Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Multi-Tools

The Breaker, with its bits and pouch

Last year we heard about the Nutter, a stainless steel device that combines a multi-bit cycling multitool with a tire lever. Since then, inventor Mark Windsor decided to take that design and make it even more useful. The result is the Breaker, which is essentially a Nutter with an added chain-break tool.  Read More

The Leatherdos serves seven functions (such as cutting), besides holding your hair or yarm...

It's a spy movie cliché. The hero takes a bobby pin from the heroine's hair, and uses it to pick the lock on their handcuffs. Well, if she were wearing the new Leatherdos multitool hair clip, he'd also be able to do things like cutting through ropes, removing screws and, uh ... unlocking a grocery cart.  Read More

The Stique Multilever ML123

Cycling multi-tools are sort of like smartphone cases, in that there seems to be no end to the innovations that are possible. One that recently caught our eye was the Nutter, which consists of a tire lever that does double duty as ... well, as a bunch of things. Many people prefer to use a couple of smaller levers as opposed to one big one, however. Those people might be interested in the Stique Multilever ML123.  Read More

The Tool Pen, by Mininch

Those in the market for a new multi-tool already have plenty of choice, but Mininch aims to stand out from the crowd with its Tool Pen: a screwdriver-like tool which draws inspiration from a 1980s kid's pencil and can carry six bits in its barrel. The company is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds and bring its product into production.  Read More

Local Motors plans to develop the Ultimate Bike Tool design and sell it in its store

The Ultimate Bike Tool stuffs more than two dozen wrenches, tire levers and driver bits into a slim package. It's the latest design to rework the 3D multi-tool into a flat, packable chassis, joining others like the Nutter bike tool and Tuls card tools. It is quickly moving from prototype to reality.  Read More

The KLAX titanium multi-tool axe head uses a custom made clamping system for easy dismantl...

Ever been walking through the woods and had that impulse to chop up a fallen log, measure each piece, scrape off the untidy bits, fix them together with nails, nuts and bolts and then crack open a fresh beer? Okay, such an urge might be beyond even the most inspired of outdoor enthusiasts, but if you're carrying a KLAX multi-tool titanium axe head, it's hard to imagine a scenario for which you'd be unprepared.  Read More

The metal coil lighter provides enough heat to light a candle, paper or cigarette without ...

The latest iPhone multi-tool case to find its way to the world of crowd funding, the Hangout Case, offers three pocket-essential functions: protecting your iPhone, popping a bottle, and lighting a cigarette or fire. It also has a tripod screw mount.  Read More

The toolsets of the MyTask slide in and out of the back of the case

TaskLab's original TaskOne iPhone multi-tool case packs a variety of tools and implements, but apparently the company feels it doesn't offer enough. It's back with an even more versatile iPhone multi-tool. The MyTask could effectively be called a multi multi-tool, giving buyers two sets of tools for different activities.  Read More

Gizmag tries out the Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition

Last September, we heard about a new cycling multitool known as Fix it Sticks. A successful Kickstarter project, it consists of two aluminum "sticks" that can be joined together to form a T wrench, with a different type of bit permanently attached to each end. At the time, several readers complained that the bits should be interchangeable. Well, those people will be happy to learn that the designer has now come out with the Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition. We got to try one out, and can attest to the fact that it's a gooder.  Read More

The ÖKO Odyssey six-in-one water bottle/light

Most water drinkers are satisfied if their bottle does its single function – holding water for the occasional sip – effectively. Occasionally, an H20 aficionado is spoiled by two bottle functions, something like a built-in UV purifier or lantern. The new ÖKO Odyssey water bottle, on the other hand, blows bottle expectations up with six functions, including two filters, a flashlight, a lantern and a storage compartment. It's much more than just water.  Read More

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