Shop Vest – Atlas 46


If you have been following me very long you know that I recently started wearing a shop vest. Atlas 46 reached out to me a while back and asked if I would be interested in trying out their work wear, more specifically their version of a shop apron.

shop vest Atlas 46

The name for the exact one that I wear is a JourneyMESH Chest Rig with Cargo Pockets. I have received a lot of questions about it and some folks have said that it looks like a tactical vest, which it does.

using a biscuit joiner wearing a shop apron

As I said in the video, Atlas 46 started out making products for the military, homeland security, law enforcement and later got into making tactical products. Now, they have things for just about any line of work.

Below I’ll get in to more detail about the setup I have and the specifics on how I use it everyday.


The particular vest I opted for has a mesh middle section, which allows for more air flow to stay cooler. In my opinion, convenience is a big deal when wearing one of these types of shop vests and with all the webbings and velcro that shouldn’t be a problem.

shop vest tape measure

One of the coolest things about the setup I use are the magnets. I have a magnet patch right in the center of my chest that holds a 2” engineer’s square for convenience. Also, there on my chest are my marking crayons for different color wood, pencils, a knife, and a six inch rule.

Shop vest tools

There are other places like the shoulder straps that have velcro capabilities, which add so much versatility with the way you can set these vests up. My thoughts are to use the vest a while longer to figure out along the way what I need and where to add things. Right now it’s pretty basic with one magnet patch, but that’s all I need at the moment.

shop vest tools

The good thing is if I try a particular accessory and find it’s not working all I have to do is move it to another spot on the vest or replace it with something else. You don’t have to be committed to the setup you initially use, as you grow and change the way you work so can your shop vest.

Shop vest setup

Cargo pockets are a good idea in my opinion for the simple fact that the flaps keep dust and chips out and the flaps are held by velcro. The vest I use has three good sized cargo pockets across the bottom with small open pockets behind the cargo pockets. I use one of the cargos to keep my bluetooth hearing protection (Osha compliant) in and my phone in another for a couple reasons. The cargo pockets keep dust out of my phone, but also it keeps my phone within range of my bluetooth hearing protection.

shop vest cargo pockets

shop vest cargo pocket for phone

There are other features on my vest with a lot more velcro and webbing for a ton more customization. Even the back side of the vest has a couple of open pockets. Every inch of the vest can be used without the whole thing becoming bulky.

shop vest inside pocket

Overall thoughts

I was hesitant at first about wearing a shop apron or vest only because I’ve never used one and the one thing I didn’t want was something pulling down on my neck, but that isn’t the case at all. The quality of the vest is great and the padded shoulder straps make it comfortable to wear.

shop vest padded shoulder straps

I’ve worn the vest in multiple applications and I can say that it doesn’t get in the way while I’m working, which is why I keep putting it on everyday. I use it at the workbench, outside working with power tools and even on the simplest tasks.

shop vest while using the router

shop vest while power carving

So far, I have enjoyed the vest and I can see myself using it for a long time. Now that I’ve been using it I can’t imagine working in the shop without it. Honest.

shop vest

Atlas 46 also makes work apparel for any line of work. To check out their full line of work wear, tool bags or shop vests Click Here…

Items mentioned in this post

• Shop vest and accessories, Atlas 46:

• Hearing protection with Bluetooth, ISOTunes Pro:

• 2” engineering square:

Other tools I use


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  1. […] Thanks to Atlas 46 for supporting this project, or in this case, projects. If you haven’t noticed, I have been wearing a new shop apron/vest for the last couple of months and it has become part of my everyday routine to put it on as I enter the shop. My kids even wear Atlas 46 gear. I put together a video highlighting the vest I wear, you can see it here. […]

  2. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my
    comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say excellent blog!


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