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“Leatherman has completely rethought the category it invented,” wrote columnist Wes Siler in his 2019 review of the new Free line. One-handed operation is this tool’s calling card: “It works just as well in your left hand as it does in your right. You can access all the in-handle…

He put four standouts through the ringer to see how they stacked up

The ability to fix your gear outdoors is as important as the gear you choose to use in the first place

This discontinued model is still reliable decades later

Our list of best summer gear for next year includes Olympic innovation, a legit cup of camp coffee, and two classics done better

The Skeletool is a do-it-all multitool that shaves weight down to five ounces without sacrificing utility. The standard fare (pliers and wire snips, blade, screwdriver set) is augmented by a carabiner-like clip that’s good for cracking open a bottle of beer.

From backyard to backcountry, precision instruments to help you get the job done

A rugged lifestyle demands a rugged knife. The Bear Claw’s 2.37-inch blade is full-tang and made from high-quality stainless steel. It weighs just 3.4-ounces and comes with an injection-molded nylon sheath for easy storage and quick access.

Multi-tools are great for some but for most, carrying 20-plus tools around can be overkill. The Ellis is the perfect solution for those who want a streamlined everyday carry knife, that can do a little more than just cut. It features a 2.6-inch stainless steel blade, plus a flat head…

Ben shows off our top gear picks under $50

Bikes are getting more advanced. So are the tools you need to keep them running well.

A backcountry meal is delicious only if you can eat it comfortably

One of these handy micro-gadgets might just save your life

You don't need to overpay for one of these ultra-useful gadgets

We asked a seasoned road chef to lay out his simple, but totally dialed kit

This tool is the best way to open a beer.

If you’re lost, this tool may be the key to your survival.

A tool for people who actually work outside.

We all covet the top-shelf stuff, but our most useful and well-loved kit is often nothing fancy

This multitool hides in your bike frame

Don’t leave this multitool at home

A simple, indestructible everyday carry tool.

What's the best knife for you? The answer is simpler than you might think.

How to find the best tool for your pocket and wallet

Gerber just revolutionized the multitool

A folding knife that will also start your campfire

I called up a handful of skiers, climbers, runners, and kayakers to find out how their tools have helped them during off-the-grid adventures

This belt can save your life in an emergency

You can start a fire with this carabiner

Every wallet should double as a multitool

We’ve never lusted after a bike wrench—until now

Bigger than most other multitools. But also significantly more badass.

This tool belongs in your pocket at all times

A standard piece of clothing that just got a lot more useful

It'll hold eight cards, cash, and there's even a bottle opener

Seven pieces of gear no adventurer should live without

Chose from 22 bits, then wrench, screw, and cut away

A $40 multi-tool that fits in your wallet

A credit-card holder that doubles as a clever multitool

A new tool from Germany threatens to out-useful MacGyver's pocket knife

There’s no excuse to leave this TSA-approved multitool at home

Take them from the kitchen to the backcountry

Thoughtful tweaks + a jam-packed design = one very useful cycling companion

Leatherman: A multitool invented by Tim Leatherman after wishing he had a pair of pliers while working on a rust-bucket Fiat with a pocket knife during a 1975 European road trip.

Swiss Army Knife: The world’s first consumer multitool, designed by cutler Karl Elsener with two blades, a screwdriver, and a can opener.

A handy multitool to slip on your keychain

The Women’s Through-Hiking Essentials of 2015

Few things can ruin a would-be stellar trip like realizing you forgot something really important. With this guide to packing, you won't have to learn the hard way.

The most innovative multitool we've seen in years.

Think of these as your most dependable travel buddies, coming to the rescue at a moment's notice.

A flashlight, a fitness tracker, a GPS...the list goes on.

Durable, versatile, and just plain cool

Say goodbye to your grandpa’s hiking stick

None of the products on this list are necessary for a good time. But hey, partying itself is about indulgence. And if you’re already indulging, why not enjoy it all the more with these six pieces of summer gear?  Miir Growler ($60) Miir makes you…

‘Tis the season for car camping and barbequing, which means grilled burgers, sunny days, and (hopefully) cold beer. But to keep your beverage of choice chilled, you’ll need a cooler that can withstand the heat. We reviewed four mini coolers—each 10 liters or smaller and each packed with a six-pack—to…

For years, I used to test how far I could go on day trips without eating. I don’t know if it was some unexplainable machismo or just laziness, but that mindset changed about six months ago. I’d gone on a four-hour run with an empty stomach and no food in…

It’s tough to tell how trustworthy a piece of gear is going to be when you first buy it. In fact, the only way to actually test your equipment’s longevity is to, well, test it. Thoroughly. So instead of having you, dear reader, put your gear through the ringer in…

Forget about rubbing two sticks together. Without matches, your only hope of getting a fire started in the wild is to take advantage of other tools at your disposal. Mykel Hawke—a former U.S. Army Special Forces Green Beret and founder of survival school Spec Ops—recommends two easy,…

Yes, I write about gear for a living, I have access to the most sophisticated toys and tools in the outdoor world, and I’m constantly geeking out over tech details. But I’m keenly aware of the fact that the gear does not make the athlete. I was a much better…

Get that extra edge with the best knives and multitools

The outdoors can be deadly if you're unprepared. But these gear items will help you make it home alive—even if everything else goes wrong.

I work on trails to help my local mountaineering club. Is there anything light enough to carry along in my backpack?

Outside reviews the best gear from Outdoor Retailer's 2013 Winter Show, including the Leatherman Hail.

I want to build an igloo. What kind of tools do I need?

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