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If you’re out in the wilderness, multi-tools rock.  You’ll spot this kind of tool attached to the belt of more than one hunter and woodsman.

Besides its grass-colored non-slip handles — so if you drop it in the brush you’ll never find it — the Vista offers a good set of features that make sense for the purpose in which it was meant to serve.  The Vista’s wire cutters differ from other multi-tools’ standard pliers, and they look like they might be useful in the brush.  Then again, the standard pliers are pretty handy, too; just ask a friend of ours who spent a few hours using a pair to pull porcupine quills out of the mouth of a catch dog that didn’t know the difference between a hog and a porcupine.  The awl/punch will allow you to scratch hard surfaces like metal or poke through tough materials like leather. 

The Vista also brings the standard fare, including a straight/serrated knife blade and the ever-present flathead and phillips drivers and bottle opener — essentially all the multi-tool hotness you’re going to need for your next assualt on nature.

Street Pricing starts at around $50.

Vista Multi-Tool [Leatherman]
Street Pricing [Froogle]


3 Responses to Finds: Leatherman Vista

  1. Chris Ball says:

    Looks like a reasonable multi-tool, and possibly a great gardening tool but I would say that it had pruning shears rather than a wire cutter on the end. Although it does appear to have the swiss army knife standard wire stripper notch at the end of the blade.

    If you want a great multi-tool with heavy scissors or very light tin snips on the end get the toolz-all maintenance pro made by Crescent which is ultimately owned by Cooper tools. They also make an electrician pro model with proper wire strippers if that is what you need. I have both along with an old leatherman.

    The toolzall stuff is hard to find but at least as nice quality wise (in my opinion) as the more common types.

  2. Lee Gibson says:

    I bought the gardening version of this tool for my wife, so she’d stop stealing my Leatherman. So far, it’s been well-designed and sturdy. It’s a bit on the spendy side, but hey…so was my Charge Ti.

  3. Will says:

    Don’t use pliers to pull out the porcupine quills unless you have first cut off the back tip of each one – they are hollow, and squeezing one end apparently makes the other end swell if you haven’t already cut them.

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