Gerber Gator Combo Axe II Review

Gerber Gator Combo Axe II Review

When it comes to camping, the right gear can be the difference between life and death, or at least the difference between comfort and annoyance. Clearing brush and splitting logs can be a daunting task. This is especially true when you find yourself lacking the proper tools. Axes are great at splitting and removing limbs but lack the accuracy of a saw.

Saws are useful when accuracy is required but they serve little to no use when it comes to splitting logs. Up until now, you had to either carry both of these tools in your camping gear or deal with the added workload associated with lacking one.

Recently, axe manufacturers have begun to experiment with new innovative designs. The Gerber Gator Combo AxeII is an impressive tool and the culmination of years of research and design. This is a very durable axe that is specially designed to fit your camping needs. It combines many tools to give you the most solutions possible to any wood-working scenario.

Camping often requires choosing your gear based on its size and weight. You don’t want to be lugging a full size axe around, when you plan on serious hiking. A traditionally small sized axe or hatchet can be useful when it comes to splitting medium to small size logs. This trade in size vs. power can leave you at a disadvantage in certain scenarios.

The Gator Combo Axe solves this problem with a unique twist. Housed inside the patented light weight fiberglass filled nylon handle, is a 10in saw blade. This invisible saw blade is held in place magnetically, which ensures it will not slip out while you are splitting logs. This can prove very useful, especially when a clean cut is required or when clearing brushes and branches.

Features

Usability

There has never been such a versatile axe design. You can get a lot more work done with this tool. The Gator II includes the benefits of a small axe, melded perfectly with the accuracy of a saw. The stealthily hidden saw blade easily springs into action in under a second. This innovative design continues to impress campers worldwide. You can’t deny the added usefulness.

Durability

The Gator II is specifically designed to work in the roughest conditions. Years of research have been drawn upon to find the perfect balance of style and use. The space age materials provide much more strength than its predecessor, while not sacrificing weight. It has a slightly longer handle than its predecessor to guarantee an increased striking force and improved shock absorption.

Axe Head

The forged steel head of the Gator II is specifically designed to retain its sharpness. The 2.7in blade can easily split medium to long size logs with ease. It utilizes a combination of various axe styles, such as the felling axe and splitting axe, to achieve a superior cutting experience. The blade is slightly curved to assist in the penetration of logs and the blade is slightly wedged to help split firewood.

Materials

A patented fiberglass-filled nylon handle means you can swing your Gator II with confidence. The improved weight-to-power ratio means the Gator II can handle extreme workloads without any compromise in results. Gerber has consistently raised the bar in terms of construction materials.

Portability

The overall length of the Gator II is 15.6in long. This makes it the perfect travel axe. It can easily be stored in your backpack. Travel safety is important to Gerber. The Gator II includes a ballistic grade nylon sheath that makes travel more convenient. The Gator II lets you free up space and backpack weight, while increasing your ability to handle wood working situations.

Pros

  • light weight and small size
  • extremely durable
  • multi-purpose
  • nylon carrying case
  • one handed use
  • textured handle

Cons

  • loss of power
  • one handed

Comparison

The Gerber Gator II provides a lot of unique features that can make your camping experience much more enjoyable. Its short size and light weight make it a better choice than competitors’ brands and no other brand incorporates a built-in saw. Gerber’s decision to use rugged all-weather materials adds to the value of this axe. It doesn’t have the striking power of similar sized axes but it makes up for it by its unique built-in saw blade and its ultra-portability.

Verdict

Every so often a new idea emerges in axe technology. The Gerber Gator II is a perfect example of the merging of two very necessary tools to create a light-weight multipurpose device. If you are planning a camping a trip, especially if you are going to be doing a lot of foot travel, the Gator is going to be the perfect travel axe.

The Gator II improves on its predecessor in a number of ways, including size and strength. All of these points make this a better axe and a great addition to your camping tool kit. Save yourself time and money by choosing the Gerber Gator II as your next travel axe.

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