Here are a few of the best multi-tools for backpacking. They're all highly rated and come from well established brands that have a history of making quality knives and multi-tools. A few have even won awards.
Best Multi-Tool for Backpacking List
- Leatherman Skeletool CX - The Skeletool CX from Leatherman won the Best of Adventure Gear award in 2008 from National Geographic magazine, which definitely helps to cement its position among the best multi-tools for backpacking. It includes a knife, several different pliers and cutters, a bottle opener and several other features, but is fairly minimalist. It weighs 142 grams, or 5 ounces, which is must lighter than most multi-tools, and is extremely well reviewed by customers. If you're looking for a multi-tool, the Skeletool CX would be a great choice.
- SOG Knives PowerLock Multi-Tool - This multi-tool from manufacturer SOG knives has no shortage of features. It includes all the standards like a knife, pliers, cutters, and bottle and can openers. It also includes scissors, a wood saw, a file and a few more features too. It also gets excellent reviews. It weighs 272 grams, or 9.6 ounces, so not the lightest multi-tool, but if your best multi-tool for backpacking is the one with the most features, the PowerLock is a great choice.
- Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool - Leatherman is well known for making quality knives and multi-tools, and all the positive ratings indicate that the Wave lives up to that reputation. It has a few more features than the Skeletool. Besides the basics it has a wood saw, scissors and a file, plus a few more, so you wont lack for a tool in most situations. It weighs 240 grams, or 8.5 ounces, and based on the positive reviews is one of the best multi-tools for backpacking currently on the market.