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LifeLine Essential 10 in 1 Multi-Tool review

LifeLine’s Essential 10 in 1 Multi-Tool is affordable and functional

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £6.00 RRP | USD $9.00 | EUR €7.00 | AUD $12.00
LifeLine Essential 10 in 1 Multi-Tool

Our review

Well-made tools with just enough variety for most on-trail patch-ups and adjustments
Pros: Long bits make it easy to adjust hard-to-reach bolts; impressively sharp bits prevent rounding
Cons: Not enough tool variety; weighty for its scope
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The LifeLine Essential 10 in 1 Multi-Tool features straight 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 6mm Allen keys and an 8mm Allen key adaptor that fits on the end of the 6mm key. There are also PH2 Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers as well as a Torx T25 key.

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Each tool is made from chromed metal, but the mini-tool’s body is plastic.

LifeLine Essential 10 in 1 Multi-Tool
Its 136g weight is high considering the amount of tools on offer.
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My test sample weighed 136g and when folded measured 34mm wide, 25mm deep and 73mm long.

The multi-tool is quite deep, despite its low number of bits, and the separate pieces don’t sit flush with the widest part of its frame. Because the bits are relatively exposed, I wouldn’t recommend storing the tool in your shorts or jersey pocket while riding.

Although the Essential 10 in 1 Multi-Tool has a rather limited selection of tools, it still includes enough pieces to tighten up loose bolts or make adjustments on your bike.

Allen key accuracy was impressive considering the tool’s price, and they fitted snugly into every bolt I tried them on. Torx tolerances were also spot on.

The length of the bits meant that reaching bolts in tricky places – such as the lower bolt of front disc brake caliper – was easy because the tool’s body didn’t interfere with operation. The same can be said about adjusting brake lever reach with the 2mm Allen key.

LifeLine Essential 10 in 1 Multi-Tool
The bits are well made.
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The 8mm Allen key was robust enough to exert plenty of leverage to undo tightly fastened pedals, adding to the tool’s versatility.

On modern bikes, I struggled to use the Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers, and on a tool with limited features I would prefer to see some more bike-specific alternatives, such as extra Torx bits or a chain tool – if cost wasn’t increased.

Despite its relatively low cost, the Essential 10 in 1 Multi-tool feels well built and the tool pivots remained tight during the test period without any unwanted rattling.

LifeLine Essential 10 in 1 Multi-Tool bottom line

LifeLine Essential 10 in 1 Multi-Tool
Its quality is higher than the price tag suggests.
Alex Evans / Immediate Media

Overall, the LifeLine Essential 10 in 1 Multi-Tool is a solid performer for the price, and tool quality is much higher than you might expect.

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It’s a bit heavy for the number of tools on offer, but should serve you well in most situations.

How we tested

I put six mini multi-tools to the test to see which compact solution is best and that you should consider packing for your next ride.

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Product Specifications


Price br_price, 5, 3, Price, AUD $12.00EUR €7.00GBP £6.00USD $9.00
Weight br_weight, 5, 6, Weight, 136g, Array, g
Brand br_brand, 5, 10, Brand, Lifeline


Features br_Features, 11, 0, Features, Tools included: 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 6, 8mm Allen keys / PH2 Phillips and flat head screwdrivers