When preparing your gear for the great outdoors, you want to ensure you include the backbone of outdoor supplies, the multi-tool. The modern day multi-tool offers a piece of equipment for hundreds, if not, thousands of jobs.
Depending on the adventure you embark on when in the outdoors, you’re probably going to need a few different tools for the job. Instead of packing many different ones, having one tool on hand that can do the work of many is the epitome of versatility.
Because you are busy and on the go, researching which multi-tool is best can take time, which is why we did the work for you. Check out seven of the best multi-tools to take with you on your next outdoor adventure.
1. Gerber Diesel Multi-Tool
This rugged piece of outdoor equipment combines twelve separate tools to provide you with an entire toolbox in the palm of your hand. In this handy space-saving tool you will find pliers, a saw, can and bottle openers, scissors, flathead screwdriver, cross driver, tipped file, a fine and serrated edge blade, and pinch cutters. It’s slim, it’s sleek, and it’s fully loaded for the best possible multi-tool to have in your outdoor arsenal.
2. Victorinox SwissTool BS Multi-Tool
The SwissTool by Victorinox is as extreme as they get. Its compact nature and functionality remind you of having every tool you need in one. It’s light enough to take with you on any excursion.
In this stainless steel, lightweight tool, you get 21 different tools. These tools include a wavy and regular blade; wooden and metal saw; reamer punch; metal file; 7.5mm, 5mm, 3 mm, and 2mm screwdrivers; can and bottle opener; wire bender; rulers in both inches and centimeters; wire stripper and scraper; crate opener; lanyard hole; chisel; and Phillips screwdriver. While you can store this multi-tool in your pocket, it comes included with its own nylon belt pouch.
3. Leatherman – MUT Multi-Tool
Leatherman has been manufacturing multi-tools and pocket tools for over 30 years. This multi-tool has stainless steel features for increased resistance to corrosion. Fifteen different tools are available on this lightweight multi-tool, including: needle nose pliers, regular pliers, a saw, a bottle opener, a small hammer, a combo knife, an electrical crimper, a firearm disassembly punch, a bolt override, a cutting hook, a carbon scraper, a bit driver, standard wire cutters, hard-wire cutters, and replaceable regular wire cutters.
4. SOG PowerAssist Multi-Tool
If you are searching for a tactical tool, the SOG tool is the way to go. The power assist mechanism allows for ease when pulling out blades. The blades are located on the outside of the tool, making them much easier to deploy. One blade is fine edged while the other is serrated.
Packed tight with 16 different tools, this tactical tool offers you everything you will need while away from home. The compound leverage system gives you more power than any other multi-tool. The tools included are a cap crimper, bottle and can opener, Phillips screwdriver, wire crimper, needle nose pliers, a flathead screwdriver, hard wire cutter, two different blades, and a nylon sheath.
5. Leatherman Wave – Multi-Tool
When it comes to survival, you don’t want to put yourself in a situation where your multi-tool doesn’t have the necessary tool to help you. The Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool is one of the best survival tools around. The included knives hold up well when utilized with their razor-sharp edges.
When deployed, this multi-tool offers a lock feature on all tools. They will stay where you want them to, which helps prevent any slipping when used. Included are needle nose pliers, scissors, a saw, a wire stripper, both small and large bit drivers, a lanyard attachment, a diamond coated file, a can and bottle opener, double-ended bits, and a ruler.
6. Real Avid AR15 Multi-Tool
The Real Avid multi-tool has many convenient tool combinations. One example of this is the needle nose plier combination that includes a carbide cutter. The serrated knife on this tool is one of the strongest and largest ones around. The razor-sharp edges can almost replace your standard knife; that is how durable and tough they are.
The tools included are the carbide cutter, carrier scraper, front site adjusters (A1 and A2), an interchangeable hook pick, pin punch, needle nose and regular pliers, a serrated knife, metal file, 12 bits with a driver, a bolt, cam pin scraper, firing pin, and both male and female thread receivers.
7. The Leatherman Tread
The Leatherman Tread is a unique wearable multi-tool. It’s one of the easiest tools to carry around because of its bracelet design. The design features stainless steel links that give you an Allen wrench, box wrenches, and a screwdriver ready when you need them. It’s adjustable to fit any wrist size. The links are customizable to fit those you need the most. It’s one multi-tool that is functional and stylish.
Considerations When Choosing a Multi-Tool
When you are thinking about which multi-tool to purchase, you should first consider how you will use it. A good outdoor multi-tool should include a decent, high-quality blade but also be lightweight enough to carry with you.
Size and weight of the multi-tool are important—maybe one of the most important features to consider—because you want something small, compact, and lightweight enough to keep with you always.
Multi-tools are meant to be tools to help you in an emergency and may not necessarily do the same job as the real thing. But a good quality multi-tool will come close, and, many times, depending on the task at hand, you won’t be able to tell the difference.
Multi-tools have come a long way since they were first designed. There are a lot of alternatives available. The decision about which multi-tool to purchase is based on a few considerations. Don’t forget to research and compare the quality and ergonomic characteristics before deciding on the right multi-tool for your needs.
Finally, don’t forget about safety. Your multi-tool should have a firm locking mechanism to keep the blades and other tools firmly in place.
Ross is the content manager at eKnives and enjoys camping and hiking trails with his golden retriever, Judge.