Inspired by the bridges of Gerber’s hometown in Portland, Oregon, the Suspension is an open frame multitool with spring-loaded pliers, our Saf.T.Plus™ locking system, a fine-edge knife, serrated knife, rough cut saw and more. Housed in a ballistic nylon sheath, it’s a lightweight down-and-dirty workhorse.
- Overall Length: 6"
- Closed Length: 3.5"
- Weight: 9oz.
- Handle Material Stainless Steel
- Sheath Material: Ballistic nylon
- Pliers Type: Needlenose
- Handle Color: Titanium gray
- Spring-loaded pliers
- Patented Saf.T.Plus
- Open frame design
- Includes Lifetime Limited Warranty
- needlenose pliers
- wire cutter
- fine edge knife
- serrated edge knife
- saw, scissors
- crosspoint screwdriver
- small and medium flatblade screwdrivers
- can opener
- bottle opener
- lanyard hole
Im a heavy haul driver and i love my gerber tool but the case is absolute junk. the velcro is way too weak to hold the tool in securely and the belt loop tore off within the first two weeks. this needs to be improved maybe with a hard plastic case the "locks" the tool in with out a top cover.
I originally bought one of these at the local wally world over 10 years ago. Since then, it has survived every form of abuse from being dropped in the ocean to being dropped in a camp fire. I never once questioned the reliability of this great little tool. My only complaints are that the sheath will fall apart long before the tool does, and the weight of the tool. But the extra weight is worth it to have every tool you need at your fingertips.
I agree with the men above me, I have had the tool for less than and a month and love the thing but the nylon case's stitching is already falling apart and I can tell will be ruined long before the tool.
Great tool, love it came in handy many times.
What sticks about this tool is its very and I mean very cheep case or pouch, I do not know what you call it but that nylon piece of garbage was broke in less then 2 weeks. both strap holder broke I almost lost it because of it. It needs a case or pouch that can withstand getting in to and out of a truck longer then 2 weeks.
Great tool, cheap sheath.
I have been a long time user of Gerber multipliers, but as stated in other reviews their pouches are not as good quality as the tools. So do yourself a favor and throw the original away and purchase a leather pouch that will accommodate the tool. 5 stars for the tool - 1 star for the pouch. 3 stars overall because Gerber should have a mind on overall quality of the products they offer.
This one is junk, first time i used it, the flat screwdriver broke, sent it back, they gave me a new one, and again, first time i used the pliers, the clips the hold everything together broke, now the knife is useless. i will be sending it back again, just a pain that i should have to do this, thought Gerber was a good product.
I love the tool and use it a lot. However, I am very disappointed with the pouch which is fraying and the stitching is coming apart. I find it best to wear on my belt but have lost confidence that it will not fall off.
For such a good tool you let it down with the cheap pouch.
I received the tool this Christmas as a gift. The tool is fantastic. It became the tool of for many of the day to day ranch activities. The only problem I have is the weak nylon case has two major problem. #1 the Velcro is week and opens and the tool falls out. I have been lucky and so far have fond it. #2 the first problem has been solved I have now totaly torn the belt loop off rendering the case junk!
I use this on the boat while out fishing and love it just dont rinse it off with salt water it will rust.
Great tool but the sheath is terrible! I've been looking for a replacement sheath that will stand up to the performance of the tool. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Been carrying this as an EDC for the past 10 years almost 7 days per week. I really cannot find fault with it. I have even used it as a hammer at times. Still going.
This multiple tool is a disgrace to craftsmanship. I bought it from target on December 23, 2014 on sale for $22.49. When I removed it from the package to take to work on Friday, December 26, 2014, the lock on the knife got stuck open. The knife and most of the other tools on that side of the multiple tool will not retract, making it utterly useless. This is going back to Target on Tuesday.
Replacement sheaths sent by Gerber have similar shape/outline to this http://bit.ly/1sYd3hK , lay flat, & are 3.25" wide x "5 long. Flap of case is rounded & is 3.25" long, but has a different embroidered Gerber logo.
Stan, Army Vet: Had the same problem in similar time frame. Emailed a photo of blown sheath to Gerber & they sent 2 Gerber ballistic nylon sleeves - 3.25"W x 5"L w/round bottom when flat - & zero problems since. Have the extra 1 still unopened, which I'll never need or use.
Gerber should ship the 2nd sheath w/tool & drop the original.
GREAT TOOL, which I use a few times a week.
The tool itself is of the utmost in quality, but as I have seen from others leaving their ratings of the item they have the same problem I have with it. The sheath has not held up like you would expect from the maker of such a quality tool.
The tool is awesome, and would rate five stars, but unfortunately the sheath is WAY under built for a tool of this weight.
These tools have a lifetime warranty, but the sheath is lucky to make it a year.
Please offer a leather sheath as an upgrade option, and build your regular sheaths up a bit.
This tool is fantastic! Backed by the Gerber name, which is total Quality, trust this multi tool to get the job done every time!
I use the tool all the time and I am very happy with it, however, I think the so called Ballistic Nylon Sheath lets the tool down.. The one I have is about 4 month old and is falling a part, in fact I lost the tool today and was lucky to find it in my truck.
Where can I get a replacement that will fit the tool and not fall a part?
This is a terrific tool. The outside access is great.That way everything has a handle, The pliers are another story. I broke mine trying to loosen a nut. Hopefully the replacement will be stronger. Having said that, the needle nose pliers do a good job in most applications. I pushed this one past its limit by twisting the grip. Love Gerber products.
Is a heavy and a builky multitool with short blades and other tools. So is too heavy and builky for your pocket but not a full size for carry it in a backpack or in the waist. Locking system in one side get stocked and now the tools have an small play when opened. The spring in the scissors just jump and now it does not work. The smallest flatblade screwdriver is not that flat so is basically useless. Although the saw is good and agressive the size make it very hard to use, so is useless too. Gerber could use the space for the saw and the small flatblade for a normal crosspoint screwdriver or other tool. I am gaving it 2 stars, so something good hace to be, right? Tools can be opened form the outside, so is very helpful, blades can be opened with one hand, also a good feature and finally the spring-loaded pliers are the best part of this multitool. To keep it mind: the steel is hard to sharp and don not came razor sharp just out of the box. And finally it get rust very very easily. It a cheap multitool for a backup, or for have it in your car, but definitely not for a main multitool.
