Gear review – Leatherman Surge Multitool

Gear review – Leatherman Surge Multi-tool
I love the Leatherman line of products, they are made in the USA and have a well-deserved steller reputation. I have had my surge for about a year and have used it on more occasions than I thought I might. It is a solid piece of gear that will compliment any EDC, camping, fishing, hunting, bugout, emergency or disaster gear you already own. Below I have my list of Pros and Cons on the Leatherman Surge multi-tool

Leatherman Surge -1

Product Pros:

This is a BEAST of a Multi-tool with a Sturdy design that really has not been rivaled. It has no “Flop” in it, the pliers, blades and tools are in place for the log haul and so far there have no issues with the structural integrity of the product
Your daily use items are on the exterior of the multi-tool, making them much easier to access. The 2 knife blades are one had open with a liner lock design that makes then a one handed close as well. Scissors and saw blade can be done with one had if you practice but are still simple to get to. This feature makes this an EDC worthy pocket knife.

The Pliers are your standard needle nose design with a larger opening for nuts and bolts toward the back of the assembly. They work well for the standard sizes most commonly used on automotive and household needs. The wire cutters work just fine for metal coat hangers, electrical wire and just about any standard household wires you may deal with. I would also like to note that they are replaceable, but I don’t use them enough to warrant it.
The interior tools, Awl, can opener, small and large flat head screwdriver and the bit driver that comes with a Phillips and flat head all work as expected. The surge has a locking mechanism for these tools as well to keep them from moving on you while in use.

Leatherman Surge Multitool - Blade

There are 2 distinctly different blades for your use, a straight and a serrated edge. I have been told on many occasions that a knife, unless used for cutting meet is to be a straight edge, if it has serrations it should just be a saw. I don’t agree with this logic, I personally believe the serrated blades come in the handiest cutting rope, or a small piece of wood, really anything that can fit in the divits between the peaks of the blades.

Leatherman Surge Multitool Saw file
The saw blade can be swapped out for the file they provide in the factory package. It is an easy exchange between the 2, also note you can order replacement saws and files from the Leatherman website. I had to replace my saw after it was chewed up by some concrete rock board I cut during my shower remodel project.

You have read all the good up to this point, now let me tell you a few of the things I don’t really care for.

Product Cons:

At 14.4 ounces, it is a heavy tool, if you wear it on your belt in the sheath they provided it is not too bad to carry, if it is in your pocket, be sure to have a belt on to keep your britches up! This is definitely a better pack item in my opinion.
This is a Multitool not just a pocket knife, so keep that in when you are using it as one. The next statement holds true for the vast majority of multitools, so I don’t hold it against Leatherman. When using the blades the bulk of the tool can get in the way of what you are trying to cut, especially if you are in a tight space or up against another object. It can make it more difficult than it needs to be and this is when you just want to go with a standard pocket or utility knife.

Leatherman Surge Multitool open

Here is my big complaint, the bit driver is proprietary, yes you have to buy your bits from Leatherman. I understand because of the design and function of the tool you were cutting down on the thickness of the bit driver and bits, but this really limits the size of hex or star heads you can use in the driver.

In Conclusion:

All in all, I like my Surge enough if it were ever stolen or lost I would replace it. The cons on this do not outweigh the pros by a longshot. This piece of gear has traveled with me on several campouts, fishing trips and has never failed me. I have used it camp cooking, getting the hook out of fish and even wrapping gifts at Christmas (Yes, I used the scissors, not the knife). For the foreseeable future the Leatherman Surge Multitool will have a place in my Everyday Carry bag.

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Gear Review – Browning Microblast 72 Lumen Flashlight

The Browning Microblast 72 Lumen flashlight has become one of my favorite EDC light. Below is a list of my pros and cons on the features and a little about how I use it in my daily life.

The Pros:

This light weighs in at around 3 ounces, that includes  the battery. It is so lite you may forget you have it in your pocket. But seriously, it makes this flashlight more desirable to carry everyday

One Triple A battery is all that is required to power this bad boy. it is an easy battery to stock or find in any local retailer when it needs replacing.

This is a bright 72 lumens and is enough for any close range task. Typically I use it for searching in my backpack, car, under the couch or behind the TV.

I have had issues in the past with lights getting turned on in my pocket. Browning has created this with the Twist-Style On/Off Switch, so far I have not had it come on unexpectedly

The pocket / hat clip makes it a good hands free option (as long as you wear a hat) it is even lite enough to clip on the collar of your shirt in a pinch.

The Cons:

This little guy  is easy to misplace! I have lost this light on 3 different occasions, it is so small that it can get lost in the cracks of a couch or in the car vary easily.

the single Triple A battery has a standard run time of only about 2 hours. This is not a long use light. Best for daily task but not so great for overnight adventures or as a primary emergency flashlight

With only 72 lumens the range is limited to about 15′-20′ of useable light. Depending on where you are using it, it may not be enough.

The twist style on/off switch is difficult to manage one handed. This is really due to its small stature, no where to grip when you twist.

The pocket/ hat clip is a little small and needs to be forced on the brim of most hats the first time. Typically I hold the light with my mouth for a quick hands free application.

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Thanks, and remember, it’s your life, Prepare for it!

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