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Best Camping Tool Ever

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Outdoor Mag : Buyers Guide

This summer, Outsider Magazine will release their annual Summer Buyer’s Guide. On the cover in all of it’s glory is one of the best tools I’ve owned: The Leatherman Skeletool CX.

I purchased the multi tool recently from REI.com, which had it on back order for weeks. My first impression is of the design – almost a piece of artwork, especially when compared to the boxy design of earlier versions of the Leatherman. When I received it, I was impressed by how light they made it. Weighing in at just 5 ounces, clip it into a belt loop and you’ll forget you are wearing it. Holding it feels like it was designed for my hand.

My only concern is the bit connection, where the Phillips #1 and #2 bits and 3/16 in. and 1/4 in. flathead bits (included) connect into the end of the tool. It would seem that an active hiker like me could easily knock it out and lose it forever. For this reason, I usually leave the Phillips bits at home and keep the flathead bits in the secured slit within the handle. (Who uses a screwdriver while camping/hiking/backpacking anyway?)

I first tested this tool in the wild while in Joshua Tree National Park last weekend (see last post). One of the very first uses was well worth the price of the tool. And I just happen to be holding my video camera when it all went down:

Here’s some photos of my Leatherman Skeletool CX:

Leatherman Skeletool CX

Leatherman Skeletool CX

Leatherman Skeletool CX

  • Liz

    Ouch! What was that attached to your leg?

    This tool looks amazing. I’ll have to check it out soon.

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    nice post, thanks for sharing!

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    That's cool.. it will be very useful when camping..

  • http://cheapbackpackertravel.com/ Carl

    Wow! nice tool…

    whats the weight for this? Im into ultralight backpacking..

    This is very useful in scrapping magnesium blocks to start a fire :D
    Will probably buy one of these someday

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    Cheers!

  • http://cheapbackpackertravel.com/ Carl

    Wow! nice tool…

    whats the weight for this? Im into ultralight backpacking..

    This is very useful in scrapping magnesium blocks to start a fire :D
    Will probably buy one of these someday

    Visit some of my backpacking blogs here:
    http://cheapbackpackertravel.com/
    Cheers!

  • http://www.airmattressesforcamping.com/blog/ Melissa

    Yeah! It’s a nice tool but looks dangerous :D Kidding aside. This tool is very important unless you don’ plan to eat while camping out there :)

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    I’ve always liked leatherman products. This one looks like it comes from a terminator movie. Cops would probably take a closer look at it thinking it was a weapon if stopped.