I just bought this less than an hour ago the knife is so dull it cant even cut open the package it came in. I will be calling the 800-950-6161 number and asking for a replacement due to it being so dull. First Gerber product I have ever regretted.
Knives etc. are sharp and work great, but the pliers snapped in half. Not made of the stoutest stuff.
Great tool for the price!
very thick, not handy, to get the tools out is a pain. locking mechanizm is not working smoothly, short saw, short knife. Stay away from this product
Love the tool, as it is lightweight and versatile.
I think this tool has many good uses for typical household and garage type work, but the phillips screwdriver bit is weak and the flutes are not strong enough to use. I've rounded mine off.
Overall, nice compact package that does a lot of things well. Knives are easy to access too.
This tool has been extremely useful, however after only moderate use, one of the flat head screwdrivers broke off and I am unable to reattach it myself. I have submitted a warranty claim and will re-rate after Gerber addresses the issue.
Not bad I have had one for 5 years and have a bused it a little. It still works good.
I like this Gerber!! Strong, durable, and last. the carrying case needs to be a little better, Velcro is ok but doesn't last too long, looses its grip to stay shut.
good knife but really heavy just get a leatherman
First off, this tool was great and a solid addition to my EDC. Although a bit heavy, all of the tools were sturdy and with little play. The locking mechanism worked well and I never had a problem with anything coming unlocked. The one MAJOR complaint I have isthe sheath. It has an awful velcro closure and it was the reason that I lost this tool on a hike yesterday. If you buy this tool just be sure to keep it tucked away in your pocket or in your pack.
tool is great but there can be improvements such as a better cross tip screwdriver this one is too thin...and the case is cheaply made for such a great tool.and should have a leather punch instead of two flat tip screwdrivers.....and feels too heavy to carry around all day....
The tool itself is great , I have yet to have a problem with it and use it almost daily. The sheath however has fallen apart after only 2-3 months of normal usage. Would rather if they had a Leather sheath or something more durable for purchase or replacement. Several reviews I have read state the same problem
I have carried this multi-tool for years. It is easily one of the greatest knives I have ever owned. The straight shape makes it ideal for precise wood carving cuts, an area in which it distinguishes itself over Gerber's magnificent lock blades. Durable, equipped with no useless tool, and nothing you would expect missing, I recommend this item wholeheartedly.
I buy the tool and is very handy but the screwdrivers strip out rather easily. screwdriver don't work.
Knife is great but managed to go through two sheaths in one year. knife not worth it if you can't carry it with you.
I've had mine for several years. I take it fishing and I keep it in the car for various needs. I love the spring action of the pliers. Gerber has always been good about warranty as well - I had a diesel that rusted shut and they replaced and sent a free hat!
The closed length is not 3.5" but 3.9".
It is also too heavy!
At work, I feel naked without it. Now, I really am. The sheath broke and I don't know how to get a another one.
I had a Gerber before this one, a dream come true for getting in a bind. Thankful for this lil task helper. I would like to address an issue with my Suspension cause not sure if all were designed such as the one I had purchased; the scissor function was not the most practical. The spring would slip and could never cut more than twice before I would have to readjust. And may I suggest a more durable case to keep from fraying.
not a good tool. have not broken either of by previous knives. On this, the spring for the scissors broke, saw blade snapped, the knife has a poor blade and the phillips is useless. you should not call it a gerber.
Great for everyday use and camping. Ahree sheath is not the best. Straps and/or stiching can be stronger. Useful for any job or task. Solid multi tool to have.
Great tools and has everything I need in a multi-plier.
The Sheath is terrible. I have drop my tool several times. Before I start running around the shop or outside I have to verified that the Velcro on the sheath is still holding.
While the sheath is terrible, the multitool itself is the best I've ever used. destroys the Leatherman hands down.
GREAT knife for the price. A nice feature is that all the tools look into place when flipped out. A good choice of tools on it. The knife blade on it is nice and sharp when you get it. But the sheath is pretty bad and has been fraying and the belt loops are coming off. Overall a good knife.
If you can try it in the store.This is my second Gerber product and disappointed with both products.Im going to look at Leatherman and other brands also claimed to be "MADE IN AMERICA"
I have several of these tools and no more sheaths for them. I wish I could at least buy more sheaths from Gerber.
great construction on the tool itself but the sheath fell apart within 1 week of wearing on my belt. This caused the tool to be lost and require replacement. I guess its a great idea from Gerber's standpoint as they can now sell you another one.
The tool is great. I've used it probably every day for years, but the sheath is awful. It's become so "shredded" inside, I can't put the tool in or, if I force it in with two hands, can't pull it out. Plus, the belt strap has pulled apart at the attachment threads at the top, so it's now trash. That means I can't carry and use the tool anymore. I had a Gerber belt tool before this one, and the sheath lasted "forever." Maybe it's modern-day cost-cutting. NOTE TO GERBER: The tool is only as useful and long-lasting as its sheath! I'll have to look eslsewhere for a new belt tool.
I am very satisfied with this stout tool. I have worn it everyday since i bought it and end up using it everyday one way or another. I did rip the sheath tho in the first week of action and not sure if the warranty cover that.
Got this for my dad for one of our camping trips and it is fairly good but the fine edge blade needs to be bigger and the wood saw as well. Other than that it is a good and basic tool.
I have used the Multi-Tools, for many years now. I am partial to the Suspension. I have probably purchased 5 of them over the last 10 years, with the main reason for replacement being due to losing the tool all together. I find them to be extremely durable, and well built. The versatility of the unit is 2nd to none. I use it more than times in a day, and on more things than i can count. I actually feel naked when i reach down and find it is not on my belt! That being said, I STRONGLY AGREE with previous complaints about the sheath. Such a quality product, and master craftsmanship, all to fall so short of perfection, by combining it with a sheath that is nothing short of sub-standard quality, and is not worthy of the reputation Gerber has forged over many years. SERIOUSLY GERBER ENGINEERING DEPT.....RE-THINK YOUR DESIGN AND MATERIAL FOR THE SHEATH AND FINISH THIS TRUE MASTERPIECE.
