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What to Look For In a Tool Bag

September 8, 2017

Soft storage solutions for tools have come a long way from the days of getting around with an old repurposed footy bag. Today’s tool bags feature compartments and pockets for just about anything you can think of. The carrying convenience and protection from the elements provided have made them the popular choice these days for tradies on the go, surpassing  traditional tool boxes.

What should you look for in a tool bag?


Look for bags that offer multiple handles. Shoulder handles are great when you have to carry the bag a fair distance, while short handles are more convenient for small carries of a few metres. Also ensure the handles are padded for extra comfort when the bag is full.

Weave / construction:

‘Denier’ is the unit of measurement used to determine fiber thickness in a number of materials and applies to the weave of material used to make most modern bags – nylon. Go for a thicker heavier weave for a bag that will last an age. Anything above 600 is good. 1200 + is super tough. Multiple layered weaves such as 600 x 600 or 1200 x 1200 give extra protection against tearing.


Choose a bag that has a really good quality zip. On most tool bags, the zip is the first point of failure, so it has to be strong and durable.


You can never have too many pockets. Choose a bag that has a large number of pockets in a range of sizes to suit all of your different tool sizes as well as things like phones and lunch.


Padding is the one thing that often separates great bags from good ones. Quality bags are padded to protect tools from knocks during transit and no padding means no protection. Make sure there's plenty of padding!


A critical and often overlooked part of a tool bag. Look for a base that is welded to the upper rather than stitched or riveted. That way, if the bag is plonked on a wet patch, no water is going to get inside and cause potential rust to the tools.


Which tool bag is right for you?



Custom designed for transporting hand and power tools over long distances and where access is limited. They can hold a heap of product and are incredibly comfortable to wear. Ideal for anyone that has to commute to the jobsite, or has to walk a lot once they get there.

FatMax Tool Backpack

Tools not included


Open tote:

Ideal for those that carry longer tools, like plumbers, or for those who are constantly dipping in and out of the bag through the day. With no lid, there’s a huge amount of space for storage.

FaxMax Xtreme Open Tool Tote


Tool bag:

A great all-rounder, offering good storage and organisation, while also offering excellent protection from the elements.

FaxtMax Xtreme Open Mouth Tool Bag


The organiser:

Ideal for anyone using multiple, similar tools such as screwdrivers and pliers, this organiser contains plenty of pockets as well as a safe place to hold a laptop or tablet. Allows tools to be presented in order, rather than having to dig around for them.

FatMax Organiser

Tools not included