the user peace-of-mind that their storage can withstand
wear and tear on the job.
The industry is also shifting toward an integration of
hard and soft storage. Users want wearable storage solutions
that possess the flexibility of soft storage, and the durability of hard. A jobsite backpack is a good example of this.
Certain jobsite backpack features include a hard molded
base that allows the bag to stand up and stay dry, a mid-sec-tion of the bag that un-zips to reveal a wall of vertical tool
storage. These features are carefully designed and manufactured to survive the jobsite and make the user more productive. With comfort in mind, a jobsite backpack can also
include padded, breathable straps to make it easy to carry.
Users should also pay attention to features and materials
that can increase the comfort for the user, such as padded
No professional enjoys the amount of unplanned downtime associated with searching for and digging around for
needed tools. When searching for the best wearable storage, the number of available pockets should be a factor.
It’s also important to evaluate the range of pocket sizes.
Many of today’s wearable storage products boast a wealth
of pockets; but these pockets are not as versatile if they
don’t come in a variety of sizes to accommodate differ-
ent sizes and shapes of tools and accessories, as well as
provide the ability to be zipper closed to prevent spilling.
A contractor belt hosts a wide variety of different pocket
sizes to ensure users find adequate space and flexibility for
all of their tools.
Growth of Technology on the Jobsite
When it comes to organization, it’s important to think
about all tool needs. As the growth of technology on the
jobsite continues to expand, it has become an essential
tool and equally as important to consider when choosing
the best storage. Almost all professionals carry a tablet or
laptop these days. Often, they’ve had to succumb to carrying their technology in the space that’s left available in
their tool bag — which can expose it to damage — or they
carry a separate briefcase to protect their technology. Now,
a growing amount of storage solutions are allowing these
professionals to efficiently carry their technology from job
to job, without fear of damage or the need to carry around
additional separate “technology-only” storage.
For example, a jobsite backpack mentioned earlier can
include a protective laptop pocket for storage of laptops,
tablets and other technology. A contractor belt can also
include a dedicated smart phone pocket that is large enough
for all modern smart phones. Jobsite tech bags are another
user-driven innovation that combine durability and optimized storage space, but also address the industry need for a
wearable storage solution designed to protect both tools and
technology. Such bags are made with 1680 ballistic nylon,
feature dozens of pockets for organization, a protective
laptop pocket, and even an integrated rain fly to ensure technology is protected from the elements.
What should you look for when pursuing the best wearable storage solution for your needs? Depending on jobsite
needs, look for a good combination of the following:
• Professional appearance
Like toolboxes and containers, wearable storage can be
found in a host of sizes, for a variety of large tools and
small accessories. Users will find the most success when
they adapt their storage for their varying needs — but no
matter the project, durability and optimal organization
should always be the most important considerations.
Bobby Shaw is director of product marketing for