A good cycling multi-tool will definitely feature in the line-up; but I also went searching for the ultimate plier-equipped multi-tool. I wanted a tool that would be useful for bike maintenance, as well as camping duties. The Leatherman Charge Ti multi-tool is my chosen option; so in this post, I thought I would explain why...
Feature packedThe Leatherman Charge TTI multi-tool is designed to be an incredible workhorse; a companion that will get you out of tight spots, and help you fix-up problems, whatever they might be. It features an impressive 19 tools in its arsenal; including hex keys, pliers, wire cutters, knives, saw, screwdrivers, scissors, bottle openers and many others besides.
From my experience of bike touring, a multi-tool that is equipped with pliers and scissors is well worth having. For camping, features like a can opener and bottle opener are priceless when preparing campsite food. Then, added extras like a small saw, and a proper sized blade, are valuable when dealing with wild-camping craft.
The Leatherman Charge TTi features more tools than you'd think possible to cram into a pocket-sized tool; however, each of them has its uses, and I can easily see that each of them could be useful on the 'Coasts and Cols' trip.
|The Leatherman Charge TTi features bit pieces, pliers, scissors, blades, files and a whole lot more!|
Despite its plethora of tools, the Leatherman Charge Titanium is surprisingly lightweight. It comes in at 252 grams; and the smart leather holster and tool bit storage doesn't add much to the overall weight.
|The beautiful titanium casing on the Leatherman Charge reduces the overall weight|
DurableI took an unbranded Leatherman-esque multi-tool on my last touring trip; it didn't come back with me. The scissors broke, and the tool was already a bit rusty (despite claiming to be stainless), after several sailing trips. I decided that for this trip, it was worth investing in the real deal. The Leatherman Charge Titanium is certainly that.
Leatherman tools have a 25 year warranty; but I know friends that have had their Leatherman Wave multi-tools for more than 30 years, and they're still going strong. The last thing you want on a touring trip, is for kit to fail on you; I think there is very little risk of that happening with the Leatherman Charge.
|The variety of blades, saws and files on the Leatherman Charge Titanium|
OverallSo, the Leatherman Charge Titanium has been picked as part of my kit for the 'Coasts and Cols' tour for several reasons: it has an incredible number of useful tools; it is incredibly well built; and despite both these attributes, it is also impressively lightweight. It should be the ultimate pliers-equipped tool for bike touring.
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|A superb multitool companion, for any bicycle tourer|