Introduced in 2019, the Vertx Dead Letter Sling took the place of the Vertx Courier in the product lineup.
While a backpack provides better weight distribution on the shoulders for enhanced comfort and easier mobility, a sling bag offers distinct advantages in situations where space is limited, quick access to contents is required, and security is paramount in crowds.
The Dead Letter Sling is thoughtfully designed to be adaptable in various carrying configurations.
It can be worn as a conventional messenger bag or transformed into one of Vertx’s traditional sling bags by switching the clip. left-handed individuals will appreciate that it is the first genuinely ambidextrous Vertx sling bag.
No matter how you arrange it, the bag maintains the correct upright orientation. Simply switch out the Rapid Access Pull tab, and you’re good to go. The reconfiguration process can be completed in just a few seconds.
The bar tacks on the back of the bag are color-coded to indicate the appropriate sling position for right or left-handed individuals. Red signifies a right-handed draw, while blue indicates a left-handed draw.
The subtle color coding simplifies the process of switching between right and left carry configurations.
The Dead Letter Sling showcases sophisticated messenger bag aesthetics that seamlessly blend into any professional or business setting. Its appearance exudes professionalism rather than a tactical vibe.
It complements a business suit beautifully while still incorporating all the essential features for everyday carry purposes. With a moderate size of 12 liters, it measures 19" in height, 13.5" in width, and 5" in depth. The sling pack weighs 3.2 pounds.
The design, craftsmanship, and choice of materials employed in the Dead Letter Sling exemplify exceptional quality. Its body is skillfully constructed using weatherproof 500D CORDURA nylon, adorned with synthetic leather accents. The selection of 500D CORDURA ensures a perfect balance between strength and lightweight characteristics.
The use of bonded nylon thread is consistent throughout, with critical seams and attachment points reinforced through bar tacking to ensure heightened durability. The Vertx Dead Letter Sling features YKK self-repairing nylon coil zippers and Duraflex plastic hardware, maintaining consistency in superior quality.
The zippers are thoughtfully equipped with quiet, positive-grip zipper pull tabs. Enhancing both airflow and comfort, the sling incorporates a 3-D molded high-density closed-cell foam back panel. Additionally, it includes a pass-through feature for conveniently attaching to rolling luggage handles. Notably, there are no visible logos, maintaining a sleek and understated aesthetic.
The Dead Letter Sling features an adjustable shoulder strap that offers exceptional comfort due to its thick padding and the inclusion of ventilating mesh on the bottom. The strap is equipped with quick-release buckles and multiple webbing attachment points, allowing for easy customization with accessories.
To ensure weight distribution and load management, the sling pack incorporates an adjustable waist/sternum strap. Additionally, the Dead Letter Sling is outfitted with a padded satchel/attaché-style carry handle, offering a variety of carrying options to suit individual preferences.
The Dead Letter Sling incorporates a zippered front flap on its front side, which cleverly hides a loop-faced MOLLE/PALS webbing panel. For convenient access to items mounted on the panel, the front flap can be neatly stowed behind it. The top of the flap features a nylon webbing pull tab that is secured with hook and loop fasteners.
This design allows for swift unzipping of the flap while keeping the panel discreetly concealed. Additionally, a synthetic leather grab handle positioned above the panel assists with easy access. Snaps on the zipper pull serve to prevent accidental openings.
To accommodate larger items such as helmets or jackets, two G-hooks enable the front flap to convert into a sling configuration. Furthermore, a loop-faced strip is situated at the bottom of the front panel, providing a designated space for attaching an ID patch.
The primary compartment of the Dead Letter Sling is accessible through a zippered opening and boasts dimensions of 17.5" in height, 13" in width, and 2" in depth, with a diagonal length of 19". This generous opening allows for easy access to various features, including a dedicated laptop sleeve capable of accommodating up to a 15" laptop.
Inside the compartment, there is also a zippered pocket made of abrasion-resistant 100% nylon mesh, equipped with a key lanyard for secure storage. Additionally, a large loop panel is available for attaching Tactigami and other hook and loop-compatible accessories, along with two gear slots for further organization.
Both the main compartment and the concealed carry compartment feature a light-colored interior, which enhances visibility within the bag.
Concealed Carry Compartment
The Vertx Dead Letter Sling features a zippered concealed carry compartment located at the rear, designed to accommodate compact PDWs or SMGs. The dimensions of this compartment are 19" in height, 12.5" in width, and 2" in depth, with a diagonal length of 20".
The compartment is equipped with loop lining, allowing for the attachment of Tactigami and other hook and loop-compatible accessories. It also includes a sling attachment point and a Rapid Access Pull tab, providing quick access to the user’s firearm during emergency situations.
Notably, the Dead Letter Sling offers one of the fastest draws available, with a firearm deployable from the compartment in three seconds or less. Furthermore, if the concealed carry platform is not utilized for a firearm, it serves as an additional compartment for carrying other items.
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