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Backpacker Magazine – August 2009

Gear Review: Gerber Crucial Multitool

This midsize multitool lacks excess.

by: Kristin Hostetter

Gerber Crucial (Courtesy photo)
Gerber Crucial (Courtesy photo)

5.3 oz.

This midsize multitool stayed clipped to my pack all spring and emerged ding- and rust-free. My favorite feature? What it lacks. Namely, excess tools like extra flathead screwdrivers or an awl. What it has: A 2.5-inch, half-serrated blade that opens with one hand and stayed sharp through countless tasks–from food prep to shaving dry tinder from the innards of wet firewood during a Mt. Mansfield hut trip; one flathead and one Phillips-head screwdriver; a carabiner-style clip; and sturdy, sharply pointed needle-nose pliers.

Pros It's simple and durable.
Cons The closing mechanisms are sometimes sticky; the belt clip is overkill.

Best For

Minimalists who want a legit multitool

Tester Data
Kristin Hostetter
Duration March to April
Locales/conditions VT, MA; skiing, hut camping

"The asymmetrical handle is comfortable, but, in pliers mode, rest the silver side against the fingers or the pointy nub on the end will dig into your palm."

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Oct 17, 2010

I love this tool and use it daily. It is very functional. I own two now for one very important reason. I bought the copper color one; it does not make it easy to find when you drop it in leaves. I went out and purchased the lime green one. I use the copper color one for a tool and green for camping.

Bill B.
Oct 17, 2009

Not a bad Gerber tool for the money. I wouldn't pay retail for it though. has a good price on them.

I do feel it's slightly heavier then it should be for it's size though.


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