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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2013

Gear Review: Leatherman Hail + Style PS

A multi-purpose tool for making snowshoe binding adjustments.

by: Allison Woods

Leatherman Hail + Style PS (Andrew Bydlon)
Leatherman Hail + Style PS (Andrew Bydlon)

Cool Tool

Though it’s billed as primarily a snowboarder’s tool, this slim, two-piece, clip-anywhere gadget works just as well for any winter warrior, as we discovered on trips to Colorado’s 10th Division Mountain Huts. Most commonly used features? The scraper for cleaning up gunk and lazy wax jobs, and the pliers and screwdriver for snowshoe binding adjustments. Even the diminutive scissors proved helpful for repairs and first aid because its spring-loaded design is easy to operate with gloves on. Bonus: a bottle opener. Extra credit: Both tools are TSA-compliant. $45; 3.2 oz.; leatherman.com



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