Get off the plane. Luggage needs fixing, gear is out of adjustment and rope must be cut for pack lashing in the pick-up truck bed. You can either fake it (think car keys as knife), get by (with a small blade and no tools) or solve it with SOG. PowerAssist pushes main blades the extra degrees to deploy even if the main tool is closed. Once locked, safety and security continue with Active Junky-approved side release engineering. Convenience aside, this one grips easy and crunches down on plier chores to minimize bolt head stripping. Seven inches of cutting, crimping, twisting, sawing, clamping and crimping earn 10oz in any checked bag. Not ready to get serious? Then Aysen likely isn’t your destination anyway.
Tester Quote: “Leverage, that’s what I like. The opening assist is unique but SOG’s hard-core construction and solid individual tools get my respect. Adding a three-sided file proved essential to debarb hooks for catch-and-release angling. Even at 7” overall (4.6” closed), PowerAssist is easy to maneuver when using screwdrivers.”
Best For: Home and shop use, extended travel with technical gear (ski, fish, photo, climb, paddle)