Outback Duo Laptop Brief
The slim Outback Duo Laptop Brief holds two devices
Available in three color combinations
Two Sizes: Compact & Full for 13" & 16" laptops
Padded compartment protects laptop and tablet.
Zipper stops just at the right spot for in-case charging
Organizational pockets maximize space efficiently
Thin 2-inch profile. Front pocket keeps the bulk in.
Conveniently slides onto carry-on handles
Compact Size for 13" devices (Full Size for 16")
Includes Supreme Suspension Shoulder Strap
Supreme Suspension Shoulder Strap ($49 value)
Gary (6'0' tall) is carrying a Full size
Carry over the shoulder or use the leather-wrapped handles
Ballistic Nylon with Black Leather
Ballistic Nylon with Chocolate Leather
Waxed Canvas with Chocolate Leather

Outback Duo Laptop Brief

1 in stock

Slim profile. The Outback Duo lets you carry two devices + accessories in a slim, lightweight case. Carry it comfortably over the shoulder with the Supreme Suspension Strap, or grab the leather-wrapped handles for a nice, soft feel. 

If carrying one laptop, see the Outback Solo for MacBook/iPad or Surface

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


  • Black ballistic nylon with black or chocolate full-grain leather
  • Waxed canvas with chocolate full-grain leather
  • High-grade, shock absorbent neoprene interior
  • Premium, full-grain leather flap
  • All-metal hardware
  • More details here

Dimensions & Weight:

  • Compact:
  • 14.5" (l) x 2" (w) x 9.75" (h); 1.5 lbs (ballistic), 1.8 lbs (canvas)
    36.83 (l) x 5.08 (w) x 24.76 (h) cm; 0.68 kg (ballistic), 0.82 kg (canvas)
    Volume: 4.6 liters

  • Full:

  • 16" (l) x 2" (w) x 10.5" (h) 1.8 lbs (ballistic), 2 lbs (canvas)
    40.64 (l) x 5.08 (w) x 26.67 (h) cm; 0.82 kg (canvas), 0.91 kg (canvas)
    Volume: 5.5 liters


  • Slim, compact, and lightweight.
  • Designed to carry two laptops or laptop + tablet.
  • Rear includes a passthrough slot to slip onto carry-on handles.
  • Dual-layer leather flap keeps items in the front pocket protected.
  • Front pocket is pleated to keep bulky accessories from bulging out.
  • Interior gold, water-resistant liner makes it easy to see what's inside.
  • Clever laptop compartment cut-outs allow for in-case laptop charging.
  • Flap is secured shut with a strong, self-finding magnet for easy closure.
  • Padded laptop compartments are lined with plush, no-scratch fabric for protection.
  • Includes removable, adjustable Supreme Suspension Shoulder Strap for carrying comfort.
  • Two size options to protect dual laptops up to 13" MacBook Pro or up to 16" MacBook Pro.
  • Three carry options: comfortable leather-lined handles, a detachable suspension shoulder strap, and a wheeled suitcase passthrough.
  • OPTIONAL: Martexin Original Wax can be used to touch-up and and freshen the wax on your bag.


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

Customer Reviews

Based on 47 reviews
Matthew S. (North Carolina, United States)
Overall very good compact briefcase, with a few nits

I recently used my new Outback Duo Laptop Brief for the first time on a week long business trip, and have a few thoughts.

Overall, I like the look of the bag -- classic Waterfield design. Also, as always, appears very well made -- as expected for Waterfield. The bag fit my use case of being able to carry a laptop and a tablet in the same case without being overly bulky, and so definitely meets my needs and should see a lot of use in the years to come.

That said, it was a bit bulkier than I expected, particularly for the amount of space available: it was actually quite tight inside with 2 devices present, and the outer pocket is much tighter than I would have expected. Also, the magnet on the outer flap holds very well if you get it lined up just right; however, getting it lined up right was sometimes easier said than done (especially if you had much of anything in the side pocket). Not deal breakers, but definitely things to be aware of.

