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If you’re serious about metal detecting then you’re going to need a metal detecting finds pouch or bag.
There are many available which won’t break the bank and will come in very handy.
If you’re like me you will learn the hard way, when I first started metal detecting a few years ago, I was that eager to get out I didn’t think of things like a metal detecting finds pouch or even a good shovel if I am honest. I was far too excited so I went without.
This beginners mistake cost me a good few items before I realised it was an essential part of the metal detecting kit!
When you’re out in the field or at the beach, you’re searching for things that have been lost from peoples pockets. So why on earth would you put your finds in your pocket!!
It’s a mistake a lot of people make and I’m no exception. I had some of them work trousers with the extra pockets in the legs, I just used to fill them with whatever I found. Then at the end of the day when emptying my pockets I would be looking for something of interest that I found and much to my dismay I had dropped it or it had fallen out of my pocket.
So without boring you further, the point of this post is to give you some indication of what the best metal detecting finds pouch looks like, the different types and where you can get yourself one.
They come in many shapes and sizes and all have their pros and cons.
Perhaps the most popular and best selling finds pouch is the Garrett Camouflage finds pouch.
Designed with a light camouflage design, sporting the Garrett metal detectors Brand logo and made completely from a tough and durable canvas.
There are two separate compartments that are sealed by a zip, handy if you want to keep one compartment for your finds and the other for another purpose. One external and one internal.
I sometimes keep my scrap in one compartment and then good finds in another to stop them being scratched or damaged when rubbing against each other. The largest of the pockets measures approximately 23cm x 26cm x 3cm
The band that goes around the pouch is intended to be used with your pointer, this way you can attach the pinpointer securely to the pouch saving you even more space.
The waist belt that secures the pouch to you is adjustable so you can adjust to maximum comfort and security.
Expect to pay between £17 – £20 new, which I believe is a small price to pay to secure your finds.
There are many great reviews for the Garrett Camo Finds pouch and as previously mentioned it’s probably the best selling metal detecting bag.
CKSN Metal Detecting Vest
If you take your metal detecting a little more seriously and you’ve got a bigger budget then the CKSN Metal Detecting vest is the “Daddy”
This tactical metal detecting vest has pockets, straps and compartments for just about everything.
The CKSN Vest is made from a strong nylon material and has a mesh base for added ventilation. Oh, and it’s available in 8 different colours!
The sizing of the vest is fully adjustable from 30″ waist right up to a 55″waist. The shoulder straps are also adjustable for added security and comfort.
It has 5 x small pockets and pouches which are velcro fastened at the front, a key or money Pocket which is located on the inside right breast pouch, 2 x large front zip fastened pouches measuring 8″W x 7.5″H x 2″D, 2 x extra large pouches with “storm flaps” located at the back of the vest measuring 9″W x 6″H x 4″D and twin rear drink or flask holders. So in terms of space, you’ll be able to carry all your tools, your lunch, drinks, your finds and pretty much anything else you can imagine.
If you’re lucky enough to own the CKSN Metal detecting vest then it’s going to solve a multitude of little annoyances like a shoulder bag dangling in front of you when you lean forward to the hole, or the headphone wire catching on your front pouch. A truly great accessory for metal detecting.
Seibertron Metal Detecting DLP Drop Leg Pouch
Another option when looking for a metal detecting pouch is what they call a DLP, which simply stands for Drop Leg Pouch. A lot of detectorists opt for these kinds of metal detecting finds bags.
The Seibertron Drop leg pouch was designed in such a way that it offers maximum space and comfort without restricting your mobility.
It’s made from a very durable and rugged material and is completely waterproof.
The large strap at the top securely straps to your waist and the smaller one at the bottom straps to your thigh.
It’s got a nice little side pocket which would be great for your pinpointer if you made a slight little adjustment to it.
The large flap over the top conceals a very large and deep pocket which you can fit an enormous amount of finds in if you’re feeling lucky, on the front of the large flap is a small valuables zip pocket, on the waist strap there is also a small zip pocket. These smaller pockets could perhaps keep your more valuable finds safe from damage and loss.
It’s available in both black and tan if you’re concerned with colour coordination!
Bare in mind this was not designed with metal detecting in mind, that being said, I believe that it would be a great piece of kit, and all at a very good price.
Camo Metal Detecting Bum Bag by “Nitehawk”
With literally hundreds of 5-star reviews, it’s clear that this is probably the best tactical bum bag on the market.
It comes in 3 colours camouflage, plain green and then plain black and is made from 600D polyester making it extremely robust and durable.
It has a very large main pocket centre secured by a zip this has a nice divider in the middle of the compartment allowing you to keep finds separate, 2 smaller side pockets secured with zips, and a front pocket which again is secured with a zip. Then for added security, it has two straps that go over the main pocket and front pocket that fasten together by 2 clips.
The bum bag attaches to you around the waist and the waist strap is adjustable for your own comfort. It features a rather large waist strap so for the larger detectorist or someone wearing a lot of clothes it should not be a problem.
The bag is also lightweight and weighs approx 400g, the size dimensions of the bag are 36cm x 14cm x 12cm.
By no means is the name “nitehawk” a prompt to partake in illegal metal detecting!
Priced at under a tenner! An absolute bargain.
It’s all a matter of preference if I am honest and what you feel would be right for you.
None of the bags I have mentioned above will break the bank, but they will do the job.
There are of course many more metal detecting finds pouches available for you to consider and those I have mentioned all have positive reviews and are all relatively cheap.
These bags will potentially stop you from losing things, allow you to carry all your tools and finds without them getting in the way, and some will even allow you to store your lunch in them!
I highly recommend buying a metal detecting finds bag, in my opinion, it’s a necessity.
If you know of any more bags or pouches that you would recommend then feel free to leave a comment and I will consider adding it to the list.