Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier

Last updated date: April 8, 2020

DWYM Score
9.0

Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier

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Overall Take

This compact yet ergonomically designed multi-plier makes using its tools easy, even for large hands. Smooth, spring-loaded action ensures quick release on most features. The lightweight construction makes it easy to carry but no less durable. We found this tool to be well-balanced during our testing; we also really liked the functionality of the spring. In our analysis of 141 expert reviews, the Gerber Gear Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier placed 8th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.5
17 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
3,188 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
We had no issues with the durability and construction of the Suspension. This is as much a testament to our rigorous pre-screening of products as it is to the interest these tool companies take in making solid products.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
The tools in the Suspension are all solid and most follow classic Gerber design, like the rather ‘plump’ scissors. They are all accessible when the tool is closed, which is sort of a mixed blessing.
- The Gadgeteer
May 1, 2011 | Full review
One feature that makes this model different is the open frame. It has two main goals, to make this tool lighter and to offer interesting design. In addition, the level of grip is better than with other multi-tools, so it is a great choice if you are going to use it in complicated situations.
- Knife Guides
Comfortable curved design of the plier handles puts a lot less strain on your hands when you’re really squeezing
- The Saw Guy
It has 12 tools, all of which lock (save for the pliers). This includes a straight blade, a serrated blade, a saw, pliers, a wire cutter, three screw drivers (two different size flatheads and a Phillips), scissors, a bottle and can opener, and an awl.
- Review Geek
October 18, 2017 | Full review
It is lightweight and easy to carry.
- Game Camera World
The multi-tool is easy to open with a spring-loaded design and the curved handle is comfortable to hold. The Saf.T.Plus component locking system ensures extra safety when you close the handles.
- Morning Chores
User-friendly design for easier operation.
- Jon's Guide
Traveling with this product is a piece of cake. Unlike most standard tools that need a lot of storage space, for instance, its foldable design is convenient. Measuring just 4-inches, you can store in your pocket whilst traveling without issues. It also has a lightweight design. You will never struggle to transport its 9.6-ounce frame to your workplace.
- Top 10 Best Pro
Comfortable for large hands
- Wiki EZ Vid
We also like the compact style. It’s small and lightweight enough to be an EDC, yet it’s big enough to tackle any job or challenge set forth. The design was also sleek looking. It had cut out holes that looked like they were cut by a laser.
- EDC Ninja
The handles of the tool do not pinch your fingers like most other multitool kits out there. So when you open the tool it is simple and safe.
- Best Multitool Kit
October 14, 2013 | Full review
Best of all, the Gerber system of anti-blade clumping is employed on this tool. Flying beneath the radar unnoticed, those little tabbed washers are pure genius.
- Multitool.org
June 27, 2007 | Full review
Made from superior quality steel that prevents the Gerber multi tool from corrosion.
- Sanders Review
The needle-nose pliers in this multi-tool are located at the very center and are designed with spring-loaded action, so there’s no need to worry about pinching yourself.
- Adjustable Clamp
The knife portion is extremely sharp (this was also a con for me as I accidently flayed my finger open within minutes of opening it)
- Survival Life
Contoured handles for improved grip and usability.
- Gear Institute
What experts didn't like
Its bulky and heavy.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
For a 3.75″ long tool, the knife blades seem rather short with just under 2″ of cutting edge.
- The Gadgeteer
May 1, 2011 | Full review
Weight/bulk. These things are pretty heavy - a little over 9 oz, to be exact
- The Saw Guy
A flaw in the locking system.
- Game Camera World
Individual tools and lock spring can be a bit tough to open
- Morning Chores
Quite heavy when you compare to other multi tools.
- Jon's Guide
Can pinch when closing
- Wiki EZ Vid
It can be a tiny bit challenging to open with one hand. I was working on my car and my left hand was holding up the exhaust and I grabbed the multitool with my right hand and it took me a few seconds to be able to open it.
- EDC Ninja
Velcro on the sheath is not the best idea for a tool that's built to last for years.
- Best Multitool Kit
October 14, 2013 | Full review
Handle cut-outs serve no purpose, and do not make the tool any lighter.
- Multitool.org
June 27, 2007 | Full review
The opening tools have thumb notches for both the serrated edge and straight edge knife blades but none on the other tools.
- Survival Life
Spring loaded needlenose pliers stopped being springy after torsion testing.
- Gear Institute

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An Overview On Multitools

If you’re not much of a handyman, you could be forgiven for thinking of the once-ubiquitous Swiss Army Knife when you hear the word “multitool.” And while that trusty red pocketknife is still around, the design of the multitool has come a long way since they were standard issue for your Boy Scout troop.

