Raise your hand if you have used a tool belt and spent the rest of the night wondering why your hips and back are killing you in spots you didn’t know existed. How about spending countless hours looking for your tools that you “just had in your hand” and now they have mysteriously disappeared into that same world your socks must go to the second they enter the laundry bin. Between sore hips and missing tools I had enough!
The first thing I needed to do was check out the Atlas 46 feed and decide which gear would suit my style and my projects. I quickly fell in love with the Aims Saratoga NSN Kit. This kit came with all the basics to get started, the drill holster, a magnetic patch, a fastener pouch, and a multi-purpose pouch. I added an Atlas 46 flag patch because I liked the look, a pencil pouch, and the magnetic drill bit patch.
Upon getting my Saratoga Vest It took me a few days of working in the shop to get my AIMS attachments in places that seemed functional to me and didn’t leave me stabbed by a pencil when I leaned over. I was able to quickly adjust the side straps so the vest fit nicely over a sweatshirt or a t-shirt. I recommend wearing a Sweatshirt when adjusting the straps to give yourself a little room. Side note, once your wearing a t-shirt and have just had a decent sized lunch, your vest will still fit nicely.
Whether I am working in the shop or out of the shop, having all of my essential tools on my person has been a real time saver. I’ve lost less tape measures, pencils and drill bits. My overall work flow is substantially better, not having to spend time searching for lost tools or heading back to the shop for more tools as I can fill my vest at the start of the project with whatever I need.
One night a couple weeks back I decided to do a little experiment and not wear my vest. I simply left it hanging 10 feet away. After about 30 minutes of wasting time walking back and forth to my vest for everything from my pencil to my Kershaw Knife I keep on there I had to put my vest on or risk going crazy.
Atlas 46 has been one of my favorite brands to partner with since day one for many reasons, but the real hook that sunk its teeth into my heart strings was when my Saratoga Tool Roll showed up in the Declaration of Independence box that Atlas uses. In my shop, I try to make an effort to support as many small businesses, American Made and community minded companies as I can.
Here are a few links to my Affiliate page and my Instagram Account to check out my gear…. As always have a wonderful week!