"Dear Occidental Leather,
I am a professional Home Improvement Contactor who does everything from small jobs, to major additions and renovations. Therefore, finding a suitable setup was almost impossible. I wanted just ONE......not several depending on the work of the day. Then I found Occidental Leather.
Although I was always a Carpenter in one way or another, I also am a degreed Accountant who spent 17 years as a Plant Controller, and was considered an expert in my field regarding efficiency, plant operations, and start ups. But I left the Corporate world and went back full time, to the type of work that paid my tuition 20 years earlier, and could not be happier. I mention this only because I want to point out that I am more than fit to judge good design, efficient setup, and high quality craftsmanship.
First of all, I want to thank you and the craftsmen who made my Framer rig. I have tried ALL other belts: apron style, 4 tiered bags, 2 tiered bags, and accessory holders. Each style had it’s drawback. I cannot wear the apron style because it restricts movement, the single bags simply have plain pockets, and tools fall out. But mainly....they just don't hold up well.
Last year, I finally spent the money for an Occidental classic framer setup. I looked at it on the website for more than six months trying to justify the expenditure. Then it hit me.....I already spent more buying other bags that didn't serve the purpose or hold up!!! So I ordered it.
Right away, you can see the craftsmanship of the pouches. Of course, the bags were stiff, especially the tape measure pocket, but after a couple of months of use.......they broke in beautifully. The rig is also VERY well designed. I know where all my tools are intuitively, and never take my eyes of my work. I also have the Ranger style belt, and hammer holder.
They are not too big, or too small.....they are EXACTLY right. The belt is wide around the pouches for great support, yet narrow in the front so it does not dig into you, and there is no need to fumble with the double prongs. Having a separate slot for a speed square is awesome! Having a place for a Combination Square.......is a real treat! And the tape measure holder is exactly where it should be. No other bags have this design. These really were designed, by, and for, professionals.
One final point I would like to make is that the design of your product, has increased my efficiency, and effectiveness. In the morning, no matter what the carpentry project of the day....I simply grab my Occidental setup.....and get to work. Everything I need is in there......no trips to the toolbox. And because of the great design......although the bags feel heavy.....they seem to lighten up once you put it on. The design and weight placement is superb.
I purchased another for a helper who turned 40. He was elated.! I think he spent the first hour just admiring it! He even purchased a separate duffle bag to keep it in, and has a “special” place for it in the truck!
After 1 year of use......they still seem “new”. The have softened up just right, yet, they still have their great shape. The quality of the leather is exceptional.......and I can honestly say, although I tried ALL others......I consider my Occidental Leather........the First “real” setup I have ever had. It will also be my last. Someday, if it ever wears out, I will purchase another.
Congratulations Occidental Leather......and please extend my thanks to everyone from administration, to manufacturing, R&D, and the craftsmen on the factory floor.