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This is one of the most useful gadgets you'll ever buy

Published by Business Insider on Fri, 15 Apr 2016

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Everyones had moments where a multitool wouldve come in handy. A screw that needs tightening, zip ties that need cutting, anytime youve ever needed pliersa good multitool makes it easier to pull off these kind of quick fixes by stuffing everyday tools into one compact frame.If youre new to these things, the Leatherman Sidekick is a worthwhile first choice. Leatherman popularized the multitool as we know it today, and its still seen as something of the gold standard within the market. The Sidekick is technically an entry-level option, but for a backup tool you can use in a pinch, it doesnt come off as cheap.The Sidekick has most of the essentials youd expect from a gadget like thisneedle-nose and standard pliers (which are conveniently spring-loaded), a 2.6-inch knife, a serrated blade, a small saw, an assortment of screwdrivers (small, medium, and Phillips), can and bottle openers, wire cutters, and so on. The vast majority of those are built well enough to use reliably, even if theyre generally not as sharp or fine-tuned as they are on a higher-end tool like the Leatherman Wave. The only major complaint is that those blades are a bit short, so they wont get much heavy duty, outdoorsy work done. But for the casual annoyances theyre meant to tidy up around the houseand for the pricethey should be fine.The whole thing weighs 0.44 pounds and measures 3.8 inches when closed, which isnt outright pocket-sized, but still small enough to toss in a bag and use with one hand. Theres no belt sheath, which might be a pain on a job site, but an included pouch and mini-carabinerwhich itself houses a small wrench and bottle openermake it at least a little easier to carry on your person. The Sidekick itself has a pocket clip, too, if youre cool being the guy with a multitool exposed on his waist.Feedback on the Sidekick has been positive since it launched in late 2011. ToolGuyD, The Wirecutter, and assorted blogs around the web have lent their praise, and the device holds a 4.7 rating after 933 user reviews on Amazon. If you fancy yourself a DIY type but havent sprung for a multitool yet, we think those plaudits willprove warranted. Leatherman Sidekick, $42.28, available at Amazon.SEE ALSO:These are the tech gadgets you'll want to have in an emergencyREAD THIS:If you've been thinking about buying an Xbox One, now's the time to get itDON'T MISS:Get a great pair of exercise headphones for $12 ' and more of today's best deals from around the webJoin the conversation about this story
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