Everything you need, nothing you don’t.
Terms And Conditions
This Usage Agreement (the "Agreement") governs your conduct while using various services on the web site Backcountry.com and its affiliate web sites (collectively, the "Site"). All references to "we," "us," and "our" shall mean Backcountry.com and all references to "you" and "your" shall mean the user of the Site and Site Services. This Agreement applies to various services and activities on the Site as well as to gear review and product ratings (collectively, "Site Services"). Please read this Agreement carefully.
BY ACCESSING, BROWSING, AND USING THE SITE, ANY SITE SERVICES AND OTHER SERVICES THEREIN, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT AND ITS TERMS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY SUBSEQUENT MODIFICATION THEREOF, DO NOT ACCESS, BROWSE OR OTHERWISE USE THE SITE OR SITE SERVICES, INCLUDING THE SUBMISSION OF ANY REVIEWS OR COMMENTS.
Any comments, reviews (including gear reviews and product ratings), posts, feedback, questions, answers, notes, messages, images, video, audio, materials, documents, data, graphics, ideas, suggestions or other communications (collectively, "User Content") you submit on the Site are not private or proprietary. By submitting User Content on or through the Site, you grant, assign and transfer to Backcountry.com all of your rights, title and interest, including without limitation, all intellectual property rights and moral rights, in and to such User Content. To the extent the preceding assignment and transfer is ineffective, you hereby grant Backcountry.com an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use, copy, modify, adapt, display, publish, archive, store, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works based upon such User Content, in any form, media, software or technology of any kind now existing or developed in the future.
By submitting such User Content on or through the Site, you are confirming that (a) you are the sole author of the User Content and the User Content originated with you and not copied in whole or in part from any other work; (b) you have obtained all necessary permissions associated with the User Content, including without limitation permissions relating to copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity and/or rights of privacy; (c) the User Content does not contain hate speech or profanity and is not unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, libelous, obscene, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable, an invasion of another's privacy, or otherwise in violation of this Agreement; (d) that you are not a minor and have the legal right and capacity to enter into and comply with this Agreement; (e) such User Content does not and will not, in any way, violate or breach any of the terms of this Agreement; and (f) Backcountry.com shall not in any circumstances be required to pay or incur any sums to any person or entity as a result of its use or exploitation of the User Content.
With respect to your conduct on the Site or while using the Site Services, you agree not to: (a) attempt to disguise the origin of any User Content transmitted to the Site Services whether through the Site or any third party site; (b) act in any manner that negatively affects other users' ability to use the Site and Site Services; (c) impersonate any person or entity, including without limitation, a manufacturer or owner of any product, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity; (d) interfere with the Site or Site Services, or servers or networks connected to the Site or Site Services, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies, or regulations of networks connected to the Site or Site Services; (e) upload, post, or otherwise transmit any User Content that with respect to the Site Services: (i) is not relevant to the product, service, person or entity being reviewed; (ii) you do not have a right to transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (by way of example but not limitation, inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements); (iii) contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; or (iv) is unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation.
User Content does not reflect the views of Backcountry.com, and Backcountry.com does not represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, completeness, timeliness, integrity, quality or reliability of any User Content, nor does Backcountry.com endorse or support any opinions expressed in any User Content. In no event shall Backcountry.com have or be construed to have any responsibility or liability for or in connection with any User Content, Any gear reviews and/or product ratings submitted on the Site, if displayed, are displayed for entertainment and informational purposes only. Under no circumstances will Backcountry.com be liable in any way for any User Content, including but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any User Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any User Content posted, emailed or otherwise transmitted via the Site or Site Services.
If Backcountry.com determines, in our sole and absolute discretion, that you or any User Content you submit violates this Agreement, we reserve the right, at any time, without notice and without limiting any and all other rights Backcountry.com may have under this Agreement, to: (a) refuse to allow you to submit further User Content; (b) remove and delete your User Content; (c) revoke your registration and right to use the User Content Submission Features; and (d) use any technological, legal, operational or other means available to enforce the terms of this Agreement, including, without limitation, blocking specific IP addresses or deactivating your registration, access to the Site and Site Services using your e-mail address, and your user name and password. Without limiting the foregoing, once User Content is submitted to the Site, Backcountry.com may take any or no action with respect to such User Content, including without limitation, deleting, editing, modifying, rejecting, or refusing to post such User Content, but is under no obligation to offer you the opportunity to edit, delete or otherwise modify User Content once it has been submitted. Backcountry.com shall have no duty to attribute authorship of User Content to you and shall not be obligated to enforce any form of attribution by third parties.
