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Tool belt….or vest?

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  • #662209

    brianpeters
    Pro
    Murray, KY

    I currently have a set of Diamondback tool bags, which I am very satisfied with. There are times, however, especially doing inside remodeling and trim work, where I don’t really like to wear them, so I end up with tools stuffed in my pockets, or scattered around the room I’m working in. I’ve been looking on this site https://www.atlas46.com/products.html , they have a tool vest that looks pretty nice, was wondering if anyone on here has tried one, or something similar? Would like to see a discussion on this.

    #662214

    smallerstick
    Pro
    Listowel, ON

    Good thread! I’m like you, I like to use a tool belt system for outdoor construction work but I have a problem in the shop. I really don’t like bib style aprons very much; they just don’t hold enough and they really tend to flop around too much. Vests make a lot of sense to me.

    The Atlas46 product would be worth a look for sure. I have also been checking out the Occidental Leather vest offerings.

    I’m very interested to hear about others experience with vests.

    https://www.instagram.com/woodiworkshop/

    #662218

    Hangman
    Pro

    Haven’t tried the Altas 46 stuff it all seems rather overpriced, though it’s made in America. Recently I went to Denmark and was hoping to get my hand on some Blaklader products. The Danish work clothes are Make by Mascot and Snicker and are mandatory for professionals, and color coated depending on your field. All companies provide works with gear from head to toe, so amazing. If steel toe boots are worn out or 1 year old the company has to issue a work a new pair.

    While I use a toolbelt they aren’t really popular in Europe, hence the pants with extra detachable exterior pockets. Vests are very popular and I’m waiting for the new Mascot Flexi-Vest to hit the market this month. Fortunately my brother and law will bring it overseas in a few months.

    The master has failed more times than the disciple has ever tried.

    Over 25 years experience from NYC

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    #662222

    smallerstick
    Pro
    Listowel, ON

    Vests are very popular and I’m waiting for the new Mascot Flexi-Vest to hit the market this month. Fortunately my brother and law will bring it overseas in a few months.

    I found a source in the US; west coast
    https://www.repconnw.com/ for the Mascot product line. It looks really good.

    EDIT: I just found this video…

    https://www.instagram.com/woodiworkshop/

    #662234

    The Samurai Carpenter is working on another design of his vest if your a fan of his vest. I think he is going to have them made and sell them.

    My You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA5AretE3xPoVDV61AxUdUA

    I don't do a fast job. I don't do a slow job. I do a half fast job.

    #662236

    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    Neither! Blaklader pants for me!

    Jon P.
    Timber Carpentry & Construction
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    #662246

    Sorpa
    Pro
    Pierrefonds, Qc

    Tool belt while working.
    In my shop I’ll invest in an apron. Mostly to cover the midsection.

    #662259

    rerun_1965
    Pro
    holladay, TN

    I still use my old tool belt

    #662288

    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Neither! Blaklader pants for me!

    I have seen carpenters using the kangaroo vest here and thought it could be a nice complement to the Blaklader pants.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #662323

    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    If needed I prefer the vest. Don’t even use that much but if I do need tool storage than I use a vest.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    #662355

    Doobie
    Pro
    Ajax, ON

    Neither! Blaklader pants for me!

    I have seen carpenters using the kangaroo vest here and thought it could be a nice complement to the Blaklader pants.

    I’ve looked at getting a kangaroo too, but I haven’t been able to see one up close yet before ordering.

    http://www.wrkwear.com/bantam-kangaroo-vest/

    Kevin.

    Wannabee pro.

    #662381

    asevereid
    Pro
    Kamloops, BC

    I bought a vest a while back for trim work and I won’t go back to a belt for that 👍
    I’ve still been using my belt for framing and general construction… But because I’ve built up a few belts over the years, I’ve got a couple for dedicated tasks now. I’ve got my go to Task leather belt, a siding setup, the trim vest, and I’ll be looking in to some clip on pouches for my harness for when we do roof sheathing.

    Lurking Hit and Run poster.

    #662429

    GTokley
    Pro
    Madoc, ON

    I have a tool belt for doing jobs around the house. I don’t hardly use it anymore. A vest might be something I could around the house and the workshop.

    Neither! Blaklader pants for me!

    I have seen carpenters using the kangaroo vest here and thought it could be a nice complement to the Blaklader pants.

    I’ve looked at getting a kangaroo too, but I haven’t been able to see one up close yet before ordering.

    http://www.wrkwear.com/bantam-kangaroo-vest/

    It is hard to tell from that picture for sure.

    Greg

    instagram.com/gregtokley/

    #662452

    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    It does look like something I want to get.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #662481

    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    I have seen carpenters using the kangaroo vest here and thought it could be a nice complement to the Blaklader pants.

    Between the pants and vest you can wear your whole toolbox. LOL. Glad most of my tools are just a few steps away in the shop. If not I use a tool cart.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    #662487

    smallerstick
    Pro
    Listowel, ON

    Looks like there will be a vest in my future. Comfort and utility in one place. Nylon seems to have the advantage over leather but leather wears so well. Hmmmm.

    https://www.instagram.com/woodiworkshop/

    #662490

    RonW
    Pro
    Holladay, Tn

    A vest would be OK in the winter. Just don’t think I want to wear one in the heat of the summer.

    Ron

    A Working Pro since 1994!

    Member since March 26, 2014.

    #662510

    Doobie
    Pro
    Ajax, ON

    A vest would be OK in the winter. Just don’t think I want to wear one in the heat of the summer.

    That’s part of my concern as well. They’re not suitable for every work scenario, but I may get one for when it would be. I just never see any of them by any decent brand in stores I’ve gone too. Even the stores that are dedicated work wear stores.

    Kevin.

    Wannabee pro.

    #662631

    GTokley
    Pro
    Madoc, ON

    A vest would be OK in the winter. Just don’t think I want to wear one in the heat of the summer.

    That’s part of my concern as well. They’re not suitable for every work scenario, but I may get one for when it would be. I just never see any of them by any decent brand in stores I’ve gone too. Even the stores that are dedicated work wear stores.

    Yes I am sure they would be warm to wear in the summer time. I wouldn’t mind trying one out someday. Not sure it would be a big concern for me. As it would get used alot hot weather anyways.

    Greg

    instagram.com/gregtokley/

    #662644

    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    A vest would be OK in the winter. Just don’t think I want to wear one in the heat of the summer.

    This is my concern too. The heat and funk that builds up on the vest.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

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