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I have owned several Gerber multi-pliers over the last 10 years. All have served me well. Whether it be for a survival kit, car glove box, or for everyday carry – these multi-tools are just fantastic.
The latest pair that I have purchased is the Gerber “Suspension” . I have now owned it for over 6 months.
The Gerber Suspension is a great deal. A very attractive dark grey finish – the metal used is smooth, attractive and well machined.
Sized like a cell phone – it comes with a ballistic nylon case that is super durable and secure. Like all multi-tools, the Suspension comes with a large variety of available tools – more than some and less than others.
Here is the tools list:
- Needle-nose Pliers
- Wire Cutter/Stripper
- Straight Blade
- Serrated Blade
- Phillips Screwdriver
- Large and Medium Flathead Screwdrivers
- Bottle Opener
- Can Opener
- Lanyard Ring
Once the tools are opened – they lock securely in place with the Saf.T.Plus component locking system. I have found this system very secure and simple to operate.
Some cheaper multi-tools often have blades and such that cannot be locked open. I have always found this to be a serious safety issue – just asking for a major cut.
When opened into plier mode – the handles are kept open via spring resistance allowing grasping operations to be carried out easier. The pliers work well at grasping, crushing, or cutting (via the built in wire cutters). I have not experienced any severe wear or damage from normal use as of yet.
Honestly – I have not used these and punished them like my two previous Gerber multi-pliers (which I still own by the way). If this Suspension is anything like my other Gerber’s – it will be around for a long while.
One of my favorite and most used tools on the Gerber Suspension are the scissors. Although small – they can cut quite a bit. These are not the same scissors you might have cut construction paper with in 1st grade.
These are durable and strong. I have used them to trim the outer shell off copper wire as well as cut plastic wire ties. Can’t find a pair of house scissors? Be the hero and pull out your Gerber Suspension.
Pros and Cons
So the Gerber Suspension is definitely a feature packed tool at a highly attractive price, but how does it really stack up against competitors in the end? Is it a good value?
Overall I’m pretty happy with the Suspension as a budget offering in an already crowded multi-tool market. The tools definitely aren’t the best, but they are highly functional and seem durably enough.
The pliers in particular are pretty good, especially for the money. However, the pliers are the only standout tool on the Suspension.
the other tools are just small, especially when you consider the overall size and bulk of the Suspension. This is a budget price but basically full size multitool that carries tools that are the same size offer on competitors units nearly half its size.
The scissors cut well, but they are tiny. the saw is so tiny you’re going to wear yourself out and tear your hand up before you can get any serious cutting done with it..
And the entire unit just feels kind of odd overall. The skeletonized look is definitely attractive, but despite this the entire package is bulky and weirdly heavy, weighing several ounces more than larger and more substantial units offered by gerber, and competitors Leatherman and SOG.
also, if I’m being honest, though the tool has given me no perceivable indications of failure or approaching failure, I’ve got genuine concerns about the longevity of the tools.
My instincts tell me that they might not last as long as I’d like them to under genuinely hard use. some buyers might argue that this is a trifling concern considering Gerber offers one of the very best warranties in the business and are famous for responsive and thorough servicing of any customer complaints.
This is true, and as I have admitted I’m a unabashed gerber fan. However, this won’t do you much good in the middle of a crisis or a genuine shtf scenario should a tool you are relying on fail utterly.
There’s no calling customer service to help you get a shelter bill before the wolves show up after the sun goes down. I’m exaggerating, but only slightly.
Ultimately, I believe the appraisal of the Suspension will boil down to expectations. Compared to True peers in the budget multitool market, the Suspension is still a nice tool at an excellent price, even if it is a little too chunky and heavy.
However, if you’re comparing apples to apples the Suspension is at best a sort of odd duck, best fitting in among larger and more capable tools and not measuring up against them, regardless of price.
I would say that if budget is a major factor when choosing a tool, or you are wanting a multitool that you might have to ditch or discard for any reason, you could do a heck of a lot worse than the Suspension.
But if you are wanting the most capable tool in a given size category, this Suspension multi tool might let you down.
So far, so good with mine and I don’t plan on getting rid of it until it fails me utterly or I totally break it. Manage your expectations and you’ll probably be quite happy with the Suspension.
A Worthy Budget Multi-Plier
From a survival & preparedness viewpoint – I have considered a good set of multi-pliers/multi-tools one of the first items to be placed in a survival kit or bug out bag – let alone my belt. So versatile with so many different tools – a great survival item to include on your preps.
I have two “Get Me Home Kits” for my vehicles – I have a Gerber Multi-Tool in each one.
last update: 03/26/2022