If, despite the foregoing assignment and transfer of rights in the User Content, it is determined that you retain moral rights (including the rights of attribution or integrity) in the User Content, you hereby declare that: (a) you do not require that any personally identifying information be used in connection with the User Content or any derivative works of or upgrades or updates thereto; (b) you have no objection to the publication, use, modification, deletion and exploitation of the User Content by Backcountry.com or its licensees, successors or assigns; (c) you forever waive and agree not to claim or assert any entitlement to any and all moral rights of an author in any of the User Content; and (d) you forever release Backcountry.com, and its licensees, successors and assigns from any claims that you could otherwise assert against Backcountry.com by virtue of any such moral rights.
You are prohibited from violating the security of any system or network compromising the Site or the Site Services, including but not limited to the following: (a) unauthorized access to or use of data, systems, or networks, including any attempt to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of the Site or Site Services or to breach security or authentication measures; (b) unauthorized monitoring of data or traffic on the Site or of the Site Services; (c) interference with the Site or Site Services including without limitation, any type of flooding technique or deliberate attempt to overload the system such as denial or service attacks; (d) forging of a message header or any part of a message header; or (e) using manual or electronic means to avoid any use or access limitation placed on this Site or the Site Services. Such violations may result in criminal or civil liability.
Backcountry.com reserves the right to report any activity or persons that Backcountry.com suspects has violated any law or regulation to appropriate law enforcement officials, regulators, or other appropriate third parties (including the disclosure of appropriate subscriber information). Backcountry.com may also cooperate with appropriate law enforcement agencies to assist in the investigation and prosecution of any illegal conduct. Indirect or attempted violations of this Agreement and actual or attempted violations thereof by a third party on behalf of any user shall be considered violations of this Agreement by such user.
BACKCOUNTRY.COM DOES NOT ENDORSE THE USER CONTENT, IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE USER CONTENT AND SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY TO ANY PERSON OR ENTITY (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, PERSONS WHO MAY USE OR RELY ON SUCH USER CONTENT) FOR ANY LOSS, DAMAGE (WHETHER ACTUAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR OTHERWISE), INJURY, CLAIM, LIABILITY OR OTHER CAUSE OF ANY KIND OR CHARACTER BASED UPON OR RESULTING FROM ANY USER CONTENT PROVIDED THROUGH THIS WEB SITE.
Share your thoughts
Worth the Splurge
Having purchased both the original Skeletool and the CX (this) version, I'm going to say that shelling out the extra $40 or so is worth it. I absolutely love all of my Leatherman products, but the CX is by far my favorite. This is my do-all, always-on-me, never-leave-home-without-it, might-feel-a-bit-naked-if-I-forget-it-in-the-morning, tool and I will shout its praises from a mountaintop. Like I said in my review of the original Skeletool, if you think that the "bare-bones" of the tool options isn't enough, you most likely need an actual workshop and regular sized tools for what you're trying to do.
This tool is super durable, (generally) lightweight, fits in my pocket easily and unobtrusively, and you shouldn't have any excuse for not buying one. The blades on Leatherman products come sharp as a razor and hold an edge quite well. If you care for it, this product should last a lifetime.
from cheese to derailluers
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
glad this is in my pocket every minute of every day. get the carbon fiber one.
Make sure to bend in the bit holder
Loosing bits is a pain
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've had this tool for about 3 years of so. I carry it with me every day. I use the pliers and knife all the time. I use the driver some here and there, but it's not really cut out for serious jobs and you can't get a ton of downward pressure on it. At any rate, it's nice to have around...when you actually have a bit. The bits fall out of the back holder very easily ( I ended up bending the holder in to really pinch the bit, and that helped a lot). Also the locking bit holder is not spring loaded or anything, and has to be pressed shut every time. Needless to say, you will loose bits with this tool all the time. It's a serious pain in ass when you actually need a driver too.
Good but could be better
The blade came razor sharp out of the box. The Skeletool has come in handy on many a project. I just wish they had some way to better implement the bit driver. It would be really nice if you didn't have to keep the tool open when using the bit driver.
Great Everyday Multitool
This is a great tool to have on you. It's lightweight, compact and well made. Also, I like how the knife blade is accessible from the outside, so isn't required to open up the pliers unlike some bigger multitools. I have used it to string lacrosse sticks, cut sandwiches, wire my guitar and hundreds of other tasks.
According to this description, the Skeletool...
According to this description, the Skeletool CX had the serrated blade, but according to Leatherman's webesite, the regular (non-CX) Skeletool is the one with the serrated blade (http://www.leatherman.com/product/Skeletool). Which is which?
SKELETOOL and SKELETOOL CX notice:
We have made a running change to the knife blades on the Skeletool and Skeletool CX multi-purpose tools. If you turn one of these tools in for warranty you may receive the new configuration for repair/replacement. The blade material has not been changed on either model, but the cutting edge has been changed to the following:
(ORIG) straight-edge blade (NEW) combo straight/serrated edge
(ORIG) combo straight/serrated edge (NEW) straight-edge blade
Special Edition Red
For some reason all of the red paint started to flake off of mine. Not really a problem (actually looks kind of sweet, IMHO) but if this is going to bug you, don't get the red version.
Does anyone have any recommendations on...
