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  • 8 New Overland and Camping Must-Have Tools from Gerber

8 New Overland and Camping Must-Have Tools from Gerber

For ’wheeling, overlanding, and camping, here are some great tools to pack.

Christian Hazel
Oct 29, 2020
There's only so much available room when you're packing camping gear in your 4x4, so whether it's an extended overlanding trip deep into the boonies or just a day trip up your favorite off-road trail, finding outdoor tools that pack as many space-saving multi-use features into their design as possible is always advisable. Gerber, a longtime manufacturer of quality outdoor camp, survival, edged, and multi-use tools, understands this all too well and recently has been making several additions to it its impressive catalog of outdoor activity products that pack a lot of bang for your buck. Here is a representative sample of eight new Gerber products that make a great addition to any off-roader's outdoor arsenal.

Freescape Camp Saw

Photo 2/24   |   Gerber Freescape camp saw open.
Photo 3/24   |   Gerber Freescape camp saw closed.
Folding camp saws aren't exactly a new thing, but the Gerber Freescape adds some updated spin on an outdoor standby. For starters, the Frescape folds completely in on itself thanks to a design that incorporated four pivot points. The handle features bright green accents to help you easily spot it if you drop it while working. The frame is relieved to shed overall weight while trestle bracing maintains rigidity and strength, and the 12-inch wood blade stows safely inside the frame when closed. It also stows easily in your camp kit.
Pros: Easy to pack, light to carry, and standard saw blade makes replacement easy.
Cons: Made in China. Would like to see a USA-made option even if at a higher price point.
Price: $55
 

Ultimate Survival Knife

Photo 4/24   |   Gerber Ultimate Survival Knife, sheath, and firestarter ferro rod.
Photo 5/24   |   Gerber Ultimate Survival Knife with built-in sharpening stone in sheath.
Photo 6/24   |   Gerber Ultimate Survival Knife no-slip hammer hilt.
A fixed blade knife is just one of those things every off-roader should keep in his or her camp kit. The Gerber Ultimate Survival Knife is a lot of what we like to see in an outdoor camp and survival fixed-blade offering. For starters, the handle is ergonomically shaped for a secure grip, and the rubber overmold prevents slipping even in wet and cold. The lanyard end contains a whistle for long-distance signaling, the steel hammer pommel is textured to prevent slipping when driving nails or tent spikes, and the drop-point blade is partially serrated to make quick work of cordage, vines, or other hard-to-cut material. The spine of the blade features a special machined section on which you can strike a ferro rod. And speaking of which, the sheath holds a ferro fire-starting rod, which slides in the plastic sheath body and is held securely in place by an O-ring. The back of the plastic sheath body holds a sharpening stone. Unfastening the Velcro strap in the middle of the sheath allows it to pivot open from the nylon carrier revealing the sharpener.
Pros: Tons of useful features, great blade shape and thickness, very nice-feeling handle, and fire-starting ferro rod a nice feature, incredible bang for the buck.
Cons: Made in China. Would like to see a USA-made option even if at a higher price point.
Price: $46
 

Gorge Folding Shovel

Photo 7/24   |   Gerber Gorge folding shovel shown open.
Photo 8/24   |   Gerber Gorge folding shovel shown locked in 90 degrees as trenching tool.
Photo 9/24   |   Gerber Gorge folding shovel shown folded with handle retracted and textured hammer surface in view.
Gerber folding shovels are nothing new. In fact, several branches of the U.S. military have used them for decades. What is new is the Gerber Gorge, which is a slightly smaller size. With a closed length of 9.25 inches and an overall open length of 16.5 inches, the 28-ounce Gorge is better suited to backpacking and small storage in a vehicle than its larger predecessors. A collapsible handle and two-position blade that can be locked in traditional straight for shovel or at a 90-degree angle for trenching is augmented by a textured steel hammer protrusion on the back, which is handy for pounding nails or tent stakes. An included nylon carrying bag with a drawstring keeps mud and dirt out of your vehicle or bag.
Pros: Compact, sturdy, easy to manipulate and operate.
Cons: The collapsible handle locking detent buttons are small and hard to operate when wearing gloves. Made in China. Would like to see a USA-made option even if at a higher price point.
Price: $25
 

ComplEAT Cooking and Eating Tool

Photo 10/24   |   Gerber ComplEAT cooking and eating tool kit.
Photo 11/24   |   Gerber ComplEAT cooking and eating tool kit with spoon inserted to create cooking tong.
Photo 12/24   |   Gerber ComplEAT cooking and eating tool kit spatula receiving handle.
Photo 13/24   |   Gerber ComplEAT cooking and eating tool kit assembled for packing.
With a punny play on words, the Gerber ComplEAT is a multi-function cooking tool that is more than meets the eye. Available in several colors, for starters, it obviously includes an alloy spoon and fork. There's also a multi-tool that serves as a veggie peeler, bottle opener, serrated package opener, and can opener. All three of these stack together and slide nicely for secure storage into the handle of the spatula, which has both a serrated and silicone edge for scraping or clearing the bottom of your cook surface. Additionally, you can take the spoon or fork and insert it into the opposite side of the spatula handle to create trail tongs to turn what you're cooking over.
Pros: Packs compactly and securely, lots of uses packed into only a few easy-to-clean items.
Cons: Veggie peeler a bit difficult to use.
Price: $29
 

