Veto Pro Pac LC - Review
So you've got all the right tools, but you also need something to put them in so you can carry them around. The options are actually pretty slim. There's the hand-carved wooden tool box that some long-dead relative of yours made out of an apple tree that he cut down with his own hands, but who wants to lug that to a construction site. Then there's the duffel bag style that we've been subscribing to, which is okay, but tools get lost in the bottom of it and no matter how hard we try to use the side pockets, everything ends up in the center mess anyway like some giant metallic game of pick-up-sticks.
There is also the devil (a.k.a. The Bucket Buddy), but if you use one of these, we really can't muster up any respect for you. You're investing in nice expensive tools and carrying them around in a plastic bucket? It might be easy to move around and the pockets might work out for you, but there's no escaping the fact it's a freakin plastic bucket.
But there's actually another option...the Veto Pro Pac. This tool bag allows you to carry around all of your tools by positioning them vertically, meaning a lot of equipment in a small footprint. A bit ago, the company sent us one of their LC bags to test drive. When it arrived, we happily dumped out the duffel, threw it away and started loading up the new rig.
The VPP operates under the time-tested theory of, 'a place for everything, everything in its place.' So instead of a large area for tools and a few pouches for specialized items (like the duffel), it is completely overrun with pockets and pouches. The LC, their smallest model has 57 pockets and, according to VPP, is capable of holding 75 tools. At the moment, we've got about 35 stuffed in ours and there is plenty of room left over with most of the zippered pockets completely unused.
The bag has two major storage spaces, each taking up an entire side of the bag and identical to one another. They both open up with large sturdy zippers (each one is double zippered) to reveal a series of tiered storage pouches. The concept is simple, smaller things like nail sets in the front, pliers, screwdrivers, and everything else behind it. Finish hammers and smaller pry bars can fit in the space in front of the pouches (framing hammers don't fit, but you could stuff in a 12-volt li-ion driver without any struggle). There are places to put your small tools, your sharpies, your ear plugs, your chisels, your plane, your...and on and on.
Once a side is unzippered, the flap can be rolled and snapped to itself at a series of heights, getting it out of the way and giving you a few options on how to approach your tools while keeping them protected. The side of the bag has a metal clip for a tape measure and there are a number of rings hanging off the bag for whatever you can think of (we think electrical tape, but that's just us).
The bag can be carried one of two ways. A large and sturdy handle on the top or a removable shoulder strap. If you decide to use the strap, you can attach it to the top of the bag to keep it out of the way once you set the bag down and start working out of it.
The bottom of the bag is a thick 'bowl' of polypropylene so you could set it down in a puddle and your tools are going to stay dry. It's a great touch for those damp grass mornings or those passing rain storms.
And what did we think of the bag? We liked it. We really liked it. A lot. It makes tool organization a real snap and it made us very efficient on site. Take the screwdriver out, put it right back. We lost the bad habit of just dumping things in the bag, because there's nowhere to just dump. It's impossible to put something in the LC unintentionally; the unique design forces you to put it some place specifically. Order reigns. Chaos is defeated.
And it's durable too. The bag itself is made of that same crazy material that a lot of high end tool belts are made out of these days, that aggressive woven polyester. We gave it a few swipes with the utility knife and the bag shrugged it off.
If you're interested in one, there's probably going to be some sticker shock involved. The LC sells for about $130 which is a far cry from the $15 duffel or the $7 bucket buddy (don't forget to add the $1.99 for the bucket!), but it will probably change the way you handle your tools, and all for the better. It's by far the best job site tool storage solution we've ever seen; it's professional looking, compact, and completely ordered. We can't think of a better way for a tradesman to carry their tools.
There are a number of models available and, like we said, the LC is the smallest. For our needs and our daily hand tool selection, it's going to work out fine. If you feel you need a larger selection, then there's the XL, and of you carry around a hardware store worth of tools with you, the XXL should do.
We also want to thank our pals over at Tools In Action for putting us in touch with the folks at Veto Pro Pac.
Veto Pro Pac LC at Amazon.com
All the other VPP bags at Amazon.com
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at March 18, 2011 6:23 AM