Today we’re going to talk about a new tool bag that I’ve been testing out, the Veto Pro Pac Tech XL Technician Tool Bag. I’ve been ridiculously excited to get my hands on a Veto bag, and I’ve got to say, I’m not disappointed.
I’d never heard of Veto Pro Pac until I started seeing their bags floating around on Instagram. It seems they are wise about influencer marketing because there are a TON of Instagram influencers that have these bags and talk about them like they’re the greatest thing since the invention of electricity. I find most tool bags miss the mark so of course, I had to get one to try out.
Open opening the bag, I dove into the biggest pouches first, duh. I had to see if I even respected this bag, to begin with, and whether or not I would even want to keep digging into its features. I was blown away by the storage system offered inside! The amount of hand-tools and handled-tools you can store in this bag is close to perfect for my needs as an electrician. I immediately started filling pockets with tools.
The depth of pockets is perfect for long-handled tools like screwdrivers, even long insulated ones as many electricians have. I can fit files, torpedo levels, channel locks, nut drivers, chisels, you name it - the pockets are designed with these tools in mind. THANK YOU VETO!! One side of this bag is meant for strictly handled-tools like screwdrivers while the other side appears to be designed for hand-tools such as side-cutting pliers, lineman’s pliers, channel locks, PVC cutters, wire-strippers, foldable Allen wrenches, etc. One side has slightly skinnier pouches in it than the other side.
Other than that, the quality of material and stoutness of the zipper design seems to be top notch. One thing I hate about bags with zippers is that after a year of use the zippers start to fail - normally due to people stuffing way too much in a bag and trying to force the zippers around something time and time again. This bag holds so much, and is heavy enough as it is, that I can’t possibly see over-stuffing it with anything! It would be far too heavy. The bag does come with a shoulder strap which I have started using over the past week, and holy hell does that make a difference in being able to carry this bag in and out of a job.
For the front and back of the bag, once you zip the main pockets back up you notice there are more pouches on the outsides of the bag. I’m a little disappointed that these are designed to be so shallow. Shallow pockets in bags bug the hell out of me actually. I want to use every pocket, every pouch, and have every one of them serve a purpose. Most of the outer pockets I won’t use, because they’re only 2 inches deep. There’s one large pouch that has a folding flap over it that is about 4 inches deep that I will use for a junk pocket - something to store random things in that I need quick access too. And on the other side of the bag, there is a zipper pouch that is about 5 or 6 inches deep. THIS IS WHAT IM LOOKING FOR! This is something I can put a collection of drill-bits, spade-bits, masonry-bits, etc in. Most of my bits are 6” long so this pouch is perfect for that use. I also noticed inside the large zippable pockets in the main part of the bag, there are no large pockets like this. Again, only small 2 inch deep pockets. What a disappointment, I’ll never use them. VETO WE WANT DEPTH OF POCKETS! Not just gimmicky pockets that aren’t practical.
On to the skinny sides of the bag. Both sides have places to put pens, pencils, and markers. I like that this is on the outside of the bag, so I don’t have to go digging through anything to reach a writing tool. One side has a metal clip that’s meant to hold a tape measure, this is a great idea to have on the outside as well. The thing that went unnoticed, in my opinion, was that the tape measure sits between the pencils and markers, and if you have a large tape measure you can’t fit it in place without taking out the pencils or markers to get it in place. I think maybe putting pencils/markers on only one side, or raising that clip up a bit would be a better design. On the other side of the bag, there is a nylon tape-loop. As an electrician, I really like the style of this loop, because both sides of it are able to be unclipped, rather than one being fastened in place, and the other side being able to be opened. Great thinking! This way I can open whichever side I want based on what color tape I need.
The exterior of the bag is definitely designed with the word rugged in mind. The nylon chosen appears to be of high quality, the top corners of the bag are leather where the handle meets the bag. The top carry handle is very sturdy and it actually feels good to carry. The bottom of the bag is hard plastic and is formed in a rectangle so the bag will always stand on its own. Also rather than it being cloth or nylon that will rip over time, they made it hard plastic so it can take a beating.
I’m honestly blown away by this bag. I give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars because I continue to use it every day and it is becoming my bag of choice to have on me at all times. It is rugged, looks badass, and holds almost everything that I need it to without being too heavy. Plus everyone that sees this bag, especially other electricians, want to check it out. They know the struggles of crappy bags! The reason I dock it a half star is because I feel there are a lot of missed opportunities with the depth of their auxiliary pockets, and the inside flaps of both large pockets aren’t used for anything. They could put more pockets on both inside flaps. Maybe a pocket for a multimeter since there’s no room to put on in here. Or two pockets for 2 multimeters. Just a thought.