If you’re planning on wild camping on your next gravelpacking trip, then your mind is probably turning to the various tools that may make your life easier as well as the essentials such as your bike tools.

With all of the best will in the world, and with all of the most ninja-like minimal packing skills, space is always going to be at a premium so you may be thinking about suitable multi-tools. Enter the Leatherman Signal

To our knowledge, this is the first Leatherman multitool that’s aimed at specific wilderness use, and as such has some very specific survival tools such as the hammer, carabiner, emergency whistle, a fire-starting ferrocerium rod and a diamond blade sharpener, in addition to all of the usual and not-so-usual tools you’d expect to find in any Leatherman product.

  1. Needlenose Pliers
  2. Regular Pliers
  3. 154CM Replaceable Wire Cutters
  4. 154CM Replaceable Hard-wire Cutters
  5. Wire Stripper
  6. 420HC Combo Knife
  7. Saw
  8. Hammer
  9. Awl w/ Thread Loop
  10. Can Opener
  11. Bottle Opener
  12. 1/4” Hex Bit Driver
  13. Bit Driver
  14. 1/4″ Box Wrench
  15. Carabiner
  16. 3/16″ Box Wrench
  17. Safety Whistle
  18. Ferrocerium Rod
  19. Diamond-coated Sharpener

We’ve had this tool on test for our last 4-5 trips that included wild and not so wild camping, and it’s been the most amazing companion for us. At 212g it’s nowhere near as heavy as some of these tools would total individually, and they all work fantastically. An added bonus is that each and every time we use it we feel like Bear Grylls, although we manage to stop short of drinking our own piss. Thankfully.

The tool ships with a nylon case, and you can buy additional screwdriver and hex spanner bits for the driver (13).

We can honestly recommend this tool 100% for bikepacking, gravelpacking and general camping too. As aspirational survivalists for as long as we can remember, we’ve owned a fair few multitools over the years and can honestly say that unless Leatherman release an improved, updated version of the Signal (not sure how they’d manage that tbh), we’ll never swap this one out.

You can source the tool from anywhere that sells Leatherman products, and should cost you around £100 ($150).