We’ve just received word of a new Kickstarter project for ‘The Muncher’. It’s a tool that promises to perform the function of ten other bits of kit.
This titantium tool could possibly be just the thing if you’re trying to keep things light when, say, sprinting down the Tour Divide, or nipping up Hampstead Heath for a spot of wild camping.
Made from aerospace grade titanium and weighing just 20g, it’s certainly lighter than the ten tools it claims to replace. So what can it do?
First up, and essential for any bike packing tool, it can scoop coffee. Proper coffee – nothing instant mind. We’re going Full Hipster here.
Also essential, it can open bottles. So that’s hydration covered then: coffee and beer. We hope that’s a craft ale.
It will slice bananas. We expect it will also cut avocados, or cooked beetroot.
In case you need to bit of trailside fettling of your SLR or box brownie, there’s a screwdriver.
And for getting into your tin of sweet smoked paprika, or possibly molasses, there’s a lifty-prying opening thing, called a ply-bar.
For when only dauphinoise will do, there’s a potato peeler. Can probably also be used for beetroot, or for making parmesan shavings.
Can also be used to scoop porridge made with trailside foraged fruits. If anyone has ever had a bike packing breakfast that looks like this, please let us come and join you on your next trip.
Because even the coolest of hipsters needs to keep warm, there’s a flint tool so you can light a fire, or a stove.
In case there’s an emergency woodland birth, there’s a cord cutter. Actually, it’s probably not meant for midwifery cord cutting. Maybe just trimming your berimbau string down to size.
To make sure you don’t lose the Muncher while you’re busy having wilderness adventures, there’s a carabiner so you can attach it to you satchel, man bag, or musette.
Because canned beans are important, even to the most committed of wilderness foragers, there’s a can opener. We won’t tell on you if we spot you opening a tin of Ambrosia custard and a can of peaches.
First we caught the salmon, then we hot smoked it, then we ate it with the aid of our Muncher…
And finally, for cutting stuff, like the packet of your chorizo, or possibly black pudding, there’s a box cutter.
Oh, yes we may jest and poke a little fun at the hipster-ness of it all, but actually, we quite want one. Hannah thinks it looks like the kind of thing that would prove indispensable on a day out with the kids (she’s pretty sure that cord cutter will handle steri-strips, that the box cutter will handle cake, and that the pry-bar will get stones out of grazed knees). And who doesn’t like a bit of titanium gadgetry?
If you want one, there’s a limited early bird offer of $5 off the standard backer rates of $35 for just the Muncher, or $50 for the Muncher with the hypalon pouch – which includes the carabiner and fire flint. Click here to read all about the project and to back it.