Received this as an early Christmas present from my brother. So far, it has been super convenient, and even exceeds my expectations of a multi tool. I am a Sr. Design Engineer in R&D for my company, so I know mechanical design and also material strength properties etc, and get my hands dirty building prototypes by hand- this little baby has some thought put into it. The appearance is great, I love how it reminds me of the structure of a bridge. The tools are conveniently placed, and more rugged than you would expect from a mini tool. The steel used is strong, but slightly flexible, and appears corrosion resistant, but I havnt had it long enough to say for sure, and am not about to subject MY tool to a salt-spray test.
My favorite part of this is what I believe others are dissatisfied with: if you squeeze the pliers hard, you notice some flex. This is because of a couple little stress concentrating plates on the under side. Believe me, this is a great feature. I have had inferior multi-tools break right behind the jaws of the pliers, and this design greatly reduces the chances of that. In case of failure, it appears these plates are even replaceable! Well done Suspension engineering!
If I had one complaint, it is that one of the torx bolts was rather stripped during assembly, but I am being picky, and that is a tiny complaint on an extremely well-made and designed product. Worth every cent my brother spent in it, I'll probably get him one for his birthday! Sheath isn't flimsy, it is woven reinforced nylon. If you want a leather pouch, go buy one and stick this tool in it. I would highly recommend this product.
This was given to me as a gift and I love it. I have had it for a while now or at least an earlier version of this one. It has come in so handy so many different times and I have suggested it to many people and could not sing its praises enough.
This knife is awesome but the sheath is rather flimsy
I do facilities maintenance, and there hasn't been a job I haven't been able to use this tool for.
One of my locations is a skating rink, and if a hockey coach needs a driver to fix a helmet or skate, I hand them my Suspension and they always complement how awesome it is.
I BOUGHT THIS TOOL TO KEEP IN MY TOOLBOX IN THE GRARAGE I HAVE USED IT SEVERAL DIFFERANT TIMES AND USED IT WORKING ON MOWERS AND EVEN USED IT TO CUT WEEDEATER LINE TO THE CORRECT SIZE AND LENGTH IT HAS HELD UP TO DO EVERYTHING I NEED I EVEN USED IT TO PUT NEW SCREWS IN A SHED DOOR AT MY NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE, IT IS A BIT HEAVY TO CARRY BUT I LIKE IT . IT STAY IN THE TOOLBOX JUST INCASE I NEED TO GRAB IT AND USE IT IN THE GRARAGE.
From the many multitools on the market I'm impressed by this Gerber multitool. It was a little stiff at first putting some of the tools away from the locked position but that eased with time. I also have had the case wear out, the velcro no longer attaches and it is just worn out from daily use and I only bought it 2-3 months ago.
Great Multitool, needs a more durable case
Good Multi-Tool for its price. Gerber needs to supply a tougher sheath. Sheath did not last longer than a month. Had to buy another sheath from a Tractor Supplier store.
No issue with this one. Seems better made than a couple of the other multi-tools in the Gerber line. The sheath hasn't worn out, and I use it daily. Good job on this one. Of course I haven't used the screwdrivers yet.
I use this tool on the farm and at the office daily. For the money it is a great value. Spring loaded pliers and EVERY tool accessible from the outside make it a winner. The Suspension opens and closes much better than in other multi I have used. Gerber all the way.
Great multitool, featuring the tools I need the most. Very ruggedly built, resists scratches and rust, and the knife keeps a really good edge. I really like the locking feature for most of the tools. I would give a 5 star review, but the holster is absolute garbage. My holster didn't last 3 days, and there isn't a nicer one on the market. What good is a multitool if I can't carry it? I use a Nite-Ize holster that works, but not ideal. I'll probably commission a custom holster, so I can keep this great multitool on my belt - where I need it.
So some of these reviews seem to be pretty harsh on this great little tool. Honestly, I'd ignore them. If the tool breaks the very first time you use it, its probably a lemon.
I bought my Gerber suspension three years ago, and I've used it all around my home and on the job (I'm a 'cable man' installing phone / internet / tv for a local communications company).
I've never had a problem with any of the tools (though the scissors are sort of useless and could easily just be taken out of the tool entirely). The pliers have worked when I need them, the knives stay sharp as hell for a long time (though I have resharpened them both), the screwdrivers are good at driving screws.
I guess the reality is that my multi-tool is not a replacement for a 'real' pair of pliers or a screw driver. If I know a screw needs to be as tight as possible, I grab a screw driver. But if I know it just needs to be tightened then this tool works great. Rather this multi tool is a supplement to my ordinary needs. So if you expect this to hold up to the same work that say your standard pliers would, you're just an idiot and you probably shouldn't be using tools in the first place.
My dad purchased one of these and I can truly say that I completely agree with the description, "it’s a lightweight down-and-dirty workhorse."
PROS---I LIKE THE LOCKING FEATURE, THAT'S WHAT SOLD ME ON THESE
THE PLIERS HANDLE A GREAT DEAL OF STRESS
CONS---CHIPPED THE FLATHEAD SCREWDRIVER WITHOUT MUCH PRESSURE AT ALL
THE SHEATH BROKE ABOUT 3 WEEKS OF CARRY
OVERALL VERY GOOD FOR THE PRICE AND WOULD RECOMMEND ANY TIME
It. Is sharper than a obsidian scalpel.
It's locking mechanism is hard to unlock because my thumb is sore unlocking and locking it It is heavy duty and is great for heavy duty outdoor work bush craft And
Every day use. It is big bulky and needs a sheath I you liv in the USA. You get a life time
Warranty that's great. Because I. Put a lot of stress on my knifes. It is sturdy and clean comfy able design. Your getting your money's worth out of it it is great for big hands so it is aimed towards older scouts or just people with large hands I love this knife totally recommend it
Great. Sheath is ok not great
The tool is very handy and fairly well-made. Blades are good, but the screwdrivers strip out rather easily and the plier jaw has too much lateral play. I agree with everyone else that the sheath just flat-out sucks, and I'd have gladly paid more for a good leather sheath. I'll still buy your knives, but you've probably lost my multi-tool business to Leatherman.
