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The 10 Best Multi-Tools

You're not the guy who has a frequent buyer card at Sears, and you can't always find the perfect tool in your less-than-organized garage. Perhaps it's time to try the multi-tool.

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Live From Salt Lake City

Best of Outdoor Retailer, Summer 2014

You know it's time for another Outdoor Retailer show when South Main Street in Salt Lake City is populated by fat bikes, single-wheeled skateboards and tan people with good beards. We had boots on the ground at the Salt Palace Convention Center for the summer 2014 edition of the biannual product show; of everything we touched, tasted and saw, this gear stood out most.

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Essentials for a quicky with mother nature

Kit: The Perfect Day Pack

Most day hikes require a peanut butter sandwich, a water bottle and maybe some bug spray. But for the weekend warrior who wants to crush in one day what most people stroll in three, there are a few indispensables. Here are our favorite necessities and extravagances for spending a day burning through some miles on the trail.

The Handiest of Tools for Under $350

Everyday Carry Essentials: The Knife

A man's everyday carry (or "EDC" in web-speak) is a fascinating window into the soul. Seeing what someone keeps close at hand can speak in obvious ways to their lifestyle, interests and values. Everyday-Carry.com is the leading community for all things EDC-related, so when it came time to find an expert on the best pocket knives to own under $350, the answer was obvious. If you're in the market for a new blade without blowing your inheritance, their guide on The Best Pocket Knives Under $350 is an excellent resource worth checking out.

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Gear for the Top of World

Kit: Free Solo Climbing

Sometimes the mountains just call your name. Whether you've got a season to train for a summit bit up Mt. Rainier or just a Saturday afternoon to log some miles hiking up the local ski hill, the right gear can mean the difference between enjoying the majesty and struggling through misery (or worse). Here's the gear we used for our recent solo free climb of Mount Olympus in Utah -- but it's perfect for any ultralight mountain mission.

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Quick Draw Specialist

Sog Flashback

A knife is a knife is a knife, right? To the unprepared, yes. But you can’t just pick one up from the local flea market and expect it to hold up when you need it most. In any instance, a knife is only helpful if it's at the ready, but how often do you have both hands free during a one-man project? This is where the SOG Flashback ($100) shines. It’s widely known as the fastest assisted-opening blade on the market today and is also solidly constructed, handsome and impressively durable.

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To stop a thief

Lockdown: 10 Solutions for Securing Your Bike

Estimates for stolen bikes in the U.S. between one and two million per year, and they're difficult to get back because most people don't write down serial numbers or register their bikes -- and bike theft isn't exactly law enforcement's number one priority. The good news is that with a serious lock, proper locking technique and the good sense to take the darn thing inside at night, we'll all meet again in the bike lane when the sun rises tomorrow.

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Fly-ready folders

Keep Calm Carry-Ons: 5 Best TSA-Approved Pocket Knives

Many of us remember the days of over-zealous and hyper-vigilant guardians of flight security; I've had children’s safety scissors, nail clippers (sans nail file), and three wooden toy swords (gifts for my sons) turned away in the name of national security. Being a serving member of the military didn’t help, even on the occasion when I was flying with both a service rifle and pistol on a contract aircraft.

The lifting of the Transportation Security Agency’s prohibition on knives brings both a boon for your every day carry (EDC) and a challenge in deciding on a folding knife that meets the TSA’s parameters. Wading into travel regulations and the many suitable sharp options on the market, we've picked five knives (plus a bonus) that will both get the odd job done and actually make it onto a plane.

