Victorinox SwissTool Spirit X

Four handy implements with distinct personalities

Type: All-Around
If you’re going to bring a multitool traveling or backpacking, this is the classic choice, thanks to an array of saws, pliers, blades, and screw-drivers. For the sake of weight, stick to the basics. Why This One: Leave it to the makers of the Swiss Army Knife to perfect the all-purpose multitool. The Victorinox SwissTool Spirit X costs more than comparable models like the Leatherman Wave, but it’s built to last and has enough sharp edges to cut anything encountered at home or in the backcountry.

Brand: Victorinox $110
From Outside Magazine, April 2012 Get the Latest Issue