When most people think of a multitool, chances are that they'll picture something like a Leatherman or a Swiss Army knife. That said, lately we've been seeing some interesting departures from those designs. One of the latest is the Australian-designed Zeus Handy Tool, which packs a whopping 23 odds and ends.
Flashlight multi-tools tend to be highly unintuitive designs with flip-out implements integrated awkwardly into the flashlight body or tiny flashlights bolted into multi-tool casings. The Life+Gear Survival Utility Flashlight (an SUF to store in your SUV?) docks a standalone multi-tool in its handle, so you get a full-sized flashlight and six-in-one folding tool to keep you prepared for all types of situations.
When most of us think of a cycling multi-tool, we picture something that
goes in a jersey pocket or saddle pack. Seoul-based company Leeman,
however, is looking at things a little differently. Its Kickstand Pump
mounts on the bike, and serves not only as a kickstand and pump, but
also a tire lever and tail light.
Survival has been migrating out of backpacks and dedicated kits and into everyday things like shoelaces, bracelets and pens. Now it's available in an even more essential piece of everyday carry: the wallet. The ParaWallet wraps your $5 and $10 bills in knot-tying, fire-starting capabilities.
If there are a couple of things that serious campers are likely to have
on them at all times, it's a multi-tool and a lighter. Coleman has
therefore done the logical thing, and combined those two items to form
its new Multi-Tool Lighter.
Anyone looking for a multitool already has plenty to choose from, including the Kniper, the Ringtool, and the Leatherman Tread. Now they have another in the form of the Lil Trucker, which features more than 10 tools in a compact package fit for survivalists, outdoors-men (and women), and rescue workers.