A Guide For Buying The Best Tool Backpack (5 Favorite Ones)

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Having a lot of tools and gadgets can be very useful as a prepper, but if you don’t have a proper backpack to store these in for taking them with you while on the go, they’re pretty much rendered useless in a SHTF situation. Some preppers are of the mindset that any old backpack will do in a case like this, but if you want to be as prepared as you possibly can be, you owe it to yourself to invest into the best tool backpack that money can buy.

Tool backpacks are just what they sound like — backpacks that are made to carry around a lot of tools and other equipment for people that need to have all of their gadgets and gizmos as mobile and organized as possible.

These backpacks do typically cost a bit more money than a traditional backpack, but this is money that’s worth spending.

In order to make sure that you spend that money the right way, here are the 5 tool backpacks that we recommend the most.

1. Custom Leathercraft 1134 Carpenter’s Tool Backpack

There are two Custom Leathercraft bags on this list, and the first one is the 1134. Custom Leathercraft is one of the top names when it comes to tool backpacks, and the 1134 is definitely one of the company’s finest.

On the 1134, you’ll find two main compartments that are secured with zippers — one that’s designed to hold tools and parts, and the other for holding a cordless drill and an accompanying battery. There are numerous compression pockets that are completely adjustable for holding other odds and ends, and padding on the 1134 allows for back support to keep you comfortable even when lugging around a load of tools.

You’ll find a total of 41 pockets inside of the 1134 and 7 pockets on the outside of it. This allows for more than enough storage space for most preppers reading this, and in addition to all of this space, the 1134 also feels very well built and reliable.

2. Klein Tools 55421BP-14 Tradesman Pro Organizer Backpack

Klein Tools is the maker of the 55421BP-14 Tradesman Pro Organizer Backpack, and although that may not be the sexist name in the world, this bag brings a lot of really great features to the table that should make the life of any prepper considerably easier.

Inside of the Klein Tools backpack is a total of 39 individual pockets for easily storing and organizing all of your equipment, and the varied sizes of these pockets makes is awesome for holding tools of different shapes and sizes.

A 1680D ballistic weave throughout the back ensures maximum durability, and a front zipper on the face of the backpack acts as a way to have quick and easy access to small parts and other tools that you need to access quickly.

In addition to all of this, the 55421BP-14 also offers a fully molded bottom to protect the bag from the elements, a bright orange accent color to easily see the bag, and straps that are very comfortable even with a lot of items packed into the bag.

3. DEWALT DGL523 Lighted Tool Backpack Bag

The DEWALT DGL523 is another awesome option for storing all of your best backpack tools, and even though it costs a little less than the Klein Tools backpack, there are a few exclusive features here that just might make this a better buy depending on your personal needs and preferences.

DEWALT managed to cram in 48 multi-use pockets throughout the inside of the DGL523, and on the outside you’ll find another 9 pockets for organizing tools that you need to have ultra-fast access to. All of these pockets/pouches are very well-made, and in our testing, the never once let up even with a completely full backpack.

Large pads on the back of the DGL523 help to make it extra comfortable when carrying it around, and padded web carrying handles with adjustable shoulder straps further enhance the comfort levels of this thing. Additionally, if you need to get into your bag at night and are having trouble finding the right tool, you can use the built-in LED light to make this task considerably easier.

4. Carhartt Legacy Standard Work Backpack

Carhartt’s Legacy Standard Work Backpack is the cheapest tool backpack on our list, and while this lower price does result in there being less individual pockets for storing your equipment, there should still be enough here for most preppers out there.

Made out of 100% polyester, Carhartt’s backpack strikes a really nice balance between durability and being comfortable to wear. A Rain Defender water repellent has been added to the backpack to help ensure resistance to rain and snow, and there’s also a Duravax base for helping to ease down on possible abrasion.

There’s a large main compartment with the Carhartt Legacy for storing your main tools, and there are multiple zippered exterior organization areas for neatly holding everything in place.The bag weighs in at around 1.4-pounds, and counter fit shoulder straps making lugging it around an absolute breeze.

5. Custom Leathercraft 1132

If money is no object and you want to get your hands on the best of the best that money can buy, look no further than the Custom Leathercraft 1132. The 1132 has been featured a number of times on different websites’ best tool backpack review, and it truly is something special.

There are a whopping 75 individual pockets throughout the 1132 for storing all of your tools and equipment, and Custom Leathercraft says that this can hold a 14-piece wrench set, electric drills, pliers, screwdrivers, and much, much more.

Custom Leathercraft built the 1132 using ballistic poly fabric, and in addition to the bag itself, your purchase also comes with a free multi-compartment plastic tray for even more organization of your stuff.

The price of nearly $100 might be enough to keep some of our readers at bay, but trust us when we say that this is the best tool backpack in terms of sheer functionality.

Final Thoughts

Although the Custom Leathercraft 1132 does offer the most functionality and features, the best tool backpack for you might be different than someone else’s. You might have a lot of cash to burn through and pick up the 1132, but someone on the hunt for a bargain will find a lot to love with the Carhartt Legacy. Every bag on here features a unique set of features and value, but no matter which one you buy, you’ll be getting one of the absolute best on the market in 2017.


  • Avatar Ashraf says:

    Awesome article. Loved it!
    The DEWALT DGL523 backpack seemed a great one to me.

    BTW, I’m still confused about the differences between general backpack and a tool backpack. Can you please tell me about the differences?

    • Avatar The Tenth Man says:

      A general backpack usually has pockets and attachments to store your personal items. On the other hand, a tool backpack is organized and constructed to hold various tool implements conveniently and efficiently. Hope this helps.

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