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#38599 - 05/27/04 10:30 AM Leather or Nylon?
DougW Offline
Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 1143
Loc: North Chicago, IL
I realize that this will probably open a can of worms akin to "Ground up or ground down?", or "Pre-twist or not pre-twist?", but I've gotta ask, if only to sate my curiosity.

What type of belt pouch do you prefer to tote your tools in - Leather or Nylon?

This question actually comes from my (re) purchasing equipment after my theft. I've got an older leather pouch, but it's not my first pouch ... you know how it is. So I talked with the wife, and we've agreed that we should be able to afford the Klein Cordura pouch set (I forget the name of it) as a replacement. So I figured I'd tap yer brains, and get some opinions.


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#38600 - 05/27/04 11:16 AM Re: Leather or Nylon?
BPHgravity Offline
Registered: 04/08/03
Posts: 139
Loc: Port Charlotte, Florida
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#38601 - 05/27/04 12:45 PM Re: Leather or Nylon?
Ryan_J Offline
Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1374
Loc: West Jordan, Utah, USA
Nylon. I hated wearing leather pouches.
Ryan Jackson,
Salt Lake City
#38602 - 05/27/04 05:16 PM Re: Leather or Nylon?
scameron81 Offline
Registered: 02/24/04
Posts: 75
Loc: Healdsburg, ca, USA
I had a pair of the CLC nylon electrician bags for a while and I hated them. They never fit right and they always rode too low. I found a nylon set made by boulder bags and they are the most comfortable bags I have ever worn. I can't hardly tell that I am wearing them. Plus I am left handed and I configure my tools differently than most people which is the other reason that I really like my new set. It allows me to put my tools where I want them.
#38603 - 05/27/04 07:46 PM Re: Leather or Nylon?
electure Offline

Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4259
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
Welcome scameron.
I've got the same, Boulder Bags, with suspenders.
They're the most comfortable bags I've ever owned, and you can carry almost the whole shop in them (I guess they must be good for big rocks, too).

There's nothing like the smell and feel of new leather bags, but alas, it only lasts about a week, and you can't throw them in the washing machine...S
#38604 - 05/27/04 07:50 PM Re: Leather or Nylon?
PCBelarge Offline
Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 681
Loc: Dobbs Ferry, NY, USA
I went from a pouch - after hurting my back- to a pail with the pouch around it. I loved that only I made it too heavy with all of the crap I put in it. Then I went to a small canvas and leather open bag that has a plastic bin inside of it. It is perfect and does not weight too much.

Pierre Belarge
#38605 - 05/27/04 09:53 PM Re: Leather or Nylon?
caselec Offline
Registered: 04/14/02
Posts: 558
Loc: San Jose, CA
The leather belts/bags will hold up longer than the nylon but I still prefer the nylon. My current set made by Baget (no longer in business) will need replacing soon so I have been looking around. Several of my suppliers that carry the Klein say that many customers have had problems with them. I don’t remember what problems they are having but I have decided to stay away from Klein. I hadn’t seen Boulder Bag until now but they look pretty good. Does anyone here have any experience with Occidental Leather's nylon bags?

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Curt Swartz
#38606 - 05/28/04 02:51 AM Re: Leather or Nylon?
Trumpy Offline

Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8211
Loc: SI,New Zealand
For Electrician's work I use a locally made Tool-belt/Pouch, it has a Leather body and a Nylon strap of 2" wide.
Can't fault it personally, it's just so comfortable to wear!.
And if you carry the number of tools I do in a pouch, that's saying something.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin
#38607 - 05/28/04 04:08 AM Re: Leather or Nylon?
pauluk Offline
Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7520
Loc: Norfolk, England
Leather -- But then I'm something of a traditionalist in many ways.
#38608 - 05/28/04 11:09 AM Re: Leather or Nylon?
DougW Offline
Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 1143
Loc: North Chicago, IL
caselec - thanks for the link. Interesting stuff!
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