The first tool backpack we examined was the Custom Leathercraft option- it features integrated back support cushioning and has 44 different pockets. Because some of these pockets are compression pockets- they are size adjustable, meaning that large and bulky objects can be fit into them.
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As well, another convenient feature is the carry handle is at the top of the bag- this makes it simple to transport your tools around the job site without having to strap the backpack onto your back.
Examining their marketing materials, we see that it is marketed towards repair technicians, carpenters, electricians, anyone doing installation work on construction sites or home renovation projects.
One specific application being for service personnel climbing up ladders who need hands-free access to their specialty diagnostic equipment. Indeed, this is especially handy for satellite and cable television installers who frequently transport a large variety of specialty power hand tools to job sites and need access to them in difficult places.
- Buyers say that when you fill it up with tools, it does stand up straight on its own, although it does lean forward slightly.
- Another reviewer says that on average, once it's fully packed with carpenters tools, it weighs anywhere between 40 and 50 pounds.
- One electrician we interviewed who's been using the bag for about a year now tells us that it is durably built and can accommodate every size and shape tool with space left over for his lunch.
- An IT professional who travels to remote work locations tells us that he prefers this option over a traditional toolbox because once the sides are zipped they easily display and provide access to all of the tools he needs as opposed to having to unpack everything as is the case with a steel toolbox.
- Some of the objects he loads it up with include gloves, tool belt organizers, male connectors, punch down tools, voltage detectors, forehead mounted lights, wall plates, cable hooked tools- and many, many more items.
The second organizer backpack we examined is provided by Klein Tools- it features 39 different pockets with a molded bottom to protect against inclement outdoor elements like snow and rain.
- One buyer says he was able to cram his 17 inch Asus laptop into it, telling us that the fit is somewhat tight, but it does zip.
- Because of a hard casing, some electricians prefer it because it provides protective insulation against impact to ensure expensive hand tools are not damaged.
- Another buyer had it monogrammed with his initials so that it was readily identifiable on the worksite.
- Another buyer tells us he carries it up ladders on his back and appreciates the plastic bottom because you can drop it in puddles without concern for water damage- plus it means that it stands up straight when you settle it down on the ground.
The third tool backpack we examined is produced by DeWalt- it differentiates itself by including an integrated LED light that you can use to shine into the backpack itself or to illuminate a dark construction area.
This light is actually adjustable- featuring three different illumination levels, making it sensitive for far or close applications. It's marketed as a convenient way to store and transport accessories and tools including drill bits, pliers, extension cords, wrench sets, testers, and screws.
The internal pockets are strategically organized- there are 48 of them, all of which are marketed towards contractors who need a variety of different-sized storage compartments that are easily accessed. Buyers endorse the arrangement of the front pockets- this is a great place to store tools that you need access to the most.
- One buyer wondered whether he be able to fit a toolbelt in it. He discovered that it really depends on the size of it. The workaround is to strap it to the bag itself with a durable bungee cord.
- Buyers say it will fit a laptop- though you should be careful to keep it away from other tools in the back so it doesn't get scratched.
- Engineers applaud the top handles which make it easy to log in the bag around the job site, even when it's loaded and heavy, without side zippers exploding and unleashing its contents onto the ground.
- Another buyer praised the distribution of the pockets, saying that it is designed to distribute weight evenly which makes it more comfortable to carry even when loaded with over 40 pounds of tools.
- Another buyer managed to load it up with over 100 pounds of equipment, saying that it's held up well with the integrated light helping him see into its interior when it is dark in the early morning hours.
The fourth work backpack we examined is manufactured by Carhartt. It comes in brown and black colors and is built from polyester with rain resistant coating and a Duravax base.
- One buyer said he was pleased by his minimalistic design appearance, its sturdy construction, its ability to stand rather than flop over when settled on the ground and how comfortable the curved shoulder straps are.
- This bag is not really as a robust an option for storing tools- it's more of a grab and go solution for buyers who want to shuttle their laptop and some other accessories in a rugged way.
- Buyers do love it, however, saying that while not equipped to store hundreds of tools and carry 100 pounds, it's a rugged option for smaller-scale transport, even functioning as an every day backpack.
The last job site backpack we examined is manufactured by Milwaukee- it features an integrated laptop sleeve, and impact resistant base, and 35 different organizing pockets.
- Buyers, were for the most part fairly pleased, saying that it is a tough option that can accommodate hand tools, a laptop, without exerting uncomfortable pressure on the shoulders when transporting.
- One technician tells us that doing appliance repair means he needs quick and ready access to a ton of different tools-this option enabled him to store everything without having to walk back to his truck to find a forgotten item.