Kikker­land

Key Tools

RECOIL OFFGRID - - Pocket Preps -

Kikker­land is known for put­ting a fresh twist on com­mon light-duty de­vices by re­design­ing them in clever ways. (See our re­view of the Kikker­land Wood Axe Multi Tool in Is­sue 24.) But let’s be clear: The asym­met­ri­cal D-shaped cara­biner that comes with this Key Tools set isn’t fool­ing any­one. Its sole pur­pose is to act as a means to at­tach the key ring and the in­cluded bot­tle opener and two screw­drivers (flat­head and Phillips) to your pack or belt loop. Be­yond that, it’s not likely to im­press many.

Pros:

The in­cluded screw­drivers work well in a pinch, and their key-like shape helps pro­vide torque­ing lever­age de­spite their short length.

The Key Tools set as a whole is a smart, con­ve­nient idea.

Cons:

The spring in the gate is barely strong enough to keep the gate closed.

We were un­able to de­ter­mine its ma­te­ri­als be­fore press time, but we sus­pect the cara­biner is soft alu­minum.

This ’biner and its gate open­ing is teeny.

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