Always loved Gerber,but...Case wore out in about a week, 6months later, use the pliers for first time, and they break instantly, not even prying,holding a nut to tighten a bolt! Expected better quality for my money.
The best phillips screwdriver around, fits virtually any size screw head. Best multi-tool I've owned yet.
Had the thing two weeks and the pliers snapped!! Really!!! This is the first Gerber product I have ever owned that has broken
The tool itself is great. Very comfortable to squeeze. Easy access to the blades and tools. The only problem is the case. It fell apart early. Velcro won't even stick anymore, so the tool fell out.
This thing works great!
Great multi-tool with easy access to the components from the outside. Use it around the farm all the time. Good looking as well!
The multi tool itself is great! It has reached my expectations, like cutting packages and stuff.
The locking mechanism is good too. When I tried to bend around open tools they barely moved at all. However the pliers did flex a bit which may have been a sign of weakness in the screws that held the tool together. But overall the multi tool is pretty good. The sheath however, is a different story. When I first got it, the stitching has already starting to unravel! But other than that, over all I'm impressed with my first experience with Gerber!
I just got this a month ago and so far I am pretty impressed with the tool itself. The blades and drivers are holding up to fairly constant use with only minor wear; but that's only a month in. The sheath however is garbage. I would throw it out immediately upon purchase; within one week the belt loops were tearing out so I had to start carrying it sideways, and now the velcro won't hold it closed at all and it's nearly been lost a few times. I hope the tool is more durable in the long run.
when i was using it the needle noise broke of! not very strong, waste of my money.
great durable tool, crappy sheath.
This is my favorite multi-plier yet! And yet...the sheath, as others here have pointed out, is terrible. I would have gladly paid another $5 for an all-leather case. I've gone through three of the nylon sheaths so far (yes, I've bought three Suspensions: one for home, one for travel, and one for backup), and all three sheaths have fallen apart within the first month of use...and it's simply hanging off my belt! I'm not a construction worker, or a rodeo clown, so this sort of rapid failure of materials is a striking contrast to the quality of the multi-plier, which is superb.
Gerber! FIX THIS!!!
Great tool here folks. I use it on the farm often and keep one in my emergency bag, as well as the glove boxes of all my trucks. The tools are easy to get to, lock into place, and the spring loaded pliers are very handy.
the suspension multi-plier is an amazing tool. i bring it every time i go fishing to cut line and the to take the hook out of the fish's mouth. the scissors could have been made a little better, sometimes when you cut something the "spring" slips and you have to put it back in place. other than that, it is an amazing tool.
I HAVE A GERBER SUSPENSION THAT MY DAD BOUGHT ME BACK IN 2011 IT NOW LIVES IN MY TOOLBOX JUST IN CASE I NEED IT TO USE FOR SMALL OR MEDIUM JOBS AROUND MY HOUSE OR NEIGHBORHOOD. I HAVE USED IT SEVERAL DIFFERANT TIMES AND IT IS A NICE MULTI TOOL BUT IT MAKES IT NICE TO JUST KEEP IN MY TOOL BOX JUST AS A GO TO TOOL.
This tool is great, i use it on a daily basis. MY major issue is the sheath fell apart after only 3 months of use. Would like to see higher quality sheaths.
Since I purchased this knife, I have been using it everyday in various ways such as cutting rope, cutting tight wire, small tree branches. Also using other parts such as the screwdriver, the scissors to cut fabric and a waterproof liner, and let's not forget opening a beer bottle. The only negative thing I can say about this knife is the pouch should be a more heavy duty material. Thanks Gerber!!
I had used this knife for about 6 months then one day it fell apart. I am sending it in. I think it may have ben defective.
This is rare - a multi-tool that actually has tools that you use. Most multi-tools are for mechanics and m4a1 fixing. This is one that the ordinary person can actually use.
I had it up on a camping trip after a couple of days the sheath was starting to fall apart and 2 days away from the end of the trip the tip of the knife broke so for 2 days i had a knife with no tip not very helpful but other than that great knife
I received the Gerber Suspension as a gift in October 2012. Since then I have carried it on my belt. I have been very happy with the tool although I have had problems with the case. Both belt loops became detached from the case and I cannot use it on my belt anymore.
Great Tool Very POOR SHEATH!!!!!!!!!!!
i have had and carried a Gerber Muilti Tool for more than 20 years and it is still going stroung in it original Sheathl I bough this one and with in the first month the sheath began to fall apart.
A great and complete multi tool, is confortable to use everywhere and everytime. Really good are the safes switch to lock the tools.
I received the suspension as a Christmas present. It worked great for the 1st year and I was really loving the convenience of having so many tools on my hip. However one day, while using the tool on the job, the large Flathead broke off leaving just a small piece of metal at the base. I excused it as a fluke and used the small screwdriver instead. then, a week later, the small screwdrivers tip broke. then, not long after that, i was using the saw to carve out a hole in a plastic wall mounted electrical box for an add'l cable connection, and the saw broke.. i am having to send it back for warranty.. the sheath has held together fine for me but the design did disappoint.. it would have been a perfect tool for me it it were a sturdier built item. hopefully the replacement will not suffer the same fate.
Good tool.....purchsed it in for my deployment to Afghanistan. Liked the ease to access the tools without having to open the main body. However, the sheath that came with it failed within the first two months of my deployment-that was troublesome, since I didn't have any alternate that could fit the tool. Eventually figured a way to recover the sheath, using ducttape and zipties....sheesh. Next time, I will consider an upgrade to the sheath, something that wont wear out after just two months!
I bought this tool about a month ago- I really love it. It has performed better than I thought it would considering how affordable it was. The major complaint is the SHEATH. It turned into a handful of thread. Searching the web for a better sheath. I agree, that heavy leather case would make this a 5 star item.
Love the tool but belt case broke and cant find a new one any where.
Love this tool, but like the others I need a leather sheath. I have had the nylon loop sewn on twice so far and it's broken again.
This tool goes with me everywhere and has helped me out on several occasions. I agree with the previous posts, my nylon sheath has since frayed and the loop has torn. My scissors are no longer spring-loaded....as that piece has broken off, but all in all I love this tool.
