I have received many of Waterfield's releases before but most products were cases for a laptop model or another. But one specific product, the Bolt Briefcase, sparked my attention because, simply put, it's a beautifully done all day bag.
The Waterfield Bolt Briefcase serves double purpose: you can use it as a carry-on bag or as a commuter bag. I have experienced this bag in both situations and it certainly does the job, while looking good.
This custom handmade briefcase comes in two variations so you can select either the waxed canvas or the black ballistic nylon body, both with three different leather accents (black, chocolate and grizzly. My review bag is the waxed canvas with chocolate accent. The interior is beautifully finished, as well as the trimming details. The removable should strap has details in rubber and leather, making it a comfortable bag to carry if you don't feel like holding it by its handles.
You will find a variety of compartments: inside there's a padded laptop compartment (13", 15" or 17" options corresponding to a small, medium or large sized briefcase) plus a couple of internal pockets as well as two external pockets sealed with strong magnets within the leather clasps. On its front there's a concealed zipper sealing a large pocket, as well as an open flat pocket on the back, ideal for documents. You can easily slip it over a rolling suitcase handle.
The zippers are splash proof so you easily use it even when raining, protecting your contents - including your laptop or tablet.
Since I have a 13" laptop I decided to go with its small version (measuring 14.5" x 10.5" x 4"). You can see the photos showing the work quality is really stunning.
I used the Bolt bag as a daily commute bag and as a carry-on bag on a two day trip to Sydney, Australia. Inside I had enough space for spare clothes, toiletry bag (including a Philips shaver), my 13" laptop, a USB charger, external power for my smartphone, cordless mouse, Amazon Kindle reader, laptop charger, passport and tickets. This was what I needed for an overnight stay overseas - and on my way back I had an extra box with a smartphone sample for review. It was a bit tight but it certainly worked and it made for a very fast and light travel.
The straps are built into the bag and very comfortable to hold - keeping the bag well balanced in your hand when carrying it.
Overall very impressed by the craftsmanship and the overall quality. It does look good and can certainly complement the professional lifestyle.