You wouldn’t find me outside my house without a proper multitool, but sometimes carrying around a fullsize tool is inconvenient.
Luckily the market is flourishing with tiny pocket tools (of varying quality) that are great to have as backups or for those times when the fullsize gets in the way, be that at work or out hiking.
There are a lot of both specialized and “general use” tools out there, everything from the good old bike tools, rifle tools and the life saving escape tools, but no matter it’s intended use the main thing to look out for is quality.
Here we show you the best of the best pocket tools on the market today:
Sea to Summit is back with a new version of their brilliant “keychain backpack” that can be packed into a tiny stuff sack, this time a 22L with proper waterproofing.
Make no mistake, this is a rugged rugsack made of Cordura fabric with double stitched seams and fully tape sealed construction.
Being smaller than a pair of socks and weighing only 90 grams it can accompany you anywhere and has a multitude of uses from shopping to backpacking and other excursions.
The siliconised outer layer with roll top and double stitched seams make sure that no water comes though and all content stays perfectly dry. Perfect for taking it along on a hike where if the weather suddenly turns you could just stuff any clothes or valuables in the backpack and keep going.
The Ultrafire T6 features a Cree LED rated for 1800 Lumens and a 100,000 hours lifetime.
The T6 has a high quality 6061T aluminum alloy body with a hard anodized finish. It is a sturdy construction which adds shockproofing and also waterproofing (although it’s not 100% waterproof).
The adjustable focus works perfectly and makes the T6 extremely versatile, the wide focus for camping and a more zoomed focus for hiking, running etc. The T6 measures up to most of the top of the line torches out there and comes at a fraction of the price.
The possibility of using both 18650/26650 and standard AAA batteries is truly a brilliant feature.
There has been a tremendous amount of portable speakers coming out the latest years, but most of them of low quality and propped up by fancy gimmicks of some kind, like the mRobo speaker unveilied by Justin Bieber.
The Braven BRV-1 is the antithesis to those, brilliantly rugged, IPX5 water resistant and small enough to take with you anywhere.
It gives you 2×3 watts of audio output per channel and 12 hours playing time on the chargeable 1400mAh battery that can also function as a battery bank for charging your smartphone or tablet via a USB charger port.
The Bravens simple sleek build and high grade materials makes it one of the most durable and shockproof speakers we have seen in a long time.
The best bluetooth earpiece in the world just got a lot better.
The new Blueant Q3 Premium Smartphone Earpiece Bluetooth Headset is the newest version from Blueant, known for their T1 which was long regarded as the best bluetooth earpiece ever made.
The Q3 comes with Siri and Google Voice Actions Integration and lets you connect to 2 phones at the same time.
The build quality is as expected impeccable, Blueant does have a special rugged version called endure, but we have found the Q3 to be more than rugged enough and has no problems in high wind conditions.
The Q3 pairs flawlessly up to any smartphone and comes in black and platinum finishing.
The successor has finally arrived. This Android Jelly Bean (4.1.2) handset is a 4-inch ruggedized smartphone for those of us who go off the beaten path once in a while.
The Xcover 2 comes with a slightly bigger screen at 4″, 480 x 800 pixels (WVGA) vs. the old version which had 3,6″, 320 x 480 pixels.
Other hardware specs are a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB storage (expandable via microSD) and 1,700mAh battery that gives up to 570 hours standby time. It is by no means a beast in the performance department, but for a smartphone fit for warzones it is more than enough.