In this guide we’ll look at the best tool backpacks.
We’ve compared weight, dimensions, number of pockets and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Is The Best Tool Rucksack?
More Detailed Tool Rucksack Reviews
Veto Tech Pac Service Technician Bag Review
Veto Pro Pac are known for their high-quality tool bags, and this Pro Pac Tech Pac Bag is simply the best tool backpack we’ve ever seen. It’s loaded with features and made to last for a seriously long time. We couldn’t get over the quality of the finish, every single part has been carefully selected to work for the wearer and made from tough materials.
Outside of the tool bag, there are multiple Velcro pockets and hooks for quick-access tools and materials. The rubberised metal handle is incredibly tough, and it even comes with a separate hook for hanging the bag wherever you need it. The heavy plastic bottom will keep your tools out of the elements and won’t let anything inside break.
The inside of the Pro Pac bag is just as impressive. There are two main internal pockets divided by a rigid plastic liner, each holds tens of clever pockets made for small and large tools alike with clever “D” rings positioned to hold keys, tape and other bits and pieces as you wish.
From the magnetic screw catcher to the fold-out internal pocket that can be used as an emergency work surface, there are more features inside than we could hope to mention in one review. We love this tool rucksack.
Klein Tools 55421BP-14 Tool Backpack Review
Klein Tools have been making tools and accessories for more than a century, and their experience shows with the Pro Organizer tool rucksack.
Starting with the outside, a tape measure clip is riveted on the outside, and there are plenty of handy straps and hooks to hang your tools on. The hard pocket on the top for your safety goggles was a nice feature, and the tough handle strap looked like it would last for a long time.
We loved the rubberised plastic hard-shell bottom that kept the bag standing up, no matter how we loaded the Klein Tools rucksack. It’s the best tool bag rucksack for putting down on dirty surfaces, as the base is wipe clean and rugged.
The bright orange interior will help you to find your tools faster, and each pocket has a tough rim that seems really tough. An awesome tool rucksack for electricians and other tradespeople on the go.
AmazonBasics 51-Pocket Tool Bag Backpack Review
Amazon have been designing and manufacturing their own brand of tools and tool accessories for a while now, and seem to have been paying attention to what makes the best rucksack tool bag, because this bag is seriously good for the money.
Although this AmazonBasics 51-Pocket Tool Bag doesn’t include some of the more premium features such as the hard-shell base, it costs a fifth of the price of the best tool rucksack on this list. The orange liner is there to help find your tools easily, and there are plenty of tough pockets to hold all sorts of tools, fixings and accessories.
We really liked the two pockets that folded down, leaving the central section standing up, it really opened the tool bag up fully and made everything inside visible and easy to reach for.
Workpro 42 Pocket Heavy Duty Jobsite Tool Bag Review
The Workpro heavy duty tool bag was surprisingly good for the price. It even features some of the things we liked about the Veto Pro Pac, such as the tough see-through pockets inside and the oversized zip tabs that can be operated with gloves on.
The heavy weight polyester felt solid enough for regular use and the chest strap helped keep the bag in the right position for climbing over obstacles. The mesh back was comfortable and should stop your back getting too sweaty when it’s hot.
Overall, we think it’s the best tool backpack if you’re on a tight budget but you still need to get into tight spaces.
Tool Backpack Buyer’s Guide
Long gone are the days of heavy steel toolboxes with sharp corners that weighed a ton even when they were empty. There are a range of clever tool backpacks out there that can hold all of your bits and pieces without stopping you moving around.
If you work on-site or in commercial buildings, you might have to walk for miles before you even get to the problem. With a traditional tool box, this just wouldn’t be practical. And if you need to climb ladders, forget about it.
What to look for
When it comes to finding the best backpack tool bag, you need to take a few things into consideration. How many tools it can fit (although trimming down what you take with you could be a good idea for some), whether it’s weatherproof, and if it gives you good back support.
You’re obviously not going to be able to fit a whole tool shop into a tool backpack like the Workpro Jobsite Tool Bag, but if you’re an electrician working in a commercial office, you might have to walk through several offices to get to the fault. You need to be able to take enough with you to get the job done, and look presentable when you’re doing it.
If you’re a technician working out in the field, having a tool rucksack like the Klein Tools 55421BP-14 or the AmazonBasics 51-Pocket Tool Bag that can stand up to the elements is vital, especially with electrical and power tools. A weatherproof base means you could drop your bag in a puddle and it wouldn’t hurt your expensive gear inside.
Good back support goes without saying. If you’re bending, stretching, climbing and working with 30 kilograms of tools on your back, you need wide straps, a firm tool bag and good weight distribution.
After testing all four tool bags, and being impressed with all of them in different ways, we have to take our hats off to the clever people at Veto Pro Pac. Their Tech Pac, although it cost a lot of money, had more clever features and rugged design characteristics than the rest of the tool bags put together. We’re more than happy to say that this is hands down the best tool backpack we’ve ever reviewed.