kg
    Volume: 16 liters

FEATURES

  • Key tether to eliminate your daily key search.
  • Slips over rolling suitcase handle to breeze through airports.
  • Invisible magnets secure front pockets with a satisfying snap.
  • Includes removable, adjustable Supreme Suspension Shoulder Strap for carrying comfort.
  • Built-in padded laptop and tablet pocket to make sure your devices are organized and protected.
  • OPTIONAL: Martexin Original Wax can be used to touch-up and and freshen the wax on your bag.

 

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

Customer Reviews

Based on 323 reviews
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Charles B.
It's perfect

The Bolt Briefcase is perfect. I love the way when you put it down it doesn’t fall over. It easily fits my WF Gear Case full of wires, a few tools, and a small hard drive, an iPad Pro 12.9 with the Smart Keyboard, and my Dell 2020 XPS 13” laptop. There’s still room for some file folders, my charger and mice for the iPad Dell. I purchased the black ballistic model with the stressed leather accent and the quality is unbeatable, the water-resistant zipper is great and the light-colored padding on the inside makes it east to find stuff.

There’s plenty of room in the outside pockets although I don’t find I need them...yet. The extra pocket on the outside is great for a paper notebook. Overall, I am very pleased.

S
Samuel V.
Incredible craftsmanship.

When you first pick this bag up it feels like a lifetime bag. Superb materials, quality construction and perfect utilization of space. I fit a 13 mbp and 12.9 iPad Pro along with Bose headphones and everything else I need for my return to office. Thanks Gary and team.

O
Ora C. (Colorado, United States)
Another Great Purchase

Purchased this after having had my Nintendo Switch bag from the same company for about four years now. I have such a high opinion of that purchase that I went straight to the Waterfield website to find a bag for my new laptop. Only had the Bolt for a few days but I'm already happy with the bag so far. I have an ASUS ROG 14 inch laptop that fits perfectly in its pocket with plenty of room to spare for my tablet and all the accessories I need for laptop, phone, etc. The layout keeps everything within arm's reach and I imagine it will make taking it with me on an airplane a real breeze. The styling is as great as my previous purchase and I only expect it to get better with age.

R
Rose C. (Illinois, United States)
Amazing Bag

The bag is beautiful. Holds everything I need and keeps my laptop safe. I love that it looks professional but can also be worn when dressed casually. Reminds me of Indians Jones which I’m a fan of. I prefer this more than a backpack. It’s better to hold something by the handle than to carry something on my back. I think it helps with posture and the handles are very comfortable. I use this mainly to carry my laptop wherever I go since I write a lot. Having a bag like this makes me want to reach for my laptop. I did switch the strap out for something leather and used the leather shoulder strap from waterfield. I got the grizzly leather shoulder pad thinking it would be darker. I will probably be purchasing the chocolate shoulder pad since they are such great quality and I have other bags. The strap the bag came with is great doesn’t slip on the shoulder but I find that that strap is more comfortable with a smaller bag. This briefcase can get heavy when stuffed so I did prefer the leather shoulder pad for more beefy comfort.

E
Edwin G. (Texas, United States)
Even Better Than I Expected!

I was excited about the Bolt Briefcase to use in more formal occasions but did not love the strap. To my pleasant surprise, the company has updated the strap to match what comes with my Hitch. It is perfect, as is everything else about the Bolt Briefcase.

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WaterField's Bolt Briefcase can fill a variety of needs

AppleWorld.Today - January 15, 2018

"WaterField Designs' Bolt Briefcase is designed to meet the evolving needs of tech professionals and business travelers."

Apple World Today Rating (Out of Five Stars):


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Bolt Briefcase from WaterField Designs is a stylish bag to carry your Surface Pro (or any other laptop)

On MSFT - July, 2017

"With the Bolt Briefcase, WaterField Designs impresses again – in form as well as function – with excellent craftsmanship and style quotient."


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Waterfield Bolt: A great everyday briefcase

Baker on Tech - November 1, 2015

"After using the Bolt for a few months, it remains my briefcase of choice. It’s the best looking, most durable and small enough to carry everywhere I go."


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Review: WaterField's Bolt Briefcase carries your MacBook and iPad in style

AppAdvice - April 23, 2015

"WaterField Designs always produces stunning products, and the Bolt is no exception. There are few briefcases that look as good and have as much functionality as this one."

The Bolt’s Overall Scores:


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Small States Review: Bolt Briefcase from WaterField Designs is an ideal work and travel companion

9to5Toys.com - February 28, 2015

"The Bolt Briefcase has a clearly intentional design with both businessmen and travelers in mind, it is pretty easy to imagine this bag walking into a meeting in Silicon Valley. I’d highly recommend the Bolt if you are looking for a backpack or leather bag alternative that is well-designed and has a great story behind it."


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WaterField Designs Bolt Briefcase hands-on: High quality functional design for the business traveler

ZDnet - February 4, 2015

“WaterField Designs continues to offer well-designed bags for the professional. The soft Bolt Briefcase looks great at meetings, conferences, and in the airport.”

