My grandfather kept his tools in the shed behind our carport. It was bare metal and felt like a furnace in the midday heat of a Tucson summer. My grandfather spent his days in the shed, surrounded by the tools he used to repair everything from trucks to televisions and radios. My father had his own setup. He kept his tools in the garage, on a set of shallow shelves interspersed with pegboards. There were heavy wooden doors to keep out the salty Southern California air.
Tools must be maintained. Their enemies are heat, humidity, salt, dirt, oil, sand, grime and neglect. Sheds and garages are ideal storage locations and have served generations well, but what do you do when you don’t have either? I live in a vintage RV and many of you probably live in apartments, condos, cabins, boats, and other homes without garages or stores.
For years I resorted to plastic bins from nearby big box stores when I needed them. There is even a photo of my tools in these boxes WIRED. They did a good job keeping my tools mostly dry and dirt free. They also fit into the limited storage areas I have. They worked, but they weren’t ideal.
Plastic bins are terrible for organization. I spent at least as much time looking for my 9/16 socket as I did using it. They are also made of plastic. Fill them with heavy tools and start throwing them under your vehicle. In just a few months, cracks begin to form.
The Tool Roll from Radius Outfitters has completely changed the life of my tools. Radius Outfitters makes overland gear designed to withstand the abuse of life (and repairs) on the road.
Thanks to the Tool Roll, I always know exactly where my 9/16 socket is: I can avoid searching and get to work turn the keys.
Tool rolls are of course nothing new. Your local hardware store is full of them. I I inherited one from my grandfather this was from the time when quality products were still common. Unfortunately, tool rolls at big box stores are mostly garbage these days: made of cheap nylon with bad stitching, flimsy threads, and thin zippers.
This is where the Radius Tool Roll stands out. This is a well-built old school. Made from 1680D Cordura, with thick stitching (bartack stitching to reinforce the seams), the Radius is virtually bomb-proof. I’ve been using it for months, throwing it under the bus and my Jeep, working on gravel, sand, sometimes concrete and unfortunately in mud. The tool roll isn’t very clean anymore, but otherwise it held up just fine to all the abuse I put it through.