close email sign-up pop-up
Gerber Defender Compact Fishing Tether
Defender - Compact
Defender - Compact
Gerber Defender Compact Fishing Tether
Defender - Compact
Defender - Compact

Defender - Compact

Fishing Tether

Item: # 31-003297

Keep valuable tools close at hand. The Defender Compact Tether offers a carabiner designed to fit on-finger for intuitive control and tension relief, it is secured by a positive engagement lock. Easily carry w/ the removable pin, wide-body flexible clip, or lanyard hole.


QUESTIONS? Contact Gerber


    • Body: anodized aluminum, flat sage
    • Carabiner: anodised aluminum, orange
    • Secures tether w/ lanyard hole, retention clip, + threaded pin
    • Tip control carabiner to release tension + secure gear
    • Slip lock holds carabiner
    • 36" dyneema cable
    • Wide mouth entry
    • Split ring
  • Warranty

Additional Versions:

- Choose Option -

The angler who is hiking in by dense trail, wading into a rushing current, or battling a kayak for that elusive catch demands more from their gear – it has to be multi-functional and worth its weight. A fishing tether ultimately has one job - to secure gear – but if that job is done right it can also offer peace of mind and added functionality.

Both the large and compact Defender tethers were designed with control in mind, anchored by the tip control carabiner that both versions boast. This carabiner slips on finger to absorb the tension of the line and allow for ease of use when operating the tethered tool.  

The compact Defender is ideal for keeping fishing gear close at hand or on body, with a 36” Dyneema cable that is better suited for lighter tools. The smaller size lends itself to an additional mounting option, a threaded pin that can attach directly to a shirt, coat, or wader strap. A slip lock holds the carabiner in place when not in use.  

Gerber tools are built to last a lifetime. To ensure optimal performance, rinse your tool with fresh water and dry thoroughly with a clean towel. Apply oil to hinges and moving parts on a regular basis.

Technology Image


Anchor valuable gear to you, not the bottom of the water. The Defender tether stands out with a carabiner the fits on-finger for intuitive control and utility - take the tension out of storing and using gear.

  1. 2 D-rings included
  2. Tip control carabiner [anodized aluminum]
  3. Slip lock [inside]
  4. Corrosion-resistant anodized aluminum cover
  5. Lanyard hole
  6. Wide body retention clip
  7. 36" Dyneema cable
You Might Also Like
Related Press & Awards

Rating Snapshot











Overall Rating

  • 5
  • |5 out of 5 stars
Write A Review
Give us your opinion
Please, fill all fields.
Too long review. Limit is 1023 characters.

Thank You

Thank You. Your review will be displayed after it is accepted. Note: Reviews are only moderated for foul language and negative interactions among reviewers.

  • 5 5
  • |JUN 19, 2019
  • |BY: , Badge Reel

I use the defender compact to keep my company badge secure. I work in a sensitive environment where you have to be identified by ID at all times. The ID is also the only way to log into our computers and open doors. So its important to me to ensure that its safe and secure. I know this is not what it was designed for but it works a lot better than those cheap plastic reels.

A smaller reel than the defender compact would be even better. Maybe Gerber will one day come out with a line of "bad ass office accessories" for those of us that fly a desk for a living.

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 4, 2018
  • |BY: , Fly fisher

this tether is Awesome! It’s functionality is on point, plus you can attach it with ease anywhere that works best for you!

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 4, 2018
  • |BY: , Kayak fisherman

It’s a compact, durable product that helps to keep everything close in reach and is a money saver for kayak fisherman. It helps ensures no more lost pliers, lip grippers, or other accessories to the bottom of the lake or ocean.

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 4, 2018
  • |BY: , Fly guide

The Defender is a revolutionary retractor tool. The finger loop allows extension while controlling tension. It’s locking devise is brilliant

  • 5 5
  • |JAN 4, 2018
  • |BY: , Guide

The Defender Tether helps me have the right tool at the right time. Whether I want scissors, nippers, or a linedriver I can have them easily fastened anywhere I need it.