In a fit of organization, I’ve found a reasonable tool set to carry in my backpack normally. The constraints of this system is as follows:
- Smallish (bigger backpacks are easier than heavier backpacks)
- Versatile and practical
- Usable in the field, in non-workbench conditions.
Specifically, I’m looking for something to augment the standard pocket tool I carry, the Leatherman Skeletool CX. The augmentation is intended for small devices and electronics for field disassembly and re-assembly.
My current solution is as follows:
The ifixit tool roll wasn’t practical for me. Between the elastic strap holding the screwdriver kit it, the pouch pocket that got folded, and the need to open the roll on a bench, it didn’t work.
The tool kit provides the screwdriver set, which is the primary element I end up using, along with some prying and manipulation tools. The plier set adds bigger manipulation tools and cutting capability that’s not knife based. The pouch comes as a ‘chest mounted admin pouch’. I’m not using it for that. Remove (and retain for parts) the paracord, map pocket, and molle mount straps. At that point, the side velcro straps make the pouch a standard top open tool pouch you can top load tools from. When you pop the velcro tabs, the whole pouch opens up to lay on the desk or bench you’ve found, and you have easy access to all the tools.
Thus, you can work out of it like it’s a bag, or open it up like a tool roll.
The elastic straps hold all the pliers cutters and long skinny object well. The back pocket holds the screwdriver set.
My solution is as light as the original system. Replacing the bag makes it about 10 times easier to use, and a bit bigger without really changing the weight. Additionally, if it doesn’t fit in your bag, you can hang it on the outside of your main bag with the molle loops. You have a main bag with molle on it, right?
And that’s why I have the screwdriver you need.