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tortiseshell
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Do You Have a Favorite Multi-Tool?
« on: 12/17/13, 05:48 PM »

Looking to replace a Gerber I have.  Backcountry.com has a nice sale going on Leatherman and Gerber multi-tools.  Wondering what your recommendation is.  Do you have a fav?  Want lightweight and something ideal for touring, repairs, binding considerations, etc… yikes. Thanks all!

Looking to stuff my stocking.
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Re: Do You Have a Favorite Multi-Tool?
« Reply #1 on: 12/17/13, 10:15 PM »

Leatherman Juice for me. Does all I need and is compact.
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Re: Do You Have a Favorite Multi-Tool?
« Reply #2 on: 12/17/13, 11:43 PM »

I always carry this tiny multi-tool and a knife around when I'm touring or backpacking:
http://www.swisstechtools.com/proddetail.aspx?pid=29

If I'm going a bit further I also take this (mainly difference from similar tools is the dynafit-compatible T-20 Torx head)
http://brooks-range.com/ski-binding-tool.html

Weight of first tool is negligible. Second tool is a bit heavier.
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Re: Do You Have a Favorite Multi-Tool?
« Reply #3 on: 12/18/13, 07:58 AM »

I carry a Juice, in my pocket, and for longer tours where a binding breakdown might be a big problem, I take a Doc Allen Versa tool, and a collection of bits and screws. I have also made some pretty good saves with a plain ole Swiss army knife.
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« Reply #4 on: 12/18/13, 06:27 PM »

awesome… thank you for the stuffing!
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Re: Do You Have a Favorite Multi-Tool?
« Reply #5 on: 12/19/13, 12:03 PM »

Not what you were asking, but a relevant answer.

I used to carry a multi-tool with my MTB. But after having to use it for real backcountry repairs, realizing it (and the others I'd tried) was a piece of crap (tools too small, cheap materials, short handles, not nimble, etc.), I stopped carrying it and started collecting good/small individual tools. A five set of Bondhaus allen keys, a reverseible philips/flat screwdriver, a chain breaker, a chain master link... you get the idea. The kit I built myself is just so much more useful, durable, and specific to my bike. I put the whole thing in a small pouch and throw it in each time I ride my bike. Weighs a bit more than a multitool, but does WAY more.

I think you'll get a much better setup if you build from the ground up with the tools (and materials!) specific to your skis/bindings/boots.
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Re: Do You Have a Favorite Multi-Tool?
« Reply #6 on: 01/03/18, 12:20 PM »

Looking to replace a lost Leatherman.  I saw that Brooks Range used to make a backcountry ski multi-tool, but it is no longer available.  I'm after something that has pliers, knife, and am interested in the potential for driving bits (phillips, trax, posi, etc).  Ability to do binding repair would be nice, so that I don't end up with a separate bit driving tool like this.  Something like the Leatherman Skeletool seems to fit the bill.  Just wondering if anyone has other more current suggestions than what was on this thread...thanks!  B
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Re: Do You Have a Favorite Multi-Tool?
« Reply #7 on: 01/03/18, 12:42 PM »

Those BD Binding Buddy/pocket driver things are pretty handy.  I have the Toko version which comes with slightly different bits, but it has saved mine and others' bacon several times when bindings are not adjusted to proper BSL, or someone (me) forgot to ensure machine screws were tight in inserts on the first tour of the season, or release value needs to be adjusted.  Between #3 Pozi, 4mm hex, T20 Torx and 6mm flathead I have all my screws covered.

More importantly, bring long-ass Voile straps and duct tape.
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Re: Do You Have a Favorite Multi-Tool?
« Reply #8 on: 01/05/18, 09:30 AM »

A problem with some bit drivers is that they need a longer extension to reach the screws of your heelpiece, since this gets in the way. Not a common failure mode, but potentially problematic.
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Randy
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Re: Do You Have a Favorite Multi-Tool?
« Reply #9 on: 01/05/18, 12:33 PM »

Leatherman - Skeletool Multitool
+ Bit Kit
+ Bit Driver Extender
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Re: Do You Have a Favorite Multi-Tool?
« Reply #10 on: 01/05/18, 01:06 PM »

I use the same kit as Randy.  Has been successfull so far...
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