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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not recommended for hiking/backpacking To begin, let me say that if I were writing this review on a handyman's type website I would give this a different rating. This is a sturdy, robust, heavy-duty, well-made tool. It's just that for hiking or backpacking I believe it is too big and heavy. The Surge weighs 12-1/2 ounces. By comparison, the Wave weighs 8-1/2 ounces. In the hand the Surge is much heavier and beefier than the Wave. For the trade-off of those 4 ounces you get an awl and blade exchanger and you give up the small eye-glass screwdriver that is on the Wave. The blade exchanger is nice, you can use any t-shank blade that you can get at any hardware store and that gives you the ability to carry a relatively large saw blade for emergencies. If that is important to you and it saves you from carrying a larger saw then it may be worth it to you. For myself, in my daily use, I found the Surge to be too heavy so I went with the Wave. I use the eye-glass screwdriver a lot more than I have used the saw. Either the Wave or the Surge would be a dependable well-made choice. Just be aware of the size and weight difference when you make your choice. Thank you.
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An entire tool-box in one tool I have been using my Surge for just over a year now. It is incredibly durable, a little large but you get used to that, this tool will do everything. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW IS THAT THE "blade exchanger" IS ACTUALLY A STANDARD T-SHANK JIG SAW BLADE ATTACHMENT. You can run down to your hardware store and get an assortment of T-shank jig saw blades and make this tool even more versatile. Add the Bit Accessory and this thing is an entire tool kit in one tool. I have used it for fishing, camping, electrical work, carpentry, carving Holloween pumpkins, and have even had to saw through the hard hickory handle on a hammer. The tools may be hard to pull out when it is brand new but a little oil and a break-in period and you're all set. I never leave home without it.
Date published: 2008-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bordering on Overkill, But Who Cares I purchased the Surge a few days ago, and have not put it down. I have large hands so the larger sized handles prevent the dreaded pinch point near the jaws, all around excellence. The bit kit turns an already great tool into something MacGuyver would be envious of...the only down side is the stiching on the nylon sheath, mine started to unravel as soon as i opened the package. The outside access locking blades eliminate the need for carying an additional lock blade knife, since the blade beats pretty much every entry level knife, and you get a full sized serrated as well. Big plus is the eyeglasses screw driver, it has come in handy from everything to cell phone repairs to all around tinkering.
Date published: 2008-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surge in Manistee National Forest I've been wanting to add one of these to my backpacking gear for sometime now and tested the Surge as a Ranger for The Dyrt in Michigan's Huron-Manistee National Forest backcountry. This tool may be a little heavy for those of you who are exquisitely conscientious of pack weight but I love the sturdiness of this device. I'd trade a couple oz for the reassurance that my tool won't bend or snap in a densely (overly) packed backpack any day. Orienting yourself to the features and motions of this device is a simple task and once you're familiarized, it seems as if you can conquer any obstacle that the wilderness throws your way. Not to mention the Surge is essentially everything-in-one and will certainly lighten your list of tools that you need to carry out with you.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surge Update I left a review on this in 2008 and I wanted to leave this update now. In the January 2013 Shot Show, Leatherman announced some upgrades they will be making to the Surge. 1) They will be replacing the standard plier heads with the same type of plier heads currently on the SuperTool 300 - they have replaceable wire cutters. 2) They will be adding a tension spring to the blade exchanger for those of us who use regular t-shank jigsaw blades from the hardware store. The tension spring is intended to hold regular t-shank blades tighter, without wobble. 3) They will be removing the small bit exchanger for the small eye-glass screwdriver and replacing it with a small screwdriver instead. Personally, I don't consider that change to be an upgrade because I like my eyeglass screwdriver but they said they were getting too many of them returned for repairs because people were using them to pry with. Go figure! I've had my surge 6 or 7 years now and still depend on it as a heavy-duty multi-tool. It's one of the best, although a bit heavy for every-day carry.
Date published: 2013-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from NO WAY! (a tool so you good you can't believe it) This is my (one, two, three) fourth Leatherman. All the others are still in service (either in the truck, car, tool box or where-ever) and this was given as a Christmas gift. It replaces an eight year old super tool that has seen a lot of use. This is such a well designed tool. The locking mechanisms, the scissors, and the changeable bits. Love, love, love it. My only gripes are that it's harder to open than previous tools, the bits are these weird flat things, and changing the saw to the file the first time gashed my knuckle open. Other than that, this is a great tool.
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only need scuba gear... This tool has been AWESOME! I haven't graced long trails yet but the pliers helped with a broken lace situation at the top of a mountain, the operation is fluid for both knives, the saw isn't quick action but it works and the scissors are surprisingly sharp and steady. Kinda neat you can get a 3.5" serrated and straight blade! It took a while to figure out the blade exchange but do you really need the nail file??? If you want all the tools you'll possibly need in the wilderness, here's your device. I will be getting the juice for a smaller short trip option.
Date published: 2014-05-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great tool, sheath is Junk The tool itself is second to none. The sheath is pure junk. Much to large for an already large tool. This is the 8th multi-tool that I have owned, and by far has the worse sheath. I had a Surge that i bought a few years ago that was stolen last year, this new one is a replacement, and I am very disapointed in the sheath. My other one had a very nice leather sheath, this sheath is junk. I have had it 5 days, and it is already showing wear. It hangs to high on my belt and is hard to pull the replace the tool. Very disappointed in the sheath, but the tool itself is perfect.
Date published: 2010-09-10
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Questions & Answers

do you ship leatherman products to international adresses? (Netherlands)

Asked by: hansvanderiet
We are able to ship Leatherman products outside of the United States. The link below will provide you with more information about shipping internationally.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Is this model the updated version of the surge? The picture depicts the newer model, but the pricing is consistent with the older design. Had to confirm before purchase, the updates were needed.

Asked by: hiker11
This is the most updated model of the Surge.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

To echo a past question is this the latest version of the Surge with the replaceable wire cutters and not just a picture of the latest version?

Asked by: JonMultiTool
Yes, the Surge is the most recent model from Leatherman with the replaceable wire cutters.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-05-09

What are the width and thickness?

Asked by: kayaker611
The length is 4.5 inches. The width is 1.5 inches. The height is .75 inches. These are closed dimensions.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20
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