I’m always looking for great EDC tools. Leatherman type multitools are great but they are usually chocked full of tools that I don’t usually use. More than anything, I’m on the philips and flathead screwdrivers. And recently, I’ve liked tools that don’t have blades — just makes it easier to leave in my backbag for travel.
I ended up backing the BigiDesign Bit Bar on Kickstarter and got the nylon version and IT CAME TODAY! Actually my first Kickstarter but I’ve got something else come end of this year.
First impressions are great. This thing is very nicely constructed. The design is interesting. You squeeze the handle and that pushes the tray of bits out. Select one and it fits into the receiver at the top. Very tidy and ingeneous.
The bits fit perfectly. The magnet that holds them there is strong. Strong enough that you can stick this on a file cabinet or toolbox. I didn’t get the rachet tool but got the extension. The fit of the extension has a little wiggle but ultimately will probably be okay.
I didn’t opt for the titanium version. I was hoping this nylon/fiberglass version would be more similar to a G10 handle. It sorta is but without the texture, it feels flimsier although you can tell it’s a super strong composite. It’s just the feel of it in your hand.
I previously had the Fix-It-Sticks which I still like for their torque power. Will probably move that to my snowboarding bag. Looking forward to putting the Bit Bar through its paces!