Today we’re talking tool belt suspenders. Though not as exciting as say, a nice drill, the tool suspender system is just as important. If you’re a professional, or simply a serious do-it-yourselfer, you need something that can keep your gear safe, secure, and within easy reach.
Buy the right suspenders, and they should stick around for awhile. Get the wrong product, and you’ll probably be looking to replace it within a month.
Don’t worry. The stakes aren’t quite as high as they seem. We’re here to help you navigate the tool belt suspender market, so that you can choose something that will make you and your tools happy.
Read on for some tool belt suspender reviews!
|Occidental Leather 5055 Stronghold|
|Milwaukee 48-22-8145 Padded Rig||1 lb||4.7/5|
|Brown Bag Company 30290|
(Best for the Money)
|Ergodyne Arsenal 5560||1 lb||4.2/5|
|ToolsGold Tool Belt Suspenders||1 lb||3.9/5|
Starting with our top pick, we have the Occidental Stronghold. This unit features a sturdy leather design that should last for a long time. The straps are fully adjustable so that one size will be able to fit most, and they are secured by a series of Conway buckles that will guarantee your adjustments stay in place.
There is one key problem that might be a turnoff for some people: it’s not very comfortable. Granted, belt suspenders often aren’t. By virtue of their design, they do put a significant amount of pressure on the neck and shoulders.
In this case though, the leather works for, and against, the suspenders. On the one hand, it’s very durable. On the other hand, its rigidity makes it uncomfortable.
Deal breaker? That will be up to the buyer. As we see it, this high-performing suspender excels in most of the departments we find important.
With our runner-up, we have an affordable, padded alternative to the Occidental. The makeup here is fully synthetic, with softer straps that won’t put so much pressure on the neck and shoulders.
The padded straps aren’t completely adjustable, but the suspenders do come in two different sizes. Ultimately they will be able to accommodate users up to 6 feet, 8 inches tall, meaning most people won’t have a problem with them.
So, why doesn’t it take the top slot?
It’s mostly a matter of durability. The fabric that makes up these straps may be comfortable, but they won’t last nearly as long as the leather you get with the Occidental pair.
Some buyers won’t mind trading more comfort for less durability. You’ll need to decide for yourself which features you prioritize.
Up next, our “best for the money” pick. The Brown Bag Company 30290 straps are an affordable, well-built pair of suspenders that pay off both in terms of value and quality.
The straps are padded and feature a breathable fabric that will help prevent you from getting overheated.
There’s even a handy little cell phone pocket located in the front.
That said, we do have a problem with the size of the straps themselves. The company advertises that the straps are fully adjustable to fit most people, but that doesn’t seem to be well-reflected in the design. Even when adjusted to be as small as possible, the straps are quite large, and may be awkward for users who are under 6 feet tall.
The straps also don’t stay in place very well. You’ll need to adjust them often throughout the course of a working day.
With the Ergodyne, we have another pair of suspenders made for comfort. The straps are padded with cooling gel materials that should prevent you from getting too warm while you work.
It also features an adjustability range of 12 inches (36-48) which will be enough to accommodate a wide variety of people.
Last but not least, it even features a couple of extra storage compartments in the front of the straps for your phone, small tools, etc.
Unfortunately, there are a couple of serious concerns. For one thing, the straps fall out of place, meaning you’ll need to regularly re-secure your adjustments.
That’s one thing. The other problem is that the clip pops out of place over time, thus rendering the straps effectively useless. If you aren’t using the suspenders to handle much weight you may not have problems. But if you’re securing a heavy-duty tool belt this will probably pose an issue.
Last on our list, we look at the ToolsGold belt suspender, a harness that looks much better than it performs. In spite of the attractive design and affordable price tag, there are a series of problems that prevent this item from reaching its full potential.
The straps are uncomfortable, the loops are not secure, and the clips won’t be able to withstand very much weight.
This might be a pair of suspenders you would buy for light use. However, even in that case, most buyers will be better served by one of the other budget-friendly options featured on our list.
Let’s take a look at some considerations that will help simplify your buying decision.
Some of the options we looked at can be adjusted to suit almost anybody. Others have more specific sizing restrictions. If you’re an average-sized person between 5 feet, 8 inches – 6 feet, 4 inches tall, most suspenders will probably suit you just fine.
However, if you don’t fall into that range, you’ll need to pay more attention to the sizing restrictions to make sure the suspenders you’re thinking of purchasing can accommodate you.
Comfort is an important factor with any suspenders. Generally speaking, leather won’t be as comfortable as a padded cloth strap.
But softness isn’t the only factor that contributes to comfort. You also want something that will be able to keep you cool as you work. Many suspender sets will include breathable material, or a gel filling that will make the fabric more breathable.
This is an important feature because suspenders can get hot even on a chilly day.
Naturally, you also want something that is durable. The key becomes finding a product that can blend durability with comfort.
Leather is the most durable material for suspenders, but its rigidity also makes it hard to wear for a long period of time.
There are tough synthetic materials out there, but they are more of a gamble. You’ll ultimately need to prioritize the feature that matters most to you. Do you want something that will keep you comfortable all day, but might not last forever? Or do you want something that is a little tense, but tough enough to stick around for years?
With our tool belt suspender reviews finished, it’s time to make a final decision. While choosing can be difficult, we do have two recommendations for you.
The tough, leather design of the Occidental suspenders earned it the top spot on our list. If you want high-quality material, there is no beating this pair.
However, if you’re more interested in getting a comfortable pair at a good price, give some thought to our “best for the money” pick, the Brown Bag Company harness.
That said, choosing a good pair of suspenders is a personal choice. Now that you know your options, you should be prepared to decide on the right ones for your needs.
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