Leatherman Freetyle or skeletool?

Out of the reviews I have read, the Freestyle is the more popular of the two tools but I would like to hear some opinions on the two.
Is the skeletool worth about 20 euro more for a screwdriver and clip and how does the freestyle fare as a multitool?
Please tell me your opinion below. . .

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inthegold4 years ago
I'm new here at instructables, I can comment on the Leatherman. I gave my husband a Leatherman some 5 years ago. It was the best purchase I made, because we are in the mountains a lot fixing fences. We have a small cattle business, and are for ever fixing fences my husband loves his for this reason alone. The knifes help to cut branches, if we fine ourselves staying overnight and need to have a fire. My husband also loves the leatherman, because its strong but delicate enought to hold the hooks for tying flys.
Moem inthegold4 years ago
Which one did you get him? Personally I love the Wave.
inthegold Moem4 years ago
Hack42Moem, this is my third attempt to post this message to you. I go to post my comment, and part of what I said is deleted. What I said earlier was I had checked what Leatherman he has its a Wave. The friend who recommend the Leatherman has a Wave as well, but at the time I didn't know his was a Wave. The only thing he told me at the time was it was the best!
Have a goodnight!
Moem inthegold4 years ago
The Wave is a wonderful tool. It's heavy but I don't mind. I still like to have it on my belt at all times.

It appears that the forum is kind of wonky.... I've had similar problems.
Cyclone1764 (author)  inthegold4 years ago
thanks for commenting :D im glad to hear your hsband liked it :)
Kiteman4 years ago
Just to muddy the waters, although I use Leatherman (I have a "Juice XE6" on my belt, and a "Style C5" in my pocket), I am also fond of Gerber. I used to use a "Light" (no longer made), and #1 son is hankering after a "Diesel".
Cyclone1764 (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
I have been looking for a shop that sells gerber for a while now, ireland doesnt have many shops that sell knifes (appart from victorinox). Opinel for example can only be found in fishing shops, and when i was looking for a shop that sold leatherman thaey only had a few models (skeletool, freestyle, squirt and style). I wasent after something with too much functions, (i had a victorinox spartan, all i ever used was the blade) so the freestyle was perfect for me :)
caitlinsdad4 years ago
I own neither but it comes down to what you need and expect out of your tools. If it is something you stick in your pocket or pack then to have it hanging off your belt or something to have it accessible is no big deal and the clip is just a nice option. If you are out in the woods and you need to change the batteries on a cheap light requiring you to unscrew the battery compartment cover, then you need a screwdriver. Go to a camping store or something and actually see how they feel and what is good for you.
Yeah, as Caitlinsdad points out, it's really dependent on what you require. I'm not a huge fan of either model, just not enough tools to really be called a "multi-tool" for "multi-situations". I can recommend the Wave, but it does cost a whole lot more. To stay in your price range, I'd probably go for the Blast...or if you want to sacrifice a couple tool options for a knife that swings out without having to open the handle, the Wingman.

The clip is only worth about a dollar (Canadian or US), in my estimation. You can pick up rock climbing, key chain, chain link clips and various things of that nature in the craft section of most stores and in the dollar shops (can't recall what they're called in Europe but I've heard you have them most places there too). Pretty much every Leatherman has a little fold out hole to clip into, tie paracord to, etc. The ones that don't have holes through the handle...possibly not all but every one I've ever looked at for more than a minute seems to.

At any rate, if you go to www.Leatherman.com you can see all the products they sell, with a full description of what tools are included on each one. Even has a nice sort of quick look icons to give you suggestions on what sort of activities each multi-tool is good for. You'll have to go to an online shop to look up the prices of the tools, but, at least you'll be able to see all your options.

A multi-tool with multiple parts that you never use (like itty-bitty tweezers) is just a waste of money and its more "stuff" to lug around. IMO, you're better off getting a good quality knife and buy the other things you need separately, or improvise... (a butter knife can be a screwdriver in the forest when you need one).

Thrasym, for the clip you mentioned, did you mean a carabiner? They are always good to have around... :-)
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