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WaterField Designs Bolt Briefcase Review

Notebooks.com - February 15, 2015

“It’s easily the best briefcase-style bag I’ve used. It includes plenty of storage space, looks great in all of its designs and will last.”

SIZE GUIDE

The Bolt Briefcase comes in Small, Medium, and Large with a built-in padded compartment for laptops and tablets. The following devices can fit in these sizes: 

Small - Laptop Compartment fits devices up to 13" x 10" 

  • 13” MacBook Pro
  • 13" MacBook Air
  • Dell XPS 13
  • Surface Laptop 4 & 3 (13.5")

Small - Tablet Compartment fits devices up to 12" x 8.75" 

  • 12.9" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
  • 11" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
  • 11" iPad Air with Magic Keyboard
  • Pixel Slate
  • Surface Pro X, Pro 7, Go with Type Cover

Medium - Laptop Compartment fits devices up to 14.25" x 10" 

  • 16" MacBook Pro
  • Surface Book 3 (13.5" & 15")
  • Surface Laptop 4 & 3 (15")
  • Acer Swift 3 (14")

Medium - Tablet Compartment fits devices up to 12" x 8.75" 

  • 12.9" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
  • 11" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
  • 11" iPad Air with Magic Keyboard
  • Pixel Slate
  • Surface Pro X, Pro 7, Go with Type Cover

Large - Laptop Compartment 

  • Fits devices up to 16" x 10"

Large - Tablet Compartment fits devices up to 12" x 8.75" 

  • 12.9" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
  • 11" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
  • 11" iPad Air with Magic Keyboard
  • Pixel Slate
  • Surface Pro X, Pro 7, Go with Type Cover

Customer-vetted Devices - From Customer Reviews:

  • Dell XPS 15 fits in Medium Size Laptop Compartment (Warner, Nashville)

PROTECTS LAPTOP AND TABLET

The preferred everyday carry for professionals toting multiple tech gear. Organizes tech efficiently with plenty of pockets. 

 

"The bag has honestly changed my productivity, as I'm now able to carry my mobile office with me and react and respond to challenges and opportunities on the go." - James Y.

HOW TO FRESHEN UP YOUR CANVAS

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. 

CARING FOR YOUR LEATHER AND WAXED CANVAS

 

If you have the waxed canvas and chocolate leather version of the Bolt Briefcase, 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. 

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Customer Reviews

Based on 323 reviews
91%
(293)
8%
(25)
1%
(2)
1%
(2)
0%
(1)
C
Charles B.
It's perfect

The Bolt Briefcase is perfect. I love the way when you put it down it doesn’t fall over. It easily fits my WF Gear Case full of wires, a few tools, and a small hard drive, an iPad Pro 12.9 with the Smart Keyboard, and my Dell 2020 XPS 13” laptop. There’s still room for some file folders, my charger and mice for the iPad Dell. I purchased the black ballistic model with the stressed leather accent and the quality is unbeatable, the water-resistant zipper is great and the light-colored padding on the inside makes it east to find stuff.

There’s plenty of room in the outside pockets although I don’t find I need them...yet. The extra pocket on the outside is great for a paper notebook. Overall, I am very pleased.

S
Samuel V.
Incredible craftsmanship.

When you first pick this bag up it feels like a lifetime bag. Superb materials, quality construction and perfect utilization of space. I fit a 13 mbp and 12.9 iPad Pro along with Bose headphones and everything else I need for my return to office. Thanks Gary and team.

O
Ora C. (Colorado, United States)
Another Great Purchase

Purchased this after having had my Nintendo Switch bag from the same company for about four years now. I have such a high opinion of that purchase that I went straight to the Waterfield website to find a bag for my new laptop. Only had the Bolt for a few days but I'm already happy with the bag so far. I have an ASUS ROG 14 inch laptop that fits perfectly in its pocket with plenty of room to spare for my tablet and all the accessories I need for laptop, phone, etc. The layout keeps everything within arm's reach and I imagine it will make taking it with me on an airplane a real breeze. The styling is as great as my previous purchase and I only expect it to get better with age.

R
Rose C. (Illinois, United States)
Amazing Bag

The bag is beautiful. Holds everything I need and keeps my laptop safe. I love that it looks professional but can also be worn when dressed casually. Reminds me of Indians Jones which I’m a fan of. I prefer this more than a backpack. It’s better to hold something by the handle than to carry something on my back. I think it helps with posture and the handles are very comfortable. I use this mainly to carry my laptop wherever I go since I write a lot. Having a bag like this makes me want to reach for my laptop. I did switch the strap out for something leather and used the leather shoulder strap from waterfield. I got the grizzly leather shoulder pad thinking it would be darker. I will probably be purchasing the chocolate shoulder pad since they are such great quality and I have other bags. The strap the bag came with is great doesn’t slip on the shoulder but I find that that strap is more comfortable with a smaller bag. This briefcase can get heavy when stuffed so I did prefer the leather shoulder pad for more beefy comfort.

E
Edwin G. (Texas, United States)
Even Better Than I Expected!

I was excited about the Bolt Briefcase to use in more formal occasions but did not love the strap. To my pleasant surprise, the company has updated the strap to match what comes with my Hitch. It is perfect, as is everything else about the Bolt Briefcase.