I bought this knife 6 years ago, I have it but dont really use it due to the short length and dullness of the knife. I also dislike using the saw because once wood gets into it its very hard to clean out. It feels very awkward in my pocket, and the sheath did me no good and I only use the sheath to store it in, but dont carry it. I mostly carry my Leatherman Blast with me. It feels good in my pocket, my dad and I were always arguing as to who was better Leatherman or Gerber, I eventually switched to Leatherman. Sorry Gerber (:
i just purchased the gerber suspension it has great first impressions love the locking system but the sheathis terrible with a better sheath this would be 10 times better.
I love gerber tools and I really love this one since it's spring loaded and very easy to use compared to some of my other gerber tools. My only major issue is the sheath. Mine just came a part the other day. The stitches holding the loop on the upper prtion just came apart. Other than that this tool is great.
Use this at work. Great tool to have. Use it to work on my bus and trucks. saved me many times.
A great multi-tool! This little gem has helped me and several friends out over the last few months that I've had it. A leather carry case would make this a 5 star item.
I've had the Gerber Suspension for about 6 months. The other reviews are correct, the bundled nylon sheath is terrible. Mine is frayed and I always half expect to reach for the tool and it the sheath has broken off and i've lost it. The tool itself is great and I don't know how I got around day-to-day without one for so many years. Upgrade the sheath and you're set.
Pros: They look pretty. Also the spring for the pliers is pretty neat.
It only took two weeks of being my every day carry to break them. With the rear-most wire cutters on the pliers, I attempted cutting a length of solid 14 gauge wire, and the right jaw of the pliers broke off, just above the hinge.
This multi-tool is ridiculously heavy Also it feels Clunky in your hands while using the tools in the handle
Would make a nice little "first multi-tool" for a kid, but definatly not going to save your life any time soon. Spend the few extra bucks for a better quality multi-tool
got this tool for christmas and was very impressed with the tools and the locking system. i do agree that the sheath should be made out of leather so that it lasts longer. overall a great tool
Great tool. Ill be honest. I love it. I never leave the house without it. It's great, I use it for everything. Unfortunately, the sheath isn't great and should be remodeled. Also I was mad about the shipping service. I ordered the 2 day UPS for $10 dollars, and it ended up coming 3 days instead of 2.
I do a lot of walking and deal with a great amount of things. This tool comes in very handy, but after only 3 shifts at work, the case has started to fall apart. The dual belt straps is a great add, the outer lining around the case starts to unravel. A leather case would be great maybe even a polymer type one too. But please don't change the tool, it is great and that is the main part.
had one before and came with set of different bits and holder.
new one just bought another and now no bits and the cross bit on this is useless.
and the holder very cheap.
I have this tool and it's a solid piece of gear. I am a tinker use it daily and it doesn't ever disappoint. I know how to use tools, and as a former Infantry Marine, I know how to abuse them. I would trust my life with multitool.
I love this tool. I used in Iraq but just like evryone else says, the sheath sucks and needs better material.
Great tool... but the but the case needs serious work - doesn't hold up very long. Need to design a leather case option for this multitool.
JAN 4 2013
I HAVE THE GERBER SUSPENSION THAT I BOUGHT IN SEPT OF 2011 I WORK FOR A FRIENDS MOWING SERVICE AND I CARRY THE MULTI TOOL EVERYDAY IT DONT GET USED ON A DAILY BASES JUST WHENEVER THE JOB CALLS FOR IT TO BE USED. WE USE THE WIRE CUTTERS TO CUT WEEDEATER LINE TO THE CORRECT SIZE TO PUT ON WEEDEATER. I FIND THAT THE MULTI TOOL IS A LITTE HARD TO GET OUT OF THE NYLON SHEATH OTHER THAN THAT IT IS A AWSOME TOOL I ALSO USE IT CAMPING ON WEEKENDS FROM APRIL 1 TILL NOV 1
Great knife couldn't ask for a better tool. Used it for two years on many of trips and haven' t had one problem.
Love the design and function of the Gerber SUSPENSION multi-tool. Have taken this tool on two day expeditions and really like it's practical design and ease of access to the outboard tools. This is a great general purpose tool suitable for outdoor use. The small blades and saw do limit it's use a little. But overall, I am very impressed with the tool and the small blades are easy to work with.
I have seen many nice multi-tools in my scouting career, but i've never seen any tool like this...
Pro: Good durability and some very heavy duty tools.
Con: Redesign sheath and the locking mechanism was very stiff when I took it out of the box, but I just had to work it in.
Overall: I love it and would never give it away. (:
the tool is great , the sheath should be changed , it only last about 6 weeks .. I use this tool on adventures to the Amazon and I love it .. found an old leather sheath that works well with it
I have used this tool for about four years. No problems with the tool, but I would agree about the case material needing a redesign.
Great tool,far superior than a leatherman but the pouch is not up to the job.why don,t you make a decent leather pouch for it?
Loved This tool up until the point of it breaking .
Great tool but some work could have gone into the sheath to make it really outstanding.
I've had mine for about 7 years. I love the tool and use it everyday, but just like everybody else says, the sheath is cheap. The stitching came apart within a couple months. I have it shoddily sewn back together, but the quality of the sheath needs to be improved.
A good little tool and it always comes in handy for any type of job. Had it for 6 months now and nothing has failed me yet. Not even the sheath.
My go to tool in a world where the show must go on. I have had it for five years and it is pretty much everything I need minus a c wrench and flashlight. A hidden feature is the holes on the side can be used to open shackles.
Have to agree with engineer on this one. The tool is fantastic when I can use it. However, it's a little difficult to carry around without the pouch, which only lasted about a month for me.
Recently, I read a review where someone said 'who uses these things for the pliers - really'. As a well experienced and aged mechanic, I can honestly say that this tool has mostly eliminated my other needle-noose pliers, which were good Craftsman tools. The grips feel very good in a hand that is used to working with tools for a living, and the spring tension allows 'em to be used for long periods of time without any fatigue.
If the pliers are used strictly to grip and turn in a linear motion, then they are great – if any side to side tension is introduced, they WILL sheer off; the design is good, but the metal quality is quite poor in composition and strength. In terms of comfort and feel, these hands-down win over everything in my tool box. Though if I need to do anything where the clamping can suffer torsional force, then an awkward feeling but reliable craftsman or snap-on set of needle nose will need to be used.
