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Survival / January 15, 2017

This week in gear: 5 pocket-sized tools

Written by: Stewart Moore

Small. Simple. Practical.

These five survival tools don’t make promises they can’t work. Each does something simple, and each does it well. 

The Watch Band Compass

GPS or no, we think every adventurers should carry a compass. 

So do the folks at Prometheus Design Werx, who manufacture a crush- and water-resistant magnetic compass that can attach directly to a wristwatch. It’s rated for 100 meters’ water pressure, and it features glow-in-the dark markings for nighttime reading.

The watchband kit is available in several colors, and sells online for $114

The snow toolbelt

Built from full grain leather and a double-pronged buckle, this belt from 686 also comes fitted with #2 Phillips and Flathead endings, a 8/10/11mm wrench loop, and a bottle opener.

And it will hold up your snow pants, of course. It’s a must-have multi-tool for any skier or snowboarder who often adjusts or repairs their gear on the mountain.

The belt sells online for $45.

The Survival Buckle

Need a little help locking things down fast and simply? This 3 hole-knotting tool makes binding tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, boxes, or any other object a cinch (get it?).

Designed to be used with 4 mm rope or cord, around the buckle makes easily adjustable hitches and is small enough to keep around without adding much weight or bulk.

The buckle sells online for just $3.50.

The Keysmart Rugged

The KeySmart redues the bulk and clinking of a key ring, and it comes with a built-in bottle opener. It also looks like a Swiss Army Knife, which is sorta neat.

The KeySmart Rugged has a thicker design that its urban counterpart, so it’s more resistant to impact and the elements. IT can be customized to include a USB key, a golf divot tool, a wrench tool, a socket tool, or a small ruler.

The KeySmart Rugged sells online for $34.95.


The Opinel No12 Explore

The Opinel No12 Explore is the pocket knife for the discerning outdoorsman/woman.

It has a 4-inch stainless steel primary blade, a secondary gut hook blade, a 110-decibel emergency whistle, and a fire starter. And it looks great—it was designated as one of the 100 best-designed objects in the world, alongside Rolex watches and the 911 Porche.

The knife sells online for $49.

Do you have a piece of gear in your pocket that you can’t live without? Email us at [email protected] to let us know about it!

about the author

Stewart Moore

Stewart Moore is a writer and endurance athlete based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Originally from Alabama, Stewart has hiked over 1,000 solo miles, completing the Colorado Trail in 2015 and a 500+ mile trip linking the Tahoe Rim Trail and the John Muir Trail together via the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016. Outside of hiking, Stewart enjoys trail running, snowboarding, ice climbing, fly fishing, and yoga (subjects which he also finds himself writing about).

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