The Grin vs the Jam

6 Apr

I’m into longboarding a lot these days.
I love to clean the wheels, chase the squeaking away, switch bearings, … In short, I need tools.

I treated myself with the Grind by Leatherman ($20). I love it. It’s design, small, light, in two part so perfect when I need to tight the trucks to the board.

The Grind presents a total of 8 tools

  • a grip tape file,
  • 9/16″ open end wrench,
  • truck key,
  • 1/4″ hex bit driver,
  • 1/2″ open end wrench,
  • 3/8″ open end wrench,
  • 1/2″ flat/philipps screwdriver
  • and of course … a bottle opener.

It’s a great tool to drop in the pocket of my bermuda, but I already lost it once (I bought a 2nd one), then I discovered the Jam ($20) still by our friends from Oregon Leatherman.

The Jam is a 5 tools in one with

  • a gripe tape file,
  • 1/16″open end wrench,
  • 1/2″ open wrench,
  • 3/8 open end wrench
  • and … the bottle opener.

What I really do like about the Jam is that you can use it as a carabiner too … I don’t loose it as easily as the Grind and I hang it at my backpack. I always have with me even if I switch bermuda 😉

Then I needed to change my bearings and I couldn’t do it neither with my Jam nor Grind as my wheels are deep … I had to go back to the standard T-shape skate tool with its wrench (starting price $5 on Amazon). I unscrewed my wheels in no time, using the wrench.Photo Apr 05, 7 27 01 PM

To sum up, the Grind and Jam are cool, stylish and easy to carry around but the one really doing the job is the t-shape skate tool (that I keep home). Use the metal allen key in the t-shape tool to pop the bearings out (can’t be easier).PS: both the Grind and the Jam are TSA compliant!

Photo Apr 05, 7 29 35 PMDon’t forget to check out

  • I met Pete, my visit to Pete iand Hamboards HQ in Huntington Beach!
  • Hamboards official website
  • The Grind and the Jam on the Leatherman official website

PS: Thanks Pete for all your advices!

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