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- 1050 Denier Black ballistic or Brown waxed canvas
- Full-grain leather accent
- Small: 17.25" (l) x 11" (w) x 10.25" (h)
- Large: 21.5" (l) x 12.5" (w) x 10.75" (h)
43.81 (l) x 27.94 (w) x 26.03 (h) cm
Volume: 32 Liters
54.61 (l) x 31.75 (w) x 26.03 (h) cm
Volume: 47 Liters
- Small Ballistic Nylon: 1.75 lbs. / 0.79 kg
- Small Waxed Canvas: 2.60 lbs. / 1.17 kg
- Large Ballistic Nylon: 2.40 lbs. / 1.08 kg
- Large Waxed Canvas: 3.30 lbs. / 1.49 kg
- Made of waxed canvas or sturdy ballistic nylon.
- Leather color accents: Black, Chocolate or Grizzly.
- YKK splash-proof zippers keep your gear dry.
- Dual handles with leather accent for comfort.
- Removable shoulder strap with matching leather shoulder pad for varied carry styles.
Yes, it's expensive. You can definitely get a useful duffel for less money. You can even get a waxed canvas duffel for less. But this is a nicely designed take on the waxed canvas duffel and it's made entirely in San Francisco. It has a nice amount of simple organization without wading into overdesign. It's enjoyable to pack and enjoyable to use. That's worth it to me!
You should get the dual-zipper version. It's the best part! Each side can take over ~75% of the internal volume with the extra fabric in the divider. It's a clever, effective bit of organization that doesn't really detract from the main use for a duffel. You can overstuff the "back" pocket with bulky compressible items like clothes and still have useful volume for a dopp kit, shoes, electronics, etc. Less digging and less re-packing mitigates the more annoying parts about duffels.
The small internal pocket on the liner is nice for cash, wallet, passport, pens, pills, or whatever else you want easy access to without using an external pocket or losing it in the main compartments.
The side pockets can fit a 1L Nalgene with room to spare, a pair of smaller bottles, a stuffed down jacket, rain shell, book, etc. Though if you overstuff the bag it can cut into the space for some of the not-flat items. My 9.7" iPad fits nicely as well, though I'd encourage a protective case of some kind. There's no internal liner.
The front flap pockets have a soft fleece liner for glasses or screens. You can fit a Kindle or a small iPad in there, but not a full-size one. (The larger bag might fit if they sized the pockets proportionally - I have the small bag.) There's no gusseting so again the space can get tight with an overstuffed bag. You might need to tug up and out on the flaps to get them to fold over a stuffed bag or pocket, but the magnets are actually strong enough to stay closed. (If you've ever tried to use a button clasp or buckle in the same situation you'll enjoy the experience of magnets.)
The included strap pad is neoprene-lined for a really solid and comfy shoulder carry. I haven't had an issue with the smooth nylon strap loosening over time. The leather-clad grab handles are really nice in hand but honestly aren't very useful for shoulder carry unless you have a fairly empty bag. One will dig in and the other will keep flopping off. They're almost stiff enough to stand up on their own but usually fall to the sides. I wish they tossed another pair of magnets in there to keep them together.
The waxed canvas makes the bag fairly heavy on its own. A benefit of the heavy canvas is that the bag has structure whether empty or full. Combined with the little pull-tabs I've never once had to fiddle with the zippers, despite them being rubberized.
It's a shame this thing will probably last forever because I'd definitely buy it again.
I have been searching for a gym bag that can match my work attire. This duffel bag not only looks amazing, but is built better than all previous bags I have had the misfortune of owning. This bag will not disappoint, and you will get a ton of compliments for it as well. By far, best duffel bag that I have owned.
The Bolt duffel is a nice addition to the three other Waterfield pieces I own. Love the rugged look of the waxed canvas and leather. Originally ordered the large but it was too big for me and downsized to the smaller one - worked perfectly for an overnight trip this weekend.
As always, build quality is amazing. The waxed canvas feels great and the chocolate leather can only get better as it ages. The duffel is spacious and not too heavy.
That said, it is clear that this bag needs an update, a refresh. The bottom should be leather, to protect it better, and the strap should be redesigned (I'm thinking a much longer shoulder pad, at minimum). I'd like to see an integrated shoe/dirty clothes pocket on one hand and maybe the sweet magnet pockets on both sides, with the interior lined. Lastly this bag was originally conceived to max out airline carry-on specs - those have tightened in the last few years. I would maybe cut the dimensions down, ever-so-slightly, to match the most common requirements.
As I get older I’m trying to carry less and less. The Small Bolt Duffel bag worked perfect as my carry on. Feels great to carry with the shoulder strap or the leather handles.
"I always get excited when an email comes into my inbox that has a title that starts with "WaterField Designs announces..." because I know I'm going to see a great looking new leather bag that I'll want to try out." ... "I love the blocky rustic style."
"Thoughtful about every aspect of their bag designs, the company made sure the large duffel will still fit in airline overhead bins." ... "Like everything we've seen from Waterfield, we expect the Outback Duffel Bag will not only look great in person but will also be beautifully built and last a long, long time. "
- Small (Daily):
Great for everyday use, a short trip, and perfect carry-on size for airline travel.
- Large (Weekender):
Sized to maximize most airline carry-on restrictions.