Cold steel at a cool price

Kershaw Cryo Pocket Knife

Cryo means "icy cold" in Greek; while it may call to mind a faint glimmer of hope that Walt Disney's body is stored somewhere beneath Adventureland just waiting to be thawed, we're mostly certain that in the Kershaw Cryo pocket knife($50) it simply means "cool". Famed tactical knife maker

Illumin-Aughty

LensLight Mini TAD Edition

You can tell a lot about a man by his EDC. Zippo, house keys, obligatory pocket knife, handgun, paracord, unspeakably cool shades -- we've seen it all. The serious carrier, however, is sure to include a flashlight, and we recommend the

Jump starting your adventure kit

Gerber GO Bag

Whether it's for your bug-out bag or your hiking kit, the fundamental survival items -- knife, flashlight, multitool, your bag itself -- make up 98% of what you'll use and anchor your camp/hike/escape. The Gerber GO Bag ($274) gives you

Survivalist Bedfellows

TNT Emergency Survival Tool

Sitting Bull used his hands, your grandfather used a crowbar, and if you use either of those items today you're being silly. Appreciation of the past doesn't mean we need to suffer its inefficiencies. When seconds count, lives are at stake,

Hatchet Job

Gerber Gator Combo Axe

When you need to do a hatchet job, best to have a hatchet at hand; however, sometimes the job requires you cut like a knife. For both occasions, the Gerber Combo Axe solves your tool dilemma, saving you from using

Sharpest tool(s) in the shed

Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman

Growing up in the boonies teaches you lots of things: at a young age, you knew that field dressing was neither a female garment nor a salad accessory; your childhood memories were made possible by lax zoning laws; and educating coworkers

Quickly as Charged

Bushnell PowerSync

Bushnell is a brand synonymous with high quality outdoor optics, but when it comes to solar power the brand has been noticeably quiet. But all that may soon change as the company widens its focus (if you will) with their new

Who needs matches?

Heatstick

Developed with the Special Forces in mind, the patented, flameless, anodized-aluminum Heatstick ($460) can quickly and turn your 1L Nalgene into a disinfecting kettle. Just attach the fuel, hit the igniter and integrate Heatstick into the included water container, or

Light the Way

Kickstarter: Bosavi Headlamp

Sound principles don’t always create success, but they certainly don’t hurt. The Bosavi Headlamp ($80) is a multi-purpose light backed by the fundamental axiom of usefulness, something too often taken for granted. While flexible-use lights abound, the Bosavi provides a quality

Pocket protection

Wenger RangerGrip 90

The latest addition to Wenger's line of ergonomically-handled utility blades the RangerGrip 90 is all about the grip. Sporting a rubber grip insert within a high-visibility yellow recyclable handle, the 90 is ideal for sweaty palms in hot or tense

Got wood?

Helle Dokka Folding Knife

For 80 years, Norwegian knife maker Helle has been building ornate, wood-handled knives that look every bit as good on your mantle as they do in your backpack. Interestingly, the company has lived to be an octogenarian without ever building

So much for the Swiss being neutral

Stayglow Victorinox Swiss Army Knife

We’re not exactly sure how this happened, but alas, Victorinox Swiss Army released a glow-in-the-dark version of their most beloved Swiss Army Knife. While the color choice is one that would make grandpa roll over in his grave, it’s certain to

Cuts like a knife, and an axe, and…

Gerber Apocalypse Kit

Like Edward Scissorhands set loose in a cutlery shop, the Gerber Apocalypse Survival Kit ($349) delivers a bevy of bladed goodness. Consisting of seven tools, including Machete, Camp Axe II, Machete Pro, Parang (our favorite), LMF II Infantry, DMF Folder

Cutting-edge indeed

Victorinox SSD Knives

So-called "cloud services" hope to make transferring digital data via physical devices akin to cave painting in the near future. That hasn't stopped pocket-tool legend Victorinox from evolving the classic Swiss Army Knife to house the latest SSDs and transfer protocols.

The business end

Cold Steel Leatherneck Knives

Your average man doesn't give much thought to knives, much less fixed blade knives. But if you're at all a prepared man and you either get to the great outdoors with some regularity or you just want to be ready for

Mighty Lite

LED Lenser P5R

A flashlight is a flashlight. Right? Think about all the times when you needed to reach for one in the house or the garage and the batteries were dead or if it did work, the beam was weak. Even moreso, your

Turning night into day

Light & Motion SOLA Dive 1200

The idea of SCUBA diving at night can seem absurd, dangerous and terrifying to someone who hasn’t tried it. But for those who have done it, it can be exhilarating and downright addictive. The ocean becomes a different place after