The Top 5 Tool Bags for 2018

 
(See below for comparison table and reviews.)

Tool bags are becoming increasingly popular as hobbyists and professionals alike start to realise just how useful they can be. But even veteran tradespeople do not really know what they should be looking for in a tool bag and what the value of these items really is.

The primary reason for buying a tool bag is for obtaining a storage solution that is not as bulky as a toolbox or a tool cabinet. They are far more portable but can still store a respectable number of tools in them.

The extra pouches allow you to store tools vertically, which can make said tool much more accessible. Most tool bags will also include a D ring, so smaller items can be clipped into place.

But what should you be looking for in a great tool bag in 2018?

First of all, the more pouches the bag has, the better. This allows a greater level of organisation and accessibility. Forget having to fumble around trying to find that one elusive screwdriver.

A tool bag should also be comfortable to carry. Heavy tool bags can be difficult to carry if they do not have any comfort additions. At the same time, comfort additions should not increase the wear and tear of the bag. A good tool bag should be able to stand the test of time and ultimately last for years.

Finally, tool bags should always be able to hold a whole array of different tool types. For example, they should be able to hold drills, screwdrivers, power tools, drill bits, sets of wrenches, as well as all your nuts and bolts and bits and bobs.

With all the different options currently available on the market, figuring out which tool bag would be most ideal for you can take time and effort. You need to do your research, but we have taken the time to do some of that for you.

These are the best tool bags in 2018 for the well-equipped pro or DIY expert.

The Top 5 Tool Bags for 2018

A more in-depth review can be found below the comparison table.
 NameProsCons
DeWalt Lighted Tool Backpack Bag
 

* Includes 57 different pockets
* LED light for easy tool finding
* Comfort additions for simple carrying
* Stiff, so requires some breaking in
DeWalt Lighted Technician’s Tool Bag
 
* LED light for finding tools and carrying out work
* Extremely easy to carry around
* Includes base pad feet
* Some pockets are oddly sized
* No extra container for holding small items
Husky Denier Tool Bag and Organiser
 
* Excellent size for the hobbyist
* Dual zipper system for tight sealing
* Cross stitching on handles to bear heavy loads
* No interior pockets
* Pouches too narrow for many tool types
CLC Custom LeatherCraft Tool Bag
 
* Vertical pockets for easy access
* Side panels keep tools in place
* Large central compartment for power tools
* May be too big and bulky for some
* Reports that the strap breaks easily
Carhartt Legacy Tool Bag
 
* Lots of room
* Internal metal frame for sturdiness
* Water-repellent coating
* Made in China, so possibly not standing test of time
* Some pockets too shallow for many tool types

DeWalt Lighted Tool Backpack Bag

The big advantage of the DeWalt Lighted Tool Backpack Bag is the fact that it has 57 pockets. There is a total of 48 multi-use pockets and nine additional pockets on the outside to keep everything organised.

To make it easier to find things, there is a built-in LED light that can be directed into the bag or toward a work area. The light even includes three intensity levels, so you can get the perfect light for both wide illumination and intricate DIY work. It is not just a feature – it’s an additional tool.

This tool bag couldn’t be easier to carry around. It comes with padded web carrying handles and a shoulder strap that can be adjusted. There are also pads to protect your back.

Pros

  • Includes 57 different pockets
  • LED light to make tools easy to find
  • Comfort additions to make carrying simple

Cons

  • Too stiff and requires some breaking in

 

DeWalt Lighted Technician’s Tool Bag

The DeWalt Lighted Technician’s Tool Bag is much like the DeWalt Lighted Tool Backpack Bag. It includes the same LED light for finding tools and for performing intricate work, and the same comfort additions are also included. Overall, this makes this an easy tool bag to carry around.

There are ‘only’ 41 pockets in this bag though. There are 28 multi-use pockets and 13 outside pockets. It is a better option for the DIY hobbyist or for someone who just doesn’t want to carry lots of tools around with them.

One disadvantage with this particular tool bag though is that there is no separate container for holding small tools or bits and pieces such as screws and nails.

Pros

  • LED light for both finding tools and carrying out work
  • Extremely easy to carry around
  • Includes base pad feet to prevent wear and tear

Cons

  • Some of the pockets are oddly sized
  • No extra container for holding small items

 

Husky Denier Tool Bag and Organiser

For the DIY enthusiast, this is a great entry level tool bag. It only includes 26 pockets, so it may be unsuitable for the professional, but for everyone else it is a handy little accessory. There are 11 internal pockets and 16 external pockets, which makes organising everything as easy as can be.

There is a dual zipper system to ensure that the zips doesn’t break and anything falls out, even when the bag is completely full.

You will also notice the cross stitching, which reinforces the tool bag’s carrying handles. This addition makes it perfect for carrying heavy loads.

Pros

  • Excellent size for the hobbyist
  • Dual zipper system for sealing everything tight
  • Cross stitching enables the handles to bear heavy loads

Cons

  • No interior pockets
  • Pouches too narrow for many tool types

 

CLC Custom LeatherCraft Tool Bag

This larger tool bag comes with 50 different pockets. The difference is that it also includes a big central compartment for carrying power tools and large hand tools. This makes it good for protecting your smaller tools as, when stored in the pockets, they will not have any bigger tools knocking against them.

The CLC Custom LeatherCraft Tool Bag is also spill-proof. Each zippered side panel keeps all your tools in place when you are carrying your bag around.

For some people, this bag may be considered too big and heavy. However, it is a good option for the professional tradesperson.

Pros

  • Vertical pockets for easy access
  • Side panels keep tools in place
  • Includes large central compartment for storing power tools

Cons

  • May be too big and bulky for some
  • Reports that the strap breaks easily

 

Carhartt Legacy Tool Bag

The Carhartt Legacy Tool Bag focuses on offering the durability expected from a tool bag. It includes a special load-bearing base that is resistant to abrasion. This prevents any of the cosmetic damage common with many of these bags.

This tool bag comes with 28 external pockets and 16 internal pockets. There is also a main compartment separate from the rest for larger hand tools and power tools.

The synthetic fabric repels water, which makes this an excellent choice when working outdoors.

Take note, though, that this bag is made in China, meaning that there could be questions regarding the quality of its construction.

Pros

  • Tool bag with lots of room
  • Internal metal frame stops the bag from collapsing
  • Comes with water-repellent coating

Cons

  • Is made in China so may not stand the test of time
  • A few of the pockets are too shallow for many tool types

Conclusion 

These are the top five tool bags you should be considering in 2018. Your preference when it comes to tool bags will always depend on whether you are a hobbyist or a professional tradesperson. Therefore, your needs are always going to differ based on your answer to this question. Once you have established your specific requirements though, making that decision is not as difficult as it seems.

Which 2018 tool bag are you most interested in?

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