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Read Practical Caravan's Leatherman Wingman review to find out if this multi-tool can cut it as the perfect do-it-all gadget on your caravan holidays
As caravanners, we're sure you are used to travelling light and choosing the most efficient kit for your caravan holidays. Why pack five items that each do one job, when you can pack one that does five jobs? Which is why we put multi-tools to the test. And this, the Leatherman Wingman, was our group test winner. Find out why in the Practical Caravan Leatherman Wingman review.
Retailing for £39.95, it represents cracking value for money compared to many of its rivals, plus it is covered by Leatherman's reassuring 25-year warranty.
Part of Leatherman's full size multi-tools range, the Wingman is a lightweight, stainless steel, pocket-sized tool – it weighs just 7 oz or 198.4 g, depending whether you're dealing in metric or imperial measures.
For something that is just 3.8 inches or 9.7cm long when closed, it is pretty incredible to think that it contains 14 tools. Don't believe us? Read on.
It has spring action pliers, of the regular and needlenose kind, as well as spring action wire cutters, spring action scissors and a wire stripper. There is also a stainless steel knife with a half serrated and half straight edge, a package opening tool, a can opener, a bottle opener, a 3.8cm/1.5-inch ruler, a wood and metal file made from stainless steel and three screwdrivers – a Phillips screwdriver, a medium, flat bladed screwdriver and a small one.
In addition, it has a replaceable pocket clip, meaning you can wear the Wingman attached to a belt loop on your trousers without it needing a sheath – but, of course, you can carry it in a sheath if you'd rather.
Some features can be accessed while the Wingman is in its closed, folded position, mimicking the functionality of a pocket knife. Another key feature of this multi-tool is that every tool can be open and operated by just one hand, increasing the tool's versatility and usability.
The scissors were the largest of all the multi-tools tested by Practical Caravan, and we appreciated the spring-loaded tools, as they really do make life that little bit easier and reduce fatigue on your hands. We also found its removable pocket clip useful.
We established a list of tasks that every multi-tool on test had to complete. We wanted to see how they performed when trimming finger nails, tape and wrapping paper, when sharpening pencils, when screwing screws into wood, when trimming wire, when opening bottles and cans, when asked to pull bent and twisted nails out of pallets, and when trying to saw metal, plastic and pallets.
That's quite a lot of challenges for a single, hand-held tool, but the Leatherman Wingman impressed, and from a total of eight multi-tools tested, it was declared the winner. We also tried another product from Leatherman, the Wave – it is more expensive than the Wingman, but has more tools and received a very respectable four-star rating. Other multi-tools tested included the Am-Tech 12-in-1 Axe Head Multi-Function Tool, the Victorinox SwissTool Spirit III, the Cobb Multi Tool, the Gerber Steady and another from Gerber called the Crucial.
So if you are looking for the ultimate, do-it-all tool for your caravan holidays, you can't go far wrong with the Leatherman Wingman. And it is certainly a lot more convenient than lugging a tool box around!
While not cheap, you can't say the Leatherman Wingman is expensive, especially when you consider what it offers, and the quality and ease of use of the product. As our group test winner, we'd say it is well worth the outlay.
- It has 14 tools
- It comes with a 25-year warranty
- It is pricier than other options