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The Best Camping Hammers and Multitools For the Great Outdoors

These all-in-one devices are an essential part of any emergency kit too

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Whether you’re prepping your campsite or ready to plant your tent into the ground, you’ll need a reliable camping hammer for your next overnight outdoor adventure. The best camping hammers let you easily plant and nail in your tent stakes, to ensure that your tent stays put. When you’re ready to move, the latest camping hammers are equipped with a hook-shaped tip, that allows you to quickly extract and remove your stakes from the ground.

These days, camping hammers are also part of some incredibly useful multitools. As the name suggests, the best multitools contain a variety of helpful, practical instruments, all housed in one portable unit. While a hammer typically makes up the shape and core of these multitools, you’ll also find things like a wrench, screwdriver, knife blade, pliers and more, hidden in the handle. Most of our picks also come with a nylon pouch for safe and convenient storage (you can also affix the pouch to your belt or bag).

A great multitool provides a number of use cases, from helping you chop and prepare food for the campsite, to digging small holes or cutting through brush, to even descaling your fish in the wild. The best multitools are also an essential part of any survival kit. The blade can act as a self-defense tool, while the hammer can be used to break through glass in case of emergency. Keep one of these multitools in your camping bag, but also one at home and one in your glove compartment too.

When buying a camping hammer or multitool, look for options made from solid, durable materials, like stainless steel and aluminum. The latest multitools come in a variety of sizes; you’ll want to make sure you have one that fits in the palm of your hand comfortably, for the most secure grip. Lastly, consider what you’re using the hammer or multitool for. If you’re an avid hiker, camper or just planning to spend a lot of time outdoors, you’ll want to look for multitools with as many gadgets built-in as possible. You should also consider weather-proof and rust-resistant materials. If you’re picking up a hammer just for your tent or for emergency purposes, consider a smaller, more lightweight option that will be easy to grab and go.

  

1. RoverTac Multitool For Camping and Survival

This RoverTac multitool is a must-have for any camping or survival kit. The unit measures just under seven inches tall, with an axe blade on one end of the tip, and a hammer head on the other. Hidden in the handle are a dozen other tools, include pliers, a knife blade, saw, screwdriver, bottle opener and more. There are also multiple hex wrenches. All the tools tuck safely and easily into the handle, held closed with a safety lock.

The multitool is rugged and durable, crafted from a heavy-duty stainless steel. Still, it’s lightweight, weighing less than a pound.

This set includes the 14-in-1 multi-tool hammer-axe and a bonus nylon carrying pouch, which attaches easily to your belt or bag.

PROS: Ergonomic handle design for comfortable grip. The pouch has a sheath that covers the axe blade, making it much safer to carry.

CONS: Some found the unit to be bulkier than expected.

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2. ABCCANOPY Aluminum Camping Hammer

The only thing worse than a flimsy tent is a flimsy tent that won’t stay put. That’s why we like having this camping hammer around, to make sure our stakes are fully planted in the ground.

Made with a high-carbon steel head and an aluminum handle, the hammer is strong and durable. The material is also rust-proof, meaning you can take it out in all weather conditions without worry. Though it’s designed for tents, the hammer can also pull double duty to drive nails into a wall or fence if you’re in a pinch.

The back of the hammer head includes a sculpted, 40mm rear spade for digging. Use it to dig out a hole for your tent poles, or to remove small rocks and dirt from your immediate area. A hook-shaped puller at the bottom, lets you easily pull out stakes from the ground.

This hammer measures 12.5 inches long.

PROS: Sturdier and more reliable than the cheap plastic mallets included with most tent sets.

CONS: Mainly used for tents; not as versatile as other hammers on our list.

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3. QuntionSt Camping Gear Multitool

Never be caught unprepared again with this 16-in-1 outdoor multitool. The axe and hammer hold up to repeated use, and are strong enough to act as a life-saving tool (I.e. to break a window). Other tools include a plier, screwdriver, wire cutter, knife blade, bottle opener, wood saw and more. A hidden hatchet and assorted hex wrenches come in handy as well. A unique tool in this set: a fish descaler, making this a great option for both hobbyists and amateur fishermen alike.

The multitool is made from a strong stainless steel, with a black oxide coating and a red anodized aluminum handle for an easy grip (with less fatigue). The tool measures 6.8 inches in length and weighs just under a pound.

This set includes a nylon sheath for safe carrying. Makes a great gift idea too.

PROS: Heavy-duty performance; the company says the multitool is strong enough to open a fire hydrant and saw through wood.

CONS: The axe blade sticks out of the sheath, making it a potential hazard.

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