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.
Quick Draw Specialist
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.
Better, faster, stronger
You’re not the guy who has a frequent buyer card at Sears, so you can’t always find the perfect tool in your less-than-organized garage. Perhaps a versatile multi-tool would be your best ally. Multi-tools have been around for twenty years, and they’re not going away anytime soon. Today’s multi-tools are better than ever, with innovative designs that are only limited by the imagination. If you’re wondering what all-around multi-tool to purchase, we have five of the best full-sized multi-tools on the market today.
Cut down on your EDC bulk by combining a couple of items into one. No, the smartphone/cigar lighter hasn’t been invented yet. Until it is, you can occupy your time with the SOG Blade Light, a combination 3.9 inch 9Cr18MoV Stainless Steel folding knife and LED flashlight that cuts through the darkness and other evil…
Throw. Roar. Repeat.
Multitools are great, and SOG has done a damn fine job of proving to us that their tools are high-caliber, but sometimes you just want something big, burly, and chuckable. What better way to inspire your inner-Viking than unsheathing and ferociously hurling a battle axe at a target, prey, or zombie? No, not in Gauntlet….
Peerless Pinching Power
We’ve already taken the opportunity to introduce you to a few of SOG’s outstanding blade offerings. Now we’d like you to meet one of their more versatile products, the PowerAssist multitool. To be clear, SOG offers a bevy of useful pocket powerhouses in their multipurpose tool line. The PowerAssist represents a great smattering of useful…
Tactical Meets Practical
The knife is an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. This is certainly true, but a man’s knife is so much more. The honed expression of the simplest machines, a good knife is an ever-ready and infinitely handy companion. Here at Gear Patrol, we believe that a knife can be equal parts evocative and…