The Essential Crossbody Pouch — your perfect minimalist carry
Multiple access points keep you well organized
In durable textiles, industry-grade components, waterproof zippers.
In four colorways
Compact and streamlined fit
Fits an iPad Mini (and similarly-sized devices)
Zipped front pocket for valuables
Easy-access deep front pocket
Well-constructed with side strap attachments
Mesh backing helps wick away sweat
Wear as a sling or crossbody
Glide the cam lock for adjustments
All-black Ballistic
Black Ballistic with Blue Forza
Black Ballistic with Green Forza
Black Ballistic with Red Forza
Essential Crossbody Pouch
Essential Crossbody Pouch

Essential Crossbody Pouch


Fits the iPad Mini with Smart Folio cover 

-97 in stock

The Essential Crossbody Pouch is the perfect size for carrying what your pockets cannot. Designed for quick accessibility, the crossbody has three areas to organize your essentials: a main compartment that fits an iPad Mini, a front zippered pocket, and an open front pocket to store frequently-accessed items. 


Part of the Essential Bags Collection, a new line of lightweight bags with features that focus on a bag's functional essence. See also Essential Crossbody for 11" iPad Pro,  Essential Duffel, Essential Backpack, and Essential Messenger.

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



  • 1680 Denier Black ballistic nylon and Forza nylon
  • More details here


Dimensions & Weight:

  • One Size:
  • 8.25” (h) x 6.25” (l) x 2.5” (w); 6.4 oz.
    20.95 (h) x 6.35 (l) x 15.87 (w) cm; 0.18 kg
    Volume: 2.1 liters


  • Made from abrasion and water-resistant durable ballistic nylon.
  • Three easy-access points: main compartment, front zippered pocket, front open pocket.
  • Interior pocket can fit iPad mini and includes a key tether.
  • Gold liner illuminates the bag's interior.
  • Spacer mesh on the back for sweat-wicking.
  • Removable shoulder strap.
  • YKK waterproof zippers.


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

Customer Reviews

Based on 18 reviews
sevys (Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France)
Good travel/daily bag

Just big enough for iPhone, iPad, keys and a wind shirt, so perfect for late spring through to early autumn walks. Handle for travel access to passport, tickets when travelling with other bags.

Samuel A. (New York, United States)
Another Awesome bag

Love your products! Fourth bag from Waterfield and a wallet…but don’t tell my wife. Amazing quality and perfect for my mini iPad and iPhone.

WILLIAM R.L. (Massachusetts, United States)
It looks pretty, but ...

The Essential Crossbody Pouch is pretty to look at. It is made with good quality materials and the colors are vibrant. Unfortunately, I find these major flaws in the design:
1. The strap is too narrow and the snap release should be centered across the chest and not up in the shoulder. The plastic snap sinks in badly with the weight of the pocket contents … and it hurts.
2. The plastic zippers in the pockets are murder on fingers trying to quickly reach inside the pockets for a smart phone or wallet. The space is tight and the teeth of the zippers are sharp along the entire length. Bronze zippers would be less sharp and hurtful.
So, my money was wasted. I will revert to my $16.00 Everest fanny packs, which are way better designed and safer on my fingers.

Paul S.
Simply awesome essential pouch

Just loving the pouch on my trip, ideal size and extremely convenient for all those required accessories!

Adam C. (California, United States)
Mostly great, just one little thing.

The Essential Crossbody is the right size to carry an iPad mini, eyeglasses case, contact lens gear, sunscreen, wallet, keys, cables, plugs, associated other detritus. Everything fits … except the Apple Pencil. This is singularly bizarre: The iPad mini sleeve (which is unpadded, and I was taken aback) is cut so small that the iPad mini fits (barely) while in its Smart Folio, but the Pencil has to be left outside the mini sleeve. And there’s no special holster for the Pencil, either. I was scratching my head. Why would the sleeve barely accept the Smart Folio? Why would the sleeve not accept the Pencil? This is the sort of design oversight I never expected from Waterfield.… And yet? All those things do fit, and you can leave the Pencil loose in the pouch if you so desire. I could ask for a gold option for the Forza textile (and would have chosen that), and I could wish for a better-provisioned iPad mini sleeve. But this is a good case despite all that.

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WaterField Essential Crossbody Pouch Review: A Stylish and Practical Everyday Carry Bag

GearDiary - September 19, 2022

“The WaterField Essential Crossbody Pouch has been great when I’ve been out riding one of my electric bicycles.”

GearDiary Overall Rating: 5/5


The Essential Crossbody Pouch is ideal for a iPad Mini and for carrying essentials like phone, wallet, keys, and earbuds.



The Essential Crossbody Pouch is all about convenience in a small package. Multiple access points and organizational pockets help you find your gear quickly and easily. 


Keep your iPad Mini (or similarly-sized tech device) in a separate flush pocket within the main compartment. Access and organize  frequently-used items  in  two exterior pockets — a secure, zippered one, or in the open front pocket.


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


All Essential Bags are made from WaterField's custom ballistic nylon that's abrasion- and water-resistant. It withstands prolonged sun exposure so your bag will stay looking fresh and new, even years from now.  For a pop of color, we use our Forza textile which has a unique basketweave pattern. 


See the Essential Messenger Bag, Essential Backpack, and Essential Duffel.



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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