Full Review and Overview on the Adventure Tool Company Waxed Canvas Tool Rolls
Here, in the manufacturer’s words, is what sold me on the SportRoll: Like all ATC gear, the rugged SportRoll is made to last. Period. You will never need to buy another.
Made in Colorado, U.S.A., of heavy waxed canvas and MILSPEC components, sewn with high-tensile nylon thread and reinforced with binding tape, it will never fail. Lifetime warranty included.
One of the best tool purchases I have ever made is the SportRoll from Adventure Tool Company.
The SportRoll is a compact canvas tool roll, not all that diﬀerent at first glance than the assorted wrench rolls you might find (at much lower cost) in hardware or military surplus stores. The SportRoll has some unique features, though.
In addition to the fourteen vertical tool slots, there is a zippered side pocket suitable for voltmeters or tape measures, as well as a large open pocket behind the tool slots. The folding cover doubles as a work mat for small parts or tools.
Overall, it is a functional, smartly executed product, but is it worth the relatively high price?
My Well-Used SportRoll
In summary, the SportRoll is a thoughtfully designed, well-constructed product backed by a lifetime warranty from an American manufacturer.
After multiple years of Alaskan weather, serving time in leaky ATV and boat bags, the SportRoll shows minimal wear.
There are a few grease stains, and the logo has darkened from accumulated grunge. However, there are no loose threads or torn seams. The assorted wrenches and screwdrivers inside have remained rust-free.
The SportRoll has definitely done a better job of taking care of my tools than I have done taking care of it.
New ATC Offerings
Not long after I purchased my 4Runner, I went back to Adventure Tool Company’s website to look for options to organize my tools and other sundries for its first extended trip.
Since my prior purchase, their lineup has expanded significantly to include a wide variety of specialized cases, storage bags, and other items.
Of particular interest are three collections that combine a selection of useful gear at discount over purchasing the items separately-the seven-piece Adventure Collection, the ten-piece Overland Collection, and the fourteen piece Expedition Collection.
After weighing the options, I selected the Overland Collection, which combines tool storage gear with a canvas tarp, a wool blanket, and a map storage case.
Purchasing these items as a collection results in a savings of roughly 7.5% over buying them separately, and earns a flat rate for shipping.
Notably, ATC oﬀers the ShopRoll in multiple colors and materials. In addition to the original forest green waxed canvas, Desert Tan, SWAT Black, and Rescue Red are available in 1000 Denier Cordura.
One further option is forest green waxed canvas lined with blaze orange 1000 Denier Cordura. This version has a slightly diﬀerent pocket arrangement and is the one I chose.
The blaze orange interior makes a surprising difference when working in low light situations.
ShopRoll Compared To SportRoll
The ShopRoll on the left, the SportRoll on the right; comparing the workmat area of the SportRoll and ShopRoll.
The most significant piece in the Overland Collection is the ShopRoll. When compared to the much smaller SportRoll, it oﬀers a lot more storage space. This means you can bring along larger tools, and more of them.
The ShopRoll boasts thirteen vertical tool slots and multiple zippered pockets of various sizes. The workmat area also houses a pocket big enough to hold a shop manual. Fully open, the ShopRoll measures 30” by 40”, but it rolls up to approximately 8” by 15”.
It has a beefy, high-quality feel, yet stores compactly even in a crowded cargo hold.
Medium (front) and Large Tool Pouches
The Overland Collection also includes one large (16×8.5” ) and two medium (12×6.5”) Tool Pouches. Each pouch is one large zippered pocket, lined with blaze orange 1000 Denier Cordura.
Features include a heavy-duty zipper, a five-inch carry strap, and a Velcro panel for name tape labels. Three of these labels are included in the Overland Collection, with more than thirty choices ranging from Aircraft Tools to Wrenches.
For those keeping scores, the three pouches and three labels count for six of the ten pieces in the Overland Collection.
Atlas Map Case
The Atlas Map Case is perfectly sized to protect large atlases (up to 23” by 16”), such as the Delorme Atlas and Gazetteer.
When opened, both pages of an atlas are visible behind a heavy plastic protective shield. There is enough room inside to store multiple atlases or other folding maps.
When not in use, the case fits neatly between the seat and center console, or in the pockets behind the front seats.
Blanket and Tarp
The Wool Camp Blanket in 50/50 red and back. Dog hair not included.
The blanket comes in a choice of size and color. The Classic Gray option measures 7’ by 5.5’ and is made of eighty percent wool. The two plaid options (red/black or green/blue are smaller at 6.75’ by 5’, but is made of a less scratchy 50/50 wool/synthetic blend. Both options are machine washable.
Overland Collection Canvas Utility Tarp
The tarp measures 4.8’ by 3’, a useful size for working under your 4Runner or for protecting fender paint during repairs. Each corner of the tarp features a sewn loop.
The Adventure and Expedition Collections
The less expensive Adventure Collection substitutes the SportRoll for the ShopRoll and a smaller Expedition Map Case for the Atlas Map Case. Further, the Large Tool Pouch and Wool Camp Blanket are omitted. The Adventure Collection is marketed as a lightweight collection for motorcyclists.
In contrast, the more expensive Expedition Collection includes everything in the Overland Collection, plus some extras.
There is one additional Large Tool Pouch with a label, an unstocked FirstAidRoll, and a Recovery Bag to house towing gear. The Expedition Collection qualifies for 10% savings (10%) versus buying the items separately.
The obvious negative with these products is the price–comparable to air compressors and even some winches. This is money that some might prefer to put toward other types of gear.
However, the cost brings exceptional quality. Adventure Tool Company makes heirloom-grade gear in the United States and backs it with a lifetime warranty and excellent customer service.