In this guide we’ll look at the best tool belts.
We’ve compared weight, number of pockets, material and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Is The Best Tool Pouch?
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Veto Pro Pac TP4 Technicians Tool Pouch Review
We’ve already looked at Veto’s amazing Tec Pac tool rucksack, and this beast of a tool pouch is the perfect complement to it when you’re on site. Supremely well-made and bursting with pockets, you can take the tools you need for the job with you anywhere.
With a tape holder on the side, detachable tough rubber handle, and a clip to attach it to any other Veto Pro Pac tool bag, we think the Veto tool pouch is the best leather tool pouch available to the UK market. No service technician should be without it.
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Makita P-71744 General Purpose Tool Pouch Review
Makita are a brand that’s well respected by tradespeople as well as DIYers, so you can count on them to make a tool pouch that delivers clever engineering, tough materials and a comfortable fit.
This hard-wearing riveted tool pouch is held open with rigid sides so you’re able to get at your tools or fixings without fumbling, and has a specially made utility knife slot as well.
Our favourite feature of the P-71744 Makita Tool Belt was the stainless-steel hammer hanger, cleverly designed to allow your hammer to swing without falling out of the loop, or banging on your leg too much.
With a tough leather interior and rubberised handle, we think this Makita tool belt is the best tool pouch for the money.
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NoCry Heavy Duty Canvas Tool Pouch Review
NoCry have produced a high-quality canvas tool pouch that looks great whilst remaining highly practical. With multiple loops for hanging tools and fitting things like screwdrivers and set squares, they have left it up to you to decide what goes where.
The NoCry Heavy Duty Tool Pouch is the best tool belt pouch on the list because it can fit onto any sized tool belt with its huge hook-and-loop strap on the back. A lot of pouches have non-adjustable belt loops, so this was a welcome addition.
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Stanley 196181 Tool Pouch Review
Stanley make tools that are built to withstand punishment and this tool pouch is no exception to that rule. The heavyweight 600 dernier Nylon pockets are well stitched, and the padded belt section should stop it cutting in when fully loaded.
We liked Stanley 196181’s hammer hanger being there, and especially the screwdriver or pencil holders hidden behind it. It’s the best small tool pouch that Stanley have on offer at the moment.
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Toughbuilt TOU-CT-25X Tool Pouch Review
ToughBuilt haven’t just come up with a clever name, their range of specialist pouches are as rugged as they come and include their patented “ClipTech” system that allows the pouch to clip on and off your belt in seconds.
With six layers of durable material, Toughbuilt TOU-CT-25X shouldn’t ever fall apart, and the wealth of clever loops and a dedicated tape hanger makes this one of the more innovative tool pouches on the list. They even throw in a notebook and carpenter’s pencil with every pouch.
We really liked the lined knife pocket as well, which makes this the best tool belt pouch for every day jobs.
Tool Belt Buyer’s Guide
When you’re on a job, sometimes you feel like you need more than two hands to get anything done. You need to carry a handful of screws, your drill, a pencil, tape measure and a bit set, and you know there’ll be something you forget.
This is where a quality tool belt or pouch like the NoCry Heavy Duty Canvas Tool Pouch or Stanley 196181 Tool Pouch comes in. Once you’ve used one, you’ll wonder what you ever did without it. Read on to find out about some of the features to keep an eye out for.
What to Look for
When it comes to finding the best tool belt pouch, you need to think about what you carry all day long. If you’re constantly fumbling for tape, there are pouches with dedicated tape hanger loops, or if you’re a carpenter then the Makita P-71744’s clever moving hammer hanger is a must.
One thing we all use on site is a tape measure, so most of the best small tool belts like the Toughbuilt TOU-CT-25X feature a clip for your tape or even a dedicated pouch to hold it. With a bit of use, you’ll find a setup that you like, and in the case of the Veto Pro Pac Technician pouch you might not even need a toolbox any more.
After testing all of these tool pouches, we are happy to call the Veto Pro Pac TP4 Technician the best leather tool pouch currently on the UK market. Compared to the other tool belts on this list, the capacity was enormous and allowed for total customisation.
The removable rubber handle turned it into a mini tool kit on its own, and attaching a separate shoulder strap opened up a new world of possibilities. If you’re a technician out in the field and you have to climb up and down ladders all day, it’s pretty unbeatable and the best tool belt pouch for the job.
The use of real leather wasn’t just for looks either, we liked that the leather-backed belt section was free moving and didn’t constrict our movement. The side strap was useful for hanging tape or just about a hammer, and we fit more tools in it than any other tool belts we tested.