10 Must-Know PACKOUT Mods and Hacks

10 Must-Know PACKOUT Mods and Hacks

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    • What is the packout system?
  2. Overlooked features of the packout system
    • Aluminum corner rails
  3. Simple hacks to increase rail functionality
    • Using corner rails as lashing points
    • Storing extension cords
    • Magnetic wrist wrap
    • Carabiners and zip ties as attachments
    • Using rails as handles
  4. 3D printed accessories for the packout system
    • Metal rail adapter
    • Handler organization system
    • Tough built rail adapter
    • Handler side rail mounts
    • Nolster rail adapter
  5. Conclusion

The Versatile Aluminum Corner Rails: Maximize the Functionality of the Packout System

The packout system is known for its durability and versatility, providing storage solutions for various tools and equipment. While many users are familiar with the functionality of the packout system, there is one often overlooked feature that can greatly enhance its usability – the aluminum corner rails. In this article, we will explore the different ways you can make the most out of these corner rails and maximize the functionality of your packout system.


The packout system is a comprehensive storage solution that offers durability and versatility for various tools and equipment. It is designed to withstand the rigors of a job site and provide easy access to your tools when you need them. One of the most recognizable elements of the packout system are the aluminum corner rails, which are often underutilized. However, by exploring their potential, you can discover new ways to optimize your packout system.

Overlooked features of the packout system

The aluminum corner rails are one of the key components of the packout system that are often overlooked. These rails have fantastic potential for enhancing the functionality of the system in numerous ways. Let's dive into the various ways you can make the most out of this often underutilized feature.

Simple hacks to increase rail functionality

Using corner rails as lashing points

One of the simplest yet effective ways to maximize the functionality of the aluminum corner rails is to use them as lashing points. Although the packout system offers a wide range of storage options, it may not have a dedicated spot for every item you need. By utilizing the corner rails, you can easily tie down non-packout items using ropes or paracords. The half-inch rope or paracord can be tightly secured using knots or, for added convenience, with the help of cams or bungees and ratchet straps.

Storing extension cords

Managing extension cords can be a challenge, especially when working in tight spaces. While cord wraps are a popular accessory for organizing cords, they can protrude from the packout system and hinder maneuverability. To address this, a more low-profile solution is to fold the 25-foot extension cord in half and loop it through the inside of the bottom rail, wrapping it around to secure it. Alternatively, velcro cord wraps offer a quick and easy way to secure and access your cords without protrusion.

Magnetic wrist wrap

If you find yourself needing a convenient spot to hold small screws and bits, your packout system's aluminum rails can come to the rescue. A magnetic wrist wrap attached to the rails allows you to keep these small items within reach without the risk of misplacement.

Carabiners and zip ties as attachments

To enhance the versatility of your packout system, consider using carabiners or reusable zip ties as attachments. Climbing carabiners, in particular, offer strength and security, especially those with locking gates. They can be used to attach bags, keys, or gloves securely to the corner rails. Alternatively, reusable zip ties offer a cost-effective solution for quickly securing or releasing different items.

Using rails as handles

The packout boxes can become quite heavy, especially when filled with tools and equipment. In such cases, the aluminum corner rails can serve as additional handles, providing a convenient grip for lifting and transporting the boxes.

3D printed accessories for the packout system

In addition to the simple hacks mentioned above, there are various 3D printed accessories available that can further enhance the functionality of the packout system. These accessories are designed to be easy to install without the need for removing any rails or using set screws. Let's explore some of these options.

Metal rail adapter

The metal rail adapter creates a steel surface on the aluminum corner rails, allowing magnetic tools such as the M12 Rover light to attach securely to the outside of your packout box. This adapter ensures compatibility with tools or accessories that have a strong magnet, making it a valuable addition to your packout system.

Handler organization system

The Handler organization system is a family of 3D printed products designed to attach to the handles of modular toolbox systems like the packout. These products offer additional storage options, allowing you to customize your corner rails with bins for fasteners, holders for flashlights, or even a plumber's cup for spray paint cans or water bottles. The Handler organization system provides a modular and efficient way to keep your tools organized and easily accessible.

Tough built rail adapter

For those who use tough-built pouches on their tool belts, the tough built rail adapter is a must-have accessory. It allows you to take your tough-built pouch and add it to your packout stack using the top-built rail adapter. This compatibility ensures that your tools and accessories are within easy reach and organized effectively.

Nolster rail adapter

If you are looking for a secure and reliable locking tool clip, the nolster rail adapter offers the perfect solution. This adapter is designed specifically for the nolster locking tool clip, providing a convenient spot to securely place your drills or other tools. With this adapter, you can be confident that your tools will remain safely attached to your packout system.


By recognizing the often overlooked potential of the aluminum corner rails in the packout system, you can enhance its functionality and optimize its usability to suit your specific needs. Whether it's using the rails as lashing points, storage for extension cords, or incorporating various 3D printed accessories, the packout system becomes even more versatile and efficient. So don't just limit yourself to the basic functionalities of the packout system; explore the endless possibilities that the aluminum corner rails offer and make the most out of your tools and equipment storage.

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