We are down to the semi finals here, with SOG leading by one point and two events left! Who will reign supreme, the Leatherman Skeletool or the SOG Reactor? Leatherman is down a point already, so let's see if they can pull off a win!
Part 6- Carry Methods
Another big strength of the Skeleool is its versatility in carry- it can be clipped onto a pack or other equipment or clipped to a pocket using the pocket clip. Conversely the Reactor can really only be carried clipped to a pocket.
As we get closer to the finale of this shootout the big question is- will Leatherman gain some ground or will SOG reign supreme? It's getting pretty heated here as both the Skeletool and the Reactor both try to be the top light duty EDC Tool in this shootout!
Part 5- Bottle Opener
I don’t even know if there is a comparison needed here- this one is as open and shut as it can possibly get, and the Skeletool absolutely kills the Reactor on this one. But, since I am dragging this out into a serial, let’s get into why.
If you haven't read the earlier parts of this shootout I suggest you check them out to see how we have been scoring everything so far- here are some quick links to help get caught up!
|Part 1- The Tale Of The Tape||Part 2- Blades||Part 3- Pliers|
As it sits now, the SOG reactor is currently in the lead with three points to the Skeletool's one, but there's a lot more yet to come- read on and see if Leatherman is going to make a comeback!
Part 4- Screwdrivers
To me the screwdrivers are probably the most used part of a multitool, or at least are tied with the blade for most used, and therefore they deserve special attention. Of course, as screwdrivers are part of the scope of this comparison, I imagine we were going to take a close look anyway….
Part 3- Pliers
After the blade the most prominent function is the pliers, and let’s face it, this one seems like an open and shut case (pun sadly intended) given SOG’s compound leverage. Just for the fun of it though, let’s break it down and see what we really have.
In case you missed Part 1 yesterday, we are doing a direct comparison of Leatherman's Skeletool and SOG's Reactor. These two multitools are remarkably similar in function, but let's see how they fare in the real world when stacked up head to head! In today's installment we are going to look closely at each of the blades on these tools and see which one comes out on top!
It’s not often you get the opportunity to pit a multitool directly against a competitor as the variety of functions makes almost every model different from every other one. Occasionally though, we manage to find a couple that are close enough that we can match them against eachother in a very fair fight- last year it was the Leatherman OHT vs the Gerber Center-Drive and it resulted in a draw. You can see last year’s match up here:
This year we are going compact as the SOG Reactor takes on the Leatherman Skeletool.
Multitools have been around for a long time and even before Tim Leatherman came out with original PST the multitool had a purpose; it was a pocket tool box. For years companies have made multitools a jack of all trades and cram as much as they could into a tool so someone didn't have to go back to the tool box unless they really needed too. That's the reason we love multitools, they are our constant companion that can tackle any task.
Things have changed over the past few years and there is a trend developing to meet a niche or demand in the tool market. Companies are releasing minimalist style tools that feature a basic set of tools and leaving out stuff that they feel a person would not use on a daily basis. I'm not sure if the design changes are because of culture or city/urban life but they they seem to be a hit with people concerned with needing a multitool no matter what their profession.