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Leatherman Sidekick Pocket-size Multitool

Review Last Updated: January 30, 2020

Terry Daine
Product Review by Terry Daine

Product Features

  • Includes lanyard ring
  • Replaceable pocket clip
  • Outside-accessible
  • One-hand operable
  • 420HC Stainless steel

Introduction

Today we will be reviewing the Leatherman Sidekick Pocket-size Multitool.

We can’t predict when survival mode is our only option because of a sudden emergency. We can, however, increase our chances of survival by acquiring the best survival items that are available on the market.

One of the best performing items out there is a multitool. These tools combine several individual functions in a single unit and are typically compact, efficient, convenient, and can elevate your overall execution.

The Sidekick is an inexpensive “entry-level” tool that is aimed at inexperienced multitool users. That said, there is no reason why the Sidekick couldn’t be a worthy choice for an experienced survivor who knows his stuff.

Please continue reading for our complete review of the Leatherman’s Sidekick, and find out why it has soared in popularity with survivalists of all expertise.

Let’s get stuck in!

Pros

  • Budget-friendly
  • Well designed
  • High-quality pliers
  • Main tools are excellent size

Cons

  • Internal tools are very small
  • Ruler not large enough
  • Not as polished as other Leatherman's

Leatherman Sidekick Pocket-size Multitool Product Review

Leatherman has been a prominent manufacturer of multitools and knives since 1983. It has, over the past three decades, achieved iconic status by both providing classic designs and moving with the times to create products suitable for modern-day survival situations.

The Leatherman Sidekick Multitool, which is a pocket-size, manages to include 14 tools and will be your sidekick for just about any survival situation.

The tools include:

  • Pliers
  • Wood-cutting saw
  • Short serrated knife
  • 1-3/16″ ruler
  • Small screwdriver
  • Metal file 
  • Can opener and bottle opener
  • V-groove wire stripper 
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Large slotted screwdriver

Most multitools are built around a standard butterfly open plier system, which will act as the foundation of the rest of the product. Knives and scissors are essential to tackle the outdoor struggles, and therefore are the two tools that can be used the quickest and with great ease.

It is crafted from 420HC steel, which makes it durable when in constant use. This multitool is easy to sharpen and offers an excellent level of rust-resistance. Survival experts say that multitools and knives crafted from this steel are one of the best products to acquire on any expedition, and especially when faced with demanding tasks.

When multitools were first introduced, they were large in size and heavy in weight, too bulky to include in a survival kit. These days, you’ll find an array of multitools that are lightweight and compact, designed to be an essential item to store in your backpack.

The Sidekick doesn’t disappoint, with its weight of 7 ounces and a primary blade length of 2.6-inches and a closed length of 3.8-inches, an ideal size to fit in the pockets of your clothing or backpack.

The Leatherman Sidekick Multitool, however, won’t leave you worried about its size and weight burdening your survival performance. Instead, with an overall closed length of 3.8-inches and a weight of 7-ounces, it will bring success to your survival story because of the convenience you will feel throughout usage.

Its portable size and lightweight design come with a removable pocket clip, which makes your Sidekick always within reach and ready to use. As well as this, the included nylon sheath protects it from any elemental damage and can be stored away easily attached to your outdoor apparel or backpack.

For multitools in general, and pocket-size multitools in particular, there is a range of accessories and extras that are available that either come with your purchase or can be purchased separately.

Just like the Wingman (its sibling), the Sidekick is designed as a pocket-sized always-with-you accessory tool. Unlike its sibling, the Sidekick is designed for more outdoor use than indoors, which comparing the two makes it a worthy choice for survivalists to acquire to undertake a range of outdoor demands.

Summary

This Leatherman multitool is worthy to be your sidekick and will have your back when survival mode is switched on. The Sidekick is an ideal size and weight that fits well in pockets or backpacks, and for its small size, what it offers is huge.

After using this product, I would without a doubt recommend the Sidekick to anyone reading. Its inexpensive price will befriend budgets and will work well for both the more experienced outdoor enthusiasts and for those just starting out.

When imposed with an emergency, there’s a chance you could be on your own, but if you acquire this wonder you’ll have a sidekick to better your chances of survival.

What did you make of the Leatherman Sidekick Pocket Size Multitool? Let us know in the comments below, and please share any suggestions for future reviews. We’d love to hear from you!

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