[MEMBER COMMENT] Fw: IR - Gerber Crucial F.A.S.T. Multitool - Mark Thompson
- Hi Mark - Since I am testing this too, I was interested in your opinions
and reading your report. Well done.
In addition to Steve's edits, I did notice a couple of things. 1) The
price should be $58 US. 2) You have your shoe size listed in the Tester
Information section. Probably don't need that.
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote on 10/01/2011 10:15:38 PM:
> Please find my IR at: http://tinyurl.com/IR-FAST-MET
> and below for your editing pleasure.
> GERBER CRUCIAL F.A.S.T.
> TEST SERIES BY MARK THOMPSON
> September 30, 2011
> TESTER INFORMATION
> NAME: Mark Thompson
> EMAIL: markthompson 242 at gmail dot com
> AGE: 47
> LOCATION: Parker, CO
> GENDER: M
> HEIGHT: 6' 0" (2.10 m)
> WEIGHT: 190 lb (86.20 kg)
> SHOE SIZE (US/EUR): Men's 11/45-46
> Outdoor adventures started for me at an early age, my passions have
> grown to include backpacking, rock climbing, hiking, hunting,
> fishing, canoeing, cycling, skiing and snowshoeing. Most of my
> adventures presently take place in Colorado's amazing Rocky
> Mountains. For trail hikes, my pack typically weighs 15 lbs/6.8 kg
> (summer/fall), 25 lbs/11.3 kg (winter/spring) and trail speed
> usually ranges from 2.5 - 3.8 mph (4.0 - 6.1 kph) depending on
> elevation gain. For multi-night backpack trips, my pack weighs 40 -
> 45 lbs (18 - 20 kg) and my trail speed drops to 1.5 - 3.0 mph (2.4 -4.8
> INITIAL REPORT
> PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
> Manufacturer: Gerber
> Year of Manufacture: 2011
> Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE -
> MSRP: US$75.00[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> Listed Weight: 5.8 oz (164 g)
> Measured Weight: 5.8 oz (164 g)
> Other details: A multi-component tool with "Forward Assisted Spring
> INITIAL IMPRESSIONS
> The Gerber Crucial F.A.S.T. Multitool arrived in a rather plain
> package without any of the "normal" paperwork. The warranty was
> printed on the outside of the box, but there were no operating or
> maintenance instructions (I guess they figure that everyone knows
> how to use one or that nobody reads the product literature).
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> I haven't really figured out how many components the manufacturer is
> claiming, but here is what I found:
> - One knife blade
> - Two screw drivers
> - One bottle opener
> - One pair of pliers with 3 sections
> - on the tip, a needle nose
> - in the middle, standard pliers
> - at the base, a cutting section
> - A belt clip
> The tool is a bit on the hefty side (a full ounce heavier than my 40
> year old swiss army knife) but has a nice feel and pliers!
> TRYING IT OUT
> Being male, the first thing I had to do was to check out the blade.
> The safety lever didn't operate smoothly and gave me some initial
> challenges as I wasn't sure if it was the spring loaded type or the
> on/off variety. It turns out that it is the on/off variety and I
> just needed to push it all the way off. The next challenge was to
> get my thumb to activate the "Forward Assist Spring Technology" on
> the knife blade. I wasn't too successful and ended up testing the
> edge on the blade and, consistent with every other Gerber knife I
> have owned, the blade is razor sharp! All the other components
> operated smoothly and presented a solid, confident feel!
> TESTING STRATEGY
> My intention is to replace my aging Swiss Army Knife (I bought it in
> Zermatt, Switzerland nearly 40 years ago) so my testing strategy is
> to simply use this tool like I would my trusty knife. There are
> obvious differences between the old and the new, but times have
> changed and so have the requirements for a field tool.
> The Gerber Crucial F.A.S.T. appears to be a well built tool that has
> a nice feel. I hope to become more adept at using the F.A.ST. and
> actually get the blade out safely with one hand.
> A special thanks to Gerber and BackpackGearTest.org for allowing me
> the opportunity to test this tool.
> This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
> Copyright 2011. All rights reserved.
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