Update! Check out our new Leatherman Sidekick review!
Here’s a sneak peak preview of Leatherman’s new Sidekick and Wingman multi-tools! Both tools will start shipping in September rumor has it that the Sidekick will be priced at $40 and the Wingman at $30.
Leatherman Sidekick Multi-Tool
It looks like the Sidekick will feature combination pliers, a plain edge knife blade, what looks to be a brand new wood saw design, Phillips and flathead screwdrivers, keyring hole, bottle opener and can opener, mini file, and what looks to be a mini serrated knife.
The overall geometry and arrangement of the multi-tool suggests to me that it will be sized as a compact or mid-sized multi-tool, a step above the Skeletool but well below the Wave.
Okay, now tilt your head to the right, and look at the Sidekick’s saw blade. Doesn’t its curved back and thumb-hole made it look like a bad-ass predator head like that of an alligator or dinosaur!? I’ve never had a problem with the performance of Leatherman’s boxier wood saw blades, but this one is definitely better looking.
The closed Sidekick tucks into a rather stylish package. Er… not that we care about that sort of thing.
Leatherman calls this their Sidekick Carabiner Accessory. I’m not sure how this fits together with the Sidekick, but it looks pretty cool by itself. The readily accessible bottle opener is a nice touch.
Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool
The Wingman is similar to the Sidekick but for a few important differences. Most notably, the Wingman has a partially serrated knife blade instead of the Sidekick’s plain edge blade. The saw is also exchanged for some robust-looking scissors, and the mini serrated knife blade is replaced by a mini hook thing (awl?). The combination pliers, screwdrivers, bottle and can opener, and file look to be the same as on the Sidekick.