After a few hours of trekking through thick brush or up a hill, and that 10lb backpack will feel like a 25lb monkey on your back that refuses to get off. That’s why it’s so important that you pack light. But not too light. You’ll want to make sure you still include all the tools, food, and water you’ll need.
While the Sven Saw meets the aforementioned requirement, it’s utility is still limited to simply cutting down trees. That’s why we like this Zippo (yes, the lighter company) axe so much. Called the Woodsman, it sports a 5-inch blade for hacking down whatever foe stands in your way (tree or limb), a hammer tent stake (as well as a puller on the end of the handle), and a 15-inch wood saw, which neatly stows away in the handle when it’s not in use. Yes, you’ll need to attach the blade’s sheath (the grip point for the sawing action), but you’ll want that applied during transport anyway, unless of course you like tearing holes in your backpack, or worse, your arms. Zippo says that the 4-in-1 Woodsman is ideal for chopping through 4-inch logs, which is to say firewood, though we’re confident in a pinch you could knock down thicker trees.
The Zippo Woodsman will arrive sometime next Spring, and is expected to cost $80. Replacement saw blade will be $13 a pop.