Here is a post from a forum I read the other day. I’m sure it sounds familiar.
hey guys, I used to wear double pouch tool belt but the last several years I switched to a lighter 4 pouch on the left side only. I try not to overload it with tools I don’t need. Hammer on the right side in a loop, tape measure and whatever nails or screws I need for the job we are doing. and my speed square. so it’s not really that heavy. I keep a tool bag near where we are working to get any other tools I might need. The last several weeks I have this pain in my left hip when walking, it’s worse in the morning but feels better later in the day as I start to loosen it up.
I’ve never had this before, wondering if it’s from having the pouch on the left only and why it would just start up now after I have had the pouch on the left for several years. I may start just keeping the pouch off all together for a week or two and see if it gets better, it not go to the DR. I’m 37 and I don’t feel I overload my pouch with a lot of weight like I see some guys doing. I don’t need a lot of things that end up falling out or hurting someone’s nice flooring or furniture when working inside a finished house.
Tool belts hurt. Let’s be real. Sure you may think they’re cool, but they’re not. The only cool thing is that you have all the tools on your person. But you can’t carry everything because the heavy tool belt hurts your back and hips. You have to keep a cart or tool bag on the side of your workplace also.
We came across a solution that seemed a little soft at first until we tried it. It’s called a tool vest, and the one we tried is made by Vest Tech. The founders own a successful electrician contracting business in Salt Lake City and their workers complained about the same thing construction workers complain about; their tool belt pain. So they created a vest and slowly developed it into a phenomenal product over a few years. It has a hidden support system made from seatbelt material that goes over the shoulders and around the waist and distributes the weight of the tools evenly. The same tools carried in a tool belt feel lighter in a vest. It’s pretty incredible. Check out this video.