April 18, 2011

Veto Pro Pac OT-LC - Review

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A couple weeks ago, we reviewed the Veto Pro Pac LC tool bag and found that it exceeded our expectations in virtually every category. VPP then sent us one of their OT-LC bags so that we could check out one of their open-top models. So we unloaded the LC and transferred everything to the OT-LC and here's what we thought....

VPP has three sizes of bags and each is available with a zippered top and an open top. The open top models bear a closer resemblance to the duffel-style of tool bag, but once you get into it, it's really only a resemblance and nothing more. Duffel bags can't do half of what the OT-LC can do.

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The general principal of the OT-LC is the same as all other VPP bags; a solid and water-proof bottom shell, two identical storage areas divided by a heavy-duty handle, tiered vertical storage, and pockets everywhere. Like the LC, there's not more than maybe two square inches on this bag that aren't devoted in some way to storage. There are zippered areas on the outside, a clip for a tape measure, and numerous other clips and rings that are just waiting for a carabiner.

The primary difference between this model and the LC is (obviously) the open top. This ends up making a tremendous difference in how we used the bag, in ways both good and bad.

The good is that the open top allows for a much larger range of things you can tote around. Framing hammers, 18-volt drills, chargers, clamps, extension cords, caulking guns are all the things that didn't fit in the closed top bag. So your tool repertoire can be a lot more effective with the open top.

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But, like with everything in life, there is a trade-off. We really liked how we could close the top of the LCs, especially when it was in the front seat of the truck at the end of the day and we didn't see a mess of tools out of the corner of our eye (it's a minor point, but not at 4pm on a Tuesday when the week seems endless and you're dying to get home). Also, because the available space is greater in the open top model we found we easily slipped back into our old bad habit of just tossing tools back in the bag, leading to disorganization. The fact that the LC was so restraining was good for us, that there was only one place to put each tool was therapeutic.

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But that's just our neurosis talking. So while we're in the closed top camp, we imagine that plenty of you will side with the open tops. It's all a matter of what you're bringing to the site, what tools you need on a daily basis and how orderly you are. The OT-LC is a really great bag; durable, filled with storage possibilities, and easy to carry.

All of this functionality isn't cheap either. The OT-LC retails for about $145. As with the LC, we think it's entirely worth the investment.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at April 18, 2011 5:13 AM

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