Gerber Fit Light Tool Review

June 18, 2015
Gerber Fit Light Tool
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
83
Overall Construction
6
Needlenose Pliers & Wire Cutters
5
Knife Blades
9
Saw
7
Locking
6

The Good

  • 25 lumen LED flashlight shines down on the three large locking tools
  • Aluminum casing keeps the tool sleek, but rugged
  • Long arm on small flathead and phillips head screwdrivers
  • Knife blade is razor sharp

The Bad

  • Limited to light duty
  • The weld on the bit driver makes this tool for light duty jobs
  • Being discontinued by Gerber
THE VERDICT

The Gerber Fit Light tool is not a heavy-duty multitool that will complete any task at hand; but it wasn’t designed to be. It’s suited best in your workshop,  hobby room, or even when working on your computer. It makes a great precision companion tool to other tools in your assortment. If you can find it for $20-$25, grab it!

FULL REVIEW

CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS
Overall, the Gerber Fit Light is durable—maybe even overbuilt for its intended purpose—but I like that. There are two major mechanisms and a flashlight on this multitool, none of which have failed or showed signs of weakness. My only issue was with the bit driver, which broke after a week of use.

The sliding lock mechanism on the Gerber Fit Tool bites into the back of the three major components that it locks (knife, scissors, bit driver) and won’t let go. In fact, sometimes it requires a little more force than you would expect to release the tools. 

In the year since I received the Fit Light, the edged tools have held up incredibly well. There isn’t any corrosion or wear which is astounding, as I used it to cut flowers throughout the summer.

Because of its design, the Fit Light is self-sufficient and only requires human intervention if something breaks. In this case, that would mean sending the tool back to Gerber for repair or replacement.

DURABILITY
Besides the bit driver snapping off, after a year of use the Fit Light functions like it’s brand new. Improving the weld on the bit driver could make the Fit Light a true companion in the modern world. The Gerber Fit Light Tool does not have pliers or wire cutters. The tools featured on the Fit Light make it an excellent companion in a computer or workshop setting. In anything more demanding, it might be underpowered—which was seen with the bit driver when it snapped.

DESIGN/EASE OF USE
By design, the Flashlight on the Fit Light Tool shines down the spine of the three locking tools and makes working inside of a computer, or making precision cuts or slices a breeze. Heck, the flashlight battery hasn’t even died in a year!

EDGE RETENTION
Both the knife blade and the scissors on the Fit Light Tool have stood their ground through testing and daily use. I used the knife blade almost exclusively like an X-ACTO knife and it trimmed down pictures and pieces of plastic with ease.

VALUE
Keeping in mind that the Gerber Fit Light Tool is purposely built to be used more in an office or workshop setting, there are a lot of other tools on the market that are less expensive—but not necessarily an all in one tool. The high price of the Fit Light comes with the convenience of not having to buy more than one multi-tool.

WHATS INCLUDED
25 Lumen L.E.D. Flashlight
¼” Bit Driver
Medium Flathead Screwdriver (combo bit)
Medium Phillips Head Screwdriver (combo bit)
Bottle Opener
Combo Edge Knife Blade
Scissors
Long Arm Small Flathead Screwdriver
Long Arm Small Phillips Head Screwdriver
Tweezers

 


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WHERE TO BUY
MSRP
$41.00
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