Gear of the year: Tom's top picks from 2023

Effetto Mariposa Giustaforza 2-16 Pro torque wrench

I started using a Guistaforza torque wrench from Effetto Mariposa earlier this year when working on our torque wrench buyers guide and something of a torque mini-series, including getting some torque questions answered by Effetto founder Alberto De Gioannini. 

The torque wrench took the top spot in our buyers guide group test and is a joy to use. It very quickly became my favourite. It covers a 2-16Nm torque range and has a 1/4" square drive. The deluxe version also comes with hex and torx bits and a tool roll. Included in the bits are some long length 4mm / 5mm / T25 bits which make certain jobs a breeze, particularly torquing shifter clamp bolts. 

It's lightweight and compact and has a lovely in-hand feel. Its accuracy is guaranteed for 5,000 cycles after which the brand recommends recalibration. The features I think I value most are the super smooth torque adjustment dial and the loud 'click' off when the desired torque is reached.