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Multi-tools are addictive. Each year, new models are released with more tools in a smaller space. It's hard to resist the impulse purchase when I see a new multi-tool that's lighter, more compact and has more functions than what I own.
Most multi-tools are overkill. There are too many tools that you don't use. Gerber released earlier in 2011 the Fit, a multi-tool with a handful of tools. It's packed with an interchangeable driver, micro drivers, knife with partially serrated edge, scissors and bottle opener.
The most 'glaring' feature is the 25-lumen LED flashlight on the Gerber Fit. Gerber designed the flashlight, so it can illuminate when you use any of the tools on the Fit.
What I liked most about the Fit is its simplicity. Instead of hauling around a bloated multi-tool, Gerber included the tools that are mostly used.
Gerber builds safety into it with a safety lock that keeps each protracted tool in place. The lock is easily released by a sliding switch on the side of the Fit. The serrated edge measures 4.25 inches (10.8 cm), and the Fit's full length is 9.55 inches (24.3 cm) with the driver extended. It's weight is 4.68 ounces (132.68 grams).
If you are looking for a multi-tool with the essentials without nonsensical tools, the Gerber Fit may be what you need. And the attached 25-lumen flashlight is handy when working under the dark night sky at your base camp. (MSRP $40)
Jason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of OutdoorInformer.com. Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to Examiner.com, Trails.com and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with OutdoorInformer.com.
Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.
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