Above you see Klein’s new Tradesman Pro Organizer rolling tool bag, which is, well, a tool bag with wheels. It caught our attention because it incorporates features we’ve seen in luggage for years, but which never quite seem to make their way into tool storage applications: big wheels and a collapsible handle.
For the same reason bolting big wheels on your 4×4 allows you to climb and clear big rocks and logs, upping the wheel diameter on your rolling storage lets you drag it over larger debris. Klein chose 6″ wheels for this bag, which seems like a good tradeoff between being big enough to let you roll over weird crap and small enough to not be a pain in the ass (or leg) when you pick up the bag to carry it.
To give you an idea of what you can navigate with the Tradesman Pro, check out Klein’s (albeit a bit cheeky) video:
(Forget rolling the bag over your workmates. The most impressive part of this video in our opinion is when they drag it across wire and other stuff that’d normally catch and stop rolling gear.)
Underneath the Pro’s 600D ballistic weave fabric exterior lies a metal frame designed to increase the bag’s strength and carrying power — Klein claims you can stuff 100 lbs. inside of it and another 100 on top of it — and to let you prop open the top for easy access to your tools while you work. Klein also added a molded plastic kick plate along the wheeled edge so you don’t wear through the fabric when you drag the bag over large objects or up stairs. Inside you get 24 pockets to subdivide your tools and keep them organized, and the whole interior is orange to increase visibility (read: to keep you from digging around looking for black tools in a black bag in the dark).
We also like the collapsible handle. We’ve seen a similar handle on some rolling hard cases, but this is the first one we’ve seen on a bag like this.
Honestly, this bag looks like it’ll last for quite a while — which is good, because at around $150 street, you probably won’t want to buy a replacement anytime soon.