Most of the tools are quite good for general use. The knife blade sharpens quite well, the flat-tip screw-driver bit is decent and the scissors are out-of-the-league-GOOD! I constantly use mine for cutting thin metal and plastic, when I don't feel the need to grab another purposed tool for that job.
Other than the metal for the pliers being very poor, the Philips bit is about as useful as a limp dick; why even bother with a '#2 bit' if you're only going to give us two full size spades and two undersized. The amount of force required to press this tool into a reasonably well torqued #2 machine screw or wood screw is unreasonable. A machine screw torqued to 10 ft/lbs will unscrew quite easily with a traditional screwdriver, yet 'this' tool will require you to press your body weight against it, just to assure you're centered well and you don't accidentally slip and round out the screw.
Other than these two flaws, the multi-tool is quite solid for general purpose use. If stronger pliers were added and a fullsize #2 Phillips bit were included, I'd be happy to pay twice price. :)
I have a gerber suspension multi tool that I use working for a friends mowing service we use it to cut weedeater string when ever the weedeater runs out of string this tool does everything that we need when out mowing
I've had mine for five years and counting. Each tool is easy to open/access and even close with one hand.
Like other reviews, the sheath was really disappointing. I've had to do some hand-stitch repairs to keep the belt-loop on. Another thing is sometimes the spring on the scissors pops to the side, but I don't use them often so it isn't a big deal for me but it may be for others.
great tool i like the spring loaded pliers. i also like the feel in hand of the tool and the easy fast access of the tools outside the handles also the locks on the blade tools work well. the sheath does need to be better.
I love the tool but the sheath is a POS. It did not last a week. I did not buy this because it was low price. I bought it for quality. I would have gladly paid more a good sheath. right now, it's useless because I cannot carry it.
Great small multi tool ,highly recommended.Would be 5 stars if the sheath didnt let it down ,tool sticks inside making it hard to get out and stiching is coming apart.The tool itself is great for what it does!!
I use this thing for everything, I'd definitely buy it again!
the ONLY negative is the sheath is below par... I'm currently looking for a replacement.
Have had my tool for at least 10 years. works GREAT!!! BUT the sheath SUCKS!!! lasted about two weeks!!! been through 2 before i just threw it away.
Superior tool , Inferior sheath. My sheath literally came apart at the seams I almost lost the tool. You need to beef up on the on the carrying component.
The two bad reviews below are just bad reviews by stupid people. If the locking mechanism were to fail, which I doubt, that's a product default (especially if it only happened in 3 days) and gerber has a lifetime warranty on all their tools. I work on harbor boats on the mississippi river and I've had my suspension for around six months. I've used it for everything from unscrewing doors off of industrial kitchen coolers (in the galley on board a line boat, did a stint there for about two weeks) to fixing and repairing hoses, pumps, etc. The only bad thing about it IS the belt case which broke after maybe three months, then I flipped it and used it the other way before it broke again. And maybe the scissors. I mean, the scissors are extraordinarily good for something on a pocket tool, but don't expect them to cut through tougher materials. All in all, I was impressed enough that I'm keeping the suspension as an every day tool and I'm looking for a gerber with tools that are more suitable for the work I do.
Handy tool. Lousy sheath. For the 3 weeks I was able to carry the tool to work on my belt, I got a lot of use out of it. Once the sheath ripped I tried carrying it in my pocket but it's a little too bulky for that.
The belt holster sticks, only have had it 2 weeks and it broke, make me think in 4 weeks the whole knife might fall apart
Nice tool but the scissors don't work well.
A great tool!!The two knives came razor sharp,the pliers feel strong and I have already cut snare wires with it,the saw is kind of small but i guess it was meant for small cutting task,though the saw is not as sharp as a saw on a swiss army knife but its still ok,The scissors are really nice,they feel like shears , the rubber pads are great they make the tool really comfortable.Still its great.
Things i don't like are the studs for the safety mechanism,they really hurt your fingers if you use this tool a lot , next is the sheath, Gerber should make the sheath a little bigger so that the tool can fit in more and can close it more securely, add more velcro on the sheath and make a more sturdier sheath as a lot of people have complained it being torned up easily.
overall a great tool if you don't want to spend to much money on a multitool. I don't live in the US so multitools like Leatherman are really pricey.They cost about 200 or more for Leathermans and about 100 or more for Gerber products in Asia.Just hope that Gerber 's warranty covers my product because i live in Asia.So if you want a good but not too pricey multitool go with the Gerber suspension or the evo.
I love the tool, but the locking system has proved difficult to use. It refuses to budge unless I use both hands and is stiff if I don't use it every couple of hours.
Had this knife for about 5 years and I wear and use it constantly. Excellent bit of kit, just starting to show signs of wear in the action and locking mechs on one side now. Must have an older model pouch as it is solid. 5 stars.
Tool is good enough. Sheath sucks. Velcro ripped out first month of use.
so i'm not alone. the sheath tore after just a few days of use and it seems that it isn't covered under the Gerber lifetime warranty, we have to buy a new one. hope its better than the first one.
the tool is great, love it!!
Awesome tool!! Use everyday.comparable to any leatherman tool but more affordable.love the spring action.
Great multi-tool, but disappointed in the sheath. It's ripped a couple times. The nylon needs to be sturdier if you're going to wear it on your belt consistently.
first time tool was used blade locking mecanisem failed missaberly highly disapointed locking system bent backward while cutting a slot in a peanut butter lid dont bother with this one
I have used this multi tool for only 3 days of occasionnal use and I have to admit that I was quite disapointed with the purchase and I will list why.
-The two knifes didn't came that sharp out from the box.
- The Saf.T.Plus locking system died almost instanly and all my blades are running loose when in use.
- Rust appeared on the pliers.
- The in-hand feel when using anything other than the pliers is uncomfortable.
- While using the pliers, the other tools are loose and start to open themselves in your palm which is quite dangerous.
- The sheath breaks down because of poor sewing points and overall poor fabric.
- The saw is ridiculous, the teeths came almost round and I had to pull out my good old Victorinox to finish the job properly.
