My tool bag finally gave out in Nepal and I replaced it with a zippered, ccounterfeit North Face case that I bought in a trekking shop in Pokhara. It worked fine and I was more or less happy with it until I received a Mopha Tool Roll for my birthday.
Now, I wonder how I ever got by with my old bag. The Morpha Tool Roll is that handy. B.F., (before Mopha) I would have to rummage around to find the right widget. A small inconvenience, but still... A.F., (after Mopha) I can put my hands on the right tool for the job almost without looking. Plus, it unrolls to provide a clean surface to set nuts and bolts on during repairs so they don't get lost in the roadside gravel.
The Mopha is constructed from a tough waterproof canvas with stout stitching and leather reniforcements at the stress points. It looks like it will stand up to the abuses of around-the-world touring.
Bicycle tool rolls have been around since dirt, and I had been vaguely aware of them, but never gave them much thought. I considered them to be just one of those fussy affectations retro bike guys liked to strap onto the backs of their Brooks saddles to go with their wool bicycle knickers and tweed spiffy caps. I'm not ready to go full Rivendell, but I am definately on board with the tool roll.
I can fit a couple of wrenches, a patch kit, tire levers, spare tube, pliers and a screwdriver in the Mopha, which is adequate for most roadside repairs. I still need a larger tool bag for long distance rides and more serious jobs, but even when I head down to South America next winter, you can bet my Mopha will be making the trip, too.