Edge 40 Backpack
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The Edge series urban laptop backpacks are our most popular commuter packs. The Edge 40 is the big brother to the Edge 30 with an extra 1" depth in the side panels. Nylon exterior panels are exceedingly durable, and a waterproof welded liner and flexible, tailored harness system keeps your belongings dry and secure on your toughest commute. 2,250+ cu. in. of capacity carries all of your essentials without extra bulk, and multiple accessory pockets keep your tools, gloves, and electronics separated so you spend less time digging through your pack.
100% waterproof sonic-welded liner completely protects the interior of the pack
An available accessory laptop pouch with ½” Evazote closed-cell foam protects your laptop by absorbing vibration and impact
Full length, zippered pocket for your tablet or e-reader
Volumetric tool pocket for separating cycling essentials from your other gear
Flat valuables pocket for keys and wallet
Top zippered pocket is 100% waterproof with the Storm Shield down for electronics
Hi-Vis Storm Shield tucks away when not in use and zips down when needed for additional rain protection
Side panels have attachment webbing for a choice of multiple accessory side pockets
3-D Mesh back panel and ergonomic shoulder pads enhance comfort and stability and prevent load shifting
Available in Men's Medium and Large and Women's Small for a custom fit
Volume: Men's M/L: 2,250+ cu. in. Women’s S: 2,000+ cu. in.
Weight: Men's M/L: 3 lbs. 8 oz. Women’s S: 3 lbs. 6 oz.
Materials: 500-D Cordura sides, 1000-D Tex Nylon bottom and front, Hypalon reinforcement
Customer service was also great, the staff helped me out in selecting the right bag. And they answered the phone on the spot! (When was the last time you talked to a human being when calling a customer service number?)
In any event, all I have are compliments to VT...the best of all is that is made in the USA. Yes, completely made here in the States, not just designed here and manufactured elsewhere. This is the real thing.
Keep up the great work!
I've employed and evolved through multiple methods of transporting my stuff, which is generally a pair of khakis, a t-shirt, golf or button down shirt, socks and underwear. A small lunch, couple cans of soda. Some basic tools for tire changes and roadside issues. Over the years I've used messenger bags, sling packs, day bags, bags sold specfic to the cycling commuters, bags I though would work better or feel more comfortable. Recently I've been quite happy with a simple dry-sack pack I picked up at Wal-Mart, obstensibly for use during inclement weather, although I found the straps a bit on thin side.
I see the Velo Transit as an evolution of that WalMart dry-sack concept, a drysack now married to a much more ergonomic backplane and robust, well constructed shoulder straps. I've been using the pack daily now for over a month and find it almost flawless. The great, carnivourous main pocket swallows up all my stuff, I've yet to actually fill it. The vinyl interior takes a bit of getting use to when packing and unpacking, stuff doesn't slide as expected. ON the other hand, stuff doesn't seems to shift around as much either. Don't mistake this bag as something you'd use like an ordinary backpack, you don't want to be diving in and out of it all the time. Its made for getting stuff from Point A to Point B. You can't really root around inside of it trying to grab that item out of the bottom and the roll top closure, which works really well from the aspect of prevent rain intrusion isn't something you want to be opening and closing all the time.
That roll top closure works really nice from the standpoint of compressing the top of the bag down, so that with a moderate size load you have great visibility over your back. If you need to occasional space, its available, you just trade off some visibility for it.
A couple of well thought out pockets on the exterior allow you segregate items you might need quick access to: keys, wallet, ID, tools. Another pocket, sandwiched between the main body and aforementioned easy access pockets provides a place to carry file folders, notepads a tablet or small laptop.
The shoulder and waist straps are generously sized and well constructed, as is the entire pack. Plenty of adjustment in how the straps carry the pack. Tucked up at the top of the outside face is a hide away rain-shield which can shield the outer pockets is necessary. It's bright yellow color allows it to act as a visual safety aide if one so desires.
It took a couple of iterations to get the fit and feel right but I'm quite pleased with this bag and don't foresee replacing it any time soon.
I would recommend getting the pouch along with this. This is a great product and Velo Transit has my thanks for producing a very good product!
Then the velcro closure gave out on the Ortleib so I started looking around for something new.
I came across the VT site and was interested in their products. I was a little hesitant about the price at first. Then I noticed "Made in USA" - wow! is anything actually manufactured in the US anymore...well, their products are. I looked a little further and noticed they are made in Seattle just south of downtown where I work.
One day during lunch I took a trip to their store. They have a small retail area, and shelves with finished bags ready to ship, but most of the shop is set up for cutting and sewing.
That's about as made in the USA as it gets.
I tried out a few bags, and decided on the Edge 40. I have been using the bag for about 8 months now. I use it on my daily commute, and a few weeks ago was the wettest day of the year in Seattle. Cars were sending waves of water over me as they drove past through the lakes of water that had backed up onto the road. I arrived soaked to the bone, but everything inside my bag was perfectly dry.
The bag fits the curvature of your back. Even when I pack it full (or overpack it sometimes) it is comfortable to wear. Another huge plus is the over-shoulder visibility. The top corners fold down when you close the bag, making it easier to glance behind as you are riding.
There is nothing I would change about the bag. I love it. It's simply the best in my opinion.
Next I'll be adding some accessories...laptop pouch, bottle holder, mesh bag.