Pursuit of the perfect hiking multi-tool

Those who watch my channel know I am a Leatherman fan and have a strong affection for my Wave. The Wave is my EDC and serves its purpose well but when it came to backpacking I found a couple of drawbacks.

 

Specifically weight and comfort of use over extended periods. This lead to a stint with the Victorinox Fieldmaster. This was a much lighter alternative but I really missed one-handed opening and a lockblade. By adding these two requirements into the mix I arrived at a "compromise" multi-tool of the Victorinox Trekker. When I finishing testing this I will post a review.

 

 

Specifications:

Leatherman Wave 

Tools:

Needlenose Pliers

Regular Pliers

Wire Cutters

Hard-wire Cutters

420HC Knife

420HC Serrated Knife

Saw

Scissors

Wood/Metal File

Diamond-coated File

Large Bit Driver

Small Bit Driver

Medium Screwdriver

Ruler (8 inch/19 cm)

Bottle Opener

Can Opener

Wire Stripper 

 

Length 100 mm 

Weight 241 g

 

Victorinox Fieldmaster

Tools:

Large Knife Blade

Small Knife Blade

Wood Saw

Scissors

Can-Opener w/ screwdriver

Cap-Lifter w/ screwdriver

Phillips Screwdriver

Multipurpose Hook

Reamer/Awl with Sewing-eye

Keyring

Tweezers

Toothpick

 

Length: 91mm

Weight: 101g

 

Victorinox Trekker (plain edge)

Tools:

Knife Blade that is Liner Locking

Wood Saw

Bottle Opener

Can opener

Reamer/Awl (no sewing-eye)

Phillips Screwdriver

Keyring

Tweezers

Toothpick

 

Length: 111mm 

Weight: 127g

 

More About The Author
Todd Beal
Author: Todd Beal

I am a gadget addicted guy who loves exploring nature and my adopted province of Nova Scotia. I make videos about being and enjoying outdoors including hiking, bushcraft, camping, hammocking and survival skills.

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