Top 5 electrician tool belts

Electricians working in any sector, from residential, commercial, maintenance, marine, or industrial can all increase their productivity by using quality tool belts. But not all tool belts are made the same, and it is important to get a set that is tailored to the electrical trade, as the tools we use differ from other trades. Below are the top 5 recommended tool bags on the market for current and aspiring electricians!

Occidental Leather Tool Belt

Occidental Leather Tool Belt

The Occidental Commercial Electrician Tool Belt makes the top of the list for its durability and function. It features 37 pockets and tool holders, and is made in the USA with the highest quality leather. This tool belt makes up for the high cost by its supreme durability, which can easily last 5x longer than any other tool belt on the market, and many claim it lasts a whole career.

If you are a residential or commercial electrician and will be wearing your tool belt often, it’s hard to go wrong with Occidental. The only downside of the leather is the extra weight, so it is highly recommended to obtain the shoulder straps as well to save your low back! And while few people do, applying mink oil can help the belt (and your boots!) last longer.

Durability: 10+ years

Gatorback Pro-Comfort Tool Belt

Gatorback Pro-Comfort Tool Belt

The Gatorback tool belt comes in a close second, but for the price it’s the best all around electricians tool belt. This tool belt features extra padding for superior comfort, convenient carry handles, and 27 pockets for tools and material. Each of these pouches are made with a box design, which keeps the walls rigid so they don’t sag. This allows your tools to always remain upright, and your material pouches easy to reach into. Made of high quality nylon and stress points reinforced with rivets and bar tacks, this tool belt fits the perfect mold between weight and durability.

The one downside I have found with these is that the pouches are attached to the inner padding with Velcro. Within 6-12 months, the velcro is torn and the bag sags. The simple solution is to just gorilla glue the bag to the inner padding when this happens. You can still take out the adjustable belt portion to rearrange the bags.

Durability: 2-4 years

Klein Electrician’s Tool Belt

Klein Electrician's Tool Belt

Klein again comes in with an amazing product designed exclusively for electricians. These bags are very similar to the Gatorbacks with carry handles and adjustable pouches, but carry the same velcro issue (but also the same solution). While the pouches have a similar layout to Gatorbacks, reviews commonly complain about the left pouch not being up to par when compared with the Gatorbacks. However, I will rule that the front bit holder pouch is extremely useful, which holds this belts position into number 3.

Durability: 2-4 years

Boulder Bag Ultimate Comfort Combo

Boulder Bag Ultimate Comfort Combo

Boulder Bags are a common favorite among electricians, with a die hard fan base. I have heard many good things about them, especially the comfort, but to be honest am a little underwhelmed. The layout is good, featuring 32 total pockets and tool pouches. The pockets are not as rigid as the other brands, which makes it harder to grab and deposit tools, but this may lend to the comfort level.

They seem to be lacking in the durability department as well when compared to the price. The Nylon is 1000 Denier compared to 1250 that the Gatorbacks hold, and features fewer rivets and bar tacks, while remaining at a higher price. The belt also fails to have any carry handles on them which makes carrying them around while not wearing them inconvenient.

Durability: 2-3 years

CLC Custom Leathercraft Tool Belt

CLC Custom Leathercraft Tool Belt

CLC bags are perfect for those who are on a budget. These bags have all the minimum essentials, while saving you money in the bank. Despite the brand name, this toolbelt is made with ballistic poly fabric. It features 20 total pockets to fit your tools and material, and I’m particularly partial to the tape measure clip being on the side bag vs the belt. It’s too often the belt clips get in the way when you need to bend over. Overall, this belt is a very simple design, with no major complaints but nothing that makes it stand out either. It does have the carry handles, but is the only bag listed without shoulder straps.

Durability: 1-2 years.

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