Roaring Fire Pioneer New Mini Tool Roll Bag Review
The Roaring Fire Pioneer Mini Tool Roll Bag has durable yet comfortable materials and an intuitive design, so you can bring more tools in a smaller package.
- Waxed canvas is durable yet comfortable to hold
- Simple but intuitive closure
- Four places to stow gear inside
- Difficult to roll when fully packed
- Not very useful for anything but tools
- Leather logo doesn’t match heritage style
9.2 oz (260.8 g)
17.7 in x 7.87 in (45 x 20 cm)
Waxed Canvas, YKK Zippers
The Roaring Fire Pioneer Mini Tool Roll Bag looks and feels durable, and we love the design. It feels like something a traveling doctor would bring to your home on a house call or a pack an archeologist might hold their tools in. However, we’re curious if it’ll be handy while traveling or superfluous. Let’s dive in!
The primary material we’re working with here is waxed canvas. It has a heritage look and feels durable. However, it’s softer to the touch than it looks, which makes it comfortable to carry about. It has a patina-ed look out of the package that we dig without leaning too far into trying to look vintage. It slides nicely into a daypack or travel backpack, regardless of your pack’s look.
At the time of writing, there are two colorways available. There’s Moss Green and Rustic Brown. They’re both earthy but don’t seem too rugged for a modern pack. The design looks like Bellroy met Coleman and went into business together. It might not be for everyone, but we’re here for it.
There’s a logo on the front of the Tool Roll. It’s crafted from synthetic leather, which doesn’t match the waxed canvas’s earthy look, although it may over time. The one we have on hand here at Pack Hacker HQ has held up well. The logo is fairly large but isn’t very in-your-face.
To close the Tool Roll, you utilize the metal adjustor. It’s quite durable and is easy to use once you get the hang of it. You can feed the strap through once for a solid but not foolproof closure. Twice secures things more, but the Tool Roll is harder to open once you’ve done that. We preferred to close it with just one pass-through if we knew we’d need it at some point during the day and two when it was in storage.
The strap is durable and matches the colorway while adding a slight contrast against it. It’s fun to play with, rugged, and it doesn’t feel like it will wear quickly with use. So far, so good.
Inside The Tool Roll
The Roaring Fire Pioneer Mini Tool Roll Bag folds or rolls open, depending on how you look and how much stuff you have inside. Three folds or rolled sections will open it completely, but the folds become less defined as you stuff more gear inside.
Once it’s open, there’s a lot to go over. We’ll start with the end that you’d fold (or roll) up first when stowing it away.
There’s a zippered compartment here, which we dig. It has a capable YKK zipper and is the only pocket on this Tool Roll with a secure closure. It’s a great spot to stow odds and ends that you want to avoid getting lost or smaller items that might slide out of one of the other compartments easily. We’re thinking gear like a screw or nut you took off an electronic, a small Allen wrench, or a very special paper clip you don’t want to lose because Madonna gave it to you after you saw her at a show in Milan. You know, the basics.
The pocket is surrounded by waxed canvas and isn’t very large, so you won’t be able to fit many extras here. However, we’re happy it exists.
The middle section of the Tool Roll has a flap that pops upward. On the lid, there are mesh pockets with elastic toppers. These are good for larger items because smaller ones might tumble out of the top. Bigger spare batteries, flashlights or pliers with a clip, or items with more width stay in place and do well here.
In addition to offering a space for more gear storage, the flap serves another purpose. It covers the other side of the organizer, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
The section under the flap might be the best part of the Tool Roll. There are four liner pockets crafted from waxed canvas that are good for taller items like screwdrivers or larger pliers. The waxed canvas has no give, so you can’t stuff any extra goodies inside here. However, it holds onto gear fairly well so things stay put.
On top of those are more pockets, this time constructed from elastic. Four larger and four smaller iterations make for dynamic places to store gear from a pocket knife to a stylus. Although these compartments are versatile, it can be hard to fully utilize them if you’ve got larger gear stowed inside the waxed canvas beneath it.
When you’ve got larger, pointy gear stowed inside here, the flap we mentioned earlier saves the day. It protects you from screwdrivers and other tools poking or scraping you and stops items that aren’t large enough for their pocket from sliding out. This feature enhances the look of the tool roll and protects you, too.
That’s all the organization; it’s time to roll out of here!
Jokes aside, this is an excellent piece of gear for those who love to carry a small toolset at all times. If you are an avid cycler at home and on vacation, you can keep all the bike tools you need inside this Tool Roll. It’s a great set to keep in your glovebox or to take car camping, and it also makes an excellent gift for the person in your life who loves to be the one with the tools at every family gathering.
- Waxed canvas is comfortable to hold but feels durable
- The interior has a wide variety of storage options for its size
- The closure takes some getting used to, but we have close to mastered it already
- A few marks on the waxed canvas
- No issues with the closure system
- The elastic inside is still snappy and easy to use