OutdoorGearLab Selects the Best Multi-tools of 2016

Editors' Choice, Top Pick and Best Buy awards given to the best multi-tools.
The 2016 test roster of multi-tools, with each main blade engaged.
The 2016 test roster of multi-tools, with each main blade engaged.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Oct. 25, 2016 - PRLog -- The gear fanatic's favoured website, OutdoorGearLab, has just released a comprehensive review of the top multi-tools on the market. Ten cutting edge products were selected for the meticulous, yet creative testing process. Jediah Porter, along with a practical team of outdoorsy, self-reliant folk, stored these gadgets in their pockets over the course of a few months, pulling them out at opportune moments to test them. The expert crew measured and weighed all the contenders and studied their performance in standardized tasks such as using the scissors (for those models which feature this instrument) to cut climbing webbing. After tons of cutting, sawing, prying and repairing, the results were recorded in a side-by-side comparative chart and stand out performers were awarded according to their strengths. The categories over which the models were tested include functionality, ergonomics, portability and construction quality.

The winners:

Editors' Choice Award - Leatherman Charge TTi

The Leatherman Charge TTi earned the prestigious Editors' Choice award for its blend of versatility and functionality. The low profile titanium frame reduces weight without affecting quality and the blades are of the highest construction material. The design is user friendly and the Charge TTi is easily stored in a belt sheath with a lanyard or clipped to a pocket. The review team was impressed with "Leatherman's proprietary low-profile bit driver and the included selection of bits which virtually doubles the overall number of functions as compared to the next closest competitor in our test."

Best Buy - Leatherman Wingman

The Leatherman Wingman wins this award due to its high quality craftsmanship and exceptional selection of functions. This model boasts features that none of the other tools include, such as the quirky, yet useful package opener. Overall, "We recommend the Wingman without hesitation to a whole host of users. The casual user will appreciate the solid function at a reasonable price, while the dedicated user might own a Wingman as a second tool for the car or tool box in case his or her primary tool is out of commission or unavailable for some reason."

Top Pick for a Heavy Duty Tool - SOG PowerAssist S66

The Top Pick is awarded to the SOG PowerAssist S66 for its heavy duty construction and work horse utility. This model brings military precision to a civilian device. The mechanically enhanced pliers have substantially more holding power than all other models tested and the full-sized Phillips screwdriver bit is constructed with durable, hard tool steel. Porter states, "Anyone working with their hands and with wire on a daily basis basically can't afford to not have this tool in their arsenal."

Top Pick for a Versatile Keychain Tool - Leatherman Squirt PS4

The Leatherman Squirt PS4 is the Top Pick for excelling as a versatile keychain tool while maintaining a solid performance across the board. This is the optimum gadget for those looking for a balance of low weight, low occupancy of space and high quality. Despite the fact that it's smaller than most remote control car key fobs, the blade is razor sharp and the pliers pinch with unsuspecting strength. Burr states, "The file dresses nails just as well as it removes the burrs from a fork that got caught in your garbage disposal."

Based out of Cheyenne, Wyoming, OutdoorGearLab LLC aims to offer highly informative in depth gear comparison reviews to aid outdoor enthusiasts in their gear purchasing choices. The site presents side-by-side comparative charts which break down products based on specific measures. Skilled reviewers implement rigorous, creative methods to test products over these measures and then award top performers accordingly. Categories cover a range of activities such as hiking, climbing, backpacking, cycling, and running. Check out OutdoorGearLab.com to explore this fast growing resource.

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