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The Drop: Windeler Extra Stak Magnetic Multi-tool

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Chris Van Hoven
The Drop: Windeler Extra Stak Magnetic Multi-tool

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It's a big EDC market out there, and tons of awesome gear is released all the time. We made The Drop to help you discover the latest and greatest essentials worth a spot in your EDC.

Despite the do-it-all nature of the multi-tool, I’ve always thought of them as deeply personal items catered to your own unique needs and lifestyle. After all, not everyone has a use for four different kinds of screwdrivers or electrical crimpers in their day-to-day lives. Not often enough to warrant taking up extra space (and weight) in your bag or pocket, at least.

That’s where Windeler’s Extra Stak Magnetic Multi-tool comes in. It’s designed to let you carry only what you need and stack them together with a powerful magnetic connector. At its core, the Extra Stak consists of four tools that can be used separately or stacked with a Polnetik connector. The Polnetik connector is a patented system that uses N52 neodymium magnets and 316 marine-grade stainless steel shells to bind the tools securely. The connector also allows for smooth rotation and easy disassembly when needed.

These four tools are Windeler’s P01 PryOpener, a hybrid tool that combines a pry bar, a bottle opener, a box cutter, and a lanyard hole in one, a PH2 Phillips Driver used for Phillips head screws, an FH4 Flathead Driver with a 4mm flathead tip for flathead screws, and the Monoscale, a super-slim pocket knife with a drop-point blade in 440C stainless steel and a titanium frame locking handle. Each tool is made from Ti-6AL-4V titanium, an alloy that exhibits high strength, low density, and good corrosion resistance.

Besides the four tools you get from the Extra Stak, Windeler has a wide range of individual tools on their site that you can add to customize your stack according to your needs and preferences. Alternatively, you can also just carry one tool at a time if you’re out to deal with a specific task. The Extra Stak’s modularity makes it much more versatile than your average Leatherman or SAK.

What we like: Its modular system keeps things simple, allowing you to bring only the tools that matter to you. Also, titanium and magnets are killer features we love to see on EDC tools.

What to watch out for: Since you’re limited to the tools available from Windeler, you may be unable to find all the functions or features you need or want. For example, Windeler’s site doesn’t have individual scissors, pliers, or a wire cutter to add to your Stak. The base system with four tools is also pretty pricey, comparable to many full-sized multi-tools it’s competing with.

Final verdict: We’re big fans of keeping things minimalist while still maximizing utility, and when it comes to multi-tools, Windeler’s modular system is one of the best ways to do it.

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Discussion (10 total)

Angel Arsi ·
I'm gonna say what others are probly thinking... This is overpriced for what it is. I'm seeing a trend with EDC products lately where just sticking an outrageous price on something is supposed to equate high quality. But the few brands that have the community's respect for true high quality like Leatherman or James Brand, earned that respect & the correlating price tag. Now it's like every 'new' thing has some ridiculously high price bc rather than value be determined by quality, they're now trying to attribute quality to high value. Thanks, but no thanks.
Ridesolo ·
Absolutely right! It's nice, I'd proudly carry/use it if I had one, but not at that price!
Angel Arsi ·
$150 price tag is way too much for a minimal use tool with a 440C steel knife. 440C is about as basic a steel as u can go. They could've at least offered better blade steel at that price point. And the tools are made of a titanium alloy, not true titanium. I'd be willing to pay $70 max for it, but it's a total rip off at $150.
33ww ·
How about a $200 "pry bar" that doesn't get used because it might get a scratch.
Angel Arsi ·
I don't own a $200 pry bar, but I feel where ur coming from. I love to have a great EDC but I've always gone for good tools that I know I'll actually use. For me EDC is more about the preparedness than the showing off aspect. I still like to show off a bit, but I def dig the useful, cool color coded or themed EDC's than the super expensive showy ones.
Ridesolo ·
Again, I agree w/ you. One of my EDC knives is carried partially for sentimental reasons as it's a Zippo (Case XX) that was made "back home" where I grew up. It helps that I bought it at a garage sale for $1 from someone who didn't know what it was and, even better, is a very fine knife that carries well, works well, and stays sharp. Certainly not high $$ EDC, but it works for me.
Josh ·
I agree. However, I actually think that a lot of The James Brand products are priced too high for the materials used.
Rob ·
I was able to pick a full stack up when they did their kickstarter campaign. My issues are echoing Angle. The material they are made of it just isn’t there. The weight also adds up because of the magnets as your stack grows. These were marketed as a tool for cyclists to help fix their bikes in a pinch.
John Wood ·
I own this one and carry it daily. It is expensice but I enjoy the feel and the tools as they are. Wendeler has other tools for bike riders and is currently developing pliers, scissor and a couple of new blades and a wrap around case. I have ordered the case, pliers and scissors and look forward to EDCing this complete set.
Chris Wong ·
I applaud the ingenuity and fresh approach. It reminds me of the CRKT K.I.S.S.