Diamondback Review From A Trim Guy – The Denali – Deluxe Framer – Elias & Wrangell Pouches

I wanted to create a video to address a common question many of you have been asking since I switched over to using the Diamondback rig. I’ve been using this Deluxe Framer rig for about two to three months now, which includes the Wrangler and Aleus pouches. Additionally, I have the hammer sheath attached to the underside of my pouch, and it allows for adjustable cant, making it easier to access my hammer while bending over, which is incredibly convenient.

The reason I switched to this rig was because I used to carry my hammer on a metal loop up here on the right side, and I’ve always been a “hammer on the right and tape in the back” kind of guy since I began my construction career 15 years ago. However, I found it challenging to access my hammer while crouching or leaning over, especially when working with baseboards or similar tasks. This rig keeps the hammer canted in a way that allows for easy access even when bent over, which I find extremely useful.

However, one downside I’ve encountered is that throughout my entire finished carpentry career, I’ve had a steel loop up here, which was perfect for hanging my nail gun. With this new rig, I miss having my hammer right there, and there isn’t a suitable spot to attach my nail gun on the right side. I’d love to see an add-on product that could provide a hammer loop in this area or even a spot for a nail gun.

Moving on to the inside of the rig, I appreciate most aspects of it. However, the small pouches inside, where I keep my end-cutting snips and pry bar, are a bit tight, making it difficult to fit thicker tools. I think it would be more versatile if these pouches were slightly larger to accommodate a variety of tools more comfortably. It can also be a bit tricky to find the right spot to insert thicker tools, such as after removing the rubber ends from my snips.

One major issue I’ve encountered is with the hammer loop at the back, where I keep my rubber mallet. When I bend over, the mallet often gets knocked loose and falls out, which can be quite frustrating. I’m still working on finding a solution for this issue, whether it’s breaking the loop in or adjusting it somehow.

Regarding the Cobra buckle, it’s an excellent feature as it’s easy to undo. However, if you’re having a “fat day” or wearing thicker clothing, adjusting the belt can be a bit challenging compared to traditional belts with holes.

I’d also suggest that Diamondback consider offering a tape measure holder and a dedicated pouch for a cell phone or, ideally, a laser holder designed specifically for finish carpenters. Nowadays, using a laser is common in trimming work, and having a dedicated spot for it would be highly practical.

In summary, I believe Diamondback produces some of the most durable tool belts on the market. I’ve purchased these rigs myself, and I’m not being compensated to say this. The company’s commitment to creating setups tailored to our needs is commendable. However, I do have a few suggestions for improvements:

  1. Add a metal loop for nail guns or an add-on accessory for this purpose.
  2. Enlarge the nail pouches, particularly the ones on the inside of the rig.
  3. Consider a dedicated laser pouch for finish carpenters.
  4. Provide options for a tape measure holder and a pouch stiffener to protect brad nails.
  5. Include built-in magnets for small tools on the sides.

Despite these minor issues, I highly recommend Diamondback products for their quality and exceptional customer service. It’s just a matter of finding the rig that works best for your specific needs.

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