WaterField Designs debuts the Bolt laptop backpack

WaterField Designs has devoted the $329 Bolt Laptop Backpack, which is designed to accommodate both work and after-work gear in a stylish, professional bag that befits the office, airport, or gym, according to company owner Gary Waterfield.

It sports a designated, laptop compartment for a Macbook, PC, Surface Pro or other device that’s accessible through a quick-access zipper allowing business travelers to ease through TSA airport security, he adds. The Bolt Laptop Backpack — available in waxed canvas or ballistic nylon with full-grain leather accents — is designed to accommodate everything for short business trips without the need for an extra bag. 

Ergonomically-designed straps distribute weight evenly for hands-free carry. A spacious main compartment—gold-lined to light up contents—is accessible via two waterproof zippers. The rear zipper leads to a shock-absorbing, foam-lined laptop compartment that holds up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro and an additional plush-lined tablet compartment that fits up to a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12-inch MacBook or similarly-sized device. This extra, rear zipper provides access to the devices when rushing through TSA airport security. The front zipper opens wide and provides access to other items in the main compartment. 

A backside anti-sweat, mesh cushion doubles as a rolling suitcase slot for transport through airports. A thick leather bottom boot provides structure to the backpack and enhances water-resistance and longevity. Finally, a leather-lined grab handle allows travelers to carry the Bolt suitcase-style in settings calling for a more formal look.

Low-profile pockets on either side hold a water bottle. An exterior, front zippered pocket—protected against the elements from a small, rain-guard flap—holds passports and tickets. Two additional front pockets close with hidden magnets and leather tabs to keep other travel items close at hand. Inside, two open-topped hand pockets close with Velcro pads to separate items such as chargers, cords and pens from the main compartment.