This May Be the Best-Looking Multitool Leatherman’s Ever Made
The EDC king teamed up with Topo Designs on a limited-edition, multicolored Skeletool and matching sheath
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If Leatherman stopped making new products and just kept churning out the multitools they’ve perfected over the last 40-odd years, we wouldn’t be worried about them. They’ve become a household brand name — on par with Kleenex and Band-Aid — for a reason. But they are indeed churning out new tools, and we commend them for it, because they may have just made the most attractive EDC we’ve ever laid eyes on.
Well, they had a little help. On Tuesday, Leatherman released the Topo Designs Skeletool, a limited-edition, multicolored version of their ultralight, pliers-based implement. While the traditional Skeletool is an exercise in minimalism — cutting down on heft through cutouts along the handles, and ingeniously incorporating features to keep things light (like the integrated two-in-one carabiner and bottle opener) — this version was created with a company known for their flamboyant outdoor bags, forgoing the traditional muted palette for a patchwork of eye-catching colors. As such, Leatherman’s traditional silver stainless steel is out, and Topo’s signature red, yellow and blue combo (paired with a black finish elsewhere) is subbed in.
You don’t need to own one of their bags, or even know of Topo Designs, to pick this seven-tool instrument up. In fact, the multitool comes with a matching nylon sheath done up in classic Topo style, with an included carabiner, so it’s sort of like you’re getting a bag tossed in for free. That is, if you can scoop one of these while they’re still available. Leatherman has been dipping its toes into limited-edition territory lately to great success, with previous small-scale drops selling out day-of.
Only 2,500 units of the Topo Designs Skeletool are available, and considering this has just been added to our list of the best accessories for summer 2022, we don’t expect it to stay in stock long.
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