WaterField's Bolt Briefcase can fill a variety of needs

By Aaron Lee

WaterField Designs' Bolt Briefcase is designed to meet the evolving needs of tech professionals and business travelers. Such folks carry a range of gadgets, each requiring different degrees of accessibility and protection. 

The Bolt's organizational design directly addresses those needs. Its classic lines and materials age beautifully and shift easily from work casual to professional business settings, making it an essential accessory for the modern workplace.

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Two easy-access pockets hold frequently-needed items like wallet and phone and stay closed with invisible magnets. Above that, a hidden, horizontal pocket secures with a waterproof zipper to hold intermediate-access items like tablets and boarding passes. The main compartment includes a padded laptop slot to keep this key item well-protected; two additional open-topped pockets to organize pens, business cards and other miscellany; and a key fob for quickly retrieving these necessities. A rear slot slips onto a rolling suitcase handle.

The Bolt can be configured to fit just about any environment thanks to a choice of rugged black ballistic nylon or durable tan waxed canvas and a choice of black, chocolate or grizzly naturally-tanned, full-grain leather accents let users customize the look to individual needs. 

For professional settings, the dual leather-lined handles are the best carrying approach. For dashing through airports, however, the Bolt’s thoughtful details deliver more practical conveniences—either the detachable, suspension shoulder strap or the wide slip that fits over rolling suitcase handles is the way to go.

The Bolt is available in three sizes to fit up to 13-inch laptops and up to 17-inch laptops plus accessories. The smallest is ideal for day trips, while the largest can fit shoes and overnight accessories when necessary. Pricing is $269, $279, and $2.99.

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