- The unlocking slide buttons are also quite painful after multiple uses.
I love this multi-tool. It works great for whatever I've needed it for, and is very sturdy. Only drawback is the sheath like others have said, only because it seems a bit weak and I'd rather not loose this tool because of it. Other than that, I would highly recommend this tool.
Sheath was very poor quality. Fell apart in a matter of week, with ripped stitched and seams.
The tool design is excellent though- Access to everything but the pliers without opening the knife, one handed blade and lock operation, and access to everything but the saw (which is probably the least functional blade on the tool) even with gloves on.
My only complaint is that I snapped the tip off one side of the pliers, which makes life frustrating sometimes.
I got this two or three weeks ago and it hasn't failed me at all. Great set of tools, sharp knives. The only thing I didn't like was the shealth: Its not falling apart, but the velcrow is a little weak. Except for the shealth its an all around great multi tool. I'd recommend it to anyone!
This tool is exceptional in design and usefulness When my belt goes on so does my GERBER. It has performed many tasks that got me out of a jamb while hunting,fishing or other. The sheath is the problem although I must say it was used a lot. I don't want to lose the tool so I must rely on a good sheath. Can I get a better replacement?
I too am very disappointed in the sheath...in my line of word a sheath is very important not only for quickness and convieniance to keep machines going but for comfort too...im NOT going to walk around with it in my pocket lol. my sheath started falling apart a week after i got it which was about 3 weeks ago but other than that i LOVE this tool. PLEASE FIX THE SHEATH. a heavy duty tool deserves a heavy duty sheath!!
Love my Multi-pliers. Wear it daily. Just like my phone I wouldn't leave home without it. Performs well; outstanding.
My only disappoinment is the sheath. It started falling apart soon after I purchased the tool. To keep the tool practical and useful the sheath is essential.
Where can I get a new one?
Compared with similar price point products of other manufacturers, this tools is better enginered. I paid the same for a leather man wingman and the wingman had play between the pliers nose, and had no locking mechanism on most of the tools. Has a nice feel in the hand. Recommended unless you need more bells and whistles
Having trouble finding parts
I squeezed the pliers together and broke the locking mechanism art i think
i bought this tool at Kandahar airfield. and after 2 months the locking system broke.
i am still using it because it is very usefull. but a bit inconveniënt that the locking mechanism is broken.
as a mechanic i use it for my work daily
I've had mine for 5 years good tool a little cheaply made and the sheath sucks I had to sew it 3 times so far but the velcro is worn out c'mon gerber make a real sheath
I am a Combat Engineer, love this tool however cant use it at work as like so many other people, the sheath broke so now it sits in a drawer which is a shame as I used it for everything. Had a few problems with the locks but sent it back and got a new one and havent had a drama since, just need a new sheath so it can go back on my belt where it belongs
Broken after one year, replaced under warranty in short time.
Professional after sales service.
This thing is great. I never leave the house with out it. All the tools you need right in one place.
very durable i use it a lot camping and fishing i''ve dropped it in lakes it does not rust and. its built very good. its my go to knife for everything
I love this multitool, I use it for everything from stripping wire to working on pumps and motors!
I have never had it fail me but one must understand it's not an 18" pipe wrench!
I have one in each of my vehicles, home & work toolbags & my motorcycle.
I especially like the spring loaded pliers!
I am now officially a Gerber baby!
Have lost mine in the last few days, I loved it used it most every day sometimes several times a day. Funny how they are $10 cheaper at Amazon so will get two, then never without one
Its a great tool for going fishing and doing light jobs. It's handy but its heavy and I'm afraid to put to much strain on it. The peice of metal that keeps the tools from running into the rubber grip at the base of the handle already busted off on one side. I wish I was able to use it for heavier jobs without the fear of some piece busting off and flying back at me.
I have bought many of these, I dont know, more than five. I have bought many because I really like how they function tools on the outside pliers inside but with handles you can still grip, and if they break? Gerber lifetime warenty.
Tools on outside
Suspention makes for easiest one hand use even in tricky little holes you can't see into.
Both a straight knife that is easy to sharpen and a serated blade for other tasks.
Bent design of screw drivers is a constant battle in most jobs that are already tricky.
A two inch saw?! WTF?! What can you cut with a two inch saw? Give me a metal bastard file or something we can use... A two inch saw?! For real? Seriously?
The pouch that comes with the tool is a poor joke, rips first time it snags anything (not good on a 300' ladder. That could kill someone.
Rather cheap tool. The pliers will break with any side load.... Any... Trying to twist a zip tie in half busted one pair. The locks are O.K. At least at keeping The blades from closing, they will snap backwards if you are stabing something (like an oil bucket) to let it drain faster.
Bottom line: I love this tool in particular, it works in many jobs I have repaired 230V chain hoists with this tool alone, When you have nothing else having this tool will save the day. I have used leathermans supertool 300 and thier charge XTI. For the money ($29.95 at most stores vs. supertool at $80 and the charge at $140) this little guy is worth it and when I have a box of busted ones I might take them in, right now it is better to keep buying them with what gas costs. Each of these tools ussually lasts about two or three months of serious but not abusive service. I use this more than any other tool because it is always on my belt... The sheath has gotten far too cheap though... I usually buy gun magazine pouches instead the ones that come with the tool. The included sheaths are junk that wont last you climbing under a single gearbox, if they even make it up the 300' ladder.
Broke the first day i got it...
Like the pliers, and they feel rather comfy on my hands. Tools are ok, saw and blades are kind of short, but still get something done. Only complait I have is that the tools on the plain edge knife side are a bit wobbly and when one of the tools is locked, the others can fall out of the handle and undo the lock quite easy, so everytime you operate the knife open or close you have to remember it, or you might end up with a small cut on your fingers. but when you hold the tool/operate, your fingers keep the other tools within the handle and prevent it from unlocking. But on the other side with the serrated blade they work/lock great without any problems. When all the tools are closed and you wave the tool from side to side, the plain edge sides tools jump out from the handle, but not enough open on themself, but still enough to notice it quite clearly. But as long as you do not open any of the tools they stay somewhat in place. Makes the tool completely un-useable? No. But it is something that you have to take into concideration everytime you operate the tools in that handle.
