One of the most exciting new trends in tools is the Skeleton Multitool. How much a multitool weighs is an important selling point for consumers so companies like Leatherman and Gerber have tried to reduce the weight of their tools as much as possible. The technique most often used is to replace the solid metal shells with a skeleton shell. Not only do the “holes” lighten the total weight of these multitools but they also look really cool.
Both multitools have a lockable blade that can be opened one handed with a little practice. The usual pliers that most multitools feature are also found on both the Skeletool and the CX. And the universal bit driver is always a welcome feature on both of these multitools.
The only real difference between them is that the Leatherman Skeletool CX is made with some carbon fiber and that gives it a more aggressive looking handle. You would think that the carbon fiber would make it lighter than the regular Skeletool (all stainless steel) but they both weigh in at 5 oz.
So whether you should opt for the multi colored CX or the completely stainless steel Skeletool, really comes down to taste. Which one do you like better? You really can’t go wrong with a Skeleton Multitool.