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Cool Tools:LEATHERMAN Multipurpose 14-in-1 Wingman - Review

Scoring

Product Performed to Expectations: 9
Specifications were sufficient to design with: 10
Demo Software was of good quality: 10
Product was easy to use: 10
Support materials were available: 10
The price to performance ratio was good: 10
TotalScore: 59 / 60
  • RoadTest: Cool Tools:LEATHERMAN Multipurpose 14-in-1 Wingman
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  • Evaluation Type: Workshop Tools
  • Was everything in the box required?: Yes
  • Comparable Products/Other parts you considered: Leatherman, Gerber, SOG ... multitools.
  • What were the biggest problems encountered?: None. The tool is straightforward and easy to use.

  • Detailed Review:

    I'd like to thank rscasny and element14, for allowing me to review this Leatherman WingmanLeatherman Wingman.

     

    What's in the box?

     

    The contents are basic: the multitool and manual. No accessories, such as a holster for example, are included.

     

    The packaging is simple and eco friendly, as the cardboard box and paper manual can be recycled. No plastic wrappers or packaging.

     

    What can it do?

     

    The Leatherman Wingman is a 14-in-1 multitool.

     

    From left to right on the picture above:

    1. Phillips screwdriver
    2. Flathead screwdriver
    3. Scissors
    4. Needlenose pliers (top part of pliers)
    5. Regular pliers (middle part of pliers)
    6. Wire cutter (bottom part of pliers)
    7. Combo knife
    8. Can opener
    9. Bottle opener
    10. Wire stripper (little notch on bottom of can opener)
    11. File
    12. Small flathead screwdriver (top of file)
    13. Ruler (back of file)
    14. Package opener

     

    There are some useful tools on there, such as the package opener, but others feel a bit gimmicky, like the 3.8cm ruler for example.

     

    The set of tools is generic, but contains everything you need for simple, every day repairs. Overall, a good selection of tools.

     

    How does it perform?

     

    The full steel unit feels sturdy and well built. The curves and rounded edges of the grips feel quite comfortable.

     

    Its smaller form factor, weight and pocket clip make it ideal as an every day carry tool. I've had it in my pocket for over a week now and it didn't bother me once.

     

    The pliers are great. The fact that they are spring-loaded make them so much easier to use for repetitive tasks. I own a more expensive Leatherman Charge, and it doesn't have that feature. It's great to see this available on an entry model such as the Wingman.

     

    The knife has a combined straight and serrated edge. This halves the functional size of both types of blades, as well as makes it more difficult to sharpen the knife should it get dull. Perhaps two separate blades would have been better.

     

    The scissors are spring-loaded as well, and are the biggest I've seen on a multitool. The little handle is also curved, making it comfortable and easy to use. Unlike the Charge, the scissors on the Wingman are located on the outside, so the pliers don't have to be opened first in order to get access.

     

    Finally, the dedicated package opener is something I haven't come across on a multitool before. I typically use a knife or scissors, but I must say opening boxes and plastic blisters is easy and probably safer with this  package opener.

     

    The other tools perform as expected, but are similar to other multitools, with no special or mention-worthy differences.

     

    Conclusion

     

    The Leatherman Wingman is a quality tool at an affordable price point. Ideal as an every day carry for smaller tasks and repairs.

     

     

    - Solid, comfortable and lightweight build

    - Pocket clip and small form factor make it easy to carry around on a daily basis
    - Spring-loaded pliers are a big bonus
    - Package opener is a useful and interesting tool

     

     

    - Rather than a combined straight and serrated blade, two separate blades would be preferred


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