Leatherman Compare and Contrast: Wearables vs. Pocket Tools

When it comes to minimizing the amount of hardware you have on hand in order to save space, wearable tools and pocket tools are perfect.

These pieces of equipment provide you with the tools you need on hand for necessary tasks while also leaving space in your backpack for larger pieces of gear. But which one is better? Well, that depends on what you’re using them for.


Wearables were designed with efficiency and minimalism in mind. Whether we’re talking about tools or electronics, the concept behind them is to provide you with the gear you need while freeing up space in your pockets or packs at the same time. A wearable is there when you need it but doesn’t take up valuable real estate, meaning you don’t have to make compromises. They slap easily around your wrist, can sometimes hang from your neck or even wrap around your waist in some products.

When it comes to tools, the wearable bracelets are a great option to help free up your pocket while also making sure you can repair equipment when it breaks, no matter what the situation. The tools tend to be smaller than what you might find on a pocket tool or regular multitool, but they still get the job done.


  • Saves space in your pockets and backpacks
  • Fashionable
  • A wide variety of tools in a small package
  • Won’t fall out of your pockets/hard to lose
  • Contains more tools


  • Less grip space to work with

Pocket Tools

Pocket tools are a great alternative to traditional tools because they don’t take up as much room. Many of the Leatherman products provide at least three tools in one compact package that can fit in your pocket, placing it within easy reach when you need it. You’ll also find a wider variety of pocket tools designed for specific uses than you will with wearables. For instance, there are numerous pocket tools geared toward fishing and hunting, while wearables provide more of a basic, everyday use selection of tools.

Pocket tools are great for those who want something that provides a myriad of tasks, more grip for tougher tasks, and can be easily set aside when not needed.


  • More grip space
  • A wider variety of uses, including hunting and fishing tools
  • Lightweight, compared to traditional tools
  • Unique designs


  • Bulkier than a wearable
  • Contains less tools

The Verdict

A wearable might provide more variety in terms of sheer amount of tools it can hold but a pocket tool can be tailored to your specific needs. No matter which you choose they’re both quite capable of getting your specific job done.

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