A couple of additional thoughts for improvement... It would be nice to see some lining in the outside pocket: given the types of things that go into that pocket, canvas on canvas doesn't feel quite right. Additionally, I think this bag would be an excellent candidate for the magnetic closure system that is starting to show up on other Waterfield bags (in place of the zipper): I have that on another Waterfield bag, and it works really well and looks great.

So overall a solid bag which I'm going to enjoy using, but some things to be aware of and some opportunities for improvement.

Jim B. (Ohio, United States)
Wonderful briefcase for the essentials!

I bought this bag as a companion for my Air Duffel, for when I just need a few items for a trip to the office. The large version holds either (or both) of the machines I use, or one of them and either a second screen or iPad. There’s just enough room for folders with the day’s work in between. The exterior pocket is great for small items that need quick access. I could also imagine using this as a travel bag for short trips, since it fits nicely on the handle of a roll aboard suitcase. It’s light and just big enough for the essentials for working.

Greg S.
The perfect bag for light carry

This bag will be my go-to for commuting, traveling for meetings, interviews, and anything else requiring a vessel to keep a few things in such as a notebook, files, or small laptop. I got the compact size as I prefer laptops with less of a footprint and wanted something as slim and streamlined as possible for when I don’t need to carry around a lot, while still maintaining a modern professional look. It goes without saying that materials and craftsmanship are top notch.

Geeven S. (Washington, United States)
Very limited

I love my other bag (Air Porter) from Waterfield - it feels like that one thought of everything. This Outback Duo feels like an incomplete first draft. If I put laptops in each of the sides - as intended - the bag has no give and the inner pocket only gets about 3/4 " wide. The side zippers really should have gone down the whole side - not stopped halfway. Also, if the bag is meant for 2 laptops, you've got to assume people will carry at least one charger. But again, with 2 laptops there is no room for a normal sized laptop charger.
I love the style and I love the materials. But the design makes some serious mistakes.

John N. (Florida, United States)
Squeaks by

I have a big DELL 17 inch lap top so I got this duo bag. It just barely makes it. I will stick with it, but I wish it was a bit bigger. Excellent bag otherwise.

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The Digital Trekker - October 6, 2020

“I am finding it difficult to find anything negative about this bag.”


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WaterField's Outback Duo

MacDirectory - August 2020

“Out of the confusion from Cupertino comes satisfaction from San Francisco as WaterField revealed its incredible cool Outback Duos attachés for 13, 15, and 16-inch laptops, assured to be compatible with any OS and portable device Apple will send our way for years to come.”

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Tested: Waterfield Outback Duo, a stylish way to carry both MacBook and iPad

9to5Mac - July 21, 2020

“But this is otherwise the perfect accompaniment to a carry-on roller bag when traveling, keeping your MacBook and iPad easily on hand, while also serving well as a standalone hand or shoulder bag for everyday use.”


The Outback Duo comes in two sizes, each with two padded laptop compartments. Below are the devices that fit in these compartments. 


  • Full Size - Both padded laptop compartments fit devices up to 15" x 10"
    • 14" MacBook Pro M2
    • 16" MacBook Pro M2
    • 15" MacBook Air M2
    • Surface Studio Laptop
    • Surface Laptop 5 (15")
    • Surface Pro 9 with Type Cover
  • Compact Size - Both padded laptop compartments fits devices up to 13" x 9"
    • 14" MacBook Pro M1
    • 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
    • Surface Laptop 5 (13.5")
    • Surface Pro 9 with Type Cover
  • Customer-vetted Devices - From Customer Reviews:
    • reMarkable (paper tablet) fits in Compact Size
    • Pixel Slate fits in Compact Size
    • Dell XPS 15 9570 (15.6” ultrabook) fits in Full Size (Robert N., Sunnyvale, US) 


As its name implies, the Outback Duo is specifically designed to carry two devices. The Duo remains ultra lightweight and compact even when full. The main compartment makes efficient use of space, the pleated front pocket expands and contracts to minimize bulge, and the Supreme Suspension Strap makes for a light, comfortable carry. 



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 Outback Duo, 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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