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Let's talk about an extremely underrated piece of gear – the multi-tool! Looking for ten-in-one magic right in your pocket? Meet the Swiss Army knife's cooler cousin, armed with a bunch more handy features. Need a screwdriver? Check. Pliers? Check. Bottle opener? You betcha!
Gone are the days when multi-tools were basic pocket knives with limited functionalities. Today, multi-tools have evolved into sophisticated and versatile products that can handle a multitude of tasks. We've put together a list of our best multi-tools and how to choose the right one for you.
1. Versatility: The Heart of Every Multi-Tool
A great multi-tool should combine a variety of functions in a compact design. Look for options that include a mix of blades, pliers, screwdrivers, and other handy tools. This ensures that you're prepared for any situation, from opening stubborn jars, cutting wire to tightening loose screws.
2. Build Quality: Ensuring Durability and Longevity
Nobody likes a tool that gives up on you mid-task. Look for something that's made from sturdy materials like stainless steel. It'll survive the bumps, drops, and whatever crazy adventures you throw at it.
3. Ergonomics: Comfortable Handling for Extended Use
Using a multi-tool shouldn't be a challenge. Look for designs that prioritise ergonomics, providing a comfortable grip and easy handling. This becomes especially important when you're using the tool for extended periods, ensuring that your hands don't tire out quickly.
4. Portability: On-the-Go Convenience
Whether you're camping, hiking, or tackling tasks around the house, portability is key. A compact and lightweight multi-tool can easily fit into your pocket, backpack, or tool belt. This makes it convenient to carry with you wherever your adventures are taking you.
Meet the Leatherman Wave+ – the MacGyver of multi-tools. With a whopping 18 tools up its sleeve, it's ready to take on any challenge. Need to cut, saw, or tighten? This bad boy's got you covered. Weighing in at 241 grams, it's our top choice for multi-day hikes and bigger adventures.
Don't want to break the bank? No problem! The Gerber Dime Mini will be your wallet's best friend. With 12 useful tools, it’ll ensure you’re ready for anything. Whether you're tinkering at home or roughing it in the wild.
For those who appreciate Swiss precision, this Victorinox is a true masterpiece. The Hunter pocket knife was specially designed to accompany hunters and serious outdoor enthusiasts. It's like the James Bond of multi-tools – classy and deadly efficient.
The tool you didn’t know you needed. From bikers and snowboarders to Ikea furniture aficionados. The Tactica M100X Compact Multitool Bundle Pack is truly useful for anything and everything, including a comprehensive set of Phillips, Flat, Torx and Allen Key bits - giving you the tools you need to tackle repairs in any context.
For those who prefer less is more, the Leatherman Skeletool RX Rescue Multi-tool is a minimalist's dream come true. It's lightweight, sleek, and focuses on the essentials. An essential piece of kit for any outdoor enthusiast, EMT or first responder.
Multi-tools can transform the way we tackle everyday adventures. They're like having a toolbox in your pocket, minus the clunkiness. Check out the full range on the website now.
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About the contributor:
Lauren Clark is the social media manager for Wild Earth. An obsessive gram counter who's always on the hunt for the lightest and most compact gear for hiking and travel. You'll find her overseas in one country or another attempting digital nomad life. When she's not working she's taking in as much culture as she can, eating all of the foods, hiking all of the trails and trying to find people to belay for her. Follow her adventures on Instagram.