We’ve owned a number of Leatherman Tools in the past, but the Leatherman Skeletool 7-in-1 multitool may be the favorite of all the Leatherman Tools we’ve used. It’s also earned a spot on my MTB trail riding essentials packing list.
Features & Functions
- 420HC Stainless Steel
- Weight: 5.0 oz | 142 g
- Bottle opener
- Pliers/needlenose pliers
- Hard-wire cutter
- Bit driver
- Supplied bits:
- Square Drive #1 & #2
- Phillips #1 & #2
- 25-year warranty
Using the Skeletool
A multi-tool is a key piece of our ride carry for any ride off the beaten path. Although the Skeletool isn’t the Leatherman with the most features, I’ve found it to be the most usable of the Leatherman tools I own. In this case, less is more, with the functions easy to access.
In terms of mountain biking, the most useful feature is the needlenose pliers. If you’ve ever had issues with tubeless valves glued stuck, you already see the value here. When it comes down to it, for MTB use, I primarily carry it for the pliers and the blade, though the bits are often useful.
The bit driver is a new Leatherman tool feature for me and it has come in handy a number of times. The Skeletool provides more than ample leverage when using the drivers, as you can adjust the orientation of the handle. Leatherman offers an add-on kit with additional bits and a bit extender to provide even more value, though the complete kit that adds the bit kit, bit driver extender, and sheath, it starts getting pricey at $121.95 for the whole shebang.
I also like the idea of the carabiner clip for hanging off packs and other gear – though I haven’t used it much, it is could be useful in situations like camping/bike camping, or hanging in a tent.
Could be improved
The only bummer of the Skeletool is the pocket clip. The clip doesn’t do a great job of keeping the tool secured in my pocket; I’ve had it pop out after being seated, and that’s a cause for concern. I definitely don’t trust it to stay put when riding flow and jump lines due to the orientation of the clip which has the majority of the tool weight at the top, as opposed to the bottom, which would keep it stable.
That said, when you look at the tool and the way its designed/constructed, there isn’t much of a choice in how to add the pocket clip, and I’d rather have it as it is than not have it at all, as I use the clip to secure the tool inside my pack.
Overall though, I’m a big fan of the Skeletool and if you’re in the need for a useful bladed multitool its a great option to check out.