Does anyone have any recommendations on sharpening the serrated part of the blade? I'm told they have stones which are meant for these kinds of blades, but i'm not sure where to look for such things. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
You can't use a stone, you need a sharpener that looks a bit like a rat-tail file, but with a surface like a typical sharpening stone. It can be done, but takes a little more time than a strait blade.
Get yourself a Spyderco Triangle Sharpmaker sharpening kit (LLBean has them). You can do all of your knives including serrated blades. It's so easy to use a caveman could do it! There's a great video included in the package showing just how easy it is. And yes I use it and own three of them should one break or they discontinue it!
Most other reviews cover the woods basis and they are correct. Light, very useful and holds up well. My review pertains to those of use that aren't professional outdoorsman and only make it off the beaten path once a month or so.
I have a skeletool CX and it is awesome. I keep it in my car during day-to-day life and on my pack when in the woods or on the water. I use this tool probably once every other week and it's always a life savior in a pinch. Great for loosening battery terminals, cutting just about anything, stripping wires and opening a great many beers. It has not failed in doing a task I've asked of it yet. The only complaint I have, and it was one from the outset, is that on the inside of the blade channel (where it closes) there is rust. This was present from day one. It is only minor pitting and it hasn't gotten worse over the years. I use this in a marine environment from time to time and with a fresh water rinse and dry, it has held up pretty well. I probably should have sent it back when I got it but they were so far back logged when they first came out, I had to wait three or more months for delivry. Once it showed up, I was reluctant to send it back out! Anyways, I've dinged the blade through frequent use but it's still incredibly sharp (enough so that you can cut a cigar cap pretty cleanly). I have yet to sharpen it b/c I don't really need to though it is a bit duller these days. In summary, I like it a lot. I recommend it and I would buy it again.
Just don't bring cans...
This is a great minimalist all-around tool except for one thing... no can opener! While it is not always a necessity, can openers always seem to be one of the basic functions that all multi-tools have. It does mean I have to bring along my swiss or my friend with my old swiss to open all my cans. Other than that, the pliers, locking knife, 4 bit screwdriver and of course the bottle opener all are wondeful tools that have uses in everyday life. I dig the pocket clip as well!
Skeletool Vs. Squirt Vs. Juice size comparison
Skeletool with can opener and sheath
Skeletool with 1L Nalgene
Everything you need except...
I love the skeletool, and have had mine for a number of years. Super light weight, super tough, what's not to like? The only thing that I found missing is a can opener. Maybe it's just me, but whenever I go backpacking I always have at least a can or two that need to be opened, and the skeletool is no help there. Luckily I found an easy fix. I bought a small light weight can opener and have attached it via string to the skeletool's carabiner. The whole package easily fits into the sheath (sold separately). If you need a light weight multitool that does (almost) everything, look no further.
Great, easy to carry multitool.
I got the normal, not CX, version of this knife two years ago, and it's been a great EDC and backpacking knife. It's light, and I can easily carry it with the pocket clip or the carabiner. The knife locks when deployed, which is nice. I really like how light, and yet sturdy it is, and the fact that it's so bare-bones has been great for backpacking, since I don't need an awl on a regular basis. I bought the additional bit kit, which has been nice to use with my backpacking stove. And the pliers are beefy enough to lift off the lid of my pot, and they're narrow enough that I was able to pull a tick out of my friend's back before with them. The carabiner is also a bottle opener, and while it's not AMAZING, it does the job well enough.
However, the unless you're madly in love with carbon fiber and semi-serrated blades, don't get the CX version. There's literally no difference in weight between the two, and I don't think the carbon fiber does that much to reinforce it. Plus, the regular model is quite a bit cheaper too, so there's that.
weight conscious backpacker's dream!
great lightweight multitool. does not have as many fucntions as the full leatherman but it saves crazy weight by only having the essentials. i carry it with me everywhere. the knife was sharp straight out of the box. i have never had any of the screwdriver attachments slip. pliers work well enough. i have stripped wires and cut wires cords with the wire cutter. no real complaints, but the pocket clip bent when it caught on my seat belt and i stood up. it wont bend back to its original place. the carabiner type clip is spring loaded, well made and hooks to the shoulder strap of my pack like it was meant for my pack. finally, and most importantly, the bottle opener works flawlessly! great tool in a light-weight package! i received it as a gift, but i would buy it tomorrow!
Does the Job
I wanted a Multi-Tool to hang on my backpack that wasn't heavy but had the things I might need in the woods. This tool fit that perfectly.
It has a carabiner clip that easily attaches to about anything. The pliers are not going to make you toss your Craftsman in the trash but they work. The blade locks in place so you don't have to worry about it moving out of position.
Made in USA.
This is exactly what I want out of a multi-tool. It has the tools I need and not a lot of crap I don't. It's light, compact, looks great, and all the tools are available without needing to use a fingernail to pry them out. It is light enough to carry regularly, which makes it especially handy.