I've owned a multi-tool for several years, but I've always kept it in my car in case of emergencies while I'm on the road. I've always liked the convenience of an all-in-one tool, and recently decided that I wanted purchase one for my use around the house. After comparing many different models from several different companies, I settled on the Victorinox SwissTool Spirit.
I was already familiar with the quality of Victorinox tools because I've owned many of their Swiss Army knives in the past, and because the other multi-tool that I own was made by them as well. I was happy that the SwissTool Spirit carried the same quality with it.
Compared to the original line of Victorinox SwissTools, the Spirit is a bit smaller, but still just as strong. The plier handles have been curved slightly, and I found that they were actually much more comfortable to use than those on the older models.
I like the fact that all of the implements are still accessible without opening the pliers, and that they all lock in place when they're completely opened. The wide selection of tools, such as scissors, screwdrivers, blades, etc. should cover just about any basic task that I'll need it for, and probably more.
I find that the Spirit is a little too big to carry in my pocket, but that may just be due to my personal preferences. I'm also not really a big fan of carrying anything on my belt, so I'll probably end up leaving my Spirit in my desk, but if you're the type of person that would like to carry a multi-tool with you at all times, this one does come with a nice leather pouch.
Overall, I found that the new design carries over the best features of the previous SwissTools, in a smaller, more ergonomic package. I'm very happy with mine.