This small comparative review of the multitools SOG PowerAccess, Leatherman Wave and Leatherman Wingman will certainly be extremely subjective. Most of the nuances and details will most likely be missed, so this review does not pretend to be the ultimate truth..
A small comparison of the working qualities of the SOG PowerAccess, Leatherman Wave and Leatherman Wingman multitools, advantages and disadvantages, review.
It might have been more logical to compare multi-tool models that are closer in functionality, but these three models at the given moment turned out to be assembled in one place. Therefore, we will precisely compare them. And start with the cost. As of the beginning of July 2017, the cost of multitools according to the X-Gear store, where all these three models are available, is.
SOG PowerAccess 1 790 hryvnia.
Leatherman Wave 3 050 hryvnia.
Leatherman Wingman 1 135 hryvnia.
Number of tools, accessories and functions in multitools / weight.
SOG PowerAccess 18/167 grams.
Leatherman Wave 17/241 grams.
Leatherman Wingman 14/198 grams.
Experience in all three multitools is present to one degree or another. A detailed overview of the Leatherman Wave multitool is in this material, and the SOG PowerAccess multitool is in this. Leatherman Wingman had to work with the multitool quite tightly, but, unfortunately, I could not write a review on it.
The main tool of multitool pliers and nippers.
Leatherman Wave and Leatherman Wingman have almost the same size pliers. But Wingman’s are more massive. Smaller in height, but not in thickness, SOG PowerAccess pliers. The width of the jaw opening is the same for Leatherman Wave and SOG PowerAccess. Leatherman Wingman loses to them almost a centimeter. PowerAccess and Wave nippers have a more thoughtful design, they converge in a plane. On Wingman, the wire cutters converge at an angle, this definitely reduces their functionality..
Leatherman Wave. Then comes SOG PowerAccess. At Leatherman Wingman, the tool in the handles, for the most part, is made somehow rude and brutal. With the exception of a knife and scissors, and perhaps a can opener, everything else is somehow too bulky and you can see a clear discrepancy between the working parts of the tool and the intended work.
cans when, due to the thickness of the cheeks of the handle, the can opener does not reach the cans will understand. Wingman is the worst with this, then comes Wave, and SOG PowerAccess is the leader. He has the most successful arrangement of not only the openers, but also the rest of the tool when opening it. It is located below and during operation it will not interfere with the thickness of the second handle.
Other common features, advantages and disadvantages of SOG PowerAccess multitool.
In addition, PowerAccess has advantages: the presence of a clip, a proprietary system for increasing effort, the ability to directly work with standard hexagonal bits without any adapters, and the presence of an awl. That awl is sometimes very lacking in multitool. A clear drawback is the lack of scissors, from practice it is almost the second tool in multitool by necessity.
Other common features, advantages and disadvantages of Leatherman Wave multitool.
Excellent and well-balanced multitool. Strengths include functionality that is expandable through proprietary bits, but they must be purchased separately, and not for little money. The main drawback is very weak scissors, you never know when they will let you down and break.
Other common features, advantages and disadvantages of Leatherman Wingman multitool.
A somewhat clumsy multi-tool with weak functionality. The advantages include powerful pliers, good scissors and a clip. The main disadvantage of a small tool, but one that is not always can be used for its intended purpose. For example, a flat screwdriver. She has such a thick slot that to find such a screw or screw under it, we must still try. And if you find it, it will be of such a size that you can’t unscrew it with a screwdriver.
General conclusions from the comparison of the working qualities and functionality of SOG PowerAccess, Leatherman Wave, Leatherman Wingman multitools.
If at home, at work and in the car you have a sufficient number of different tools, then all other suddenly arising needs will completely block the pliers, scissors and knife of the Leatherman Wingman multitool. In addition, he has the most loyal price. The multitool functionality without serious investments with all the desire to expand is unlikely to work.
Leatherman Wave from those multitools that for all occasions. It will be an excellent assistant away from home and a tool bag for tourists, fishermen, hunters, outdoor enthusiasts, people whose activities are associated with frequent business trips to different places. The functionality is easily expanded due to branded bits, or Leatherman adapter for standard hexagonal bits.
The multitool SOG PowerAccess in functionality significantly surpasses Leatherman Wingman and slightly falls short of recognized Leatherman Wave classics. Outperforming Wave in everything related to combined pliers, it is inferior to it in the filling and working qualities of the rest of the tool. And so, according to the results of the comparison, SOG PowerAccess is a strong middling with an adequate and even budget price.
The range of use is almost as wide as that of Leatherman Wave. The functionality can be expanded through the use of hexagonal life and cap heads with extension cords and adapters. For greater versatility, this multitool can be supplemented with scissors that lack it. For example, acquiring scissors SOG CrossCut or Leatherman Micra. Even then it will cost less than Leatherman Wave.