“I measured very precisely and followed the directions for fit And I still have to tighten the belt as far as it can possibly go for it to fit. Not so bad when it’s cold out with heavy sweaters on but with just a T-shirt, I hope I don’t lose any weight. I’m 6 ft 185 lbs I definitely like it a lot but the medium should have fit fine. Seems odd.
Wish the magnet was stronger. And wish there was just one more pouch on the maestro style for nails so I don’t have to go spend another fortune customizing this. Yes I now realize I should have just gone with the artisan, but I’m still happy”
“I really like the organization available with these bags. They are very comfortable to carry. I do a lot of remodel/finish work and end up carrying a lot of miscellaneous handy tools and fasteners all day. The belt sizing is a little weird- I measured, as recommended, and ordered a Medium belt, I’m 6’0” 180’lbs, and it was TOO big. I returned the belt for a small and had to eat the shipping charges. The SMALL fits but the buckle is far off center and the bags sit behind my hip bones. I understand the design and really appreciate the construction of waist belt, but I think there needs to be a S/M size worked into the sizing specs.
I built a custom set with the Miter bag on my dominate side, and the Wrangle on my off side. I REALLY like this set up. It will give me a lot of versatility for a large scope of work. I have found that some of the small sleeves for pencils, nail punches, etc are hard to access because of how the side pouch over laps them. That being said, I am really excited for these bags. I love how modular they are!”
“I wasn’t sure about this rig at first. I tried the Denali setup on the 701 vest. Turns out I absolutely love it. I hate trips back and forth to the truck or tool box. I have a specific framing rig setup, but I carry things I ALWAYS end up using throughout the day. I used occidental for a couple years but my back has been giving me fits- not because of the occidental bags but because (apparently) I’m not in my 20’s anymore. The vest takes a huge load off my hips and I keep the vest belt tight around my waist. The shoulder support coupled with the belt not sagging has been SUCH an improvement. I really like the hammer holster in the front, it gets in the way climbing through rafters so I just move the hammer to the back loop- so easy. I LOVE the dedicated spot for a screw gun. The one improvement over occidental is that the rear cats paw sleeve as well as the sleeve for your combo square are much more accessible. I had to contort myself to see where I was reaching on the occidentals. The wrangell pouch sits lower and allows me to easily turn my head and slide everything where it goes. It sounds petty but if you’re on a roof screwing around in a tight spot trying to put your tools away while your buddy is squawking at you- it IS a big deal. There is one buckle on the right side that won’t stop maladjusting in my side. It annoys me but I think it’s because I have a lot crammed in the Elías pouches. The other thing is, sometimes when I bend forward the bags flop forward, BUT, nothing has ever fallen out of the pouches. Ever. That is a huge bonus because stuff would fall out of my occidental rig if I leaned too far forward. Overall five stars. The pictures are from working on my house and helping a buddy on his project.”