You’ve hiked all morning. Your heart is beating fast and you’re breathing is a bit labored. You can feel the sweat soaking into your underwear, but you hardly notice because you’re focused on the expanse of heavenly whiteness stretching out before you.
After picking your line, you reach down to strap into your bindings. While you’re happily ratcheting, it happens … your strap pops off. You frantically reach for the washer and nut to reattach the strap, but to no avail-it found a snowy grave somewhere along your trek. AAAAHHH!!!
Too bad. If you’d had a mini tool with some extra hardware nestled in your cargo pocket next to your melted M&Ms, you wouldn’t be ready to dive off that mountain you just hiked. This short list should prevent future tragedy.
Got some screws loose?
You need a screwdriver. But taking your Dad’s Craftsman number three Phillips head and jamming it in your pocket is a no-no. You’re not only gonna get hurt when you fall on it, but you’re looking for a whuppin’ when your pa finds out you’ve snaked his lifetime-guaranteed tool.
Try something a little smaller, and more useful. The Bakoda Ratchet Driver has number two and number three Phillips head screwdrivers as well as a Robertson square head bit, your last chance for removing a stripped base screw before you need a drill. The parts are loose inside the handle, but a magnetized double-ended wrench (eight and ten millimeter) keep the bits together, reducing chances of losing one in the snow forever.
Da Kine’s Cool Tool has the number two and three screwdriver heads, along with slot screwdrivers and two hex drivers (six and four millimeter). Each piece slides into compartment in the handle and a wrench (eight and ten millimeter) is attached with an elastic band.
The 686 Tool Belt is more than a screwdriver, it’ll help you keep your pants on. There’re two versions, (Tool Belt One and Tool Belt Two) and the second one has a pouch with additional driver heads. Both have the detachable loop and detachable buckle.
Speaking of screws.
You need to duplicate the screws your board and bindings use. Tight Ass specializes in snowboarding hardware, and they carry exact replicas of what the industry uses. Their screws are also corrosion resistant.
You don’t want to be skidding out on an icy day because you forgot to get a tune. And you certainly don’t have time to wait for the shop guys to get around to helping you, so try a pocket edge tuner.
Da Kine’s Edge Tuner Tool is small enough for your pocket and has a changeable file configuration for flat filing or side filing. The Bakoda Edge Sharpener has a magnetic file that keeps it from slipping around, and a built-in brush for cleaning edge shavings out of the handle, which incidentally is designed so that one side will sharpen to 88 degrees and the other side to 90 degrees. And it traps shavings in a channel that runs along the front of the file.
Slick your stick.
If you don’t have time for a hot wax, you’ve got some options. Make sure you pick up a universal wax; it’ll work in any condition.
Swix has a new rub-on hard wax called Mint Jolly that’s pocket-sized, clean, and easy to use. It comes with a synthetic heat-generating divinucell (cork) applicator that buffs out the finish after you’ve rubbed the wax over the base.
If you’re looking for speed, Test Pilot’s Race Paste is a high-octane rub-on. For more variety, One Ball Jay has rub-on, paste, spray-on, gel, graphite and white wax pucks that you can rub or iron on.
Keep it small but have it all.
You can never be too prepared. Test Pilot’s new High Performance Tune Kit contains everything you need to get your board competition-ready in less than ten minutes.
Ride’s “I-can-fix-it-kit” has the basic essentials: a slim ratchet, mounting hardware set, rub-on wax, polishing pad, annd deburring stone.
And the Red Quick Tool Kit has everything for board and binding maintenance: a Zip Tool, 90-degree edger, honing
Other pocket pals.
Da Kine’s Binding Tool, can come in handy with its number two and three Phillips and a ten-millimeter wrench. The wrench and driver can be used separately.
Ride’s Skinny Tool is a pocket-sized ten-millimeter wrench with a two-headed number-three Phillips screwdriver stored in its belly.
But Red’s ATM tool is unique because it’s a slim card that combines a saw blade, bottle opener, can opener, wire cutter, screwdriver, ice scraper, ruler, and four metric wrenches. And if you hang it from a string, it points north. Could come in handy.