We reviewed Leatherman’s Sidekick multi-tool a couple of weeks ago, and it left us with a very positive impression. The Sidekick and Wingman are Leatherman’s newest entry-level multi-tools, and they deliver decent functionality at inexpensive price points.
Although we only intended to review the Sidekick, we came across a great deal on the Wingman and promptly purchased one for personal use and review. Since much of what we said about the Sidekick holds true about the Wingman, we decided to do a comparison video review that focuses more on the tools’ different features.
Although the scissors gave us some trouble initially, they work perfectly now that we realized they need a little extra force to deploy. If the liner lock is not engaged, the scissors will not work properly.
2013 Price Update: Sidekick is ~$30, Wingman ~$25
Assuming that you only plan to buy one of these multi-tools, here are a couple of points to help you choose one over the other:
- plain edge blade
- wood-cutting saw
- leather pouch that can be reappropriated for use with other smaller tools
- neat carabiner accessory
- combination plain edge and partially serrated blade
- scissors (although they’re not the greatest)
- package opener (we LOVE this feature!)
- lower price – $30 vs. $40
So that’s what it comes down to – blade preferences, scissors vs saw, package opener vs. small serrated knife, price, and cool accessories that you may or may not care for.