A few weeks ago, Cool Shit Guys Need stopped by Going Gear (a local outdoor retailer) for their annual opening celebration. While we were there, we stopped and chatted with Coyote Mountain Outdoors, the maker of the Griffin Pocket Tool. We already owned their original Griffin from their Kickstarter campaign. Coyote Mountain Outdoors hooked us up with their Mini Griffin and Griffin XL to play with and give our thoughts.
The Griffin Pocket Tool can be classified as an EDC Key Chain multi-tool. The Griffin comes in three sizes, the Mini, the Original, and the XL. The base model is made out of stainless steel or titanium, but there have been limited edition runs of carbon fiber, brass, etc. The basic finish is polished but you can buy a wide variety of limited edition colors and finishes by watching Instagram and FaceBook for updates. Coyote Mountain Outdoors is always working with other vendors so occasionally they also release limited runs with special textures and prints. Each tool is packed with features, and the size dictates how much you will get, go figure.
The Griffin Pocket Tool Mini: At just 2″ long, the Mini is the perfect key chain dangler.
The Original Griffin Pocket Tool: The original is well, the original. It started it all on KickStarter and has inspired the Mini and XL. At 3″ in length it still fits the key chain perfectly
The Griffin Pocket Tool XL: The king daddy in the series. The XL packs a punch at 4.3″ in length. If you decide to keep this on your key chain, you wouldn’t be the only one. When you purchase the XL you have the choice of getting it in Standard or Metric sizes.
We have been using the Griffins since we got them. Probably the most use they have seen with us is opening bottles. The XL by far exceeds in this task due to its overall size giving you max leverage. The Mini can do it, but it takes a bit more due to the little size (less than half the length of the XL). The XL has been great at prying, scraping and popping nails up. The Original is the best for screw driver duties and using a 1/4″ bit (in the bottle opener slot). The mini is decent at both but with less leverage. We have yet to bend or break one, but it is surely possible with enough abuse. These are not tool replacements, just handy tools to have while on the go.
The Griffin Pocket Tool features so many great tools but keeps a slim design. This is the biggest Pro of all 3 models. From 2″ to 4.3″ long, the Griffin is still a slim weight saver over ordinary multi-tools. Each model has their own little Pro:
The Mini: Small, compact, great key chain size. The Mini fits in tight spaces with ease which is great for turning the bit driver or using in a wrench function. The Mini also fits key holders like the KayBar and Keysmart.
The Original: Does almost everything you need it to do without being overly large. It definitely is the best of both worlds bridging the gap between the Mini and XL. With 5 wrench sizes as well as the standard tools, it is by far our favorite.
The XL: This beast can handle everything you throw at it. The prying ability really comes to life with this longer model giving you more leverage. This model also has the ability to be ordered in standard or metric wrench sizes to tailor to your individual needs better.
While there isn’t many negatives to these tools, each one has 1 or 2 purely based on size.
The Griffin Pocket Tool Mini: It is Mini so it lacks leverage and tools but at 2″ you can only expect so much.
The Griffin Pocket Tool Original: You want to use it like a large pry tool but it lacks the leverage to be a big time pry bar.
The Griffin Pocket Tool XL: While it features a lot of tools and leverage, some may find this tool just too large to be a full time key chain tool. Also, when being used in the wrench function, tight spaces can restrict the movement of the XL pretty fast.
The Griffin Pocket Tool is one of the better key chain multi-tools we have come across. Its slim, sleek, and packed with features. Combine that with an active company owner who loves to create custom and limited editions and you have the perfect EDC piece for you, or as a present for the people in your life. If we had to suggest just one, it would be the Original. It has all of the great features, with just enough leverage, and not to much size. Go ahead and order one today and you will be putting it to use very soon.