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Gear Review: Leatherman Micra

This tiny multitool packs a big punch.

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Verdict

In the last five years, this is the only item that has been with me on every backpacking trip. It’s small enough (2.5 inches when closed) that it can fit comfortably in any pocket (no geeky belt pouch required), and it’s packed with all of the tools I need to fix just about anything. The spring-action scissors are way better than those found on most minitools. The Micra, plus some Seam Grip and tape, is all the repair kit I’ve ever needed. Caveat: For real kitchen work—like spreading peanut butter or slicing salami—you need a longer blade. leatherman.com.

Best For

Tinkerers; any backpacker who balks at carrying a giant multitool


Tester Data

> Will Rochfort


> Tested for 5+ years


> ”The tweezers—great for getting out splinters and cactus spines—are permanently attached to the tool, so there’s no chance of losing them.”

>$27

>1.8 oz