Hoosier National Forest, Brown County State Park, Red River Gorge, Boulder Canyon, Charles C. Deam Wilderness
Yes! I've been carrying around the Wingman for a few months now, and I like it. I've had a few other multitools, including one old Leatherman (I have no clue what the model name was) that I carried with me for at least eight years. I carried a fancy (and expensive) Leatherman Skeletool CX for a short time before it fell out of my pocket and was lost. In addition to those, I've had a couple of really cheap models that were only really good for leaving in the car in case of emergencies. I'm pretty sure that I like this model best of all. Here's why:
The cost. $35? That's a great price. I even hesitated to purchase this tool because the price was almost too low. I thought to myself "this is going to be a cheap piece of crap with a dull blade and poor functionality." I couldn't have been more wrong. The blade comes INCREDIBLY sharp. The first thing I did when I pulled the tool out of the package was accidentally cut myself (due to my own stupidity).
The spring-action pliers are so excellent. I've never had a multi-tool with that simple but oh-so-nice feature. It makes using the pliers a pleasure rather than a pain.
Various other little things are rad. The package opener tool is surprisingly useful. The scissors are solid and worth using, unlike most multi-tool scissors. The file is an interesting addition and considering how solid it is, I'll probably actually use it. It has a pocket clip, which is absolutely essential in my book. At first I was dismayed by the weight, but I really don't even notice it in my pocket and in my hand it just feels really solid. I wouldn't be surprised if you could use the tool to hammer something in a pinch, without damaging the tool.
It's a solid piece of work and I'll be carrying it until I lose it or pass it on to a worthy friend (as I did with the original multi-tool that I carried for so long). Definitely recommend.
At first, I wasn't sure what to make of this shoe. I liked it in the store, and it looks great, but upon wearing it around town and for my first hike, I found it to be somewhat uncomfortable. I basically put them on my shoe rack and didn't touch them for a while. One day, I decided to give them another try, and I wore them for a week straight. I don't know if there was just a short breaking-in time that I didn't allow for or what, but now they are absolutely my favorite shoe. I wear them almost every day and have been doing so for most of the last year. I've worn them through slush and mud and dust and everything else the midwest could throw at me, and they still look really nice, if not brand new. The Vibram sole is still going strong, hardly any signs of wear after all this time. The suede is still soft and supple, somehow. My feet have never gotten wet, and the shoe vents well too so they are rarely if ever sweaty.
In short, this is a great shoe and I would absolutely buy it again. If they aren't 100% comfortable on your first hike, give it some time to adjust to your feet. Within a week I bet you'll love them too.
I tried adding this photo to my review but it would never accept it for some reason. Love these shoes, highly recommend.
Yes, it's a belt, and yes, it holds my pants up. But I love this belt. I had been alternating back and forth between the Patagonia Tech Web belt and your standard brown/black leather belt for a couple of years. On a whim, I decided to throw down the $25 for this one, mostly just because I wanted a fresh color option. However, it's become the only belt I use.
At first I was concerned at its minimal 1.25 inch width, thinking it would dig in (I'm an adventurous sort but I could stand to lose a couple pounds, I admit) or somehow be less effective than the wider Patagonia Tech Web belt. In fact, it digs in considerably less! I didn't realize how uncomfortable I had been until I got my new belt in the mail and wore it for a few days. In addition to the increase in comfort, I find it considerably easier to put on because of how slender and lightweight it is. It just glides through my belt loops. The buckle, though just a simple, small chunk of anodized steel, works flawlessly. I almost never have to make any adjustments throughout my day. I've got about a 36 waist and it's just the right length. It might be fine for a 38. From the tip of the belt to the tip of the buckle it's 45 inches long.
This may seem like an absurdly long review for a simple belt, and it is, but that's just a sign of how much I like it. In fact, I think I'll buy another one in a different color right now!
It's right at 45 inches long, from the very end of the belt to the far edge of the buckle.
Oh I forgot to mention in my review, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you can open the knife with one hand. I don't have to put down whatever I'm working on to take my multi-tool out and open the knife, it's one smooth motion. Awesome.
Sorry, I hate to have a separate picture upload in addition to my review, but when I try to update my review with the picture it just kicks me back out without uploading the pic. Whatever.
It's right at 45 inches long, from the very end of the belt to the far edge of the buckle.
It's not a bad belt, but it's not the best I've ever worn either. The loose end was poking me in the gut so I had to sort of melt it down and take the sharp edge off. The buckle is not especially easy to use as a bottle opener, but it is definitely possible. Just don't injure yourself trying it. For my money, I prefer Patagonia's Friction Belt, which is considerably smaller in width and weight, but I'll probably still use this one from time to time.
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