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GSARGear Review: Gerber Suspension

April 27, 2011

The Gerber Suspension is a stylish, compact and capable multitool.

Form:

At the first sight of the ‘web’ design, the Suspension appears very nice, and almost fragile, but once you pick it up, you feel the familiar solid heft of Gerber tools. The ‘web’ is reinforced, and won’t break under considerable pressure and drops.The butterfly mechanism flips open smoothly and easily, revealing the spring-loaded needlenose pliars.   The titanium nitride coating keeps the frame nice and scratch-free.

Dimensions:
Length closed 3-7/8”
Width Closed 1-7/8”
Thickness 7/8”
Length open 6”
Weight 8.9 oz

It features the following:

Wire cutter and crimpers on the needlenose pliars.

Wood saw-2-1/8” -Very short for any serious cutting

Drop point style blade-2-1/8”-Nice design, but again, very very short.

Serrated Blade-also about 2-1/8”

One stubby phillips-head screwdriver and two small flat bladed ones

Awl and lanyard hook.

Bottle/can opener.

All blades and other items lock in the open position, and never pull along another item, no matter how dirty they are, thanks to some cleverly designed spacers.

–Function

The pliars, unlike most of the Gerber lineup open in a butterfly motion instead of the usual slide-up action. They’re extremely nice to use, the springs are just the right tension, nice and crisp, but not too difficult to press at all.

The blades, as mentioned before, are very short to do any sort of serious field work, but they seem sturdy enough.

The blades and scissors lock in the open position, and unlock using two safety sliders on the sides of the suspension. These are a pain to operate, but you get used to it.

Summary:

The Suspension is a very nice and good-looking multitool. However, I don’t think it’s really cut out for heavy field work. The tools are just too short and stubby to really hack it for really heavy work.  The screwdrivers are a marked improvement over other gerber ones I’ve used, and the wire crimpers and cutters work really well.      At ~$30, it is a very nice general use solid multitool, definitely worth getting.

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GSARGear Review:  Recon M-II

July 31, 2010

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This is the Gerber Recon M-II.

At 5.41″ and weighing in at 4.60 ounces w/ battery, the Gerber Recon M-II is not large or heavy at all. But pick it up, and it just feels SOLID in your hands. No rattling noises if you shake it, no loose parts anywhere. The on/off locking tailcap turns smoothly, but still feels tight. The Recon M-IIs design and construction is incredibly solid. The U.S. Army Program Executive Office (PEO) has tested this flashlight extensively and it meets and exceeds their standards, and is authorized for US Army use.

It has one bright white LED(40Lumens), and 3 integrated secondary LEDs: Red, Green, and InfraRed(IR). Switching between the four is done by twisting the front head ring around the lens. It twists smoothly, but not so easily that it could be turned by accident.

Gerber Recon M-II
The tailcap has an integrated button at the back, which just gives light as long as you hold it down. For longer periods of light, you just grasp the aforementioned tailcap by the knurling around the edge and twist. All the switches can be easily used with either hand, barehanded, with gloves. It has both a lanyard hole(wide enough for 550/paracord), and a really nice belt clip, for attaching to vests and belts and the like.

It runs off of two CR123A batteries, and last FOREVER. The Gerber product page claims 60 minutes of constant run-time, but in my field testing, it lasted significantly longer than that, closer to the 100-minute mark. As the battery runs down it starts to dim slowly, to prolong battery life as long as possible.

This extremely solid and well-built tactical flashlight is made in the U.S.A, and works extremely well in SAR. I tested it out at two NGSAR schools, several Field Training Exercises, and one aircraft emergency search, and it performed really well through all sorts of wet, rocky, sandy, hot and cold environments. This is a great flashlight, and I would recommend it to anyone.

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