Surf Gadget Review: The Tool by Cor Surf

December 30, 2014

If you’re a surfer who has traveled for swell or does not live minutes from the beach, you have run into this scenario: you have the leash but no lanyard, or the fin setup is not ideal for the waves but you’re out an Allen key. It’s a common problem, and often not that big of a deal: you either go leashless and swim—a lot, or power through with three when you’d rather go twin. Driving to the surf shop is out of the question for such a small inconvenience, and when you try to get a little MacGyverie, i.e. girlfriend’s hair tie, it does more harm than good. This is why Cor Surf’s handy-dandy, The Tool, is a great glove box/travel bag find for the surfer on the go.

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    The Tool in action.
A bit pricy at $25.99, The Tool is not for everyone, but it does have its merit. The surfer’s answer to the Swiss Army Knife, The Tool comes complete with a standard fin key (Allen wrench), standard screwdriver (flat-head) for single-fin setups, a Phillips screwdriver, a built-in wax comb on the spine, a “leash hook” to help with the tightest of leash plugs, and an extra lanyard for reasons stated above. The packaging is sleek, and is made with high-quality stuff—all the metals pieces and parts are made out of non-plated stainless steel, which resists rust and corrosion like few other surf tools on the market. And the little flip-out tools actually do what’s advertised: the fin keys work, and that “leash hook” really does alleviate some annoyance—these leash plugs keep getting smaller and smaller. It really is the only tool needed to change any and all fin systems on the market, which is pretty cool.

Pros: Good for any fin system currently on the market; made with high-quality material (rust and corrosion resistant); pretty cool looking and comes in handy when traveling—embraces the Scout’s motto, “be prepared,” just like the Swiss Army; very convenient; the “leash hook” works like a charm; conversation starter.

Cons: Expensive; after using the wax comb, things tend to get a little messy.

Final thoughts: In all, this is a great little tool to have in the car or with the board bag, just in case the need arises. However, for the price, one could buy two, maybe even three, of each tool this thing contains in one package. But then you would have all these little tools to misplace, forget, what-have you. So, if one were so inclined and had a few bucks to burn, pick one up, it won’t disappoint.

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    The Tool, surfer’s Swiss Army Knife by Cor Surf