The Best Multitools To Keep On You At All Times

The Best Multitools To Keep On
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You don’t have to be an avid outdoors man, a world traveler or a pro at home DIY projects to own a multitool. You just have to like convenience and feeling prepared. Multitools are ideal for anyone, with their easy to use design, common sense tools (we can never find scissors when we need them!) and affordability making them a must-have for your suitcase, car, home, or pocket. A multitool can turn even the most unhandy person into MacGyver, and who doesn’t want to be MacGyver?

Having a multitool is all about being prepared for the unknown, which can happen whether you’re at home, work or traveling. Multitools aren’t designed to replace your tool box filled with full sized screwdrivers and pliers, but they are perfect for using for small odd jobs or when you find yourself in a situation that requires a little extra help. From cutting open the packaging on a new product, to tightening a loose screw on your favorite pair of sunglasses, to opening a can or bottle at a party, a multitool has a use and purpose in just about any situation.

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When looking for a multitool, finding one that combines quality craftsmanship and portability is key. Having a poorly made multitool that breaks after its first use will hardly make you the star of your camping trip. By the same regard, you won’t want to carry your strong and durable multitool in your pocket if its too heavy and cumbersome.

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Although most multitools aren’t allowed in carry on baggage when flying, they are permitting in checked bags. Whether traveling by plane, car, or train, multitools are great travel companions not only for their traditional tools, but for things like nail files and scissors which we often forget to pack when away from home.

Whether you’re looking for something better suited for small projects or a multitool that acts as a backup for every day use, we’ve got three great options to fit your needs.

  

1. LEATHERMAN – Wingman Multitool

Featuring 14 tools, including a knife, pliers, screwdrivers, wire cutters, a wire stripper, scissors, a package opener, bottle and can openers, a file, and a ruler, the Leatherman Wingman Multitool is the ultimate multitool for travel, outdoors, or DIY projects around the house. Priced at the low end of high ticket multitools, the pros of the multitool are many, including the one-hand release that enables the tool to be used with one hand, with a locking blade that ensures you won’t accidentally cut yourself. We also like that the tool comes with a pocket clip to make it within reaching distance. One of the cons of the Leatherman is its weight, with the tool weighing 1lb, the heaviest multitool on our list.LEATHERMAN - Wingman Multitool

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2. Gerber Dime Multi-Tool

Made from sturdy stainless-steel construction and featuring 10 tools, including needle nose spring-loaded pliers, a wire cutter, a fine edge blade, retail package opener, scissors, medium flat driver, crosshead driver, bottle opener, tweezers and a file, the Gerber Dime Multitool is a great multitool featuring a butterfly opening and a compact design. Pros of the multitool include its weight. At 2.2 oz, it’s the lightest option on our list, making it ideal for anyone that needs a handy tool that doesn’t add bulk. The Gerber Dime is also well priced, offering many of the same features as its higher priced competitors. Cons of the multitool include its lack of a belt clip, although it does come with a lanyard ring, so it can still be attached to your pants or workbag, and the multitools’ small size, which makes any large-scale job difficult to handle.

Gerber Dime Multi-Tool

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3. Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier

With 12 built-in tools, including needle-nose pliers, wire cutter/stripper, straight blade, serrated blade, Phillips screwdriver, large and medium flathead screwdrivers, scissors, bottle opener, can opener, saw, awl and a lanyard ring, the Gerber 22 is the perfect in-between option if you’re deciding between the Leatherman and Gerber Dime. Including more tools and a sturdier and more durable finish than the Gerber Dime and a lower weight and price point than the Leatherman, the Gerber 22 stands out with its Saf.T.Plus lock system and ability to take on full size jobs. We also like the option to purchase an add-on toolkit with flathead and cross point bits. Some cons noted by customers are the multitools’ weight and bulk.

Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier

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