At a race this past June, a little help from the armed forces’ vast array of load-carrying equipment saved me a good six miles of walking back and forth between the car and the pits. The equipment goes by several names, but it’s most often called a leg rig. It’s designed for quick access to small items, and it accepts a variety of tools perfectly. Leg rigs compatible with the MOLLE standard will be compatible with a staggering number of pouches and holsters, so once you get your hands on the basic rig you can customize it to hold just about anything.
In this case, two ratchets, sixteen sockets, a multimeter, wire, solder, two screwdrivers, needlenose pliers, silicone RTV, a tire pressure gauge, pry-bar, zip ties, Crescent wrench, propane soldering iron, electrical tape, wire cutters, and water bottle are all contained securely by the system. It may make one look like a bit of a poser, but it’s worth it. I was surprised by how securely the tools stayed in place; nothing fell off in three days of running around like a madman.
The coup de grace? With a trio of pouches included, leg rigs cost around $25 — cheap for the utility and versatility they provide. Your local army surplus store is probably the best bet, but various online retailers have many styles in everything from black to digitized camo. Mine is from Joe’s Army/Navy near Detroit, but it’s identical in all but color to this model from Maine Military Supply’s website.