One of the best products we discovered at the 2017 Outdoor Retailer show was the Nordic Pocket Saw—a packable, motor-less chainsaw that cuts like a champ.
The Backstory: The idea for the saw came about on a hiking trip in Brazil, where local farmers use chainsaw chains with rope handles for felling trees and cutting up wood. The Pocket Saw team instantly recognized “a genius solution” to the challenge of using heavy and bulky sawing tools in the backcountry.
After some development and testing back home, the first Nordic Pocket Saw was launched in Sweden in 2015, a country long known for its tree chopping prowess and design aesthetic.
Fast forward to today. The Pocket Saw is now gaining popularity outside the wooded hills of Sweden. Hikers and outdoorsmen everywhere are discovering the benefits of a packable, motor-less chainsaw.
No, the basic idea behind the saw is nothing new. We’ve seen wire saws and hand-held chain saws like this before. The difference-maker with the Nordic Pocket Saw is in the burly construction.
The Details: The 26-inch chain is made from heat treated high carbon steel that features double-cutter chainsaw-style teeth on every major link—a tooth design that cuts going both directions. It generates heavyweight cutting power but tips the scales at only 6.4 ounces, and the pouch it comes in is sandwich-sized, so it fits nicely in any pack. You won’t break it, trust us, and the heavy-duty nylon handles are sturdy enough for a lifetime of backwoods tree felling.
The Final Verdict: As far as we’re concerned, the Nordic Pocket Saw is must-have backcountry gear. Simple, practical, and built to last—it epitomizes the type of tool you'll find in a GetLost gear kit.
Photos: Nordic Pocket Saw & Sport Hansa