Sometimes, you just have to pack up tools and work in a location other than your shop. That's when a generously sized tool bag comes in handy. Lots of pockets keep your tools organized and protected, and a large center compartment holds bigger tools. Most have shoulder straps to help you carry the load. Cushioned or rubber bottoms allow you to set the bags anywhere without scratching surfaces. We love these five bags.
Duluth Trading Co.
Arsenal 19" open-top tool bag, no. 35208 (photo above)
(866) 300-9719, duluthtrading.com
Tool pockets/holders: 8 exterior, 48 interior
This heavy-duty bag, made of a rugged polyester material, really impressed us. The aluminum-tube handles fold out of the way for easy access to the interior compartments, and make it easy to carry the tote when full. Many fitted holders corral small tools, as do outside pockets and sleeves. Runners on the bottom prevent damage to the bag, and it even has a bottle opener built in. But be warned: It's easy to load more tools than you may be able to carry.
Legacy 16" tool bag, no. 260107
(800) 833-3118, carhartt.com
23 exterior, 11 interior
Key feature: Rubber base protects the bottom from dirt and moisture.
12" Tradesman closed-top bag, no. DG5542
(800) 433-9258, dewalt.com
20 exterior, 8 interior
Key feature: Compact, yet holds
lots of tools.
17" open tote, no. GP-44118AN13
(800) 466-3337, homedepot.com
14 exterior, 5 interior
Key feature: Lots of capacity for a bargain price.
Packout 15" tote, no. 48-22-8315
(800) 729-3878, milwaukeetool.com
9 exterior, 19 interior
Key feature: Rugged protective base interlocks with Milwaukee's Packout stackable hard-case storage system.