According to the photographer Chase Jarvis, the best camera is the one that’s with you. A reference to the proliferation of smartphone camera technology, Jarvis’s famous quote implies that you can own the most technically capable camera in the world, but if it’s too bulky and awkward to have with you all the time, then it’s a bit useless.
Now I’m not entirely sure if Jarvis is actually a mountain biker, but if he were, I’m sure he wouldn’t mind me butchering his quote and substituting ‘camera’ for ‘multi-tool’. Actually, I’m sure he would mind. But I’m willing to make these sorts of risky journalistic re-appropriations, because in my experience, it’s spot-on.
Outta Sight, Outta Mind
Take this gizmo. The Specialized SWAT Conceal Carry MTB Tool isn’t pretending to be the very best and most comprehensive multi-tool on the market. No, it’s far too minimalist for that.
Rather than come with every single attachment under the sun, Specialized has equipped the SWAT CC tool with the basics. You’ll find 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8mm hex bits and a T25 torx key. Further inside is a clever integrated chain breaker, along with magnetic storage for a spare set of chain master links.
Sure, there are plenty of excellent multi-tool kits out there that have more functionality, including my two current favourites; the Fix It Sticks Mountain Kit and the Syncros Guide Multi-Tool Kit. But those tools require you to carry them in your backpack or jersey pocket. And more importantly, they require you to remember to bring them in the first place.
The real beauty about the SWAT CC tool is that you don’t have to remember to bring it along. Because it’s already with you on every ride.
Licence To Conceal ‘N’ Carry
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|Product:||SWAT Conceal Carry MTB Tool|
|Price:||£90 / $130 AUD|
|Tested:||by Wil Barrett for 6 months|