That’s What She Said: Vertx EDC Transit Review

| May 3, 2017 | 2 Comments

I began carrying the Vertx EDC Commuter Sling 2 years ago (read my review). Apart from the everyday wear and tear you might expect of a daily carry bag, I pressure tested this bag through:

  • 16 hours of force-on-force training
  • 16 hours of close quarters force-on-force training
  • 16 hours of low-light force-on-force training
  • 8 hours of vehicle live fire training
  • 40 hours of defensive handgun live fire training

96 hours of manipulating the draw mechanic. Sometimes in awkward and unlit spaces. Sometimes while moving. The bag functioned well, fit my low-profile criteria, and with some modifications to the holster system, it has exceeded my expectations.

It was just too damn big.

Enter the Vertx EDC Transit Sling 

A comparison of the bags dimensions may not seem like much:

EDC Commuter Sling EDC Transit Sling
Dimensions 18”H x 13”W x 6”D 17”H x 11”W x 6”D
Capacity 23 liters 16 liters

Vertx cut one inch of height, two inches of width, and removed the large inner compartment which contained two pouch pockets (bottom right in the picture below).

As you can see, the extra compartment added a lot of bulk.

Here are some interior shots of the Transit for comparison.

The Transit’s interior is more compact and streamlined, but retains the features I value most. The gun compartment is a little smaller, but the ease of access is unchanged.

Thanks to the missing pockets and compartments, I have pared the contents of what I carry waaaaaaay down. No more “just in case” packets of condiments or snacks. For essentials, I added stick-on Velcro dots to items that no longer have their own pockets but need to be accessed quickly; like my flashlight and all-purpose boo-boo kit. I wish I’d thought of it before now. The dots attach securely to the loop interiors of the compartments and the items they attach to are easier to find.

The Commuter hung away from my back even when the strap was tightened, and its bulk was famous for whacking into people and things in close quarters.

The Transit’s profile is much more appropriate for my body shape.

If you’re looking for a low-profile bag for a smaller frame, give the Transit a look. Bags are not an optimal way to carry your firearm, but this one does enough things right to make a better-than-most option.

About the Author:

The She-Shepherd The She-Shepherd is a defensive firearms student, mother and advocate for pushing the boundaries of how we train. She believes that defensive training must balance context, mindset, and skill to be most effective. Her specialty has become testing alternative modes of firearms carry and best practices of less than lethal force options through rigorous force-on-force scenario based training.

2 Comments on "That’s What She Said: Vertx EDC Transit Review"

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  1. kyle pinon says:

    Thanks for the review. I have been using the EDC Commuter Sling, for about the same amount of time as you. I also am really happy with the features / functionality it provides. My frame is larger than yours, so the bag never felt large on me, but my wife gave up on hers for that reason. Sounds like we got a new option for her to try out.

    Also the velcro dots is Genius! I’m ordering some today.

    • The She-Shepherd The She-Shepherd says:

      Hi Kyle!

      Please let us know how your wife likes the Transit, and what you find to use your own Velcro dots on!

      Thanks for reading 🙂

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