So far so good..........
This is one of the best knives i have i am constantly using it and it never fails me but the scissors do get a bit sticky
Good all round tool, unfortunately one of the two white metal plates which form part of the return mechanism snapped with relatively light use. It still works but the tools on that arm now articulate back further than they should.
Also the screwdriver head could be made of harder metal as it wears a bit easily and the scissor spring is real badly designed, it always slips out of place. Otherwise a sturdy tool. Just disappointed its not as good as I first thought.
mine broke in the first week I had it. I was so upset over it that I spent another 70.00 and got a Leatherman. If I knew where to ship this one, I would send it back to you, and you could do whatever you want with it!
I have had this for nearly 5 years now of heavy every day use as a welder. The wire cutteres are the best I have used in a multitool for cutting .035 and .045 welding wire, he blade keeps it's edge well and the lock is rock solid. I wear the sheath horizontally and had no problem with it tearing but I do have problems with the velcro holding up, it has slipped out and I have "lost" it a couple times and had to go searching. I finally got a MW phone case that works much better as a a sheath.
I had this tool for a couple of years. It broke while is was trying yo fix my atv in the woods. I sent the tool back to Gerber for repair. It was less than 1 week, and Gerber sent me a new one. Hard to find a company these days that still know how to treat a customer. Keep up the great work Gerber.
I agree the sheeth was not great but I used a small size pepper spray holder and it works great.
I love this tool it is great and works very well
I just had the little trangle peice break off teh blade and the catch is hanging up but I have it off to gerber to be fixed.
While this tool is a ergonomic useful tool, I agree with the Reviews...the sheath is sub-standard to the tool! I've just experienced the belt loop tearing this past weekend just to a few threads left! The only solution I've been able to locate is to purchase the Gerber 22-49445 10-Piece Tool Kit as a replacement to the sheath! The Ideal solution would be for Gerber to Warranty the sheath and replace it with an upgraded version! Gerber???
The tool is great but it sits in a drawer as the belt loop on the sheath tore the threads and came apart. This happens because the tool gets stuck in the sheath (poor design) and getting it out puts undue stress on the weakest part of the sheath. I gave only one star because a great tool left in a drawer due to lack of attention to detail (the sheath) makes this junk!
Owned this just under a year. Bought on special, suspect I got factory seconds although nothing this shoddy should ever have left the shop if gerber wanted to keep their reputation. Poor locking, plenty of play. Washers need to be in specific positions for the locking mechanism to work however 80% of the time (on the serrated side) they skip their engagement, rotate, and cause the whole locking mechanism on that side to malfunction. The sheath lasted ~8 months, but even well before then the tool would often catch on removal/replacement and the thin nylon belt loop causes it to flop around a far bit even on belts only slightly narrower than it's max. Also the scissors spring skip over the side of the scissors before they are half engaged.
All in all it works, but I won't be buying gerber again. I have a leatherman on order to try out, and(being one of those people who never throws anything out) plan to chuck this thing into a bug out bag as a last resort.
I haven't found a new sheath as of yet, so I can't use the tool. The Velcro is a joke and a half, then the belt loop to keep the tool vertical is to torn. I am very disappointed. I received this as a gift. I always thought Gerber was a very good product, I'm not so sure anymore. I'll give the knife 3 stars but minus 10 stars for the sheath.
Crosspoint screwdriver was utterly useless until I spended 2h grinding it to shape (same proplem on other specimen I have encountered). Operation of pliers requiers BIG(ger) hands (I buy gloves size L ).
Over all a good tool but I prefer my MP800.
Love the tool but the sheath is a joke. First had to replace it because the tool wouldnt come out of the sheath. Now the belt loop is torn half off and Im afraid im gonna loose it. found the old sheath and it has the same issue. Gonna try to get a third sheath now.
I've had my Suspension for about four years now, and aside from sharpening the blade once and having to re-grease the joints, this is the best multi-tool I've ever had. The tool locks are great.
I've had it on me every day of those four years, and it has served me well on each one of them
Given to me by a friend and is very well made and has helped me to do a quick fix when I'm in the truck on the road or out in the bush to cut or open tin food in my 4WD in Australia.
love the tool but the sheath is a pain in the but to get the tool out of do you have a leather sheath that the tool will fit in and is easier to get it out of.
Not durable, First time I used the blade something broke and now half the tools over extends/don't lock open. Next time the wedge that gives grip to open the blade came off.
I like the idea that it doesn't require complete opening to use the fold out to
Bought the suspension at canadian tire, came to your website to contact you to tell you that you should include a guide or some sort of info in your product packaging, then i saw the price you charge as opposed to the price I paid, Canadian Tire was not t
I just bought this gerber multi tool in sept because I had to send my Leatherman mult tool back and could not stand to be without one being I carry one all the time . I switch back and forth between my leatherman and the gerber what I like about the Gerbe
i love this tool the sheath sucks but the tool has gone 3 years of auto repair work and fishing/camping hasnt rusted with all water it been in unlike my leatherman
I just bought this gerber suspeension multi tool yest but have not had a chance to use it but i work for a friend lawn care bus. So i fig it will get tried out really quick . I bought this to replace my Leatherman kick if this gerber serves me as well as
great tool .. I have gone thru 3 tools in 2 years ..love the tool , hate the sheath .. I wear my tool on my belt every day of the week .. have had two sheaths break off my belt and lost ! I still love the tool
man this thing is awsome i use it every day hunting , fishing,and everything else i do thank you gerber.
The nickname "gerber baby" applies to me after 6 years of use of my suspension.I've been thru more girlfriends and pants in as many years. Yet my gerber is still by my side.
This is a killer little tool, has unlimited uses and has yet to fail me. I keep it in my car for those "just in case" moments and bring it along whenever I go camping.
The turkey hunter’s mantra, and the reason behind the creation of the turkey vest, is simple: It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. Given that there are approximately 1,001 items of gear available to hunters, it can be daunting to figure out exactly what’s necessary for a trip into the woods. Here’s what I carry. Oh yeah, I also bring my shotgun and some shells. Pocketknife or Multitool: I usually have both. I keep a folding blade in one of the shell loops and a sheathed Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier (gerbergear.com) in an inside pocket.