Sunday, August 26, 2012

Gerber Steady - Field Report


I've been having fun with this little guy now for a few months and really like it's primary function of as a mini tripod. Leave it to the engineers at Gerber to come up with a tripod that also has twelve other useful components that will come in handy on a daily basis. While the tool is full of greatness, it does have a small downside in my opinion that I will chat about later. It's pretty small compared that what I like about it.



The Gerber Steady comes with a tough nylon case with a Velcro closure on both the front strap and the belt loop as well. There really isn't a whole lot to say about the case other than it's sturdy and should stand the test of time. I do like how the Steady sits down in the case and won't move around at all when adventuring in the woods, or just walking around town.


When opening the nylon sheath, you first see the tripods suction cup in it's own little pocket. The suction cup is held in place with a strip of elastic webbing and ides some effort, I could not get the cup to pop out of the sheath.



The Steady has about twelve different tools that can make anyone's life a little easier. To start with you have larger blade that is 1/4 serrated. With the Steady closed, you can easily access and open this blade with your thumb (I'm right-handed). On the same side, you also have smaller blade with a straight edge that you can use for smaller jobs. In the middle of same handle, you have a Phillips head screwdriver bit and the suction cup mount.

Along with the needle nose pliers, that also have a wire cutter built in, you also have two more screwdrivers bit (micro flat and medium) a bottle opener, an awl, and other items that will always come in handy. Here are the basic dimensions:

  • Height: 2.10 inches
  • Weight: 7.20 Ounces
  • Length: 4.90 inches
  • Width: 2.60 inches

The special function of the Gerber Steady is what I really like a lot. The tripod legs on the Steady fold out and allow you to customize the height easily The rubber coated feet on the legs can help eliminate slipping when using the tripod function on a slick surface. 



The thing I found very surprising was how well the suction cup worked on my smartphone! I have an HTC Incredible (first gen) and the suction cup worked great on the back of this phone. I'm surprised because the back of my phone is not perfectly smooth, but the suction cup was still able to grab onto the back of my phone and hold it until I was done. The great thing about the suction cup is the attached lever that you can use to secure a smartphone. It's a great design that works and is easy to use. If you brought your digital camera with you and want to use the Gerber Steady, just use the same screw that you would have for the suction cup and you're good to go. Note that you should only use your "point and click" camera on this tripod.





The one item that stops me from completely loving the the Gerber Steady is the fact that so much of the product is made out of plastic. While this is somewhat of a turn-off, I guess what you get in return is a lighter product that is also within reason price-wise. That's not bad at all! 

The Gerber Steady is going to be in my kit when I head out and need a small tripod for quick pictures. It's very adjustable, which really makes is useful and the array of other tools you get with it doesn't hurt as well.

Thanks for reading and please let me know if you have any questions. I've always been a big fan of Gerber ingenuity and having a lifetime warranty doesn't hurt as well . Thanks and be safe!

- Bill





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