Pack only a blade, and you’re left wanting when it comes time to adjust a crampon or fix a sputtering stove. Pack a multitool, and you’re often left scowling at unused (and heavy!) Allen wrenches, leather punches, and can openers. Nice middle ground: the Dime, which weighs just 2.3 ounces and packs 10 tools. Eight of them came in handy on spring trips into the Colorado high country (didn’t use the wire-cutter or file, but those are integrated into other tools, so there was no weight penalty anyway). Top perk: You get both scissors and pliers. Most similar tools include only one or the other.
> Shannon Davis
> Duration Oct. to May
> Locales CO
> “This is my go-to tool for any trip where spreading peanut butter is not a priority—the blade is only 1.5 inches.”