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Gear Reviews / April 23, 2017

This week in gear: 4 solid multi-tools

Written by: Stewart Moore

Amidst the cornucopia that is the modern market, it can be tough to choose the best multi-tools for the outdoors.

So we didn’t try. Instead, we rounded up four very different multi-tools—each well-suited to a different purpose.

For EDC: The SOG Micro Toolclip

A streamlined multi-tool appropriate for everyday carry, SOG’s Micro Toolclip has nine tools to preform the most commonly encountered tasks. Those tools include pliers, screwdrivers, a bottle opener, a straight blade, and even a pair of soft wire cutters,

The tool is just 3.9″ long, so it can be attached to a keychain or stored easily in a pocket. It comes with a lifetime warranty and sells online for $27.


For survival: The Prival NWS

We’ve waited a long time for a mulitiool with a firestarter, and it’s finally here. Along with six hex wrench sizes, flathead/Phillips screwdrivers, and a can opener, Prival’s credit-card-sized tool come with spark rods and a pitch wood center.

Break or shave the wood up, strike the ferrocerium screwdriver rod on the steel tool sides, and voilà—you’ve got fire.

Prival’s NWS Firestarter/ Multi-tool just made it through the crowd-funding stage and will be available online soon.


For your bike: The Topeak Alien III

The Alien III is easily the most comprehensive bike multi-tool we’ve encountered. It has tools for 31 different functions, from the standard allen and box wrenches to a tire lever, disk brake spacer, chain tool, and more. It even has a special compartment to store two extra chain pins.

The tool splits into two parts, which makes it easier to handle in confined spaces. It weighs 272 grams.

Topeak’s Alien III sells online for $70.

For travel: The Zootility Pocket Monkey

The Pocket Monkey is built for the modern man. Among its 12 functions are things like an orange peeler, a headphone wrap, and a micro-screwdriver (for glasses or devices).

The tool also comes equipped with a flathead/Philips screwdriver, five hex wrench sizes, and a bottle opener. It’s just about the size of a credit card, so it fits inside a wallet. And it’s TSA approved.

The Pocket Monkey sells online for $12.

What do you think are the best multi-tools for the outdoors? Pitch them to us at [email protected]

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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