Versafix Pro Fixed Blade Machete Hybrid

Photo 14/24   |   Gerber Versafix Pro fixed-blade machete hybrid.
Photo 15/24   |   Gerber Versafix Pro fixed-blade machete hybrid and multi-mount sheath.
Photo 16/24   |   Gerber Versafix Pro fixed-blade machete hybrid Chizl'd blade finish.
Photo 17/24   |   Gerber Versafix Pro fixed-blade machete hybrid stowed in multi-mount sheath.
The Gerber Versafix Pro is an upgraded version of Gerber's standard Versafix compact fixed-blade machete hybrid. The Versafix Pro features a high-vis rubberized handle and relieving the weight-forward blade to help it swing with less force yet maintain chopping and cutting power. The curved blade maximizes cutting surface for hacking through wood and heavy material. The handle is comfortable and features a lanyard loop on the pommel in case you're using it for ice fishing or where a dropped tool may spell disaster. The sheath is a slender multi-mount design that's intended to offer push-tab one-handed release for quick deployment, but we find it clumsy in operation and, it limits the Versafix Pro to right-handed-only operation.
Pros: Sturdy, great cutting blade and comfortable handle.
Cons: Multi-mount sheath cumbersome in operation and uncomfortable. Would like to see nylon sheath of standard Versafix available as an option. Made in China. Would like to see a USA-made option even if at a higher price point.
Price: $46
 

Center-Drive Multi-Tool with Bit Set and Molle Sheath

Photo 18/24   |   Gerber Center-Drive multi-tool with bit set and Molle sheath.
Photo 19/24   |   19 Gerber Center Drive Multi Tool With Bit Set And Molle Sheath
Photo 20/24   |   20 Gerber Center Drive Multi Tool With Bit Set And Molle Sheath
If there's one thing Gerber is really know for in the off-road world it's great-quality multi-tools. The Gerber Center-Drive - Bit Set maintains that tradition. Housed inside a nice dual-chamber molle-compatible sheath, the center-axis Center-Drive houses its bit driver outside on the frame X-channel rails for easy access and increased leverage. By doing this Gerber is able to make the bit driver three times longer than its competitors. Likewise, the Center-Drive knife blade in the opposite side of the handle is 30 percent longer than competitors, not to mention faster and easier to open. The Center-Drive also packs tons of multi-tool features you'd expect like spring-loaded needle-nose pliers, replicable carbide wire cutter and stripper bits, a file, saw, awl, and tons of other features. And along with the magnetic Phillips and flat head bits that are housed in the Center-Drive itself, a flexible holder with 12 assorted magnetic drive bits fits in the sheath for most small automotive jobs you might encounter when off-roading.
Pros: Tons of features, great working torque and easy knife deployment, made in USA!
Cons: Spare bit holder on blade/bit driver handle side is somewhat sharp and difficult to deploy.
Price: $100
 

Fastball EDC Knife

Photo 21/24   |   Gerber Fastfall EDC pocket folding knife.
Photo 22/24   |   22 Gerber Fastfall Edc Pocket Folding Knife
You just gotta have a pocket folding knife. That's outdooring 101. The Gerber Fastball is a no-nonsense American-made pocket folder with a high-quality S30V drop point and a plain 3-inch stainless blade that keeps an exceptionally sharp edge and comes to a very fine point. The aluminum handle is available in a Flat Sage, Urban Grey, and black colors, and the matte finish actually aids grip. The pocket clip allows for three possible carrying positions: two on the right side or one on the left, and the flipper is smartly sized to allow the blade to snap open with authority. Gerber's B.O.S.S. (balls of stainless steel) pivot delivers very smooth opening and closing operation, and the detents are smartly tuned to prevent unwanted opening without hindering the blade's smooth movement.
Pros: Simple, solid, and super sharp.
Cons: For those who would give up slimness for a bit more handle contour, the aluminum handles are relatively flat.
Price: $100
 

Mullet Keychain Multi-Tool

Photo 23/24   |   Gerber Mullet keychain multi-tool.
Photo 24/24   |   24 Gerber Mullet Keychain Multi Too
Keychain multi-tools are almost always a no-brainer. They take up virtually no space, cost very little, and when you find a need to put them to use, are worth their weight in gold. The Gerber Mullet claims it works hard and plays hard. We're not here to debate the name, but with 11 tools packed into a 1-ounce tool, a robust construction, and a solid black or stonewashed finish, the Mullet is a no-brainer gift idea for anybody who has keys. We won't spoil the fun, so before you head to Gerber's website to check your answers let's see if you can guess all 11 functions the Mullet has.
Pros: Inexpensive, lightweight, super useful.
Cons: Sharp edges do periodically go noticed while riding in your pocket.
Price: $10
 

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