LEATHERMAN Wingman On-The-Go Survival Multitool

Last updated date: October 7, 2022

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LEATHERMAN Wingman On-The-Go Survival Multitool

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We looked at the top Multitools and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Multitool you should buy.

Update as October 7, 2022:
Checkout The Best Multitool for a detailed review of all the top multitools.

Overall Take

The Wingman is an affordable multitool from a trusted name and sports the same durable steel construction as pricier models. The clamshell package opener and scissors are easy to release and use, and the entire tool fits comfortably in the hand. This is an entry-level tool that can outlast the toughest projects. During our testing, we found the clip for attaching this to your belt or pocket to be super handy. This would be a great multitool to take hiking.

In our analysis of 124 expert reviews, the LEATHERMAN Wingman On-The-Go Survival Multitool placed 16th when we looked at the top 20 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

17 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

2,484 user reviews

What experts liked

Perhaps the most unique feature on the Wingman is the package opener. This small, unassuming sharpened hook is purpose-built to tear into those plastic "blister packs" that so many small electronic devices come in. One can cut into the package without worry for damaging the contents. The package opener can also safely cut the packing tape on cardboard boxes. For many, this feature alone will seal the deal.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
Construction is quite up to the mark.
- Gear We Are
The scissors are easily accessible
- Jon's Guide
Price! Substantially less expensive than the Wave, with mostly all the same tools and features.
- The Saw Guy
One of the first things you’ll notice about the Wingman (other than its surprisingly affordable price) is its build quality.
- All Outdoors Guide
Everything snaps back very securely and opens flawlessly…now that I have it I don’t know how I managed without so far…
- Best Multitool Kit
It’s compact, very sturdy, and easy to slip into a pocket or bag.
- Outdoorsman Toolkit
We were really impressed with the build quality out of the box. It feels like a solid piece of steel in your hand, and we were never worried about breaking it or damaging it in any way when we were using it. It feels good in your hands and almost disappears into your pocket when not in use.
- EDC Ninja
A big gold star for this multi-tool is its affordability. Compared to most multi-tools on the market today, even other Leatherman multi-tools, the Wingman Multi-Tool is very inexpensive. Given that this multi-tool is made of 100% stainless steel, and has a multitude of functions, this is definitely a gadget that brings a lot to the table, considering how much you pay for it.
- Best Multi-Tool
Wingman Multitool consists of 100% stainless steel. Stainless steel is strong, reliable, and is corrosion resistant. Unlike its competitors who have only stainless steel parts, this multitool is of pure stainless steel making it last for a long time.
- Multitools HQ
Not it only it is multi-faceted, it is also durable. The body is made entirely out of high-quality stainless steel. This material makes it a highly desirable multi-tool and unlike other cheap models that only use stainless steel in a few parts of the tool's body.
- Get Hand Tool
The scissors are extremely good considering the size of the tool.
- Inside First Aid
With a brilliant outside-accessible design, the Wingman is a great entry level tool that’s seriously easy to use. It has a modern, asymmetrical shape to comfortably fit the contours of your hand.
- Adjustable Clamp
The Wingman comes with a pocket clip and not a belt sheath; at 7.0 oz, 3.8 inches long and 1.2 inch thick on the main body (not including the width of the belt clip and rivets) its on the upper end of what can be comfortable for pocket carry. We enjoyed the Wingman much more after removing the pocket clip and using a belt sheath.
- Best Multitool review
The Phillips driver is excellent. It is a true 3-D driver and works great on normal screws. The driver comes to a fine point so it even works on more delicate screws as well.
- Blade Reviews
100% steel throughout (something quite different than the majority of other budget multi-tools that use synthetics and polymers, at least partially, in their build), this is a heavy-duty and premium feeling multi-tool that isn’t going to buckle or break during pretty heavy duty use.
- Three Knives
The unique plastic clamshell package opener.
- Outdoor Keeper

What experts didn't like

In another relatively minor complaint, particularly at this price point, the Wingman comes with a single blade equipped with a hybrid straight/serrated edge. The steel is good and the edge is sharp, but we wish it were just straight. Or, better yet, omit something else and include two blades.
- Outdoor Gear Lab
No spare parts are available like some other brands.
- Gear We Are
The knife locking mechanism is poorly placed
- Jon's Guide
Doesn’t come with a sheath or belt holster
- The Saw Guy
The hybrid knife/saw blade is effective and sharp, but because it is a hybrid its uses are limited. You’re certainly not going to be sawing through anything too big with such a small serrated edge, and similarly the straight-knife edge is small enough that for longer-term cutting tasks you might prefer a larger, non-hybrid blade.
- All Outdoors Guide
A gap appeared between the cutting surfaces of the pliers that makes them harder to work with.
- Best Multitool Kit
Wire cutters don’t completely close.
- Outdoorsman Toolkit
The first thing that we felt was pointless was the ruler. With the ability to measure up to only 1.5 inches, we felt that the inclusion of this tool was kind of pointless and that space could have been utilized for something of a more overall value.
- EDC Ninja
The knife has a locking mechanism to ensure safety during usage. However, some users have reported that the button for both locking and unlocking the knife is too close to where you would rest your thumb when using the knife. This means the knife is prone to accidental unlocking while in use, which can lead to injury.
- Best Multi-Tool
But, there is one flaw associated with this multi tool. As we've stated earlier, the device has a locking mechanism for better knife usage. However, users reported that the button for locking and unlocking the knife is too close to the thumb. This means the knife unlocks on its own and can be dangerous for long term usage.
- Multitools HQ
The Leatherman Wingman is supposed to be a small, light, pocket-carry multi tool, but the weight is slightly heavier than the Leatherman Rebar with fewer tools.
- Inside First Aid
At first look, the spring-action scissors are reminiscent of those found on Swiss Army knives, but the spring mechanism is much stiffer when engaged. With only slightly more than an inch of surface, the wood/metal file is of limited use – as is the 1 1/2 inch long ruler. The small flat-blade screwdriver is at the tip of the file which means that access to any recessed screw will be impossible.
- Best Multitool review
Having the ruler is pointless because it can only measure up to 3.5 cm (1.5 inches)
- Outdoor Keeper

