Anyone still use pocket protectors, aka "nerd pouches"?

Glenn Owner/Technician Texas Posted   Latest  

Hello DN,

I know I'm showing my age (and probably my nerd side), but I was baffled the other day when I asked my local Matco vendor for a pocket protector. He said they quit carrying them because no one uses them anymore. What????

I've never stopped using them in the shop since I started back in the 80's. 

Even my Snap On vendor quit carrying them?

Those little pocket pouches have saved me a lot of walking back and forth over the years to my tool cart or main box.

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Robert Owner
Pennsylvania
Robert
 

Hi Glenn, It probably won't surprise you if I tell you that Amazon has a whole variety of them for sale, from the white plastic ones we are familiar with (12 pack for $7) right up to leather ones for $16. 😁

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Hi Robert, I'm not surprised Amazon has them. After being turned away at the tool trucks, I actually found some nice new Snap On ones with a pen and pocket screwdriver, they were cheap.

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Dave Owner/Technician
Oklahoma
Dave
 

You mean like this? ha. must be an old dude thing...

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David Business Development Manager
Ohio
David
 

You get special A+ props for having a Hazet-branded one. – Dave

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Yes sir, Over the years, I have gotten in a habit of carrying 2 flat tip pocket screwdrivers and 2 pocket magnets along with a black sharpie and an AC thermometer. It also has a T pin and a paper clip for use when I need them.

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Mark Engineer
Pennsylvania
Mark
 

Yeah, but yours it Hazet. It was probably $5 and a $50 import tariff…. But totally cool none the less…

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Martin Instructor
British Columbia
Martin
 

Nah, I'm an old dude and can't even stand pockets on shirts and especially adorned with a cluttered row of junk that looks like technician service medals, just waiting to fall off into moving parts or high voltage! VBG. So, no it ain't necessarily an old fart thing! LOL.

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Hi Martin, I guess I'm stuck in my ways with my Dickie brand 2 pocket work shirts. The only problem I have from time to time is a pocket screwdriver with a magnet getting pulled out of the pouch when I'm working on equipment. I make a point of not overloading the pouch though because it can be hazardous. Along with the screwdriver, I keep 2 telescopic pocket magnets because it never fails when…

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Martin Instructor
British Columbia
Martin
 

Hi Glenn. It's funny how we are all so unique in subtle ways! VBG. We all have our little preferences. I cannot wear Dickies or any workshirts that don't stretch. I always feel way too restricted. They always make me look like some slob that just crawled out of a hole with shirt tails out! I do have some Dickies pants though. All of my work and casual shirts are also short sleeved. When the…

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John Diagnostician
California
John
 

Are you kidding? I bought my Pico scope just for the pocket protector that comes with it.

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Which one worked out to be the best? LOL

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Jürgen Owner
Mexico
Jürgen
 

Finally I got an idea what to do with these that came with my scope and I didn't order…8-)

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James Technician
New York
James
 

I used to use them when my years back employer would give us a “tire inspection kit” with tread depth gauge, tire pressure gauge, tire chalk and pocket screwdriver to pull pebbles out of tires. My current employer gives us a similar kit that is too bulky for a shirt pocket and a belt loop but most techs don't wear belts so they end up lost or in the trash.

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Hi James, As for belts, I purchase them from a local uniform supply company. They are made for mechanics or tradesmen that cannot have a buckle of any kind. These are the ones that have two inside pins that attach to the holes in the belt end. For my pocket protector, I have changed the items according to my needs, but I feel lost without it.

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Tony Owner/Technician
Missouri
Tony
 

I've never used one but my dad wore one to work, church, and it wouldn't surprise me if he slept with one on. I never thought about using one until you mentioned it, and only because I've recently transitioned from button down work shirts to cotton Tee work shirts because the cotton pocket is too weak to “stand up to” a pen or pocket screwdriver being clipped to it with one hand. These Tees have…

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Glen Owner/Technician
Illinois
Glen
   

Have used them for more the 25 years..These are the most durable that I have found. specialistid​.​com/products/clear…

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Richard Owner/Technician
Maine
Richard
 

I think we need some Diagnostic Network pocket protectors 😁

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Hi Richard, That is a novel idea, but the way current supply chain is bottlenecked and backlogged, it would be a heck of a wait. I would gladly pay a reasonable price for a couple of nice ones. Nothing good in life comes free. (I think the days of free promotional products are long gone)

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