Tool backpacks are made of two types of material: nylon and polyester. You can also use your favorite leather backpack to transport your tools — provided that the bag is durable, of course. The problem is the compartments and pockets of leather backpacks are sometimes not enough to accommodate the sheer number of tools you bring to the jobsite.
Let’s talk about nylon and polyester construction backpacks. Both are synthetic fabrics. They are lightweight, easy to clean, and sturdy, and these qualities make these two fabrics great as backpack material. These fabrics are also wrinkle-resistant, while other nylon and polyester backpacks are water-repellent.
But, of course, there are differences between these two fabrics. Polyester is a heavy-duty fabric, but nylon is the tougher of the two. Despite its high strength-to-weight ratio, nylon has a silkier feel to it and it is considerably lighter than polyester.
That doesn’t mean that you should remove polyester backpacks from your shortlist. Backpacks made of polyester are sturdy, and they resist abrasion better than nylon backpacks do. The fabric is also great at resisting pilling, and some are created to be water-repellent.
One of the top aspects you should consider when choosing the right tool backpack is the size of the compartments and the number of pockets it has. If you’re planning on bringing a power drill, a speed square, or a laser tape measure, then it’s best to choose a backpack with a large main compartment. Check if the backpack features plenty of multi-sized pockets for smaller hand tools, such as wrenches, pliers, and screwdrivers. Keep in mind, however, that the more tools you put inside, the heavier your backpack will be.
When choosing a tool backpack (or any bag, for that matter), always check the quality and strength of the seams. There should be no loose stitches or stray threads. The seams should be neat and straight, and they should not unravel easily. To test if the seams are sturdy, gently but firmly pull the fabric on either side of the bag. The seams of poorly made backpacks easily separate.
Make sure that the straps are thickly padded to prevent them from biting into your shoulders. Choose a bag with an adjustable chest strap, too, to ensure that the weight of the bag and the tools inside it is evenly distributed in your upper body.
Choose a tool backpack with a solid plastic base. This not only gives your bag structure and prevents pointy tools from poking at the bottom of the bag, but also prevents water from seeping inside in case you accidentally set the bag on a wet surface. Additionally, look for a backpack that is water-resistant to protect your tools from becoming rusty.
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