The Best Leatherman Multi-tools for EDC

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For many EDCers, Leatherman needs no introduction. The multi-tool maker has been covering bases and getting things done with their impressive array of tools for decades. But while they have plenty of options in their catalog, some multi-tools are better for EDC than others. Given how useful their tools are, it's a daunting task to pick the best one to carry, but we're here to help. In this guide we take a look at the most popular Leatherman multi-tools used for EDC by our very own community as well as new gear that we think can fill in when traditional multi-tools aren't an option. Whether you need a more compact, discreet tool or one for tackling heavy duty jobs, this guide will help narrow down your choices.


Tread Tempo

When Leatherman released the Tread to market, they changed the game with how you carried a multi-tool for EDC. It had all the tools you need, right on your wrist. That meant never worrying about having to weigh down your pockets with a heavier tool or how to carry one without resorting to a bulky holster or sheath. With the Tempo, you benefit from the Tread's wearable tool links while also gaining the functionality and style of a 200M water-resistant Swiss movement watch. Adding a wearable tool to your kit doesn't mean giving up wearing a watch now, either. If you want an all-in-one, multi-functional watch that looks good, frees up your pockets, and travels anywhere, the Tread Tempo's a solid pick.

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Wave

If you had to pick just one well-rounded multi-tool that can do it all for years and years to come like so many of our own readers have, you can't go wrong with the Wave. It's one of Leatherman's best-selling models for a reason: it's got 17 useful tools from pliers to drivers to cutters, packed into a compact tool measuring only 4” when completely closed. Its secret to success lies in its externally accessible locking blades that deploy single handedly without even needing to open up the tool. It's a great balance of size and performance, ideal for everyday tasks where you don't need much larger tools.

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Skeletool CX

For a lighter weight option where the blade is the star of the show, check out the Skeletool CX. With its compact selection of 7 useful tools, a stylish aesthetic of black, silver, and carbon fiber, and even a handy carabiner end on its handle—the Skeletool CX on first glance is designed to fulfill the needs of any EDCer. You get your beefy essentials like a full-sized pair of combo pliers and a large 154CM knife, paired with a versatile bit driver for when you need additional functions. These get packed into a skeletonized frame that cuts weight down to just 5 ounces, making the Skeletool easy to carry whether clipped or slipped into a pocket.

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Wingman

Wingman: your best friend, your reliable partner, your go-to guy for all your needs. And since its debut in 2011, Leatherman's iconic multitool has become just that. The Wingman packs 14 essentials to solve all your everyday problems. Front and center are Leatherman's signature spring-action pliers, bolstered by two stainless steel handles on each side. You can access its scissors and 420HC blades one-handed from the inside, with smaller functions available to you when the Wingman is fully deployed. And with a built-in clip and 7 ounce weight, the Wingman is easy to carry so it always has your back. It's one of the best Leatherman offerings as far as its functionality:size ratio, perfect for those of you striving for maximum EDC efficiency.

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Squirt PS4

While the usefulness and performance of larger multi-tools shouldn't be questioned, sometimes you just want to stay prepared without worrying about making room for a larger tool. Enter the Squirt PS4. At just 2.25” and 2 ounces, you can toss it on your keychain and still have access to a full suite of 9 EDC-focused functions. This includes a knife and scissors, various drivers, and of course, a miniature set of Leatherman's signature pliers. The Squirt also comes in a variety of colors to match your EDC's aesthetic perfectly.

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Micra

The Micra is one of Leatherman's smallest multi-tools, but still one of their most useful with its 10 functions. It's able to save on size and weight by foregoing the usual bulky pliers; in their place instead are a pair of spring-loaded scissors which work well with the Micra's length when deployed. Rounding out its functions are knives, drivers, and even tweezers, all folding into a compact, 2.5” frame that weighs only 1.8 ounces. It's a versatile addition to any keychain, and with its large selection of colors, pairs well with any kit, too. If you prefer getting your cutting tasks done with scissors, this classic tool is one of the handiest things you can add to your keyring.

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What's your favorite Leatherman for EDC? Leave a comment below with your pick and let your fellow EDCers know how it covers your bases.

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Great review. For anyone who doesn't own a leatherman and is thinking about it, Leatherman knives/multi tools are a sort of "sonic screwdriver" for the EDC crowd. I've owned a Leatherman Crunch for a lot of years. That Crunch has never let me down.
I just picked up the Leatherman Signal a couple of months ago. While you lose the file and scissors you gain a small sharpener, ferro rod and whistle and the butt end works as a hammer. This tool is not for everyone, but works for me to back up my trekking kit as I spend a lot of time in less than civilized areas. Of course if I needed a more mechanically focused tool I also carry in my pack the SOG Powerlock.
Good review, I have a Micra on my keys all the time. For work I also carry a Supertool 300, then when out and about I swap that for a Wave, I sometimes swap the Wave for a Signal. I have various bags for different situations with anything from a Juice C4 to another Supertool 300 through Wingman etc, infact I even have an original Leatherman tool. Could say I have a little thing for Leatherman.
For me It's Leatherman Charge TTi. I bought it a few years ago, use it all the time as EDC multitool (with moderate intensity) and I have never been let down. The large screwdriver is a bit short sometimes, but that's it. I would like to be able to set pocket clip and ring for lanyard at the same time, but nobody's perfect.
The Micra is a great mini multitool that covers a lot of bases but only takes up minimal pocket real estate.It is an excellent alternative to a SAK classic style tool, and one advantage it has over the SAK it ease of modification. You can easily modify a key and take the Micra apart to swap the key in for some lesser used tools.
I keep a surge with a bit kit and extended driver in my pack, but a gen 1 Juice S2 is always in my pocket. The juice has been the best combination of size and functionality of all my multi tools.
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I carry a Surge for years now. Moved from the original PST to Supertool 200 and then to Surge. I carry it in a Skinth Solutions cordura sheath
My Skeletool CX is very handy indeed. The blade is exceptional and the screwdriver & pliers have got me out of sticky situations more than a few times. Highly recommend it!
I love my Juice C2. The most useful urban multitool.
Is it me or the array of models is dizzying? the wave retails for something over $100 but the wing man which I use is in the $30s 17 tools versus 14 for another 60-70 bucks? Has anyone seen a grid or some kind of comparison that details the tools on each model in a single view?
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that table does not include the MUT
I've had a charge on my belt since my days in the Corps, summer of 2007 and it has yet to fail me. Quality products from a great company.
I keep a Squirt in my office desk drawer for emergency use. But I always have either a Wave or a Surge on me when out and about. On hikes I generally carry the Surge. In-town I carry the Wave.

The Surge can do so much, although the price is size and weight. Leatherman makes good stuff.
I picked up a Wave last year, along with the pocket clip attachment and I absolutely love it. Like the article says, its 17 tools will ensure that there's a solution to almost every tool-related problem and the solidly built structure of the multi-tool will never let you down. I find myself using the knife, pliers, and bit driver most often.
Slightly off topic: if you want to carry a full size leatherman in a holster rather than a belt-loop pouch (I like to take mine off and on without having to undo my whole belt and I wanted quick-access, without a velcro flap or snap leather flap), I highly recommend R.A.E. Gear holsters. I have one for my Wave and it fits all my picky needs. :)
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