Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Leatherman's Charge TTi Multi-Tool- Worthy Upgrade over the Charge AL?

Earlier this Fall, Leatherman sent me their Charge TTi Multi-Tool to try out. The TTi is basically an upgraded Leatherman Charge AL, which I reviewed back in April of 2012. It includes an upgraded S30V Stainless main blade, Titanium handle scales, a Cutting Hook, and a Crimper. The TTi's weight is nearly identical to the AL, coming in at 8.7 Ounces vs the Charge AL's 8.6 Ounces.

  • Quick-release Lanyard Ring
  • Removable Pocket Clip
  • 100% 420 HC Stainless Steel construction w/S30V Steel Main Blade, 420 HC Serrated Blade
  • Titanium Handle Scales
  • All Locking Blades and Tools
  • Leather or Nylon Sheath
  • 25-year Warranty
  • BIT KIT: Phillips #1-2 and Screwdriver 3/16", Screwdriver 1/8" and Torx #15, Hex 5/32" and 9/64", Hex 1/8" and 7/64", Hex 3/32" and 5/64", Hex 1/16" and .050", Square Drive #2 and #3, Phillips Eyeglass Screwdriver and Flat Tip
  • 2.9 in | 7.37 cm (blade length)
  • 4 in | 10 cm (closed)
  • 8.7 oz | 235 g
Street Price: $169.95

Although I've only used the TTi a couple of months, my impression of it is excellent so far.

The TTi's S30V main blade holds an edge longer than the Charge AL's 154CM main blade without being any harder to sharpen. The Cutting Hook adds to the TTi's cutting versatility, and also doubles as a gut hook for skinning animals. 

The Crimpers come in really handy for quick wiring jobs around the homestead or when working on a vehicle. The TTi's solid Titanium handle scales are a nice touch and give it a unique feel and appearance.

So is the Leatherman Charge TTi a worthy upgrade over the excellent Charge AL? So far, I'd have to say yes. Everything I loved about the Charge AL is there with the TTi, with the added bonus of upgraded steel, two useful new tools, and the cool factor of Titanium handle scales.

After I use the TTi some more, I will post my final verdict here. 



About the author
Jason Schwartz is the founder of Rocky Mountain Bushcraft and the author of Edible & Medicinal Survival Plants of the Rocky Mountains Pocket Guides. Jason has written for the The New Pioneer and Backpacker, including writing the "Tinder Finder" portion of Backpacker's "Complete Guide to Fire," which won a 2015 National Magazine Award (NMA). Email him at rockymountainbushcraft @ hotmail.com (without spaces)

Photo Post: Hammock Camping in the Utah Rockies circa 2013

The hike going up:

Overnight in a Hennessey Expedition Asym Hammock:

The next morning:

The hike back out to my vehicle:

Special thanks to my friend Mikhail Merkurieff at Emberlit Campstoves for tipping me off about this beautiful location!