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Introducing the new look for the Cargo Bag
Introducing the new look for the Cargo Bag
Half moon pocket for one-hand access
Half moon pocket for one-hand access
iPhone pocket
iPhone pocket
Cargo Laptop Bag
Cargo Laptop Bag
The same buckle used in paragliding harnesses
The same buckle used in paragliding harnesses
Slips onto wheelies
Slips onto wheelies
Padded laptop and tablet compartment
Padded laptop and tablet compartment
Cargo laptop bag
Cargo laptop bag
See more User Reviews below
See more User Reviews below
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Black Leather

Cargo Laptop Bag

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Still Looking Good. The bag that launched WaterField Designs gets an enhanced look for 2016! At 18 years old, our iconic briefcase/messenger Cargo bag takes on a more refined look with a new flap shape, waterproof zippers, and built-in padded compartments for protecting a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, iPad Pro 12.9", Surface Book, NEW Surface Pro and others (see "What Fits" tab). Plenty of organizational pockets, gold liner for visibility, a comfortable adjustable strap, and our signature paragliding buckle (yes, the same one used in paragliding harnesses).

Now available for Apple's NEW! 13" and 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID.

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


  • 1050 Denier Ballistic nylon body for durability
  • Full-grain, premium leather flap and handle covers

Dimensions: 16 x 12 x 4 inches

Weight: 3.4 lbs.


  • Authentic paragliding buckle closure
  • YKK waterproof zippers
  • Camlock to adjust strap length

  • Double-sided full-grain leather flap
  • Padded, built-in laptop compartment
  • Padded, built-in tablet pocket
  • Gold, water-resistant liner to light up interior
  • Front angled, moon-shaped pocket with interior smartphone pocket. Fits up to iPhone 6s Plus
  • Two-inch comfortable, adjustable shoulder strap
  • Includes removable, non-slip bottomed, leather-topped shoulder pad
  • Two, deep interior hand pockets + pen holder pockets
  • Full-sized backside open pocket
  • Backside slot for putting over wheelie handles
The Cargo messenger has a built-in padded laptop pocket - and - a built-in padded tablet pocket:

  1. Laptop pocket fits laptops up to 14.75" x 10":
    • 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
    • 15" MacBook Pro Retina
    • Dell XPS 15
    • Lenovo X1 Carbon

  2. Tablet pocket fits tablets up to 13" x 9":
    • iPad Pro 12.9"
    • iPad Pro 10.5"
    • 12" MacBook
    • 13" MacBook Air
    • 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
    • 13" MacBook Pro Retina
    • Surface Book
    • Asus Pro B9440
    • NEW Surface Pro
    • NEW Surface Laptop
    • Dell XPS 13"
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Not Just Another Messenger Bag: The Cargo Review

HisPotion - September 24, 2016

"As someone on the go, I love the messenger bag. I use one every day. For the past several weeks, I’ve been sporting The Cargo by Waterfield and loved every moment."

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Big cargo bag makes light of your heavy load [Reviews]

Cult of Mac - May 20, 2016

"From now on, the Cargo Laptop Bag is my go-to when I’m looking at taking a few more things with me, especially when I need a carry-on or bike bag that looks as good on my back as it does near my feet while I work."

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Hands-on: New 2016 WaterField Designs Cargo bag improves upon a best-selling classic

ZDNet - May 11, 2016

"I picked up my first WaterField Designs Cargo bag 10 years ago. This new model offers improvements that make it a compelling choice for the commuter and business traveler."

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Review – WaterField Designs Cargo laptop bag

Windows Central - February 11, 2015

“In addition to durability and usefulness, WaterField Designs' Cargo laptop bag just plain looks great.”

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Review: WaterField Cargo Bag

JetPlane Journal

"The Waterfield Cargo looks like fairly typical messenger-style bag at first. ...But there are ton of nifty design touches that make the bag very practical in everyday use:

The top zip makes it easy to get stuff from the main compartment without lifting up the main flap. The interior fabric is a bright colour, that makes it easy to find things inside. The back pocket is great for your iPad or a folder with papers. Unlike other messenger bags that I've owned, that have all started to fall apart at the seams after a few months of owning them, this bag feels as though it will give me a good few years of use.

Highly Recommended"

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WaterField Designs Cargo Bag Review

Gadgetmac - August 21, 2011

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Review: The WaterField Cargo

Expedition Portal

"...bag with a seemingly magical ability to swallow up gear while simultaneously making it easier to load and unload."

"This is a bag that will easily last a lifetime—a good thing, as the Cargo has become my all-time favorite bag."

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Review: Hands On: WaterField Designs Cargo Bag

TechBurgh - January 2013

"The WaterField Designs Cargo Bag is a quality bag that is made in the United States...and will last you a long, long time."

Customer Reviews

Based on 115 reviews
Great Bag!

The bag is fantastic, I carry a MacBook and iPad everyday and it easily has enough room for both and all the associated bits that come with it. Very comfortable and easy to carry around. The only small thing i would change is i would put rubber feet on the bottom of the bag, Once it softens everything is fine but until then the bag is quite slippery when upright. All in all i have no problems recommending this bag, It looks fantastic and is perfectly suited for casual or busy professionals alike.


I absolutely love this bag! Compared to my Tumi bag, this is so much lighter. The pockets make it easy to find things. The materials are absolutely beautiful. It was well thought out and designed bag. I literally smile every time I toss it over my shoulder.


Cargo Laptop Bag


Cargo Laptop Bag

Cargo Bag

I love my Cargo Bag! I just took my first trip and found it incredibly versatile for packing a lot, but still having easy access through security and on the plane. I have also gotten quite a few positive comments already. Great bag, great quality, great customer service!

Do I need to put my laptop in a sleeve when using the Cargo?

No. The new Cargo includes a full-padded laptop compartment that keeps up to a 15-inch MacBook safe and secure. A small nylon flap keeps your laptop in place.

What is a paragliding buckle?

A very cool piece of hardware. An anodized aluminum buckle used in paragliding harnesses. It makes for easy, quick access and secures shut with a satisfying click.

What type of leather do you use?

We use naturally-tanned, lightly treated leather. Each piece is one of a kind and displays the natural texture of the hide. Over time the leather should show character like a good leather bomber jacket.

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  • My Cargo - my worldwide travel companion!
    - Colin R., California
  • Cargo excites years later - Bulletproof! Versatile!
    - Glenn H.
  • In deepest Africa, a functional tool.
    - John M., Somewhere in Africa
  • Large Cargo. Home away from home.
    - Mark L., Australia
  • Cargo Bag delivers me in style!
    - Patrick M
  • Cargo Bag is Best Bag Ever!
    - Tom P.