Genius Multitool for the Campsite: Gerber Gear ‘Stake Out’ Evaluation

Suppose the proper multitool for the on a regular basis camper doesn’t exist? Suppose once more. Gerber Gear’s new Stake Out provides one ingenious instrument for tenting and lots of different nice ones.

Gerber Gear boasts that its latest instrument is designed to deal with the duties that each camper faces: from the tent to the campfire to the kitchen. A very powerful takeaway I had from studying concerning the instrument (after which testing) was that Gerber needed to steadiness weight, versatility, and packability. Most significantly, it provides an modern instrument: a stake puller.

In brief: The Stake Out’s namesake instrument is the stake puller (now that you recognize it exists, sure, it is best to need one). The small cane-shaped hook folds into the instrument and flips out just like a knife or scissor on a multitool.

We examined it on a latest in a single day tenting journey, and it’s superior. Along with the stake puller, this can be a totally purposeful multitool for different cases round camp, with a knife, noticed, scissor, file, and bottle opener.

Gerber Gear Stake Out Multitool Evaluation

Pesky, caught tent stakes obtained you down? Not anymore with the Stake Out. When it’s time to pack up, nobody needs to spend time jamming their fingers into the dust or exhausting floor, digging for a stake. And nobody enjoys making their finger right into a hook to yank one out.

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Gerber’s stake puller perform is spectacular — particularly for those who’re attempting to interrupt down camp rapidly or just need to ease the method.

Gerber Stake Out Multitool Specs

  • Incorporates: 11 instruments
  • Added options: Carabiner, textured grip
  • Colours: Graphite, silver, bronze
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Weight: 3.3 oz.
  • Worth: $55

The Instruments

  • 2.2″ plain-edge blade
  • Axe
  • Noticed
  • Spring-loaded scissor
  • Stake puller
  • File
  • Ferro rod striker
  • Tweezers
  • Ruler
  • Bottle opener
  • Carabiner

Utilizing at Camp: Attempting the Instruments

gerber stake out tweezers tool
The hidden tweezer instrument on the Stake Out exterior; (picture/Mary Murphy)

On only one in a single day tent tenting journey, I used the knife blade, scissor, stake puller, and bottle opener (and virtually wished I had wanted the tweezers as a result of they’re such a cool and well-incorporated characteristic). I really introduced a number of different multitools that I take advantage of most frequently with me to check the texture, in hand, and their array of instruments. The Stake Out was the very first thing I reached for once I wanted a knife, in all probability due to my curiosity about one thing new. But additionally I discovered that the blade deploys simply and actually cuts properly. It’s an excellent size for this dimension and weight instrument.

The carabiner was in all probability the perform I initially used essentially the most — it may well hook onto a flat pack strap, pocket loop, and webbing on a bag. The scissors are robust sufficient to chop by means of paper, skinny cardboard (meals packaging), plastic, and thread. And the tweezers are merely superior. They’re straightforward to succeed in and deploy, and an important for tenting.

That’s to not say this instrument is ideal. I discovered the noticed and axe blades very stiff and exhausting to deploy, and hope this will get higher/simpler with extra use. I additionally didn’t use the ferro striker as a result of I didn’t have a rod with me.

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Utilizing at Camp: Pulling Stakes

the Gerber Stake Out pulling out a red tent stake
Testing the Gerber Stake Out on light-weight tent stakes; (picture/Mary Murphy)

As for the stake puller, it does precisely what it ought to: for these skinny, I-shaped stakes with lengths of paracords connected that often get misplaced within the floor, merely hook the stake puller onto the twine and pull. I attempted this on my light-weight backpacking tent stakes. It labored like a appeal. To reply my colleagues’ preliminary questions once I talked about the instrument: Does it hook? Does it pull? Sure, and sure. Will your fingers really feel ten instances higher after? Sure.

On my automobile tenting tent, I attempted the stake puller perform on a wide range of outdated metal hook stakes and newer hook stakes for good measure. I notice these stakes are pretty straightforward to tug out already as that’s what the hook is there for — however for stakes which are pounded into very, very exhausting or rocky floor you might use the stake puller (to save lots of your fingers, and on the very least, for leverage and higher grip) to tug out hook stakes as properly.

However primarily, this stake puller perform works to unravel the issue of getting the worst and most tough forms of stakes out of the bottom. Save your fingers, of us, and purchase this instrument.

Comparability: The Stake Out vs. Opponents

pulling a tent stake out of the ground with the new gerber gear stake out multi-tool
(Picture/Gerber Gear)

After utilizing the instrument and liking the way it capabilities, I assumed lengthy and exhausting concerning the closest competitor. Effectively, Gerber hit a house run as a result of there isn’t another instrument that has a stake puller instrument tailor-made for tent tenting.

For the subsequent extra distinctive options, the carabiner and tweezers, an analogous purchase would possibly be the Leatherman Fashion PS which is the one multitool I can consider that has tweezers integrated. The Fashion PS ($35) additionally equally has scissors, a file, a bottle opener, and a carabiner — however doesn’t have any kind of blade and is far smaller in size. To not point out, no stake puller.

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gerber gear stake out multi-tool
(picture/Mary Murphy)

I feel the instruments Gerber picked to incorporate on this final camp instrument are spot-on. It’s missing any screwdrivers and clearly doesn’t have instruments like pliers, wire cutters, or others you get with the traditional Leatherman design.

However I respect Gerber getting into a novel path with this instrument. The stake puller perform is good, however with the added carabiner and tweezers, it addresses two issues I hardly ever see integrated into multitools however I usually want when mountaineering or backpacking.

When it comes to weight, Gerber nailed it with one thing mild sufficient to hold tent tenting or backpacking, however sturdy sufficient in hand and sturdy sufficient to perform day after day at camp. Provided that it provides 11 instruments for 55 bucks, I feel it’s fairly spectacular. I definitely wouldn’t additionally want to hold my 3-inch EDC blade or my burly 8-ounce Leatherman.

General, I beloved the performance of the stake puller. The remainder of the instruments shine as properly. I discovered every little thing I wanted on this instrument, and I feel the goal client — individuals who go tent tenting — would too.

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