One of the essential items I’ve found while traveling Overland is a good set of tools. If you plan to take to the hills for an extended period of time and put your rig to the test, things can break. And they do. Being stranded in the middle of nowhere without the means to patch up your vehicle is no fun. Quite possibly dangerous. I always carry a comprehensive first aid kit for my family, why not one for your vehicle? Carrying the right tools and keeping them organized and accessible is much easier with the Yorktown Tool Roll from Atlas 46.
Atlas 46 History:
44 years ago, the founder of Atlas 46 was producing nylon gear for motorcycle racing, assorted bags, motocross pants, etc. In 1977, the company shifted focus to tactical goods for the military and law enforcement. And for the next 40 years, owner John Carver oversaw the operations of the world leader in individual equipment for the military, homeland security and law enforcement. Currently, in their next evolution, Atlas 46 is pioneering the personal workwear category with the same high-quality nylon goods that got them where they are today.
Recently I asked Tony, an old Ranger buddy, what tools he packed and how he carried them. As a driving instructor at Overland Experts, he recommended Atlas 46 for their high-quality tool bags. Taking his advice, I looked into the companies products. I was in search of something capable of keeping the tools I carry both organized and well protected. More specifically, I was looking for a tool roll in addition to a gear bag for my recovery equipment. The Yorktown Tool Roll looked adequate to organize and haul the hand tools I’ve selected. I recall as a kid living in Germany, the fancy European and British cars that came with their own toolkit. Neatly wrapped up in a cloth or leather tool roll and stored in the boot. That’s what I was looking for.
The Yorktown Tool Roll is just a modern version of that old concept. Made from heavy duty 1000D Cordura Nylon, this tool roll is built like a tank. With four large zippered pouches on the front side, you’ll have more than enough room for sockets, screwdrivers and ratchets. 480 cubic inches each to be exact. Flipping the Yorktown Tool Roll over exposes two additional storage options. Under one velcro flaps is an eleven slot organizer with graduated lengths. Perfect for a set of open-end wrenches. The opposing side offers seven multi-width slots for wrenches, pliers and other hand tools. The roll quickly cinches together and is secured by a large quick release buckle. Two heavy-duty handles make transporting the tool roll a snap. And a longer strap allows hanging of the tool roll from just about anywhere.
Yorktown Tool Roll Features and Benefits (courtesy of atlas46.com)
- Condensed Quick Roll for Throw N Stow
- 4 large front pockets. (16″ x 2 1/2″ x 3″ = 480 total cubic inches)
- 11 wrench slot organizer
- 7 multipurpose tool slots
- Patriot made 1000D Cordura
- YKK USA made zippers
- 2 carrying handles secured by precision tack.
- Smallest Wrench Slot: 5.5″ x 1.375″
- Largest Wrench Slot: 8.875″ x 2.375″
- Hand crafted in the USA
- Lifetime Guarantee
- MSRP: $110
Another fantastic item from Atlas 46 is the Gear Carry Bag. Offered in three different sizes, I opted for the Largest one. Measuring 14″w x 6″d x 8″h, this bag is just what I needed to organize my recovery gear. With enough room for jumper cables, shackles, tow strap, soft shackle, gloves and a few additional items, the Gear Carry Bag is always readily accessible in my truck. Made from the same 1000D Cordura Nylon, the Gear bag is made in the US and covered by the Atlas 46 lifetime guarantee. Both the Tool Roll and Gear Bag recently made the trip from Michigan to Overland Expo East in North Carolina.
Features and Benefits
- Double layer 1000D Cordura® construction to last a lifetime
- Multiple sizes to fit user needs
- Optional Hi-Viz Interior
- Dual satchel style carry handles
- Dual slider zipper opening
- Pull tabs to assist with closing of pouch
- Hand crafted in the USA
- Lifetime Guarantee
- MSRP $39
I’ve only covered the tip of the iceberg here. Atlas 46 has a laundry list of tool belts, work gear, aprons and bags. And all made with pride right here in the good ole’ US of A. Take a few minutes and check out the Atlas 46 website and support these American workers making high-quality products for the working professional.
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