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Vicki Liston 
Home Improvement Expert

Vicki Liston writes, produces, and narrates “On The Fly…DIY,” an award-winning home improvement and DIY show of unique project tutorials for the casual DIY’er.

Home improvement and all things DIY have been Liston’s passion since she bought her first house in 2007 and she started making video blogs in 2014. She’s performed hundreds of DIY projects, from small ones to major, wall-smashing renovations and can teach you how to make a trendy DIY barn door for cheap. The proceeds earned from “On The Fly…DIY” are donated to no-kill animal shelters and rescue organizations. You can find her show on Prime Video.

An Overview On Multitools

If you’re not much of a handyman, you could be forgiven for thinking of the once-ubiquitous Swiss Army Knife when you hear the word “multitool.” And while that trusty red pocketknife is still around, the design of the multitool has come a long way since they were standard issue for your Boy Scout troop.

These days, the term multitool can encompass anything from a weighty gadget that requires a holster and incorporates 30 tools or more to a stealthy metal card that doubles as a wrench and bottle opener. But though the design may differ, you’re essentially talking about something roughly the size of a pocketknife that instead flips out an assortment of screwdrivers and other useful tools (and possibly a knife or three as well).

The pocketknife configuration may have worked fine for the Swiss Army, and it’s still the standard for some multitools. But more recently, if you go shopping for multitools, you’ll find most are modeled in the design of the balisong or butterfly knife.

This setup has a lot of advantages. For one thing, you can open it with a simple flick of the wrist. With certain adjustments, the twin handles can be used as grips for pliers, scissors or any number of tools where a little extra torque is needed. To get the various gadgets loose from their folded-in position, some multitools may have a release catch or just require you to pry them loose with a tab that protrudes from the central cavity. Once they’re in use, most will have a mechanism that locks them in place for ease of use (and your safety).

What tools can you expect to find on a standard multitool? The list can vary widely, but it should include a screwdriver (with a Phillips and flat-head driver, at least), pliers, scissors and possibly a knife or two. Most will also have a bottle opener or something you can use as one. It’s a good bet that this tool is the one that will see the most actual use among weekend warriors.

“If you’re involved in a specialty activity, there are multitools on the market that cater to those needs,” says our home improvement expert Vicki Liston. Her award-winning show “On The Fly…DIY” has plenty of home tutorials for testing out your multitool. “Don’t assume that the manufacturer knows exactly what you need, though. Read through the list of included tools before assuming it’s the whole enchilada.”

The total number of tools incorporated can be as few as two or three to 40 or more. Just remember the main asset of a multitool is portability. If you can’t use a tool, it’s just dead weight. Heed that Boy Scout motto and “be prepared” … just remember, it’s possible to be overprepared.

The Multitool Buying Guide

  • The selling point on a lot of multitools is quantity. It might indeed be impressive to see 30 tools or more packed into a somewhat compact package, but keep your lifestyle in mind. Do you really need a hex driver in 12 different sizes while you’re on the go? Unless you’re a professional handyman, probably not — and even then, you’ve probably got a full-sized tool that will do the job far more effectively. If you’re planning to carry your multitool around the house, a few screwdrivers and wrenches might be all you need. On hikes, look for a gadget with a focus on knives, scissors and saws. If it’s going to be kept in the glove compartment, a strap cutter and window breaker might be life-saving tools to have. Match the multitool to your situation.
  • While we’re on the subject of tool selection, a word about knives: They’re fairly common on most multitools and can be handy on everything from whittling primitive tools to opening stubborn packages. They’re so small on many tools that you may not even consider them as weapons — but the TSA will. “In some places, blades over 2.5″ are not allowed, and you may get your tool taken away altogether,” says our home improvement expert Vicki Liston. When traveling by air, take that multitool off the belt and stow it in checked baggage, or leave it at home entirely.
  • Size matters. The whole point of a multitool is that you can carry it easily. An arsenal of gadgetry is no good if you can’t fit it into your pocket. It’s up to you to find that sweet spot between portability and functionality. Be advised that while credit card-sized multitools can be cute, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to use them for anything strenuous. No matter what the size, look for stainless steel construction or something just as sturdy.
  • Most decent multitools can fit in a pocket, but just barely. And depending on the design, you might not be able to easily retrieve it there anyway, especially if it shares space with a wallet or keys. Look for tools with at least a belt clip or sheath if you’re dealing with anything larger than five inches or so.