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These days, the term multitool can encompass anything from a weighty gadget that requires a holster and incorporates 30 tools or more to a stealthy metal card that doubles as a wrench and bottle opener. But though the design may differ, you’re essentially talking about something roughly the size of a pocketknife that instead flips out an assortment of screwdrivers and other useful tools (and possibly a knife or three as well).

The pocketknife configuration may have worked fine for the Swiss Army, and it’s still the standard for some multitools. But more recently, if you go shopping for multitools, you’ll find most are modeled in the design of the balisong or butterfly knife.

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This setup has a lot of advantages. For one thing, you can open it with a simple flick of the wrist. With certain adjustments, the twin handles can be used as grips for pliers, scissors or any number of tools where a little extra torque is needed. To get the various gadgets loose from their folded-in position, some multitools may have a release catch or just require you to pry them loose with a tab that protrudes from the central cavity. Once they’re in use, most will have a mechanism that locks them in place for ease of use (and your safety).

What tools can you expect to find on a standard multitool? The list can vary widely, but it should include a screwdriver (with a Phillips and flat-head driver, at least), pliers, scissors and possibly a knife or two. Most will also have a bottle opener or something you can use as one. It’s a good bet that this tool is the one that will see the most actual use among weekend warriors.

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“If you’re involved in a specialty activity, there are multitools on the market that cater to those needs,” says our home improvement expert Vicki Liston. Her award-winning show “On The Fly…DIY” has plenty of home tutorials for testing out your multitool. “Don’t assume that the manufacturer knows exactly what you need, though. Read through the list of included tools before assuming it’s the whole enchilada.”

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The total number of tools incorporated can be as few as two or three to 40 or more. Just remember the main asset of a multitool is portability. If you can’t use a tool, it’s just dead weight. Heed that Boy Scout motto and “be prepared” … just remember, it’s possible to be overprepared.

DWYM Fun Fact

When it comes to functionality, too much wasn’t nearly enough for the F.W. Holler company of Solingen, Germany. In the 1880s, they created the mother of all multitools, a lethal piece of equipment that incorporates 100 blades. If you were patient (and careful) enough to unsheathe all the weapons in this Old West relic, you’d find daggers, shears, scissors, saws, button hooks, mechanical pens, a straight razor and even a functional .22 caliber pin-shot revolver. Strangely enough by modern standards, there was no bottle opener — but then, bottle caps weren’t quite on the market at the time.

The Multitool Buying Guide

  • The selling point on a lot of multitools is quantity. It might indeed be impressive to see 30 tools or more packed into a somewhat compact package, but keep your lifestyle in mind. Do you really need a hex driver in 12 different sizes while you’re on the go? Unless you’re a professional handyman, probably not — and even then, you’ve probably got a full-sized tool that will do the job far more effectively. If you’re planning to carry your multitool around the house, a few screwdrivers and wrenches might be all you need. On hikes, look for a gadget with a focus on knives, scissors and saws. If it’s going to be kept in the glove compartment, a strap cutter and window breaker might be life-saving tools to have. Match the multitool to your situation.
  • While we’re on the subject of tool selection, a word about knives: They’re fairly common on most multitools and can be handy on everything from whittling primitive tools to opening stubborn packages. They’re so small on many tools that you may not even consider them as weapons — but the TSA will. “In some places, blades over 2.5″ are not allowed, and you may get your tool taken away altogether,” says our home improvement expert Vicki Liston. When traveling by air, take that multitool off the belt and stow it in checked baggage, or leave it at home entirely.
  • Size matters. The whole point of a multitool is that you can carry it easily. An arsenal of gadgetry is no good if you can’t fit it into your pocket. It’s up to you to find that sweet spot between portability and functionality. Be advised that while credit card-sized multitools can be cute, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to use it for anything strenuous. No matter what the size, look for stainless steel construction or something just as sturdy.
  • Most decent multitools can fit in a pocket, but just barely. And depending on the design, you might not be able to easily retrieve it there anyway, especially if it shares space with a wallet or keys. Look for tools with at least a belt clip or sheath if you’re dealing with anything larger than five inches or so.