Leatherman Skeletool Review

Basic Description of Item:

Lite Weight Multi Tool

Just the Facts:

• Needlenose Pliers
• Regular Pliers
• Wire Cutters
• Hard-wire Cutters
• 154CM Knife
• Carabiner Clip/Bottle Opener
• Large Bit Driver
• Removable Pocket Clip
• 100% Stainless Steel
• Carbon-fiber Handle Insert
• DLC Coating
• All Locking Blades and Tools
• 25-year Warranty
• BIT KIT: Phillips #1 and #2, Screwdriver 3/16″ and 1/4″
• 4 in | 10 cm (Closed)
• 5.0 oz | 142 g (Weight)
• 2.6 in | 6.60 cm (Blade Length)


I began using the Skeletool from Leatherman about 3 weeks ago. I was interested in this tool as an item for our lite weight back packing list, and also as a possible item in an Escape, or Go Bag.
Simply put, I have fallen in LOVE with it.
I like it so much that I now have 3 of them: One in my GO Bag, one I carry in my pocket, and the third I have in my kit for lite weight backpacking.
So, what do I like so much about it?
1: The size and weight are great. This little item can be stuffed about anywhere. It has a great clip on the top of it, that can be used to clip it on any outside strap on my pack. It also has a great PEN type clip that I can use to secure it in my pocket, or any pocket in my GO bag.

2: It is a PRECISION Tool. You will notice that the pliers come together perfectly, that the screwdrivers fit in the drive slot, or the extra slot tight and snug. It is engineered, and built TIGHT.

3: The tools work. The knife is razor sharp, and it passed my arm hair shave test (do not do this). I used the knife to cut in half several willows, and for cutting rope. It did this well, and stayed sharp.
The screw drivers work great, and have no slop in them. I used both the regular and the Phillips tips on several house jobs. They worked great. The Pliers are TOUGH, and grip well. I also used the wire cutters on very small to mid sized wire with great success. The cutters are also notched to allow for wire stripping. NICE TOUCH.

4: Leatherman is a company that has your back. I found their customer service to be outstanding, and the responses timely and helpful.


The Leatherman Skeletool, is now the preferred Multi Tool for the iReviewGear Editors.
We suggest you use it in your GO Bag, in your 72 Hour Kit, and also take one with you on every Lite Weight Pack In Trip.

The tools  just works, and fits the bill for the outdoors.
Space and weight are at a premium when you are putting together a Back Pack for a trip, or when creating a Go Bag…. This tool is perfect when you need many tools and have limited space and need reduced weight.

We are anxious to, get and use, many more Leatherman tools.


What they could do better:

This tool is spot on. Nice work Leatherman.

Leatherman Skeletool Review
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